August 22 11

I’m full enjoying the single life.

Well, let me rephrase.

After speaking with my family and hearing about the superamazing time they are having on their east coast adventure, and being so envious and torn that I’m not there sharing the experience with them, I have allowed myself to make the decision not to wallow, to let them enjoy their vacation, and to embrace the single life. Although, truth be told, there hasn’t been much single in my single life. With the exception of the movie I saw solo and my trip to the grocery store, my week has been un-lonely.

I saw The Help with friends, and had a fun time trying to ignore throw popcorn at the two teen girls assholes beside us who were giving a very loud play-by-play Howard Cosell-like commentary on the movie, and explaining, audibly, any possible subtext. OH SHE IS PUSHING A STROLLER. SHE MUST HAVE HAD HER BABY! These, are, by far, the very worst kind of movie-goers.

I went for Shabbat dinner to my friend’s parents house.

My friend had a sleepover at my house.

We tried on 800 outfits at anthropologie and decided that colored jeans are in my future. It’s more a matter of when I find the size I need, and not so much of matter of if.

I did two photoshoots—one of my nieces and one of my cousin-in-law’s (Is that what you call your husband’s first cousin? Well, it is now!) girls; 6-month-old triplets and a 4-year-old. I’m just going to tell you that there buckets involved. Bright-colored buckets. Triplets make really great toys, I must admit.

I had sushi with friends.

I’m going to see another movie tonight with this lovely lady. Popcorn dinner, ahoy!

See. There’s no alone in my alone time.

But there’s one thing I have having issues with.

How do single people have pets???

I’m finding single pet-parenting to be almost as hairy as single parenting. (Obviously, there’s a bit of embellishment here, folks, because I don’t want to downplay how incredible trying and difficult single parenting is) But here’s the thing? When you are a working single parent? Chances are good that you’ve worked out a tolerable system for childcare; daycare, family, nanny, what have you. But pet-owners don’t exactly hire NANNIES for their dogs, amirite?

So, here I am making my social plans around my dog’s pooping schedule.

Oh, that’s cute that you think I’m kidding.

I assure you, I am not kidding. Not even a little bit. And I am slowly starting to realize that dogs, you know, NEED things. They need to be let out and fed and their water bowls need to be filled and they need attention. My dog could play the damn fetch game for an hour at a time. Also, don’t even try to eat in front of your dog, because then you hear the ear-bleeding meows of a dog wanting to share in whatever you are eating (and when you are solo, it’s usually something really nutritious like those giant puffy cheetos which I have heard are really super great for dogs.) I realize now that Indiana is very much my children’s dog. They are made to have the stamina to throw that damn weasel/badger/beaver toy across the living room floor 850 times. They have the energy to let him in and out and in and out and in and out.

He is SuperIndy, after all. What can’t he just take care of himself?

If you’ll excuse me. I need to figure out what I’m going to do with this here puppy when I go to PEI on Friday. Obviously, this was a genius idea that I had really thought through. Anyone want a puppy for the weekend? He’s really sweet and, well, he likes cheetos?

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  1. Dogs can typically go without needing to use the bathroom for 6-8 hours at night, and most of them will also hold it that long if you’re not around to let them out. So, other than that, you just leave him in a room with some toys, a big bowl of water and a little food, and he’ll be fine! I wish you could just lock up kids for eight hours and go out and have fun – that would make life easier, I’m sure.

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    ali replied on

    Well, yes, but what about when I leave for work at 6:45 in the morning and don’t get home until 6:15 at night? HRM?

    and what if I wanted to go somewhere straight from work?
    NOT POSSIBLE.

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    Avitable replied on

    That’s when you take your lunch break to come home, let him out, feed/water, and then go back!

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    ali replied on

    My commute is…over an hour each way…

    Avitable replied on

    Oh. Then that’s when you a neighbor’s kid to come do it for you. We had it set up so our dog could go in the backyard by herself so we could leave for several days and she’d be fine.

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    ali replied on

    Yes. But those are the things you don’t think about when there are 6 of you living in a house, i.e., the things we take for granted.

    I’m just saying…it’s way more complicated.

    (you are not going to win this one. Hee!)

    Avitable replied on

    You win! You win! :)

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    Comment by Avitable on August 22, 2011
  2. That is such a great pic of Indy – so stinking cute! We love our dog but they just are not as easy to take care of in some ways. Not many of friends and family want a 70 pound fur baby who likes to lick their faces at their house for a weekend! Good luck

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    Comment by Katy on August 22, 2011
  3. And this is why I don’t have a dog.

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    Comment by Kristabella on August 22, 2011
  4. I feel your pain. I hire a dog-walker to come over once a day and let my dog out. She is supposed to walk him also but mainly I think they just play fetch in my living room while she eats my snacks.

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    Comment by Shannon on August 22, 2011
  5. And this is why I have a cat. She’s crazy, but she has a litter box and generally hates people.

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    Comment by Nenette on August 22, 2011
  6. I don’t know what it’s like where you’re at, but I know where I live it’s fairly common for people who work long hours to hire a dog walker to come in at some point during the day and take the pup out for a walk.

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    Comment by nikkiana on August 22, 2011
  7. We can basically leave our dog alone for most of the day without having to worry, we just have to not be gone all night or he DOES do his business inside. he is old so he sleeps most of the day either when we are home or when we are away.

    We also have one of those dog doors that slides into the screen/sliding door area and is fairly secured into it. That may not work at your house for whatever reason, but it helps that we can leave him food an water in the morning, give him a pill before we leave, and know that if he has to do his duty he can get outside.

    When we were NOT that lucky, he would basically just hold it all day – we only had to worry when we were not home all night (poker night at MILs). And though ti was gross, he had the sense to go to the NON wood flooring in that house for easy clean up.

    Still gross.

    But better than cleaning it off wood, trust me.

    Also, totally jealous I do not hive in Toronto so I can do fun things with you.

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    Comment by Mari on August 22, 2011
  8. ummm… my comment was longer than I intended…

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    Comment by Mari on August 22, 2011
  9. I don’t know how long I’ve read you in my reader, but I love the new blog design.

    Also, I love the pants.

    Also, I love the dog.

    JEEZ! I LOVE EVERY THING ABOUT YOU!

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    Comment by Meredith on August 22, 2011
  10. That dog is so stinkin cute, like a teddy bear! If I was still in TO I WOUwould so help out :)

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    Comment by Beth on August 22, 2011
  11. Ohh the dog is adorable,,,i miss my dog, hes missing for a week..

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    Comment by Sarah on August 24, 2011
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