Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Our dog Meadow herniated another disc, so she's been on crate rest for the last four weeks. If all goes well, she only has another four weeks to go and can then start going for walks again and totally avoid surgery. (When I say "crate rest," she's actually in a pen created by a baby gate on one side, the TV on another, the coffee table and the wall on the other two sides. It's quite cushy and not at all jail-like.)
Because it's hot now, she prefers to be in the basement, and finds the television soothing. So I've gotten sucked in to watching World Cup soccer. I never enjoyed the sport before, and would often mock it as dead boring. But now, for some reason, I find it mesmerizing. Or at least, I like to have it on in the background while I write. I can't wait for the U.S.'s match against Slovenia Friday morning. They need a win to advance to the next round.
Meadow's tenth birthday is tomorrow. I won't say how her condition is, because the last two times I trumpeted that she was doing great, she took a turn for the worse. But I will say she's being a very good patient. A very patient patient.
A couple of Shade giveaways are going on right now:
Candace's Book Blog is giving away a signed copy (it's already signed and in her hands, so it won't be personalized) that you can enter until June 29.
YA author Sydney Salter is giving away an unsigned copy to go with my slightly embarrassing and mostly nonfictional "breakup story" guest blog. Deadline is tonight at midnight.
My own giveaway of the UK version of Shade continues until Thursday. Details at last week's TV option announcement blog post.
So how's your summer going so far? Are you watching the World Cup? Have the vuvuzelas driven you crazy or deaf yet?