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19 July 2010 @ 07:46 pm
Battling headaches, Cooper's IQ? and NY planning. :)  
I think this was the first time in a VERY long time that I called out of work... I woke up this morning with the most awful migraine... so bad that I was feeling nauseated and I could barely open my eyes. Not sure what's triggering these headaches, but I think it may have something to do with my erratic sleep patterns or maybe stress... or both.

Cooper was a very good "stay home from work" buddy and stayed by my side all day (I think it might've had something to do with the fact that he wanted to eat the plastic things off my earphones attached to my laptop... but I choose to think he was being a good companion) :)

The headache is much better now... not sure what I did, took a bunch of advil, drank a ton of water, and slept a bunch... in any case, I'm feeling a lot more human now. :)

Speaking of Coopie, I watched something on TV once that said you could determine the intelligence of your dog by doing a "towel test" You throw a towel over their head and the faster they get out from under it, the more intelligent they were. Well, I tried it this evening with Cooper with a small, soft blanket... and he sat down and went to sleep! Ha! So much for the intelligence of my puppy! ;D It's okay, though... at least he's cute. ;)

And SO happy and excited that my fall NY trip is coming together!! Scheduled most of the shows I'm seeing, people I want to meet up with, and places I want to eat. :) There are SO many new shows opening that I'm excited to see - not the least of which is "A Life in The Theatre" and "Pitmen Painters". I'm so sad that "Unchain My Heart" was postponed until Spring, but it gives me something to look forward to next April. :)

And finally, thanks to cahwyguy, I was able to hear the WONDERFUL interview that Doug Hodge did for The American Theatre Wing... His passion for the written word and for his craft is so... attractive. There's no other way to say it... the fact that he gave up TV and movie roles in favor of honing his craft at small regional theatres (and living off of corn flakes) while all of his friends were in movies & driving nice cars is just SO admirable. Truly, the more I hear about the man and how seriously he takes his craft, the more impressed I am.
Was I in it?alligatorandme on July 20th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
LOL! The towel test. Maybe he just thought it made a nice eye mask. ;)
Sheri: Cooper -Yawnshutterbug93 on July 20th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Heehee! Maybe! "Hey, who turned out the..." *snore*

Edited at 2010-07-20 06:10 am (UTC)
Sheri: Cooper - Cartoon iconshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
AHAHA!!! Cooper can, at least, navigate stairs and find treats! :) That was hysterical! :D
Deb: Sunnysb186 on July 20th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I tried it this evening with Cooper with a small, soft blanket... and he sat down and went to sleep! Ha! So much for the intelligence of my puppy! ;D It's okay, though... at least he's cute. ;)

That just cracked me up. Completely. :D Thanks for a good laugh. :)
Sheri: Cooper - happy :)shutterbug93 on July 20th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Heehee! The funniest thing was probably the sigh of defeat he gave just before he fell asleep. He's too funny!
Debsb186 on July 20th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Who turned the lights off so early? :)

I was looking at old photos of Sunny this morning and remembering how goofy she was in her younger years. She hasn't been doing well lately, and though I know she's over 12 years old and we've been so blessed to have her with us as long as she has, the next step completely breaks my heart. I can't imagine life without her. I know you guys have been through it and you can understand. I don't even like to think about it.
Sheri: Cooper 02shutterbug93 on July 20th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, Deb! Sunny has been so blessed with such a loving Mom like you! Who else gets their own convertible and gets to ride around on a tractor? :) I'm sorry to hear that she isn't doing well, but these Shelties have a lot of spirit in them and they are survivors! 12 is a long life, but I know Sunny has many, MANY more years of posing in convertibles and riding around in tractors ahead of her! HUGS and love to you!! ♥
Debsb186 on July 21st, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
You always know the right things to say, Sheri. :) Thank you. :)

You're right.. they're definitely short in stature but big on spirit. Sunny has surprised us many times before. I'll tell you though... sleeping on the floor with her through the night last weekend was definitely easier before I was 8.5 months pregnant! :P

Big hugs to you! ♥ :)
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on July 21st, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
You and Sunny are always in my thoughts, Deb!! ♥
ellixianellixian on July 20th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ouch about the headache - glad you're feeling better though.

And hey, in my book, Cooper's reaction to the towel makes him SMART. Sleep is important!! ;)
Sheri: Cooper -Yawnshutterbug93 on July 20th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm feeling MUCH better this morning! :)

Haha!! How true! If someone threw a towel over me at work during tax season, I might've done the same! :D
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on July 21st, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are feeling better. Something I noticed about my migraines is I figured out a few of my triggers when I started keeping track. You know about my surgery and the fact I have been able to go off one of my medications (hormones) since I had it... I have had maybe two or three migraines total since I stopped that medication. If you get migraines even semi regularly you may want to keep track of things (kind of like a journal) and you might see a pattern like "tree pollen is always high when I get one" or "when I get one I usually get them on (such and such) day of my cycle" or maybe even something with your diet (like you ate more of a particular food recently). Also I don't know if you take birth control or any other medications, but you might check with your pharmacist if you do, it could be a side effect of the medication. That can contribute. And figuring out triggers really helped me. :)
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on July 21st, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
That's a great idea about keeping a journal for my migraines. I usually get them when I travel and I thought at first it was lack of sleep, but I'm beginning to think it's dehydration. I drink SO MUCH water at work and on the weekends, I barely have the time... same goes for when I travel, I barely stop to drink anything... That might be it. But you're right, I should definitely take note of these triggers and try to narrow it down. Thanks so much for your comment!! ♥
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on July 21st, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you had to deal with such awful headaches. I hope they are completely gone!

Cooper and the "towel test" really made me smile, thanks for sharing! :) I also did the test with Micki with the result that she is cute too. :D She was in her basket in the living room, already half asleep but watched me when I got the towel. When I put the towel over her head, she sighed, just put her nose over the edge of the basket but did not move and seemed to sleep. I had to think of another test I did with Micki - to see if your dog is smart one drops something he likes to eat so that it lands on a table. The dog, who is watching what your a doing, should quickly find out that they don't find the delicious thing under the table but that it's on the table. Micki quickly found out that a Frolic does not fall through wood, she only once looked under the table. Dogs! :)

Much love and big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Cooper - by Markshutterbug93 on July 22nd, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Sabine!! I do feel so much better today!

And haha!! Micki is cute too!! :D Though I think Micki was just ready to fall asleep before the test and maybe her reaction would have been different if she was not so tired. :)

And I should try the dropping the treat test with Cooper! :D I somehow have the feeling that he'll be looking for it for DAYS under the table, though. ;) We love him dearly, but he is sometimes... UMMM... cute. ;D