Looking at a mighty busy week upcoming. Production on Dark Matter‘s first two episodes shift to location work. We’ll be in Hamilton Monday to Wednesday, then Kitchener Thursday to Friday. I’ll be joining them on the outskirts on three of our five out days, but Wednesday and Thursday will see me at the production offices as prep gets underway for episode #103. Up Wednesday is a set walkthrough with director Paolo Barzman, the concept meeting, and a space suit look-see. On Thursday, it’s meetings galore: costumes, playback, art department, and visual effects.
Also on Wednesday, my french bulldog, Lulu, is scheduled to go in for eye surgery. I say “scheduled” because I’m hoping for an 11th hour miracle that may avert her going under the knife. While in Montreal, she stumbled over her shuffling paws (damn dog booties!) and did a face plant on the salted pavement that saw her acquire two tiny eye ulcers. A local vet prescribed her an antibiotic gel and, days later, the problem looked like it was on its way to clearing up. But after a follow-up here in Toronto and a prescription for a new antibiotic eye drop, her condition seemed to worsen. And so, I brought her in to see a opthamologist who informed me she would require eye surgery (and a post-op recover period that would see her sporting a contact lens and the above-pictured cone of shame). I scheduled the surgery for Wednesday since I was told sooner is better given the circumstances but, all the same, I couldn’t help but note that she seemed to be improving until we switched to the new antibiotic. And so, I’ve switched back to the original gel in the hopes that, when I bring her in on Wednesday morning, a preliminary check of her eye may reveal some significant improvement, thus negating the need for surgery. Here’s hoping.
In other dog-related news, Lulu continues to force Bubba out of his comfy beds – squeezing in and making herself a general nuisance until he finally gets fed up and abandons his spot.
Bubba continues to prove a nuisance at feeding time, moaning impatiently whenever Akemi prepares his food – then wolfs down his meal so that he can snag some of Jelly’s leftovers:
Meanwhile, Jelly grows increasingly cranky and impatient in her old age (she’ll be 16 in February!). She may be wobbly, but she’s still going!
She DOES enjoy her snacks though!
A tough day of football for me as one of my Vegas preseason Super Bowl picks, the Packers (14-1) went down to defeat (while another, the Colts at 34-1, are looking like they’ve already called it a season). Actor Roger Cross and VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, both Seahawks fans, came over for the first game. When Seattle went down 16-0 early, Roger, conveniently, had to leave (he claimed someone was coming by his place to set up the wifi). Coincidentally, he DID manage to find his way back after the Seahawks scored late to take the lead. It was an agonizing end to the game. And Akemi captured all the action…