So as I'm sure some of you know, I went to St. Pete this past weekend with my dad and little brother. It was a lot of fun. Kind of uneventful, but that was nice. The first big thing we did was go to Sunken Gardens, and it was really nice. There were tons of pretty plants obviously, and lots of huge koi and some birds. My favorite part, which wasn't actually part of the gardens, were the two baby racoons running around. They were super friendly and interested in what we were doing. I wish I had been able to give them some noms, but I didn't have anything with me. On Saturday we kind of vegged out and saw Star Trek in the early afternoon. We took naps afterwards, went to dinner, and then decided to see Iron Man. While waiting in line to buy tickets, we got a call from my stepdad saying that our basset hound, Elmo, who had been battling with cancer for almost a year had taken a turn for the worst and that they were taking her to the emergency vet and might have her put down. The vet said it had spread to her lungs, so they did end up putting her down. My parents are an absolute wreck right now, and I'm not sure how my little brother is doing. He seemed like he was about to cry when he heard, but then we went into the movie which was a nice distraction and on Sunday we went to Tarpon Springs which was another good distraction. I'm holding up ok I guess, but I start to get really upset if I think about it. I haven't been home since March, so that was the last time I saw her and it's really hard for me to believe she's gone. I've been distracting myself with work and Spike, but it doesn't always work. I'm starting to get upset, so I think I'm going to take him out now.

Here are some pictures of the baby racoons.

And this was Elmo the last time I saw her. She was trying to eat my lunch