September 14 09

Well, it’s Monday, and while things should be headed back into normalcy (G in Toronto, kids in school, Ali in bed with her laptop doing 87 hours of work before 3pm carpool), it seems like there’s no more normal for the Martells. Indy isn’t keeping anything down, and extra trips to doggie emerg and some rehydrating shots plus anti-emetic meds haven’t really helped my poor pooch. So, today we call surgeons and discuss things that I can’t even type or say out loud; things I am not prepared to think about.

So, today we are going to change it up a little and inject a little happy into my poor site that has really taken a turn for THE DEPRESSING as of late.

A little happiness, part one:

Happiness is taking your kids to a night of the Braves and some hot dogs and some fireworks and watching your son made a total buffoon of himself to try to get on the jumbotron again.

Happiness is a chocolate face.


Happiness is finally getting your totally non-responsive grandmother to acknowledge that you are sitting in front of her, even if it was just to agree with you when you and your sister made jokes about her frail and bony frame, saying, “well, you always wanted to be skinny!”

Happiness is seeing that Pauly Shore was headlining in Fredericton, NB…because you totally thought that Pauly Shore was dead. and you really liked Encino Man.

Happiness is finally letting her get the haircut she has been asking for…FOR MONTHS.


Happiness is shopping for Betty Draper dresses with your sister…and realizing that you already have a costume plan for Halloween and it’s only September (which in my books is early…I mean, I am the mom who sent her kids in the same costumes two years in a row).


Happiness is when your hotel promises that your floor is a quiet zone and that in addition to being no marching bands…there will also be no, um, circus animals?


Happiness is an impromptu wedding processional


Happiness is OPTIMISM that this year was the right choice. I mean, Chinese restaurants are never wrong, right?


Happiness is knowing that if you come back tomorrow, you can find Happiness, part deux.

  1. Just wanted you to know that we are praying for little Indy today! Let us know if we need to come back down and spread little more happiness. 🙂

    Comment by rachelb on September 14, 2009
  2. Hi Ali. Glad to see that you are living by my mom’s philosophy, “experience joy every day”. Even when things are unbelievably hard it is there! Thinking of you guys.

    Comment by Jen Maier on September 14, 2009
  3. i hate to say this but at first, i thought your fortune was a pregnancy test. must go get that script for glasses now.
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..i never liked clubs =-.

    Comment by gorillabuns on September 14, 2009
  4. I’m so sorry for what you are going through with Indy – we recently lost both of our dogs and it’s just heartbreaking. I’m still praying and hoping that things work out.

    I love the wedding procession and the haircut!
    .-= TUWABVB´s last blog ..How to Talk Your Way Out of a Ticket =-.

    Comment by TUWABVB on September 14, 2009
  5. Bullets of happiness are always the best kind. I hope Indy is feeling better soon.

    Comment by Heather on September 14, 2009
  6. That hotel sign is fantastic!!

    I hope things with Indy work out soon and that the poor little pup becomes lively and Indy-like again.


    Comment by heidikins on September 14, 2009
  7. I’m so sorry about Indy. I hope he pulls through this. You’re in my thoughs.

    Comment by Dianna on September 14, 2009
  8. I hope that Indy gets better and I’m glad that you can find the energy to be happy!

    Comment by Heather on September 14, 2009
  9. You know, it’s so nice to see hotels keeping their space free of circus animals; that can be a serious problem, and no one wants to wake up spooning with a clown.
    Or do they?

    Comment by MonsteRawr on September 14, 2009
  10. Sending good thoughts that Indy will be A-OK!

    I’m glad you’re trying to find some happiness while you’re going through a rough time.

    It will get better! You get to see me in 10 days!


    Comment by Kristabella on September 14, 2009
  11. Yay for happiness. And Chinese food.

    Comment by Avitable on September 14, 2009
  12. I have my Halloween costume planned already too!

    Comment by Kaleigha on September 14, 2009
  13. Thinking of you guys and hoping Indy is going to be ok.

    Comment by pgoodness on September 14, 2009
  14. I sure hope Indy can pull through this. It was good to get the kids out and change things up a little. They needed some happy time.

    Comment by pat on September 14, 2009
  15. Yay! For happy.

    Sorry about Indy, but the other points made me smile 🙂

    Comment by Angella on September 14, 2009
  16. Dammit Emily. She has good hair too. She’s a total Marcia.

    Comment by slynnro on September 14, 2009
  17. I’m dealing with a sick little furry one myself, so I totally get it. I hope that Indy gets better soon.

    Also, I love the shot of the girls on the staircase. Love.

    Comment by Hilly on September 15, 2009
  18. Yes, we are in the end stages with our Grendel. Two surgeries and multiple tumors, it’s getting time to let go. And yet, the kids and I? We just can’t. Not yet. Hugs.

    Comment by Scout's Honor on September 15, 2009

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