my week in photos

My week in photos is a weekly post where I share some of the photos that I took during the week that (mostly) didn’t make it to my Instagram feed. I’m always looking for ways to improve my photography skills and welcome any comments.

It was a super strange, but oddly normal week for us. We didn’t have much out of the ordinary scheduled, which was good since we had *two*unscheduled trips to the vet for Scooter. Last Thursday night, when we were winding down for the evening, Justin reached down to pet the cat. Scooter let out the most unearthly yowl and left the room. It was super odd, but he can be a bit touchy about things. About twenty minutes later, he came back and layed between us (as he often does). Again, Justin reached down to pet him and he howled in pain. This time we decided to inspect the issue.

I noticed that Scooter was limping, but he had no visible trauma and we hadn’t noticed him do anything that would cause him pain. He let me check his leg out and when I touched it all of his muscles trembled. We decided to take him to the doctor the next morning.

Unfortunately, the vet didn’t have any available appointments until Tuesday. I decided that this was a bit more serious than waiting warranted and we did a walk-in appointment. (Essentially, you sit there until they can work you into the doctor’s schedule.) After about an hour, they were ready to see us. She checked him out and thought that he might have sprained or tweaked his leg while going over the baby gate. (We use the gate to keep the dog out of Scooter’s food and box.) We were sent home with some pain meds and told to come back if he wasn’t doing better.

By Monday, his spirits were up — probably from the drugs — but he didn’t seem to be moving around any better. So, I made an appointment to bring him back. To be honest, I was worried that they were going to do some tests and find out he has bone cancer. While my cancer fears were unfounded, there is something very wrong. After doing x-rays, we found out that the two of his vertabrae are essentially touching. There should be space between them, but there isn’t. This is what is causing all of his pain. The only treatment is pain management. For the next few weeks, we’ll try to figure out the cocktail of pain management drugs that he needs to stay functional, but not permanently stoned.

In other news, spring has come to Colorado. All of the bees were out getting their first dandilion snack this week. If you can, don’t pull dandilions. They serve as some of the earliest food sources for bees and other creatures after winter. As you might know, the survival of the planet and humans depends on the survival of bees.

It’s the last week of the semester! My students have been turning in their last assignments and I have been working hard to get their grades done. Their final assignments aren’t actually due until this Sunday, so I’ll still have quite a bit of grading to do next week. That being said, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I have a few guidelines for keeping my sanity while grading. First, I never grade if I’m hungry or angry because I don’t want to introduce that bias into my grades. Second, I only grade for an hour at a time because I don’t want my sore eyes or tiredness to bias my grades. Third, and finally, grading always goes better with a warm beverage. I prefer the calming effects of Earl Grey.

I absolutely love tulips. I plan on planting them all around the new house. We got word that framing is just about complete. It looks like we’re on track for a summer move.

How did your week go?

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