Friday, August 18, 2017

Five on Friday #120

EINS

Teh Sister sent me a free Hello Fresh code, so I figured, why not.  It arrived on Monday with 3 meals.

Something was leaking.  I still have no idea if it was an ice pack or sweat or something else.

Ingredients for 2 different meals.

Completed meal.





I'll just be straight up.  I wasn't impressed and here's why...

1.  When I cook, I cook for, technically, 2 meals, dinner that night and enough for leftovers for lunch the following day.  Sometimes, I even cook more than that.  1 Hello Fresh "meal" is exactly enough for 2 people to eat.  I probably could have had a few bites for leftovers, but it wouldn't have been enough for lunch the next day, so I still would have needed to figure something out for lunch.
2.  Originally, when I started the chicken meal (not pictured), I only saw 1 breast of chicken in the 12oz package.  Turns out, there were actually 2 breasts in there, but I for sure thought we were going to be splitting 1 chicken breast for dinner for correct portions.  I was more impressed with the pork meal (pictured).  Portions are very precise, which is good and bad.
3.  The value of these "6" meals (which I consider 3 since I will have cooked 3 times and cooking once = 1 meal) is $70.  I can shop for MUCH cheaper than that and get more bang for my buck.
4.  I would have done a better job picking out produce.  The onions were bruised up and the sweet potatoes were TINY.  The arugula was completely wilted.  The Walmart Grocery employees do a better job of picking out my produce and they DGAF about what they give me.

Pros:
1.  All the ingredients were right there.
2.  All the directions were right there.
3.  The process was mostly simple.
4.  Only basic ingredients/tools were needed that weren't supplied (olive oil, measuring spoons) if they gave you "too much".
5.  Delivered to my door.
6.  Different recipes than I would have used if I had to plan this.
7.  Teh German probably could have followed the directions and we wouldn't have starved.
8.  Portion control is done for you.  You definitely won't be going back for seconds since there won't be anymore.
9.  This box was free.
10.  I didn't have to meal plan.  (I forgot this box was coming and meal planned for the week anyways, but that was on me.  It ended up working out though because we stayed home one night I thought we were going out and I didn't have a plan for another night.)


Final thoughts?
I would NOT subscribe to the Hello Fresh meal box.  In fact, I probably wouldn't subscribe to any meal box for $70 for 3 dinners for 2 people... or 6 total meals.  Nonetheless, we got a $70 box for free and I'm not one to look that gift horse in the mouth. 


ZWEI

I made my own laundry detergent last weekend and then the Laundry Fairy didn't even come to visit!  Well, technically she was just delayed.  AKA. I was too damn lazy to do laundry last weekend and I finally broke down on Wednesday and started it.  #DontJudgeMe


The process was actually extremely simple because I used the no cook recipe because I'm #LazyAF #notsorry.

If you're too lazy to click on the link, I will share the process with you.

Tools needed:
-Blender that you can screw onto a mason jar.  This means, not a Ninja (woe is me).  But the blender you can use costs $20 at Walmart and probably cheaper than that if you go to a thrift store.
-2 1 quart mason jars, not wide mouth to work with the blender chopper madoogie*.
-1 cup of Borax
-1 cup of Arm & Hammer Laundry Washing SODA (not the same thing as baking soda)
-1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap (5.05oz)  (there are alternatives out there, but I'm telling you what I did.)

Optional:
-To make less of a mess, a wide-mouth funnel.  My regular funnel wasn't too happy with the borax clumps.
-I also added some of the Gain Fireworks to one of the jars.  I saw somewhere to only add 1 tablespoon, buttttt I added more like 3+ tablespoons because I'm me.  It turned out just fine.
-Essential oils for smell.  

Directions:
  1. Grate/slice up the soap bar.  Put half the bar in each jar.  I actually cut the bar into sixteenths and put the cubes in the jar.  That probably wasn't the best way to do it, but it worked out ok.  This soap grates pretty easily, so it would have been easy to make smaller cubes
  2. Add 1 cup of hot water from the (CLEAN) coffee maker.
  3. Wait 1+ hours for the soap to "gel".  If you didn't grate the soap, this will obviously take longer.  Because the cubes didn't dissolve, I waited until the next day, whatevs.
  4. After the soap has gelled, cut through it with a knife to loosen it from the jar.
  5. Get your funnel and use it for the adding of the powders.
  6. Add 1/2 a cup of Borax to each jar.
  7. Add 1/2 a cup of Arm & Hammer to each jar.
  8.  Add "enough" of the smell enhancer that you want.  I used the Gain Fireworks, essential oils are also an option (but you'd have to look at the link to see how much to use).
  9. Add water to the "shoulder" of the jar (the highest, widest point of the jar, there is a diagram on the link).
  10. Put on the rubber seal*.
  11. Put on the sharp chopper thing*.
  12. Put on the blender cap*
    *I seriously have no idea what these parts are called and I'm too lazy to look them up.
  13. Make sure the blender bottom is tight and put it in the blender.
  14. I just pushed a button to make sure it got smooth.  You can pulse, you can set it and leave it.  Whatevs.  When it's done, it should be the consistency of mayo and smooth (i.e. NOT grainy, if it's grainy, the powders didn't dissolve and it's still fine to use).
When I was done with all the steps, I felt like the contents were a little runny, but they thickened up after it cooled.  I also may have added too much water to mine since I added water, then beat the powder down some, then added more water.  Nonetheless, it turned out fine.


I won't lie, I was super skeptical at first.  But I already had borax in the house and the other ingredients cost me less than $10, so I was willing to try it.

A normal load of laundry includes:
  • laundry detergent (whatever I can find on sale/have a coupon for that I'm not allergic to (Purex or Tide).  Currently, I am using Purex).
  • laundry softener (whatever is on sale/I have a coupon for)
  • 1 scoop of Borax
  • 1 cup of vinegar (for Teh German's oily clothes)
  • 1/2 a cap of Gain Fireworks (because I really love the smell)
Using my creation, now I use:
  • 1-1 heaping tablespoon of laundry soap
  • 1 cup of vinegar (the oil, I cannot with the oil)
The first load I washed, I was extra skeptical about when I took it out of the washer.  I'm used to the overwhelming smell of delightful laundry scents and there was no scent.  But, it was a test, so I threw those clothes into the dryer like normal.  They came out smelling really good.  Not super strong like with all the detergents, but they still smelled good.

Megan hack:
I'm #lazyAF so rather than deal with trying to get the soap off the measuring spoon, I just throw the whole spoon in the washing machine and pull it out when I move the laundry to the dryer.

Now my problem is that I have to use up the rest of the store bought detergents!  #firstworldproblems

Overall, I WOULD recommend making your own laundry detergent.  It's easy and way cheaper than store bought products.  The friend who turned me on to the homemade soap makes a year's worth of detergent at a time!

PS.  I added more of the scent booster crystal things and microwaved the sauce and reblended.  I lurve the smell now.  I do not lurve the fact that my mixer ate the rubber seal thing...


DREI

Some things from my phone/life:

Sometimes, I let the dogs do the dishes.
Teh German always hates it.
PS.  Pax is a hog.

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We got our marriage license this week!
We wanted to make sure we did it well in advance just in case the whole foreigner thing threw us a curve ball.
It didn't even make a difference.
Wewt, we're gettin' mawwied.
PS. This feel like it happened a million years ago, let me explain.... (continue reading)

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The most valuable "appliance" in our house right now...

Our AC has been out since Wednesday early, early morning (like before our alarms went off) and when I came home at noon on Thursday (so I could suffer with the dogs) it was 87°F upstairs and 83°F downstairs.  Wednesday, Pax and Meri had a play date with Roux and Roux's Humom didn't have any issue with the dogs staying at their house for the afternoon while the AC was out.  When I picked them up, I thought our AC was fixed.  On Thursday, they just had to suffer.  I did have the fans on, so that helped.

Wednesday, a tech came out and "fixed" the AC, but it never started cooling, so in fact, he did NOT fix it.  He did fix the noise that was also a problem, so I guess that is what my $180 went towards.  When we went to bed Wednesday night, it was 83°F upstairs and 80°F downstairs.  When we woke up, it was probably 87°F in our bedroom since we shut the door (because Meri has a tendency to wake up in the middle of the night and find all the squeaky toys).

When I called the company at 9:30 on Wednesday night, I was surprised when they answered the phone.  They scheduled the same guy to come back on Thursday.  We were both surprised when he said that the outside unit was saying it was low on freon, which meant there was a leak somewhere.  Then he found the leak, without using his handy dandy leak detector because the leak was so bad.  What this really meant for me is that the coil is fucked and we need a new one.. andddd the labor to replace the coil is.... "$999."

I am actually in the process of contacting Dan Ryan, and eventually Linnux, to see about getting this situation paid for since this is NOT an issue that a 1 year old HVAC should have.  The technician blamed the entire thing on the defective blower, but I don't know how far I will get.  Even if I have to pay for it out of pocket, I'm going to get the HVAC fixed.  I CANNOT deal with no AC, especially with the dogs.





Last night, I refused to cook because it would have made downstairs the temperature of the sun, and instead we picked up a grocery order from Walmart for Teh Running Bestie, sold a baby enclosure I've been moving from house to house since 2013, went to Lowe's and bought a window unit, and went to Sushi 101 for dinner.  When we came home, Teh German slammed shit around and installed the window unit and went to smoke a cigar.  I tried to do some work, but was too resigned to be productive and opted to go upstairs and hang out with the AC unit while it cooled our room down and read.

Oh yeah, and we might not have AC until next week AND the company is NOT working on Monday since there will be too much traffic in the area because of the eclipse.  #FML

TL;DR: Home ownership is hard and expensive.  AND THIS is why we have a house savings account!  Also I find it extremely inconvenient that the AC always goes out during the hottest time of the year.


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How to know my week has been extra crappy:
Unopened packages.

These packages include 1 cabinet for the guest bathroom, 3 new pairs of heels to replace 2 pairs of heels that I've had for several years which have seen better days and 1 new color that I've been wanting for several years, 2 storage cabinets for the master bathroom, Halloween costumes, and whatever else I've ordered this week that I've forgotten about in the catastrophe that has been my week.


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I posted here earlier this week about the rules of using "/" and the photo above show my FB post and then on Wednesday at orientation, I received this shit show handout from the Chaplain which had me praying for patience and the restraint not to stand up and start yelling, "TOO SOON!  TOO FUCKING SOON!"

If you can't follow the rules of grammar, at least (for the love of all that is holy) be CONSISTENT in your fucktardary.  For me.  For Jesus.  For Buddha.  For whatever the fuck you believe in that is valuable to you.  PUULLEEAASSSEEE.


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I passed off the pergola project to Teh German.  With the AC debacle, I cannot handle it all.  There is no reason Teh German couldn't have handled this project from the beginning but since I'm usually more available, I took it on.  I really need to stop doing that.  It's his now.  We've discussed how we're going to pay for it and really, it's Teh German's thing more than mine. 

Teh German has the contractor's number and vice versa and they can work it out and this solves multiple problems:
1. Me feeling responsible for everything ever.
2. Dealing with assholes who try to give me shit for not being able to stick to our "scheduled" appointment.  (Not this week, motherfucker, I will cut you.)
3. Teh German constantly asking me for updates about the situation. 










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VIER

Some things from the Internet:



The comments on this video of a night sky long exposure made me want to slap people.

I'm usually neutral about TSwift, but #FUCKYAS to her win.  Even more #YAAASS to her testimony on the stand.  I want to high-five her so bad.  Why do people think that it's ok to touch other people without their permission?  I will never understand.


Things about Charlottesville, VA and racism and shittastic shitheads..

Yes, this is Racism
Trump shouldn't be the focus of the Charlottesville incident
Representing History (in regards to this issue, SC leaders have said that SC Confederate monuments will stand because SC is "different" and I LOLed.  I live near a city where the Sons of the Confederate are painting a Confederate flag every day on a public graffiti boat to make a point that they will not be "erased."   Ummmmkay.)

My heart hurts for this country and I am very afraid that Trump has become a scapegoat for shittastic things that happen.  More focus was put into the fact that HE didn't say anything rather than the fact that these 2 groups were violent.  It is a complicated situation no matter how you look at it.  The white supremacists had the right to gather, as did the black lives matter group.  That last link makes it sound like the white people were a mob and all I keep thinking of is the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  This is 2017.  White supremacy isn't defensible to me, no matter how hard I try to look at it from all angles.  That makes this situation easy to judge, but it isn't because laws.  I hate the world I live in when I try to defend white nationalists.  I've seen the memes about compromise and that is not what I'm suggesting.

I think it's high time to check white privilege.


FÜNF

10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. No issues getting our marriage license.
  2. Teh German agreeing to cancel dance lessons on Wednesday because I was overwhelmed.
  3. Homemade laundry sauce.
  4. Awesome dogs who roll with the punches and don't get worked up over having maintenance people in the house.
  5. New recipes for dinner.
  6. Not shady repair dudes.
  7. Getting RSVPs.
  8. Time to read.
  9. A window AC unit
  10. Teh German telling me some things in Australia he would be interested in doing/visiting.
  11. *bonus* Passing off something from my plate to Teh German.  I need to do this more often.



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Dump {8/16}

-Ordering my groceries online for pick up saves me a wholllleee bunch of money, for 2 reasons.
1. I'm not buying beer for Teh German.
2. I'm not "shopping".  I order what I order and that's that.

-Things that bring me happiness: One of our neighbors has a side business making cakes.  We asked her make our wedding treats.  She was testing out flavors and asked me for a suggestion and I told her one of the wedding flavors.  She delivered chocolate/peanut butter cupcakes a few hours later right after Teh German and I finished dinner.  #ALLTHEWIN

-We used a realtor during the process of building House because Navy Federal offered us money to use one of their suggested realtors.  Whatevs.  We ended up not really needing a realtor but he came to meetings with us and came to our closing so we could all get the incentive money.  That's cool and all, but when he called me out of the blue last Friday because he was in the neighbor and wanted to check in on us, I wanted to ask, "Is business so slow that you need to keep up with us?"  I didn't.  Instead, I pretended like it wasn't completely awkward and said I would pass on his regards to Teh German.  I can handle the fliers and cards we receive in the mail, but calling me is kinda weird.  It's almost as weird as when the massage therapist I first went to in CHS called me out of the blue to remind me he was available for appointments whenever I needed.  Uhhh, I know you're available when I need you.  If I needed you, I would have called.

-"adult bouncy women gifs" = how someone got to my blog this week.  Must be those bouncy boob gifs I use.

-Spaces with "/" make me absolutely lose my mind.  I wish I could stop it, but I can't.  SO MUCH BLINDING RAGE!  It might be PMS.  IT MIGHT JUST BE BECAUSE IT'S WRONG!

-I have a coworker who is constantly asking me about updates for documents I'm working on.  This is fine.  EXCEPT THAT, we've probably already had the exact conversation a few days prior.. over chat.. a searchable chat.. where he could actually search through what I said and find the answer without ever having to actually ask me.  Or he could also go to specific documents and check and see if I was the last one to edit them and when.  IT'S NOT THAT HARD.

-Cool concept: Outdoor movie and the movie is The Secret Life of Pet.
Uncool concept: Allowing personal pets to come to the movie with you.
All I can imagine is when the animals on the movie start making animal noises, animals in the audience reply.  This does not sound like my idea of a good time/my idea of enjoying a movie.  Nope, nope, nope.

-Oh NBD, but Teh PT Husband had me do a "running test" on Monday and I was able to hop in place 20 times with no pain (in my hip, my calf was on fire) and I've been "cleared" for walk/running.

Oh and by NBD I mean: FUUUUUCCCKKKKK YYYYAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Replace walk with run.

-You can get a 1 year subscription to Cosmopolitan for $5.  LOOL.  They must be desperate for subscriptions.  I remember back when Teh BFF and I would buy each other a Cosmo subscription for Cmas each year.  #TimesChange

-After months of being overwhelmed by the 20 items in my inbox, I finally cleared that beeyoch out.  I tackled items for action, archived/filed items that had been completed (even if I'm still waiting on an answer), and deleted the junk.  I had a blog topic idea from early Dec 2016 and just hadn't made it into a draft post.  WTF is wrong with me?  #GetItTogetherMegan

-Pax now gets muzzled when we leave the house.  He's eaten through at least $100 worth of DVDs and I'm over it.  He's a fucking dick.  His most recent "accomplishments" was to eat the last 2 seasons of Mad Men (part 1 and part 2 of the final season).  I hadn't even gotten to watch it yet.  When Teh German got home and saw the DVD and his headphones, I was just resigned.  I have lost the fight.  So now we will muzzle him, which is really for my sanity and his safety since he's taken on the #goatdog classification as a challenge.  #Iwanttokillhim

-I've been saying I wanted to get as much done as possible that I could before school starts.  Higher Powers took that as a challenge and last night our AC decided that it was going to be extra rumbly.  To the point that it freaked Meri out during the middle of the night and she started barking at it.  When I heard it happen again this morning, I was trying to ignore the problem, until it tried to start up and it couldn't 3 times.  Teh German helped me turn off the thermostats but it still sounded like thunder when the air finally cut off.  I texted our builder and called the AC people at 0801.  Unfortunately, the parts are under warranty, but labor isn't... so we get to pay for the guy to come out and do a diagnostic... oh yeah and that fee doesn't get applied to any repairs.  FML.  They should be coming out between 3-5, which will cut it close since we are supposed to have a dance lesson tonight at 6 in West Ashley.  Is there a quote somewhere about flexibility being the strongest strength?  Because that's going to become my motto today.  Also, I'm encouraging my spawns to go into the HVAC business.

-I have orientation today from 1130-2 and that seems excessive.  I also need to go around and see if I can get credit for 2 classes.  I guess I don't really HAVE to go do the class credit thing today, but I just want it taken care of already.. faaaccckkk...

-PS.  My head hurts. 

-PPS.  I've slept like garbage since Sunday night.  I think it's because we turned the mattress and my body is getting used to the mattress again.  I think this is the culprit because Teh German has also slept like crap since then.  BUT I don't want to turn it back around because I can SEE the indentation in the mattress.  Which is odd, since it's a tempurpedic mattress. 

-I used to write jokes on my office white board when I was at GTMO and I've been told that it brought joy to many people.  I've held out 3.5 months since we moved into our new office without "altering" the whiteboard behind my desk...  NO LONGER.  I actually used to have a white board near my desk when I first started at Company, but no one knew me yet, so I didn't think it was appropriate.  #GAMEON #NOTSORRY

What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a pile of leaves?
Russell.

What is a pepper that won't leave you alone?
Jalapeno business.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Shit Teh German Said #12

www.canIdecideanotherday.com



M: I wonder what is on my leg.
T: Leggings. You're wearing leggings.


M: You want me to drink water?
T: Yeah. H... two.. oooh.  I was trying to sound smart, but it didn't come out that way.


M: Can I get the chicken and mushroom pasta with no goat cheese?
Server: So, chicken and mushrooms, no goat.
M: Correct, no bahhh (like a goat sound).
T: Naahhhhhhh (like a goat sound).
Server: That was a good one.


As we were passing a pig truck on the interstate.
M: Poor piggies.  It's too bad they taste so good.
T: They should have stepped up their evolution game and then they could have been eating humans.
M: They could have at least taken the place of dogs.


T: We watched the whole DVD.  It's empty now.


T: They must be confused about their favorite team...
I observed the different logos and realized the connection.
M: Actually they are Boston fans.
T: Still looks like they are confused.
M: You're probably not wrong.



tG: Bye, Klaus.
tM: Only your poop would be named Klaus since you have German poops.


Teh Dental Hygientist: I was just holding the glass and it broke!
tG: You could have just asked for a new glass!






Shit Teh German Said Edition 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Review {8/14}

FRIDAY

I teleworked on Friday since the flooring and painting workers were supposed to show up at either 10 or 12.  I had attempted to confirm this on Weds, but the builder only confirmed for Thursday and I just assumed that Friday was also confirmed.  At 1:30 I sent a passive aggressive message something to the effect of, "Should I assume the workers aren't coming?"  Builder said if it happens again to call within 30 minutes of the appointment time and that he'd be coming by later.  Ugh. Fine.

My coworkers were a bundle of motivation.

The builder did stop by and chatted with me for a few minutes.  He was supposed to message me with a date and time for next week, but, of course, didn't.  /wrist.

Since I was done with work things, I decided to be motivated.  On Thursday, I finally sold the grill that has just been chillin' in our garage which meant that my next project should be to clean the windows that had been sitting there since the winter.  They were super gross.  The glass will need an actual clean before photos go in them, but at least now they can be inside the house.  I might even have Teh German put these where they will eventually go and then we can use them for the wedding and just put them right back.  Woah.


We considered leftovers for dinner, but I wasn't in the mood.  We opted for pizza from Crust before dance lessons.  I ordered the shrimp gnocchi and Teh German had the Meatgasm pizza (that wasn't the name of it, but it was the all-meat-options pizza).  My gnocchi was overly tomato-y for me and with only 4 medium sized shrimp, I wasn't impressed at all and barely ate anything.  We also had an appetizer of fried cheese/procetto balls.  They were ok.

We didn't go to Mellow Mushroom because Crust was a new place we hadn't been to yet and Mellow Mushroom ALWAYS takes FOREVER.  Well, so did Crust, so we could have just went to Mellow Mushroom.


We were about 10 minutes late to dance lessons because our server didn't seem to want us to leave.  We had to finally get up and go to the hostess stand to pay.  Teh German and I had been having a serious discussion, which maybe the server could tell, but if I've asked for boxes and a check then we're ready to go.  Let's not lollygag.

Dance lessons were only mildly frustrating.  Our practice really helped, IMO.  We had practiced way too fast, which, of course, was my fault because I was "leading" (whatever).  We learned 2 new moves which we are not allowed to practice and we rescheduled next week's lesson to Wednesday because Teh German didn't like his Friday nights being taken over by dance lessons.  Whatever.  After our next lesson, we/I need to decide if we're going to keep doing lessons. 

I originally told Teh German that I was going to ask for a discount if we were going to continue lessons for another month+, but then I realized that the instructor generally spends an hour and a half with us, over just the hour we pay for, so maybe I'll just suck it up.  I think we get to start learning our routine next week since we'll have the basics down.  I did struggle a little with one of the new moves.  I couldn't decided if it was my locked knees (her suggestion), my "grippy" shoes, or my hip.  Nonetheless, I'm not in a rush to hurt myself, so we're gonna take that slowly.

The only downside is that the instructor doesn't seem to get that I had surgery 2.5 months ago and I'm not willing to hurt myself.  I've considered wearing shorts to a lesson just so I can pull up the shorts and show her the scar so maybe she GETS it.  IDK. 

We left the studio at 9:10 (our lesson had started at 7:40) and called Teh PT Husband.  They were at the Ale House and we were only 3 minutes away, so we turned around and went to hang out with Teh PT Husband/Wife and another couple we met at Teh PT Wife's bday dinner.

Eventually, we were all tired and I was getting extremely irritable at every motherfuckingdickwad who wanted to drive by as loudly as possible since there was an "audience" beside the road (i.e. those of us sitting on the patio at the Ale House).  Seriously, why is revving an engine so entertaining to some people?  I do not understand.  All I hear is noise and it makes me stabby.

After we got home, we brought the beasts over to Teh PT House for socializing and for the dudes to have a cigar.  Eventually, we were all super tired and it was my bedtime.  We headed home and crashed.


SATURDAY

Teh German got up with the dogs on Saturday morning and I was grateful.  I actually said to the beasts, "15 more minutes!" and Teh German got up and fed them.  This is what happens when you're the one with the ability to fall asleep after laying your head on the pillow.  For the 2nd week in a row, Teh German was awake and motivated by 0900.  I was not there yet.  I was more in slow-start mode.

Nonetheless, I got up shortly after Teh German and headed downstairs.  By the time I got downstairs, Teh German was in the bathroom.  I tried waited for a bit, but it was apparently a "Teh German Time" session, and I got impatient.  I was able to make a bowl of cereal and distractedly eat it plus a few more minutes when Teh German finally emerged.  He seemed a little bit upset that I had eaten without and I explained that I was able to do the whole process while he was in the bathroom, so he brought it upon himself.  He managed to feed himself and then decided to shower and go run his errands (pick up an AppleTV and a game controller for it). 

With Teh German out of the house, The Hot Mess Express, aka me, started picking up/cleaning the house. 

#HotMessExpress #KeepinItReal

I had been hoarding some reusable bags for Teh Sister that I got from the wedding show in February.  I used them to bag up some donation stuff that needs to go to Goodwill.  I relocated those full bags to Yurtle to drop off when I get a chance (today probably).  Teh German and I had agreed, again, that he would clean the sinks and I would clean the toilets.  I also took the opportunity to clean the bathtub, which only gets fur/hair/dust activity during the summer.  I filled it, added some vinegar and borax and let it run while I cleaned the toilets.


After the bathroom cleaning was done, I finished up cleaning the windows from the garage.  There were 4 total and they were naaaaasty.  I probably should have just used soap and water instead of windex, but #hindsight.  Teh German came home after I had started working on cleaning up my office (which he always corrects to "our office" but my office is the place where he stores his pay stubs that he has zero use for and never looks at ever.  Along with a whole bunch of other papers that he never does anything with.  /facepalm

I was having an issue getting the shredder to work and Teh German and I both went and flipped switches in the breaker.  It didn't fix the problem, so I got distracted.  Teh German had started setting up the new AppleTV (ATV).  I suggested just resetting it and running updates to clear out the previous owner's info since they hadn't done that (fucking moron).  When Teh German started the process, our internet went down.  I recycled the wifi router and nothing.  I went ahead and called our ISP to troubleshoot.  Not only was our internet down, so was the cable connection, meaning the fiber connection wasn't working properly.  We were on the phone for about 30 minutes.  We reset it 3x and I killed it each time trying to get the ATV to work.  Finally, he agreed to send a tech out and we hung up.  The internet lasted for about 5 minutes after the call ended.  UGH.

A few minutes later, a female tech called me to troubleshoot.  We spent an hour on the phone and while I was able to get the ATV reset, I couldn't get it to upgrade and I purposely left it off the network so it wouldn't kill the fiber connection again.


After losing an hour and a half of my life to technology, I headed upstairs to shower and leave.  Teh PT Wife agreed to go to the mobile bookstore's sale with me and I didn't think she wanted to go with the Hot Mess Express.  Loaded up, I said goodbye and headed to the garage and when I pushed the button to open the garage door... it didn't work.  Yurtle was trapped.

Frustrated, I headed upstairs and reset the main breaker for the entire house... ...and then I couldn't get it back on.  There were frustrated screams and me beating on the wall.  At which point, Teh German yelled at me not to hit the breaker box (which I hadn't done because it would have hurt my hand) and I screamed at him, "DON'T FUCKING YELL AT ME UNLESS I'M YELLING AT YOU AND I DIDN'T FUCKING YELL AT YOU!"  Obviously, my communication skillz are leet when I'm frustrated.

Teh German came upstairs yelling about me breaking things and still frustrated, I said, "I'm 150 pounds and can't push a button back the way it came from.  I'M NOT GOING TO BREAK ANYTHING!"  He managed to get the main breaker back on.  I went downstairs and STILL the garage door wouldn't open.  Teh PT Wife had to drive us.  I told Teh German that I'd call the builder when we got on the road.

I laughed at the ridiculousness of the screaming and yelling at each other as I told Teh PT Wife was had happened.  The builder called me back and explained that many of the power outlets are GFI outlets that sometimes needed to be reset.  I called Teh German and told him to check and see if any of the outlets needed to be reset.  He found it on his work bench and the garage door worked right away.  The shredder still didn't work, but I was way less concerned about that.

We got to the book trailer and it was hot AF and a storm was brewing.  We didn't find anything good so we decided to head to Mr. Kay's Used Books.  I had a few bucks on a gift certificate I had bought (since they had a $5 incentive) when I bought books for the first time I participated in Erin's Challenge.  I tried not to go crazy.  Mostly, I was looking for books that I could get autographed at YALL Fest in Nov.  I was pleased with what I came home with.  The only book I left at the store was The Hate U Give because it was $16.90 instead of $17.99 (full price).  I am still on the wait list for it from the library.


After Mr. Kay's, Teh PT Wife taxied me to Walmart so I could grab some wash clothes, hand towels, and crates I wanted for House.  When we got home, I bought a load of stuff home, made an adult beverage, and then Teh German, Teh PT Wife, and I headed to Roux's House since it was Mr. Golfer's mabillionty-ith birthday.

We chatted and hung out for a while.  Teh German won a $15 Starbucks gift cert for knowing Mr. Golfer the best.  I was confident in my answers, so I give myself credit for that.  After Roux's House, Teh PT Wife and I got beverage refills at home, and then we walked down the street to Ladies Night.  We didn't end up staying for more than an hour because we were tired.

We walked home and I was surprised to find Teh German at home and not smoking a cigar with Teh PT Husband.  We were both tired, so we headed to bed.

SUNDAY

Sunday, I wasn't ready for the dogs again.  Teh German took on the weekend duty.  Have I mentioned lately that he's the bestest?  He is.

Eventually though, we had to get up because we had agreed to meet the wedding planner for brunch at 1030 in Summerville.  Let me show you how I start off every day:

Puppy love.  Meri was jealous so she came from the other bed and laid behind me.

Teh German agreed to ride Suzi and Bagheera to brunch, my first time riding Bagheera since my surgery!  Wootttt.  No pics because it was too fucking hot for a photo session.  We got to Toast and got super concerned since our wedding planner was MIA and not answering her phone.  Right before we broke down and ordered food, she texted saying she would be there soon. 

She showed up with her boyfriend? fiance? manperson?  IDK, but he seemed cool, so it was no big deal.  We all ordered and chatted and ate.  Finally we got to the business part of the meeting and I got a list of things to do that is unexpectedly short.  We need to work on the music selection, beverage selection, get our final RSVP numbers (NO PRESSURE, INVITEES!  Actually, that was a complete fucking lie.  RSVP NAOW.), and when I know, send her how long it will take to do my hair/makeup.

We went straight home since it felt like 113°F.  Anytime we weren't moving, I was sweating profusely.  It was disgusting.  When we got home, I literally peeled my jeans from my legs and proceeded to walk around in my t-shirt and underwear fanning myself with my shirt for 3 hours.  #notsorry.

Teh German wanted to tackle the tree project.  The tree project is the cutting down of the lone tree that Teh Dad and Teh German hadn't cleared out of the backyard when they cleared everything else for the fence line.  Teh Dad pointed out that it would eventually need to be cut down since it was already leaning to one side since it only gets sun on one side.



Long story short: There was a lot of cussing and an infinite amount of sweating and there is no more tree in our back yard.  Just a stump.

Meri was neglected obviously.

While Teh German worked on the tree, I helped him intermittently and I organized the smart closet since it was a clusterfuck that annoyed me to no end.  Now we've got hooks for backpacks, there's a crate for motorcycle crap (gloves, neck warmers, etc), the router and Hue boxes have been mounted on the wall.  SO MUCH BETTAR!

I also started the process of making homemade laundry detergent.  I may have bought a mixer just for this project since the Ninja chopper metal piece doesn't screw on a mason jar.  #notsorry


Teh German suggested Willie Jewell's for dinner since I wasn't really in the mood for leftovers and he wasn't really in the mood to grill.  I called in our order and fetched it.  When I got home, we ate it and then proceeded to plop on the couch and watch Parks and Rec for an hour.  We also watched our afternoon backyard activities from the camera replay.  We learned that Teh German doesn't handle being tired well and that I am awkward AF when I get excited.


After watching ourselves, we did pre-bedtime chores and headed upstairs.  We had to put sheets on the bed and then it was toothbrushing and sleeps... well for one of us. I couldn't sleep, so I finally got up and took a lorezapam which gave me the DNGAFs this morning.  Oops.

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Another awesome weekend for the books.  I'm super proud of Teh German for tackling another one of his to-do list items... and for climbing the ladder with sharp objects and not impaling himself.  He also didn't strangle me when I was having a meltdown on Saturday.  Extra points for the #BestFianceEver.

This week holds PT, new student orientation, dance lessons on Wednesday and a group dance session, aaaannnddd I'm picking up my dress on Friday to bring it to the tailor to have it fitted.  WWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

PS.  This week is also Shit Teh German Said.  You're welcome, Beeches.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Five on Friday #119

EINS

Things I've spent money on this week:
  • Coffee, hot chocolate, and a brownie
  • Fabric for collars for the beasts
  • Birthday treats for Roux
  • Replacement stickers for the new laptop
  • Beer for Teh German
  • Groceries
  • 2 new books from the bookstore trailer
  • Postage for shipping fabric to my collar lady.
I still have items in my Amazon shopping cart, but I still haven't reached the $25 minimum to purchase them.  #FirstWorldProblems.

Things Teh German spent money on this week:
  • His wedding band!


Our rings!



ZWEI

After finding out that we are definitely, 100% unable to get a screened in porch, we have been looking into other alternatives.  Right now, it's looking like we'll be getting a standalone pergola set about a half inch away from the house.  That pergola will be screened in.  When the government makes stupid laws, you do stupid things to work around them... like setting a "non-permanent structure" a half inch away from your house because "rules". 

I have this thing where I can't just go with the one estimate I'm happy with since it's the only estimate I have.  This means that I've been reaching out to other companies to ask them how much they would charge for the same thing.  I know that I will probably go with the first estimate.  Yet, I always put myself through this obnoxious process.  At least this time it's easier since I know the dimensions and I have a copy of the plat in my email that I can send out for estimates, which means they don't even need to make a trip to see the house.

I had to dodge 3 piles of poop to get this photo because PAX thinks it's acceptable to shit right off the edge of the patio.
Anyone have a genius idea to make him relocate?
The only benefit is that Teh German is more frequently motivated to scoop poop.
PS. Have I mentioned how much I don't miss the poop scooping task?

End goal (only to cover the slab):



DREI

From my phone:

Trifecta of shitty shit:
Rain, Charleston commute/rush hour, being stuck by a train that I had turned around to go around...

Peanut butter chocolate cupcake.
#weddingtasting #MegMo2017

Had my teefs cleaned yesterday.
The lady was impressed with my teeth.
I was impressed with her until she practically nicked a vein when she flossed my molars.

It's hard to see in this photo, but the truck behind me looks exactly like Baloo.
This was confusing for me since I knew that Teh German wouldn't have been where I was since I was coming home from PT.  When I sent him this picture, he questioned if he had been behind me and not even seen me! LOL.

WTF IS THIS MALARKEY?
First off, this avocado was tiny.. and then the seed was so obnoxiously large!
DO NOT LIKE.



VIER

Weekend goals:

  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Clean my office (ugh)
  • Have a $$ discussion with Teh German.  
    • It's been about a year since our last $$ discussion because we both really hate talking about money and when we had the discussion last year, the plan we came up with has worked well.  Except now our money situation is about to change and we need to figure out where extra income will be going.
      • how we're going to pay for the pergola (we have the cash, but with the wedding coming up, I'd rather have that cash on hand and pay a low interest loan back or something), 
      • how much we want to spend on a honeymoon (and the details of said honeymoon).  
    • I also have this thing where I don't really track the bills.  I look at total when I get the email (to make sure it's normal) and since everything is on autopay (#1 best thing in adulting), I don't really give it much more thought.  I want to look into things like our power and water bill and see if we're overspending or if there are ways to save or if we're doing alright.  
    • I also want to get a feel for how much we're spending on eating out.  The current arrangement is that I buy all the groceries/stuff from the store (hygiene needs, cleaning, dog things, etc) and Teh German pays when we go out.  I want to make sure this is balancing out.
    • Discuss the Tesla solar roof with Teh German.  I'm super interested in this, but I'm just not sure if it's the right time.  Also, if anyone is looking for a charity case, I'm right here with approximately a mabillionty home upgrade ideas and limited funds to do them!
  • Read books.
    • I've got 2 more books left for my challenge and then I think I'm going to focus on powering through some books by authors who will be coming to YALL Fest that I haven't read yet.  The rest of the Lunar Chronicles, Jason Segal's book(s), and a few more that are on a list somewhere that I can't be bothered to locate at this exact moment.
  • Vacuum the stairs
  • Roll up the downstairs runner and clean the floors
  • Doggy baths
  • Poop scoopin'
  • Not threaten to quit dance lessons because Teh German frustrates me.
  • Walk 3 miles.  Ugh that is such a difficult distance to accomplish.  My general distance is either 2 miles or 5 miles.  Looks like I'll have to use RunKeeper to track my walk so I can know when to turn around.


FÜNF

10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. New "I love you becuase" bedtime habits being formed.
  2. Practicing our dance steps in the afternoons.  I'm really hoping this increases Teh German's confidence levels and means he will be less stressed about lessons, which will result in me being less bitchy!  Wins all around!
  3. Shaved Meri.  She might look like a rat, but she's my rat.
  4. Meri and Pax playing.
  5. Keeping the scale under 150 lbs.  
  6. MOBILE BOOKSTORE ACROSS FROM WORK!
  7. Hugs after difficult days.
  8. Teh German wearing his silicone ring all the time and when he accidentally slips up and calls me his wife.
  9. Not spending ALL THE DOLLAS of weeks previous.
  10. The VA deposit into my checking account for my books.


82 days until Wedding
12 days until School
#IWillNotHaveABreakdown



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Dump {8/9}

-If you ask in a bride group on Facebook how to obtain a marriage license, you probably should reconsider getting married.  Maybe I'm just too smart for my own good.  How is some knowledge intrinsic to some but incomprehensible to others?  #IJustDontGetIt

-After the crazy amount of spending I did in July, I have an add-on item in my Amazon cart and I don't have anything else to add to reach the $25 minimum for the add on item.  While I'm happy about this, I'm also frustrated.  #MeganProblems #ThanksAmazon

-I'm an idiot.  I didn't put my next book on hold because it was available from the library.  It was available on Sunday night, so I figured I would download it on Monday, nbd.  Yeah, someone had checked it out on Monday and so I'm like, wtf am I doing with my life while I wait on library books?

-I don't remember who it was that said it recently, but a blogger I follow commented about how they hate when books use the movie poster as the cover of the book.  YAAASSSSSSS, I'm with you, Lady!

-I've made it a goal this week to spend 10-15 minutes practicing our dance moves that we know.  I'm hoping this will make Teh German more confident on Friday night and we can make more progress.  Ya know, you get back what you put into things. #LifeLessonsByMegan

-I'm considering making homemade laundry soap.  The homemade shower spray I made did not make me happy.  If I can obtain all the ingredients/materials for under $20 then I will try it.  I hope I haven't been peer pressured into a(nother) poor life choice.  #TryingNewThingsIsHard

-Monday night, Teh German was home way before me so he cooked our veggie since the meat was already done in the crockpot.  Since he was being extra nice, I made a pit stop on my way home to pick up beer for him.  #BestFianceEver

-Several Gentle Readers commented yesterday about how my review of Beartown made them bump it up on their TBR list.  #YoureWelcome #WorthIt

-I started using my personal laptop at work.  #notsorry #rainbowkeyboard4lyfe

-How not to be a twat-waffle on Facebook Marketplace.
1. If someone asks you a question, RESPOND TO THEM.
2. Don't play hard to get.  I just want these things out of my house, not woo you. 
3. I assume if you ask me if an item is available you are interested.  Don't leave me hanging.
4. If you are no longer interested after contacting someone, TELL THEM.

-I am taking it very hard when I am told no to things regarding the wedding.  From RSVPs to people not wanting to do things that I'm trying to plan.  For instance, Teh German's Mom is a runner, so I thought it would be cool if she did the 10k with us since she's going to be in town.  She said no thanks because she's already scheduled events with her sister and BIL, who will also be in town.  Teh German pointed out that this is good since they will be keeping themselves entertained.  I countered and explained that my time to hang out is extremely limited due to work and school and when I offer the chance to hang out, that is MY chance to hang out.  I don't know know why I'm so easily upset by this.

-Sometimes we have family sing alongs.  They bring me so much joy.


-Why in the shit is it still a thing to put tags on the waistband of pants?  All those things do it scratch up my back.  It's like they want to force me to wear an undershirt or something.  Rude.  I've had these pants for almost 2 years (I bought them after Teh German and I started dating) and I didn't wear them for almost a year (because fatty) and now I can fit in them again (hooray surgery/wedding diet!) and I was irritated (physically and mentally) because of these stupid tags.  After all day of dealing with it, I removed those tags.  #TAKETHAT


-Some of you may have seen my post yesterday about finding a mobile bookstore but if you didn't, yesterday I accidentally stumbled on a mobile bookstore and it was awwweeesssoommmmeeee.  Granted, they only had new books, which meant paying full price which I didn't totally love, but they were right across the street from my work AND there was a "guard" Corgi who let me love on her AND they were parked at the coffee shop right across from my office so I didn't even break a Charleston sweat getting there.  I considered my purchases as #supportlocal buys sooo yeah.  I also may have been caught up in the SUYB excitement since it was SUYB linkup day.  #notsorry  PS.  I'm going to be pissed if Ramona Blue and Words in Deep Blue are disappointing since I paid $17.99 each.  It was also raining yesterday so the theme of the day was like everyone's favorite Eifle 65 song (Blue, if you didn't get that reference).  I'll be diving into these books as soon as I finish with my challenge books.



-The library finally sent Bonk and South of Broad (in ebook and audio formats) back to me, so I'll be finishing up those suckers in the next 2 weeks.  I feel like Bonk is going to be one of those books that will be a slog to get through.  If it gets worse than manual animal stimulation/masturbation, it's going to be DNF town for this book.  I just have to put my foot down somewhere.  Or maybe I'll just skim through those sections?  IDK, I need to have a limit.

-It's been a super rainy summer and I'm loving it.  I'm not digging the headaches that come along with it, but I seriously love the rain.  #Intheminority

-I started this new thing with Teh German where I tell him one reason why I loved him for the day right before we go to sleep.  He is required to reciprocate.  I'm hoping I can keep this going for a while.  #FormingHabits

-I left the gas station yesterday without getting gas and without closing my tank.  I had to stop and close it and I was super frustrated.  That's what getting stuck in Charleston rain traffic, being stopped by the same train TWICE, and then being told that I have to see the cashier when trying to pump gas (what is this, 1992?) will do to my brain.

-I've noticed a several comments on the BAB FB page saying that their website isn't viewable on mobile devices.  This is applicable because I shared the links to a few posts that I wrote about the wedding on the cIdad FB page yesterday.  It annoys me that this is actually a problem, but from what I've read, they are troubleshooting it.  They don't seem to be making much headway though since it's been a problem for several weeks now.  I'm as disappointed as everyone else.  Their suggestion is to view it from a desktop/laptop.  My suggestion is to maybe use a Chrome browser on your phone and request the desktop version of the site.  It loads for me, but I am using an android.  #TechnologyIsHard #2017Problems

-I do believe that Teh German likes wearing his silicone wedding band for more than just "getting used to wearing a ring" and that doesn't hurt my heart one bit.  I'm hoping he will order his ring by the end of this week since he's been in contact with company that makes the ring he likes.  #MegMo2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SYUB: July 2017

Life According to StephWe're a little over a month into Erin's Challenge and I'm making great headway.  Additionally, I'm owning my Goodreads challenge for this year.  I will admit that I purposely low-balled my reading goals because I didn't want to stress myself out meeting a goal that doesn't really matter, but I like having a goal.  To say I'm killing that goal doesn't hurt my feelings.

PS.  Today's Shirt Woot was fated for today!


Do you even read, Bro?



 

 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.



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid   5/5 (audiobook)

I almost nevaarrr give books a 5/5.  I'm extremely stringent in my ratings.  But TJR knows the keys to my heart.  This book blew me away.  The life of Evelyn Hugo had me completely enthralled.  It makes me sad to think that we (the US) is reverting back to ways of the 20th century in terms of gay rights.  Maybe it just felt like we had made significant progress to me because I'm not directly affected by the lack of rights.

Evelyn has a huge secret that she never let ruin her career: she's gay.  Except that in the 50s/60s, that is unacceptable and even illegal.  She goes to great lengths, and mulitple marriages, to protect her secret.  Eventually, she "marries" Cecilia.

The twist though.  There's always a twist with TJR books, I just happened to forget because I was so into the story of Evelyn's life.  It was like all the air was sucked out of my car when I got to the twist.  I won't tell you because I don't want to ruin it.  BUT HOLY SHIT BALLS.



TL;DR: The story of an actress's life and, eventually, how the actress's life connects with the journalist's.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson   4.25/5 (library ebook)

Lawson does a good job in this book about making it about her mental illness rather than just talking about random things from her life.  The reality is, a book is not a blog, and this book shows that.  The same self-depreciating humor is there, but with a tenderness that reaches out to other people who suffer from mental health issues. 

TL;DR: If you have a mental illness, you are not alone = the key takeaway from this book.  With some funny stories.. and pictures of taxidermied raccoons, which I've become uncomfortably interested in recently...


South of Broad by Pat Conroy  3.5/5 (audiobook)

I've never read a Pat Conroy book before, but now that I live in Charleston, it felt like a right of passage.  I selected this book for Erin's Challenge last winter but it didn't make it the cut.  For this challenge, it made the cut.  Right off the bat though, Conroy has a way with words.  Not a short amount of words, sadly.  Verbose is probably a good description of Conroy's writing.  While the narrator did a pretty solid job with the various Southern accents, there were certain words that glared at me.  It's not Cupper River, it's the Cooper River.  I've never heard an old Charlestonian pronounce it Cupper.  Also, no one from the mountains of NC calls the Appalachians "Appa-LAY-shun."  It is pronounced, "Appa-LATCH-un."  Trust me on this, I'm from there.  #IWillCorrectYou

I didn't get to finish this before the library took it back, but with 3 hours left and some discussion within the FB group, I'm pretty sure I know what happens and I will finish it when the library finally deems me worthy again, hopefully soon since I requested it 2 weeks ago and that's the max check out period time

This book is spent discussing the lives of a group of friends who meet while they are in high school and it skips around in time.  The main character, Frog/Leo, has a ho-hum attitude about life.  His friends seem like they could be real people, with the exception of Sheba Poe (rarely mentioned without her last name) who mostly just got on my nerves.  I'm interested to see what happens between Starla and Leo and mostly for this drudgery to end, but since I am so close to the end, I will consider this read for July.

Side note: Poe is a famous name around Charleston since Edgar Allan Poe spent a little over a year here while he was stationed at Fort Moultrie and the setting for 3 Poe works are set in Sullivans Island.

TL;DR: A ho-hum story about a ho-hum life.  Nothing really special, IMO, unless you like very descriptive descriptions of the Charleston Battery.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman  6/5 (library ebook)

Let me preface this review with a disclaimer: I had sworn never to read another book by a Swedish author.  I suffered through 3 different Swedish books before I finally made that vow and Beartown got suuuuchhh good reviews that I broke my vow.

Stop reading this post right now.  Go to your favorite book source and obtain a copy of this book and read it IMMEDIATELY.  I'm just going to detail out my thought process while I read this book for you.  It's easier.
  • Wtf is that banging?  I'm so glad this isn't an audiobook.
  • Hockey is cool.  I like hockey.  I wonder when the Stingrays start up again?
  • Ohhh, I get it, banging = the hockey puck.  
  • Hockey is cool.
  • I'm confused at all these white people names.
  • Are we in Minnesota? Yeah, cause Canada.
  • Why are there so many characters?
  • Wow this book is really tackling some 2017 issues.
  • Oh, this party will end well.
  • No.  Why aren't there trigger warnings on books?  Why didn't I read the summary?  This wasn't in the summary.  Ok, I can get through this.  It is not the same.  It's kinda the same.
  • Holy fuck.
  • A definitive yes is the only go ahead for sex.  No doesn't mean yes.
  • Why is no one saying anything? Faaaakkkkkkkk.  Not that it's any different.
  • This book speaks on so many levels to different levels of character within people.  I love this book.
  • That feeling of responsibility for the fall out of honesty.  I completely get that.
  • Is that helicopter parenting?  Is Maggan (a horrible spelling btw) a good example of that type of parent or is her character playing up to the stereotype?
  • Why does this 15 year old have the weight of everyone's happiness on her shoulders?
  • I appreciate that all the tragedies are realistic.
  • Oh Benji, why are you a twat waffle?
  • Kevin, I know too many people like you.  Nothing is ever your fault.
  • Go Team Mom!
  • Go Team Dad!
  • Go Team Kevin's Mom!
  • I think that screaming in the middle of a forest is an undiscovered pleasure that I seem to be missing out on.
  • I knew it, Benji!  I knew it!
  • I think I need to go back and read the intro.
  • Ohhhh, we're in Sweden or in that area.
  • Please don't die, BabyKindle.  Pllleeeaaassseeeee...
  • Please don't take this book away from me library, puuullleeeaasssee, I'm so close to the end! 
  • Please don't let David be a homophobe.
  • She's gonna kill herself.
  • She's gonna kill him.
  • She's gonna kill herself in front of him!
  • WTF is happening?!
  • That ending though.
  • YAAASSSS.
  • MUST TELL EVERYONEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!


TL;DR: an unexpectedly good story about human character and hockey and so many 2017 issues.  There are so many different themes going on in this book and there are so many takeaways that I feel like I didn't get to discover all of them.  This book is still resounding through my brain.  In fact, I gave this a 6/5 because it was so good.  I never love books quite this much.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer  4/5 (library ebook)

A retelling of Cinderella that kept me interested throughout the entire book!  There was expected sister drama, but I really like the way Meyer set this world up.  I did struggle with some inconsistencies, but I think that was more of an editing issue.  The narrator also struggled a bit, but I'm OCD.  I am planning on continuing on with the Lunar Chronicles, so I'm glad to finally start this.

Cinder is a cyborg, which are apparently bad.  Cinder's stepmother is, unexpectedly, a bitch.  Slowly we learn that Cinder is a mechanic.  She's immune to some disease that is killing everyone.  Cinder is obviously special.

I really liked the world of androids and cyborgs and humans.  This book was an easy listen and I enjoyed it very much.  It is too bad that Cinder was an obvious set up for the rest of the series.

TL;DR: Cinderella isn't the housekeeper anymore... and I won't get to find out what happens unless I read the rest of the series.


 

In Progress:

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach  */5 (library ebook)
Morning Star by Pierce Brown  */5 (Audible audiobook)

On Deck:


Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (..if by some miracle it actually gets published..)
A Dog's Journey (A Dog's Purpose #2) by W. Bruce Cameron
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Outlander 4-infinity, including the novellas (most of which happen to be contained in one handy dandy book).




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