Friday, March 13, 2009

A Blowout Wednesday

Wednesday, you ask? Surely you jest... it's Friday the 13th after all...

Well, no.

I've decided that I am always approximately 2 days behind - not just in blogging, but in everything. That appears to be the amount of time I have lost in the last week or so either through sleeping or crying. Not to mention that pesky daylight savings time. Spring forward my ass...

On Wednesday evening Bogart and I decided that some ice cream was in order. Those who know me well have probably just gasped for breath. Those of you who don't know me personally have no idea why such a simple thing would cause such trepidation. You see, I am a semi-reformed sugar addict. There, I said it. I've come out of my frosting-filled closet. For the last two years I was able to ignore the siren song of the sugary treat (February 23rd being my anniversary). Not a single bit of goodness passed my lips during that time. Was I happy about it? More like conflicted, I'd say. I gave up everything (cookies, candy, chocolate, pie, ice cream, oh pretty much everything delicious and sugar-y) cold turkey. The only way I could. And it was HARD. Not terribly rewarding either as I didn't do any of the things that those "death to sugar" books would lead you to believe - didn't lose a ton of weight, didn't have a clearer head, still have the pesky pimples, and didn't feel any damn better. I'm sure that inside things were chugging along at a better pace, but I had nothing to hold on to as my flag - I feel so much more energetic! I am svelte! No more pizza face!

Ahem, no.

And it's funny because there is absolutely no sympathy for the adult candy-addict. I've often said that if I were addicted to heroin I'd get more sympathy - would you wave a dirty syringe in front of a recovering heroin addict? Probably not, but I've had many people not only wave chocolate bars in front of me, but eat them slowly, lovingly, and completely while I watched. Not to mention that my drug of choice was readily available, socially acceptable, and completely affordable even during my weakest financial moments. And of course it's yummo.

So for two years I was able to keep this up - not one single misstep. Until Klaus passed away. It's amazing how simple it was to buy a nice chocolate bar for myself (no worry about the law, or unapproving glances from "decent" people) and consume the entire thing in minutes. Something that was entirely verboten only a few weeks before (self imposed, yes, but I was just getting good at it).

I haven't had any ice cream in 2 years. Damnit, I felt like having ice cream. Bogart agreed. So off we went into the night in the Bogcedes to the grocery store. I decided to combine a little walkie for Bogart down Hawthorne so we'd have a little social interaction and he could pee on some things he hasn't peed on for awhile. All good. Then he guarded the Bogcedes (his least favorite thing save for guarding the house) while I went inside to procure some of that Ben and Jerry's goodness. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel and chocolate pieces. Mmm, mmm, mmm. I bought it, came out to the car, and Bogart and I were off for home and creamy happiness.

And then, BOOM!

What the hell was that? Driving down the street I think I felt it more than I heard it but it was pretty unmistakable - my drivers side front tire blew out. This has happened to me before but on my old 67 Mustang, which truly almost blew the car off of the road. In the Bogcedes, it felt like I had hit an unfortunately large bump and then was compelled to drive off slowly to the far left for something very, very important (even old luxury car = goodness). So great. Now I'm stuck far away from home with a blowout on the Bogcedes, Bogart and I in the car, with fast-melting ice cream. Damn. Damn. Damn.

AAA has saved my butt many times, and this time was no exception. They towed Bogart and I home (Bogart did have to ride in the Bogcedes however, my tow truck driver not realizing that he was in the company of someone famous). By the time we got home my delicious ice cream was more of a soup. Not that this stopped me, but I didn't get to share with Bogart the way I'd hoped (I didn't want to give him any of the chocolate). He hasn't liked ice cream in the past, so maybe that was just as well.

Cry, go to sleep, wake up, call another tow truck. Off to Les Schwab to replace the blown-out tire. Why is it that every time I've ever had something like this happen it is never sufficient to replace only one tire? To be fair, they did show me what my other tires looked like and lets just say that I was lucky only one blew out. So now I have to replace not just one but all four tires on the Bogcedes. Double, triple, quadruple Damn.

The good news is that we do have a new place to live next month - finally someone willing to take a chance on us. I really think that bringing Bogart in to the original viewing and interview helped enormously. He was on his best behavior (I think he knew this was important) and did the triple-play of Dale-dom: Head tilt, giving paw whenever someone says Guten Tag, and then lying down. For some reason lying down always makes people smile - I think because it makes Bogart look even more like a big stuffed animal. The space is a lot smaller than where we currently are, but is very close to where I work - so I will be able to be close to the important man in my life, the Boglemeister.

And for those who have been worrying, Charlie's moms dropped off another amazing care package for me (excellent chili and rice salad!!!) so yes I am eating. And not just chocolate.




Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Okay Out There -

Whoever has The Lulu Voodoo Doll out there, please put it down...woo have tortured her enough...

Glad woo are safe...

Glad woo have found a place to live with the famous Bogart!

My mom says woo just have to treat yourself sometime -

We all know all to well after the past month, life is too short NOT to have fun!


Petey said...

I hear you, sister! I was carb-free for over a year when my dad died and BAM - pass the potato chips, please and stop on the way for a big scoop of dip.

You must have felt that was your guilty conscience talking to you when that tire blew. But here's where we differ - I'd have eaten the ice cream first, THEN called AAA! Ben & Jerry wait for no man...

So happy to hear you've found new digs and that you'll be closer to work and Bogie. Sounds like he knows when to turn on the charm, the Handsome Devil!

You still owe yourself some ice cream. Enjoy it. Just take it one day at a time.


Petey and his Mom

Hollie and Janie said...

Oh, Lulu!!
I'm Hollie, and I am a sugar-aholic! It's okay to endulge a little!! Walking a 'dale is quickest way to melt off those calories anyway!!
When I was last looking for an apartment, I offered to bring Janie's references.... that made the landlord laugh and me and my huge dog moved in!! I think the pound limits that apt. bldgs/condos have is so arbitrary! My precious Sadie got us evicted once b/c she was deemed over the limit, even though she was/is the bestest, sweetest 'dale of them all...
Glad you and Bogie found new diggs!!

Painter Pack said...

I will admit that I am an ice cream hoochie poochie! Haroooo!!! My mommy is an ice cream she shares the good stuff with me!!!!

We are glad woo is safe!! Smoochies to Bogart!

Mya Boo Boo

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a bummer about the blown tire, heck, 4 tires and the ice cream that you REALLY NEEDED to treat yourself to but we're thrilled that you and Bogie got yourself a new place to live!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noah the Airedale said...

We hear you too Lulu. Did the whole food combining, vegetarian, no diary thing for 2 years. That went out the window years ago.

I'd freak out if the front tyre blew out on my car. Luckily you're both ok. Shame about the ice-cream though.

Denise Noah Willow Tess Lucy xx

Persephone and Buster said...

Hey Bogart --
man you were right on it.. taking care of the mom. calling triple A.. i told you not to chew on tires though that's a definite no no. it is very good to hear you'll have new digs soon -- maybe it's closer to the ice cream store? we'll help with that iceee dogs love icee cream. LuLu we're crossing our paws and toes that no more bad surprises will come your way any time soon.
sending some blue zen your way,
theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone & Ms Blue too.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Too bad about the well deserved treat...and the blow-out....nice ass though ;o)
Glad you're eating, sleeping, socialising and's all good.....and congrats on the new Bogpalace!
Slobbers xx

Asta said...

Lulu and Bogie
I discovewed the yummoiness of ice cweam in wome last doesn't dome to me often, cause Mommi is not tall and thin like you, so she has to be mowe caweful, but you know what hew vice is???fwesh bwead..cwusty, and chewy..I think if she had no othew food she'd still be awful about youw bogiecedes ' tiwes..thank dog you wewen;t twaveling fast when you had a blowout.I'm so happy you found a nice new home..close to wowk..that means you can see bogie mowe and fastew. Lulu, I don't think wegoolaw food wules apply to you wight's whatevew can get you thwough the day
smoochie kisses

Moco said...

What an odd way for the sugar recovery Gods to keep you from the ice cream. Remember that relaspe is just another step in recovery.
Glad to hear that you were able to find a new place to live so quickly.
Keep eating that yummy sounding chili and rice salad.

Stanley said...

Sweet Lulu!

STINK! Stuff like that happens to us a lot, but I do think it's a good thing you found out about your other tires and that you and Bogart are alright (bummer bout the ice cream, though)!!

Wish we could be there to help you move. I'm very good with anything edible in a bag. I can handle that. Then we could have a nice house warming pawty for you. It will be good to know that Bogie is right down the street, if ever you need him.

Be glad it's Charlie's moms and not my girl who is bringing you food. I think my girl's specialty is toast made in the French peoples' fashion (or grilled cheese). I'm going to have to break down and go give Charlie's moms some juicy goob smooches myself. They're really AireMazing!

Glad you're eating and you will not fall victim to any whoop ass with which you may have been threatened. Whatever you eat, I hope you savor it and enjoy!

Goober love & loads of smooches,

Pee S
Please give Bogie a nice booty sniff from me, okay?

Faya said...

I have been "compulsive eater" and I not only with sugar but almost everything eatable....
If you feel you need chocolate jut eat it but like a therapy....
Today my Faya will have some ice-cream for her birthday. I will think of you !
Kisses, VĂ©ronique

Lorenza said...

Another trip for ice cream is in order!
Glad you found a new house closer to your job.
Chili and rice salad? Yummy! enjoy it!
Kisses and hugs

Ruby said...

I read about how sugar was a poison and I would be so much better off without it... so I tried it. Like you, I totally abstained for a year or more. And then I went to Paris and stood in front of a patisserie window looking at all the wonderful cakes - I caved. And I neither felt any better for not eating sugar and I didn't feel any worse for eating it again. The books were wrong.

Glad you are enjoying chocolate again - I think it feeds the emotional body.

Kay and Ruby

Sally said...

Well, new tires, new digs - I think another trip to the store for a celebration ice cream is in order. This time go with a big ice cooler and spoons - so if any other random acts happen - you can be at the ready.

Glad to hear you have a new place and it is close to where you work.

Lots of licks

Martha Basset said...

Well done on sorting out the accommodation - and so quickly! I agree with everyone else - more ice cream and lots of it! xxx

Mango said...

Thanks goodness for AAA. Bogie, man, you must have had quite a ride behind the tow truck.

Sounds like you did a good job helping mama find a new place. Who wouldn't want to be able to say they had the actual Bogart living in their house?

Nice butt shot, too.


Alasandra said...

Blowouts sound very scary. Glad you both were OK and got home safely. So glad you found a place.

We loves ice-cream. ~S,S,C & F

Agatha and Archie said...

WEll..we are glad you weren't going fast...and now you don't have to worry about it happening again for while( we are trying to think positively) and we are thrilled that you have a nice new place where you can be close to Bogie...all in all the worst part is that you didn't get the ice cream at its best....Love A+A+PL2

Jersey Girl said...

I'm with you on the sugar issue! That's my next addiction to beat. Last year I gave up caffeine. I haven't had too much trouble with that one, and am generally not tempted to reach for it. The year before that I gave up aspartame. That was easy 'cause it gives me migraines, which I didn't believe until I stopped using it and they went away. Now it's carbs. I need to lose weight and that's my plan of action. I did great for a month...lost some weight etc. Then I found out my daughter needed major hip surgery and that my best friend was diagnosed with HIV all at the same time. I haven't been able to put down the can of Pringles since. And don't get me started about the calling of the thick, minty goodness that is the Shamrock Shake at McDonalds. Next comes my daughter's bday party, her surgery and Easter, all in the same week. Yeah. Keep me supplied with Pringles and chocolate til then and no one gets hurt.

I'm glad that you and Bogart weren't hurt during the blow out. It's sort of strange to have commented as much as I have lately, since I have mostly been a lurker for 3 years. I hope it's not too strange for you. I guess I just didn't comment because it's been Bogart posting, and since my dogs don't have blogs, I didn't know the appropriate way to comment. My daughter LOVES looking at pics of Bogart and the cats, however, so we've been faithful readers, albeit quiet ones, for a long time.

Joe Stains said...

When it rains it pours right!?! We have to tell you our Dad is an adult candy addict too, if that makes you feel better. Mom would wake up in the middle of the night to see him in the bathroom trying to sneak a 2am twix bar. Its ok!!

The Airechicks said...

Lulu - Bogart:

SUGAR - HBO word around here....doesn't stop our Mom - she's the doing the one day thing....

BLOWOUT - are you sure Klaus wasn't trying to tell your something regarding the ICE CREAM???? You must admit he got your attention.....

Glad you guys have a new place - please ask for help packing and don't get rid ANYTHING just yet...
there's alway time for that....

Charlie's Angels is what we shall now call his Moms....


pughy said...

How much more bad can you get? Lets hope this is the last. At least we can be thankful you are safe.
Glad to hear you have got a place to live. Dont worry about the chocolate just take comfort.

Hugs Ginger Jasper xx

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Bogart, Lulu and family -

We are relatively new to blogging. Asta and Rocky sent us over to visit you.

From reading your blog we understand that you have had some trying times (which is an understatement) and we just wanted to give you some schnauzer vibes. We really hope that things will get better for you.

We are glad that you did not get hurt in the blowout from your car.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci
Two New England Schnauzers

Finni said...

Ooh, well done Bogie for charming your way in to that new place. Too bad about the tyre tht spoiled the icecream 'blowout'.
Does Charlie's mum have wings? She sounds like an angel. We love her. Wish we could do more...
Finni & Nelly xx

Molly and Taffy said...

Hi Bogart

You have been working hard helping your Mum sort out a new apartment and supporting her when the tyre on the Bogcedes went bang.

We hope you get another chance at testing some ice cream very soon.

Molly and Taffy

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Just stopping by to check on you both...

Glad the blowout didn't hurt anything but the ice cream and your wallet.

We hope you get settled in your new place and find some comfort and happiness there.

And Bogart, keep Lulu walkin' and talkin' and eatin' and you will both enjoy those small pleasures you have to look for really hard when times are the toughest.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance

Lucia said...

Ciao bella Lulu and caro Bogie,

We two Italian girls can vouch for the fact that when gelato fails, chocolate still works. Although, given our Sophia-Loren-like love of food (ok, maybe it's Mario- Batali-like)we probably would have dunked the chocolate in the melted ice cream and had them both...!!

Hang in there, Lulu. Everyone's here for you....

Tanti baci!
Lucia and her girl

Suzuki said...

I am furry glad to hear you sre still eating and that you and Bogart found a new home :)
Big licks to you

Lillie Valentine said...

We continue to think of you and pray for you. Its ok about the ice cream....sugar've been through alot lately.

ellen said...

Bogart, good boy for turning on the Airedael charm to get into the the new place.

Lulu, about two weeks after my mom died following weeks and weeks of care and stress, I was in a car accident. Not hurt, but I sat and cried and said out loud, "not one more thing!" It was a last straw. I know exactly how the blow-out must have felt. You owe yourself another trip to the store for ice cream.

Rambo said...

Sorry....especially that you didn't get to enjoy the ice cream. And Bogart too. I love ice cream!
My G-Mom has an addiction. Chocolate. She can't live without it. Oh, and coffee too. I think it's okay. I am an addict mysef. It's food. I love all kinds of food. Say hi to Bogart and I hope you are doing well.
Rambo the chi

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Bogie gives his paw to "Guten Tag?"
The terriers completely ignore my shrieks of Sei Ruhig, bitte!!!! Und, genug!!!!!!!! Frankly,they wouldn't do it in english either!!!

Ice cream is balm for the well as chocolate...produces endorphins anyway...and it's legal...Petey's mom is it first!!!

As for the tires...sigh...that totally spend $$$ on that when it could be on something way prettier...but not so useful...

Hang in there, Lulu...Kussen to Bogie!!!

Scruffy, Lacie, Stanny and Mumsie

Ha...our word verification is esses...sorta like essen??!!!!

Diefenbaker said...

**puppy kisses**

Lady Kaos said...

Glad to hear you found a new place to live and that you're eating. My mom says she hates when sometimes it feels like abd things just keep happening and just when you think things are okay again, something else happens. She says hugs always make her feel lots better, especially Kaos hugs.
Lots of Kaotic hugs to you!!!!

Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

Hi, Lulu and Bogie!

Sorry to hear the B&Js had time to melt. We think that means you need to make a second trip to replace the ice cream soup.
Bummer about the blow out but at least you were there together to deal with it.
We think of you often and have kept you in our prayers. Guess we need to add ice cream and cars to the list.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

We are glad that you found a new place to live, Lulu! Sorry to hear about the blown tires...nasty things those are.

We think the ice-cream is a good idea too...sometimes my Mom takes lots of sweet things too when she's down. Hope things look up for you soon!

Scottie & Audrey

Sally G said...

Wow, so much action and adventure. Sorry to hear about the tire, but ice cream we love and Momma figures if we eat it, less for her hips.
Good you found a new flop, hope you got a yard to scent.
Bogart nice pic, hubba, hubba, are you intact? Or is that a shadow?
Sally G

Deetz said...

I can't wait to see your new place and see all the new friends that you make along the way. I am glad your mum is eating and it is so sweet of Charlies mum to make sure she is eating good foods. High Five to Charlie's mum, okay.

Eduardo said...

Oh Lulu! I'm sorry your car is sick! We are glad your eating, ice cream is best when your feeling down! We loves y'all!
Hugs & Snugs,
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

OhMy said...

Just stopping by to make sure you are doing o.k., we have not heard from you in a few! Good luck with the move!

Cisco Kid, Airehead Terror Extraordinaire & Humans

William Tell said...

Glad you knew what to do when faced with a flat tire. Mom would have just had a good bawl in the front seat and polished off the Ben and Jerry carton. Good thing Bogart was along to keep you safe and sound while you waited for AAA.

William Tell

Homer said...

Just dropping by to say hello.


Twinkle a.k.a Chicken Little said...

Hey Lulu & Bogie, glad you guys are ok. You should eat more coz FOOD is the best!! Food make me happy & I hope it does to you too.

slurpy licks,

The Meezers said...

Hi Lulu - well, that was an entirely uncalled for adventure, wasn't it. I'm glad that you found a place closer to your work - more time with your little man will be a good thing for both of you.