The week ended on a pretty good note for Gus and I! Friday began early with a holistic vet coming to our house to do acupuncture and laser treatment on Gus. Dr. E also gave me her thoughts and suggestions to help make and keep Gus comfortable, happy and content. She and I both agreed that despite the progression of the DM (degenerative myleopathy) Gus is in an okay place right now. It felt really good to have another set of eyes see Gus and validate that we're doing all the right things for him.
It was also so thoughtful of Dr. E to be concerned about how I was personally doing in carrying the load of caring for Gus. Her advice to me was the same as many of you have given me, which was to remember to take "time out" for myself and have some fun. It was well timed advice because a friend and I had bought tickets a few weeks ago to see the musical, "The Lion King" at the Kennedy Center.
The evening began at a restaurant near the Kennedy Center with "Nana Sue's meatloaf," scalloped potatoes, bacon braised green beans with sweet onion mushroom gravy.
My friend and I couldn't and didn't finish our big dinner and so we had room for dessert. I had warm fudge cake with milk chocolate caramel topped with a scoop of passion fruit ice cream.
We enjoyed a nice walk back to the Kennedy Center, noticing a 7-Eleven that seemed a little out of place.
We found our seats and waited for the show to begin. It was an experience that no words can accurately depict. The beautifully decorated actors transformed to jungle animals proceed down the aisle. The costumes and puppetry transform elegant actors and dancers into giraffes, graceful leopards, leaping antelopes, an elephant, strutting zebras, as the air above fluttered with flying birds all moving toward Pride Rock to meet the new lion prince, Simba. The show closely follows the story that we all were introduced to in 1994 (yes, that long ago!!) and seeing it literally come to life truly is amazing to see. (Taking photos during the performance is strictly prohibited--The below photo is from the internet).
From start to finish, the entire night was perfect -- And it was the perfect chance to not think (too much) about anything other than what a really fun and memorable evening it was with a good friend!