Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shit Teh German Said #28

After I criticized an extremely stupid commercial.
tG: They should put the most critical people in advertising.  You should have been in advertising.
tM: Actually... that's what I put on my college application as my dream job.  Making magazine advertisements.
tG:  I guessed it!

I tossed a lid at the sink, it hit the faucet, bounced out, and landed on the counter.
tG: That's such a big sink....

Discussing the fish tank.
Person: What kind of fish are you going to put in the tank?
tG: Gobblers.
tM: Like alge eaters?
tG: Yeah.

A few days later Teh German is looking at a dive magazine and announces the word he was looking for was GUPPIES.
Nope, they will now forever be known as GOBBLERS.  #NOTSORRY

Discussing a very bad job of lines painted on the road.
tG: That must have been a Monday or Friday job.

tG: Ok, time to release the beast... he walks to the bathroom.

Right after waking up, we're still laying in bed.
tM: Your nostril holes look like kidneys.
tG: Uh... okkkkkk.
tM: I'm just saying if you ever need a special talent and can't think of anything.
tG: Ok, so I have 4 kidneys...

tM: Our birthdays are next month and I don't know what we're going to do.
tG: Tell you what we're gonna do.. we're gonna get older.
tM: 🤦

Discussing the carry-on policy.
tM: There's a no bags policy.
tG: What about douche bags?

Shit Teh German Said Edition 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekend Review {01/14}


After packet pickup on Friday, I headed home for a 1:30 call.  That lasted an hour.and.a.half and I was pretty stabby by the end.  Incompetence never bodes well with me, and someone saying, "I didn't know what I was doing, so I just skipped it," had me seeing red.  This is not the email-coworker and is, unfortunately, someone I cannot say, "HOW ARE YOU THE WAY THAT YOU ARE?" to.  Ugh.  I went to Teh German for soothing snuggles, but he didn't really understand just how aggravated I was with the situation. 

Fortunately, the dogs are home, so Meri helped.

We had reservations at Oak Steakhouse at 5 since it's restaurant week.  It's always a toss up for me if restaurant week is worth it.  We got 3 courses for $45, which is good since it's a "$$$$" rated restaurant, buttt I probably spend more during restaurant week since I wouldn't normally order and appetizer, entree, and dessert at a "$$$$" restaurant.  It's weird.  But, we went and we wouldn't have went to this place if it wasn't for restaurant week, so that's a plus.  The food was delicious, as expected.  Teh German and I split our entrees so we could have surf and turf.

Swordfish over risotto and veggies.

Filet with asparagus and the saltiest potatoes I've ever eaten in public.
I could feel my body dehydrating.

Dessert: Nutella bar
It was underwhelming.

After dinner, we headed back home.  We watched a few episode of The Office and then it was bedtime since the half marathon was the next morning.  Everyone said we went to bed early, but it was still after 10 when I got to sleep, so they are all wrong.


Saturday morning started at 6 and I was a few minutes late because I'm me and I was worried we weren't gonna make it in time.. and all that worry was for naught.  *Knock on wood* I didn't get a ticket after passing 2 State Troopers while going ~13mph over the speed limit.  The roads I was planning to take to find parking were blocked (which is what happens when you're late, MEGAN), so we had to find somewhere to park, which happened to be a residental area, and I, thankfully, didn't get a ticket for that infraction either. 

I kind of assume on race days, the city is 1- busy blocking the roads off, 2- knows there will be people parking in all kinds of crazy places.

It was kinda chilly at the start since it was around 37°F when left, but it didn't feel like an east coast 37°, it felt warmer than that, which was nice.  We did miss the National Anthem, which is Teh Running Bestie's fave thing, I have some guilt about that, but she didn't express any sadness, so I didn't offer my backup plan, which was to sing it to her in the car.

The race course was changed this year, and it was awesome.

We still started near The Joe (Riley Baseball field), but instead of running straight to the Battery, we detoured and ran around Hampton Park, through The Citadel's campus, then to the Battery, then up King Street all the way into North Charleston, then into the old Navy base, finishing at Riverfront Park, instead of in Park Circle.

I stayed with Teh Running Bestie through the first 3.5ish miles, to give her a run-by tour of campus and then as we approached the Battery, I broke off on my own.  I showed her where motorcycle parking is, where my German class is held, how I come into school, the most stinky staircase on the entire campus, the building where most of my classes are held, pointed out the dining hall and gym, and then I heckled Cadets who were standing guard about how it was PT time.  There were Cadets in the barracks courtyard?/atrium? (not sure what they call it) doing muster, so runners got to see them in their fancy uniforms.  Soon, we were off campus, passing The Joe, and at the Battery.

Very importantly, Friday night, there had been a debate about how I should have gotten on Hwy 17.  Teh German said I should have went straight and then turned right, but I have taken the "detour" many times per GPS instructions after being on Lockwood Drive, so I took the "detour", which happens to be the ONLY way to get onto Hwy 17 in that direction.  When we ran under the overpass where Teh German had said I would turn to get onto the highway and that road and turn didn't exist, I was validated in my rightness.  #SorryNotSorry.

Running down King Street is always interesting.  You get to see all the fancy shops and you run through the expensive parts of downtown into the ghetto parts of downtown and finally into the warehouse district between Charleston and North Charleston.  I was happy to see that the Charleston Library Society (where I had my bridal portraits done) no longer has scaffolding on the outside.  That was a real cockblock for my photos.  #RUDE.  But I had to get a selfie because #BookHunting is REAL.

Charleston Library Society

I also passed another library before leaving downtown:

This is actually the library where I got my Charleston county library card,
since being a Citadel student made me eligible for a Charleston county card.

My final time was 2:41:and some change.  I'll take it.  My bad (right) hip was fine for the entire run, but my right foot was giving me problems (probably stemming from my gimp toe), which led to some left knee and left hip problems.  I was definitely limping it up after mile 9, which is always the pinnacle of shittiness.  Generally, miles 8.5-10.5 are my least favorite.  I'm the most tired, I start to feel like this madness will never end.  Then, by mile 11, I'm like 2 more miles, beyotch, you got this, finish up strong.


Fun fact you didn't see: Teh PT Wife was also running "with" us.  Except, she did the 5k since it was her first post-surgery race and she's not cray-cray like some of us.  She met us at the finish.  In a solid friendship move, I had put my beverage tickets in her race packet stuff, so when I finally made it through the finish line, she'd gotten to enjoy both of our beverages (which didn't make me sad, since I knew I wouldn't be partaking of either finish line beer or mimosas).


The difference between a 5k and Half:
Crazy face and exhausted faces lol

After the race, Teh PT Wife drove us to Rutledge Cab Company for brunch, where we met Teh German and Teh Chief Smartass.  No pics of food because it was just pancakes and I was starving and it took forever to get anything, and I was hangry.. and well, you understand.

After 3 glasses of well-earned sweet tea and breakfast, I was sassafied.  Teh German brought us to Willow.  Since we had to go that way anyways, I stopped for Teh Running Bestie to pick up the toss sweatshirt I had given to her for the race.

If "toss" clothes is weird to you, let me explain this weird/normal runner thing.  Toss Clothes are usually warm clothes worn before a race starts and either taken off right before the race starts or after you've warmed up.  It's a common occurrence to see all these mismatched runners before a race starts and then after the race starts, you see all these pajama pants, sweatshirts, bathrobes, comforters, etc items that have been left at the race start or along the race course.  I actually have a "toss" section in the clothes for cold races.  These are items of clothing that I don't mind parting with.  Items that are discarded along the course are gathered up after the race.  Items that are unclaimed are then donated.  So I consider it a donation if I leave a toss item behind.

After getting home, we stretched, played with the beasts, showered, and napped.  I woke up and finished up a book before the library stole is back (you'd think I'd eventually learn my lesson).  After some scheduling drama, we ended up at Proof for 2 Nixons ramen for dinner with company.

Egg salad sando.

Steak on a stick with kimche (I can't remember the actual name)


After dinner, we made a stop at Cookout for dessert, then headed home.  Olive-Walive was lost for a few minutes, but turns out, she was just "stuck" on the rug in the office.  Phil rubbed off on Olive and she picked up his floor phobia and very slowly, she's coming out of it, but sometimes, she relapses.

I got through about half of my milkshake, then I was tired, so I stored the remainder in the freezer and took my ass to bed.


Sunday was bittersweet because while I thought I had an additonal day with Teh Running Bestie, they decided to leave before the weather up north got worse.  *All the bawling emojis*  Since they were leaving early, I put off my homework until after they'd left.

A new thing in our house: Teh German has decided that the dogs can be allowed on the downstairs couches.  I had agreed to the no dogs on the couch rule because I agreed with Teh German that I didn't want muddy paws on the couches and it was nice not having all the fur on us.. blah blah blah.  But I won't even pretend...  I LOVE having couch snuggles more than I care about the fur.  Also, it's less likely now that muddy paws will be on the couch since we have the pergola with the rug and the runner, where before, there was no pergola, no rug, and only the runner, which used to get WAYYY dirtier (pre-pergola days).

I set up my pillows and moved the blanket so I could sit.. and this hussy took my spot.
It's good she's cute.

She got the shitty end of the stick when I snuggled HER.

Eventually, our company was MD bound, and the house was back to "normal."  I started on homework and the dogs barely lifted their heads from their slumber balls and Teh German worked on his stuff.

I worked on homework until about 3:30/4, and then I called it quits.  I had put a pork butt in the crockpot for shredded pork for dinner, and after checking the temp, I determined it was done and started the shredding/cutting process.  It wasn't as tender as I wanted, but I didn't overly care since I'd had to defrost it for 15 minutes before putting it in the crockpot since it was frozen and was too big to fit into the crockpot.  Womp, womp.

I cut/shredded while the carrots cooked and then it was old-people dinner time at 5:15.  I hadn't eaten lunch, only my leftover milkshake, so early dinner it was.  Overall, not too bad, but I did use too much apple cider vinegar, so it was a bit more tangy than I prefer.  Whatevs.  After eating, I partitioned out what we'd need for leftovers for lunch, dinner later in the week, and then put the rest in bags to freeze for later.

The biggest lesson I learned is that I will have the butchers at Sam's cut the next boston butt I buy into 2 pieces so I don't have to cook a 7.5lb piece of meat all at once.

After dinner was cleaned up, it was time for The Office and couch time with Meri.

You'd think the dogs had a rough day, but they didn't.  They slept  I guess being with the pack is exhausting?  Our visitors didn't have such a bad drive back to MD this time around, despite the weather, which was a relief. 


Very good weekend = check.  I'm sad that I don't get to see Teh Running Bestie again until March.  We get spoiled when we see each other frequently (Nov, Nov, Dec, Dec, Jan).  I was able to finish up my German homework for the entire week, which takes off some homework pressure and frees up my time to work on computer science class(es's) homework.

I came away with this sexy chafing from the half marathon:

Underboob chafing is seriously THE.WORST.

I'll survive, but barely. 

Our next race is in March, the Myrtle Beach half marathon.  After that is the i5k (5k) and the Bridge Run (10k). I am also doing a Rugged Maniac (5k + obstacles) between MB and the Bridge.  After that.. I have no races scheduled, which is scary and exciting.  I pointed out to Matilda and Teh Running Bestie that we didn't have any runcations scheduled together and I didn't know who we were.  That will probably be remedied in the near future.

This week is looking quiet.  Next Monday is MLK day and we're actually out of school, which is bizarre since The Citadel doesn't let school out for Veterans Day, which is military related.. like the "military" school.  IDK.  No body asked this pigeon peon.  Depending on my homework load, I considered asking Teh German if he wants to go somewhere, but we'll see.  I'm kinda thinking that he'll want to stay home and just enjoy being at home with nothing to do, but sometimes he surprises me.

Keep calm and January on, Gentle Readers.
May you enjoy whatever weather you are getting and know that if you get any amount of snow, I'm jealous AF.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Five on Friday #178

EINS - Random Shit

-I officially have a shit stick.  Let me explain the most redneck thing I've ever said that statement...

A while ago, I purchased a poop funnel.  It's essentially a funnel you screw onto the exposed pipe that goes to the sewer line of your house.  So rather than bag dog poop and throw it in the trash can (which are you are not supposed to do), I scoop all the poop into a bucket and then dump the bucket and lots of water into the poop funnel and it washes away with the rest of the neighborhood's poop.  TADA.

Wellllllll, my poop drain got clogged on Sunday and didn't drain as it normally does.  So Monday, I acquired a skinny piece of the pallet wood that Teh German has stored in the garage and SHOVED THAT SHIT DOWN!  It drained right away, like shitty magics.

And since now I know that piece of wood is perfect for shit smashin... I now keep it by the poop funnel in case of future emergencies. 

-I discovered coconut balls in Teh NY Chef's candy delivery.  They are so derichious.  It's too bad the coconut get stuck in my teef gaps and plagues me for hours.  Yet, I will still eat them all!

-Netflix created You (yes, the book) as a show.  It's like people completely forgot that the book You existed and Netflix is like, sooo awesome for this... except, IT WAS A BOOK FIRST!  Like most great things.. it was a book first.  Siiiiiigh.

-Emails with the Coworker last week?  Yeah, they resumed this week and I told the PM to handle it.  I'm not sure who told this Coworker to "harass" someone until something gets done, but he picked the wrong bitch to harass.  I will straight up ignore you.  #NOFUCKSTOGIVE

-School has finally started.  Of course, I slept like shit the night before class started because of anxiety about all the things I cannot control.  My classes are going to be fine.  It will be a difficult semester, but C's get degrees and that's the name of the game this semester.  Especially with retaking a course I failed last summer.

-Teh German has a sickness and I really, really, REALLY need him to not give it to me, kthx.  I'm hoping it's whatever knocked me down at Thanksgiving, but I have a sneaky suspicion that he picked this up during our airplane travels from some germ bucket.  Rah.

-I ordered my textbooks a week before classes started.  One of them still hasn't shipped.  So much rage.  I forgot that textbooks are usually shipped via media mail since it's cheaper which generally takes at least a week, if not two to arrive.  FML. 

-To the instructor who said, "Does anyone want an electronic copy of the textbook?"  Thank you.  Thank you for saving me at least $75 and thank you for being real. 

-I'm excited to pick up my packet for the Charleston half marathon today since I didn't pick up my packet last year, so I didn't get to experience the expo.  I will also be signing up for the Myrtle Beach half marathon because MEDALS.  I don't really care about the MB race, but Teh PT Wife knows a person there, so we can get free lodging, which makes the trip for a challenge medal worth it.  For running the CHS race and the MB race, you get an extra "Bless Your Heart" medal which is a 3-way spinner... and it says "Bless Your Heart" like a proper Southerner.

-The other fun thing about the expo is seeing all the other races.  I know I said I was done, but I know I'm not.  Teh Running Bestie has said she's done, but I think she's going through a season.  Shhh, don't tell her I said that (she reads this, so I know she's seen it, but still... this can't be the end).

-YOU GUYS.  IDK if you follow me on Snapchat, but my sleeping coworker made an appearance this morning.  Complete with snoring, sleep vaping, and picking his nose in his sleep.  I cannot make this shit up.

-My desk organizers made my OCD dreams come true.  For real.  I wish I would have taken a before and after.  The best analogy would be: Before: My brain before making a list; After: My brain after making a list.

ZWEI - Money Shit

-German class book (that might arrive between now and the end of the next week month semester.
-Bojangles x2
-ON1 (of the 5 programs I tested to replace Lightroom and Photoshop, this one was the winner and it doesn't require a subscription.  #WIN)

I'm about to redo my direct deposits since I've got some feelings on the House account situation.  Not bad, just realignment of priorities.  Being the Suga Momma is hard.  I'm only like a part-time Sugar Momma, Teh German is sometimes my Sugar Daddy.. it all washes out in the end, but it's time to see MY accounts grow rather than OUR accounts.

DREI - From My Phone Shit

Professional development in progress!
I told him no fish tank things until it's done.
#NotSorry #Motivation #DelayedGratification

Tell me I'm not the only one.

What do you call a fish with 2 knees?
A two-knee fish.
(A tuna fish).


If this doesn't melt your hearts, you're probably a serial killer.
They didn't do this before they stayed with their Other Momma for a month.
I'm going to send them to her for a month more often if they come back with all these delightful habits!

VIER - From the Internet Shit

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. The start of another semester.  This means time is ticking down now.
  2. Hoodies.
  3. The return of the beasts.
  4. Sweet tea.
  5. Getting to do tech writer things this week for like half a moment.
  6. Teh Running Bestie being in town.  We prob won't see each other again until March and that's like, a SUPER long time from now...
  7. FREE textbooks.
  8. The ability to work from anywhere, which makes school possible.
  9. Blue hairs.  Yes, it's fading pretty bad, but I still like it.  BUT really, I should make an appointment to use the last of the blue up and I probably need a trim.
  10. It being Friday.  Someone posted on FB that this week felt 2 weeks long.  A-fucking-men.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Doggy Porn

As promised.. sooo much Meri and Pax photos!
Thanks to Teh Running Bestie for ensuring that we had enough cuteness to survive a furless month!

These photos are in no particular order.
Obviously, our dogs had it rough while they were separated from us. LOOOOL.

FYI for easier detection in pics with multiple dogs:
Pax is the black dog in a red collar.
Meri is the fuzzy dark brown dog in a light blue collar.
Olive is the one that looks like a deer with a dark blue collar.
Secret is the small dark brindle dog, but bigger than Meri.
Zoey is the smallest, light brown, fuzzy dog.

She was pouting about something.

Sometimes she sleeps like this.
She's our weirdo.

Helping his Other Momma do laundry.
Glad to know he doesn't just do this shit to me.


Meri used to do this at Shitty House sometimes, but there was a return of the #CatDog while she was away.

Yin and yang

NYE snuggles

I will never NOT need this in my life.
My monkey soothes my soul.

Pax loves when he can stretch out....

Almost the whole pack.

Dem legs for days.
Meri and Olive.

Moose understands a good leg pillow.

Those wisdom hairs.  /swoooooooon

Our weirdo....

Just hanging with Uncle Smartass.

Pax and Zoey snuggles.

Did you hear that?
That was the sound of my heart exploding from so much fucking cuteness.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Weekend Review {01/07}


Friday was the last Friday of just work and it made me sad.  I am NOT excited about going back to school, nope nope nope.  It's just 1.5 more years and I can do it, but fffaaacccckkkk that's just so mentally painful to consider right now. 

I had a massage scheduled at 11 and it was deeeeelightful.  I'm finally to the point in my life that my massages are about recovery more than relaxation, but when 90% of my body doesn't hurt, I CAN relax more, so this is a good thing.  She focused on my back and butt (dat squat ass) and I walked out feeling human again.  I wasn't able to see Teh Chiro because the waiting room was full at noon when my massage was finished and they closed at 12.  I was confused, but said I'd come back on Monday.  Ain't nobody got time fo' dat.

After my massage, I went to Sam's to get gas, then decided to take a trip into Sam's to pick up meats that I had been putting off, which would mean no errands to run over the weekend.  After completing these tasks, I headed home.  For the first time in years I ran out of every Bath and Body Works lotion I've been using since probably.. uhh.. 2012?  I wish that was a joke, but it probably isn't since I know I had this lotion from my Australia DET, which was in 2012.  Anyways, all of that to say that instead of going straight home, I stopped by the mall since BBW was having their semi-annual sale or quasi-annual sale or whatever sale and picked up 2 bottles of lotion and then really headed home.

$2.12 for premium?  Plskthx.

I got home and put all the things away and opened my computer up to discover more emails in my inbox than the entire time I'd been on vacation.  FML.  After putting out the fires, the rest of the work day was me ignoring problems that I couldn't fix and explaining to a PM that until he gets more information about a process we have to do, I'll continue hating it.. and will probably continue hating it even after we have more information.  Ya know, in true Megan fashion.

I hit up the gym around 3:45.  Since my massage had given me full range of motion again, it was a good time.  Teh German came in when I was almost finished.  It was a gross workout since it's practically summertime here with 100% humidity.  After my workout, I agreed to run the Rugged Maniac race with a school/gym-mate.  Teh German came home as I finally got into the shower.

For literal years, I've been hunting this pop-up ramen place called 2 Nixons.  They were rumored to have the.most.delicious ramen EVER.  Well, I almost always had a conflict and I gave up for a while and then recently on of my school friends who knows the owner of 2 Nixons invited us to go out to ramen with them.  And of course, I was always out of town or already had plans.  FINALLY.. FINALLLLYYYYYY, I was free when the friend posted about going on FB.  I immediately responded something like, "ME ME ME! PICK ME!  CHOOSE ME!  LOVE ME!" and so we agreed to meet for ramen on Friday night.

We left around 7 to head downtown to meet to-be-named-Friend at Proof (the hosting location of 2 Nixons for the time being).  After ordering drinks and noms, we waited.  We were served shrimps with the heads still on, Teh German managed to peel the shrimps on his own AND ate them without issue (I did offer to peel the shrimp for him since it still had the head on it and I know he definitely doesn't like his food served with eyes).  Next came our yakitori.  It was perfect.  Everything had a spicy type of sauce on it, but not so much I couldn't endure it, thankfully.

THEN... our ramen came.  It was like a little heaven beam was shining down over my bowl when it was placed in front of me.  It was heavenly to look at, but even more so to taste it.  It was worth the hunt/wait.

We chatted for a while after our food had vanished from our plates and then we finally headed out when we knew that our meters were definitely expired.  When we were paying, the chef had the bartender pour us go-to shots, on the house.  Thank you, yes please.  Why don't I know the owners of more delicious feeding places?  I think I need to make this a goal.

After getting home, we opted to have some screen time.  I enjoyed my puzzle and audiobook time laying in the bed, while Teh German sat on the couch and scrolled.  Eventually, he came upstairs and it was sleepy time.


Saturday was facetime day.  We spent the morning talking to Teh German's dad, mom, and opa (grandfather), and we called Auntie P, but she had company, so we arranged to facetime Sunday morning.  As we were finishing up our chats, Teh PT Wife sent a snap about going day drinking.  While we had plans to do adulty things like yard work, we are easily swayed (some of us more than others, Teh German, by the mention of beer), so we agreed.  I offered to drive since I knew I wouldn't be enjoying beer. 

Teh German actually drove us to our first stop, Westbrook Brewing.  As we were leaving the neighborhood, Teh Dad called, so I chatted with him while we headed to Mt. Pleasant.  When we arrived to the brewery, it was fine, but as the earth turned, the sun blinded everyone and we left.  We did run into one of my coworkers, which was cool.

We (but especially me) were hungry, so we decided our next stop was 2 Blokes Brewing since they had a pop up food thing going on that served cheese steaks.  I did order a beer since they had sprite and tried to make it into a radler, but it wasn't overly enjoyable so I suffered through it.  It took an hour for the cheese steaks to come out, so I was glad I ordered the burger.  It was pretty good, but not for the price we paid and for the wait.  They said they had some grill issues because of the wind (they were outside), but we were disgruntled and the beer selection didn't really make the drinkers happy, so after we ate, we closed out and moved on.

We debated going to Ghost Monkey Brewery, but we ended up at Palmetto Brewing since the drinkers knew there were items on tap that they actually wanted to drink.  When we got there, a man was playing keyboard and singing jazzy types of songs about Charleston and New Orleans and it was loud and it didn't take me long to get annoyed.  Additionally, my company was pretty drunk by this point and it was hard to hear, so my patience was limited.  We did play a complete game of Phase 10, Teh PT Husband won, which is probably for the best since he's a super sore loser, we acknowledge these things and accept them for what they are, lol.

After the game ended, we headed home to wait on the pre-ordered pizza that Teh PT Wife had ordered as the day drinking had started.  Teh German and I went inside and changed into comfy clothes and then headed over to Teh PT House.  They were watching Hell's Kitchen, which I tried very hard not to overly snark, but didn't really succeed.  After pizza arrived, we headed outside for the dudes to have cigar time. 

Around 10, the day drinkers were tired and it was time for bed.


Sunday was make up day for all the chores we didn't accomplish on Saturday.  We were out of the bed by 9, breakfast was accomplished, and I did some flight hunting for my Pittsburgh trip.  At 11, I headed outside to scoop a million years worth of poop (2ish months).  While scooping, I was listening to my audiobook, then I talked with Teh Running Bestie about my flight situation, and then Teh Sister to ask her about her Pittsburgh plans and discuss life things.

My poop funnel backed up and I wasn't able to get all the poop down the drain.. ugghhh.. which meant the situation had to be monitored until I could dump the rest of it down the drain.  While I waited on... movement (ha!), I started working on cutting down all the death in the flower beds.

THIS is the stem? stalk? from the passionflower vine at our front door.
It's a MONSTER.  At least 2 thumbs thick.
See also, I will never NOT have passionflower vine in the front garden.

Teh German mowed the backyard weeds and picked up all my cuttings.  I checked on the poop, no movement, and went inside to shower.  Eventually, we both ended up chilling in the living room and we watched a few episodes of Gracie and Frankie (I was watching, then Teh German ended up also watching).  I turned the TV off so Teh German would focus and do some computer work, which didn't end up happening, grrrr.  I tried explaining to Teh German that I have a very limited amount of time to help him with this undertaking/project but he didn't seem to care.  So I said fuck it and went about my business of entertaining myself.  When Teh German suggested watching The Office, I agreed.  Teh NY Chef delivered some post-Christmas goodies, which was perfect timing since it's fat week and I lurveee her chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

We did pause to make dinner (currywurst and fries and green beans), and by we, I mean, Teh German made dinner.  After dinner was consumed and cleaned up, it was back to the couch.  I gave Teh German one more opportunity to work on his stuff together and he preferred to watch The Office.  When he comes at me after school starts to work on his stuff and I don't have time, I'm not sorry.  I'm not going to stress myself out about HIS problems if he can't be bothered to worry about MY problems when the time comes.

We watched The Office for the rest of the evening and then the weekend was over and it was bedtime and sadness.


Overall, a very good weekend.  It was our first weekend back from vacation so we had to catch up on some house things, and our last dog free weekend, so we also had to catch up on sleeping in.  We accomplished almost everything that I had put on our to do list.

In bad news, my Adobe subscription expired before I finished editing Snowcation pics, which is a real progress cockblock.  I'm either going to have to commit to paying for Adobe again (which isn't really high on my list of desires since you have to commit to 6 months minimum (6x$20/month)) or find another program to edit with (higher on my list, but more tedious).  So ya know, Snowcation pics are forthcoming... probably.

School starts back Wednesday.  As with the fall semester, she wasn't ready.  I did order my textbooks except one.  I can return them for a full refund if some sneaky students find electronic copies for me, which wouldn't hurt my feelings.  This semester holds:
-Data Algorithms (the class I failed over the summer at College of Charleston)
-Computer Networks and Organization
-Circuits part 2
-Cybersecurity part 2
-German (my last required German class, I could prob take more German classes, but I'm not sure if I'll have the time in my class schedule)

Teh Running Bestie arrives with the beasties on Thursday!  While we enjoyed not having the responsibility (and mom guilt of leaving the dogs home all day long without us) of the dogs, we are both excited for the family to be reunited. 

Next weekend is Charleston Marathon weekend, and we'll be running the half.  I don't feel prepared since I haven't really been able to run since Kiawah.  I do count all the stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as training since we were at altitude and I could barely breathe.  Also, at the gym on Friday we did this weird hopping obstacle course and my ankles were pretty disgruntled about that through the weekend, so I didn't get a long run in.  This week will include at least one run and maybe a few days at the gym where I take it easy.

If you follow me on Tweeters and saw my live-tweets of my Cyber Awareness Challenge, you are welcome.  I shared that to FB and not a single person commented on it.  Either my friends have hidden me or FB was like, "You've posted too much today, this is not going in news feeds, STFU."  Either way.  Entertained me.

Teh Running Bestie did an awesome job at keeping us entertained with pictures of the fur-kids.  Expect a heart-exploding from cuteness post in the near future of all these photos that had to suffice while I was missing my Meri snuggles.

It's really January now, yall.  First full week.  We got this.
PS.  I don't write the date often, but I haven't lapsed into 2018 yet.  #Likeaboss