Friday, June 23, 2017

Five on Friday #113


What I've watched this week on Netflix:
-Atlantis: The Lost Empire
-The Jungle Book (live-action)
-Grey's Anatomy, a handful of episodes from Season 12, because leaving the country in 2010 put me perpetually behind with all things entertainment.

I also pulled out some DVDs to watch in the next few weeks (since I'm home all day and I'm about to start school and still be working and my life is going to pretty much go down the drain).  Those DVDs include Mad Men, the last season in 2 parts (grumble), Disney's The Princess and the Frog, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  I need to order the live-action Beauty and the Beast, but it's not high on my list after the Amazon haul I did this week to make some shower spray... and my puzzles arrived.  Whatever.


Things for buying:
-a new laptop.  Ugh.  The hinge is broken on my current laptop and I don't really dig the idea of using my work computer for school.  I will wait until the beginning of August when tech shit goes on sale though, but for right now, I'm window shopping.  This is gross because it's going to be a lot of dollars and spending lots of dollas always makes me irritable.

-Disney movies.  Always and forever.

-Collective Soul, Our Lady Peace, and Tonic concert tickets for Saturday.  I'm seriously going to try to peer pressure Timo (and others) into going on Saturday night because the tickets aren't that much and 90s bands and what else do we have to do?  I'm obviously still making up for missing DCFC and Ellie Goulding and some others last year.  #notsorry

-Wedding things.  Actually, I'm trying to actively avoid thinking about wedding things because it stresses me out that I know decisions are coming that I can't make yet. 

-Alterations for my wedding dress (that apparently needs a name since it's a "she") that arrived to the shop on Thursday.  I think I'm going to go visit "her" this weekend.

-Eating out (that counts right?).  I'm thinking we need to brunch this weekend, but IDK where yet.  Sitting at home all the day long really makes me feel like I need to go out more.  #teleworkingproblems

-The 1 year Audible membership for $99.  You better believe I used my other Amazon account to get that deal.  #savindollas  I seriously wish Audible had a reference reward or general rewards for all the money I've spent.  Siiiiiiigh.

-Disney Villian stamps.  Shout out to Twin Mom for sharing this very valuable information with me on the FBs.  You better believe I pre-ordered some of those bitches.  In fact, 3 sheets worth.  #notsorry  I would have stocked up on the Pixar stamps if I'd have known they were going away a few years ago.  #LessonLearned #DisneyLife 


From the phone:

I informed Teh German, AGAIN, that we have a can lid. So he can use the can lid on and completely remove the tin top. When I went to eat these for lunch, I took the lid off and saw this. It was good he wasn't home. There was a lot of rage. I'll just chalk it up to #languagebarrier...

We have a bird's nest in one of our hanging plants!  Roux's Humom actually was the first to notice, but when the plant was on the ground the other day, I finally got to see it!... and realize that the camera install guys suck at that "it will be like we were never here" thing... Put things back where you got them and no one gets cut. I'm really hoping that Mama Bird didn't desert the nest or get eaten in the few days that the plant was on the ground (Mon to Thurs).  Teh German hung the basket back up where it should have been.  Fingers crossed.

Super pumped this baby came back.  Teh Mom and I planted this one last year and it brings me joy.

Passionflower vine is out of control!  I love it!  I am kind of afraid it's going to take over those purple flowers beside it, so I might need to move those..

Being crippled = not being able to weed the flower beds.  I know it needs to happen.
BTW, Teh German tried to tell me the plant in the bed, at the back on the left was dead.  HA!  I was right!

Lurve these!

Fuzz face.

Pax and his Lamby.

Teh German said he apologized to the frog.  #oops


Random things:

-Steph shared a link this week about how pro-lifers should be called anti-abortionist and while a lot of it is very subjective and I question the statistics, but this line struck a chord with me:
There are certainly going to be people who will reply to this by shouting, “then women should keep their damn legs shut.”  No. Go crawl back to the time capsule you came out of. Ninety-five percent of Americans have pre-marital sex. Nine months of unwanted pain and possibly death is not an acceptable punishment for being unlucky while engaging in an almost universally practiced past time. It is the punishment for 0 percent of men, which is the correct percentage.

-In my SYUB linkup post, I talked about Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a short book (50pgs), that everyone needs to read.  It included these quotes which keep reverberating through my brain and I love it...
“Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop.” 
“Teach her that the idea of 'gender roles' is absolute nonsense. Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl. 'Because you are a girl' is never reason for anything. Ever.”  
And my favorite, #sorrynotsorry, Teh German..
“The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.”

-I need to make these Fruity Pebble/marshmallow/cake bars.

-The soon-to-be-released TJR novel currently has a Goodreads giveaway.  Not that I want you to be my competition, but this is probably the ONE books I've signed up for as a giveaway that I would actually read the day it arrives.


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Two-ish weeks left on crutches.  I'm ready to set these things on fire.  It's too bad they aren't the old wooden ones.
  2. Being validated at work that I was right and someone else was wrong.
  3. Driving to the butcher for steaks on Thursday.  It's less than 10 minutes away on low traffic roads, do not panic.
  4. Being able to pop my back in my hip brace.
  5. Mex 1 on Wednesday night as an outing because I was going stir crazy and may have been lashing out at Teh German.. oops.
  6. Meri snuggles.
  7. Teh German's patience and helpfulness this week around the house.
  8. My wedding dress finally coming in.
  9. Matching the Turvis lids to their cups again... I was trying to just ignore it, but I couldn't any longer. #OCD.  Bonus: Teh German didn't even make fun of me when I explained it after he asked why I hadn't done anything with the red lid he took off another cup.  #HeGetsMe
  10. New puzzles!

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Confessions {6/21}

-I'm ready for this CPM to be out of my house so I don't feel obligated to sit in it while I'm working at home.  Since it's a new week, I got more degrees of motion and the 0-90° (at the knee) is absolutely killing my back.  #Iamold

-I'm ready for a visit to the Chiropractor.  #Ineedsthepops

-The not rainy weather makes the rainy weather give me a headache.  I'd rather it just be rainy all the time.  #IntheMinority

-I have one more wedding invitation to print out.  Everyone else hears about it through word of mouth.  I'm over it.  #SinglePointofFailure

-I haven't told my boss yet that I still "can't" drive.  Not that me being in or out of the office affects much, but just the principle.  I'm already going to be needy with my school schedule and now this?  Oops.  Technically, I could have Teh German drop me off at work before he goes to work and pick me up when he gets off, but no one wants to do that, me, Teh German, anyone I work with.  Nope, nope, nope.  Additionally, Teh German works 9ish hours per day, which would be fine, except that he'd probably want to leave earlier to drop me off so he can be there at his "on time" and then he'd come and get me later since he'd come after he gets off work, which isn't a consistent time.. and well, I can only imagine how stressed that would make me, so no, that is just not an option we will consider.  #teleworklife

-Sometimes I make food on the weekend to eat then, but we don't end up eating it for various reasons until the week.  #OneLessMealtoPlan

-I want to do ALL THE PUZZLES right now.  I may have accidentally purchased more puzzles since I had a 20% off code.  Total, I got 1- 750 piece, 8- 500 piece, 1- 2000 piece.  All Disney. All for $35.  #savingdollas #DisneyLife #PuzzleMaster

-I may have accidentally hit Teh German in the face (like square on his nose/glasses) on Monday after my physical therapy while I was putting on my hip brace because he doesn't normally help me and I didn't expect him to be where he was (assisting me with the leg part of the brace).  Oops.  Part of me assumes that maybe he was being helpful because we were in an office full of dudes.  But, the reasonable part of me is just going to let it go with, he was just being my Teh German and being helpful.  #accidentprone

-Why wasn't Google Calendar in my life when I was at NC State?  I was able to add all my classes to a Google Calendar and share it with my boss and Teh German and Teh Running Bestie and anyone else who needs to know where I'm at and when.  I should add Teh Mom and Teh Dad on principle, just like the old days.  JK.  I had to send them a list of my class schedule and they still never managed to get it right.

-I need a new laptop because mine has a busted hinge and I can't close it, which really means I have a desktop.  The question is, do I just use my work computer for school or do I bite the bullet and buy a new laptop?  #goodbyedollas

-I'm way ahead in my payments on Bagheera because I drop large amounts on the loan rather than pay monthly for the next 3 years.  I decided that I would make another payment this week.  I had everything set up to come out of my checking account, all I had to do was hit submit, then I had a light bulb moment.  If I made the payment with my credit card, I'd earn rewards, and I could go in and schedule the same payment to my credit card rather than to the loan company.  Which is exactly what I did.  Makin' my dollas work for me.  PS.  My next payment is due January 2020.  #wayahead

-Dear Audible,
FUCK YOU.  I got an email this morning that offered a year's membership for $100, saving $50.  Then I read the fine print... "This offer is not available to existing Audible members, or customers who have been paid Audible members in the past 30 days."  Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you.  #howtopissmeoff

-I've seen people watching the new live-action Beauty and the Beast on at home and I thought it was on Netflix, but when I went to find it.. it was not there.  Riddle me confused...  Instead I watched Atlantis: The Lost Empire.  It was full of inconsistencies but overall kept my interest and then I followed that up by the live-action Jungle Book.  Guess I should probably just go ahead and place a Disney Movie Club order...  #FOMO

Not even close, Amazon.  Give it up.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Erin's Challenge 7.0

Erin's Challenge is upon us again!  Because I am an invalid, it wasn't difficult for me to find the time select my books. #notsorry

Here's what's what.

5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages

  • TBD.

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”

10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover

15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)

20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)

20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)

25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: (submitted by Christina)

30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)

30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev)

35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten)

    The only conundrum I have for this challenge is that I need Brosh's book to be published in September.  If it gets pushed back (again), then I'll have to make some adjustment since I'll probably read Furiously Happy instead, which means I'll read Thirteen Reasons for my mental illness category and I'll have to read Catch-22 for my banned book, if I read Cursed Child for my yellow cover.  #itshardtobeme

    Also, TJR's book hasn't been published yet, but I'm not expecting that one to get delayed (watch me eat those words).  Fingers crossed.

    I pulled all these books off my TBR list #likeaboss.  Also, almost all of them should be available from my library, which is a positive for my pocket.  I will buy the Brosh book since I already own her other book.

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Weekend Review {6/19}


    Friday morning, I actually got up when Teh German got up (a first since my surgery) and went downstairs to accomplish work things.  I had an Ortho appt at 1045, and I knew that would eat up at least 1.5 hours of my day since it always takes the Ortho forrrreevvvarrrrr...

    Roux's Humom had agreed to take me to my appointment so Teh German wouldn't have to be out of work for half a day.  She came to get me at 10 and we made a pit stop at Starbucks, then headed to the doctor's office a lot early.  Oops.

    After an x-ray of my hip, my stitches were finally removed!  HOORRRAYYY!!  They were starting to itch.  When the Ortho came in, he explained what he did during the procedure and when I admitted that I had been one-crutchin' around the house, he glared at me.  I begged him to let me drive and he said that he didn't suggest it, but I could.  He pointed out that if I got into an accident while wearing my brace, any attorney in town would have a field day with me.  That was enough to scare me into NOT driving. 

    The overall take aways were:
    -I need to not be one-crutchin'.
    -I should not drive yet.
    -I will be on crutches for another 2 weeks, then another week to wean myself off of them (using one crutch).
    -I do not have a date that I no longer have to wear my hip brace.  Maybe by 2020?  (<-Go back in 4 weeks for another assessment.  Hopefully no glares at this one!

    After the appointment, Roux's Humom brought me to the commissary and I was like a kid in a candy store.. except with meats and imported items.  What would have cost me no less than $300 at Publix, cost me $120 at the commissary.  #win

    After Roux's Humom dropped me off and delivered my groceries inside, she headed home, I put away the groceries, I finished up my work day and I went upstairs to take a nap with the dogs.  When I woke up, I took the opportunity to print the last of the envelopes for invites that needed to be sent.  When Teh German came home, I suggested Sesame for dinner and he didn't need his arm twisted.

    We received a package for Pax and Meri on Thursday with no name saying who it was from. It was a big Lamb Chop, which I had meant to order.  Since they had already gotten cheese sticks and we were about to leave, I didn't want to give the toy to them.  AND they had already gotten new toys earlier in the week.  So I waited.  Friday, 2 more packages arrived for Pax and Meri and it was toys like Meri's mice, except bees and chipmunks.  Since Teh German was home to help me, I finally distributed the toys.  Meri got the wrong hedgehog that I had ordered, Pax got Lamb Chop, and I tried to give Meri a bee, but Pax took it, so then I gave her another bee.  I had Teh German put the extra toys away for another day.

    The bigger lesson of the toys was that Teh Running Bestie had claimed she was not the sender of Lamb Chop on Thursday when I asked her.  Roux's Humom said it wasn't her either.  I seriously was at a loss as to who would have sent the toys.  Soooo I did some stalking.  The Amazon slips have QR codes you can scan to send a thank you.  I had asked Teh German to investigate this situation on Thursday night and he got no results.  Amateur.  I scanned the QR code and Amazon generated a thank you note to [Teh Running Bestie] and I told her she was caught!  No one stalks like Teh Megan stalks.  #neverforger

    After distributing toys, we headed to Sesame for dinner.  I hadn't really eaten lunch, which isn't really abnormal these days, so I ate all the things.  I ordered a sweet tea (which I had been looking forward to alllll daaayyyy loooonnnggg) and an adult milkshake and a sandwich.  The only thing I didn't order was dessert, but only because I had the milkshake.  I won't lie.  I had to adjust my hip brace to be a little more loose to allow for more space for food.  Hip brace = an external LAP band.

    When we got home, we headed over to Teh PT House for smoking hour.  By 10:30, we were all tired and Teh German and I came home and went to bed.


    Saturday morning we kinda slept in.  I woke up Teh German around 0900 so we could have a slow start to the morning.  We had a skype date with Auntie P scheduled at noon and then brunch at 1:00.  Getting up "early" gave us a chance to get showered so we could be ready to go whenever we finished our skype date.

    Snuggles with Meri and her bee on Saturday morning.
    I got the ass end and she was using Teh German as her pillow.

    We learned that Opa will not being coming for the wedding, which was a bit disappointing.  Of course, we understand that 1- it's expensive, 2- it's far, 3- he and his partner are old.  This doesn't exempt him from sending back my our RSVP card!!

    Immediately after our Skype date, we loaded into Baloo with Teh PT Family and headed to Slightly North of Broad (or SNOB) for brunch.  I'm always down for a new place and Teh PT Family had a gift certificate they needed to finish off.. and well, you don't have to twist my arm.

    Crab cake benedict

    The food was good, but like always with downtown, overpriced.  I could have gotten exactly the same thing in Mount Pleasant or Summerville for slightly cheaper.  #downtownproblems  Nonetheless, it was nice to go to brunch downtown and not have to wait a million years on a table.  After brunch, we headed to Lowes in Summerville to pick up some items for Teh PT Family since they weren't able to fit in their SUV.  This was also the reason that we took Baloo instead of riding with them.  Despite the rain, I still got out to check out the clearance section in the parking lot, like every good homeowner would.  I saved some dollas by not finding anything, but that's ok.

    I had left the garage open for when Teh German was finished unloading the truck and apparently we had a visitor in the garage!  Teh German relocated him to near the retention pond.
    Before we left, Teh PT Wife had to relocate him back to the grass since he was in the middle of the street.

    Once we got home, I was tired and sweaty and starting to hurt, so I came home and medicated.  Teh PT Wife and I had agreed to go back out to Walmart to pick up some items, but due to storms in the area, a power grid had been knocked out and Walmart didn't have any power.  We waited a bit and called one of the neighboring businesses to ensure they had power before heading out.  Then when we got to Walmart, they were still closed... sooo we made the best of it and went to Target and walked out with way more than the 1-3 items that we, collectively, needed.  #Targetproblems  We also got Starbucks on our way in.  #notsorry

    That dark mint frap is on point.
    I should have had them add some of the smores marshmallow topping.

    It was as we were halfway home that Teh German called and asked if we had gotten lost.  I confirmed that we had not, but we would be home soon.  After getting home, Teh German carried our items to our house and helped me unpack them.  We had a quick dinner and eventually headed back over to Teh PT house with Meri and Pax.  Teh PT Wife and I worked on a puzzle designed by Satan himself while Teh German and Teh PT Husband did their cigar/beer thing.

    Finally, it was late and all the puzzle pieces were looking the same, so we called it a night.


    Sunday morning we slept in until 1030.  It was delightful.  We had zero plans for the day.  After a breakfast of leftovers, our across the street neighbors came over to check up on me and drop off some lemon cake, since they know it is one of my favorites.

    Teh German eventually decided to go on a motorcycle ride, without me (of course) after I told him that he shouldn't punish himself and not ride just because I can't ride.  You know how sometimes you say thing and you mean it, but you don't.  That was one of those things.  It's ok though because I would have been hot and miserable on a ride anyways, so this handicap of mine is turning out to be a solid life excuse for so many things.

    While Teh German was gone, I puzzled on my Kindle and finished listening to Red Rising.  In the last 25% I finally got hooked and started enjoying it.  My Kindle died right after the book ended, so perfect time.  Teh German came home within 15 minutes of my book ending, so all-in-all, perfect timing. 

    Later in the afternoon, Teh PT Wife asked if I wanted to puzzle and I said yes.  Teh German asked Teh PT Husband if he wanted to come over to our house to smoke, which was acceptable.  Around 9:30, I was finally tired and we called it quits on the puzzle.  After I got home, Teh PT Husband headed home and then Teh German wanted dinner. 

    Max was only interested in distracting us from our puzzle.
    Marcie was supervising.

    All the while, Pax and Meri were at our house and Pax has learned that the green thing is a dog bed!

    After some noms, it was time for bedtime.


    Overall, a very relaxing weekend.  I am a little disappointed not to be able to drive yet, but I'd rather have to use Teh German's taxi services than be sued for an accident I didn't cause.  #priorities

    I got some errands done, which is good and bad since it means I still didn't get a chance to use my instacart thing for grocery delivery.  Oh yes.  Grocery DELIVERY.  I love 2017.  I barely touched my phone for most of the weekend, which is always a good time.

    Today was a big day.  Our camera system got installed!  Pax and Meri were on their best behavior and after the 2nd time the installers came inside, they were no longer interested in them and just laid in their beds napping.  #bestestpuppiesinthewholewideworld

    3 more weeks till no more crutches!!!!  I think I might start a countdown.

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Five on Friday #112


    Somehow the Great Barrier Reef came up in conversation (maybe we saw a picture or something) and I told Teh German how one of my life goals was to dive the Great Barrier Reef (preferably before it dies).  Teh German said one of his life goals was to go to Australia.  So essentially, now I'm like.. honeymoon switch up?  IDK.  We haven't discussed it yet, but I'm going to look at the price difference and see what I come up with and talk with Teh German about his preferences.

    That said, are there in all-inclusive resorts near the Great Barrier Reef that aren't going to absolutely rape my wallet?  Also, has teleporting been invented yet?  I'm willing to be a test subject if you can get me to/from Australia without jet lag and flight delays and ticket prices..


    We're thinking of a trip to NC in July to go to the Highland Games.  I've never been and I'm pumped about it.  The other entertainment option is the Blackberry Festival but I've always wanted to go to the Highland Games.  Teh German may bring Suzi, but I'm hoping he doesn't so we can go to the Highland Games together with Teh WJL.


    I usually save my book talk for book posts, but I read a book yesterday (yep, in ONE day, ok fine, the text was only like 50 pages long) and I loved it.  When I first saw this book, I shied away since it was by an African author, who I obviously wouldn't really be able to relate to and the book was probably about Africa and blah blah blah.  Fuck if I wasn't wrong.

    Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop.  ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    It's only 50 pages.  No one has a valid excuse not to read this book.  Don't let those names scare you away like they did me.  My library actually had this on ebook and it was available and if my library has a book by an African author, yours probably does too.

    I added a few more of her books to my TBR list and downloaded them from my library, while I wrote this.  I also requested they purchase another of her books, because why not have all of them?  Duh.


    Teh PT Wife sent me this link ages ago and it's like this article was written about me: Struggles of the Naturally Loud Woman.

    Jimmy Fallon seems like the Johnny Carson of our time.  He started doing a thing where they put English song lyrics into Google Translator and then sing the translated versions of the songs.  It's especially hilarious to me since I live with someone that speaks English as a second language and often he makes me laugh with his literal translations.

    Pax smiles and it's adorable!

    Other dog videos I've failed to share (oops):


    10 things that made me happy this week:
    1. Reading books about feminism.
    2. Getting my stitches out today!
    3. How much joy Teh German gets from seeing how funny he is and how people appreciate his humor.
    4. Continuing to improve in my physical therapy.
    5. My back popping.
    6. Calls and texts from the Chiro and our wedding planner, checking up on me and a card from GEGR with well wishes.
    7. Printing out the last of our invitations, for a while.
    8. RSVPs!!!!  A few more trickled in this week.  PRAISE!
    9. Actually getting to read some of the SUYB link-uppers.
    10. Making plans for gatherings and making travel plans (or at least discussing travel plans).

    Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Shit Teh German Said #10

    Teh German was watching the USA vs Germany ice hockey.
    M: Are we winning?
    Teh German stammers, unsure of who "we" is.  It was pretty cute.
    M: It's ok, I set you up. 

    T: Shoo!  You stink!
    M: WHO?
    T: Phil.
    M: Oh yeah..
    T: Not you babe..  You're' cute.

    While out to dinner at Willie Jewell's with the neighbors.
    M: How do you make a fritter, exactly?
    T: You put the critter in the fritter.

    While discussing potential dog names.
    T: It could be Vader.
    M: It would be Wader (which is the way German's pronounce it).
    T: See you Wader!

    M: I'm trying to think of old man names.  What are some old man German names?
    Lull in the conversation.
    M: You're not helping.  I'll just Google it.  'What are popular German names of the 1940s?'
    Before the search results could load...
    T: Adolf.
    I cried I was laughing so hard.

    M: Wow, babe, you're on a roll tonight.
    T: Yeah, that was my hat trick.

    After rubbing on Vick's Vapor-rub
    T:  I smell like I made out with a bunch of koalas.

    T: At least I know that I probably won't miss much of your trip because Snapchat.
    M: Mmm, depends on if we have wifi at the parks.
    T: You're out of data?
    M: Nope. Just in case.

    When discussing the decision to move forward with Pax's adoption or wait on the doberman rescue.
    T: We're a greyhound family.

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

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Confessions {6/14}

    -Promo codes for free groceries and free delivery at a time when I'm not allowed to drive?  #fate

    -I bought new toys for Pax and Meri.  I was hoping to get super large toys.  I did not purchase wisely.  Also, I seem to have no concept of measurements.  #mathishard

    -I added the toys I intended to buy to my Amazon wish list.  They will be there when I need them.

    -I need to take care of some stuff for school, preferably before classes start in the fall, but not being allowed to drive is kinda cock-blocking progress.  I need to request a waiver for some required classes in lieu of work experience and other classes that I've already taken.  I'm hoping it is an easy yes, otherwise I have to take an English and History class that I do not need.

    -Per my insurance website, the Ortho charged $66,500 for my hip surgery.  That's just his part.  That's not what the hospital charged me, or the pre-op labs, or the anesthesiologist/etc ologists that I haven't been billed for yet.  Hello, $100,000 ass!

    -I got to move my CPM machine up to 15/75° from 30/60°!  It's progress!  Since the CPM is for knee patients, the degree of my hip is actually less than that, but it's continuous motion, so ya know.. movement is movement.

    -After my sprint on Sunday, I was feeling a little bit sore.  Not enough to take meds.  I feel like not taking meds keeps me in check on doing things I should/shouldn't be doing.  If it hurts, don't do it.  Duh.  #realitycheck #UnmedicatedLife

    -RSVPS!!  Teh German's parents have finally RSVPed for our wedding.  As if they hadn't already purchased their plane tickets and made hotel reservations last month.  So at least all of our parents will be at the wedding.  There are a few other big ticket individuals we'd like to get a yes from, but we're standing by to hear the decision.

    -We attended Company's open house event last night and Lowcountry Boils never make my belly sad.  On the other hand, peeling skrimpies before I eat them because legs, makes me very sad.  #MeganProblems

    -My surgery charges were audited by my insurance company to make sure the surgery wasn't due to an accident or work related injury.  Nope suckas, you gotta pay that!  Also, how about a FUCK YAAASSS to meeting my out of pocket deductible and not having to pay no mo!  #winning Well, winning if you exclude the $2000 I paid out of pocket for medical expenses this year.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    SYUB: May 2017

    Life According to Steph
    Being crazy busy and surgery made me hit the pause button on reading, but I got motivated to finish this month with a bang.  I struggled through some of my selections this month, but blame that on the pre-surgery stress/ADD.

    Also, at what point did I become so critical of books.  I think maybe part of it is me and not spending more than 10-30 minutes reading/listening so I can't really get into a book.  But I think that it could also be that I'm just not that into some of these books.  Am I reading to say I'm reading?  Because that's probably not how it should be done, Megggannnnnn...

    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.

    Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein 3.5/5 (library ebook)I was so determined to read this that I put myself on the hold lists after I didn't read it in time (twice).  But I did finally finish it.  Honestly, this book does a good (even if slanted) job at pointing out the obvious truths that most Americans don't want to face: teenagers are having sex.  Sex to mean, many different types of sex.  Not just penis-in-vagina type sex.  And because adults are ashamed/shy to talk about it, kids/teens are learning from each other which shouldn't be how this shakes out.

    Keep in mind that while Orenstein presents her findings as facts, many other things factor into those facts, so take her truths with a grain of salt.  The girls/women she interviews aren't the voices of everyone.  Yet, many sexual assault victims may identify with the stories, or parts of stories, told by the interviewees.

    TL;DR: Sex is awkward.. if you let it be.  Boys get more pleasure than girls because girls don't speak up about their pleasure (aka it's not as obvious when girls orgasm and it doesn't happen as quickly).  Sexual assault is something that needs to be addressed and NOT by victim shaming.

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline  3.75/5 (audiobook) 
    This sci-fi book wasn't overly sci-fi due to it's historical nature/obsession with 80s culture and video games. This book is for people who are nostalgic for the 80s and/or played video games of any kind in the 80s. Many of the references were lost on me because I wasn't old enough to have participated in most of the games being played, but I knew of them, which is always nice.

    I kept expecting a twist at the end (maybe I read too many twisty books?) but was pleased with the outcome and that the end of the book didn't shift the spotlight to the lovey plot line.

    TL;DR: A book obsessed with 80s culture set in 2040s doused in gamer-speak with a evil bad guy in real life.

    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 3.75/5 (paperback)
    Another easy read by Yoon, which is very delightful. Once I got into it, I was hooked right away. I liked seeing the relationship develop between Maddy and Olly. The book was mostly predictable (having read The Fault in Our Stars) but I did appreciate the twist at the end with the mom. It seemed very anticlimactic considering the effect it had on Maddy's life.

    3.75 instead of 3.5 because it was such an easy read.

    TL;DR: A girl is allergic to the world, but turns out, she isn't.  Oops.

    Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier   2.5/5 (library ebook)
    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but I just felt bored.  By the time we actually got to the action, it turned out to be a setup for a series and that's a pet peeve.  I want some good action during the first book, kthx.  By the end I was finally interested, butttttt I don't want to commit to another series at this time.

    I give this book points for being an easy read.  Final note: This book is actually translated into English, the author is German.

    TL;DR: Is Gwen pregnant?  Is Gwen just stupid?  Nah, it's just a time travel gene. 

    In Progress:

    • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood  */5 (paperback) 
      • 60 pages in, I questioned finishing this one.  I was tired of being confused.  Things started to get a little bit clearer.  But I'm still asking myself, "Should I stay or should I go now?"
    • Red Rising by Pierce Brown   */5 (audiobook)
      • I was enjoying the Red story.  Then I got bogged down with the Gold transformation.  I'm skeptical about all the killing that is taking place at Gold school.  I've already purchased Golden Son (#2 in the series) and I don't want to have to return it.

    On Deck:

    • Golden Son by Pierce Brown   */5 (audiobook)
      • I already purchased this from Audible since I'd heard I would like it since I saw it on sale.  
    • Outlander 5-9 by Diana Gabaldon  */5 (audiobook) 
      • I gave Teh Mom access to my Audible account so she could listen to the rest of the Outlander series.  I figured between her and Teh WJL they would both finish before me, so I'm giving them a head start, but Teh Mom better be through with book 5 by the time I'm ready to listen in 2-3 months.
    • Once July 1st hits, it's on like Donkey Kong for Erin's Challenge (post to come with my book selections).

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

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Weekend Review {6/12}

    Despite being a cripple, it was a busy weekend.


    I got up on Friday and did the work thang.  It was uneventful.  Eventually, Teh German came home after an unsuccessful mission to run an errand for me (their fault, not his).  He came home and completed all the tasks I could think of that he should do before he left for his weekend getaway.  Finally he showered, packed, and was out the door by 3.

    Shortly after that Teh PT Wife came over with the dogs and we hung out and started working on the puzzle for a bit.  Eventually, it was time for evening plans.  Teh PT Wife had some PF Chang's coupons, so we headed there for dinner and then we were going to check out a dueling piano bar in Mount Pleasant.

    Marcie loves playing with all the dog toys.

    Walnut skrimpies. NOM.

    Me, Teh PT Wife, Teh Dental Hygienist, Teh Broken AF Maintainer (our DD)


    I had never been to a dueling piano bar, so I was excited to go.  It was actually a lot like karaoke with live music.  The downside is that the pianist get to pick which recommendations they actually play, buttt ya know, there's got a be a trade off somewhere.  Megan's recommendation: If you go to a piano bar and google piano bar requests, DON'T write down the ones that Google lists out.. be a little more creative than that... People in the back.

    We finally headed home around midnight.  I was tired and my leg was bothering me and I ended up taking medication for the first time since Wednesday at lunch.  What this means is that now I'm able to take the medication, literally, as needed, rather than being on a constant rotation of Oxy.  #kthxnope


    Despite wanting to sleep in (which Meri always laughs at me when I even think that), I was up at 0630 with the beasts.  I fed them and we all went back to bed.  Shortly before 1000, Teh German called to chat with me for a little bit and at the same time, I got up and made myself socially presentable so I could go with Teh PT Wife to grab coffee.

    After we got back from our coffee run, we did puzzle at my house for HOURS.  As in, when we looked at the time and noticed that it was 3:30 and that was probably why we were hungry, we just agreed to go out and grab something and then come back and go to Teh PT House and smoke a hookah and then get ready for the neighborhood ladies night. We sent some EPIC snaps to Teh Dental Hygienist.  We were cackling at ourselves because we are so hilarious.  That crying filter was on.freakin.point...

    Pax hanging out in the shade.

    Marcie, Max, and Meri.. in a moment of stillness.

    Ladies night.

    This is what a Yorkie-Poodle (Yorkiepoo) mix looks like.  He doesn't shed

    While hanging out with neighbor ladies, I proceeded to get white girl wasted at ladies night.  Of course, I did have a true Megan moment when the dog and I were hanging out while I rested on the couch (instead of standing around the kitchen island (where the noms were)).  #lifegoals

    Most everyone had left, but a few of us were still hanging out around 0130, when I finally told Teh PT Wife (my ride) that I had to go home since Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom had arrived.  After getting them inside and pretending NOT to be as drunk as I really was (rrreeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaalllyyy drunk), they opted not to come back out with me to smoke a hookah at Teh PT house and went to bed instead.  #oldpeople

    I finally ended up crutchin' it home around 0400.  I'm way too old for that kind of shenanigans, but it was fun. 


    Meri woke me up at 0700 by jumping on my junk AND my incisions.  I was NOT pleased (and I might have still been drunk) and they had to wait another 30 minutes for me to get up and make their breakfast.  After dog breakfast, we all went back to bed.  I set an alarm so I could get up and get ready by 1130, when we were leaving for brunch.

    I finally ended up getting out of the bed at 1030, which was difficult.  When I had fed the dogs, I had downed at least 32oz of water and had a piece of bacon.  I had a bit of a headache, so I took some ibuprofen and just faked it till I made it.

    Teh PT Wife was our chauffeur to Crave in Mount Pleasant (home of the Mac Off winning mac and cheese).  We had never been there, so we wanted to try it out.  I ordered a single entree of mac and cheese for the the 4 of us to share as an appetizer before we ordered our food.  #SolidLifeChoices

    I didn't lick the bowl, but I considered it.

    After brunch, we headed towards Alhambra Hall to show Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom where the wedding would be.  Someone was having an event there, so the building was open and we walked around inside and went into the yard to get the full view.

    After we got home, Teh Stepmom and I worked on puzzle until Teh German got home (Teh Dad said he didn't like doing puzzles), telling us how he almost died and there was an accident when they were less than 5 minutes from home.  It was super scary and I could tell he was spooked when he walked in.  Around dinner time, we agreed to get pizza with Teh PT Family and they came over.  By this point, there was only black pieces left to place in the puzzle, so I put them on the mat and rolled everything up.  Yay for the puzzle mat!

    After we had finished eating, we were sitting at the dining room table chatting and we all heard something that sounded like dogs fighting.  I heard it first and screamed, "THE DOGS!" and jumped up and sprinted to the door.  I'm about halfway to the door when Teh PT Wife screams at me and I didn't realize why until I got to the door.  My hip.  Oops.

    Turns out, the noise was just Teh PT Kid's tablet and after that he got earbuds and I was strongly glared at NOT to do that again.  When your friends are also your doctors, it's hard to get away with things.. and actually doing your PT homework doesn't make up for shit like sprinting a week post-op.

    We did let the dogs in and Teh PT Wife helped me back to my chair and we chilled for a little bit longer before finally deciding to relocate to Teh PT house for smoking hour.

    A boy and his ball

    Around 9, we finally headed home and it was bedtime.


    A very good weekend for the books.  While the dudes are away, the ladies will play.  Ok, that came out a lot creepier than I had intended, but I'm going with it.  Teh PT Wife made sure that I wasn't going to die, which I appreciate.  We were both excited for a weekend all to ourselves and then we ended up hanging out for 95% of the awake part.  #notsorry

    Today, Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom will leave and life will go back to normal. 

    I caught Mr. I Don't Like Doing Puzzles this morning.
    Turns out, he also doesn't like incomplete puzzles sitting around. LOOOOOL

    Complete puzzle!  No missing pieces (awesome for a used puzzle)!  Woot!

    This week includes:
    PT - all the PT.  I'm interested to see what the Ortho had to say after Teh PT Husband tells him he witnessed me sprint to the backdoor without my crutches on Sunday afternoon.  Ooops.  Maybe this means we can up my PT regimen and make it harder.  Not that I really want it to be harder, just that I want to get better.
    Post-Op Ortho appointment - the stitches will finally come out and the Ortho will get to tell me about all the fun things.

    That's all that is currently on the calendar which means that it's probably going to be a crazy week.  Company is doing an open-house tomorrow and I'm considering having Teh German bring me into work for a bit so I can help out.  We'll see what happens.

    Happy it's not quite summer but it's still hot AF outside/middle of June, Gentle Readers!

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Five on Friday #111


    This is what my days look like for the month of June.

    Not pictured: My RBF during my 0900 daily meeting that continues to run longer and longer since I'm not there to glare at bitches.

    Hanging out in my CPM all the day long.

    Meri and Pax supervise me while I work... aka take naps while I sit on the couch.

    It (finally) stopped raining yesterday and it was a delightful 65°F in the morning, so I had the door open so the flies could come in/so Meri could patrol the yard/to air out the house/to enjoy some fresh air.

    Meri on patrol.

    Also not pictured: the process of showering.  Showering is the most exhausting part of my day.  It starts with going upstairs and that makes my good leg tired.  Then, I spend most of my shower time trying to stay off my bad leg, further tiring my good leg.  Then, I get back on crutches, which barely gives my good leg a break.  Then, I have to go back downstairs and get re-situated on the couch.  Doesn't seem like it should be that hard, but often I break a sweat during the process.  Gross.

    Also not pictured: me doing my pt, which involves laying on the floor, which always invokes dog curiosity.  Pax must thoroughly investigate what is happening and he likes to lay down behind me, which is problematic when I have to lay down.

    Also not pictured: Me in my hip brace.  I'll have to get Teh German to fix that problem.  While I lost the DVT cuffs and cooling pad this week, sleeping in a hip brace is more difficult than one might imagine.  It doesn't help that Teh German was being helpful and gave the leg piece an extra trim, so it's a little tight since the swelling is still going on. 


    Random things:

    Teh German is going on a dude's weekend to NC this weekend for some cigar thing.  IDK, sounds smokey.  Anyways, I'm hanging out with Teh Neighbor Besties (Teh PT Wife and Teh Dental Hygienist) all weekend since I probably still need a little bit of assistance.  We're going to play some Wii game and watch Rent and eat pizza and smoke hookah and do whatever we wawnt.  #notsorry

    I've emailed with Ibotta no less than 4 times about rebates that were not applied to a receipt I submitted before my surgery.  Very rarely do I rack up on Ibotta, but I hit gold during this trip and they only gave me credit for 4 of the 9 things I submitted.  Bitches, give me my fucking money.  Unfortunately for them, I blogged about the rebates I got, so I have a reference for what I submitted for.  #Imapainintheass #notsorry

    My protocol for my leg/PT is super light and I just want to get to being normal again, kthx.

    Halsey has a new album back out.  #eargasm

    FINALLY caught up on all those blogs.  All 195+ of them.  I didn't even mark all as read once.  Oh that comment you got a month late? #sorrynotsorry

    I had a meltdown last night (literally, I overheated) and slept without my hip brace from 0200 until I got up.  It was scary and glorious and it hurt some and I pretty much took over the entire bed, but I think I slept better than I had in a week since I felt AWAKE when Teh German left for work.  Don't worry, I still went right back to sleep.  My back did pop in the most blissful, almost orgasmic way, when I rolled over.  I'd do it again.  Maybe.

    I need to write Broke Ass Bride posts and my motivation is just NOT there.  I did good for sooo long and now we've plateaued on wedding things so I just got nothing.  #yougetwhatyouget


    From the phone:

    Pax got his own blah blah blah collar.
    Now he's an official member of Teh Ville.

    We left Pax and Meri free when Teh German took me to PT on Weds night and we came home to this.
    That paper WAS my PT instructions.  Apparently, they didn't approve of the protocol.
    Since this behavior has been observed before, I'm blaming this one on Meri.

    This is what my surgical field looks like.  This is actually on my upper thigh since they can't go in directly at the site.  The surgery was done with scopes and has a special name that I can't pronounce or spell.  Just google labrum repair if you're really interested.  PS, my junk is still extremely tingly and I'm finally starting to get feeling back in my hooha (apparently they push against your groin to create space in your hip).

    This is what our new camera/security system currently looks like.  Soon it will look like cameras.
    PS that's a lot of cash sitting in my kitchen (FYI- it's not there anymore, please don't try to rob us).

    We cackled yesterday when Pax thought that Meri's leash was a toy.
    I definitely captured that gem on Snapchat.

    I was a rebel yesterday and drove around the neighborhood.
    I hadn't taken any narcotics for over 24 hours and we had cookies to deliver and Teh German said we were taking my car.

    My little sunbather.  /swoon


    From the internet:

    Since I've started reading The Skimm, I feel more knowledgeable about the goings on of the world.  This week I learned myself about some healthcare thangs via The Skimm and now I feel like I can have a moderately intelligent conversation about it, if it comes up.  PS. I'm still pro-Obamacare.

    Don't judge me, but I'm seriously considering sending some celebrities a wedding invitation (if we have extras after round 2 (seriously people, RSVP!)) to see what we get in return.  I'm going to start local and send Cool Ray (from the Carolina Stingrays) one, because I know it would please Teh German to no end to have a Cool Ray autograph.  Although, idk if Cool Ray can give autographs since he has fins with no opposable thumbs.  #itscomplicated


    10 11 things that made me happy this week:
    1. Finding out about more wedding attendees.  Still waiting on those RSVPs though.  Also, why do people who know they aren't coming RSVP no already?  #Ihatewaiting
    2. Learning that I don't have to wear things with cords to bed.
    3. Wearing underwear.
    4. Getting my new dresses back!
    5. Creating my book list for Erin's Challenge.
    6. Hanging out with the dogs all day, errday.
    7. My monster blankie, that Teh Sister made me, to cover my cold toes.
    8. Willie Jewell's for dinner on Wednesday night.
    9. Episodes of Modern Family that I haven't seen yet.
    10. Teh German being my nurse (no matter how much I whine).
    11. DRIVING.

    Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.