Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shit Teh German Said #16








tM: Why are there [shoe] inserts on my side of the island?
Teh German offers some explanation about new work boots and being too big and trying his new boots with his old inserts.
tM:  Just wondering why they are on my eating spot, where I sometimes drop food and then eat it off of the counter.
Teh German goes to move them.
tM: It's too late now.  Just maybe some awareness for next time.
tG: It's so you can have some extra cheese.



While sitting in traffic downtown.
Teh PT Husband: If only we had a giant flipper.
Teh German: I have two.
Teh German then proceeds to wave his hands around while flipping everyone off.



Discussing the HVAC fuse blowing while installing the smart thermostats.
tG: I don't like when you do everything right and things don't work.
tM: I don't like it when Husband refuses to cheer up despite all my efforts.
tG: I just wanted to be pissed off.
tM: I didn't like it.
tG: My fuse blew too.



tG: Have a good drive.  Text me when you get there.
tM: Oh, I thought you were going to say to text when people do stupid shit.
tG: Then you'd be texting me the whole time.



Over Thanksgiving dinner:
Mom-E: Africa has lions.
tG: That's awesome.  Just bring a spray bottle.  Psch psch psch (the sound of a spray bottle being sprayed).  That will keep them away.
........
tG: The problem is, they don't have enough water.
E: So then, are they going to die of thirst or die from lions?
tG: That's the tragedy they are facing.
......
Teh Running Bestie: He's been on a roll all night!
tG: Saved the Blog in one night!
(I had mentioned that I was running low on quotes for these posts)


On Nov 28.
tM: I don't know where to put our new calendar!
tG: You have a month to figure it out...


Teh German had just started using audio commands for Siri...
tG: Siri, read messages from [Teh Running Bestie].
Siri: Ok... (Siri starts talking in gibberish).
Turns out, Siri was reading messages from someone else that wasn't Teh Running Bestie and they were in German, which I realized before Teh German did because Siri's German accent is so bad!
tG: Siri, stop.  Siri, stop!  SIRI, STOP!







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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SUYB: Fall Books

Life According to StephFor real reviews, check out my Goodreads.  I'm writing this in real time and that's probably the best for brevity.  You're welcome for small blessings.

Also, Erin has posted her challenge topics.  I'm not sure I'll be participating because skool sucks, but I haven't decided yet.  We shall see.


Rating scale*:

1/5 - Hated it, didn't finish.
2/5 - Tolerated it on principle to finish, didn't like it.
3/5 - Eh, didn't love it, didn't hate it. Had some good parts/kept me interested/finished it on principle.
3.5/5 - I liked parts of it.
4/5 - I liked the whole thing.
4.5/5 - I liked it a lot, but not sure I'd read it again.
5/5 - I LURVED it and I'd read it again.

*Subject to change based on my mood, the phase of the moon, or other unpredictable variables.

Skimmers, stick with the bold text (TL;DR* parts).
PS. Possible spoilers included in reviews.





via GIPHY




Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy  4/5 (hard copy, own)

Ramona is a teenager who takes care of everything in her world.  Poor girl.  A solid coming of age story, even though Ramona needs to figure out the whole "Not my circus, not my monkeys" saying.


Winter by Marissa Meyer 4/5 (library, ebook)

The "Snow White" of the Lunar Chronicles.  I liked this book, but that could be because I was ready to be done with the series.  The ending with Cinder and Kai was weird, but that could have been me.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas   4.5/5 (Audible audiobook)

If you haven't heard of this book yet, you're living under a rock.  Solid book that discusses topics that are completely relevant RIGHT NOW.


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson  3.5/5 (Audible audiobook)

A mabillionty 45 hour fantasy audiobook I purchased because I wanted to get my credit worth.  It took about half the book for me to start getting into it.  Apparently, Sanderson is a world builder, which is cool and all, but it was tedious AF.  I almost considered getting the 2nd book in the series in physical form but I know there's no way I will actually read a tome like that.  Maybe once I get through the mabillionty hours of Outlander I have left, I'll consider it.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer  3/5 (hard copy, own)

The Lunar Chronicles short stories.  This collection was ok, but nothing to really write home about.  Nothing from the short stories really did anything to enhance the main books, IMO.  If it hadn't been for YALL Fest, I would have probably passed on this one.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer  *3/5 (library, ebook)

This is Levana's backstory and I wasn't sold.  I was so not interested that when the library took this loan back from me when I was only 30 minutes from the end and I didn't even bother to get upset about it.  I would have requested it again, but there's a waitlist (8+ people) and #aintnobodygottimefordat.





In Progress:

Now that the semester is over, I'm hoping to actually make some headway through the non-audiobooks.

  • The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon   */5 (Audible audiobook)
    • It's 55.5 hours long.  I'm trekking along, but it sure feels like I'm also lost in the Appalachian mountains with them.
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood   */5 (ebook, own)
    • This book is written very interestingly but the first half was moderately tedious for me.  Written well enough to keep me interested in though.
  • Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1) by Lian Hearn   */5 (hard copy, own, reread)
    •  I read these when I was 16/17ish and loved them.  I'm hoping the love remains.

On Deck:

  • More Outlander
    • I will finish this series, even if it takes me the rest of my life.
  • More Tales of the Otori 
    • I loved this series as a teenager and want to see if it still lives up to my expectations
  • Something from my TBR list (whatever I can find from the library/Audible)

YAY for books!
*TL;DR = too long, don't read


Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekend Review {12/11}

What?  A weekend review on a Monday?  Don't worry, I'm just as surprised as you are..

Here's a brief show of things that you may have missed out on:

We decorated for Christmas.
This pained Teh German since Germans wait until MUCH closer to Christmas to decorate.
It was not allowed this year since we were hosting the neighborhood holiday gathering.

This made us cry.
Teh German even came in my office after I posted it on instagram to give me a hug and cry a little with me.


We went to a friend's annual holiday party and this was the entertainment, pre-white elephant exchange.

I ran some miles.

My peppermint lights on my desk bring me great joy when I open the office.


Pre-FRIDAY

Wednesday was my last day of class for the semester.  That evening, Teh PT Wife and I went out for dinner and we went to the mall so I could use some coupons I'd received.  Honestly, I needed a break from all the things and it was perfect.  Also, I got new smelly things from Bath and Body Works and new bras from VS.

Thursday, I worked, but used some precious PTO time to leave have lunch with Teh German (which did not go well at all), then went home to clean.  The cleaner stood us up on Wednesday and I was stressed about it since we had people coming to our house on Saturday evening.  I really needed to study, but I knew that if I tried to study, I would only be thinking of cleaning, so I made a trade-off.  I had almost finished the upstairs when Teh German came home. 


Teh German volunteered to help clean and I tasked him with our bathroom sink, which I was looking least forward to.  I should have gave him more tasks, but instead put it on myself and went downstairs to study.  Teh German took care of dinner, which was good, and then it was back to studying.

FRIDAY

Instead of going into the office Friday morning, I teleworked until it was time to head to campus for my exams.  I got up at regular time so I would actually be productive.  This is also why there was a drive-by blog on Friday morning.

My computer science exam was from 1-4.
My discrete math exam was from 5:30-8:30.

I had intentions to swing by the Chiro's office on Friday before my exams, but failed at that.  I also failed at studying for my math exam.  #YOLO.  I tried to look over some stuff before the exam, but I was DONE with all of it. 


Fortunately, my math exam wasn't anything I found impossible, so I stumbled through it and walked out at 7:45 feeling confident that I had done my best, but more importantly, what's done is done. 

I called Teh German who had been on standby.  We agreed to meet at Sam's Club to pick up items for the neighborhood holiday gathering and then go to dinner.  Teh German hadn't eaten enough snacks, so he was a bit hangry, but he survived Sam's and then we headed to Sesame for dinner. 

Shenanigans at Sam's...

I had eaten leftovers before my math exam so I didn't get the hunger stupids, so I had an adult milkshake and a fry. 


We asked for our check and a manager came to our table to explain that we were part of a pay it forward chain.  What this meant was that someone else had covered our bill.  We wanted to keep it going, so we selected a table to pay for.  They wanted to keep it going but it was almost closing time and there wasn't anyone else in the restaurant for them to pay for.  Faith in humanity restored a little more.

 

Park Circle Christmas Tree

When we got home, I went to bed.  Teh German stayed up and I have no recollection of him even coming to bed, but Pax did give me a rude awakening around 3:30 (actually, it wasn't Pax that woke me, but Teh German jerking awake, which woke me) puking up chunks of the cheese stick he'd been chewing on earlier.  I considered just leaving until later to clean up, but got up and let the beasts out and cleaned it up.

SATURDAY

I got to sleep for another hour after cleaning up Pax's mess.  My alarm was set for 0430 so I could make it to Kiawah Island for my half marathon.  It took me an hour to get there, but it was recommended runners arrive by 0630 to make sure that they were able to get a shuttle and be at the start line on time since the race started at 0800 on the dot.

In a stroke of genius, I had grabbed a dog blanket to wrap myself in while I waited for the race to start.  Since it was under 40°F and had been raining for the prior 36 hours, it was totally worth it and several people commented that it was a great idea (as they stood there shivering).  When the shuttle dropped us off at the start area, they had opened up the club house and runners were sitting a meeting space on the floor.  They were sitting.  I took the opportunity to take a nap.  I knew I was super tired since I was able to sleep with noise and goings on around me.  This is usually not the case.  I woke up once when a lady started leading stretches around 0700 and I went back to sleep and when I woke up, the room was mostly empty.  It was about 10 minutes until start time.  I don't know what woke me up, but I'm glad.  I kinda hope that someone would have woken me up if I hadn't woke up on my own right on time.  I folded up the dog blanket that I had gotten to use as a pillow instead of a blanket and left it in a corner.  I figured if I came back by I could pick it up, if not, then it was ok to donate since I had gotten it from a thrift store to begin with.

I made a new friend at the start line when I struck up a conversation with her because she was wearing a Run Disney shirt.  We even exchanged phone numbers!  It made the first 6 miles soo much better.  Unfortunately, my (formerly) super awesome earbuds turned themselves off (since I hadn't used them since I was chatting with Friend) and I couldn't get them to turn back on (because they don't turn on unless they have been on the charger if they have been turned off).  It's complicated.  Anyways, the last 7 miles, I spent striking up conversations with strangers and enjoying the run without my earbuds in (which makes it much easier to interact with those runners around you).  I was sad because it was hours I could have devoted to my audiobook, but glad because it really made the run better.

Eventually, I came upon the finish line.  I grabbed a bowl of soup and some water.  I scarfed down my soup and passed off my beer ticket to an unassuming large bearded dude who was waiting in the beer line since I knew I wasn't going to be using it.  Then, I headed towards the shuttle.  I had no idea where I was, so I opted to leave the blanket behind.

I hadn't parked in the designated parking area because I hadn't wanted to wait in traffic, and I was never more glad.  It ended up being a mud pit as it got warmer (by like 5°) and there were several tow trucks circling the parking lot having to pull people out of the mud.  I headed towards home.  I stopped at McDonald's for a sweet tea and cheeseburger and then headed home.  I greeted my homies and then headed upstairs for a shower, a stretch/roll session, and a nap. 

#DatMedalTho....
Seriously, that medal is the only thing that got me out of bed at before the asscrack of dawn in the cold, wet, morning...

I slept for a few hours (as is customary after any run longer than a 5k) and unwillingly rolled out of the bed.  I still had some cleaning to do before the party... which mostly didn't happen.  I vacuumed up some gross areas on the floor and Teh German and I moved the couches around to open up the room a bit, but otherwise, I said fuck it.  Oh yeah, and I wiped off the counters and put vinyl table cloths on the table and island.  I think Teh German might have wiped down the bathroom, but I don't really know.  I used some logic and decided that people were coming and the floor was just going to get gross and the toilet was going to get used, so why bother cleaning it?  SO I didn't.  #notsorry.

Pax and I spooned for the first time ever!
Be still my heart!

While I had been napping, Teh German had decorated the front of the house with lights.  I considered this festive enough based on all the activity I'd endured for the prior 36 hours.  I started laying out food around 6.  By 7, we were ready.  I was actually upstairs changing into my holiday finest when our first guests arrived, Teh PT Fam.

Neighbor Besties!

Please check out Teh German's blue ball...
#Mine

I was pleased with how the party went.  We ate and drank and there was merriment.  The dogs got to have a sleep over at Teh Dental Hygienist's house so there were no possibilities of escape.  The white elephant exchange gave me a valid reason to use my megaphone in the house (the megaphone I received at the prior year's neighborhood white elephant exchange).  I actually ended up getting Teh PT Wife's gift, which was extra funny since I was with her when she bought it.  There was a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity played, but by that point, we were all pretty intoxicated and focus levels were low.


I also had set up the photobooth as an extra shenanigans thing.  I was pissed to discover my super expensive tripod got fucked up at the wedding, but let's focus on the positive, shall we?


SUNDAY

It was after 0100 when Teh German and I finally went to sleep.  We slept until about 0930, at which point Teh German started sighing incessantly (a sure sign of hangover).  I was fine other than a mild headache, so I administered some ibuprofen to myself and Teh German and encouraged him to eat.


He didn't even finish a bowl of cereal before he went and laid down on the couch and promptly went back to sleep.  I wasn't tired and I have a very annoying manner post-drunkenness.  Specifically, a crazy amount of energy to do all the things.  I channeled that.  I picked up the dogs and we went on a walk (mostly for me to stretch my post-run stiffness out), then I came home and made a menu for the week and a store list.  I finally unrolled the puzzle I had brought home with me from MD that Teh Running Bestie and I had started, but still wanted to accomplish some things.  I decided to accomplish going to the store.  I left Teh German a note before I left, but when I got home, he was in the same place I had left him in - still asleep on the couch.




My first stop was coffee, because why not?  Then I headed to Lidl (which is Aldi competition) to check it out since it just opened in our town.  It was still unbearably crowded, but I survived.  Then I headed to Walmart to pick up the few items that I hadn't found at Lidl.  It was as horrible as you'd imagine, but I survived.  The best part of the trip was when I got home and got to use my new super power carabiner hooks I got from the Dollar Tree so I don't have to make a million trips to the car to empty it.

Cup holders on buggies should be a requirement everywhere.

#UnFuckingStoppable
They even have padding.
AND THEY WERE $!

Teh German woke up after I got home and said he felt better (surprise).  I put everything away and we snacked on leftovers from the party.  Another neighbor was having a drop-in party on Sunday, so we headed over to that for a little bit around 3.  We left since I had to study for my German exam, which I did when we got home.  After an hour or so, I finished up my studying and Teh German and I rearranged the living room.  To my surprise, Teh German had liked how we had set up the living room for the party and wanted to keep it like that.  We did some reorganizing, but now we have a new setup and I think I like it.. except for the part that we now have our own couches to watch TV on.  Not that we really snuggle while watching TV anyways, but principle.

The new living room set up.

After watching a few episodes of Mad Men, it was bedtime.


______________________________________________

Sometimes, I am amazed at how much I can pack into a weekend.  This weekend was a doozy.  In fact, when Teh German called me an idiot for planning on running a half marathon in the rain and cold on Saturday morning, I agreed with him.  It wasn't raining on the island though and I was grateful.  Essentially, it worked out in the end, as it always does.  PS.  My medal is fucking awesome and Teh Running Bestie and I have already signed up for the Kiawah Half next December.  1- It was only $41, 2- You can wait inside before the race and not freeze your ass off.  3- The course is flat.  4- DAT MEDAL THO!  5- The sweet ass shirt every year.

Oh yeah, the important part?  My bad hip didn't/doesn't hurt.  My "good" hip (the non-surgery-ied hip) was a bit achy, as was my toe, but I have been making sure to stretch, stretch, stretch and I have rolled every day since the run.  I also hit up the Chiro today for a much needed popping session.    Also, I'm planning a massage to celebrate the end of the semester after my last exam on Wednesday.  #NOTFUCKINGSORRY #TreatYoSelf

I'm moderately embarrassed that I haven't even linked up for the SUYB in months.  That's definitely reflective on the state of my life.  I've got a skeleton draft in the works, but we'll see if it happens or not.  There should be a Shit Teh German Said in the near future.  Tonight we are going out for a birthday dinner.  I have my chem exam on Wednesday and that evening we have the Yelp holiday event, which is always a blast.  Friday evening is both of our company holiday parties.. We're going to Teh German's first and if Company party is still going, then we will meet up with them.  Since Company didn't put out the deets until a week and a half ago and Timo's company put out their details in Oct, it was first come first served on the calendar.  Saturday I have a volunteer event to do wreath laying at a cemetery.  I've always wanted to do the one in Arlington, but this will have to do.

Another goal I've set for myself in the very near future is to go through our wedding pictures and select the ones we like the most for printing and for getting made into photo books.  I can do it! 

PS.  Christmas is exactly 2 weeks away! 
PPS.  I know what Teh German got me for Christmas and I may have found it when I was cleaning on Thursday.  This isn't a bad thing since I picked out what I wanted him to get me and I was sitting there when he bought it. 


Friday, December 8, 2017

I'm not dead.

I've never been known for my subtlety, but just thought I'd clear that issue up real quick.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please read the title of this post.

Anyways, today is my computer science final exam at 1300 and then my discrete math exam at 1730 (yep, 5:30-8:30pm on a Friday, FML).  Do I feel prepared?  Nope, not even close.  #Priorities = I'm pretty concerned over my math exam being during dinner time.  I need food to be smart but I have to be there to take this exam.  I'm sure it will be fine, but ugh just one more thing to think about.

Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours cleaning my house since the cleaning lady canceled on me Wednesday morning because of sick kids instead of studying.  But really, it was for the best since if I had been studying, I would have only been thinking of all the cleaning I needed to be doing.  Catch-22, story of my life. 

Fun fact: I've never read Catch-22.
Another fun fact: You can deduce my mental state from this post and it's randomness.

Anyways, this is just a quick update to let you know I will be back when my desk isn't swimming under a sea of papers with computer code and "math" that looks a lot like writing prompts I did in 10th grade, but with a few equations and numbers tossed in there to spice things up.

Wish me luck.  At some point, I fell off the train in computer science and now have no idea wtf I'm doing, even though it should be super simple.  I'm blaming wedding brain for causing me to "black out" during the most imperative part of the semester.  Unfortunately, this blackout also affects me in all my other classes too.  Swell.

As for math, you've heard me bitch about it all semester, so I don't have to tell you about that shit show. 

Oh yeah, and for a fun curve ball, I volunteered us to host the neighborhood holiday party tomorrow night and I have ZERO things prepared for it (with the exception of wrapped white elephant gifts) AND I'm running the Kiawah half marathon in the morning, ANDDDD it's projected to be 40°F AND raining.  Accurate representation of my life? Possibly.

Good morning, Charleston.
If you look closely, you can see the Ravenel (Bridge) in the distance.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kindness.

There's a lot going on in the world today that just brings me down and makes me lose my faith in humanity... but my faith has been restored (at least for a little while).

After accidentally transferring money to not my intended recipient recently, I was able to get their phone number from PayPal (after I didn't get a response to my email) and make a Megan-level awkward phone call and ask a random stranger for my money back. The person said they would review their account and get back with me. Later, I received a text that they would send the money back to me. I quickly thanked them and wished them a happy holidays and the sentiment was returned.



I won't lie, this situation weighed heavily on me because it wasn't a small sum. What if the person wasn't willing to return the money? What if PayPal was like, "Not sorry you're an idiot." Telling Teh German was incredibly difficult because it was his money I had sent to a stranger.  So many shitty things could have come from the situation, but I was lucky and the end result was nothing like my worst nightmare(s).  


Many things weigh heavily on me these days. School, everything in the news, situations with friends that I can't make better... I feel lost and limited in what I can do to help make the world a better place and I had an epiphany (after coming through this PayPal situation mostly unscathed) and I realized exactly what I should do.

Be kind.
Not just to people who are like me or who agree with my opinions.. but to EVERYONE.


Kindness is a choice you make,
even when it's the difficult, most exhausting choice.
I find that it often happens to be the most rewarding choice.



This isn't to say give away all your time and money... I mean, unless that's what you want to do. But instead, smile at the stranger passing you on the street. Give someone waiting in line with you an unexpected compliment or start up a conversation about something trivial (this will definitely mean embracing the awkward). It might not make a huge difference in your life, but it could make a huge difference in the life of someone else.

Finally, be kind to yourself. I'm horrible for never letting myself off the hook, which results in a lot of stress when situations like this PayPal debacle come up. But I have to tell you a secret... I'm doing the best I can, and so are you. As long as we're doing the best we can, we're doing a great job.



TL;DR:

This year, I'm grateful for kindness.
Kindness showed to me.
Kindness I've been able to show to others.
Kindness I've learned to bestow upon myself.









Friday, December 1, 2017

Five on Friday #131

EINS - Catching up

Yeah, I fell off the earth for a while.  I'd apologize, but #notsorry.  I doubt I'll be getting back into my "normal" routine in the near future.  Let's blame the holidays, shall we?  It's definitely not my laziness.

Here's a few things you missed out on:
-I went to MD for the week of Thanksgiving to boss Teh Running Bestie around while she recovered from surgery.  We did a lot of driving and visiting and puzzle.  I did some yelling at Teh MD-Teenage Roomie over FaceTime.  Oh yeah, and we ate a lot.  #notsorry

Teh Running Bestie and I usually split our meals if we can't decide on a single entree.
It's the best.thing.everrrr.
Here we had crab mac and cheese and the chicken and waffle sammich with delicious fries.

Miracle Whip makes me think of summers in NY with my Gram and Gramps.

Puzzle!!!

FREEEEDDDOOMMMMM!!!!!

There is never enough cilantro.

This puzzle is super hard.
Thanks for that, Teh WJL.


-Teh German flew up to MD for Thanksgiving and I surprised him with tickets to see the Capitals play the night before Thanksgiving and it was awesome.  I said it was his Christmas gift.  I've since bought him several "Christmas" gifts.  I'm the worst.  After the game, we walked around the National Mall to see the monuments.


I'm not really a Caps fan, but I was happy to hear a few people say, "Go Canes!" when I passed by.
PS.  The Stingrays feed to the Hershey Bears which feed to the Caps, thus it was applicable.

One of the period breaks featured children dressed as turkeys being chased by the Caps mascot dressed as a pilgrim, chasing the kids with a fork and spoon.  I ALMOST PEED MYSELF LAUGHING.

This crazy drone had Teh German and I super fascinated.

I'm just a bill... On Capital Hill..
Anyone?

WW2 Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial with the Reflective Pool you can't really see.

WW2 Memorial selfie

Washington Monument
aka, the "toothpick" if you're a member of my family.

Herro Mr. Lincoln.
Teh German was super impressed at how large he was and inspected him front and back.

Google Map's welcome to MD is a blue crab
I appreciated this a lot.


-We went Black Friday Shopping.  I'm never out to get any super crazy deals, but I like to peruse and see if there are any deals on items that I'm looking for.  As expected, I found a few things to spend money on. 


We're so seeexayyy

THESE ARE NOT PAJAMAS.
Part of me wanted to buy these just to see people's reactions, but I restrained myself.

-We went to Red Robin for dinner (where Teh Running Bestie and I split the Red Robin Royale and they put a full egg on EACH HALF FOR US!!!) and then to Flat Iron Farms and then we headed home to play some Cards Against Humanity with some newbs who had never played before.  I did my part for humanity and they have been full inducted into the Cards Against Humanity cult.  #notsorry

Dem's some big ass horns.

mini pig wearing a sweater.
You're welcome.

I definitely got a LOL from this old book at the Farm that says:
"The Germans are the most sensible people in the world....."

Lifetime presents: Chopping off a bit of the penis the story of The Blood of Christ.


-We arrived back in Charleston on Saturday and the reunion with the pups was super sweet and holy moly I missed my beasts.



-This week, we've gotten back on schedule and it's been a blessing in disguise.  I need my schedule to thrive.




ZWEI - Brain dump

-I really need to make a gifts list.

-I really want to finish the Schloss Neuschwanstein puzzle that Teh Running Bestie and I started.

-It annoys me that course surveys are due before classes end.

-It also annoys me that our wedding planner never got back with me.  You better believe I haven't forgotten.

-After our cleaning lady canceled on us on the 27th, I rescheduled her to come on the 6th so that way the house is clean before the neighborhood holiday gathering at our house.  If she doesn't do a good job this time, she won't be coming back.  Also, we've noticed that she may have the sickest children in the Lowcountry... or they just happen to always be sick on days that she's supposed to come to our house.  Convenient.

-Classes through Wednesday, then exams.  FUCKKK YAAASSS.  When a few of the cadets in my math class said they'd miss me next semester, it made me happy.

-Teh German gave me a gift certificate to Dick's for our anniversary for new running shoes and now that I'm back on the running train, I knew better than to start running again in shoes that I'd broken in with a bad gait.  So I'm starting over with new shoes.  I know that I need to get rid of the 5 pairs of shoes that I wore when I was having my hip issues, but I have the hardest time getting rid of that many pairs of shoes.  2 of the pairs are still relatively new since I mostly stopped running after the Disneyland runs.

^^Problem solved.  I'll be donating them to My Sister's House.  This may also be where I start making all my other donations as well.  I've struggled with giving to Goodwill for a while now, but their convenience can't be beat and that's a priority for me.

-Did you know there's never a good time to purchase long sleeve shirts that aren't hoodies or button downs or polo shirts for men?  That's what I've learned in the last week.  Especially if you are mostly interested in long sleeve shirts with popular logos on them, which happens to be Teh German's preference.

Unfortunately, Teh German won't wear "funny" shirts.

-Low side ponytails are where it's at.  It's the perfect location not to rub on your neck, to get all your hair up, and NOT to press against the headrest.  You'll see me sporting a LOT of side ponytails in the near future.  #notsorry

-Our first holiday party is today and I'm super pumped because this is a crazy group of people who always have such a fun time.  Also, the most ridiculous white elephant gifts will be present and I'm super pumped that our gifts are pretty much boxes of shit from around the house that I needed to get rid of.  In fact, I may have been hoarding stuff all year just for this.



DREI - Money spent

We probably just shouldn't talk about this since I did some Black Friday Shopping.  But I have an unnecessary rule that anything bought after Thanksgiving gets wrapped and goes under the tree.  I making exceptions for things purchased with a gift certificate received prior to Thanksgiving (specifically my purchases at Dick's Sporting Goods).

  • New shoes.  Specifically new running shoes, but 1 pair will become my walk around shoes.  
  • lunch on Monday since we went out to dinner on Sunday night at Rutledge Cab Company 
  • oil change while I was in MD.  
  • Lots of gas.
  • Hockey tickets
  • sweet teas from the chickfila on campus.. #nowillpower
  • an ethernet cable for Teh German to connect the Roku to his "man cave" tv.  (Yes, it has spiraled out of control.  No, I will probably never see him again.)

VIER - Things from my phone

ALL THE PICTURES of precious Olive-Walive.

This picture makes me laugh and you'll need to make it full size to be able to read the captions.

I painted Secret's toe nails while her Dad was outside working with potential adopters.  #notsorry


We think he might have been a tour guide, but he was still dressed up in a top hat and a coat with tails.  Picture needed.
PS.  I put the caution flags on Teh Running Bestie's crutches and it was awesome to see everyone's reactions to it.


It doesn't matter how tight the fit, all the bitches shall be on the couch.
 
I made Teh Running Bestie ride in the Mart Cart at Walmart.  It was worth it, even if I got my toe ran over.



We took a field trip to DC to have Teh Running Bestie's soft cast removed.
The more important thing in this picture is all that cotton wrapping....
IT MAKES THE BEST LINT BALLS (you know who you are).
 

Kissing goldfishies!
 
Yurtle hadn't felt fall like this since..... she used to park under this tree.
 
Apparently, The Citadel is anti-leaf.
Every week they blow and rake up all the leaves on campus.
It's the worst.


I worked at a grocery store in high school and we were required to put at least 7 cans in a bag.
Teh German didn't know about this rule, but I had to share this with Teh BFF because I knew she'd appreciate it the most.

If you haven't tried the Eckrich sausages, do it.
I love it way more than all the other sausages that I've bought.

After the new tires are put on and the wheels are powder coated, Bob the Bobber will be pretty much done...
I think.. I only listen with half an ear when Teh German talks about Bob.

Why don't keyboards sleep?
Because they have 2 shifts.


Nevertheless, she persisted.
Worn the day after the Pocahontas comments.
#notsorry

We decorated at work for the holidays.
Dis mah widdle penguin friend.

Teh Running Bestie traded us her old TV (my old TV, lol) and Teh German put it in the garage and
I'm pretty sure he's a cigar away from a complete man cave.
And yes, that is a disassembled motorcycle in our garage. 
Teh German is getting the wheels powder coated... or whatever that means...


FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. This semester finally coming to a close and getting through these final tests is bringing me joy.
  2. Doing work at work.
  3. Decorating at work.
  4. Teh German helping me study for my final oral exam in German.
  5. Doing small tasks around the house that needed to be completed (putting spare rolls of TP in the other bathrooms, wrapping white elephant gifts).
  6. Side ponytails.
  7. Using coupons to buy things.
  8. Teh German's joy at having a remote on his phone to control the Roku which he is using to play music on the TV in the garage.
  9. My computer science professor walking us through 75% of our final assignment.
  10. Cards Against Humanity's 1st holiday package arriving....  WOOOOOOT.



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.