AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Stupid rotten weekend end DATE: 5/26/2008 09:16:00 PM ----- BODY:
Mastitis is mean.

Now that Bird and I are finally nursing like a team, we've switched our nighttime feedings to the side lying position. I was getting more sleep at night, he was enjoying sleeping right up next to me, and all seemed to be good.

Unfortunately, the side lying position leaves me with clogged ducts by the morning. Twice now, these clogged ducts have developed into mastitis before I can get them unclogged.

It hurts. I get a fever. It feels like the flu, and it feels like someone kicked me in the boob really hard. I don't like it.

That was the first half of the weekend. The second half of the weekend consisted of Guy getting a ticket in my Jeep because I totally forgot to renew the registration. It was due in January. I was a little preoccupied and never got around to it. It couldn't be me that got the ticket though, it had to be him. Fair.

Topping it all off? I got one of my high school students to come take care of the dogs while we were away a few nights. I was paying him to come over four times a day. He was to let them out, feed them, play with them, and clean up any messes that poor old Pupstar might have made. She's older and has a bladder issue. It's mostly controlled with medication, but she still has the occasional accident.

I don't know what he did, but it wasn't what we agreed on. We came home to a total disaster. The dining room floors are ruined because dog pee soaked into them. There were days of dog mess all over the floors. We could tell by how much food was left that he hadn't been feeding them. How we knew he had been there at all was because the door to the music studio was open when we had left it closed, thereby allowing the dogs to pee and poop in that room as well.

When I called him, he said that he had been here that morning and there was no mess.

I don't know what to do about that. He isn't being honest. I've taught him for almost 10 years, and I love him dearly, and now he isn't being honest with me. There were days of mess in the house. Days.

It's so very disappointing.

And Guy's floor? Ruined.

I will have to talk to the boy more about this. I haven't paid him yet, and I'm waiting for him to tell me how many times he came over until I do. I think I'm going to pay him based on his word even though I'm pretty sure he is going to lie to me again.

I expected so much more from him. I've always gotten so much more from him. It could just be a stupid teenager mistake.

But Guy's floors. And my poor dogs who missed I don't know how many meals, missed their medication, and were relegated to pee and poop where they knew they shouldn't. They tried. It was all up next to the back wall of the house - as close to the backyard as they could get without being able to be there.

So disappointing.

In a way, I'm really glad this weekend is over. Another post is due about the wonderful parts of the weekend. There were many wonderful parts. But tonight is just for the whining.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous gail DATE:Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:08:00 PM EDT Bummer.. I am sorry there was anything to whine about but am anxious to hear the good. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Two Lines On a Stick DATE:Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:49:00 PM EDT Dude, I wouldn't freaking pay him for that. That's just cruel to the dogs, and shows a lack of respect for you. He doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt on this one :( ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 3:51:00 AM EDT I don't think I'd pay him the full agreed upon amount. He didn't do the full job, so he should be paid accordingly. I'd make it a point to talk to him with his parent there though. So that they know WHY you aren't paying him the full fee. I'd bet that they will realize that your right, especially when you show them the ruined floors, etc. Poor pups and poor you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous katy DATE:Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 7:02:00 AM EDT I have a friend who paid someone to take care of her lab and her labs puppies while they were on vacation. The puppies were starved half to death (one actually died) when they got home because he didn't bother to take care of them either. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 8:02:00 AM EDT I am so sory that he did that! I wouldn't pay him the full amount. I hope he fesses up. Those poor puppies! Damn him!

Glad there was some fun in there though! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Patience DATE:Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 8:35:00 AM EDT Don't pay him! He didn't do the job, he knows he didn't do the job! He should be over cleaning up the mess!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous the new girl DATE:Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 8:36:00 PM EDT Oh Canape,
That's so terrible. I don't think I'd pay him either, really.

Horrible. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous whymommy DATE:Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 4:47:00 PM EDT Oh, NO! I feel so horribly guilty for taking you away from the dogs this weekend. Poor babies. It must have been just awful to come home to that.

Are they recovered?

(I think you should come back here immediately to recuperate. Oh, wait. That won't help. Maybe we should all get away WITH the dogs and kids. Ahhh, I'm dreaming of that already.)

Miss you! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 6:35:00 PM EDT Kick him squarely in the jimmies. SQUARELY. Dog poop and pee in hardwood floors. Ugh. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous annie DATE:Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 5:47:00 PM EDT I feel for your pain (mastitis). It's always been a barometer for me. Clogged ducts. They're a sign I've reached a bit too far and need to spend some time in bed with the baby. My husband has learned to take them as a form of marital communication. ;) ----- --------