Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Books Books Book! (2018 Winter Edition)


My fall reading dump is (finally) here!
If you don't want to read this entire post, that's fair.  

I'm trying something new this time.  While I maintained a list of book I've read since my last post, I didn't write any reviews.  I wanted to see what books stayed with me and see how that would change their ratings.   Change they did.  Apparently I rate books very highly initially after I read them, but then after I think about it, I'm more meh about them.  Not a surprise.



Ultimate TL;DR**: (link to Goodreads on individual reviews)
Definitely Read:  
  • Where the Crawdads Sing (if you love some Southern accent, listen to this on audio)
  • Harry Potter (listen to this on audio on principle because the narrator is magical)
Maybe Read:  
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • If You Only Knew
  • Magic Bites/Burns/etc - Kate Daniels series
Hard Pass:  
  • Sisters One, Two, Three

Rating scale*:

1/5 - Hated it, DNF (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 Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield   3/5 (library, audiobook)

A book about writing a book.  I kinda got tired of the old lady who wouldn't just come out and say the things she wanted to say.. but I guess if that had happened, there wouldn't have been a book to read.  The twist at the end was weird and I was meh about it.



Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews  3/5 (library, ebook)

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews  3.5/5 (library, ebook)

This is the Kate Daniels series, books 1 and 2.  I didn't love book 1, but I heard book 2 was better, so I gave it a shot.  Meh.  Each Kate Daniels book will have some kind of mythological tie in from days gone by, which I picked up by book 2.  I'm interested in the Curran/Kate love story, but also irritated because they can both be such irritable assholes.  Also, Curran is kinda creepy and not in a tolerable, cute way.  While I didn't lurve books 1 and 2, I still checked out book 3 from the library when it came available.




Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson   4/5 (own, Audible)

Book 2 of the Stormlight Archive series.  I have already purchased book 3, but it's a millionty hours long, so I haven't made that commitment yet.  But I will.  While book 1 (The Way of Kings) was setup and character building, in book 2, you finally get to SEE the characters do things.  Shallan has adventures, Kalidan becomes a big deal (as expected), and Dalinar is.. well Dalinar. 

Just about the time I'd get tired from hearing from a single character, the author would switch POVs.  By the end though, the 3 characters finally come together to set up for book 3.



Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah   3.5/5 (own, Audible)

I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and I can't really remember why.  But thinking about it now, I lowered it.  Once I was about 30% into the book, I didn't want to stop listening.  This is a common occurrence with this author.  I remember Kate and Tully were friends and Kate's entire marriage included tip-toeing around the fact that the husband (whose name I cannot find or remember for the life of me) had "picked" Tully over Kate back in the day. 

I got tired of Kate being so nice and forever holding on to the "you picked Tully first" grudge.  I got tired of Tully being such a twat.  I was shocked at the betrayal that takes place, but at the same time, everything felt so cheesy..  "The Girlfriend Hour", really?  Blech.  Ultimately, Tully comes through for Kate, but it takes Kate's death.  So I mean, it'd be overly twatty if she didn't.

I actually borrowed the sequel to Firefly Lane from the library and started listening to it and quickly lost interested after an hour or so and let it go back to the library unfinished.  I might pick it up another day, but highly doubtful.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling  5/5 (library, audiobook)

When Teh PT Kid came home with this book from a school book fair, it was ON.  I told him that I'd read the books with him and then we could discuss them and be nerds together.  I mean, he thinks I'm pretty nerdy already, but he's not seen me HP nerd-out.  I've got a lot of years to make up for.

I originally read the ebook version, and this time I listened to the audiobooks, which is a magical experience.  The narrator does such an excellent job on the HP series that I want to power through all of them, right NOAWWWW.  But, I'm trying to stay on the same book as Teh PT Kid, so I don't accidentally slip up and give something away that he hasn't read yet.

He doesn't know it, but he's getting Universal tickets for Christmas and I'm soooo pumped he gets to go to HP world and ride the Gringott's ride and ride the Hogwarts Express and try Butterbeer (even though Pumpkin Juice is better).

Anyways, if you haven't experienced HP, it's totally worth a shot.  I recommend the audio version since the narrator is such a delight.  Also, these are YA books, so they are short.  #WinWin

The worst part about reading Harry Potter is remembering that I'm a Muggle.  My life wouldn't be so hard if I wasn't a Muggle.



Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid  4/5 (Amazon loan, ebook)

TJR short story through letters.  Wife finds out her husband is having an affair and writes the other woman's husband a letter to let him know.  They become pen pals and eventually meet up.  I won't spoil the end, but it's what I didn't know I needed.



The Beach Trees by Karen White   3.5/5 (library, ebook)

A recommendation from Brit when I was looking for something Southern themed.  This wasn't my fave.  I could tell where the story was going from the beginning and Julie's self-doubt set off my annoyance frequently.  I was interested in which brother Aimee married and was ready to be done when I finally got to that part, but it had been a trudge to get there, so I had to finish on principle.

The more I thought about it, the money situation never made sense to me.  How was Julie affording this life?  I know, fiction = suspend reality, but I can't help it.  I never really understood why Monica left and I went back to read why and still managed to glaze over and if I did find out, I can't remember now and don't really care.



An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon  4/5 (own, Audible)

Outlander #7.  Still trudging along with Jamie and Claire a few times a year when I can commit to 50+ hours of audiobook.  This one included Bri and Rodger and the kids.  I was wondering if we'd say in the past or go to the present, but the mix of both was nice.  I don't really understand how the letters made it to the 20th century, and I'm sure it was explained, but it got lost in a millionty hours of audio/pages. 

In this one, we're finally getting to the start of the Revolutionary War and it's interesting that Gabaldon pointed out how wars really worked in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Things would happen and then they'd get reported back, which was the process that took the longest.  Things weren't immediate, which is hard for us to grasp (ok, it's hard for me to grasp, maybe you're better at it).

This is probably the book I enjoyed the most because there were things actually happening, not just Jamie and Claire tending the farm.

That said, I hate, hate, hateeeee William's POV.  Why is he such a moron?



Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star   1/5 (Prime, audiobook)

I wasn't overly interested in this book from the start, but I realized it was free and I'd seen it before, so I figured why not.  I'll tell you why not: GINGER.

I made it through an hour and that was too much.  I was so unbearably irritable after listening for only an hour I knew what the correct life choice was.  Bye, Felicia.



Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens   5/5 (library, audiobook)

THIS.  THIS BOOK.  This book was the Southern charm I was looking for.  Even if the narrator had a slippery grasp on an eastern NC accent, she tried, bless her heart.

I didn't know what this book was really about when it came in from the library after a millionty year waitlist.  In fact, I had even forgotten it was southern based, but it's been going around Goodreads and been getting great reviews, so I was excited.

Kya is left by her entire family to fend for herself and she does.  Despite never attending school, she even becomes successful.  Then the entire town tries to blame her for murdering someone.  I didn't want to stop listening to this book and devoured it in days ANDDDD everyone got to enjoy my southern accent every time I'd listen.



The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris   4.5/5 (library, audiobook)

If I'd have read this book, I would have called the main character Lale (layel), but the audiobook pronounced Lale (lahley), so I didn't recognize the name in the synopsis after the fact.  #AudiobookProblems. 

A based on a true story WW2 fiction novel, I had heard great things about this book.  Lale is put into a trusted position at the camp and in turn, uses his position and benefits for good.  Lale falls in love with Gita, despite the circumstances.



If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins   4/5 (own, Audible)


If I hadn't wanted to punch Rachel and Jenny through the first 60% of the book, I would have enjoyed this more.  I struggled with Leo and wanting him to be who is wants to be and be the person Jenny wanted him to be.  I also got annoyed by halfway with not knowing WTF his problem was.  That said, Higgins pulled me in by 30% and it was #cantstopwontstop.




In Progress:

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid   */5 (library, ebook)
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews   */5 (library, ebook)



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

Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekend Review {12/10}

Since Teh Running Bestie arrived on Wednesday night, life was a blur.  Thus, no Friday post.  /shrug.

When you have guests coming and you want to let the room air out,
but you don't want the beasts to mess up the sheets.
#BabyGateToTheRescue

FRIDAY

Last day of class was on Friday.  This semester the last week really snuck up on me.  I'd been checked out since before Thanksgiving, so I've been struggling through since returning from Thanksgiving break. 

After making a drop off for the Company holiday party downtown, I headed into the office.  I had already told Teh Running Bestie that we should do lunch together since we wouldn't get to hang out Friday night (due to my Company holiday party being that night).  She agreed.  I took care of some work things, informed my people that I was going to lunch and finishing the afternoon from home, and headed to Locals Sushi in Park Circle to meet Teh Running Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass.  I wasn't impressed with either the limited lunch menu or the PC location menu, but I figured something out.

After lunch, I made a pit stop at Holy City Brewing for Teh German.  I ended up getting beer for a coworker, too, and a hoodie for myself and a shirt for Teh German since they had a hoodie I liked and a long sleeve shirt I knew Teh German would like.  (I'm wearing my hoodie as I write this and I love it, more than I thought I would.  Prob a new fave.)  NBD, but HCB liked my comment to Teh German about picking up beer for him and then liked my selfie with our new baby (below). 

Our new baby.

I headed home to finish up work things and eventually get ready for the party.

Caught this moment of adorableness in the afternoon.
 
While I was wrapping white elephant gifts, I gave Teh Running Bestie Christmas gifts for the dogs.
Pax and Secret vs Teh Running Bestie.


After present wrapping, I finally hit the shower to start getting ready for the party.  Since it was cocktail attire, I rewore the 20s dress I had worn for the previous weekend's party.  It was a hit.  Everyone loved it.  Thanks, Amazon.  I also got complements on the pearl necklaces I added, which were borrowed from Teh British Neighbor.  She's the bestest!

Dis why he's my husband.

Company part was at The American, a classic movie theater downtown.  From the way the planning was going early in the week, I was really worried.. but the event actually was spectacular.  It was a fancy "The Office" themed event.  We played office bingo as an ice breaker and then moved down to watch a movie that was filmed, compiled, and edited over the last few weeks.  Finally, we ended with drinking, snacks, and an awards ceremony where we all got awards based on our winning personalities.  I won: Most Outspoken.  No surprise there.

Daaayyummm, we so sexxxaaayyyy.

Teh German reminded me around 11 that I had a half marathon to run in a few hours, so by 11:30 we were in our Uber on the way home.  By 12:15 I was asleep.

SATURDAY

The alarm went off at 0430 on Saturday morning and no one was pleased.  I got up and got ready and managed not to forget anything (a miracle, since I hadn't laid out any of my running stuff the night prior).  Teh German was headed into work early, so he was up when we left. 

These cuties were confused why they weren't getting fed.
(It was too early.)

I drove us to Kiawah, parked at the Harris Teeter to avoid the parking traffic, we walked to the shuttles, walked almost a mile to the club house, and then I laid down and tried to sleep.  I was mostly unsuccessful, but I did fall asleep for a short bit.



Then it was time to go pull a Forest Gump.  Teh Running Bestie and I didn't stay together for this race, which had been discussed beforehand.  I ran almost all of the entire race, with the exception of water stations and taking off my jacket and a pit stop to pee.  My total time was 2 hours 27 minutes.  I was aiming for less than 2:30, so I was pleased.  Through miles 6-7 I was playing the pass/get passed game with the 2:30 pace setters due to the jacket situation and bathroom stop.  Around mile 8.5 my shoulders started hurting VERY badly.  I kept trying to stretch them out, but it wasn't working.  This discomfort lasted the rest of the race.  Around mile 10, I got tired.  This also coincided with the course getting super narrow (2-wide) and it eventually went to trail (packed sand) instead of paved.  The GU gel did eventually kick in within a mile, so I was able to carry on.  When I reached mile 11, I knew I was in the home stretch, so I tried to push myself.  With the clock offset, I couldn't tell if I was closer to 2:15 or 2:30, but if I could get close to 2:15, that would have been awesome.

The finish line is never further away than when you can see it at the end of a long stretch.  For real.  That last .1-.2 miles just about killed me.  After crossing the finish line and getting my medal and a mylar blanket, I went to finish line to cheer on finishers and wait for Teh Running Bestie.  When I saw her come around the curve, I started cheer/yell/screaming for her.  I considered running through the finish line with her, but since we hadn't run together, let her finish on her own.  After getting through the chute, we grabbed an unfulfilling snack, a cup of water, and rested for a few minutes.  After a bathroom trip, we headed towards the shuttle to get back to Willow.


We headed towards civilization to meet Teh German and Teh Chief Smartass at Famous Toastery for brunch (of which, I am the Yelp Duchess, FYI, thank you, you're welcome).  After brunch, we headed to the outlets so I could return some Crocs that I had rejected for house shoe options and then came home for showers and naps.

It was after 3 when I finally laid down to nap.  I woke up at 5.  After getting up, we all agreed on Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner.  In the most tragic of events, Teh German had forgotten his wallet at home and didn't have his ID so he couldn't order a beer.  When I managed to pull up a copy of his ID from my phone (shut up, I'm a hoarder ok), the server accepted it, but then came back and said that the restaurant policy was that the physical ID had to be presented.  Rules are rules, but still Strike 1.

Strikes 2+ were our server saying something like, "Ya'll enjoy," every time she'd leave our table and we didn't even have food yet.  We all just looked at each other when she said, "Take your time," after our food arrived.  Of fucking course we're going to take our time.  You want us to choke and die?  Ugh.  I know I was bitter because Teh German was disappointed, but even if Teh German had gotten his beer, she would have still annoyed me.

After dinner, we headed back home.  It was snuggles with dogs and social media time, then bedtime.

SUNDAY

Our guests left shortly before 08 on Sunday morning.  This was heartbreaking because Pax and Meri went with them.  Since we will be going on our Snowcation, this eliminates us driving up to MD and flying out of DCA/BWI, then flying back into DCA/BWI and driving back down to CHS.  Teh Running Bestie will return Pax and Meri in January when she returns to CHS for the Charleston Half Marathon.

That's in 5 weeks.
That means 5 weeks without my 2nd and 3rd favorite assholes (#1 being Teh German, of course).
Thankfully, Teh Running Bestie doesn't skimp on photos, but Lawd, seeing my Monkey-Doodle in her drugged state (she is medicated for long car rides) and then when she was just so tired when they arrived broke my heart.  I needed to be there to snuggle my girl.  Teh Running Bestie is a good momma though and she'll make sure Meri gets all the snuggles she needs.



After eating breakfast, I sat down at the computer to work on my German study guide.  It took me no less than 7 hours to get through the entire thing.  4-5 of those hours were filled with distractions, laundry, massaging my legs every time I went upstairs, Teh German coming into the office to ask me questions or to ask me to print something.  Additionally, not that my 98 average in the class reflects it, I struggled a little bit in class this semester.  For almost 2 months the professor didn't collect homework, so I never saw corrected versions of work that I had completed.  So I don't feel like I have a solid grasp on the materials, which only served to make me want to procrastinate more than I already was.

I did get my desk cleaned out and I decided I need a desk drawer organizer for all the crap in my desk.  I also realized that I now have MORE storage space with the printer stand behind me, so I was able to relocate some of the mess there.

Eventually, I got through the German study guide and I started working on the final project I have due on Thursday.  Teh German had also spent the day at the computer, but at the kitchen table.  He was working on organizing all the paperwork we have to bring with us to the immigration interview and ensuring that we have all the required documents.  It's good that he did it this weekend instead of next, considering some of the documents that we still need to acquire.

At 5:30 though, I called it quits on all computer work for both of us.  We figured out things for dinner and then we sat in front of the TV for the rest of the evening watching The Ranch (YYYYAAYYY!!!!!).  After 9, I called no mas and we eventually headed up to bed.

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It is VERY weird not to have my 2 shadows with me.  All day yesterday I kept wanting to ask Teh German why he'd put the dogs out and not let them back inside.  When I was going to bed I was thinking through my to-do tasks and I thought, "Prep dog breakfast," then realized that didn't apply.  It's also very lonely going business in private with no one nosing the door open to check on you (only 4-leggers are allowed to fulfill this role).  It was weird this morning not hearing the stampede down the stairs when Teh German left and having to refrain from telling Alexa to turn on the radio for the dogs.  When Teh German said that I had sent our dogs away, I almost cried.  #MomGuilt is real, ya'll.

This morning was my German final exam.
Tuesday is my circuits final exam.
Wednesday is my computer science (assembly language) final exam.
Thursday morning my cybersecurity final project is due.
Then the semester is over.  Only yay.  No boo.

Teh German goes out of town this week and with no dogs, I will be completely alone in the house.  I'm excited and not excited at the same time.  I'm pretty sure the last time I was home alone with no other sentient beings was when I lived in Pax River and Phil was an only-child and I would drop him off with Teh Running Bestie (before she was even Teh MD Adult Roomie) before I went out of town.

I've got plenty of things to fill my time (studying for finals/final project (which I should really be doing right now), Cricut projects, puzzle and audiobook, etc), so I'm not worried about that aspect.  And really, Teh German is only gone for one night, so it almost doesn't even count.

I'm relieved that I survived the 2019 school year.  Last year, I was excited that I finished my first semester.  This semester, I'm just relieved, not excited.  I'm actually dreading the drudgery that lies ahead in the next year and a half until graduation.  Using my GI Bill was a good idea at the time, but now, not so much.  I'm tired, but I know if I stop, I will never pick it back up.  

I expect that my blogging schedule over the rest of the month is going to be wonky.  Next week is only a half week for us, but we have our immigration interview, I have my pew pew lazers appt, I have a hairs did appt, and we are flying out mid-week for our Snowcation.  While I would like to keep ya'll entertained, I'm not going to guilt myself over NOT blogging, and instead, enjoy my well-deserved vacation and my fuzzy socks and my book and/or my husband's will-power while he teaches me to snowboard and the 13 greyhounds and friends and SNNNOOOOOOWWWW!!!!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Crowd Tested and Approved Mac and Cheese

I was voluntold to bring mac and cheese for Thanksgiving dinner.  It was recommended that I just pick up a Stouffer's frozen mac and cheese and I was like, U-HHH NO.  Teh Mom used to make homemade mac and cheese all the tiiiimmee and it seemed pretty straightforward.  Boil pasta, add Velveeta, add some milk.. Dun.  Actually, you can also add butter, to make it even more healthy, but my memory didn't fail me.

This is the leftovers...
Since the picture I took of my fresh mac and cheese disappeared.

Ingredients:

-16oz box of pasta (I used campanella instead of elbow pasta since they are "fun" pasta)
-16oz box of Velveeta cheese (that's the small box, if you double the recipe, buy the big box)
-some butter
-some milk

Directions:

-Boil pasta to your preferred eating style and drain, return to pot
-Add entire box of Velveeta, a heaping spoonful of butter, milk to your preferred level of creaminess.
-Stir until everything is melted and mixed well. 

Megan Directions:

-Boil pasta
-While waiting on water/pasta, cut up Velveeta into small chunks (so it melts easier)
-When pasta is cooked to your liking, drain pasta, return to pot.
-Toss in heaping spoonful of butter, all the Velveeta, and add enough milk to the liquidiness of your choice.
-Stir until everything is melted and mixed well.


Another option to get the Velveeta to melt quicker is to put the milk, butter, and Velveeta in a pot on low-medium heat and let it meld/melt while the pasta is cooking, then add the cooked pasta to the mixture.  I did this because I was already using 2 pots.  You could prob also heat up the Velveeta/mixture in the microwave to soften the Velveeta.  Trust me, you want to make it as easy as possible to spread the Velveeta.  It's a LOT of stirring to get an entire box of Velveeta melted.  IN case you were not aware.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Weekend Review {12/03}

FRIDAY

After the series of inconveniences day, I headed to the gym after work.  After the gym, I headed home to shower and wrap our white elephant gift and then we headed to the annual holiday party some friends host.  It's always a real shindig.  This year was 1920's themed (better get in the habit of adding 19 to the years from last century...), and my Amazon dress purchased actually worked out better than I had anticipated.  There was a hole in the sequins layer and one of the shoulders was coming unstitched, but I can fix those issues, I think.. or I just ignore them and no one would actually notice because I'm the only one who cares.



The party was loads of fun.  We stayed a lot longer than I thought we would and I had accidentally left my flippy floppies at home, so by 10:30, I left my heels at the door.  I think our friends thought I was being dramatic as I tread gently across the floor, but my feet hurt sooooooooooo bad.

Also, awkward moment of the night?  Ginger Beard showed up.
Oh you're confused at who the fuck Ginger Beard is?  Let me remind you about that one time that I used an online dating site.  Did I ever think I'd meet one of those online dates out in the real world as I stand beside my husband?  NO.  NO I DID NOT. 

Despite my inebriated state, I sent out "DO NOT FUCKING COME OVER HERE AND MAKE ME HAVE TO EXPLAIN HOW I KNOW YOU" vibes.  Fortunately, he was with his group of friends and I was with mine and the groups didn't seem to know each other and I, sure as shit, was NOT going to be the one who made the connection.  Nope, nope, nope. 

I might be the Queen of the Awkward, but introducing "the guy I went out with a few times before you" or "the guy I was at that baseball game with; the one where I was bored AF and was texting you" to Husband?  Or better yet, "This is my husband, the guy I picked over you after you went stage 5 clinger after knowing me for less than 3 weeks.  Although, ultimately, I would have picked him over you because he was more awesome, actually laughed at my jokes, and has a sexy accent, but that's neither here nor there." 
That is on a level that I cannot handle. 

I have no idea what time we actually left, but I know that we "started" to leave around 9:30/45 and we were still there at 11:30..  so /shrug.  I wasn't driving, so whatever.

We got home before 0100, but after midnight.  It was immediately brush teeth and bedtime.. I hadn't stopped since 0530 that morning, I was DUN.


SATURDAY

Saturday was a semi slow start.  We got up around 9 and got ready.  We headed out to brunch with Teh NY Chef to the Jewish Deli.  I needed to pick up my Kiawah race packet at the Summerville Fleet Feet, so I figured this was a solid excuse to go to the deli.  While we were there, I also scheduled my post semester massage.

After picking up my packet and buying some clearance socks (since they didn't have the model of sock I wanted (yes, that's a thing)), we headed back home.  I was dragging ass (let's blame how long Friday was, not the inebriation, kthx) so I laid down for a nap.

A delightful couple of hours later, I woke up and messed around on my phone for a bit.  Eventually, Teh German headed over to Teh PT House for cigar time and eventually, I followed.  A plan was made to go to Carolina Ale House for dinner.  Teh Neighbor Besties took over.  We didn't realize the Alabama vs Georgia game was on, so we had a short wait.  We definitely left before the Clemson game started.

New rule:
All photos with babies require a silly face.

After dinner, we headed back to Teh PT House for hanging out time.  I was reunited with my "vibrator" (the percussion massager, not an actual vibrator) and stood in the living room massaging all my sore pieces so I could walk the next day.  #NotSorryForTheGroans

Eventually, it was sleepy time and we headed home.


SUNDAY

Sunday was productive day.

I got up and took care of the dogs (again) and started on homework things.  I worked on homework things for a few hours, having Teh German review my German skits that I wrote for our oral exam, and completed the final exam for my online class.  I finally got tired of that and needed a break.  Teh German told me no to going out with me to run errands since it was a "rainy, lazy day" and he was watching football and then added, "Why do I need to go get your hair stuff with you?".... which was essentially him lighting my fuse...  Soooo muuuuccchhhh rrraaagggeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

I hate having to play the martyr when it comes to everything.. but when I have to MAKE time to do things like taking the dogs to get their nails cut (which was done VERRRRRRRRRYYYY poorly, some nails weren't even CUT, poorly), picking up shampoo/conditioner at Sally's, and then going to get groceries and a photo album for the 163 photos I found and had printed out for his immigration interview, and Husband tells me he is having a lazy day (which is what he did the prior day), I see fucking red.

I'm grateful my work is flexible so I can go to school, but I don't have all the free time he has.  We very rarely spend time together, other than eating meals, which are often quick and doesn't involve much talking.  Then I retreat to the office to do work or homework or finally take a shower after getting home from the gym AND THEN go back down to the office to accomplish things.. So on the weekends, I have to get shit done because I don't have time during the week to accomplish more than I already do.  I feel guilty going to the gym because I feel like I'm cheating work out of time (I'm not) and/or it's time I could be at home..  The time guilt is real, which is probably why I feel the need to bring up the time martyr situation when shit like this happens.

Teh German knew without a doubt that I was fucking pissed when I left, as I ensured he knew it when I told him bye. 

I took the dogs to get their nails cut, I should have checked in the store and had her cut more.  I was pissed when I got home and saw that you couldn't even tell a few of Pax's nails had even been touched with clippers.  MORE HULKSMASH RAGE.

Pax and Meri were ready for their poultry treat.
(Birds, they wanted to eat the birds.)

I went back home to drop the dogs off and headed back out to get MY shampoo and conditioner and OUR groceries and HIS photo album.  Still ragey, but with a sign right in front of me (a van from Teh Dad's company was in front of me on my way to Walmart), I finally called Teh Dad back after I'd ignored his calls Saturday (I was out with Teh NY Chef and Teh German) and on Sunday (since I was pissed at Teh German and Teh Dad always takes his side of every argument with some "manly" bullshit and cut him some slack and whatever fucking nonsense he says that usually incites my feminist-everything-equal into a blind rage). 

Fortunately, I told him all of that, so he didn't go down that track.  He did tell me not to say things I'd regret.  He also mentioned that I got my "barbarous" tongue from both parents, so he understood how it might be difficult to keep it in check.  I reminded him that living with Teh Mom had made me well-trained in not saying anything at all.

I accomplished errands and when I got home, Teh German got the groceries out of the car and put them away without me asking.  This method of acting like nothing happened is his way of apologizing for pissing me off, but not saying sorry is him not feeling bad about his decision to stay home.  I'm still stabby, but, again, I lived with Teh Mom long enough to learn to power through the rage and put on the nothing-is-wrong front. 

I had purchased a frozen bag dinner (first time in our marriage for that trick I've been keeping up my sleeve) and while it was cooking, I put away laundry from earlier in the week and kept the in process laundry going.  After dinner, I did the laundry, then headed back to the office to work on more homework.

This is where the time martyr comes in.  Gentle Readers, I.do.not.stop.  All day usually.  There's always something I should be doing.  Homework, studying for the next test, laundry, something for dogs (poop hasn't been scooped in at least a month, since the last time I did it, since Teh German hates to scoop).  From the moment I get out of bed, I'm going.  I work in the AM or I do school work before going to school, or I'll go on a run, sometimes I'll come home after a run and take the dogs on a jog/walk.  Then I get ready.  I go to school.  I go to work.  Sometimes between school and work I'll stop by the chiro or get gas.  Rarely, I'll pick up lunch.  I'm at the office until most everyone has left (because no one likes it when the person who arrives last leaves before the person who arrived at 0900).  MWF I go to the gym, TH, I go home.  Depending on what is going on, it means extra homework or work time for me.  After I get home, it's dinner time.  Sometimes I cook, sometimes Teh German has cooked.  Sometimes, after the gym, I don't even bother going upstairs to shower because I know I will not want to come back downstairs to do work/homework, so I stay in my sweaty gym clothes until I'm done with my work.  I try to be upstairs by 9:30 so I can shower and be in bed by 10.  This starts again at 0530-0600 the next day.

During the semester, there were plenty of days that I was able to get ahead on my homework and finish up my work tasks while I was at work, so there would be days I could be available for work and still watch Shameless when I got home.  But right now, I don't have time to watch Shameless.  In fact, a new episode of Vikings went live last weekend and I haven't even been able to pretend to want to watch it.  Teh Ranch comes back on Dec 7th and I realllllly want to watch, but I know that I have exams next week.

It's a difficult balance, so when Husband, who has spent 2 days laying on the couch scrolling through his endless social media feeds, tells me, "Why should I go with you to pick up your hair stuff?" I want to rip of his arms and beat him with them.  I wanted to remind him of how I ensure that he never runs out of body wash or deodorant or FOOD and who plans our meals 97% of the time and who communicates to the cleaners and most of the service people for anything we use.

This mental time/effort that I've put forth for us is difficult to quantify and maybe that's why I feel the need to pull out the time martyr.  I know I posted about this within the last 2 years, but I cannot find the actual term I discovered to accurately describe this phenomenon that sooo many women experience.  If someone remembers, please jog my memory.. It's annoying me not to know now. 

Anyways.. after finishing up some school stuff, I headed upstairs for more laundry, bedtime chores, and then I laid in bed listening to an audiobook and playing solitare until Teh German came to bed.  I would have read my ebook, but I discovered the library had taken it back.... AND NOW there's a wait.. ugh.

My watch said I was asleep by 9:30, and I'm not actually sure if it's true or not, but it's fine if it was.

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I woke up this morning to several notifications that my library holds were ready for download.  Now I have a millionty books all at the same time, a bittersweet event, of course.  One of the library audiobooks was an audiobook I had used an Audible credit on, so I returned that bad boy.  #NoCreditWasted

Despite my partner's very strong desire to put off our German oral exam, I semi-forced her into doing it today, and it went just fine, as expected.  We're the top 2 students in the class.  I was FAR from worried about our oral exam.  This is the same student who our professor wanted to put into the next level class at the beginning of the semester, but it wouldn't fit with her schedule, so she stayed in our section... like, girl, you don't need to be worried.

I consider my online class complete since I completed the final exam.  I haven't care about that class all semester, but I am expecting an A.


This week includes:
-TEH RUNNING BESTIE'S ARRIVAL! with Boyfran and the dogs.
-Computer science test Wednesday.
-Final circuits project due Thursday.
-Company holiday party on Friday.
-Kiawah Half Marathon on Saturday.


PS.  It's December.
I'd be more glad if it was COLD and December and not just December.
Instead it's rainy and December and if it was cold that would mean SNOW and December..
That said, while I love the rain, the damp is making my bad hip hurt and I really don't enjoy that.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Five on Friday #175

EINS - Random Shit

-My life has become a professional detective level hunt for anything that will prove the legitimacy of our marriage.  Do you know how simultaneously depressing and awesome that is?  Awesome because, I love a good hunt.  Depressing because, we have to prove to a stranger who doesn't know us that we aren't faking our marriage.  Do you know how tedious is it to go through 3 years of bank statements to prove that your significant other regularly gave you money for rebecause your relationship is real?  How tedious it is to guess what this stranger will accept as proof that we aren't faking it?  To not know if you have enough or too much information to give to this stranger?  Does too much look like you're trying too hard?  Because we know that too little is definitely unacceptable.

-It is a #firstworldproblem, but it annoys me that frozen pie shells come in packs of 2.  This makes me feel obligated to make 2 pies, when I really only want to make ONE pie, tyvm.  This leads me to another story...

-So what had happened was... the night before Thanksgiving, I made 2 chocolate pies (because 2 pie shells... ugh).  By Monday, I had eaten almost a whole pie by myself.  On Monday, I went to the deli-bodega (like a convenience store) down the street from work in search of some ice cream.  While I was checking out, it somehow came up that I had a chocolate pie in my fridge that I really shouldn't leave in my fridge, otherwise, I'd eat it all myself and I really shouldn't do that.  The cashier/owner said, "My wife and I would KILL some chocolate pie."  We laughed and I said, "Maybe tomorrow I'll deliver pie?" and headed back to work.

I couldn't stop thinking about it, so when I left Tuesday morning (coincidentally #GivingTuesday), I brought the pie with me.  It was chilly outside, so it was fine sitting in Willow while I was in class.  When I got to work, I cut out 1/4 of the pie and put it on a plate, then plated another, smaller, slice for myself.  After my 1200 meeting on Tuesday, I walked the plate of pie down to the bodega.  The lady was at the register ringing someone up.  When she looked at me to ask if she could help me I said, "I have a pie delivery."  She ran from behind the register counter, pushed another worker out of the way, and gave me a huge hug and took the pie from me.

She was so happy, over a plate of pie, that she was going to share.  I think it was that she didn't really expect pie and I considered not bringing pie (because I know that some people are very anti-food from stranger's houses, and I was just some random customer), but I just had a feeling that I needed to deliver the pie.  I needed to be the good in the world, even if it was just for a few seconds.  There was more satisfaction for me in her excitement and huge hug than if I had just donated money towards a cause or given someone an expensive gift.

-Me typing something in the search bar:
I will type in the entire thing, no matter if what I'm looking for autofills.

Me when someone else is typing something in the search bar:
IT'S RIGHT THERE!  YOU DON'T HAVE TO TYPE IT ALL!  R.I.G.H.T.T.H.E.R.E......

-I bought a 5 subject notebook for taking notes this semester.  I ran out of paper in 2 of the sections before Thanksgiving.  Fortunately, I didn't use the last section since the class is online, so I've been putting my run over notes in that section, but it's REALLY messing with my OCD.
5 subject notebook = 1 (it's lighter than a 3 ring binder + all the shit I'd put it in)
3 ring binder w/ loose leaf paper = 1 (it holds more shit (which is also a downside) and I can add paper)

-Asking for a friend.  How guilty should a person feel for letting someone else do their homework because that someone else enjoyed it?

-You know how anal companies are about getting your name correct and ensuring that your personal information is completely correct?  I feel that I should be just as anal about companies who can't manage to get my name correct on my bills, even after I've spelled out my name for them (and I'm not just talking about my last name either).

But, by far, the absolute WOOOORRRSSSTTTT thing?
People who misspell any name I've ever legally used in a written form when my name is RIGHT THERE (in the email header, or on FB, or whateverrrr).  I cannot with that shit.  Attention to detail, people, attention to detail! 


-This will seem trivial, but it's a life changer....


For real.  I don't have to worry about my (expensive) mechanical pencils running out of eraser anymore.  I AM THE ERASER QUEEN!!!!  At first it was tedious, but the longer I'm in college, the longer the questions tend to be, which means that I'm erasing, like, half a page of text at a time...  That's hard on a mechanical pencil eraser.  I know we rarely appreciate the small pieces of rubber in our lives, but we should all take a minute to thank them for what they do for us.

-Speaking ultimate truths today:
Me to my Coworkers: I'm not ready yet. Please let me eat first. I'm in such a bad mood.
Me to Teh German: I tell myself it's fine.  Nothing is wrong, wrong.  But a series of trivial inconveniences sets off my irrational rage.

This is an apt analogy for my entire Friday.
Not only did the liquid spurt out from the top,
my sleeve got caught when I put the lid on.
*one million facepalm emojis*



-NBD, but I'm TWO books over my Goodreads challenge.  It's not even December yet.  #LikeABoss

-I let Teh PT Husband borrow my percussion massager Wednesday night.  I was unbearably disappointed when I went to bed on Thurs night and I didn't have it since we had done lunges as part of the workout on Wednesday afternoon and my ass hurt so bad by Thurs night, I wanted to cry. 

An ode to my massager in haiku form.
Dear Percussion Massager,
I miss you very much.
Please come home to me soonish.




ZWEI - Money Shit

More shopping....

-all dese fancy soaps from TJMaxx.  I can't help it.  I love those things.  It's no worse than paying $5 for body wash, so I feel like it evens itself out.
-a new piece of furniture/stand for the new printer since the plastic red 3 drawer thing I've had since my freshman year at NC State was NOT going to cut it.
-Spätzle from World Market for Teh German
-$5 running tanktop from Belk.
-A 1920s style dress for a Christmas party, which if it works out, I will also wear to the Company Holiday Shindig.
-A container for the dog's bull dicks.  They are smelling up the entire cabinet and I cannot tolerate it anymore.
-Extra bag of dog food to send to Teh Running Bestie since the beasts will need to eat while they are with her in December.
-Insulated tumblers for gifts
-Crocs house shoes.
-Smart plugs
-A hue bulb for the guest room
-Alexa dot for the guest room
-Day drinking shirt purchases... oops.  Damn Amazon deal of the day got me. 

Normal things...
-Groceries
-Lunch (Tattooed Moose, Park Pizza)
-Sweet tea, but ONLY ONE ALL WEEK, not a single one from Chickfila on campus. It's my own form of #Resist...
-Ice cream
-Laundry things
-Friyay Sundrop



DREI - From My Phone Shit


How fucking hard is it to make the bottle straw a few millimeters longer so I can actually use almost all of the soap in the container?  #FirstWorldProblems #IrrationallyAngry

Received my Mumford & Sons album from purchasing the M&S ticket for Teh Sister.
I mean, I had to check and see if Willow even has a CD player, but, Gods-be-praised, she does.

I will sticker you bitches.



Received 1 of 2 Woot Crap boxes.
Mostly children's toys, a Barbie "fitbit", a gun sight, a rubber mallet without rubber, 2 bags of "yoga socks" (they have the grippy stuff on the bottom), and some horrible Alabama "Roll Tide" stick figure family stickers.  The best part of the box was the awesome shirt, in a ladies medium, so it might actually fit me.


Everyone needs one meal they can cook well.
This is Teh German's.
Lawwwdd it was goooooooood.
Look at that perfect medium-rare.
I almost humped his leg, but I didn't want to choke on the meat in my mouth.
(You're welcome, Gentle Readers, you.are.welcome.)

I've been collecting White Elephant Christmas gifts all year.
I consider this a year-long challenge.

What do you call a snowman with a six pack?
An abdominal snowman..
or drunk.

Did your heart just explode?
Sorry not sorry.
Lawwwddd, I love that grey face.


A morning note from Husband because I was out running when he left for work.
./swoon


I feel like I could be a solid brand ambassador, or whatever they call them.

Dear World,
Thank you for a birthday cake ice cream sandwich.
It was everything I never knew I needed.
Love, Meg



VIER - From the Internet Shit



Who are these animals that:
1- have 5% battery at 3:02pm.
2- Don't clear their notifications?!?!?!
I'm having an anxiety attack just looking at that shit.




LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL to people who think that pregnancy defines friendship.

This was the turning point in my life.

This will always be my approach.






FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Day drunk on a Friday, but sober enough to drive to the gym and work out and continue the party later for a friend's holiday celebration.
  2. The end of the semester and being halfway through Bachelor's Degree #2.
  3. Going through the photographic evidence that our marriage isn't a sham.
  4. Struggling on the test question that everyone else struggled with.
  5. No more cybersecurity class for the rest of the semester since the instructor has to go on travel.  Thank you adjunct professor!
  6. Posting things to Twitter.  Not sure if I'm gonna stick with it, but it seems like a better place than Facebook for those types of posts.  IDK though.
  7. Notes from Teh German before leaving home.
  8. My $50 Woot Box of Crap was actually a hit.
  9. ALL the black Friday order being delivered.
  10. Midday drinking lunches with my coworkers where I laugh for so long, for so hard, that my cheeks hurt.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

People I Cannot Relate To...



-People who complain about shitty sleeps because their pet(s) take up all the bed.  #sorrynotsorry  I didn't spend a mabillionty dollars on dog beds for my dogs to sleep in my bed, causing me to sleep like shit.  Nope, nope, nope.  Get the fuck off my bed, bitches.

-People who don't get unreasonably angry when their hair sticks to their lips after applying chapstick on a windy day.  FACK that shit makes me so angry.. and I know, I know.. #FirstWorldProblems

-People who don't get unreasonably angry when paper products are out in the bathroom (i.e. paper towels, toilet paper).  And don't get me started on turning the TP the wrong way.

-People who bitch about developments being put in nearby areas, but they live in suburbia.  You live in suburbia, outside a city that is growing so rapidly the infrastructure can't handle it.. but sure, I'm sorry your trees are gone.

-Students who complain about their grades, but didn't bother to do homework all semester.  Look here you little shit, I did all my homework and turned all my assignments in on time and I work full-time.  Do not dare tell me how little time you have.

-Women who forget their birth control.  Mine is permanently installed until I choose to have it removed, but I also take the pill for my hot flashes and I have ZERO problems remembering it. 

-People who fall asleep instantly.  I hate all of you.  Husband understands this hatred.

-People who can't nap.  Naps are an imperative part of my well-being.  Some people are legitimately confused when I have the opportunity but don't nap.

-People who don't take notes during class.  1) How do you stay awake?  2) Do you actually read the book later?  Who does that?

-People who do not laugh after someone says, "That's what she said."  You have no sense of humor, bye, Felicia.

-Even worse, people who do not say, "That's what she said," after something moderately dirty.  Opportunities to point out innuendos should always be taken, Michael Scott should have taught you that.

-People who can eat/drink things while there is still steam coming off of whatever it is.  How do you not scald your taste buds off?!  This one also applies to Husband.  Weirdo.

-Assholes who say, "Bless you," before someone sneezes.  Step on legos, bitches.

-Assholes who don't clear the time remaining on the microwave if they stop it early.  As someone who normally stops the microwave early (because I don't like hearing it beep when the cycle ends), I will either open the door then hit cancel or just press cancel 2x.  It's not that hard.

-People who can listen to any type of music.  I don't even like some of my favorite musics sometimes.  Well... maybe, I'm just not in the mood.

-People who buy books with movie covers instead of the original book cover.  NO.

-People who feel that college or high school was "the time of my life!"  Not even close.  There's never a day that I would choose to repeat either time in my life.  Same applies for my time in the Navy.  Nope, nope, nope.  I ain't doin' it.

-People who lie about their age.  Fuck, I can barely remember how old I am and I'm 32.  I earned these years, you better believe I'm proud of them.

-Anyone who wants to be the CEO or executive level management.  I don't need that kind of stress or responsibility.  I just want someone to pay me for the things that I do for them and then I can go home at the end of the day and not give a fuck.

-People who would rather be hot than cold.  I can add as many layers of clothes as I want, I cannot take off as many layers of clothes as I want.  That's how people get arrested.

-People who don't vote.  Silence is acceptance.  If you accept the way things have become, you are part of the problem.

-People who have a preferred brand of bottled water.  I'm here for whatever is cheapest.

-People who do not like butt-stuffing at Thanksgiving (butt-stuffing = stuffing inside the turkey).  Butt-stuffing is the best stuffing.. after that is boxed stuffing.

-People who let their kids play with noisy electronic devices in public.  Buy them earbuds or make them silence that shit.  The end.

-People who legitimately feel that puns and bad jokes are bad and should not be told/shared.  DIAF, hater of joy.

-Anyone who doesn't appreciate thumb holes in long sleeve shirts.  Thumb holes are the BEST.

-People who don't open links in new tabs.  What is this 1995?!

-Anyone who chooses to use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.  Do not touch me with your technology plague.  Don't even come near me.  I am offended just thinking about it.

-Assholes who live 20 feet away from their neighbors and still put their dogs outside and let them bark and bark and bark and bark and bark.  Do I like opening the window to yell-scream at your dogs to SHUT UP like we're in the country?  No.  Will I?  Fuck yes, I will.

-People who have a millionty icons on their desktop.  How do you even find anything in that?  STOP IT.

-People who do not lure themselves into doing certain things with the reward of special foods.  Wanna know the key to my success?  Feeding myself ALL THE THINGS.



Who are the people you cannot relate to?  Let's hear it.  No shame.



Monday, November 26, 2018

Weekend Review {11/26}

THURSDAY

Gentle Readers, I have a confession to make.  Prepare yourselves.  I hope you are sitting down.  Ok, here goes.  I don't like turkey.  I will eat it out of Thanksgiving obligation but I don't like it.  I definitely don't like it reheated.  It took me almost 33 years to come to this conclusion, but this year.. I've decided for certain.  I don't like turkey.  Thanksgiving for me is about everything else.  Especially the stuffing.  I LIVE for stuffing.  I'll also generously serve myself mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, whatever form of corn you got, carrots, mac and cheese, maybe 2 rolls if I don't have worry about everyone getting one, and maybe try a little bit of those weird things that are part of your family's "traditions"... but I'll have a minuscule serving of turkey, kthx.  I'll save that for everyone else.

Coffee and chocolate pie filling for breakfast.
#Champion

We woke up, had breakfast and I had considered going on a run, but wasn't feeling it, so I didn't.  Instead I went to the computer and fucked around until Teh Running Bestie texted me asking how my mac and cheese was, which I had completely forgotten I needed to make.

Does having a head cold and/or having to take medication for sinus problems make anyone else deficient?  There is so much from last week that I cannot remember.. obviously I was struggling during the week as well.  /shrug

Teh PT Wife had brought over a turkey to put in our oven around 11, so I can say I helped with the turkey.  I did actually.  I made sure that every time I even looked at anything that was going to be eaten I washed my hands so my sickness was less likely to be contracted.  Additionally, when it was time, I checked the turkey's temp and took it out when it was finished.

With Teh Running Bestie's prompting, I headed to the kitchen at 1230 to start my mac and cheese.  Most everyone who cooks asked for the mac and cheese recipe, so I think it was a winner!  I'll prob be posting the recipe in the foreseeable future.  Teh German turned on the dog show for me while I cooked.  I thought we had missed the hound group, but we hadn't.  I won't lie.  After the hounds, I turned off the TV and resumed my audiobook.  #Priorities.


After everything was done cooking, I headed upstairs to shower and get ready for public viewing.  By 2 we were next door to celebrate Thanksgiving with our extended family.  We were at Teh PT House for most of the afternoon.  In the evening, Teh PT Wife and I ventured out for some Black Friday shopping at Old Navy, Best Buy, Dick's, and Target.  While we were shopping, husbands were smoking cigars and drinking.

We made it back home around 11 and then it was bedtime.


FRIDAY

A slow start on Friday morning.  We started off the day by going to the gym, where death would have been a preferable end for most of the 30 minute workout.  After, Teh German went to help a riding buddy pack/move stuff while I worked for a bit.

While we were at the gym, Meri proved that no matter how much I treat her like my child, she is, but, an animal.

After Teh German came home, I finally showered, we ate late lunch/early dinner, and then we sat down and watched the entire Divergent series.  Sadly, the movies fucking suck and the books were sooo much better.  Additionally, the last movie was complete crap.  Even Teh German started to notice inconsistencies and errors and would point them out, which only served to stir me up and then I started in on my regular bashing, which I had been keeping in check.

Also, Allegiant doesn't really follow the book at all.  NO ME GUSTA.  SHE DIES.  At least get that right, faaacccckkkk.


While we were wasting our lives away in front of a screen, I discovered this Black Friday gem and made a solid life choice.  This is actually Teh Bear's fault, because eons ago when we lived together in MD, I remember him getting a steal of a deal on all 8 Harry Potter movies and I never forgot.  With Teh PT Kid currently reading through the series, I'm amping up for when he eventually finishes the series and we can watch all the movies.  #SorryNotSorry

This is doubly good because then Teh PT Wife can finally experience some Harry Potter awesomeness and she will finally get HP jokes between Teh PT Kid and I.


After watching 3 movies in a row, I was d.u.n.DUN. 


SATURDAY

Teh PT Wife wanted to go shopping again.  Who am I to not tag along?  We went by Home Goods and TJ Maxx, then we hit up Tattooed Moose for lunch, then we hiked across Charleston walked to the other end of the mall to go by Belk.  We stopped by World Market so I could pick up spatzle for Teh German.  Then we stopped at At Home, Kirklands, and, finally, Hobby Lobby.

Picked up a sweet $5 tank that I couldn't deny the gift of living in my closet.

After I got home, Teh German and I ate dinner, then we sat down in front of the TV and watched (please sit down to read this part too) the Clemson vs USC foosball game.  I kept making comments that we could watch Shameless instead, but Teh German insisted on watching the game.  We knew which team was going to win (Clemson), but Teh German kept yelling at the TV like it would make a difference.  I won't lie, USC really played hard, despite going up against an undefeated team.

After the game, it was bedtime.


SUNDAY

Teh German and I needed to run some errands on Sunday.  We were going to go to Denny's for breakfast, but I discovered as I drove up to the restaurant that they were closed... based on the black plastic over all the Denny's signs.  UGH.. So instead we went to IHOP.

After breakfast, we hit up Sam's, Walmart, then Lowe's.

When we got home,
Teh German was messing around in the garage and I was putting stuff away in the house.  Eventually, I started working on some homework.  Teh German came in just as I was finishing up.  We've been having some back and forth lately about the immigration interview and things we need to bring, but it kinda seemed like Teh German was putting all these things WE needed to bring on my shoulders.  I had asked him to send me a list of documents that we needed and he just kept saying shared accounts.  We have the utilities and a bank account together, but he insisted that wasn't enough.  Despite my objections, I finally looked up a suggested list of documents to bring to the interview and ended up printing out a millionty things.

I discovered that only one of our utility bills has both of our names on it, that my name was still incorrect on our insurance policies, and that many other things could serve to prove the relationship legitimacy.

Teh German was being helpful and tried to move the printer while it was printing to the new stand I purchased, and I almost threatened to cut his arms off and beat him with them.  I have a very precarious relationship with the current printer and when it works, no one is allowed to mess with the printer.  With all the documents in the printer queue, I would have been pissed if the printer had accidentally gotten unplugged and I had to redo all my work.  But he was trying, so 10 points for Gryffindor Teh German.

After I was done printing everything, Teh German suggested a dog walk since the beasts were extra obnoxious and I was obviously a little.. harried.  After our walk, Teh German helped me complete my pot cabinet lid storage task.  Lids are the most annoying part of my pots/pans storage and putting them on the door was the perfect solution.


Then, Teh German headed to Teh PT House for smoking time.  I followed a little while later, after finally putting the rest of the laundry stuff away.  We hung out for a little bit and eventually headed home for dinner.  After dinner, we watched a few episodes of Shameless and then, my Thanksgiving break was over and it was bedtime.

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Despite being sick, Thanksgiving break was very good for me.  The benefit to being sick is that midday naps aren't as frowned upon vs when you're just on school break and just happen to be home in time to take a midday nap.  #YOLO

I didn't do any homework, despite having a coding assignment, German hw, the last project for my circuits class, and the final project for my cybersecurity class.  I needed a break.  And I was sick.  It was probably for the best that I didn't even bother.

I cooked so much last week that we probably will only have to make dinner once this week because we still have so much leftovers in the fridge.  #Blessed?  Is that how it works?

This week consists of anxiously awaiting all my Black Friday shipments.
I have an OB/GYN appt to follow up on the follow up for my hot flashes on Wednesday.
Friday, we have our first Holiday party of the season.
Dec 5th, Teh Running Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass will be in CHS.
Dec 7th is the Kiawah Half Marathon. 
Our MD visitors will be taking Meri and Pax with them when they go back to MD and we will be without the beasts until Teh Running Bestie returns to Charleston in January for the Charleston Half Marathon.  There are a few consolations.  1- we will see them over NYE.  2- Where we are staying in Denver, there will be at least 10 greyhounds.  3- the neighbors would happily whore out their dogs if we needed a fix.


Let us trudge together into December!  ONWARD!