man, what a lazy weekend. last night, after taking claudia and neal to dinner at la feria (yum-o!) and showing them a little of the east end neighborhoods, i knitted a bit but mostly read blogs and email. i caught up on my soaps and dr. phil, took the dogs for a late walk, and collapsed into bed. i had my usual bizarre dreams but woke up in the middle of the night with a heinous headache. this has been happening a lot. my dentist says that at least some of it is due to tooth grinding and jaw clenching, so she's fitting a splint for me to wear during my sleep. i've been doing this for more than 20 years, but my current splint isn't actually a splint; it's a tooth-whitening tray made of rubber. but i didn't want to get out of bed to take anything for the pain because it hurt too much to move, much less think about anything enough to get myself a drink and take a pill. plus, if i had, the dogs would have thought it was time to go out for a walk, and i would never have gotten them settled in for sleep.
but this was stupidity. i couldn't sleep through the pain very well at all. eventually, the dogs became so impatient for me to get up that i finally did (plus i had to pee). so i experimented with the whole pain-relief thing: i rubbed a bit of ben-gay on my jaw joint and a little above and below it, took the motrin that my dentist prescribed, and put some polar frost on my temples to ease the migraine. it didn't get rid of the pain or inflammation completely, but it was good enough that i could eat some oatmeal and chill for a bit before i took the dogs out. they were VERY happy to get outside by then, poor things. but this is why i hate being in charge of taking care of the dogs (and why i'll never have children): my head pain is just too unreliable. or it makes *me* too unreliable, i guess i should say.
anyway, after an uneventful trip outside--damn, these are good dogs, i must say--we came back inside and i watched my morning show. i took a long nap and putzed on the computer this afternoon, the closest things to effort being expended on (a) making a plan for vegetarian options for my thanksgiving menu (fortunately, not as hard as i thought it would be--she won't eat the turkey, obviously, and i need to find a vegan or vegetarian gelatin substitute for the cranberry mold, but otherwise it's just a matter of making a separate little pan of chowder with no bacon, putting the pancetta aside for the brussels sprouts and radicchio, and making a separate ramekin of dressing with no sausage (or maybe vegetarian sausage) and (b) making a few decorating and layout decisions about the bedroom. i decided to stick with earth tones for the paint and reaffirmed my decision to put the bed against the west wall.
i ordered dinner in tonight from ali baba; since wheel deliver took so long (for the second time in a row) to get my food to me, they paid for it. so free dinner! w00t! shish tawook (i LOVE the salad and rice, and there's plenty left for tomorrow--i just wish i'd ordered some hummus for the pitas) and oreo cheesecake. i didn't really need the latter, but it was yummy.
the dogs were great on their walks, too. these are seriously good dogs. luxo never fails to amaze me with how smart he is. smartboy trained him in just a few evenings to bring the food balls not just to him at the food bin but right in his hand. so cool. and when i put their harnesses on, he aims his nose right through the straps to make it easier to get on. he is SO an example of the premack principle--he gets it like crazy. (the premack principle is the idea that you can get the dog to do something that doesn't really excite him--say, bringing a food ball or standing still for a harness--to get something he really wants--say, food or a trip outside. he also runs to his crate as soon as he knows it's time for walks, because he knows that the sooner he does that, the sooner we'll get zuzu back from her walk and get him. seriously amazing dog.)
and now i'm chilling with "trading spaces," which i haven't seen in a while--we tivo new episodes, but it hasn't had any for a while. i am loving the new designers and carpenters (well, faber's not new, but he's adorable and wonderful anyway). i love all these shows. i pretend i've been in training for this renovation for 15 years :) as if.
oh--speaking of the renovation, the building permit and no-lien agreement are all but complete, and the contractor should be starting work any day now. squee!! i'll be trying to keep up with it all (including before, progress, and after photos) on the house blog, if you're interested.