Monthly Archives: January 2013

Buddy update 1-27-13

We got a call from our vet the other day. Buddy’s white blood cells (WBC) have dipped. He is still within normal limits but his WBC’s have dropped to 4400. Low limit is 4000. This is apparently an expected Palladia associated dip in WBC’s in the first few weeks of treatment. We will continue to watch those with each blood draw.

We have been warned not to expect any shrinking of the tumor at this next ultrasound. I secretly hope there will be improvement in the size of the tumor but I don’t expect it.

Buddy is doing really well. He is just as spry as he has always been if not more so. He still hops around like a bunny when we let him outside. Alas, there will be no other dogs in his life besides Blue while his immune system is in limbo like it is and shall be for a while. All other labs are good.

We have our next appointment on February 6.


Get the Download

I was browsing through my Crate and Barrel catalog that I received in the mail the other day and came across something relatively new by Crate and Barrel.  It is called “Get the Download.  The little advertizement on page 65 of the catalog said to download the “dinner playlist” on iTunes with the free download code available at       So I checked it out.

What I got was a dowload code for a dinner party mix of atmospheric music for a dinner party or cocktail party.  The playlist is as follows:

1. Mona Lisa- Atlas Sound

2. Fast Challenges- Chad Valley

3. When We First Met- Hellogoodbye

4. Hurry Hurry- Jessie Baylin

5.  I’m in Love- Meiko

6. What Was Golden- New Navy

7. This is for Real – Smile Smile

8. We Got It All-  Right the Stars

9. Only One – The Barbaras

10. Strings- Young the Giant


What I ALSO got was a couple of pretty cool apps for free.  I got a Speakeasy Cocktails Application that is normally $4.99 for free.   “Discover 200 interactive recipes and 40 bartending videos. Plus the history of the Prohibition’s secret speakeasy bars.”  I also got MovieCat Movie Trivia came for free.  it’s a cute little trivia game.  There are also some free books none of which I was interested in.


It seems like Crate and Barrel has had one other party mix of songs because this is playlist 2 according to the iTunes store.  So there may be more from Crate and Barrel in the future.  I look forward to the other offerings from my favorite housewares store Crate and Barrel.

In Which We Say Goodbye

This contains spoilers about the Series Finale of Private Practice.

You have been warned…………..…


Season 6, Episode 13: In Which We Say Goodbye

We open with Addison talking to a video camera about her being married before to the perfect man, Derrick who wasn’t perfect for her.

Next scene we see her saying that she can’t go through with it, until Naomi shows up then they fast forward through their wedding in like 2 minutes. Everyone is in attendance. Their wedding is outside looking over a marina.

Naomi and Sam talk. She is still with Fife, who is in Hong Kong. Pictures shown of grandchild.

Violet outlining a book on a napkin at another table when Cooper shows up at the table. More chit chat when lady Shepherd shows up and sits down. She tells them she is going to write another book.

Cut to Naomi and Sam getting it on in a hotel room.

Fast forward 3 months…. Violets office. Holly, an old patient talking about it being the sixth anniversary of a car accident in which her parents and boyfriend died and she survived. Violet informs her they are done with therapy. She is shocked but they hug.

Cut to Sheldon and Miranda, his cancer girlfriend who proceeds to collapse. They rush her off to the emergency room. She is seizing.

Cut to Coopers new house, he is taking care of the three babies. They are obviously driving him nuts. He can’t handle it staying home with the babies while Charlotte works.

Cut to Seaside wellness. Naomi visits with Addy. Apparently “Jake makes a steak that is so rare you can still talk to the cow.” Naomi grabs the door jam. Addy asks her if she is pregnant. She is. Addy thinks is Fife’s but we really know its Sam’s since they got it on at the wedding.

Addy does an ultrasound of Naomi. Everything looks good. Addy can tell something is wrong with Naomi. Apparently Fife doesn’t live with Naomi anymore. Suprise Suprise.

They talk about why Addy and Sam broke up. She tells her it’s because he didn’t want kids.

Miranda’s cancer is back.

Jake and his daughter talk about her dropping out of college. She wants to go to Europe with her boyfriend. Jake warns her it’s a mistake.

Back to violets office. Holly tells her she got into Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Holly is all messed up about going because it is so far from Violet. She is worried she may need Violet. She decided she’s not going and not giving up therapy.

Back to Seaside wellness Charlotte, addy, Violet and Naomi are talking about this holly chick and how Charolotte is exhausted. Sam shows up and Naomi is uncomfortable. Addy knows something is up and it has to do with Sam and Naomi. she is exactly 13 weeks pregnant and that is when Addy got married. They talk about why it happened. Naomi doesn’t want to tell Sam about the baby.

“You are in love with him, Naomi.”

“Leave it alone, Addison.” End scene

Cut to Addy’s bathroom and Addy telling Jake about Sam Naomi and the baby. Addison theorizes that Sam has never been able to make it work with another woman because he has always been in love with Naomi.

Cut to, Seaside wellness, SAMs office. Addy walks into his office and sits down, obviously wanting to tell him about the baby. She tells him the Fife and Naomi never got Marie and that Naomi is still in love with him.

We are now at the hospital with Miranda and Sheldon. She is leaving against medical advice. She is talking about the futility of treatment And loss of quality of life with all the treatment. She wants to live her last days at home. She tells Sheldon that she doesn’t want him to see her as she deteriorates. She wants him to walk away. He refuses to walk away from her. She is frustrated Sheldon is on the verge of tears.

Cut to Charlotte and Coopers place. Cooper says they need to hire a nanny. Charlotte is like,

“no I’m. Not going to change the plan because you had a rough day.”

Copper tells her he hasn’t showered in five days and goes on a triad about what is going to happen. It’s kind of funny what he says.

Over to Sam’s house, Stephanie is there. She suggests things to do and Sam is very distracted. She notices and calls him out on it. Basically, He breaks up with her. “I liked your ex wife” she says to him and cries in his arms.

Another session with Holly inViolets office. Violet reiterates to her she doesn’t need her anymore and that this is her last session. She will not be allowed to book another appointment. Holly argues but Violet points out that holly wants to go to cooking school. It was a choice and she applied. Holly admits she is scared.

Cut to kitchen at Seaside wellness. Sam, Sheldon and jake talk about Jakes daughter’s plans. He seeks advice from Shelton and we get some true Sheldon advice as usual. Sheldon states to them that he is Madly in love and says “I quit” he leaves the room. He just quit his job.

He goes to Miranda. He is angry with her. He tells her she is not leaving her because he wants to take care of her. He tells her she deserves to have love until her very last day. She finally agrees to let him stay with her. He tells her he quit his job so they can do whatever she wants with the rest of her life.

Violet sees Holly off leaving here with some advice for success while a knock off of Roxsette’s “it must have been love” plays in the background. Holly leaves in a taxi.

Seaside wellness: jake in his office with his daughter. Talking about her leaving. He apologizes for not giving Eli a chance. No matter what, he says, she will always be his girl.

Sam comes to Naomi in Nee York. He confronts her as to why she didn’t tell him that her and fife broke up.

” I’m not going home. I’m staying and I’m fighting for you” Sam tells her.

“You are the best. You are the only women I have ever loved. You are my family. You are the one single person that I can’t imagine my world without”

She thinks he knows about the baby and says that she doesn’t want him to feel obligated because she is going to have his baby. Sam stops smiling, obviously shocked, and says “you’re pregnant?” He tells her he is here because he is in love with her, always has been and always will be.

Addy does a voice over about how everything changes while there is a montage of all the couples (Miranda and Sheldon in the South Pacific, lady sherherd and her ER hottie boyfriend and Charlotte and Cooper in bed with the babies. She states “happy wedding day Naomi.”

We cut to Naomi and Sam getting married.

Cut to the kitchen at Seaside wellness. The group is there talking about one of Coopers patients who is 13 and smokes like a fiend and how the parents want to tell her she had cancer so she will stop smoking. They briefly discuss the ethics of that when Violet comes in and drops a book on the table and states ” I finished my book.” They all applaud and ask what it it about. Joy and life and how it is all a journey. Its about the practice, all of them and the discussions about the patients they’ve had. She knows they all will be okay. She tells then she is thinking of calling the book “Private Practice.” They debate the merit of that title as the camera pulls away from the kitchen and into the elevator and the door closes. Just before the door closes we hear Addison say “that’s a good title.”

We see the Private Practice placard for the last time.

Its the end of an era. Ive been watching Private Practice since the beginnings as a humble spin off of Grey’s Anatomy. It was entirely different than Grey’s but in a good way. It focused on the privte office of a group on longtime friends from medical school who opened a progressive medical office which employed a collaborative approach to medical care for their patients.

To me it was kind of an anticlimactic series finale but a sweet one. The people who should be together are together, they are happy and they tied up lose ends.

I didn’t expect that Naomi would even be in this episode much less have sex with and become pregnant by Sam.
Derick Shepherd and Meridith should have been at Sam and Naomi’s second wedding. They were all friends in med school. But hey that’s just my opinion.

I enjoyed the episode anyway. In enjoyed the ride Shonda Rhimes. Thank you for some good story telling and interesting medical cases.

Buddy Barfs


Buddy threw up this morning at around 0600 according to my husband. I was not privy to this event because I was asleep. I do not think that it had anything to do with the medication because it was a full 15 hours since he took it. We called the vet and she said if he throws up again or stops eating to give him the anti- nausea medication. But he is still eating and it was an isolated incident. It is possible that he ate something he shouldn’t have off the kitchen floor that we didn’t know was there (his M.O. is to graze on the kitchen floor periodically and often comes up with something on the end of his nose which is so cute).

Buddy will have blood work on Friday and will return to the oncology vet on February 6th for a repeat ultrasound and to get more Palladia.

Don’t you hate it when

Don’t you hate it when illness sneaks up on you and body slams you when you least expect it? This is what happened to me recently.

I awoke on Wednesday feeling a little irritation in my lungs, that little tingle in the center of your chest that tells you something’s up. I marched off to work early in the morning. I dealt with the pressures of the work day and developed a low grade fever and a slight cough.

The next morning I drove into work and felt about the same only with more congestion. By mid shift I had a runny nose, a congested cough and was sneezing like crazy. I was miserable and could barely concentrate on anything I was doing. My hands were raw from hand washing and opening little pill packages all day long, my lips dry from days with little to no water.

Admittedly, I wasn’t taking care of myself these past few weeks. Not eating well, not drinking enough water, letting stress get the best of me….

Today, I missed a field trip to MOSI with my husbands class today because I am so sick. I barely got out of bed at 9 am this morning, because I was so hot. My dogs flanked me in the bed. That didn’t help.

I sat on my couch watching DVR’d episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Private practice not moving a muscle, still in my PJ’s. I had a great deal of trouble opening a bottle of Gatorade. I felt too weak. I had a couple of frozen waffles to eat. It was a pathetic picture.

I feel asleep around noon for about 45 minutes on the couch, after which I decided to felt okay enough to take a shower. Then I let my dogs out the back door for a pee. Then Alton Brown taught me about sushi and sashimi.

Three Mucinex, four bottles of purple Gatorade later and coughing my head off for hours I can breathe again and feel a little more human.

What I am grateful for today

I am grateful that. I have a job to go to even though I feel inadequate much of the time. It will get better.

I am grateful that I have a home to go with a warm bed to sleep in. Some people don’t.

I fortunate to have a husband who loves me and dogs who love me too. I was single for a long time and had no animals to call my own.

I am fortunate that I can afford my dogs treatment for cancer without going completely broke.

I grateful for my friends. It’s a small circle but they are good friends.

I am grateful to be getting this pedicure today so my toes look pretty. I am also grateful for OPI Skyfall nail color.

I am grateful for the gift of music. I couldn’t live my life without it.

The Carrie Diaries

Tonight was the premier of The Carrie Diaries on the CW. I didn’t know what to expect from this show and wasn’t going to watch it until I saw it was on tonight. Then I decided to watch it.

The Carrie Diaries, like Sex and the City is based on the book of the same name by Candice Bushnell. It tells Carrie Bradshaws story when she was a teenager and just beginning to get “bug” for Manhattan or as people in the tri-state area call it, “the city.”

Despite this show basically targeted at teens, fans of Sex and the City may be able to appreciate it simply because it gives us insight to what made Carrie who he was in the original SATC series.

There are some inconstancies with the original lore of the series. Carrie’s father appears in this series and in SATC we learn that Carrie’s father left when she was a child. In this series, Carrie’s mother dies and she is left alone to live with her father and rebellious sister in a Connecticut suburb.

Carrie scores am internship in “the city” in a law firm in the financial district of Manhattan. She is very excited about this and her father lets her choose something of her mother’s from a very adult Carrie like closet. She chooses sunglasses and wears them to her her first day in the internship.

We get a glimpse of Carrie Bradshaw’s style beginnings when her nylons run when she is pushed on the street. She removes them and goes to the office and is warned when she arrives, to go to Century 21, a NYC department store for some new nylons.

The scene where a dress is dropped off for her at her little closet of an office, it reminded me of when Vivianne Westwood gave adult Carrie the wedding dress in the first Sex and the City movie.

Carrie goes out for a good time with a woman who she things is amazing on the town, in NYC blowing off a dance at her suburban high school.

Her mother was a writer and at the end she finds some journals that were her mothers and takes them and sits in front of an open window and the camera pans from the outside, like an Sex and the City, to show young Carrie writing in one of the journals, this beginning Carrie’s love for writing and her future career. I thought that was a a fitting way to en the first episode.

I’ll probably watch the show just to see where the story goes.