Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekend Review {8/13}

FRIDAY

I was motivated Friday morning and went to the gym.  I came home and showered and headed to work.  Work was work.  I had a meeting at 12 that I was assured would not take the full length of time, maybe only 20 minutes, even though it was scheduled for an hour.  I had an appointment at 1 and I went ahead and texted earlier in the morning to say that I might be a few minutes late, just in case.  In true Megan luck, I was right, the meeting went on for 40 minutes, rather than the promised 20.  I don't know how, but I made it in the door at 1:00:59 probably for my appointment.

What was my appointment for?
It was time to get my hairs did.






3 hours later, I walked out with fresh hairs.





Originally, Teh German and I had discussed riding to dinner, but with fresh hairs, I didn't really want to put a helmet on, so we opted to drive instead.  We agreed on Locals Sushi in Mt. Pleasant which was deeeeeeelicious.  Teh German actually said that he might have found a new favorite sushi place.  We splurged on dessert because the server made it sound incredible, but I found it extremely underwhelming, but Teh German really liked it.  It was vanilla ice cream rolled in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, covered in whipped cream (too much IMO) with caramel.  There wasn't enough cereal for me so it just tasted like vanilla ice cream with a LOT of whipped cream.  No thanks.



After dinner, we headed home to be lazy AF and watch episodes of The Ranch until bed.



SATURDAY

I wasn't interested in dog duty this weekend (mostly since I took care of the dogs both days the previous weekend), and I gave Teh German a gentle kick and said, "They are your dogs this morning," to inform him that the dogs were being annoying and  I promptly went back to sleep.  By 8:30/9 I was awake again and feeling motivated.  I was considering a workout, but really wanted to make sure that the gardening was complete since I'd been putting it off for at least a month.  The other deterrent to working out is that after my Friday workout, my bad hip started hurting in too soon familiar ways.  I'm not sure if I pulled something or really messed something up yet, but I'm monitoring the situation.

After breakfast and coffee with Teh German, I headed outside to weed the flower beds.  I dug out 12 passionflower baby vines.  These are vines that sprout up NOT near the main vine and they'd quickly take over my flower garden if I let them.  Instead, I dig them out with some roots and then package them in ziplock bags with wet paper towels and try to pawn them off on other people.







While I was packaging up vines, Teh German was cleaning up the office.  After I finished with the vines, I started working on Cricut things.  I had promised a few people a few different things, so I completed those projects and packaged them up for mailing out.  After cleaning up the Cricut stuff, I headed into the office to clean up my stack of crap.  I separated all my calc and computer science stuff.  I put the calc stuff into a pile and stored the computer science stuff for future reference.  I really wanted to set the calc stuff on fire, but instead I did a ceremonious free throw into the garbage can while Teh German watched.

Fuck calculus

I had started the laundry when I got up and had asked Teh German to take on ONE task for the day: purge his clothes.  Teh German wears the same things most of the time, but he had clothes hanging in the closet that I've never seen him wear, and I was ready for it to be gone.  While I was downstairs in the office, Teh German was purging his clothes.  When I finally made it back upstairs, I was shocked to see the stuff he had piled up to donate. 

only a quarter of those were there before...

I went through his stuff and put it into bags.  Items he'd just worn the week before were in the pile and I was confused because it was clothing that he wore often.  I took a page from his motivation book and did a mini purge of my own clothes (there's always things I can part with that I held on to during the last purge for any number of reasons).

Afterwards, I opted to take a nap.  We had an evening birthday party and I didn't want to be a spoilsport and be tired at 9 and get grouchy.  Naps are always some of my best choices.  Teh German woke me up a little before 6 so I could shower and get ready to head to Teh SC Teacher's house for the party.

Since it was hot as hell, I opted to wear a dress that I bought last summer before my hip surgery that I'd never worn.  #ForShame.  It was perfect since it was light.  I'd wear it again.  Fortunately, it only rained for a short amount of time, but for the majority of the evening, we were able to sit outside (with a ThermaCell at our feet) and hang out.

Teh Norwegian greeted Teh German and I with a very important question when they arrived to the birthday gathering.  She asked if we wanted to go to Disney World next week since they were going and they had some friends cancel on them.  Lodging would be taken care of, and we'd just cover all our own expenses.






And then I remembered that Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom were coming during the dates and that I needed to be a responsible individual and turn down Disney World, as hard as it was. 









(1 gif was not sufficient, obviously)

I tried to think through all the ways we could go to Disney, but there were none.  So we'll be passing up on a trip to DW, despite how much I want to be like, LATAAAAAA Charleston!

The rest of the night passed with drinking and talking.  Teh German and I finally left around 1245 and made it home by 0115 and it was promptly bedtime.



SUNDAY

Again, the beasts were not my responsibility, but that was Teh German's choice.  I ended up sleeping until about 0915.  I woke up and started looking for a place for brunch.  I messaged Teh Dental Hygienist and asked if they wanted to join us for brunch.  We got it all worked out and agreed to meet at Famous Toastary.  I woke up Teh German and suggested riding to brunch, which I knew would be a satisfactory plan for him. 

On our way to meet Teh Dental Hygienist and Teh AF Maintainer, we stopped at Walmart to pick up some envelopes so I can mail out some of the passionflower vines.  Errand accomplished, we headed to brunch, where we had to wait a bit on our table, but it was ok.  Once we got seated, we ordered and munched on corn bread with apple butter while we waited.






I ordered the huevos rancheros, which was delicious, despite the overwhelming amount of refried black beans on my plate.

That's after I'd eaten a bite of black beans with almost every bite....

The OJ was fresh squeezed and deeeeeelicious.  I would have probably drank a glass if I hadn't ordered sweet tea to start with.  Instead, I took 2 sips of Teh German's and he tried to cut me with his eyes. 

Before we left, I received some text messages from the other admin of the neighborhood page which served to resurface all the shit from earlier in the week regarding those issues.  I assumed that I had been a hot topic at Ladies Night the previous night, which I hadn't attended since we were at the bday party.  I've opened up the neighborhood page for unsupervised posting again and I'm trying to find my happy medium for what I want my responsibility to be.  Everyone so far has suggested that I quit being an admin since it stresses me out.

Obviously, this FB admin issue has been a hot topic for me all week and I'm ready to move on from it, but it's got me unsettled and I need to solve the problem before I can move on.  Personally, I find it mildly offensive that everyone wants me to give up the position, especially considering how badly I wanted to do it.  It's not me, to quit something that I volunteered to do, even when it's hard and stressful.

Additionally, I let it bother me because I care.  I think that's what people are misunderstanding.  I get all wound up about people being assholes on our neighborhood page because it's inappropriate and adults need to act like adults and it infuriates me when people are assholes to each other over social media.  I don't like having to be the meanie, but I have zero qualms being exactly that when I need to be.  In general, the more wound up I get about something, the more I care about it, but that's easy to forget about me because I tend to be semi-over-dramatic about a lot of things.  Sometimes that's for humor, but sometimes it's serious, which was the case this time.

Finally, I'm an admin on other FB pages and I've never encountered behavior on those pages like I do on our neighborhood page.  I've never had to delete posts or comments on those pages.  So this is unfamiliar territory.  Maybe I just need to take the no fucks given approach and let people be nasty to each other on the neighborhood page?  I mean, that sounds good in theory, but I know I couldn't tolerate that.  I became an admin to deter these things from happening. 

The reality is, turning off posting for a day and then doing approved only posts for a week kept the civility of the page at a max.  It pissed off a lot of people that their posts had to be approved because it meant that posts weren't time relevant since there was a delay for approval and neither of the admins receive FB notifications unless they are looking for them, but whatever.  I kind of think that's how it should have been for a while now since the group has grown.  Originally, I can see why it wouldn't matter since the group wasn't so large.

Obviously, this is still a big issue for me and I'm trying to work through it, but it's difficult for me to balance the suggestions of others vs my desires.  My biggest problem is that as soon as something shitty happens on the page, people come to me to tell me about it and I handle it.  But this time, people didn't like the way I handled it, so they are upset.  I don't think this is a clear cut issue with a simple solution, which only serves to make it more muddled and complicated for me to navigate.

I'm pretty sure my favorite part of the texts was when the other admin mentioned that some people are afraid of me.  Yeah, I don't see a problem with that.  In fact, I prefer that.  Because the reality is, the only people that are afraid of me are people that don't know me. 

I think that having more admins would help with the problem but no one wants to volunteer for a thankless job where you have to potentially piss people off.

Anyways, sorry for that soapbox...

While the radar showed no rain in the area where brunch was or at our house... there was definitely rain between those two places, so we got to ride through the rain (aka needle bullets to my neck) going home.  This sucks because it's extra dangerous (slippery roads, bad visibility, dumb people), but it was kinda nice because it only lasted for a few minutes and after the front half of your body is completely soaked, it's a much cooler ride.

When we got home, we changed clothes, I decided to wash the motorcycle jackets since they were already wet, and then it was laziness time.  I turned the admin approval off on the neighborhood page, as I had promised to do earlier.  Teh Dad called and we chatted for a while, then I decided it was lay in bed and read time, then ended up taking a nap with the beasts.  #NotSorry


When I woke up, I rolled the laundry and and was on my way downstairs when Teh German came to announce that we were out of dog food.  Spectacular.  Fortunately, I had thawed an extra chicken breast earlier in the week that I hadn't ended up using, so I cooked it up so it was available for eating.  Lucky for the dogs.  We also had some blueberries on hand from Teh PT Family and I cooked up some couscous that had been opened for long enough to be well past stale.  I added some canned corn for good measure.  Pretty sure Meri thought she was in an alternate universe because her dinner was so delicious.  She ensured that her bowl AND Pax's bowl was completely clean.  No morsel or flavor was left behind.  Lucky for them, their Amazon autoship isn't set to arrive until Aug 13/14.. which I hope really means, delivered by tonight, otherwise, I'll be dealing with starving dogs again.


While I was making doggy dinner and Pax and Meri were giving me their best starving children impersonations, Teh German made human dinner.  We ate, then it was time for an evening spent watching The Ranch until bedtime.


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A nap on both days of the weekend?  FUCK YES.
I finally got my gardening completed, which has been bothering me for a while.  I think I have a few vines left, but I can probably find homes for them.. maybe.
This whole neighborhood admin thing really needs to be resolved soon because I'm tired of dealing with it, but I refuse to give up, so I figure that means that I'm going to continue being an admin and people are just going to have to deal with it.  #CensorshipMegan

This week includes not going to Disney World.  😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom will arrive on Thursday and I've planned activities like a cookout on Friday, paddleboarding/kayaking on Saturday, and brunch at The Obstinate Daughter on Sunday. 

Next Monday is my follow up appointment for my hot flashes.  In good news, the extra birth control worked to mitigate the hot flashes.  In bad news, I'm wondering if all these hormones are making me extra crazy (i.e. my "overly stressed" reaction to the FB drama).  I guess that's the trade off to not having hot flashes.  Teh German tried to say my hot flashes were stress related.. until I pointed out that I was having hot flashes long before Hell Month.  He's cute.

Classes start the 22nd.




Friday, August 10, 2018

Five on Friday #159

EINS - Random Shit

-I MADE A D IN CALCULUS 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Know what a D is?  PASSING.  A D means not having to retake a hell class.

I failed my CS class, which is kind of a disappointment, but I kind of don't care.
AND HERE'S WHY....
Since I took the CS class at CofC, it doesn't count towards my degree unless I have it transferred in, which I won't do, since I failed it.  That class isn't a pre-req for any of my classes that I'm taking in the fall (or in general, I believe), although it is a CS degree requirement.  I will retake it in the spring, having "reviewed" it.  I figure that passing one of 2 super hard classes on a compressed schedule is pretty good, so I'm giving myself a pass and I'm proud of myself.


-How about this for productive...
NOT ONLYYYYY did I post HM #3 post.. I alsooooooo:
~finished editing HM photos, so other than write ups, the honeymoon posts are practically duuuunn
~created the new Shit Teh German Says button AND generated at least 2 of those posts.  Turns out, I hadn't even shared the HM ones, which were hilarious.  This month will remedy that problem.
~Created a bonus HM post for the random photos that I took along the way that didn't really fit into the recaps.  Expect: silly shit and flesh tone pants (WHHHYY???)

Did anyone else think I was going to crash and burn on the honeymoon recaps after posting the 2nd post?  Just me?  Ya'll so nice.


-Yesterday, a coworker said to me, "I really missed you being in the office."  I won't lie.  It made me happy.  I missed being in the office.

-We/I made the decision to stay home this weekend rather than go to Raleigh to visit with Teh Advising Sister and I feel like turd, but I know she understands that I'm beat and I'd probably just want to nap the entire time.. and while that's not frowned upon, I could save myself the effort of driving 5 hours and her the effort of putting sheets on the guest bed, and we can just tell each other sweet dreams over a text.

-Company is hiring a tech writer for the position I was fired from.
Adult Megan is like: They need a tech writer, it's fine.
Petty Megan is like: I hope they hire someone that is garbage.
Paranoid Megan is like: I really hope this person doesn't replace me.


-We're watching The Ranch and Zach Brown Band - Colder Weather was played for a monumental event and I CANNOT STOP SINGING IT..  I'm getting on my own nerves.  Even after listening to other genres of music... I still keep singing that song.  ./wrist






-I JUST REALIZED that Rooster was also in That 70s Show, as was Berto and Abby's Mom.  HELL YEAH FOR RECOGNITION SKILLZ..


-Because it's never going to stop raining on the weekend, I suggested to Teh German on Wednesday that we skip the gym and ride Bagheera and Suzi to dinner.  We opted for Mex 1 on Sullivan's Island.  Every now and then I pull the #BestWifeEver card and flash it around.

-I made an impulse buy of a deodorant ball for my gym bag.  What they don't tell you is that deodorant might be able to withstand your body heat, but it cannot survive sitting in a car in Charleston for the entire day.  #LessonLearned #oops.

-Sometimes I have to remind myself that my name changed.  For instance, someone called me MG in a meeting and I'm like, "Who dat?  Oh shit, dat me."  Also, I went to sign a work poster and I signed Megan and then was about to sign MaidenName when I realized that's wrong now.  They hired Megan MaidenName, but Megan MarriedName works here now.  #LifeIsHard #NameChangeIsHarder

-I believe Teh German gets upset when he finds accounts still in my maiden name.  He's like, you should change all these places where your name is wrong.  Yes, yes I should.  But like a million different places have the name I had for THIRTY-TWO YEARSSSSS, so calm your tits, hombre.  It's not that important to me.  It's why I changed my name how I did.  I can claim BOTH last names as my name, in a pinch.

-More on that.  I used to really worry that changing my last name was going to feel like the loss of an identity.  It wasn't.  It isn't.  In fact, it's really more annoying than anything because I have to change everything over/remember what name I used for what.  Teh German has this annoying way of creating passwords related to what year it is and where he's at.  IDK, it seems annoying to me, but it's the only way I can keep up with my accounts.  Was this account set up PRE or POST marriage?  That's how I know what name is on the account.

-The plus side to not going to Raleigh is that I can keep my hairs did appointment.  I'm gonna do the purple again and hope for the best when I show up at the Citadel with purple hairs.  It was one thing over the summer when everything is relaxed and no one is in uniform.  Not sure the normal school year will be as flexible.  We shall see.

-Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom are coming to CHS to visit the weekend before school starts.  We're going paddle boarding/kayaking while they are here and I'm pumped.  Teh German and I will paddle board while Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom kayak.  I think I'm going to sign us up for a tour with a guide so we can actually get some knowledge dropped on us and the guide will probably be able to potentially lead us to the dolphins, which would be extra cool.  A guide costs a little more, but Teh German and I agreed it would be worth it.  Also, Teh German and I are paying a mabillionty dollhairs to go hang gliding with Teh Dad, so it's only fair. :)

-Teh German and I ran a toll booth (or 2) while we were in CA.  I recently received a "2nd notice" for one of the incidents when I KNEW I paid for when I got the original notice in June.  I called to inquire about the issue and turns out, the 2nd notice was for a different toll booth.  I explained I hadn't received a first notice and the rep saw that I'd already paid one violation so she offered to reduce it to $5.  You ain't gonna hear me complain about a $25 discount.  After ensuring there were no more violations I needed to take care of, I gave her my card info over the phone and the problem was resolved.

-Dear California,
Some of your tolls being card only or cash only is really annoying.  Get it together.  Either accept both everywhere or only one everywhere.  But this mishmash is obnoxious.
~Out-of-state Driver


-Everyone received a company 10 year anniversary shirt.  I never got mine, so I asked about it.  Coworker had put it on my chair on the day of the anniversary.  When I came into the office a few days later, there was no shirt.  BOOOOOO to the beeyoch who stole my free shirt!  #LaterGram: It was later found on A chair in a conference room.  Woot.

-I've been working on various Cricut projects and I just have to say... large projects are a PITA.  Small projects like single stickers/etc are fine.. but a large layout is complicated when you have a 12x12 limitation.  I'm going to be pissed if I find out that I could have just bought a longer mat and printed up to 18 inches.  Research done.  I could have used a 24" mat and saved myself a LOT of heartache.  FML.  #LessonLearnedTheHardWay

-My Cricut problem might be out of control.  I went from looking at mats to watching someone print their own stickers, to researching sticker paper, to researching laser printers so I can do all of that myself.  Now I NEEDS a laser printer.  Then I'd be UNSTOPPABLLLEEE!!!  I also would need to actually sell some of these creations so I can recoup some of the money I've spent on a "hobby".. and here I am judging Teh German for his motorcycle parts.


-If I committed to making things for you, fret not, they are in progress.  You know who you are.  My goal is to have them completed by this weekend and mailed out on Monday.

-2 assholes illegally passed me on my way to work.  I was going 38.. in a 30 MPH ZONE!  I have definitely been pulled over on that road before, so I know to keep it under control.  That said, there's a school on the road, which means that the cops don't bother sitting on the road during the summer.  /facepalm.  I almost want to call the non-emergency line to complain, but I don't want to be a tattle-tail.  Also, who the fuck is this old lady that has taken me over?



ZWEI - Money Shit

-Post semester massage.
-Target.. and considering I was unsupervised, I did good.  Or maybe I should say, since I wasn't enabled, I did guud.
-Groceries x like a millionty.  I needed supervision there.
-CA tolls.. /facepalm
-a new laptop for Teh German, not a necessity, but it was time.
-dog food (which always confuses me since it's on autoship)
-card stock for testing Cricut things.
-long sticky mats for the Cricut
-a book for Baby RM since I didn't particularly lurve any of the ones I bought for the baby shower... like lurve enough to leave a note in.



DREI - From My Phone Shit


Dogs, this is NOT how I left it.
You are both assholes.
You fit in perfectly.
FML/


Finally put my matching sticker on my water bottle.
Aaaaanddddd I'm going to create new stickers for us with a block text so they don't have pointy pieces that peel off.
#CricutLessons

This ultra-encouraging water bottle.
Apparently, the owner drinks TWO of those per day.
Uhh, that's a no for me.

10 confetti for Company's 10 year anniversary.
Someone sitting beside me in the meeting handing me a piece of confetti and said,
"You're a 10 in my book."
Much appreciated, coworker.

Cricutting all the things.
Also, wtf is that picture so yellow?
Strange.

Look at me looking cute and professional at work.

When you let your car drive you to work and you just hang on to the steering wheel so you don't make other people nervous.

What do you call a sleeping bull?
A bull-dozer

I couldn't possibly say no to this t-shirt from Old Navy.
#LadyPower



VIER - From the Internet Shit


A coworker introduced me to a comic called Coffee With Jesus.  There was much loling.













FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Making comments like, "Yes, I'm extremely happy with a D.  Considering how shitty the entire month of July was for me, a D is fantastic," in front of the person who fired me from their project.  BURN, motherfucker, BURN.
  2. Work tasks.
  3. $25 fee being waved for toll running.
  4. Being back in the office.  I was feeling like a real slacker never coming into the office and there are sometimes fun things at work.. like free Cinnabon in the kitchen (that's a true example from this week).
  5. Dinner experiments that are delicious (lookin' at you chicken pot pie biscuits)
  6. Teh German's giddiness about his new laptop.  Particularly in the form of a video of Cortana talking to him.  He'd never experienced Cortana since I turn that skank off as soon as I open a new computer.
  7. Killing mosquitoes while they are in the act of sucking my blood.  Die, motherfucker, die.
  8. Neighbors who know that pawning off food when you go on vacation is completely acceptable.
  9. My rainbow hand wraps for the gym.
  10. My Berks.. I love/hate how comfortable they are.  They are the German version of crocs or Uggs or other socially unacceptable shoes.



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Honeymoon Part 3 of 5

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Tuesday, May 29

For our first full day in Sydney, we started out slow.  I woke up and started the laundry to dry.  Let me tell you a side story real quick about washer dryer combo machines.  Mostly FUCK WASHER/DRYER COMBO MACHINES.  Seriously.  SERIOUSLY.

Stolen from the AirBnB page.

Who thought this was a good idea?  While it was probably designed to be more efficient, it took me 4 DAYS to figure out how to get the fucking thing to wash and fully dry a load of clothes and that process took ~5-6 HOURS.  HOURS.  And since you could only do one load at a time and we had 5 moderately large loads of laundry.. 4 days.  Before I figured it out, the load would wash and then I would have to manually tell it to dry and it would only set to 30 minute increments, which isn't really helpful when you have a full load.

These combo machines are made for like 2 outfits MAX.  So 2 pairs of jeans and 2 long sleeve shirts and underwear/socks.  This doesn't work for me.  And the frustration with getting the clothes dry was tedious AF and I was on my honeymoon and doing laundry.  Just want to point that out for good measure.  I did laundry every day of our honeymoon, with the exception of the 4 days when we were on our dive cruise.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  My next vacation?  Teh German can do the fucking laundry.  I refuse.

So anyways, I started the dryer and went back to bed to search for adventures for the day.  Teh German and I agreed to go to the Zoo so I bought tickets online  My next search was for a place to have breakfast.  Teh German and I finally decided to get moving, showered, I pulled the dried clothes from the dryer and started a new load, then we headed to a place called Marlow's Way for breakfast.

I had a delightful sticky Chai tea (which was completely new to me) with my breakfast.  After breakfast, we walked to Circular Quay (CQ) to catch the ferry to the zoo.  Sydney was super hazy because of some underbrush burning that had been taking place the week prior.  Thankfully, it blew out into the ocean, clearing up the harbor.








We were mildly disappointed in the Taronga Zoo (but that didn't stop me from taking a millionty photos). Many exhibits were closed and school groups were difficult to avoid.  There were many setups for Vivid, but since it was daytime, the Vivid animals were not lit up.  Nonetheless, there were still plenty of animals to see.  After we'd walked through the entire zoo, we headed back to Sydney via the ferry.  Public transit is a real challenge for Teh German because he likes be certain of where we are going, but he was letting me purchase the tickets.. so he kept asking me if I was certain I'd bought the right tickets or certain which ferry it was... and well, I wanted to kill him.  I won't sugar coat it.


















Como se llama?








Parent was NOT sharing with baby, loool








When we made it back to CQ, we had a late lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks, which was just as excellent as I had remembered.  Since we were tired, we opted to get a taxi back to our AirBnB.  I had been in contact with a former suitemate from NC State who lives in Sydney and we had agreed to meet up that evening after she got off work.  Since we had some time, I took a nap.  Diving and flying and traveling in general had worn me down, plus dealing with Teh German's 2nd guessing all my travel decisions had really taken a lot out of me.


Around 5:30, Sydney Suitie met us outside our AirBnB.  We walked back to The Rocks for drinks at the Australian Heritage Hotel.  It was awesome getting to catch up and tell stories of years between 2004, when we lived in the same suite, and current times.  I was finally able to have a White Rabbit, the first beer I had consumed and enjoyed, when I was in Australia in 2012.  It was actually still really good.  After 1 round, it was after 7, which meant that the Vivid exhibits had been turned on, so we headed to a different bar that had a rooftop bar.  We ordered drinks (gin and ginger ale for me), then wormed our way onto the balcony to see the Opera House.  We ended up getting booted from the balcony after a while since it was reserved for a private event, which was fine.  We walked to the Quay to look at the lights up close and see the Bridge and then we stopped at The Squire's Landing for another round of beers (which I ended up giving the remaining half to Teh German).  We actually went back to the Australian Heritage Hotel so we could order some dinner.






















Sydney Suitie ordered a pizza with emu and crocodile, which she offered to let us sample, so we could try emu and crocodile, and Teh German and I split a kangaroo burger since it was kinda late and we didn't really need any leftovers.  IT WAS ALL DELICIOUS.  And before you get upset, "OMG I can't believe you ate kangaroo, they are soooo cute!  Poor kangaroos!"  No.  Kangaroos in Australia are like deer in America.  Many states have regulated hunting seasons to cull kangaroo populations.  When I was in Perth in 2012, wild kangaroo would come right up to you and they are dicks, so it caused me some anxiety.  I'm ok with being approached by kangaroos in wildlife preservations which are used to humans, but the ones in the wild?  No thanks, bra.




After dinner, we summoned an Uber to drop us off at the AirBnB and to take Sydney Suite home.  When we got back, of course, it was more laundry for me, but then it was bedtime.


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Wednesday, May 30

Wednesday was "wing it" day.  I woke up around 7 to check/do the laundry.  After laying in bed for a bit, we finally decided to get tickets for a hop on/hop off bus and tour Sydney.  We got motivated and headed out to a cafe for breakfast.  After breakfast, we walked to Darling Harbor to catch the bus, but then I got distracted because we were close to Paddy's Market and I needed some genuine Australian souvenirs from China.

So much WTF happening right here.

After finally finding kangaroo testicle bottle openers for a reasonable price, we walked through part of Chinatown to catch the hop on/hop off bus.  We waited for, what seemed like, forever.  When the bus came, we loaded up and sat up front.  We rode the bus through most of downtown and got off at the stop for St. Mary's Cathedral.



After walking through the Cathedral, Teh German endured walking through the Botanical Gardens so I could take flower pics.  It didn't hurt that there was free wifi at the Gardens.  As we made our way out of the Gardens, we decided to head to the Opera House.






Having been to the Opera House before, I was excited to be with someone who had never seen it before.  Teh German said he wanted to do an Opera House tour, so we did.  I didn't realize there were so many concert halls inside the Opera House.  There are actually 6 venues within the Opera House, used for different purposes, and not all of them are opera!  After our tour, we decided to share a snack since we were kind of hungry, but knew we'd be eating A LOT for dinner.







Shhh, don't tell on me for snapping a quick photo of someone doing their sound check..







While we were snacking, I was texting with Erin about ghost tour information, which we had been considering as an evening activity after we met with Erin and her husband for dinner.  We were trying to coordinate dinner and ferry schedules and a ghost tour.  Thhhheeennn, Teh German was like, "How cool would it be if we went to one of the Vivid Concerts tonight?"

He was actually saying, "How cool would it be to go to a concert at the Sydney Opera Hall?"  I could actually think of nothing more cool than that.

So I told Erin to scratch the plans for the ghost tour, we were going to see a Vivid Concert instead.  She was super pumped for us.  After buying the concert tickets, it was POURING, so we thought we'd be smart and jump on the hop on/off bus to take us to the area near the German restaurant Erin had picked out for dinner.  We waited for probably 15 minutes and then loaded onto the bus, standing downstairs where it was dry, when the driver announced that everyone had to be in a seat, no standing was allowed.  There were a LOT of pissed off people that got of the bus at that point, including us.


We walked up the street a bit and the library that I had discovered earlier while we were walking from the Gardens to the Opera House was still open.  There was a free exhibit and I suggested we go inside, where it wasn't raining, to kill some time before meeting Erin and Neil for dinner.  The exhibit was actually World Press Photos and they were awesome and horrible and tragic and awesome.  We were able to view almost the entire exhibit.  So we'd be on time and not have to deal with the rain, we summoned an Uber while we still had free wifi from the library.


When we arrived at Una's, Erin and Neil were already there.  I've known Erin for years on the internet (woah) and I was confident the person she was online was exactly what she'd be like in-person.  I wasn't wrong.  If you also of the mindset that Erin is awesome, you are correct, she is.  Erin gave me the most colorful gift I've ever received in my life, a bag of awesome goodies from Smiggle.  In lieu of a wedding present, since we were on our honeymoon, she gave me sooo many awesome school supplies!  Everything smelled fruity and delicious and my repressed 8-year-old inner self was squealing with delight.  She even made sure to include Teh German and he got a T keychain that smells like cinnamon.



After pressies (as the Aussies call them), we ordered beverages and jager schnitzels and chatted while we waited on our food.  Neil and Teh German hit it off, as we had expected, while Erin and I chatted about all the things.  Teh German said that his jager schnitzel was legit, so a German's approval on German food not in Germany always seems like an A++ to me.  I'm a sucker for dessert, so I ordered the apple strudel.  It did not disappoint.  We were all so full we could barely finish it, but I managed.


After dinner, Erin and Neil were kind enough to drop us off at the Opera House for our concert instead of us having to take an Uber.  We went inside and grabbed drinks, where the bartenders made fun of me for not really being sure about the drink I was ordering.  Turns out, Smirnoff Red in Australia is the same as Smirnoff Ice.  Although the Red came in a can instead of a glass bottle, which was fine.



We saw Dreams perform... and if you've never heard of them, that's fine.  Lead singers from Silverchair and Empire of the Sun got together and created some weird electronica type of music.  I won't lie, I'm well aware that it's not everyone's thing, but for us, it was an awesome concert.  Teh German and I both like the EDM genre, so we weren't disappointed by the weirdness.  The were 2 older ladies beside us who also really enjoying themselves, dancing and jammin' with us.  I did make sure to take a few moments to just sit back and let it sink in that I was on my honeymoon with Husband at a concert at the Sydney Opera House.  It was kind of a surreal feeling.





 

After the concert, we summoned an Uber and headed back to flat.  I, of course, did more laundry, then it was bedtime.


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Thursday, May 31

For our last day in Australia, we opted to do something outside of the city.  Erin had suggested a trip to the Blue Mountains and we agreed it was a good idea.  It was a good last day adventure since we got to ride a bus around to different viewpoints of the Blue Mountains and my calves were over all the walking around they'd been forced to do.

We were up early (me extra early to check the stupid laundry), but it was fine.  We grabbed breakfast on the way to the pick up point and I grabbed Starbucks while we waited at the pick up location, since it was next door.  A man named Aaron was our driver.  He was very chatty and pretty funny.  There was an issue with some of our group and they were at a different pick up location, so we had to go fetch them, then we headed on our adventure.

Our first stop was a wildlife preserve where Teh German got to pet his first kangaroo and wallaby.  We also got to see some pretty birds, a Tasmanian devil, and all the adorable koalas.  After the wildlife park, we loaded back up and headed into the mountains.  We stopped at a few lookouts, then it was lunch time. 





Teh German and I opted to do a sit down lunch, which was stttuuupppiiiddddd.  It ended up taking waaayy too long and our food arrived around the time we were supposed to be back on the bus.  I told Teh German to go back to the bus so we wouldn't get left and I'd have them box the food up and pay and run back with the food.  Teh German was disgruntled, but it worked out fine.  I ran the half mile back to the bus, but it was fine, I'd trained for that.















Dingo puppy!

Just a little bat dick hanging out for you.

A Tasmanian devil with a KONG!

After eating lunch on the bus, we hit up one last lookout, then we headed to Scenic World.  Scenic World has a cable way, skyway, and railway for visitors to ride.  We did each one.  The railway at a 50° angle UP the mountain though?  That was the stuff of nightmares.  I mean we did it in 2018 and we were in "safe" conditions.  I can't imagine how miners of the 21st century could ride the mine carts up the mountain.  I guess the alternative would have been walking up the mountain, but it would be a toss up for me.










Teh German and I both napped on the way back to Sydney.  It was a very busy honeymoon and we knew that Friday was going to be a realllllllllllly long day.  Instead of dropping us off at the meeting point, the driver drove us around Olympic Park (where the Sydney Olympics were held) and then dropped us off at the ferry station so we could catch the ferry to Darling Harbor.  After 20+ minutes waiting for the ferry, the ferry finally arrived.  We spent the 50 minute ride chatting with 2 ladies who had asked to share the table with us that we had plopped down at.  They were from Anaheim, CA (a school superintendent and her friend who were in town for an education convention at the Harbor) and we talked about Disneyland and education and stuff.

When we finally made it back to Sydney, we walked from the Darling Harbor to a place near our AirBnB for ramen (yay for me, boo for Teh German).  The ramen was the stuff of my dreams, and I'm not sure I'll ever find ramen that delicious, outside of Japan, ever again.  After dinner, we headed back to the flat.  I wanted to go out and grab grocery store souvenirs but Teh German wasn't interested, so I went by myself.


I just have to tell you, if you're buying fancy souvineers for people, you're doing it wrong.  Local foods/candies are where it's at.  I managed to find cookies (Tim Tams and Arnolds) and wine and I didn't have to spend a mabillionty dollhairs, which was nice.  I also did a good job at not buying 50 bags of caramel koalas for myself, but it was hard, as they are my FAAAVVVEEE.

When I got back to the flat, I started the FINAL load of laundry and prayed to the laundry gods that I could make the stupid all in one machine successfully wash AND DRY clothes without having to intervene.  Then, it was last bedtime in Sydney.


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Friday, June 01

I woke up early, of course/again, to ensure the laundry was completely dry AND IT WAS!  A fucking miracle!  I was able to go back to bed and relax for 20 more minutes before I HAD to get up and function.  Eventually, I got back up to fold the laundry and pack our bags.  We both showered and I had Teh German set out a spare set of clothes for the carry on.  I knew we'd have to pack clothes into it anyways, so I figured we should pack something we could use in case we actually needed to.  Teh German argued with me about it, but eventually, he complied.

After everything was weighed (seriously, buy one of those luggage scales and take out all the pre-airport guessing games!) and packed and repacked, we summoned an Uber to get us to the airport and headed downstairs.  Since we didn't have internet service on the street, we'd had to summon the Uber from the room.  This meant that by the time we got downstairs, the Uber was already waiting.  While Teh German and the driver loaded up the car, I went to search for the lockbox, which was missing!  I wasn't sure what to do, and without much option (and no way to contact the owner), I left the key with the security guy at the building's front desk and hoped it would work itself out.

We headed to the airport and checked in with minimal issues (minimal say compared to having no entry visa and also not being sure which airline you're flying on).  I thought we were flying Quantas, and they said no, then United, and they said no, and it ended up being Latam, which I'd never heard of before, grand.  When we checked in, we received our boarding passes for our flight to Auckland, where we had a layover, but not from Auckland to San Fransisco.  It was weird, but I told Teh German that we'd get our next boarding passes in Auckland.  We made it through security and waited on our flight.

A rainbow on the way to the airport


When we arrived in Auckland, we started hunting for the place to get our boarding passes.  After traipsing through the entire airport, we finally found the Air New Zealand desk to have our passes printed.  We listened and watched while the lady struggled with something about our luggage in the computer.  Eventually, she said it was all straightened out, so we headed to our gate to wait.

While waiting, we opted to split a fish and chips, not knowing when our next meal would be.  While we ate, we chatted with a lady who was sitting at our table.  She was on her way to Hawaii for her own diving adventure.

We headed to our gate right in time to board for our transpacific flight.  Of course, there were 2 children behind us.  BUUUUTTT Air New Zealand has seats that have foot rests that you can actually lift to 90° and make a bed of the row of seats. Since they were little, they shared 2 seats made into a bed.

Teh German and I barely slept.  This was disappointing for me because I knew that once we arrived, we'd still have an entire day to get through before it was bedtime.  I watched Pitch Perfect 1, 2, AND 3.  3 was for those people who couldn't let it go at 1 and 2 and it was the most disappointing.   I was often dancing in my seat and I told Timo he was lucky I wasn't singing along with the movie... this only happened because 95% of people on the plane were sleeping.

Around 12:45 we landed in San Francisco and started the 2nd half of our 48 hour day.



Honeymoon Adventures

Part 1: SC to MD, MD to Cairns
Part 2: Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Part 3: Sydney Touristing
Part 4: California (San Francisco and Sacramento)
Part 5: MD to SC