Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Riverbank Zoo (Photos)

Zoos and Gardens are totally some of my fave places to be a "real" photographer.  So many things to take pics of!

Also, a shout out to Teh Dental Hygienist for putting up with me and "all my pictures".

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekend Review {2/19}


Work and school on Friday.  Bagheera and I had a date and it was delightful.  I worked outside for most of the afternoon until it was time to leave and meet Teh PT Family and Husband at Holy City for dinner.

When we got home from dinner, I worked on a new puzzle and listened to Outlander 6.  Teh German had went to Teh PT House for cigars and after he came home, we went to bed.


Saturday was the beer thing in Columbia that I kept censoring on my calendar.  I was able to get 4.6 miles in before we had to leave.  Woot.  I'm finally getting back into the running and it's deeeelightful.

Teh Dental Hygienist and I were the designated drivers for the beer event, so while everyone was getting wasteeeeeeddd, we went and had lunch at Eggs Up Grill (after our initial brunch choice had an hour and a half long wait, which we were not interested in) and then we headed to Riverfront Zoo in Columbia to be the only child-free/less adults at the zoo.  I'll just let you imagine my reaction to that situation.

Teh Dental Hygienist captured me in my element.

I warned Teh Dental Hygienist that if I found silly hats we would be taking selfies.

Moments later, I got poked in the face with an elephant trunk.. it was dirty.

Almost like Phil!

This would be a perfect Turxi (turtle+taxi).

The beer event ended at 4, which was convenient since that's about the time we finished up walking through the zoo.  We picked up our drunk ass friends and headed to Mellow Mushroom, per their demand.

Shenanigans ensued at Mellow Mushroom.. to include:
  • Teh German decided he worked there and tried to steal/distribute pizza that was waiting to go to a table.
    • This was the climax of the dinner and what initiated everything else that happened. 
  • Lots of use of "fuck" and "mother fucker" and "goddamn" and inappropriate volumes.
  • The manager came to us to ask us to maybe stop yelling "fuck" so loudly... if at all.
    • This was while I was trying to get the situation under control and I wanted to punch that MF in the mouth.
  • I was almost certain Teh German was going to get into a fight with another drunk ass who claimed to be the owner of the restaurant.
  • Someone puked in the bathroom.
  • Everyone was taking their time and I was the most embarrassed I've ever been with a group of my friends and all I wanted to do was leave.
Eventually, we all paid up and it was time to leave.

There was no photographic evidence because we were all shocked and cackling, but we got a full moon going down I-26 from the dude in blue in the above photo.  Like, pretty sure I saw scrotum and we confirmed that his butthole is pink.

Teh German was the first to "fall asleep" (pass out) on the way home.  At least in our car.  I assume first of the group because he slept through the entire mooning debacle.  When we got home shortly after 7, everyone unloaded and Teh German headed straight to bed. 

With another evening to myself, I continued to puzzle and listen to Outlander 6.  I ended up staying up wayyyy late to finish it.  It took me almost a month of consistent listening to finish it.  While I actually enjoyed this one, I was ready for it to be over just because I'd been listening to it for soooooooo loooooonnnngggg

Goodreads says it's 980 pages.
Audible says 57h, 46 mins. 
I listen to audiobooks when I'm driving and my commute time usually is
45 (home to school)
+15 (school to work)
+30 (work to home)
1.5 hrs of listening time, per day on average + other times when I listened, like puzzle time.

By 0100, I was in the bed.  My brain was on high from the situation at Mellow Mushroom and/or I drank too much sweet tea, so I ended up taking some extra medication to finally get to sleep. 


Sunday was a home day.. and then it wasn't.  We were able to sleep in.  When I finally woke up (after getting up to feed the dogs earlier in the morning), I went over the prior afternoon with Teh German who couldn't remember most of it.  He did remember trying to serve the pizza and said he had a dream we got kicked out of Mellow Mushroom (which I feel like we probably would have if our table combined hadn't been worth more than the collective tables we were pissing off (to include the table with the guy who yelled at us, "COULD YOU STOP YELLING THE F-WORD?!", which of course only served to make a table of drunk people yell more).

When we finally got out of the bed around 10, I had a weird motivational streak and made the week's menu and grocery list and threw on some gym pants and went to Walmart.  When I got back home, Teh German had fixed Suzi and left to meet his biker gang for a brewery visit/ride.


I had some homework I needed to accomplish, but I prioritized puzzle and Still Me over homework. #notsorry

After not accomplishing much homework, I decided I was cold and took a bath to get warmed up.

Those are not fart bubbles.
I think.

Teh German came home right as I was getting out of the bath.  He tried to start dinner, but realized we didn't have enough of the ingredients that we needed, which was super unfortunate for me.  I had to put on a bra and my gym pants and go back out to the store to pick up milk and flour.  Ugh.

When I got home, we set about making homemade Spätzle, which went poorly since it was our first time making it and we were both moderately hangary.  After eating, I cleaned up (since Teh German had done most of the cooking) and Teh German hit the couch, while I worked on homework at the island.

After my code was written, I made dog breakfast and headed upstairs to do more laundry and then it was time for reading in bed until Teh German came to bed.

And just like that.. the weekend was over.  :(


I woke up tired this morning and it's hard not to nap at my desk today.

This week includes getting super ahead on homework since we're going out of town (again) this weekend.  This time, we're headed to FL to go on Teh German's first open water dive.  It will be my first open water dive since GTMO, so it's definitely going to be interesting.

Otherwise, it should be a quiet week.
Time will tell.

PS.  After January dragged on and on and on.. I'm glad that February is skipping through with a moderate quickness.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five on Friday #139

EINS - Random things

-I dropped my summer Chemistry classes and swapped it for a Calc 2 class.  I've already had a break between Chem 1 and 2, so why not just add some more time in there.. ya know, like a year.  I feel like taking a harder subject during the summer when class meets every day makes it easier than when class meets every other day, at which point I sleep twice and forget even more.  I also considered taking the class at another college to transfer it in, but that just seems like a lot of effort right now.  My veteran calc classmates have informed me that they will NOT be taking it during the summer due to the compressed schedule.

-When you buy the wrong sizes after reading in text the correct size and you get your own size wrong.. you may have an issue.

-I've stopped linking up for SUYB because I was having horrible blogger guilt for dropping my link and never visiting other linker-uppers.  The reality is, I don't have time to go through other blogs.  I can barely keep up with the, like, 6 blogs on my Feedly.

-At the Hot Chocolate Half expo, I received a bunch of chocolate probiotic samples.  They are no as delicious as I wanted them to be.

-I'm struggling in German this semester because we're actually covering things more than my limited knowledge and because calculus homework sucks up all the extra hours of my life.  Maybe I should prioritize.

-For the first time.. maybe ever.. I'm going to run out of data before the end of my billing cycle and I can't for the life of me figure out what is sucking up all my data.  I wish there was a way to track app data usage DAILY.  My phone has the cycle tracker and shows me what apps use the most data overall in a month, but I need to see the day to day break down because NO ME GUSTA.  Part of the issue is that they gave me a free month of unlimted data, which erased all my roll over data that I had banked up... If I had the banked up data, I'd be ok, but without it.. Not so much.  I never thought this would apply to me, but it's time to go on a #DataDiet.

-I want to do a Ragnar run soooo badly.  I wish I could explain it, but I cannot.  I signed up to be a free agent on the website, so maybe someone that needs an extra person for their team will contact me.  Please please please please pleaseeeeeeeeee.

-I am signing up to do the Chicago Rock n Roll weekend (5k and half marathon (or maybe the 10k, idk)) AND the Route 66 half marathon with Teh Running Bestie and Teh Kiawah Friend.  Teh Kiawah Friend was already doing these races and asked if I wanted to tag along and I have no will power and said yes and I then told Teh Running Bestie and well.. Now we're all 3 sharing a hotel room and running races and FRIENDS!  Also, some EPIC ASS medals are going to be earned.

-Teh German said he wanted to go to Florida on a dive trip over his birthday weekend, sooo we're going on a dive trip over his birthday weekend.  I think we might be making up for the lack of 2017 adventures in 2018.  #NOTSORRY

-Teh German and I exchanged valentine's cards and the TL;DR was essentially the same for both cards.  I love that we do that.  It's cheesy, but I don't curr.

-Being able to skip my 0800 classes without much issue or falling behind in class makes me extra happy.

-We had a Marti Gras celebration at work on Tuesday.  Have I mentioned lately that I work for the best Company ever?  Because I do.

-Semi-related.  When I tell other vet students that I have a full-time job, I think they think I'm bragging about already having a job, when really I'm just saying:
1- I can't apply for scholarship because I make too much money.
2- I can't do homework with you at lunch every day because I have to go to work.
3- I don't need to go to a career fair.

I'm honestly not bragging, but I think people think I am and that makes me sad. 
Then again, this a group of people that will talk about the person that isn't there as soon as they leave the room when they were just being friendly to their face.  I asked what they say about me when I'm not around and they said that I talk too much and I complain a lot.  Yep.  That's accurate.  Don't curr.  I really struggle with this behavior because it feels very "teenage girl" to me and these are grown ass men.  /facepalm

-I DO NOT APPRECIATE IT when I get a massage and they do not massage my butt.  I'm not asking you swipe my butt crack, but lawd my butt contains the biggest "muscles" in my body.  Can a girl get a good rub down from a paid professional?! UGH.  Sometimes, I really miss the masseuses in Bahrain with their actual full body rubs.  Like, my boobs got massaged once and my belly.  Essentially, everything but my genitals, which is exactly how I liked it.  I willing to give them a pass for the boobs/belly thing, but come onnnn.. MY BUTT IS A MUSCLE... and some fat, but shut up about that.

ZWEI - Money spent

I went shopping because I had several returns to take back and several rewards that were going to expire soon.  #firstworldproblems

  • Groupon for National Pizza Day.
  • New running shoes.  I bought a pair of Hokas to be my 2nd set of running shoes, but they make my calves cramp.  I've tried running in them and I also have worn them to during the week and walked around campus in them and my calves hurt just walking from class to class.  It's not my jam.  So I used my Dick's rewards to purchase some new Brooks like I had last year that I loved.
  • Old Navy: New loafer shoes and 2 pairs of jeans for me, several pairs of pants for Teh German and 2 short sleeve shirts I know he is going to like.
  • Kohl's: So what had happened was.. I had a return to do and then I managed to stumble on an awesome clearance section.. and I had a 30% off coupon and some rewards dollas.. and well, what should have probably cost me $150 on sale, only cost me $60.  I feel like I stole the stuff.  I ended up getting new curtains and a comforter for First Child Room, a new photo collage frame, cute Valentine's dish towels, and a Valentine's Day card for HUSBAND, since it is our first Vday together.
  • Jim n Nick's after dive class.  I needed some cheese biscuits.
  • A congrats present for Teh Sister, which I'm super pumped about and I can't wait for her to receive it because she's gonna LUURRRVVEEE it..  and unless she's reading Teh Blog, she doesn't know it's coming. HA!
  • Lunch on campus because I was over pot roast and there were no leftovers.
  • Lidl trip to pick up TWO items and I walked out with no less than 10 things.  Oops.
    • One of the things was an orchid for Teh German for Valentine's Day.  So he got flowers too!
  • Wendy's for lunch so I could save my steak leftovers for Friday lunch...
  • I paid for our taxes to be done by a professional this year.  It was $125 well spent.  Thanks to Twin Dad for the referral. 

DREI - Things from my phone

Q: What do you call identical boobs?
A: Identities.
Side note: In the spirit of Marti Gras.

I went with Teh Dental Hygienst to truely embrace my #oldladystatus.
They needed a 12th person for Bunko night and I was it.
It's essentially a dice game and it's not complicated until someone tries to explain the rules to you.
I ended up winning so I made $2 profit.

I think my coworkers thought that baby fever would strike me from holding a 1 month old.
They were wrong.

My coworkers said I needed to text a picture to Teh German with the caption, "What should we name it?"
His answer? "And the name would be "Give it back".
And this folks, is why he is the #BestHusbandEver

This is also why he's the #BestHusbandEver.
Every year I swear we don't do valentines and every year he comes through.
This year flowers were delivered to work (for me to find on Thursday) and he scheduled a couple's massage.
Seriously though.  #LuckiestWomanEver

This is my annoyed face for having to walk 10 minutes to the park near campus for Biology lab because we listened to the instructor talk about the species of animals and trees in the area and then said ok you can go.
I'm annoyed because we didn't do any simulation experiment like the instructor said we would and I had toted my 10+lb backpack all the way there and had to get all the way back to campus.
This is how people die.

VIER - Things from the Internet

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

    1. Teh German
    2. Skipping Biology on Thursday to sleep in and going on a run instead.
    3. Pax not being able to get up the stairs because he had a Kong in his mouth.
    4. Taxes accomplished.
    5. Planning for more medals for my medal rack with Teh Running Bestie and Teh Kiawah Friend.
    6. Getting how to do calculus, even if I've forgotten how to algebra....
    7. Teh German letting me assist him with his ear issues.
    8. Sunglasses on sunny days.
    9. Audiobooks.  All the audiobooks.  Also, I'm actually enjoying Outlander 6 but it feels like it's lasting for forever and I have other audiobooks I want to listen to!!!  #OutlanderProblems
    10. February being half over already.

    Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    Shit Teh German Said #18

    tM: Ok, smart ass.
    tG: Smart people say smart things.

    tM: Take Beck Road as a back way.
    tG: We're taking the Beck way.

    Laying in bed:
    tM: Babe, do you want to go shower?
    tG: gekjaflkeeibe (grumble)
    tM: Well, I'm not trying to twist your arm about it.
    tG: It feels like it.

    Teh German was playing with the new Apple X emojis and I select the rainbow poop emoji to show him.
    tG (in an angry voice): I'm STINKY!
    tG: Damn, I should have said, 'I'm stinking cute!'

    Teh German was looking at a baby cow at an animal petting area.
    tG: If you bite me, I'll put you on a burger.

    We were discussing the sounds that animals make.
    tG:  Geese.
    I poorly imitate the sound of a goose.
    tM: Yeah, I don't know what happened there.
    tG: Yeah, I was just gonna let that go.

    Teh German was in the process of feeding Meri and Pax, who have to work for their meals by laying down to wait while it gets prepared.
    tG to dogs: Ok, lay down.
    Dogs just look at him.
    tG: Ok, Snowflake [Pax], lay down.  Meri, lay down!

    Teh German was tucking the blankets all around him after he got in the bed.
    tM: What are you doing?
    tG: Making a cold wall.

    Teh German accidentally slid his plate while cutting something.
    tM: Woah, that was aggressive.
    tG: I get aggressive over food.
    tM, as I pat his arm: You're in good company.

    Shit Teh German Said Edition 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Weekend Review {2/12}


    After class on Friday, I headed home to wait on the delivery of the new bedroom chair that I ordered 4-6 weeks ago.  I took a break from work things to go use some B1G1 Cold Stone coupons with Teh PT Wife and I have zero regrets about that life choice.

    Teh German got home in the afternoon and we got the chair upstairs first thing, which surprised me, since I figured for sure that I'd have to hound him about it and there would be yelling (because we are seriously the worst work-together team, but we're great at coming up with good ideas). 

    I did let him try to do it himself and eventually I went to help him.  It went much smoother than either of us expected.  It helped that the chair is round and we literally rolled it up the stairs.

    So fancy.
    So new.

    I lurve the new chair.  Teh German didn't want to put the wheels/feet on it since we're planning on rearranging the bedroom in the near future but then he claimed that my chair was broken because it tipped back when we were sitting on it.  Sighhh.

    Since it was National Pizza Day (/rolleyes), Teh German opted for pizza for dinner.  Mexican to me is pizza to Teh German.  I could always eat mexican food.  He could always eat pizza.  Such is life.

    There were no pictures because we sat at the bar and ate pizza and chatted and it wans't overly interesting.  When we got home, we watched some Mad Men, since it was a light homework weekend.


    Saturday morning, Teh German got up and went to dive class.  He woke me up like I had asked, but I opted to stay in bed and be lazy.  Eventually, I did get up and got dressed and headed out on a quick run.  I came back from my run and Teh PT Wife and I walked the beasts.  After my exercise, I had 2 tired dogs and a hunger.  I ate lunch and then showered and then headed out to take care of errands that have been amassing (i.e. returns).

    My first stop was Payless Shoes to return some shoes that didn't fit.  Then, to Dick's Sporting Goods.  I had rewards to spend and my Hokas have only led to disappointment, which sucks since they are relatively new.  I splurged on a new pair of Brooks similar to a pair I had last year, which I lurrrved.

    I was perusing the clearance racks and couldn't figure out why this guy kept staring at me.......

    After Dick's, I learned there is not an Old Navy in Summerville (/headdesk), so I headed to Kohl's to take care of a return and accidentally stumbled upon an awesome clearance section.

    $61 for all that stuff in the above photo.
    Queen/full comforter, 2 curtain panels, photo frame, Valentine's dish towels.

    I headed to Old Navy next.  I had a dress to return and I knew I wanted to buy some new jeans.  I was easily able to find what I needed and completed the exchange and I was on my way out of the store when I noticed clearance men's pants.  I should have just walked away... but I didn't.  That decision led me to end up back in Old Navy 2 more times over the weekend... but I digress.

    I ended up finding a few pairs of pants for Teh German and a not overly cute, but incredibly comfortable shoes for myself... plus those jeans from my first time through the check out...

    I ended up getting the wrong size for Teh German (my dyslexic problem since Teh German did text me his correct size)... and myself.  /facepalm.  After my shopping, I headed home and put stuff away and work on homework things.  When Teh German got home from dive class, I had him try on the pants and he realized my error.  Ugh.

    Teh PT Wife and I had agreed to go out to dinner before Neighborhood Ladies Night, so she agreed to venture into Old Navy with me so I could exchange all the pants.  It was a little difficult, but eventually everything got sorted out.  We went to Wild Wing Cafe for dinner.  We ran into Teh SC German and Teh SC (not no more) Teacher and chatted for a bit.  After we finished dinner, we headed home, made beverages, picked up Teh Dental Hygienist and headed to Ladies Night.

    We stayed for several hours, but around 11 I realized that I had to get up early, so it was time to go.


    Teh German's alarm went off at 0700 to get up and get ready for dive class.  I couldn't sleep in this time since I was also going to dive class for my refresher course.  I picked up my gear that I had sent off to get cleaned and certified.  Teh German and I actually used the not-GoPro cameras and recorded each other under the water after instruction was finished (this means there are picture, but they are still on the cameras).  I was pretty disappointed in my refresher "course."  I paid $95 for less than 2 hours of pool time (which included a filled tank, which I paid $5 for in GTMO).  I did relearn how to use my gear and had zero issues removing my mask and putting it back on, which is the hardest skill.  I couldn't figure out my buoyancy and I kept listing to one side, annoying.  I wanted the divemaster to help me figure that out, but he seemed a little distracted.

    Mostly annoyed, we headed back to the dive shop, where the class went to lunch, I rinsed out my gear, and headed home.  I stopped by Sam's for gas and succumbed to a craving for Jim n Nick's cheese biscuits for lunch.  Since I had time, I stopped by Old Navy to do another pants exchange for Teh German, since I had gotten a pair of pants that was too small. 

    After eating and a shower, I decided to chill on my new chair and finish a book.  Before I got comfortable, I decided to put the wheels/feet in the chair and (as I had guessed), the new chair didn't tip back like it had....  I also ended up taking a nap and eventually Teh German came home.

    Since I had a big lunch, I wasn't hungry for dinner.  Teh German ended up fending for himself with leftovers from the fridge and playing on social media for the entire evening while I worked on computer science and math and german homework.

    Pax was being extra special after I gave him and Meri cheese sticks.  He would bring his cheese stick upstairs and then bring it back downstairs to see if Meri had left hers unsupervised so he could steal it.  I corrected him several times and Teh German and I definitely giggled when he turned to look at us before going up the stairs with his "cigar" hanging out of his mouth.

    After reaching a block on my computer science project, not being able to complete my calculus homework, and opting to skip a duplicate assignment in my German homework, it was bedtime.


    And just like that, the weekend was over and I woke up and it was a rainy Monday morning and all I wanted to do was go back to sleep and ignore all the adult things.

    Overall, a good weekend.  A nice balance of social activity and homework.  I'm glad I'm finally attaining that balance.  I hate when I feel like all I do is homework and miss out on so much real life. 

    I did make a schedule change for my summer classes.  I dropped my chemistry 2 class and lab and signed up for calculus 2 instead.  I figure since I've already had a break between chem 1 and chem 2, what does it matter if the break is longer?  Also, it didn't hurt my feelings with my calc instructor said that some of the most time consuming assignments we currently have wouldn't be due over the summer.

    Teh German asked me when he started dive class about going on a dive trip to FL over his birthday weekend and while I'd really like to have a quiet weekend, it doesn't look like it's going to happen in February.  Next weekend we're (Teh German) is attending some beer thing in Columbia.  I'm a DD, so while the beer drinkers are getting drunk, Teh Dental Hygienist and I will be checking out the Columbia Zoo and I'll probably be finding free wifi somewhere so I can tackle some homework. 

    The following weekend is the dive trip to FL.  I have no idea what it entails, but I do know it means I need to be ahead on my homework.  Speaking of.. I think it's time to accomplish some adulting (work and homework).

    Happy Galentine's Week, Mu-cha-chos.