Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Confessions {8/24}

-I learned, after watching 4 hours of Lightroom tutorials on YouTube, that "good" photographers aren't necessarily good photographers.  Instead, they are good photo editors.  Annoying.  That said, I'm proud of my photography, because I barely edit compared to most of the "good" photographers.  #boombitches

-I understand that people want/need to make money, but WTF is with the Lulularoe explosion on my Facebook feed?  It's absolutely maddening.  The worst part is that it's parties for people that people I'm friends with know, so I don't even know the people who are showing up on my FB feed.  It's the worst actually.  Well, 2nd to all the ads that have decided to torture me.  Not sure why but there has been a VERY strong resurgence in ads on my feed and despite hiding the ads, it won't load the "Why am I seeing these" link so I can tell it to stop, they are still appearing.  #ichmagesnicht

-I discovered that there is a massage school about 15 minutes from our house.  $35 for a 90 minute massage and no tipping since they are students.  Game on.  #betterthanGroupon #appointmentsmade

-I discovered recently that an ex uses my nickname for him as his instagram name.  To include the "teh" part.  I don't mind the name part, but the "teh" part is MINE.  I am Teh Megan, I was "teh" first.  This person became Teh (Nickname I called him) when I called him that.  Truthfully though, I wonder if his girlfriend realizes that I gave him that nickname.  Or maybe she calls him he same name?  Except.. again.. the "teh".  That's just awkward I think.  This is why people get copyrights.  #Icameupwiththat #stealinmygenius

-In SC bug bites are weird.  They don't itch right away, oh no no.. they wait.  Until 24-36 hours after the bite to start itching.  This essentially makes the bites last for a week.  #itstheworst

-I have this awkward thing I do where I make sex-ish noises when I scratch my itches.  Combine this "attribute" with a smattering of bug bites from being in the backyard last Weds evening.  Sounds pretty orgasmic over here.  #itsonlyawkwardinpublic #butitfeelssogood

-I tried on a Lululemon shirt when Teh Sister was here since she owns a few and I actually liked them.  #FML

-My double chin has become very prominent recently and it depresses me.  It could also be the way I hold my head, but it's gross.  Why isn't there a work out specifically to target the double chin?  Also, why does eating have have to make so much of a difference in my body.  Ughhh.. #Ijustwanttoeatallthethings #andnotgetfat #fatter #Ilovemybody

-Earlier this week I deleted over 2000 emails from my work email.  Please don't be impressed.  I hadn't deleted any emails I had sent since my first day.  So Jan 20, 2015.  #cleaninghouse

-I teleworked on Tuesday because I almost passed out, twice, in the shower after our 5 mile run.  Not because my toe or the distance or me not stopping, but probably due to dehydration.  I didn't drink a lot the day before, and based on the scale, I lost almost 1 lb of water weight while running, and then after I was horizontal for a while, I had a killer headache for most of the day.  All signs point to dehydration.  That said, I'm usually tomato faced after a run, but this time I was a ghostly green/white color and it freaked me out quite a bit.  Also, I think I scared Teh German.  #greenisnotagoodcoloronme

-With the construction vehicles parked on the sides of the streets in the development and with resident cars on the streets, it's like playing chicken when you go through the neighborhood.  It's my least favorite thing.  The best part?  The cop that lives 3 doors down parks his squad car in the street.  I've yet to see the neighbors bitch about that on the FB page.  #butwhoamItonotice

-I've noticed more and more recently that my typed words are often riddled with typos and grammar mistakes.  This isn't because I don't know the proper way to speak English, but often because my fingers move too fast on the keyboard.  For instance, almost every time I type because, I type it becuase due to finger speed.  Also, sometimes it takes me several times to type a word correctly because of muscle memory.  I will mean to type one word, but it's very similar to another and my fingers take over and type the other similar word instead of the word I intended.  #itscomplicated #toomanywordsperminute #timetoslowdown

-After Teh German said something about how he thought our schedule would slow down the 2nd half of the year, I had to stifle a cackle.  I know we have activities planned, so I went to my handy dandy calendar to see exactly what we had planned.  Holy mother, what have I done?

~move to new office: Aug 25/26/29
~Disneyland runs: Sept 1-5
~Isle of Palms 10k: Oct 1
~Teh Sister/Phil's Birthday: Oct 10/11
~Band of Horses concert: Oct 19 (not that tickets have been purchased)
~Teh MD-AR in Charleston: Oct 20-25
~James Island Connector Run (10k): Oct 22
~Hockey season starts for Stingrays: Oct 25
~Teh Ville in MD for Blue Angels: Oct 29/30
~Halloween: Oct 31
~Election Day: Nov 8
~Thanksgiving: Nov 24
~Teh German's Aunt in Charleston: Dec 14-28
~Teh Sister's graduation: Dec 17
~Possible Disney World trip: Dec 18-20
~Panthers vs Falcons: Dec 24
~Christmas: Dec 25
~New Years Eve: Dec 31

-Guaranteed way to piss me/Teh German off: Try to contact us between 11pm-6am for a non-emergency.  If you're responding to a group text because you know you're awake and no one else in the group is, you're a douche.  #dontbeanasshole #itsnotfunny #beautysleep

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Review {8/22}


Friday at work, I found out I'm getting put on another project.  I'm so pumped about it!  Being bored is seriously one of my least favorite things, so even if I have no idea how to accomplish my new responsibilities, I'll be happy to at least be frustrated trying.  I mean, if I can deal with my techs saving over my final drafts of documents over and over and blatantly making edits in incorrect documents then not even apologizing when I point out THEIR error to them.  Learning something entirely different can't be that bad, right?  Right.

My quad mate brought in his chew toy dog since we're about to move offices and we aren't sure what the pet policy will be at our interim office. 

We're obviously besties now.

I can't remember her name, but she didn't whine or bark and that made us friends officially.

After getting my hours in, I headed home around 2.  I stopped at Big Lots to return the mirror I had gotten while we were in the mountains since it was scratched up.  I went home and snuggled with the pups and finished listening to Glass Sword and did puzzles.  So much rage.  Soooo angry about that book.  Also, review preview: I fucking hate Mare Barrow.  HHHHaaaaattttteeee. 

Finally, Teh German came home and we went out to dinner at a Mexican place nearby.  It was disappointing.  When we got back, we sat around entertaining ourselves with social media until Teh Sister and Teh BIL arrived.  After the weiner brigade attacked the house and everyone had been let out and had settled, it was finally bedtime.

PS.  Hue lights:


Saturday morning I woke up and saw this super adorable bowl that I really wanted on Instagram.  I called every TJ Maxx/Marshall's/Home Goods in Charleston and could only fine ONE.  I wanted 4.  Nonetheless, Teh Sister and I set out on the hunt for it. 

Hooyah for Chief's initiation every August.
It's the one guaranteed time of the year my car will get a bath.

Because I'm an idiot, I didn't realize that where I wanted to go wasn't actually the store I wanted to go to.  The Marshall's of West Ashley had the one bowl.  After a trip to Target to pick up a few things I didn't need/needed, we stopped at Michael's for a hot glue gun, and then Groucho's for lunch because the hangar was real, then I realized that what I thought was Marshall's was actually a TJ Maxx.  Ugggh.  We walked around since we were there, ended up almost buying some things and putting them back instead.

If you can find these bowls for me, I'd love you forever!
Dogs, WITH handle, with lid.

After Not Marshall's, we ended up going to Metto to get coffee and going home, completely not going by the Marshall's that spawned the entire outing.  When we got home, Teh German and Teh BIL weren't home.  They had went to pick up Teh German's life vest and then went to Carolina Ale House for lunch.  Teh Sister and I started on our projects and they arrived home soon after.

I needed to make our ears for Disneyland and Teh Sister brought all the materials to make an Up wreath that I had found on Pinterest.  She brought her sewing machine to help with my ears project.

There was a bit of a debacle about getting the TV to work with my computer so the men could watch the Brazil vs Germany soccer game.  It involved some yelling between Teh German and I, which is a rarity.  When do it though, we often have an audience.  #awkward  Teh German ended up getting the game on the tv after I went back to my projects. 

After the game was over, with much disappointment at Teh Ville, it was dinner time.  We'd decided on Sesame since they have a black bean burger for Teh Sister.  The food was good, but the side effects were not.  3/4 of us had upset bellies almost immediately after we ate.  Teh German and Teh BIL went to Palmetto Moon to pick up a sticker for a project while Teh Sister and I headed to Target to pick up the items that I had forgotten.  First, we stopped by the bathroom at Target, because belly issues were a pressing matter.  No details, but I will share the funniest part was when a lady walked in the bathroom and announced, "SHOO!  This bathroom STINKS!"  We stayed quiet while she muttered the entire time she peed about how stinky the bathroom was.  She made the announcement again as she left the bathroom... at which point we finally started giggling and I said, "Imagine that!"  Teh Sister said that there was also another lady in the bathroom who was giggling. 

After completing my business trip and washing my hands, I headed to pick up the items I forgot and met Teh Sister at the exit, then we met the guys at the car.  We couldn't stop giggling about the lady.  We made it home and Teh German started a fire.  Eventually, it started to drizzle, so we had to go inside, at which point, we called it a night.

Phil was confused about not being able to go into his crate for a PB kong, so he fit himself in Meri's crate. 
This always amuses me.
We left him out so we could put a Nephdawg into Meri's crate.


We got a slow start Sunday morning and opted to go out for brunch instead of making something at home. 

Meri obviously didn't mind.

We hit up Iron Dog Diner and it was scrumptious.  I definitely updated my Yelp review this morning to reflect my new opinion.  Also, the wait wasn't as long this time, so I wasn't unbearably hangry.  After brunch we headed back home to finish up projects and dremel dog nails before Teh Sister and Teh BIL left to go home. 

Up themed!

Why Up?
Because that's the first dinner and a movie date Teh German and I went out on.  It also happened to be playing the first time we held hands.  Sappiness level = off the charts.

After company left, Teh German and I discussed the screened in patio situation.  We're still at a standstill with that project.  I know we'd like to do something to screen in the patio, but we aren't sure what yet since it can't be a "permanent structure."  It's the worst.  We had sandwiches for dinner because laziness and unprepared Megan. 

After dinner, I went out to water the flowers and ended up planting some of the flowers Teh Sister had delivered, which wasn't my intention.  Glad it got accomplished, nonetheless.  Teh German got motivated by my productivity and decided to test out the new tiller head on the weed eater and plant some grass in the back yard.  He originally thought of doing the front yard, but I am still afraid the heat is going to scorch the seeds, so I suggested he do the back instead, so it will have shade.

This was all pine needles.  I'm not sure why the entire house was lined with pine needles, but what a waste.

Moarrr flowarrrsss

Overall, a good weekend.  Despite some drama with Teh German, we got things accomplished and we had company.  We survived with 5 dogs in the house and the wieners didn't sing as much as they could have.  Biggest feats were getting the ears done for Disneyland and the Up wreath.  Without Teh Sister, neither of those projects would have been accomplished.

A week and a half left till DISNEYLANNNDDD!!!!  Woooooot!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Dump

This is less of a Five on Friday and more of a brain dump post.  #myblog #myrules #notsorry #yourewelcome #hashtagoverload #Imonaroll #notsorry #Icoulddothisallday #thatwouldgetannoying #Imannoying #thisismylife #YOLO

Anyways.  Now that I've got 1% of my Gentle Readers still with this tab open wondering WTF just happened, welcome to my life.  Moving on.

I wrote an entire post about our Hue lights.  I'll be posting it when we get in the final pieces.  I'm excited to share it with you, but I want to wait until we have everything complete before I post it so I don't have to update the post, because I know I'll never update the post.  So really, I'm saving myself work AND I'll have something to entertain you with while we're at Disneyland.  Yeah, you'll probably have to wait that long, but I promise it's worth it.  Although, I probably just broke a blogger rule telling you about how far in advance I will schedule a post.. and how I'll take advantage of content to my benefit.  Truthfully, I was a little worried about how quiet it would be around these parts while I was at Disney, so now #problemsolved #likeaboss.

I'll give you this preview though:

Teh Sister is coming today!  And Teh Utah Specialist/Bro-in-law!  And Teh Nephdawgs!

So far we've planned:
-making ears for Disney
-watching the Germany vs Brazil Olympic soccer rematch.
-seeing Pete's Dragon

I should probably change the sheets on the guest bed.

I can't stop listening to Pvris.  I just love them.

I'm SERIOUSLY concerned about my Disney runs.  Bum toe is really bumming me out.  I've been wrapping it since going to the chiro.  It's fine until I go to bed, when my toes, apparently, spread apart a crazy amount and having my 2 toes together is just unacceptable.  I slept sooo good last night because I released my toes from their prison.

This post about shit people have said coming out of anesthesia gave me the lolz.

I schedule a post about Hue lights, but still haven't finished editing the Germany photos to finish my recaps AND decorate my house.  #priorities

I accidentally stumbled upon this post on the GEGR forums from that one time that I stalked Teh MD-AR.  It's crazy to me that this level of crazy earned me one of the best friends a woman could ask for!  Soon after this post, we had a dog play date where we chatted for an hour while our dogs laid at the dog park napping.  Then we progressed to walking our pups together and then dog sitting for each other.  We became greyt, and great, friends and then we even progressed up to roomies!  It was a sad day when I moved to SC.  I'm so glad that we are friends through it all!  Also, this just shows that my crazy often pays off.  I mean, you remember that one time I joined an online dating site so I would have some good blog fodder?  Yeah.  I love being right.

I don't watch the news, but the fact that I heard about NOT hearing about the floods in LA causes my brain to wrinkle.  I wish I could understand what is going on in the media, but that's impossible.  When I think about the fact that I have a media degree and the media repulses me, I wonder what I was thinking.. But then I remember I was full of youth and hope and thought my voice would change things.  I've obviously learned that maybe I was wrong about that (one thing), but I still try to speak out and bring things to light when I can.  I can't fight every fight, but I can pick my battles and fight strong.


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Hue lights, despite their expense.
  2. Play dates with Roux the neighbor dog.
  3. Homemade blueberry preserves/jelly from the neighbor as a gift for not letting their plants die while they were on vacation.  AKA, I'm glad for rain.
  4. Dogs at work that aren't whiny.
  5. Toasted peaches smothered with honey butter and cinnamon sugar butter, topped with ice cream.
  6. Seeing a "busy" coworker streaming It's Always Sunny.  SUPPPPERRR busy.  Makes me feel less guilty for this post, right now.
  7. Friendship with great women.
  8. Realizing I've been retweeted (Thanks Allison).  It's like months late, but whatevs.
  9. Easily making an appointment for Yurtle's doctor appointment.
  10. Finally finishing this post, approximately 6 hours after I started it.  Ugh.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Confessions {8/17}

-I'm sad that I don't have kids that watch Sesame Street right now.  When I watched, I had no idea that those were even famous people on the show.  Now I actually know and LIKE the famous people (aka actors) that are on Sesame Street... I discovered this while I was looking for Count Von Count gifs for my Show Us Your Books post.  If you're a Sherlock fan, the Benedict Cumberbach appearance is pretty excellent, but there is also Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavil, Adam Sandler.. to name a few off of just looking at gifs.  The videos on YouTube are definitely worth checking out if you were ever a Sesame Street fan.

-Why do we call Donald Trump, "Trump", and Hillary Clinton, "Hillary"?  Just because she's a woman we call her by her first name?  Is it too confusing for people to call her "Clinton" because her husband?  #equality

-Who approved this album design?  Really?  #subtle

-I may or may not have set up a 2nd Audible account so I could get some free credits to listen to the Red Queen sequel.  I have minimal guilt about it.  Thanks Groupon for that code for TWO free months.  It sucks that my books are going to be spread over different accounts.. butttt this could also work out if I ever decided to actually bite the bullet and have more than one audiobook account.  #cantstopwontstop #audiobooklife

-We've been watching the Olympics at work, per my suggestion.  The 4x split screen is definitely my fave.

-Hell yeah for Michael Phelps and his cupping session.  Cupping isn't weird!  Watch the video here.  Makes me want to schedule another appointment.  #cupping #itsabouttobepopular

-This new thing that Mumford & Sons is doing with the African musics.. not my jam.  It makes me sad because I love some M&S.  #Imtoowhite

-Sported some black underwear with my yellow dress on Tuesday.  #likeaboss

-After my Chiro session yesterday, I stopped by McDonald's for a sweet tea and suckered myself into a small fry.  I miss with both of these items were only $1.  #elcheapo

-YAY for books!  I got one of Alyssa's cast offs in the mail yesterday!  After my 2 challenge books are complete, I'm starting on the 2 hard copy books I have on my night stand, My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler (thanks Alyssa!) and an Intelligence during WW2 book from a previous challenge.

-Due to photo editing necessity, I'm already halfway through the Glass Sword (sequel to Red Queen).  That wasn't on purpose, but Kristen may have been peer-pressuring me.  She's been kind enough to listen to my rants each morning about the 2nd book.  #booknerdsunite

-Thanks for sharing your vet wrap Philalicious.  Per the Chiro's direction (since he knew that not walking/running on my toe was a silly request), I'll be taping these bad boys together for the imminent future.  Hopefully this will help bum toe heal faster?

-I cleaned the bathrooms Monday night.  I was cleaning a FEW hairs off the top of the drain a hair monster pulled out.  WTF.  At least this time I didn't gag/puke in my mouth.  I did tell Teh German that he should be glad this isn't 5 years ago when I would have asked him to take care of it because it would have made me sick.  Mostly, I was just horrified this has been hanging out with us every morning and we were unaware.  Apparently, our monsters don't hide behind shower curtains, but down the drain.  #hairisgross #hairclog

3ish months of hair clog.

-I've almost accomplished everything on my to-do list with the exception of Disney ears.  I still don't have a glue gun but I'm hoping that today is the day.  If not today, definitely this weekend.  I can't procrastinate forever.  #DumboDareChallenge

-Teh German spent $450 on Hue light strips for the kitchen cabinets/living room.  The next day, Hue sent an email asking me to confirm my email to continue to recieve special discounts.  I clicked and discovered a coupon code for $20 off light strips.  We will definitely be reordering and returning the originals to Amazon.  #notsorry #savindollas #kinda

Monday, August 15, 2016

Weekend Review {8/15}


I got a new ID on Friday and then finished up the rest of my hours from home since I schedule my ID appointment at the location close to home instead of close to work.  Mainly because the lady who works at the ID place close to work is an old biddy.  I did return my old ID(s), which baffled the guy who was doing the new ID.

After my ID appointment, I went home and fixed lunch and ate while chatting with my coworkers.  Eventually, I decided to accomplish tasks.  I headed to Walmart for dog food, then stopped at the library and picked up my new library card (since I'd printed out the form on Monday, but just hadn't stopped by the library to complete the process since then).  After the library, I headed to the piercing place and had one of my piercings changed.  On the way home, I decided to stop by the carpet place to see how much it would cost to get a piece of carpet bound as a runner, instead of having to buy rugs.  About $600.  Ouch.  My goal was to go back with Teh German so he could look at the remnants and see if any of the colors were good for him, but they closed at 5:30 and aren't open on the weekend.  I texted him to see if he could come home early, but that didn't really happen and when he got home around 5, I had already researched another carpet place that we could check out on Saturday, and the lady had been kind of a bitch, so I wasn't heartbroken about not going back.

When Teh German got home, I asked what he wanted to do for dinner and he suggested Willie Jewell's because he knows I'm a sucker.  We weren't really in a go out/people-y mood, so I called it in and we picked it up and brought it home.  Lesson: It wasn't as good and my fries were cold and, as always, they fucked up my sauce request.  Also, we had a reason to "celebrate" since Teh German had successfully negotiated his contract with his company earlier in the day, which included a raise!  Yay for Teh German officially staying in the US!

We watched Matrix 2 while we ate dinner.  We had originally planned to go to Mount Pleasant and watch Space Jam in the park, but Teh SC Teacher and Teh SC German invited us to meet them at Red's.  We were meeting at 8:30, so we ate dinner and watched Matrix until 8 and then headed to meet them.  After a few hours of hanging out and enough drinks, we called it a night and headed home.

I had Phil's undivided attention with an open food container on my lap.

Selfie to start the weekend!

Phil snuggles!

Trinity: Teenage Megan's hero/role model.

My favorite bridge.


Originally, we had planned to get up on Saturday and be responsible adults and do house things.  Mow the grass, clean the bathrooms, etc..  Instead, we went out on the boat with Teh SC Teacher and Teh SC German since they got a new boat recently and we hadn't been out with them.  We met around 1130, we stopped at the store where we bought a loaf of $1 bread for $3.20, a Yoohoo! for me, and someone else bought a $5 bag of ice, then we headed to the boat landing.

Fortunately, there were scattered clouds throughout most of the day.  It made the heat bearable.  We did some wake boarding and tubing and spent some time lounging in the water making jokes about the E. Coli content in the water (parts of the lake were closed a few weeks ago due to E. Coli numbers being too high in the water).  Teh German and I were smart about it this time and we brought plenty of sandwich stuffs and snacks so we wouldn't starve.  We also brought plenty of water and adult beverages and I was not shy about asking for the canopy to go up so we could have some shade.  Despite reapplying cancer cream several times, we both still got a little sunburnt.  Me on the areas that didn't get toasted on July 4th, and Teh German on has back.  Nonetheless, we had a blast.

Teh German wake boarding

I almost delete this picture because: belly rolls.
Ya know what.  Here's my tubby belly. 
I was having a blast and the only person that cared about my chub was me.
I'm working on not caring, this is how.

When we finally decided to head back to land, it was around 6.  As we were speeding across the lake, we noticed a couple on a paddle board... with no paddle.  The dude was using his arms as paddles.  At first we cheered for them, then we decided to turn around and ask if they were ok.  They were NOT ok.  They were miles from the shore and the current was going against them and they didn't have a paddle.  At first the guy suggested we could tow them behind us (harrr harrrr) but I suggested instead they get in the boat and we'd just put the paddle board in the middle.  The story of how they were stranded in the middle of the lake was very confusing and I still don't understand, but we all did our good deed of the day.  The girl was obviously shaken up and hugged everyone on the boat to say thank you and even gave us a "God bless ya'll for stoppin'" when they got back on their board to get to shore.  We did see their friends pull up on a jet ski right as we started pulling away, so at least they finally came to look for them!

Once the boat was back on the trailer, we headed to drop off our extra passenger, then went home.  It was Ladies Night in the neighborhood and it had started at 7.  It was almost 8:30 when we finally made it home.  After a quick shower, Teh German and I walked down the street to our respective houses for neighborly activity.  One of the men in the neighborhood suggested Dude's Night since the Ladies were gathering.  Several pointed out that Ladies night meant that it was also Dad night and someone had to take care of the children.  So really Dude's night kinda fizzled out, but at least Teh German wasn't sitting at home alone.  Unfortunately, the poor dogs were crated for a majority of the day, which I was feeling moderately guilty about.  But not overly, since Meri had chewed up some stuff when we went to pick up dinner on Friday night.

A few of us left the Ladies gathering and headed to the Dude's gathering to see Roux (Rue) the dog.  After a bit at their house, Teh German and I were exhausted (too much day drinking and then night drinking will do that to ya) and it was time to go home.  At 0100, we finally collapsed into bed.


We slept until my phone went off at 0950.  Teh German actually likes the notifications that he puts on calendar events, while I absolutely loathe them.  But this time, it was a good thing.  We had a 1000 Skype date with Teh German's aunt.  I got up and fed the dogs and had my Willie Jewel's leftovers for breakfast.  Finally, Teh German came down stairs and shortly after, his aunt called.  We chatted for a bit and she will be coming to visit in late December for Christmas!  It's super exciting.  When I mentioned that we were going to Disney in Sept, she lit up, so I'm hoping to plan at least a day at Disney World while she is here.  I'm thinking New Years Eve, because I seriously cannot imagine better fireworks for New Year's than at Disney World.

Aunt had told us that Teh German's Opa would be arriving soon for dinner and after they got settled, she'd call back so Teh German could talk to Opa.  We had pushed our housework/adulting to Sunday and it was getting hotter and hotter outside.  We waited what seemed like forever, but she finally called back.  Opa was very excited to hear Teh German's good news about work.  Teh German also told Opa that he should come and visit the US since his Aunt (Opa's daughter) is coming in December.  He said he'd love to, but his partner doesn't like long flights and they'd have to see about taking a ship across the Atlantic (they love cruises).  He did also inquire if we were getting married so that way he'd have a valid reason to get her across the ocean.  Aunt and I cackled and Teh German kinda sputtered through a, "No, we've talked about it, but nothing definitive."  Soon after, Opa ended the call.

At this point, Teh German decided that it was too hot outside to mow the grass and maybe he'd wait until later.  I was productive and took the fairy hats outside to put another layer of paint on them.  I chatted with the neighbor for a few minutes until my shirt was sufficiently drenched in sweat.  Once done, I put the hats on the front porch to dry and went inside to dry myself.  Despite the long to-do list, most of it didn't get accomplished.  Coworker delivered our couch table, which is awesome.  Seriously, if you're local and want furniture, let me know so I can direct you her way.  Her work is awesome.  She did tell us that the table was much easier than the bench.

After they left, I told Teh German that I could go to the store during the week so we didn't have to leave the house.  I wasn't feeling it.  Motivation, people, anything.  Teh German and I did put Hue light strips on the back of the table.  I sat at the computer and wanted to photo edit, but just couldn't.  I checked social media and called Teh MD-AR to talk through some Disney meal planning.

We arrive on Thusrday and we'll head straight to the expo when we land.  After we check into our hotel (depending on the time), we'll go straight to Disney.  We'll spend the rest of the day/evening in the park and we're planning on getting good seats for the parade and the fireworks (if they happen).  We have   reservations for a character breakfast on Friday morning and a fancy dinner on Friday night.  We'll be at the park all day, so this will also be Dole Whip day, if we don't get one on Thursday.  There's never too many Dole Whip floats when at Disney.  We'll spend all day at Disney on Friday and then head back to the hotel for some sleeps.  Our 10k is on Saturday morning.  After the run, we'll head out to Hollywood for sign selfies (#noshame) and then on to Venice Beach to people watch.  We'll grab dinner at VB and eventually head back to the hotel for a nap.  Sunday morning is our 1/2 marathon.  After our run, we're going to clean up, check out, and store our luggage in the car while we're inside Disney, then we'll head to the airport when it's time. We'll be arriving home on Monday morning (yay red-eye flights and holidays).

That is a huge relief to have the Disney plans taken care of.  I knew that if we didn't get reservations in soon, we'd end up at counter-service all weekend and while that isn't THAT bad, I'd rather have plans for the good places.  Despite the self-nagging that the bathrooms needed to be cleaned and the floors vacuumed, I didn't do it.  Instead, I got up and made dinner.  I made hamburger sliders for dinner and also tried to make homemade ranch.  It tasted too mayo-y, so I added too much milk.  Le sigh.  Fortunately, I have more of the powder mix, so after I get more mayo, I'll try again, this time actually following the recipe.  Or I'll find a recipe without mayo, which may be the best option.  The seasoning I used on the hamburlgers was on point though.  The accidental abundance of poultry seasoning also helped (which Teh German commented, "Maybe that's what everything tastes like chicken?" I lol-ed for way longer than necessary).

After dinner was cleaned up, I finished up some stuff on the computer and headed upstairs for some reading time.  It helped that Teh German was being a grouch for no discernible reason.  I was happy to get in some reading time since I'm still holding my audiobook hostage from myself until I get through these other books on my list.  Also, I'm enjoying Fangirl, so that's a plus.  I got ready for bed before settling into my book so I wouldn't have to get back up.  Eventually, Teh German came up and got ready for bed.  Soon after, it was lights out.

Overall, a good weekend, despite getting not very much accomplished.  Well, that's kind of a lie.  I got things accomplished, but they weren't huge visible things.

  • Measure downstairs hallway to see how long of a piece of carpet we need for a runner so we can replace the 3 different rugs we have laid out now.  30x2.5 is what we need.  Ugh.
  • Order more Hue lights for the couch table that should be finished within the next weekend.  Teh German looked at Hue lights, but realized it was going to cost over $300 for all the light strips he wanted for the kitchen (since he used the kitchen strips on the table) and he got cold feet.  He doesn't like spending money, but I've already told him since I paid for the furniture (not from House account), he can pay for the Hue lights. 
  • Repaint fairy hats for our DL costumes
  • Make ears for our DL costumes.  There was a situation where I don't own a glue gun and I wasn't leaving the house.  I'll acquire a glue gun this week to get this project rolling.
  • Create new logo for watermark on photos.  Coworker was super happy to design a new logo for me and I worked on cleaning it up to use it as a watermark.  Meaning, I spent 45 minutes deleting splash on the logo, pixel by pixel at certain points.  No, not kidding.  #OCDskillz
  • Finish editing wedding photos from last weekend
  • Mail off SD card with all wedding photos on it
  • Plan September meal schedule.  With Teh MD-AR listening to me ramble, I was able to accomplish this.  It also helped to work backwards.
  • Figure out if I'm going to do any Disney Bounding on the days we go to the parks
  • Potentially map out our Venice Beach/Hollywood road trip
  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Scoop poop
  • Go through the boxes from Teh Dad's house (too hot in the garage)
  • Run (with the gimp toe)  (har har)

I'm not feeling run ready for Disney, but most of that is due to toe gimpness.  Said toe got seriously abused when we were on the boat, but it was toe or phone.. so toe took the brunt of the pain.  A HUGE wave splashed up and the S6 isn't waterproof like the S5 and S7.  Thanks for that, Samsung..... -__-

I did have some epic tube time that someone recorded, but I haven't seen the video.  All I know was that my body was bouncing on the tube like I was on a trampoline.  I heard everyone cheer when I stayed on when they thought I'd fall off.  It was awesome.

I did start laundry this morning, so maybe I'll have it all finished before next weekend?  LOOLLL.  And we'll see to cleaning those bathrooms.  I have a feeling I'll definitely be scooping poop because I'm not sure how much longer Teh German can put off mowing the grass.

Happy middle of August (yes already), Gentle Readers!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Five on Friday #88


My to-do list has been neglected for a while now and it's starting to get out of control.  I have a feeling that this weekend will start the process of ticking things off the list.

  • Measure downstairs hallway to see how long of a piece of carpet we need for a runner so we can replace the 3 different rugs we have laid out now.
  • Order more Hue lights for the couch table that should be finished within the next weekend.
  • Repaint fairy hats for our DL costumes
  • Make ears for our DL costumes
  • Create new logo for watermark on photos
  • Finish editing wedding photos from last weekend
  • Mail off SD card with all wedding photos on it
  • Plan September meal schedule
  • Figure out if I'm going to do any Disney Bounding on the days we go to the parks
  • Potentially map out our Venice Beach/Hollywood road trip
  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Scoop poop
  • Go through the boxes from Teh Dad's house
  • Run (with the gimp toe)


I know it looks like slop, but OMFG the lentils and sausage recipe that I shared several weeks ago is soooooo derichious!

I shared the link, but this time, I shall share MY recipe.  Mostly because I assume you didn't click on it because it was with a whole bunch of other links and you probably already had dinner planned and you're totally on top of your meal planning game and you have better things to do than click on my links.  I completely understand.

Delicious Lentils Recipe

  • 1 roll of Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage (SAGE is the important part.  Whatever you do, just don't use ground meat.  You will be disappointed, yes I speak from experience.)
  • 1 sweet onion (that will hurt your feelings and probably make you cry)
  • 1 thingy of kale (bunch? idk what they are called, whatever, green healthy shit)
  • "enough" diced garlic (I have a huge container in the fridge that is pre-diced, I got a heaping spoonful because we lurve garlic #tasteschange #energyconservation)
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, or a big and a small one.  Don't care, just some sweet potatoes.
  • 6-8 cups of chicken broth (the biggest container walmart/wherever you shop at sells, 48oz I think, if you like it a little soupy dump in the entire box)
  • 1 cup of lentils

1.  In a big pot toss in the sausage to start cooking.
2.  Chop onion and toss into pot after sausage is almost completely cooked.
3.  Chop kale and sweet potatoes.  I usually just aim for 1/2 inch thick sweet potato slivers or you can cube it.  It gets kinda mushy so don't worry about presentation.
4.  After onions are mostly translucent, add remaining ingredients (garlic, lentils, kale, sweet potatoes, and chicken broth).  A 32 oz container was once not enough to get the sweet potatoes soft and the lentils cooked, which is why I opt for the 48 oz container now.
5.  Bring contents to a boil.
6.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until lentils are cooked through and sweet potatoes are soft.
7.  ENJOY!  And watch out for the sweet potato heat bombs!


From the phone:

Tag silencers were worth every penny.
The dogs actually scared me coming around a corner the other day because I couldn't hear them.

The building manager was tired of taking care of the herbs she planted, so she gave them to me.
I'm going to take all of these babies home, add some fish food (holy hell the smell already makes me nauseous), prune them, and let them grow, grow, grow!
TL: Pepper, TR: Parsley, BL: Oregano, BR: Basil

After a puppy playdate with a neighbor, Meri was so tired she didn't even wait for us to turn out the light before she passed out. 

After our Thursday morning run, my toe was pretty bad off.
Corny ice pack at least made me feel like I was helping the issue.


Sexism and the media.  Nothing new, but this time it's about female Olympians and well, you just can't give credit to the coach when the WOMAN WON the event. 

How to appropriately interview women.

I might have shared this before, but it still brings me joy.  BTW the "hooker" in Toy Story is called "Legs," if you didn't get, you might have been raised under a rock.  Even Megan the Modest understood that she was supposed to be "sexy".

The Reddit gift exchange for teachers is one of my favorite things on the internet.  But this year, I'm going to adopt a local teacher and ask them what they need/want for their classroom rather than send to a stranger.  Keeping it local and all.

OMG sex that went wrong always brings me the lolz.  These had me rolling and Teh German was staring at me like I had sprouted a 2nd head.

Olympic fever has hit and these tweets are pretty much where I am at with the whole thing.


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Teh German going on a run without me.
  2. #BarometerHead being right about the rain when the weather apps were saying only a 30% chance of rain (aka Megan likes being right about shit)
  3. When dinner is deemed "the best" of all the times said dish has been served.
  4. Doggy playdates with the neighbors/getting to know our neighbors.
  5. Accomplishing photo editing during the day.
  6. Waivers and corral placements for Disneyland!!!!
  7. Ice cream social at work.
  8. Watching The Matrix last night (well half of it since it was started after the movie threshold hour)
  9. Snuggling with Meri on the couch (upstairs)
  10. Teh German having his meeting to negotiate his contract for a few more years.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.
Linking up with these ladies since it's FFFFRRRRRRIIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!