Archive for May, 2012

Congratulations Dr. McIlnay!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Dr. Tonya McIlnay, Omaha’s wonderful veterinary ophthalmologist and her equally wonderful team, moved into a new building recently and had their Open House tonight.

Remember when I went to the Farmers’ Market and I saw a dog and Vernon said (paraphrase) “It is going to be alright” and then it was? I again walked into a crowd On Purpose tonight and again it turned out just fine.

In fact, it was a very fun evening.  A hug from Dr. McIlnay right as I walked in the door and a tour from Jen and Shelly (MY coworkers, who were just being nice because they know how much I unlove crowds) is equally comforting as seeing a dog and having Vernon say everything will be okay.

Jen and Shelly - Thank you both! I think you are great.

Anyways, I am a grown up now.  I join crowds.  Because so many of my Favorites were there.  And I like Dr. McIlnay so much.  And her new hospital is really nice.  I would not have wanted to miss THAT.

So here are some pictures.  I forgot to get a picture of Dr. McIlnay’s vet tech, Susie, and my coworker Dr. Kanne, who are also my Favorites.  The pictures also do not do the beautiful building justice.  I bet if you called ahead and were super nice, they would give you a tour sometime.  It really is great.

Whitney, Trey and Becky, more awesome Gentle Doctor coworkers

Allison and Rhea, MORE awesome Gentle Doctor coworkers

Angie and Erin, still MORE awesome Gentle Doctor coworkers

Amanda, yet another awesome Gentle Doctor coworker

Pastor Mark and Pastor Wenda - They stayed after the Open House to offer a blessing for the new location and pray for Dr. McIlnay and her team. How cool is that?? I know! Very!

Pastor Wenda and Shawn McIlnay, Dr. McIlnay's husband who is AS NICE as his wife!

Dr. McIlnay and Dr. Backlund, another very nice Omaha veterinarian

May your pets never have problems with their eyeballs.  But if they do, may they be blessed with Dr. McIlnay as their doctor.


Happy Memorial Day and…Squirrel!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Happy Memorial Day to you and your families.

THANK YOU to the men and women of the United States military who have kept and continue to keep us safe and protect our country. Thank you Dad and Dad-Finch.  Thank you Grandpa Rasmussen and Grandpa Everingham.


View Down Our Street Where Flags are Lined Up Three Times a Year

I love our neighborhood.  Reason #93 (or so :)) – The neighbors who have lived here since the homes were built in the mid 1940’s put a small flag out for every neighbor who wants one every Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day.

This year, Russ and I helped.  We also put a flag in the yard of the new bike shop on the corner to say, “Happy Memorial Day.  We are so glad you are here and hope you feel like a part of the neighborhood.”  The shop owner drove by and waved, which I think meant, “That is exactly what I thought you meant, and thank you.”

Here are some pictures from the week…


Robins' Nest that Abby Found at the Park Near My Work

Baby Gizmo - Puppy at Our Neighbors' Movie Party - Doesn't she look like Joy??

Tucker Dog at Movie Night

Oscar Dog at Movie Night

Baby Gizmo and Tucker Dog are new friends.  Oscar Dog and I are old friends.  His family is Jeff and Lu and their son and their cat – five of my very favorites in the whole world.  Oscar and Henny Penny Cat are also patients, something, surprisingly, they have never held against me.

Squirrel! Black Squirrel playing on our fence

I commented from the Aksarben Farmers’ Market yesterday that if I can focus on the babies or dogs in a crowd, I can relax.  Otherwise, I get antsy, and I need to be at the edge of a crowd if possible.  Vernon asked if I have a social anxiety disorder, and I said I probably do, though it has never been formally diagnosed.  I do okay though.

On a related note, Lu laughed that all of my pictures from Movie Night were of the dogs.  But I otherwise acted Almost Normal.  I love people!  Just more than a few strangers at a time gets overwhelming!  I spent much of the evening talking with a friend of Lu’s who raises African Tortoises (How cool is that??) and also Gizmo’s Mom, who it turns out, loves super cute black Lab Something puppies as much as I do.

Pictures from Work…

These pictures are from the @GentleDoctor120 twitter account. Dr. Bashara let me start it for the team, and it is very fun.  Because Dr. Krapfl and Angie are also involved, there is helpful medical information in the twitter stream as well!

This is Trudy, the Super Cute doggy of my coworker Koni

This is on the white board at work.  Every day we add things and every day we change the border.  Fun!

Positivity Corner

Here are a few pictures from my parents’ backyard. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful??

Everything I know about fish medicine, I learned from helping Dad with this pond

This is what Mom and Dad do when they find out a ground hog is living under the shed. You see why I am the way I am?? They named him "G" which Dad and I both find hilarious.

This is the view that would be lost if the field behind Mom and Dad's is developed, which may occur soon. To the right of the picture is my high school Millard North.

Websites I am Reading this Week…

I Miss You When I Blink

Thank you Dr. Roark!

The Bloggess

Dr. Grumpy in the House

Veterinarians Behaving Badly

New Games I Have Found…

Logo Quiz

(Thank you African Tortoise Farmer!)

Draw Something

How sweet is Russ? :)

I would have added you to my Draw Something group if I knew how.  I think I am “Finch93” if you would like to play with me.  It is super fun!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Happy Birthday to my awesome husband, Russ…

*whispering* He is forty!

and to our equally awesome cat, Max the Cat…