Is There a Blogging Workman’s Comp?
I am trying to type this with a sixty-five pound bulldog in my lap. A snoring bulldog. Who does not make a very good iPad stand. If it weren’t for my perpetually vigilant autocorrect, these sentences would be gibberish. In fact, I was going to turn the autocorrect off so you could see what kind of handicap I’m working under, but I can’t find it, and I’m having trouble focusing because of the gas cloud that just wafted up to my nose.
I’m pretty sure if this continues, I am going to either have to stop blogging, get surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, or succumb to the fumes altogether one night.
Aforementioned bulldog has recently developed an intense sense of entitlement, and I am apparently the chosen Entitler.
After my day is supposedly done, demands of students and family all met, I blog. It usually happens around 9:00 at night when I finally set my butt into the desk chair hoping to get an extended period of time absent of questions or pleas for attention.
Lately, that time hasn’t been too extended.
Wonderbutt, with the keen perception of pretty much everyone else in my life, knows that I am trying to fit in some alone time. Naturally, he believes if I am not busy with anyone else, it must be time for me to spend time with him. So, he waits by the gate to the Forbidden Section of the house, hoping I will cross over any moment.
This is what I imagine he is thinking:
Any moment. Any moment…
O.K. I’ve waited long enough (a whole five minutes). Time to notify the Lady of the House I am expecting her presence. Now.
And so, Wonderbutt makes a few, well-spaced plaintive comments about how long I am making him wait. Afraid he will wake up Dimples or aggravate Cap’n Firepants, landing me back on square one in the Family Needs Met department, I make a mental note of my blog topic, grab my iPad, and hop over the gate. Sometimes I fall over the gate. I’m not very nimble any more. Well, ever.
Wonderbutt cheerfully follows me to the living room, sits expectantly by the couch, and watches me sit. When my leg placement finally meets his approval, he hops up, curls himself into a semicircle, plops his paw on my knee and his head on my leg, and goes to sleep.
I am well aware that I am coddling him, creating a monster, etc…
But I like it. I can’t figure out why. If one more human being needed me today, I would probably scream. But I find Wonderbutt’s need comforting for some reason I can’t explain.
I am trying to relearn how to type with one finger. I haven’t done that since I was in elementary school. Typical of Wonderbutt to make me regress.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you have been finding my most recent posts to be somewhat lacking in quality, I would like to blame Wonderbutt for forcing me to work in less than ideal working conditions.
And if you haven’t noticed any difference, well just carry on and pretend you never saw this.
Posted on December 13, 2011, in Blogging, Dogs, Family, Humor, Wonderbutt, Writing and tagged blogging, bulldogs, dogs, family, humor, wonderbutt, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.
I didn’t know bulldogs liked to cuddle so! I think I would find a dog needing me vs. a human much more tolerable as well.
I am not sure they all do, but Wonderbutt really does. It’s probably for the warmth, but I like to flatter myself that he likes me.
I have one really old cat (and several more, but that’s another story). My old cat is enormously needy, and drives me crazy. But for some (self-destructive) reason, if he doesn’t come to bed at night, I go get him.
Yes, I start to worry if Wonderbutt hasn’t begun to call for me by a certain time. I’m very co-dependent, apparently.
OMG! I was typing my post for tonight when yours came into my email and I laughed so hard I started coughing! My bulldog is laying half on me on the couch and my laptop is on her but for me to type. I know all too well the waft to which you refer. Long live Wonderbutt!
That is so funny! That’s why I blog – so I can find the people who know my pain!
My (second) carpal tunnel surgery is next week. Get the pooch a blanket on the floor! My injury happened in a car accident, though, not via bulldog.
I linked to you today in response to the award you sent my way earlier this month. As always, I so enjoy your writing and the one and only Mr. W. Butt.
I truly wish you well on the surgery. I hope you have a swift recovery, and that it doesn’t effect your blogging frequency! I always enjoy your posts!
Oh my heavens, look at that face. How adorable!
He really knows how to work it.
You know you have to coddle Wonderbutt because he graciously gives you material for you blog posts.
That is very true! I definitely know that my days of blogging would be numbered if he didn’t provide my topics anymore!
Another hilarious glimpse of your compromised life 🙂 Your comment, “I’m having trouble focusing because of the gas cloud that just wafted up to my nose” is fantastic! I am mentally holding my breath as I write this 🙂
Trust me, it was definitely not an exaggeration! That dog has serious stomach disturbances!
Hmm… It seems like you have a symbiotic relationship with Wonderbutt. He is a time vampire, but he provides inspiration. What to do? 🙂
I love that, “time vampire.” And, you are absolutely right. We are meant for each other.
When he learns to speak English you may not like it as much!
Are you suggesting that he is cussing me out? Perish the thought!
Good ol’ Thunderbutt, I mean, Wonderbutt. You can’t resist that little face! Our Rosie does that, except she works the bassett hound like eyes she’s got. While she’s too big to sit in my lap, I get a wet nose to the pit followed by aforementioned eyes. Who are we kidding? Our dogs rule us.
I wouldn’t be able to resist Rosie, either, I’m sure!