With my technological snafus, I’m so out of the loop I don’t know where to begin.  So Randomness on a Tuesday seems to be a good way to swim back into the fray.

I was so happy to be one of the winners of Blogging Mama’s giveaway for an autographed copy of Canterwood Crest.  Princess Nagger was ecstatic when it arrived, and put it on the wine cooler to 1) taunt Dada with the horse picture on the front, and 2) read it later.  I had to run errands a few days later and scanned the living room to make sure there was nothing the dogs would deem interesting enough to try to eat.  I noticed the book still safely sitting on the wine cooler (as opposed to on the coffee table or floor, where the dogs seem to think those two places are a free-for-all to steal Princess Nagger’s stuff to play with and/or chew on).

What was once this:

Was in this condition when I walked through the back door a mere 90 minutes later:

I had to flip it over to confirm it was the book I thought it was:

I’m pretty sure our cat, Norman, is in cahoots with the dogs.  He tends to climb up and knock things down within reach of the dogs – they probably pay him to do that so they can get their paws and teeth on certain items.  Princess Nagger was heartbroken.  I told her I’ll definitely have to buy her a new copy – I wonder if I could get Jessica Burkhart to sign another one?

Friday Princess Nagger and I took the hubby to see How to Train Your Dragon (which, by the way, was a cute and fun movie.  Princess Nagger really wants to have a dragon for a pet – you know, to hang out with the dinosaur she’d like to have as a pet).  After the movie, we went out to dinner to finish off the day of celebration.   While I was being a good girl and shoveling salad into my mouth (forget about the fact that the salad was followed by lobster tail and shrimp…yum!) somehow one of the tines of my fork hit my front tooth just right and broke the crown I’ve had on there forever.

Front tooth.  Hard to hide the snaggle-tooth look.

At least this time when it broke I wasn’t at Disneyland.  Which is where I was when it happened last time many years ago.

Luckily that tooth also had a root canal years ago so there was no pain involved, just a lot of humiliation and awkwardness asking for a new napkin since I had to spit out the mouthful of salad in case there were shards of porcelain mixed in.  Also luckily the crown broke perfectly so the front piece was still intact, and getting some sort of tooth glue could tide me over until the dentist office was open.  Which is today.   They were closed Friday and yesterday for a long holiday weekend.

Timing is everything.

Hopefully I can get in today to have a temporary put on – it’s been interesting not being able to bite into anything, but that might actually help out with the diet.  I wasn’t able to bite the ears off my chocolate bunny.  Now instead of just Princess Nagger having a tooth issue to deal with (which is on Friday), I  do too.  I thought I was in the clear from having to sit in that dentist chair for another six months.  It’s interesting how odd things like this only seem to occur shortly after the 6-month teeth cleaning.  I need to figure out how to give Murphy and his Law an eviction notice.

Princess Nagger’s first grade class started swimming classes yesterday.  While she loves to ‘swim’ in the backyard pool, she was not looking forward to the swim classes.  Because they weren’t going to allow ‘floaties’ during the classes.  I tried to explain to her that that’s a good thing, because then she’ll actually learn how to swim.  She was still not looking forward to it.

I thought maybe she’d change her mind after the first day because fear of the unknown was prominent.  When she got home yesterday, I asked how she liked it, but she still insists that she doesn’t like it.  When I asked why she responded:  “They made me dive!!”   She has this aversion to getting water in her ears.  Poor thing.  I’m pretty sure she’ll be swimming like a fish and loving it by the time the class ends later this month.

Spring has definitely sprung here – in fact, the weather the past few days is bordering on summer heat-like weather.  If this keeps up, we’ll be bringing up the air conditioners from the basement and putting them to work – usually we don’t have to do that until later in May or June.  I’m loving the warm weather, especially since no humidity is involved.  And it’s great motivation to get out and work in the yard to start transforming the winter blahs into some colorful fun.  I’ll take pictures next time, but for now you’ll just have to use your imagination.

That’s it for me – head over to Keely’s place for some Real Random Fun!


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  1. I remember taking swim classes when I was a little kid. I recall being frightened.

    Time to get rid of the animals when you find your books like that! 🙂
    .-= otin would like you to read ..The Easter Gift =-.

  2. yeah, my cat would die. not the books!

    thought of you the other day as my boy and i chased each other at Toy R Us with hand puppets of that dino you got PS for christmas.
    .-= brian would like you to read ..magpie tales: star falling =-.

  3. Your site looks awesome. I love the design. Too bad about the book. The dogs definitely had some help from the cat.

    Good luck on getting a dragon and dinosaur for PN. Because cats and dogs just aren’t as fun as fire breathing, flying, enormous reptiles.
    .-= Elle would like you to read ..Random Tuesday Thoughts~Rejected by Aliens =-.

  4. I spent a considerable amount of time in the dentist’s chair yesterday and have to go back on Friday. I am NOT a happy camper.

    See? That’s why I don’t do cats. Well, that and the fact I’m allergic to them.
    .-= Jan would like you to read ..RTT: Knives and Alcohol =-.

  5. We haven’t even gone to see the movie and I have gotten so many pet dragon requests, I might actually have to go out and find us one. Two dogs, four kids, what’s one dragon, right?

    Poor PN and her shredded book. I think the animals are definitely in cahoots. They’ll be taking over before you know it. 😉
    .-= Mrsbear would like you to read ..Spring Cracking and Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

  6. See, now the dogs need to learn that if they are going to do stuff like that then they need to eat ALL the evidence! LOL
    .-= Pooba would like you to read ..LUBE =-.

  7. Aw, what a shame on the book! I wouold have been so heartbroken too!!!!!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! And that comment about NP’s pets was darn funny!!!

    I hope she starts enjoying swimming class without her floaties! I love swimming so relaxing and fun!
    .-= Maggie would like you to read ..Losing my religion =-.

  8. Jinx my warm weather, and I swear I’ll be over in PA to bite you. I love not having to put jackets on the boys in the morning, though. And little o’s pudgy little legs hanging out of his shorts are way too cute.

    Sorry about the book. I’m sure if you send a picture, she’ll sign a new one. Especially if Princess N writes her an e-mail to explain.
    .-= Mama Badger would like you to read ..I’d rather be… Monday =-.

  9. Oh no! I can only imagine the drama following the chewing of the book. Sorry to hear about the tooth. I know exactly how you feel.

  10. My kids have always loved swimming. I started them as babies and they were going off the dive by the time they were 4 or 5.

    Too bad about the book! Naughty kitty! I hope you can get her another autographed copy!
    .-= Joanie M would like you to read ..A Glorious Day! =-.

  11. You’re kidding! Bad doggies! You know the cat has to be the brain behind it…

    Love your writing smile, just kept smiling 🙂
    .-= Eileen @ Giving Her All She’s Got would like you to read ..Give Away! =-.

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