Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Review {10/15}


After class on Friday, I had to come directly home to wait on the HVAC tech.  I didn't really have any tasking other than a meeting, so it was me and paperclips, which I finally won.

The technician discovered a hole in one of the drain pans and a saggy pipe, thus causing the problem.  Of course, a replacement has to be ordered and it will take 2 people to do the install.  Fantastic. 

At 4, Meri had an appointment at the vet to get a bordatella shot so she can go to the groomer's this Friday.  I'm very crunchy mom when it comes to vaccinating my dogs and not because I don't believe that vaccines work, I believe in NOT OVER-VACCINATING.  The reality is, my dogs are on a limited socializing schedule and I know which dogs we are likely to come in contact with and what their owners allow/where they let their dogs go.  In general, my dogs only get the rabies vaccine.  But, since I've shelved my clippers, Meri now gets to go to a groomer for getting her hairs did and they require/prefer the bordatella vaccine, so I got it.  Pax didn't get one. 

This decision happened after I'd vaccinated Phil for years against Lyme Disease, only to discover that the variety of Lyme Disease in SoMD wasn't even covered by the vaccination.  I was wasting money and pumping chemicals into him that were pointless.

New vet rule:
If they take your dog back for anything, take THAT opportunity to pay.  This way you're not standing at the desk with a dog tugging on your arm while you're trying to pay.  Real life though, why didn't the receptionist offer to do that as soon as they took Meri back?  Ugh.

After the vet, we headed home.  I finished up my paperclips game while waiting on Teh German to come home.  Teh German has been overly stressed about the HVAC situation and the green card stuff, so I made a point to have some us time where he didn't have to make decisions.  I told him that we were riding out to dinner before he left work, but that was it.

When he came home, he asked where we were going and I suggested Locals Sushi in Mount Pleasant and he was down with that.  After his shower and feeding the beasts, we headed out.

Spring rolls = veggies!

hibachi taco.
it's as weird and delightful as it sounds.

After dinner, I wanted something sweet, so I told Teh German we were going to Krispy Kreme.  The hot n fresh sign was on and I actually ate my straight from the line original doughnut standing in line while waiting to pay.  It was sooooooo delicious and melty in my mouth.  Worth every single calorie that I'd burned at the gym that morning.

After KK, we headed home.  We watched an episode of Shameless, then it was bedtime.


Saturday morning brought delightful temps of 65°F.  It's only temporary since it's supposed to be in the high 80s this week, but fuck if I was going to pass up an opportunity to wear long sleeves (which I later regretted because it was 80° outside).

Teh German and I skyped with his mom after breakfast, then I downloaded paperclips on my phone and sat outside to finish my coffee and played the game.  Spoiler alert: the game is not as good on a mobile device.  Sitting outside meant snuggles with my Monkey and lovins from my Moose.

Teh PT Wife and I had agreed to stalk the Holy City Waffles food truck, but we were unable to find them.  We ended up grabbing pizza at Park Pizza then day drinking at DIG in the Park, then continuing the party at Sesame so I could have a brownie for lunch dessert.

A mexi-breakfast type of pizza.

day drannnkkiiinnn

it was a delicious brownie.

I tried this hibiscus tea beer thing that was actually delicious although it didn't really go well with my brownie so I didn't order one.

Teh PT Wife and I also discovered a new cigar shop for the Husbands AND we had growlers filled for them before we came home.  #BestWivesEver

Teh German had spent his day on an "island hopping" motorcycle ride.  When he came home, he chilled for a bit then showered, then we headed over to Teh PT house for hangouts.

Could we be more awkward?

Despite the fact that it was only 9pm, we were all super tired, and we called it a night.


Sunday, I realized I only needed to go the regular grocery store, so Teh German and I headed to Walmart after skyping with Papa G.  I was hoping to get there early enough to avoid the crowds, but 11am on a Sunday is not early enough.  #LessonLearned

When we got home, I worked on prepping for dinner (making homemade red sauce for lasagna) and Teh German set about the task of building our new box spring.  I did take a break to do some laundry.  Then spent several hours doing homework.

Me: Do NOT jump on my clean laundry.
Pax and Meri: ..................?

After Teh German got the box spring assembled, he required assistance to pull off the mattress and take out the old box spring and put the new one in.  We have a Tempurpedic mattress, so this is an acceptable helping situation.  That fucking mattress is a beast.  After having moved it on my own multiple times, I can attest to such.

And like normal, things escalated quickly and we ended up rearranging the bedroom.  We'd been talking about it for a while, but hadn't ever done anything but talk about it.  We finally did it.  Not sure if I really like it or not, there's a lot of dead space on Teh German's side of the room, but maybe it will grow on me.  There are limited options of places to put our huge ass bed, and Teh German says he likes our bedroom set (even though it's beat to shit from being moved no less than 4 times and life), which means no excuse for me to buy a new bedroom set.  Womp, womp.

These bitches have enjoyed having the guest room open for their shenanigans and as an escape lair when Teh German and I are creating chaos in the bedroom (that is not an innuendo).

New setup.
The photos on the wall will need to be relocated.

After rearranging, it was time for me to do more homework.  After finishing up a batch of German homework, I started on the lasagna.

It is the first time I've used ricotta cheese and it came out perfectly.  There was no slidey mess all over the pan when a piece was removed and it held it's form so well!  Good job, self!

After dinner, we watched Talladega Nights since Teh German had never seen it, and he'd watched the Talladega (the suggested spelling correction for Talladega is Gallbladder, thanks Google) race while we were rearranging the bedroom.  While we were watching the movie, I chatted with Sprink about our impending visit to CO.  We'll be spending our holiday at the Needle Nose Nirvana with some awesome 2-leggers and 13!!!! 4-leggers.  I CANNOT WAIT.  Also there will be snow and snowboarding and fuzzy socks and books and distilleries and breweries and SNOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!! 

After the movie, I realized I had forgotten some homework, I did it quick like, then it was bedtime.
I didn't even stub my toes once on the newly arranged furniture. 


This week seems like it's supposed to be more busy than the calendar indicates, which makes me nervous.  I have a foot doc appointment this afternoon for my gimp foot since it was hurting again after I ran this morning, after giving it a week of rest and TLC and rolling.  Ugh.

I scheduled a couples massage for our anniversary like the #BestWifeEver than I am.  I also will be putting pressure on Teh German to make a decision on if he wants a smart watch or not since that is what we agreed to get each other as an anniversary present this year.

I'll also be:
-working with the HVAC company to deal with the impending repairs.
-planning our CO trip
-counting down the days till I get to see Teh Running Bestie (18!)
-hoping that someone cancels their FIG reservation so Teh German and I can have our own table for our anniversary dinner.
-doing homework
-setting up some financial planning stuff for the new financial advisor I have acquired (yyyyaaassss)
-praying for weather than is consistently cooler than 70°F

It might be "fall" but it still feels like Charleston outside to me.  This makes me stabby and extra disgruntled.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Five on Friday #168

EINS - Random Shit

-I have finally realized why it makes me so angry to put so much effort into school.  Because I can put in ALLLL this effort to earn an A.  While someone else can put in a half-assed effort and also get an A, even though they didn't actually do the assignments correctly.  One would think that this would mean that I would just stop putting in as much effort, except that.. I CAN'T DO IT.  I can't not put in all the effort it takes to get an A.  Because,  my luck, the moment I gave a half-assed effort, my grades would fall.  Fuck everything.  Especially fuck higher education.

-WE'RE GOING TO SEE MUMFORD & SONS!!!!!!!!!!  I was accepted to be part of the presale tickets for M&S.  Teh Running Bestie was set up at 0959 refreshing the Ticketmaster site and there were some snafus, but she still managed to get our tickets.  Then later, I asked Teh Sister if she wanted to go with us since I could get up to 4 tickets, I'd buy her ticket as a birthday gift but she'd have to cover her plane ticket.  She finally said yes, and I was able to get her a ticket in our same row 4 seats down.  I figure that the 4 people between us won't mind shoving down one so she can sit with us, so YYYYAAYYYY!!!!!!! It was meant to be!!!  March 14th can't come soon enough!  PS.  We're going to Pittsburgh, PA to see them since it falls during my spring break.

-Hurrication day on Thursday.. ugh.  I don't know when everyone became so scared of rain and wind.  I say that because Charleston is/was under a tropical storm warning and they cancelled school.  This is annoying because it's just wind and rain.  How about IF downtown floods, THEN we cancel shit?  I hate making up missed school because it fucks up my routine and I don't like at all.

-I hate when something that is healing itches.  When you scratch, it hurts but it also feels so good.

-Teh German has said that if making Christmas vacation plans will make the letter from immigration come, I'm allowed to start planning.  WOOOOO!!!!  In general, the way my life works is that if I start planning something (even if it's planning for NOTHING to happen), something will inevitably come up.

-Roux's Humom ALWAYS remembers the dog's events.  She's the best.

-HVAC update.  The HVAC company has agreed to split the cost of the drywall/ceiling repairs 50/50.  We've agreed to this.

The most important thing that came of this is that Teh German, mostly, handled the entire situation himself.  This is a big deal.  We had the conversation about how I am busy and don't have time to deal with all of these things in addition to my regular chaos and the thing about women in the blue collar world and some part of that hit home with Teh German and he admitted that he needed to step up and take care of more things.  I was mentally jumping up and down cheering when I saw that text.

I'm an acknowledged control freak, but I'm slowly learning I need to let someone else handle some shit, especially when they are completely competent to do so.  I had been voicing my concerns and finally admitted that maybe I was part of the problem because I'd told Teh German it was his thing and I didn't want to deal with it, but then I'd throw in my 2 cents, which Teh German would misinterpret as me telling him to do something else.  I told him that I was stepping back and I trusted him to do what he thought was best.

This was ultimately the solution to the problem.  When the HVAC company called me Wednesday morning to discuss the repairs, I told them they needed to contact Husband.

-Because we started working with the HVAC company prior to getting married, they have my maiden name in the system and they've been calling Teh German Mr. (My Maiden Name) and it cracks me up.  He said he's not bothered to correct them because he doesn't want to confuse them while we're in the middle of working through something.  I laughed and explained that I was called Mrs. (His Last Name) waaaayyyy before we were married, so it was "payback", lol.

I'm certain that if he becomes the primary person dealing with the HVAC company he will fix that shit quick, lol.  Obviously, it doesn't bother me.  /shrug

-Listening to the world's longest audiobooks (45-55 hours) has made me less ahead on my Goodreads challenge.  I was 4 books ahead of schedule and now I'm only 2 books ahead of schedule because these books take sooooo long to get through.

-I'm in the market for a Southern themed book that is actually good.  Something along the lines of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.

-I discovered a FREE audio version of a Kindle Prime book and I'm sooo pumped.  I love free shit!  I also appreciate that Amazon has started doing all these Prime Perks... what with them about to raise the price.  Siiiiiigh.  PS.  The book is called Sisters One, Two, Three.

-My left foot (good hip side) has been giving me some trouble the past few weeks and it really escalated Monday when I was hobbling around campus like a troll because the limp was so bad.  At my massage, Brandy make sure to really dig in my foot and rub all the crappy crap out.  I've been rolling on my lacrosse ball at least 2x per day.  Teh Running Bestie put me on LLD (light limited duty for those non-DoDers) through Thursday.  I didn't even go to the gym.  I took my rest quite seriously.  The massage helped the most.  I still have a slight limp, but my foot no longer needs to be amputated... so ya know.. perspective? lol

-This paperclip game has taken over my life.  The silver lining is that I didn't reactive my World of Warcraft account which has been a huge temptation after watching the movie last week.  DO NOT JUDGE ME.

-SECOND HVAC update.
Thursday night, we were watching Shameless and I heard IT.  IT being, the sound of water dripping from the ceiling and hitting the carpet.  Oh yes, Gentle Readers... the HVAC was leaking through the ceiling.. AGAIN.  That would be THREE times in less than 2 weeks.  Teh German WAS PIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEDDD.  Valid reaction.  We did have to have a chat about his reaction and expectations when talking to receptionists when he called places.  Live and learn.  I also explained that neither of us should actually be surprised that this happened (again).  I sure as shit am not surprised because when the tech left after the 2nd time, he actually said, "I have no idea what is wrong."  EXACTLY what I wanted to hear, thank you! 

Mostly, I'm just glad the repairs haven't been done yet.

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Groceries (Publix, Sam's)
-Target (all but 2 items were on my list!  I consider that a win.  1 of the 2 items was a dog toy which will be a Christmas present.)
-New box spring.  Ours is squeaky and I cannot handle it anymore.
-Bath and Body Works yearly order.  Unfortunately, I need another wallflower plug which means a trip to the mall, which is annoying.
-A MUCH NEEDED massage.  Massages scheduled for pre and post City of Oaks Half.  #notsorry
-Sweet tea
-Donation to Teh PT Kid's band trip
-Sweet Frog for dessert

I added up my available credit for my Chase credit cards.. I have $50k available + credit from other companies.  WTF when did I become so financially responsible people want me to spend that much of their money?!?!

DREI - From My Phone Shit

This is what it looks like when you arrive an hour early to school because traffic nightmares and decide to take a nap in the car instead of being productive.  YAY for my gym bag including a "blindfold"....

My dinner smelled extra delicious apparently.


Amazon win.
And yes, those strings have been cut.

We had a back door visitors (heh) this week.

This creeper beggin for attentions, like she didn't just get love 5 minutes prior.

My coworkers laid down on the job during hurrication day...

They were also on patrol...

Friday it was finally cool enough (i.e. lower than 70°F) to open the sunroof and enjoy outside while driving to school

As a means of coping with the disaster that is our HVAC situation,
I picked up a pumpkin spice milkshake from Come Back Shack on my way home on Friday.
Annual pumpkin spice consumption = check.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

This Twitter story about a lady who tried to sell her dryer online is the truth.  Whenever I was selling our washer, dryer, and range, I tried to made sure that Teh German was always home when anyone came to look at it.  I made an exception for the washer/dryer since the man was bringing his female significant other with him to look at them.  This wasn't my favorite thing, but if it had been the man and a male friend, I would have said hell no.

I won't lie.  Any time I encounter a strange male that I have to directly deal with, I put on my "I'm a badass, strong, independent, woman" mask and fake it till I make it.  Sometimes, it's harder than others.  Sometimes, I purposely come off as a bitch to be unappealing to the stranger, so they will make their own choice to make our interaction quick.  I know I'm not the only female that does this.  This is W-A-T-E-R, we've been telling you about it all along.  Just because you do not see it does not mean that it does not exist.

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Teh Running Bestie telling me no more running until at least Friday after I told her my foot was hurting.
  2. Sleeping in Thursday morning since hurrication.
  3. Spontaneous Sweet Frog date with Teh PT Wife.
  4. The HVAC being "fixed"... again.
  5. Accomplishing almost all my homework on Hurrication day.
  6. Going to the gym this morning (even though it was extremely difficult)
  7. The ability to telework.
  8. "Low" temps where having the windows open is an option after we were told to turn off the AC.
  9. Using the egg cooker.
  10. Planning for the next travel-cation.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Poop Soup Recipe

I know, I know.. that title is a little off-putting.. butttttt this is a recipe for some fiberlicious soup that is delicious AND encourages some solid poops, thus the name.

Add some kale and this is what it would look like.
Picture credit.


-2-3 medium sized sweet potatoes
-1ish cup lentils
-1 lb Jimmy Dean Sage sausage
-1 onion
-a few cloves of garlic
-1 bunch of kale
-4-6 cups chicken broth/water+better than bouillon

Prep work 

(this can be done while the sausage is browning if you have mad skillz/a helper/cook the sausage on low-med):
-dice onion
-cut up sweet potato into similar sized chunks (large/1-2 inch-ish chunks is fine)
-tear kale away from really thick stems (this is a personal preference as the thick stems are bitter and we don't like it)
-largely dice kale


1.  Cook sausage in the bottom of a stock pot.
2.  When sausage is mostly cooked, add diced onion and "enough" garlic, cook until onion is translucent.
3.  When onion is translucent, add 4-6 cups of broth/water and bring to boil.
4.  Add 1ish cup of lentils, all the sweet potato, and all the kale.
5.  Reduce to simmering and let simmer until the sweet potatoes and lentils are completely cooked.

My comments:

-4-6 cups of broth/water: 4 cups if you like a thick soup, 6 cups if you like a more runny soup, adjust as preferred
-lentils: more if you really like lentils, but at least 1 cup
-sweet potatoes: we really like sweet potatoes, so I often use 2-3 large sweet potatoes.  The longer you cook it/the smaller your chunks, the more likely the sweet potato will turn to mush.  It is ok.
-sausage: Other flavors are fine, but if you use the sage variety, no other seasoning/flavoring needs to be added.
-cook time: I usually let my soup simmer for at least 30 mins.
-additions: I eat this soup as is.  I find it is exxxxxtttrrraa delicious as leftovers.  Husband likes to add hot sauce.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekend Review {10/08}


Friday was a loooooooooong day.  Gym, then school, then teleworking from school, then evening make up classes because Hurricane Florence.  Since Teh Sister had been talking about them, I couldn't get them off my mind, so I went to Panera and picked up a pink ribbon bagel.  It was not as delicious as I remember them being when I was in college.  Oh well.

We had to take 2 quizzes in my 0900 computer science class, then a test in my German class.  I haven't been to the Vet Center on campus much this semester since I go straight to work after class ends, so it was nice to go sit and hang out and chat with some Citadel vet friends.  My 3:00 class consisted of another test, and my 4:30 class was really just a torture session where I worked on a project that I couldn't get to work properly, but the instructor had strongly suggested we work in teams on it, so I used someone else's results and answered the questions.  The class felt like it was lasting all my life and I was relieved when I drove off campus.

Teh German and I had agreed to meet for dinner at Lewis Barbecue since I was already so close to downtown.  I arrived before Teh German, so I stood outside my car and read my ebook until he arrived.

Saw this #DateNight happening on my way to Lewis.
Couples that moped together, aren't cool together.


We were enjoying dinner until a group of people sat at "their" table nearby and requested the fans be turned on.  There was no need for the fans to be turned on, the bugs weren't bad and the flies went away after a while.  Nonetheless, their request was acquiesced and then all my hair wispies were all in my face while I was trying to finish my sandwich and I was so fucking angry I wanted to stab the douchey bro who seemed to be the leader of the group in the leg.  We didn't sit around after we finished our food because my hair was still blowing in my face and I was so fucking angry.  It was unfortunate since we'd been having such a good time until that point.

We went straight home after dinner.  We agreed on watching Shameless to pass the evening. 

Pax gave me a finger dent while I was trying to get the toy from his mouth.


Saturday I got up with the beasts so I could get a start on accomplishing my weekend homework.  When my mouse started acting funky, I decided to change out the batteries.  That was a disaster that pissed me off so badly that I ended up organizing the battery cabinet and another drawer where I was hoarding some battery things.  Teh German eventually ended up getting the AAA batteries open and even he struggled.

I was done with ALL my homework by 12:30 and I had NO idea what to do with myself after that.  We had lunch and Teh German was trying to troubleshoot the security camera wifi dongle thing and then I tried (not having any idea what I was doing) and neither of us were successful and I, again, suggested he call the camera help people and his stubborn ass still insists that "I've fixed it before!" so fine, his problem.  Fucking security cameras.

Instead of dealing with crabby ass, I laid on the couch and read some for a bit and then decided on a nap.  When I woke up, Teh German was here:

There was a video playing, but he was definitely falling asleep.

I took the opportunity to peruse Groupon to find something to do.  When I rolled over to ask Teh German if he wanted to do a ghost tour, he said that his Biker Gang Friends had asked if we wanted to meet them at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the UFC fight.  I was not interested in watching the UFC fight, nor am I ever interested, but I was interested in dinner.  So we agreed to meet them at BWW at 7:30.

Since I had some time before hand and Teh Sister had notified me that Cartwheel had 40% off our favorite chapstick, I took the opportunity to go to Target.

Nothing screams "I hate good gas mileage" and "fuck you" to the people behind you on the road quite like this.
I almost had a heart attack when I saw that mattress fly up.

Now if only they would combine these products.  My life would be complete.

Christmas toys for the beasts!

I made it to BWW right at 7:30 and not a single person that was supposed to be there was.  Immediately, I was annoyed.  Add to that, BWW was doing a thing where if you were there to watch the fight it was $100 for a table for 6, which included 50 wings and 2 appetizers.  I managed to get a table outside on the patio and slowly, everyone else showed up.  I don't know why I bothered to be on time, it's very rare that anyone in the group is actually on time (besides Teh German and I). 

Eventually, it was decided that we'd all go to our house and pick up frozen pizzas and beer on the way.  This was a good idea in theory.  Except instead of following ME, they followed Teh German.  There was some drama and after a failed attempted, we all ended up at Publix.  Once beer and pizza were acquired, and cupcakes for me, we headed home.  Teh German had went straight home to get the UFC ticket set up and turned on.

When I got home around 9, I was hangry and I'd be frustrated since 7:30 and I was over it.  Even after saying I wasn't doing it, I still ended up cooking everyone's pizzas, which only served to piss me off more, even after I'd eaten a cupcake and 2 pieces of pizza, yes, in that order. 

I finally went and sat down on the couch with the other lady that was with the group... at which point all the dudes went outside..  So we were the least interested in watching the fight and we were the only ones inside semi-watching the TV while chatting to keep ourselves awake.  The guys were outside for over an hour before they finally came in around midnight to watch the actual main event fight.

It was after 0130 when we finally crawled in the bed.


I had planned to get some miles in on Sunday, but I woke up at 0930 and misread my watch and thought it said 1030 and almost had a heart attack since that's when we were supposed to leave for brunch.  I knew I didn't have time to get in significant mileage like I wanted and I was (and still am) dealing with the BJB monster from last week, so it just wasn't in the books.  Instead, I snuggled with Meri and Teh German and then we finally got up and got ready and met Teh Dental Hygienist, Teh AF Maintainer, and his family at Rutledge Cab Company for brunch.  I was torn between the poutine and the huevos rancheros, and, expectedly, I went with the huevos rancheros.  The option of extra cilantro sold me.  I lurve me some cilantro.  No pics because I was fucking starving, and it looked exactly the same as it did almost a year ago for my bachelorette weekend brunch.

After brunch, we stopped at Sam's, then we went home.  It was quite people-y in public, so it was for the best.  When we got home, we were bored and ended up watching Warcraft.  I was so disappointed in that movie.  So much could have been done with that and it was so limited and lacking.  And I also couldn't restrain myself sometimes to tell Teh German about how things weren't accurate or were accurate. 

We ate leftovers for dinner because there was so much pizza left over from the night before (oops) and there was still chicken and gnocchi soup.  After dinner, we watched Shameless until it was bedtime.  I know, we were killing it.


My BJB and I are not fighting as much, but it's still giving me some problems.  Nonetheless, I got out this morning and got in 5 miles (4.5 on my own and .5 jogging with OMG YAY (Meri) and UGH PLS NO (Pax)).  I, unfortunately, think I have done something to mess up my left foot and I'm not sure what it is.  The foot hurts really bad when I walk and do certain movements, but doesn't hurt as much when I'm running.  It also cramps randomly.  Of course, less than 1 month before the first of four half marathons my body starts to act a fool.  I'm wondering if it may have been caused by the BJB since when the BJB is angry, it affects my stride/gait, thus causing me to injure myself.  Teh Running Bestie has put me on no-running rest until Thurs.  She didn't say I couldn't go to 9 Rounds though... >:D (do people still make the devil emoji like that? lol)

Teh German called the HVAC company this morning and on the first talk they offered to pay 50% of the repairs since it's not 100% who is a fault for the mess up (us for installing drain pipe extensions (the extensions are completely clean of debris, so I strongly doubt we're at fault) or them for their last completed work).  That's not ideal for us, but it IS better than nothing. 

I earned an 98 on my German test, even with stupid errors, and I have a 104 average in the class.  100's on both CS quizzes from Friday (although prob a 70 on today's quiz...) and I'll find out tomorrow how I did on my circuits test.

I'm finally in my school routine/groove and that makes life way easier.  Since it is around midterms time, last week was pretty hellish since there were multiple tests/projects within a week of each other.  My online class continues to be stupid, but it's easy, so I'm not going to look that gift horse in the mouth.  We do not get a fall break at the Citadel, but we do get a week off for Thanksgiving, so, also not complaining about that.  The downside to getting into my routine is that Leadership Day will disrupt that, then we're off for election day (GO FUCKING VOTE, GENTLE READERS), then thanksgiving break for a week, then 2 weeks of school and the semester is over (praise be to Allah).  I will have officially made it HALFWAY at the end of this semester.

I'm starting to consider our Thanksgiving plans.  I'll be in Tulsa the weekend before with Teh Running Bestie and Matilda and I considered a pit stop in El Paso to visit Teh Sister, but I can't change my plane ticket, which is a real bummer, so I'm not really sure what I'll do. 

We're still waiting on Teh German green card stuff, so most of our travel plans are on hold.  This isn't just irritating Papa G anymore, but also me.  I'm ready to get on with my life.  Make plans.  I NEEDS some travel to look forward to.  We were discussing diving in Mexico at brunch on Sunday and I'm all, YASS PLEASE!  Siiiiigh, fucking government with the hurry up and wait for always.

In case anyone was wondering, it's still hot AF in Charleston and fall is no where to be found.  We're still in Charleston Summer.  There is a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that is probably going to slam into FL and while I hope the destruction is minimal, I hope for 1- RAIN, that sweet sweet sky water, 2- post-hurricane hoodie weather (this is usually what happens).  I'm seriously tired of elbow sweat and literal dripping sweat from my face when I run in the mornings.

PS.  I moved my massage from Friday to Tuesday and this is probably the best life choice I've made all month. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Five on Friday #167

EINS - Random Shit

-This.fucking.week.  UGH.

-Monday was bearable until I got home and there was an angry German caveman in my house.  He was only able to communicate through gestures and slamming shit around until I lost my shit on him and yelled, "I AM NOT THE REASON YOU ARE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED SO STOP TAKING IT OUT ON ME... and the microwave.  WE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO YOU."  I eventually learned, after Teh German emerged from the caveman who had possessed him, that our ceiling was dripping water and Teh German had already called the HVAC company to take care of it.  So other than that blip where he tried to grunt and gesture at the problem, which led to even more confusion and me eventually yelling at him, Teh German handled the situation well.

He had laid down towels on the stairs to soak up the leaking water and had already called the HVAC company and hadn't even called me to ask what to do!  It was awesome!  It really is too bad that he was possessed though, then my day wouldn't have been ruined.

-Turns out, there was a clog in the drain line and it caused the HVAC pan in the attic to overflow, which caused water to come through the drywall.  Of course, the HVAC company has fixed the clog now and despite the tech saying they would send someone back out to fix all the bent shit in the attic (uhhhh wtf?), HVAC company said the problem was fixed since there was no more water leaking through the ceiling and that we'd have to do the repairs to the paint/ceiling on our own.  Uhhhhhhhhh.... excuse me?

This isn't the first time this company has been shady with me.  One of the initial times that someone came out to fix the HVAC, the tech said one thing while at my house and then when I was on the phone with him and his manager, the story was different and the issues weren't as bad as the tech had said they were when he was at my house.  Again, this is happening.  The tech that came out said something horrible (bent shit that needed to be fixed?) and then management said, "Nah, there's nothing wrong."  Shady shit like this is why I have to be a bitch and I hate having to be a bitch.

-Monday was actually a disaster from the start...  Not only did I drop my breakfast on the way out the door (because I was carrying too much shit), it also took me an hour and a half to get to school.  I texted a classmate to ask him to warn the professor that I'd be late.  On a "good day" it takes me around 30 minutes to get to school.  I was snapping my saga to Teh Neighbor Besties and Teh PT Wife suggested that since I was already going to be late, I should just stop for breakfast.  It was actually a genius idea since I opted to go to Bojangles.  This meant cutting across the mall parking lot to get there quicker which not sitting in at least 15 minutes worth of traffic.  When I was 2-3 miles from the exit for school, I passed the car that I had been behind when I had pulled onto the highway from my house.

Sooo, by getting breakfast, I not only avoided sitting in some traffic, I also didn't lose any time.  #WIN.  PS. Since Willow can drive herself, I put her on auto-pilot (like I do most days) and let her drive while I ate my gravy biscuit.  #NotSorry.

PS This was the last breakfast sammich in the house...

It took me almost 50 minutes to go 5 miles.
I can literally run that fast.

-The last time I bought earplugs, Meri ate 75/100 (it was an unopened pack of 50 sets and I counted the ones she didN'T eat).  I made sure to put these earplugs away in the headboard where this ho can't get them when I brought them home.  With Meri, nothing is safe.  PB cookies, earplugs.  Fucking #GoatDog.

-Teh Running Bestie and I are going through withdraws of each other.  That's the best way I can describe it.  It doesn't help that she switched to T-Mobile and they fucking suck and she doesn't have service anywhere and she misses my calls and my texts and it's almost 2019!  GET IT TOGETHER T-MOBILE AND STOP FUCKING SUCKING!

And before you're all like, "I have T-Mobile and I don't have these issues!" (example: Teh Chief Smartass), you probably also don't live in the sticks.  When Teh German was on T-Mobile when we started dating, I'd get duplicate texts from him all.the.time. and if he sent a text that converted to MMS (like when you're text is longer than 1 "page") it would get all freakin' jumbled up and I'd have to play detective and piece together what he meant.  People with T-Mobile do not get service at Teh Ville.... because T-Mobile sucks.  I barely get service at my house and I have Verizon.

-Anyways, the point of that was this:

I made sure to post on her wall and text her regarding this annoucement.

-Runcation Schedule:
4 Nov - Raleigh, NC - City of Oaks Half Marathon
17 Nov - Tulsa, OK - Route 66 6k
18 Nov - Tulsa, OK - Route 66 Half Marathon

08 Dec - Kiawah Island, SC - Kiawah Island Half Marathon
15 Dec - Summerville, SC - Cocoa Cup 5k (this is a maybe, depending on if a neighbor confirms)
06 Apr - Charleston, SC - Bridge Run

-This post is generally edited during the week rather than me sitting at the computer on Friday and generating the post... this shouldn't be a surprise since I'm all about time-efficiency.

-Wednesday night, I came home and the garage door was open and Teh German and the bobber bike were gone.  He came home before I made it in the door, but stayed outside tinkering with the bike.  I went inside and was setting all my shit down and heard a weird noise.  Initially, I thought it was dog nails on the laminate but when I continued to hear it when the dogs were on the rug, I was alarmed.  So I went to check.. and, of fucking course, the ceiling was pissing again.

Immediately, I called Fogel to have them send someone out.  The tech got it to stop leaking again.  What this really means is that Teh German or I will be finding the time to have a discussion with the manager about repairing the damages.  It doesn't bode well for them that after maintenance and repairs, the HVAC is still overflowing the tray.  They can't blame it on us since we never reconnected the pipes.  Unfortunately, we don't have the video footage of when the maintenance was done (to see if the pipes were ever cleaned out) since it was more than 30 days ago.  This is going to be a battle and I'm not looking forward to it.  When Teh German was like, WE can go and talk to them.. I was like how about YOU go?  I'm busy.

I feel like this is one of those situations where it needs to be a man to man conversation.  I hateeeee that because I'm all lady power! but in certain environments, it's better for the man to handle the business and in general "blue collar" environments are a perfect example.  If I go in, I'm just some irate woman with water damage, but if Teh German were to go in, he'd be the "man of the house" or "taking care of his family" or whatever other bullshit people like to say when a man acts responsible for something that he shares with a female/significant other.  Additionally, if he has time to work on motorcycles and endlessly scroll through social media during the evenings, he has time to take care of the HVAC fight.  But while he's doing all that, I'll be doing homework for the rest of my life....

Mumford & Sons are touring it the US!!!!!!!!  Teh Running Bestie and I agreed that for each other's Christmas presents we'd buy each other M&S concert tickets.  Now we just need to pick our meeting location and actually get tickets.  I probably do something just short of selling my body for tickets.

-Remember Wednesday post when I talked about accepting YOUR struggle? Yeah well, my struggle was fucking real this week and it only enforced the fact that your struggles make you prioritize for sure.  This shouldn't be a mitigation technique though!

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Audible book for $7.
-Groceries/stuff (Bilo, Sams, Walmart)
-breakfast (Bojangles, Chickfila, Panera)
-No-Bark outside birdhouse for the neighbor's dogs.
-Kickboxing gym membership

I decided to up the payment on Willow even more.  I'm all about getting shit paid off early.  For real, I'd dump all my savings on her to bring down the total if that was a reasonable thing to do, but it is NOT because I like being prepared for whatever could happen (like the HVAC pissing all over my stairs) and having the payment is NOT hurting my credit.  I just need to be patient.. But ffaacckk I hate having any sort of debt.

DREI - From My Phone Shit

Chicken and gnocchi soup!

Kristen and I are bitmoji twins.
This brings me an overwhelming amount of joy for no real reason.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. A delicious gravy biscuit.
  2. A teacher berating the entire class about how shitty our quiz grades were as a whole and I made a 99/100.  NBD.  He counted off one point for me not doing something that he hadn't told us to do.  Of course.  Asshole.
  3. My ceiling not peeing.
  4. My ceiling not peeing... again.
  5. The end of this day.  I'm over this day and this week.
    Today went something like this:
    0530: Wake up, wake up, wake up.. it's the first of the month...  actually it's not really anymore, but whatever.
    06: Kickboxing, since I'll be getting in some miles this weekend.
    09: CS Quiz and CS Quiz retake and listening to the teacher berate people, aka wasting my life.
    10: German Test 1
    11-3: Work
    3-4: Circuits Test 1
    4:30-5:45: Cyber Security class (which puts even me to sleep)
    6: Meet Teh German somewhere for dinner.
  6. Acceptance of FORMULAAAAA (you know who you are.)
  7. Professors who are awesome, who make jokes and are engaging.
  8. Opening up the document where I work out my class schedule.  So much joy in that document.  So much progress in that document.
  9. Topics in my classes overlapping.  This means reinforcing things learned and not having to worry about having to learn new material.
  10. Sweet tea.  Sweet tea always makes me happy.  Soda is not as happiness inducing because it makes me burp like a dude, sweet tea doesn't treat me this way.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.