Friday, August 7, 2020

Five on Friday #237

EINS - Random Shit

After the hurricane season of 2019 and the general trajectory of 2020, I figured people would be absolutely losing their shit over the first storm of 2020.  'Taint so though.  Other than individuals who feel the need to share everything that NOAA posts on FB (/roll eyes forever), local news sources haven't really said much about it, no evacuation crisis, no bum-rushing the grocery stores/gas stations.  It's almost been.. pleasant.  Or we're so desensitized by 2020 no one cares.  Or, the least likely scenario, people are finally realizing that a hurricane below Cat 3 is really just wind and rain..  Maybe that's something I need to privilege check since I live in a house with windows rated for up to 150mph winds and not a single-wide trailer, IDK.


I saw a Twitter thread the other day about sharing your location (via GPS/on your phone) with your significant other and read the comments, because that's what I do.  I'm 50/50 on it.  Husband and I don't share our location with each other when we're at home doing our regular routine life, but if one of us is travelling, we (ok, me) I generally turn on my location sharing.  I do this as a personal security measure.  If I die or get lost or get abducted, I need someone to be able to find me (especially if I'm already with Teh Bestie, which is usually who I'm with if I'm travelling without Teh German).  I've also started sharing my location with Teh German when I'm running distances over 9 miles (races and not).

That said, I share my location 100% of the time with Teh Bestie.  This started years ago for the purposes of tracking each other during runs and then definitely when I was online dating and then when we'd make trips to see each other.. So now, it's just on 24/7.


Husband and I have been doing garage WODs in the AM and everything hurts and I'm dying.

20 min AMRAP
10 push ups
10 air squats
30-second mountain climbers
30-second wall sit (I subbed for jumping jacks)
+2 miles of walking the dogs.

5 rounds for time:
20 push ups
20 jumping jacks
20 sit ups
20 air squats
20 alternating lunges
+2 miles of walking the dogs.


800m = 1 mile
+2 miles of walking the dogs.

This was our course on Friday and if that doesn't look like a penis to you, you're not dirty enough to be here.

Me: I'm sooo sore.  I think you think I'm exaggerating my soreness, but I am not.  I have run half marathons and didn't hurt this bad.
Teh German: Yeah but that is the feeling of your body enhancing.  Getting better.  That's a good feeling.
Me: Enhancement is not what comes to mind when I think about moving and something hurts, I call that agony.


I've said it before and I'll say it again...
If you are a vlogger or recording yourself review a product on video and you are looking at yourself in the screen of whatever recording device you are using, you do not deserve for people to watch your content.  There, I said it... again.



New medals arrived.  Originally the Divas Myrtle Beach was slated to be rescheduled, but I guess they gave that up and just mailed out race packets.  So now I have to run a half marathon around the neighborhood before I can put the medal up.  Leeee siiiigh.

I almost didn't hang the Llama Rama medal since it ended up being solo virtual race miles.  Dislike.  But I did hang the graduation one since Teh PT Wife said we ran the miles for that one together.


In 2016, I shot a wedding for $300.  A wedding where I slipped in the river during their kayak send off and sprained my toe.  That wedding when I fucked up my toe and then ran the Disneyland races a month later on a fucked up toe and cried my way through the last miles of the half marathon...

4 years later (yesterday), they emailed me asking for non-watermarked copies of their photos and when they could get those.  I mean, I'm going to send them if I can find them, but I'm still annoyed that 4 years later an event that I'd like to completely forget happened is popping back up. 

Latergram: I checked, I no longer have any of their edited photos, only the original raw files without edits and for $300 I will not be re-editing those to send them.  #SorryNotSorry. 

Also, "When could we get those?"  You act like it hasn't been 4 years since you got married and all of a sudden you are popping up in my inbox?  How about a, "Hi, I know it's been 4 years, but I was wondering if it was possible to get another set, but with no-watermark, of our wedding photos.  Hope you're doing well.  Please let me know if there's anything I need to do.  Thanks!"

IDK, the whole thing is weird.  Maybe I'm making it weird?  But I don't think that's it this time.

And I know this is selfish of me, but I want to be like, I paid thousands of dollars for my wedding photographer to get the digital rights to my photos and he didn't even have to travel out of town to shoot our wedding.  Soooo....


Meri has decided that she is going to be storm phobic for whatever reason and I'm trying to not encourage it.  If we're at the island, she will come and stand between my legs and the island and that's annoying.  If I'm in the office, she will come and lay RIGHT BEHIND my office chair or stand beside me touching me.  I'm paranoid I'm going to roll her over or step on her, so I've taken to picking her up and holding her on my lap.  Know what Meri hates more than storms?  Sitting on my lap.  Usually after I do this, she settles in her chair bed (if I'm in the office) or on the couch/dog beds (in the living room).

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Workout things: whiteboard, new markers (since we needed new ones), sidewalk chalk for rep counting
-Over priced dog treats... I was VERY angry when I was buying that stuff but I know it's the good shit.

DREI - From My Phone Shit

We have a back porch friend.
It's a trash panda.
By trash panda I mean a raccoon.
We have a raccoon friend.

Anyone else carry around empty containers until you can write the item on your "store list"?

Looks like some fancy recipe site shit right there.

AND it tasted like some fancy recipe site delight too.

Decided to test out sitting on the ball.
It's too short.
Le siiigh.

Laziness, it's what's for breakfast.


Neighborhood Watch, on duty.

I washed the dog beds and there was some struggle with getting the beds just right again.

She looks like someone poured her into that bed... lurve her.

And this is why she is nicknamed Big Booty Judy.  her ass is always up in my space.
When your snootervisor invades your space and then acts too cool for Mahm love.

Post exercise selfies to Teh German.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

I cannot tell you how long you will have to wait,
but I can tell you that you are being prepared for what's to come
breath by breath,
day by day.

Even when she did not have a lot, she continued to give her all.

You have worked so hard.
You have given so much.
You have made it through countless moments of not feeling good enough.
And if there are days where you still discouraged,
remember: you have come so far,
and no matter how your low moments have made you feel,
they do not define who you are.
-Morgan Harper Nichols-

And yes,
it is true...
all along,
you have been strong.

This is me... except cost of living is real yall.


Every day when I sign into my work email.

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. RAIN
  2. Workouts with Husband.  We've worked out together and apart and I think we both enjoy working out together.
  3. Clean smelling dogs.. even if it mean a LOT of work for me and the Laundry Fairy (also me).
  4. Switching over to my Disney card as my main payment method to start building up some rewards.
  5. People being like, why the fuck do you have to do this and why is it so complicated every time? regarding the work tasking that has me job hunting.  This isn't just from coworkers, this is also from govvies who work for the company (although different departments) that I have to run in circles for.
  6. Percussion massager and foam roller.  Without them, I'd be dead because I would have starved because I wouldn't have been able to do the stairs.
  7. Taking PTO today as a mental health day. 
  8. PayPal accounts for my 3 different banks so I can send money to myself easily without it being a hassle or taking 248219301 days.
  9. Sudafed and Advil.
  10. Matilda is on her way!

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Weekend Review {8/3}


No run in the AM, but I did take the dogs on their loops.  #FatWeekWoes.
Then work.
Then Friday afternoon looked like this:

Teh German and I went to Sesame for dinner and I was NOT impressed at their lack of social distancing for the seating area.  I mean, I could have put my arm out to the side and touched someone.  Did not like.  After dinner we came home and watched Community until bedtime.


Teh German went to Cars and Coffee and I gamed  It was awesome and miserable at the same time.  Teh German picked up Cuban Gypsy Cafe for linner (late lunch/early dinner) and it was so delicious.  We'll definitely be going back there.

In an unfortunate, but not necessarily unexpected, turn of events, the fan in my laptop starting making a HORRIBLE RACKET and so it will need to go to Best Buy for attention.  I'm figuring at this point, I'll just cash in on the warranty and get a new laptop and start fresh.  This will suck for 2 reasons, 1- available selection may mean being out of commission for a few days, 2- I will lose all the awesome stickers on the lid. /sob

But the reality is...
I spilled coffee on the keyboard 3 weeks before the end of the semester.  Oops.  Coffee with LOTS of sugar and creamer.  This hasn't really affected anything, except sometimes the keys stick now.  For obvious reasons.
The screen has had some scratches on it since Feb.
And now this fan racket.

I actually made an appointment to drop it off on Sunday, but then cancelled it after realizing that there were currently no laptops on sale.  Assuming I cash in the warranty, I'd like to find something on sale if I can. Then I realized that tax-free weekend is coming, so I pushed the appointment back by a week so even if nothing is on sale, I can at least get tax free if I replace it.  #MeganProblems

Teh German napped on the couch for a bit and I finally stopped gaming and we watched Community until bed.  #LazyDayGoalsAccomplished


Sunday was our 5 year dateaversary (the anniversary of our first date), so we celebrated like we always do.  Lunch at Home Team then a motorcycle ride.  Teh German thought were going to drive there (because I'm a princess and do not like to ride when it's hot AF outside, and since we live in the 7th Realm of Hell, that was a safe assumption) but I educated him to the fact that we were riding because that's what we do on our Dateaversary.

Like a newb, I forgot to bring a mask, so I had to be awkward AF and just wear my helmet as we walked to our table.  I forgot because my masks are in my car and I would have remembered to grab one if we hadn't rode, but oh well.  Lunch was delicious and then we agreed to go the long way home to get in some riding time.  Honestly, it wasn't as miserable as my brain told me it would be, but I think that's because we were moving 95% of the time.  It was when we were stopped that the heat was unbearable.

Shortly after we arrived home, I received a message from Teh PT Wife saying she heard us come home and invited us over for pool time.  We changed into bathing suits and headed over.  After several hours of floating around and getting sunburned and Teh German getting into the pool for the first time, I suggested Teh PT Husband/Wife come over for dinner and we play Anxiety Attack since I hadn't gotten to play the new game yet.

After our game, Teh PT Fam left and Teh German and I plopped in front of the couch for more Community until bedtime.


Solid weekend.  We're expecting some rain this week as the tropical storm blows through.  I'm glad it's not a hurricane so people don't get all spun up, I just can't handle something that is NORMAL having sooo much focus on it that angst is created.  Hate, hate, hate. 

This morning Teh German and I did a no-equipment crossfit workout in the garage and it was so humid/hot that I was getting dizzy, so that's fun.  Then after I survived 20 minutes of that, I walked the beasts for their 2 miles and showered.  Please kill me now.  Today is laundry day, to include the dog bed covers and tomorrow is dog bath day.  For real, put me out of my misery now.

This week is quiet and this weekend Matilda will be coming to visit and potentially pick up a dog from a local rescue.  I'll be taking my laptop to Best Buy.  Much joy to be had by all.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Five on Friday #236

EINS - Random Shit

If your job posting is listed as "entry level" and requires a Bachelors degree + 3+ years of experience....


Based on my lack of motivation to do physical activity, it must be fat week.  Runs have been mostly out of the question, but I did roll my rolls out of bed to walk with Teh Bestie and walked the beasts, even if they only got short loops.

Teh German started running in the AM since the 9Rounds he was going to officially closed (which makes me sad for him, but I won't say I didn't get a small bit of satisfaction from the situation after how the owner fucked me over when I went to Germany last year).  Unfortunately, he's still getting up at his gym time instead of sleeping in a little.  Fortunately, the dogs have decided they are tired of our early wake up shit and don't even bother moving until the last person finally gets up and goes downstairs, IF THEN.  It's fabulous.

But you better believe that if no one is up by 0645, Meri will let you know.


After MUCH debate, I cut my hair.  Like A LOT of it.  As in, most of the blue/color is gone.  

Not only is a drastic change, butttttt it also means I get to go back to washing my hair daily.  I'm sad and glad, but mostly glad.


I bought a large container of blueberries recently.  Teh German pulled it out to have some.  He asked me if they needed to be washed, I said yes.  Then he started doing weird shit and I straight up called him out... 

M: Are you just going to pull out what you want and wash JUST that portion?
T gives me a confused face: What else would I do?
M: IDK, wash ALL of them?
T: I can't put them back in the container.
M: Yeah, because you should put them in a bowl...

WUT?  Why is this so hard?  It's like we've never had food that had to be washed before eating it in our house before.  Why not just wash it all at once so that way it's always ready to eat from here on?  Why does putting the washed fruit in another bowl not just come to mind immediately?  So much confusion.


So kind of on purpose and kind of out of ignorance, during an initial interview, I don't ask about salary.
Ignorance because for some positions, that all has to be worked out with HR.
On purpose because it gives me a reason to contact the interviewer later with a question (assuming they've told me to reach out with any questions I may have (which is standard)) and to pop back up on their radar.

I'm not like a professional, but I may have some tricks up my sleeve at making people notice me.


There are people on my FB feed that I refuse to hide because I live to hate on their posts.  It's petty, I know.  I know I should hide them and then I wouldn't see their garbage, but then I'd have to remember to go to their page to make fun of the shit they share and that's too much effort, so I have to leave it in my feed.


I hate when my blood sugar bottoms out, out of nowhere.  Like I'll be fine, fine, fine.  Ok, yes, it's almost lunch time, then it's 15 minute later and I'm shaky and unable to concentrate and yelling at everything.

Like, it's earlier than you ate yesterday, can you take it down a level, Body?


Despite changing my Amazon password, there is still a strange charge from Amazon Video that I did not make again this month.. and with some investigative work, I have determined that someone signed up for a Prime Video service that requires a subscription and I was paying for it.  /facepalm

Figured it out while I was on the phone with Chase to report the fraudulent activity.

Like, I'm glad I don't have to get a new card, but annoyed nonetheless.


I blow dried my hair this morning and I'm feeling super pretty.  NBD.  Sometimes the effort is worth it.


I accidentally went grocery shopping while I was hungry.. but now we have Swiss Cake Rolls and my heart ain't hurt about it.

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Hairs did.
-KFC for lunch because when I called my fave mexican place to place my order, they didn't have lengua.  Fucking rude.
-Dog food

DREI - From My Phone Shit

You see how close that drip is to the edge of the plate.. that's HOW CLOSE it was to almost being ON MY BOOB.  Whew.

Willow was drunk this week.


The body pillow life chose me.

When you held a puppy but your Beast Army thinks you cheated on them and need to be cleansed of all sniffable scents.

This bed is causing a LOT of drama.
Sandy insists that it is HER and has a tantrum when others lay on it.
I'm about to move that thing back to the living room.
Hard knock life for everyone.

My bestest Monkey-Doodle.

Meri got eaten by the couch.

Moose insisted on being full body petted while he supervised my work.

Then, the next morning, he insisted on supervising my work again.

These bitches actin' like they weren't creating a ruckus outside the bathroom door because I had the door shut.  Look at Sandy's face, like, "HOW DARE YOU?"
Please also note how incredibly difficult it is to get a non-blurry photo of Meri when she isn't asleep.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

For real, this happens way more often than I care to admit.
The processing time is REAL.

This explains my last 2 years of schooling, LOOOOOL

Also, for me, this applies at work.

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Both of my projects were in a week-long planning meeting.  It was glorious.
  2. Interview (even though I did hear something about 5-6 months for background checks, FML).
  3. An investigator accidentally calling me and as their penance I made them discuss the potential for how long until my clearance is adjudicated... and also gave them some helpful information to make their job easier.
  4. A new work friend who might be a good connection, we'll see.
  5. Demands from my Moose for attention and lovins.
  6. The arrival of medals, even if it means I need to do a half marathon now, so I can put my Divas medal on the rack.
  7. The return of hockey.
  8. Jeans.
  9. Potential for rain. Ok, some might call it a hurricane, but as someone posted on FB, a hurricane right now is the most normal 2020 thing of the year, so I'll take it.
  10. Not having to get a new credit card number... again.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.