08.04.03 | 10:08 p.m.

This is my dog, Nikita. Recently, she has earned herself the nickname 'Capt'n Infecto' due to the fact that she keeps managing to find ways to get herself chauffeured to the vet for another round of antibiotics. Last week it was an ear/nose infection. This week, she's somehow infected her lower lip, snout and back paw. Pretty soon I'm going to put her in a sterile bubble.

As for me, I'm working on planning tomorrow's "sick day." I believe a trip to Target, Jewel, and Stanley's on North Ave. are on the agenda. I've got a pot of New Castle Beef Stew to brew up for my camping trip this week. Delicious.