* This morning after putting the littles on the bus, Hotter and I loaded both dogs into the MFA Beater and took them to the vet for checkups and vaccines, and to have Isis's ears looked at since she's been scratching them with increasing alacrity. Both dogs were pronounced healthy; Isis remains mange-free and Bumpus is finally at a good weight (which we achieved by ditching first the BARF diet and then the expensive prescription kibble and just providing him with free-choice access to shitty grocery-store dogfood all day every day--apparently as a descendent of redneck huntin' dawgs that is what his system does best with!). Isis does, however, have yeast in her stupid ears AGAIN (she gets this a couple of times per year--always has). So we had to buy a bottle of speshul perscripshun earwash for her, and some medicated drops to use twice a day. And by the time she'd galloped and loved her way through the waiting room and the clinic staff everyone agreed that it was for the best that we also acquire a bottle of sedatives to pre-game for her next appointment (in two weeks, to make sure her ears are all better) (it's not that she's vicious or uncooperative at ALL, she's just so violently HAPPY TO SEE EVERYONE OMG HIIIIII that it's a little hard on her, us, and anyone within range, because sixty pounds of crazed, joy-yodeling licky love is more than some people want in their lives if they're just trying to buy some parakeet vitamins unmolested at the PetSmart and GTFO). So that was a less-than-fun way to spend a hundred bucks, but it was a great feeling to be able to have Isis's ears addressed when we noticed them getting bad rather than having to wait until a check came in.
* An eBay seller of Jo Malone fragrances and body products sent me the wrong item; instead of two samples of body creme in Orange Blossom they sent me two 9-ml bottles of cologne in Wild Bluebell, and now I love that scent too! I actually already loved it but didn't know--as soon as I smelled the stuff I recognized it as the signature scent of a waitress I knew at the Hotel California who always smelled amazing. I wonder if all Jo Malone fragrances are this wonderful? I kind of don't even want to smell any more of them, because one scent was a luxurious indulgence, and the second was a happy accident, but having three (or more!) scents to collect products from could be financially ruinous! That didn't stop me from ordering a set of ten samples, though.
* Sometime in the next week-ish, I'll attend an in-house seminar at The Ritz to learn about the various (seriously, there are like, five or six different options!) insurance plans in which I can choose to enroll after my 90-day anniversary (the end of September). I am feeling kind of daunted by the whole process, because I want to make sure I choose the best coverage! Ideally I'd like something that costs the same as or less than Anthem (my current coverage), covers prescription medications for fixed co-pay amounts (rather than as a percentage of the final cost--currently I pay 40% for drugs that cost above a certain threshold, which means that Pristiq is $74/month and the last time I needed an antibiotic the doctor went with prescribing his second choice "because the one I'd LIKE to give you will cost you an arm and a leg"), and has a low (or nonexistent) out-of-pocket deductible for stuff like labs, xrays, and surgeries. Because someday when I have enough PTO saved up I might just get crazy and have a couple of elective surgeries for things that I currently live with but could get worse at any time, little currently-minor issues that are better to address while I'm younger and less of an anesthesia risk than when I'm older and they're emergencies.
* I've gained back a few pounds since I've been "benched" from the gym (I didn't go for a couple of days before finally going to see a doctor for my back due to the pain caused by anything more strenuous than lying on a heating pad, and haven't gone since because I wanted to taper off the steroids first--I don't want to overdo it while masking the effects of potential overexertion). This in and of itself is a very first-world phenomenon--"whomp whomp, I can't stop eating delicious foods while I wait to complete the treatment I went and got for my medical problem before going back to the gym, POOR ME." I took my last Prednisone this morning and will be reacquainting myself with the elliptical machine TOMORROW.
* How are all of YOU? What first-world problems are YOU nobly struggling against today?