Savannah in 2.25 Days

by Megan on May 1, 2014

Danny and I have been talking about making a trip to Savannah for over 2 years.  It kept getting put off because of things like working on a Master’s Degree, ruptured canine ACL’s and (of course) that pesky little thing known as work.  Sometime in February I noticed that my birthday fell on a Thursday.  I have never taken time off for my birthday and decided that this would be the year.  Sure it seems kind of indulgent to plan a trip around getting a year older, but hey, neither one of us took any time off the entire first quarter so what the hell?

Day .25

The original plan had been to sleep in, drop the dogs off and hit the road mid-morning so that we would have the entire afternoon to explore Savannah.  Of course this meant that work stuff happened and we didn’t actually wind up getting out of town until after lunch.  We rolled into Savannah after 5pm and got checked into our B&B, The Ziegler House Inn.


The Ziegler House was phenomenal.  The innkeeper, Jackie, pointed out a few restaurants on the map and we settled on The Crystal Beer Parlor for dinner.


We spent about an hour after dinner walking around.  We wandered past The Mercer House.  I am a big Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fan so it was pretty cool to see the house that Jim Williams lived in.


Forsyth Park was just a short walk away so we headed over there next.  This was where I learned that mosquitos and gnats are just as big of a problem in Georgia as they are in North Carolina.  I was getting eaten alive, so, we didn’t last long at the park before heading back to the room for the evening.


Day 1

After waking up and enjoying the (incredible) fresh baked pastries that Jackie left in our room the day before, we headed out to Bonaventure Cemetery.  It was, after all, my birthday.  What better way to celebrate my advanced age than touring a cemetery?


Bonaventure is HUGE and I was really glad that we decided to book a tour to make sure that we saw all the highlights.  I was also thankful that I had the forethought to throw bug spay in my bag before we left.


Our tour took us all over the cemetery and it was cool hearing about all of the history.  But, I was 100% obsessed with the trees at Bonaventure (and really all over Savannah).  I took approximately one billion photos of the trees and only a handful of everything else (thankfully Danny had my point and shoot and picked up my slack).


The above photo is at the Conrad Aiken gravesite – more Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fandom.  I actually made Danny watch the movie with me the week before we left for our trip so that he would have a reference point for all of my geekery.

It was well after 1pm when we finished up with the tour so we headed back into the historic district, ate and spent the rest of the afternoon riding around Savannah on a hop on/hop off tour bus (we discovered these in Boston last year and are huge fans of using these to cover a lot of ground in a new place).

That evening we walked downtown for a nice birthday dinner.  We hit up a place called Garibaldi’s and it was fabulous.  The drinks were strong, the food was good and the ambiance was great. Thumbs up all around.


Day 2

Our second (and last) day in Savannah was devoted almost entirely to sightseeing in the historic district/downtown/river area.  Our hop on/hop off bus ticket was good for a second day, so, we set out fairly early with the hope of covering a lot of ground.


I don’t remember how much that bus ticket cost, but however much it was was totally worth it.  We got off at most of the stops, wandered around some of the park squares…


…and checked out some of the classier establishments that Savannah has to offer.


The above photo was taken at a place near river called Wet Willies. The name sums up everything one needs to know about this spot.

Around 3pm both Danny and I started hitting the exhaustion wall.  We had plans later that evening to drive out to Skidaway Island to visit with Danny’s Uncle/Aunt and decided that we needed to head to the room to regroup a bit before making that trip.  We had a nice visit but I managed to leave without taking a single photo with them.

The next morning we got up and hit the road around 6:30.   We are crazy people who plan our trips around our dogs and we wanted to get back and pick them up before the vet closed at 12:30pm.  It was a whirlwind trip and I am glad that we finally made it down for a visit.


Groundhog Day

by Megan on April 6, 2014

After Gracie was diagnosed with the ACL tear on her right leg we were told that about 50% of dogs who tear one ligament will have the other go within a year.  Obviously, we were hoping to beat the odds.  About a month ago at her wellness check-up, our vet told us that he felt like her left ACL was about to blow out at anytime.


It turns out that he knows his stuff pretty well. Last week while out in the backyard chasing Sherlock it went in a fairly dramatic fashion. I heard a yelp followed by immediate lameness and knew right away.  A visit to the vet the next day confirmed things and we scheduled surgery for this past Thursday.


The only way that I could get Gracie to settle down yesterday was to lay in her exercise pen, hold her paw and let her lick me until she finally drifted off to sleep.

So far, things have been much rougher this go round.  Before the surgery she was barely using the leg at all. Since we have been home she is still very hesitant on it. 

Before bringing her home we tried to make a few changes to our house to help make her more comfortable this time around.  This involved setting up exercise pens in both our living room and bedroom.  We also removed some furniture from our office to make a “safe room” for her to lounge around in.


It turns out that the ginormo dog bed is an adequate size for a human to nap on.

This afternoon we gave Gracie a break from the exercise pens (which she has already come to loathe) and let her into the safe room. Danny snapped this picture right before I fell asleep.  I guess Danny must have decided a nap sounded like a good plan because when I woke up I discovered this happening…


…which I thought was the most adorable thing ever.  Unfortunately, Gracie is only into cuddling when she feels miserable.   I almost think I would rather have her do her usual bark/yell thing at us if it meant that felt more like herself. 

Let’s do this Gracie – 3 days down only 53 left to go.


Iced In

by Megan on January 31, 2014

Earlier this month I was lamenting to Danny about how the first quarter of the year always kind of sucks.  After the holidays going back to work is such a drag and there really isn’t anything to look forward to January-March in terms of holidays or time off from work. 

Last weekend I started seeing lots of things pop up on Facebook about snow heading our way. The news picked up steam and the forecasters started throwing around terms like “5 to 8 inches of snow” early in the week.  This is a huge deal at the coast because we hardly ever see significant snow so it was all pretty exciting.  On Tuesday the forecast started to change to more of an ice warning but we were all still very hopeful that the great snow of 2014 was headed our way. 

We did not get the major snow that everyone was hoping for but we did get some nasty ice.


It looked really pretty until the first trip outside with the dogs where I nearly ate it on the back stairs.  This was Sherlock’s first experience with anything winter weather related.  At first he loved it and could not get enough of running around the yard trying to eat the ice.  Around mid-day he decided he was completely over the ice.  I think it had something to do with the fact that he ran full speed to the back stairs to come inside and slid right past them.


Gracie, on the other hand, is a wild snow dog.  She thrives in the cold weather and would have been happy to stay outside all day frolicking around.  Unfortunately for her she kept slipping on her bad leg and I refused to let her off leash to have any real fun.


The newscasters kept asking everyone to stay off the roads due to the ice.  So, naturally, we decided to be the assholes who loaded into our car and headed across town to visit with Danny’s sister and her family.


The roads were really bad and it was stupid to venture out – but, I have to say, riding down an ice covered hill on a boogie board is surprisingly fun.  (Yes, I realize that my outfit is bordering on “hot mess” status but like I said, we don’t get much cold weather around here.)


Danny wound up with 4 days off work this week (which is super rare).  I wound up being away from work for around 2 and a half days.  I am sure that we will both play hell next week getting caught up from the unexpected holiday, but, it sure was a nice break from reality.


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Gracie’s ACL Recovery – Weeks 7 and 8

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I am a bit behind on these updates. We have officially surpassed the 8 week recovery period which is the time that requires the most limited activity. Our check up with the vet last Monday went well. He confirmed that everything looked good and gave us the go ahead to start gradually giving her back [...]

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