As Hubby informed me this morning, "Riki... It's Wednesday." In my world, this is both good and bad.
Good, obviously, because we leave for vacation on Friday night. That means a whole week without work. A week without homework. A week with my hubby and bestie. A week in the magical world of Disney. And, among other things, it means a road trip with my hubs and a (brief) visit with a good friend in Atlanta! There is lots of good coming my way!
The bad? It's Wednesday. Before we leave Friday evening around 5, I have to finish taking notes from a recent lecture and take a quiz for Forensic Science. AND I have to take a psych mid-term. Usually I do these things over the weekend, but clearly, that's not an option, so I'm a little stressed out. And it's not like I have all the time in the world. I do work full time. And I have to pack. And I have to find some time to relax and/or sleep so I don't become Rikzilla.
It also means that Miss Maxine will be boarded for over a week. :-( I so badly wish we could bring her with us. Anytime we leave her behind, I just know that she thinks we've abandoned her, and I cannot STAND that thought. Fortunately, she'll be boarded somewhere familiar (our vet offers boarding) and she'll have her bed and Rocky (her favorite toy). I just wish I could do more to make her understand that we DO love her and we WILL be coming back. The whole language barrier between species makes that pretty difficult, though.
The silver lining of boarding her, though, is that it's one of the few times she'll voluntarily interact with other dogs. Maxine is a little too territorial and protective of us, so normally when she encounters another dog, she barks like crazy (with some whining thrown in for good measure). When she's boarded, we're not around to protect and she's on neutral turf. We actually have photo evidence that she can get along with other canines in that situation! In fact, she seems to make friends! Who knew, huh?
So, maybe instead of thinking of it as a week of boarding, I should think of it as a week of socialization and play dates. It's like camp for dogs! And she'll just be that much happier to see us when we come pick her up after vacay. Yep. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.