Friday, July 12, 2019

Five on Friday #202

EINS - Random Shit

There's a guy in my Chem class who just wants to chat with the guy beside him (who happens to be sitting in front of me).  This is not only very distracting, but I can't HEAR the professor when she speaks and his feelings are really going to be hurt when I tell him to STFU because he knows me from VX-1.

Then again, if he knows me from VX-1, maybe his feelings won't be hurt.  It's a toss up.

Also, maybe my comments throughout class are just as distracting for my classmates, so maybe I'll just keep my mouth shut.  We'll see how the semester goes.


On Tuesday, I finally scheduled taking my Chem exam early and then I went to work and promptly purchased my tickets to fly to DC to hangout with Teh Running Bestie ALL WEEKEND.  JUST US.  No boyz.  Just us and whatever we wawnt to do.  I.CANNOT.WAIT.

We're gonna go to the St. Mary River Concert on Friday night and then we're going to do whatever the fuck we want on Saturday and then we're going to a Groomathon on Saturday evening (when the racing greyhounds come in from the track to start their retired lives and get all cleaned and microchipped and sent to foster homes) and then on Sunday we'll do whatever the fuck we want and then I will be sad and go back to DCA and fly back to Charleston in the early evening.


After a 1.5 hour debacle/debate on Wednesdsay, I finally admitted defeat and allowed myself to "drop" my German minor.  Yes, it would have been super cool to have a BS in CS with 2 minors.. but would it be cool to torture myself for a year for a word on a piece of paper that is, as Brit put it, a demonstrable skill?  NO.

The only reason I even signed up to do the German minor was to be able to apply for the scholarship for the study abroad.  I didn't get that scholarship because I got one from the Study Abroad office, so I didn't need the scholarship money.

I also don't need that extra stress, as much as I enjoy taking German classes.

Look at me prioritizing my mental health.
I mean, I practically gave myself a breakdown making those priorities, but, ya know, slow and steady progress...


Last week after writing the $$ part of this post, I still forgot to pay off my credit card.  I finally paid it off on Monday morning.  This isn't really significant, but I do not pay interest on the card because I pay it off before the bill comes dues because I don't like wasting money by giving it to companies that obviously don't need it.  I was cutting it close on the bill cutoff date when I forgot to pay it...


I put all the dates of my tests and the due dates of my lab reports in myhomework app.  OCD organization at it's finest right there, Gentle Readers.  Like all of those things aren't on a weekly schedule or something... LOOOOL.  Here to be redundant for always.


It was a difficult decision when I decided NOT to get my standard, pre-flight adult beverage.  I second-guessed myself when there was an infant and toddler at my gate.  There will be regrets, but not from my credit card bill.  That medication beverage always costs me no less than $20.


On Wednesday evening, while I was at the gym, I received an email that my laptop was ready for pickup from Best Buy and I should make an appointment to pick it up.  BAHAHAHAHAH fuck that.  I headed straight to Best Buy to pick up my baby as soon as I departed the gym.

When I got there, I saw her sitting on the counter, waiting for me... still with my stickers on the cover, YAY!  A tech helped me and gave me my computer to check out to make sure the repairs were done.  They were not.

Thankfully, the keyboard was fixed, simple since they just had to replace the keyboard.  I also have a screen burn because the metal of the keyboard gets hot when I close the computer and the computer doesn't go to sleep.  Instead of replacing the screen, they "fixed the overheating problem"... uhhh wut?  I don't have an overheating problem.  Soooo, I still have a screen burn, which pisses me the fuck off because it takes about 3 weeks to have a computer repairs through Geek Squad when they have to ship it off.

I have a STRONG feeling that when they fix the screen, I will no longer have all my stickers on the cover when I get it back.  There probably is a way just to replace the screen and not the cover, but I imagine they won't be willing to go through all that work.

Herro, My Precious.
I missed you.

Oh yeah, I made an appointment to drop off my laptop on Monday afternoon so they can send it back to get FULLY repaired.  FUCK GEEK SQUAD.  I figured that since the T button was fixed and my laptop weighs at least 4 pounds less than my work laptop, I would use it over the weekend and have joy.


Roux's Humom is the featured artist of the month at our gym and she mentioned this to me earlier this week when I saw her. She told me that my boy was at the gym, which at first caused some confusion. But on Wednesday, when I saw my Philbo on the wall, I almost cried.

Gentle Readers, I've been struggling this week.  Part of it is school starting.  Most of it is self-inflicted stress regarding my expectations for myself for school things.  Part of it is work things (that absence of things to do is extremely stressful).

I don't know why, but Baggins reminded me that I am doing everything I should be doing.  I'm doing my absolute best, not due to my unrealistically high expectations of myself.  Making priorities for my mental sanity over completing 2 minors.  Repeatedly telling myself that my GPA does.not.matter, despite what I tell myself.  Being at the gym at 6pm the night before a test that I needed to study for.  Prioritizing MYSELF.  Important shit.

Also, Proud by Marshmello came on at the end of my workout and it spoke to the depths of my heart and soul.  It's a new song and sometimes, the things that the important people tell you need to be told to you via music and it will speak to you in a way that you actually hear.


I chronicle my time in public on Snapchat and I'm flying this weekend.  High quality entertainment opportunities abound, Gentle Readers.

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Victoria's Secret bill.  I had a $15 coupon and used it last weekend at the mall.  #NotSorry
-Bojangles for breakfast x2.  There was a planning snafu on the 2nd day.  Oops.
-Chinese for surprise dinner, thanks to the audiobook I'm listening that was talking about Chinese food while I was driving home from work.
-Woot shirt.  It was a shirt with Heart and Brain by The Awkward Yeti... I could NOT refuse that opportunity because I've wanted something Heart and Brain for a LONG time.
-Power bill
-Overpriced airport snack.

-Tickets for my flight to/from DC and a rental car so I don't have to be fetched from the airport.  Although I used my reward points on my credit card to pay for tickets and rental car, so technically, it was F.R.E.E.!!!!

DREI - From My Phone Shit

Twinning with husband brings me joy.

Pinks and purples for a weekend with Teh Bestie seems fitting.

IDK why.
But it happened.

Why don't ants get sick?
They have little anty bodies.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

Your lowest moments will not hinder you from reaching the heights you have been called to.

(This daily email arrived with the subject: you are enough.
I knew from that alone it was for me.  I wasn't wrong.)
Do not think less of yourself if you can't be fearless...
Doing it afraid is just as brave.
-Morgan Harper Nichols

You already have what it takes to breathe deep and be brave.

Giving your all doesn't mean you have to DO IT ALL,
and you are allowed to pace yourself.

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Getting to be with Teh Running Bestie ALL WEEKEND, JUST US.
  2. Making peace with doing less for school things.
  3. Seeing Baggins at the gym.
  4. Free Wifi.  I take this for granted most of the time.  I really shouldn't.
  5. Feeling confident about most of the things on the Chemistry test that I took early.
  6. A 3-day weekend of NO SCHOOL THINGS.  Like for real.  I don't know how to handle myself with this.
  7. Packing everything for the weekend into my backpack.  No suitcases trailing behind me!  #Win
  8. Getting my laptop for the weekend.
  9. A really good audiobook.
  10. Teh German driving my car to the gym this afternoon.  It brings me joy to think about the 9Rounds gym owner seeing my car pull in the parking lot.. Even if he doesn't actually react in anyway.. Thinking of him getting tense over it brings me joy.  #PettyBitch = me.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Weekend Review {07/08}


Friday was a telework day since no one was planning on being in the office.  I wasn't sad about it.  I got to sleep in.  I did have my first day of Chem class on Friday (rude), so I went to class from 10-12, then went to the gym after.

My Poogan's leftovers I ate for breakfast exploded in the microwave...
so I had the pleasure of cleaning the microwave before my day even started.

I practically had to swim to the front door of the gym because it was raining so hard.  Actually, I had to get a workout towel to dry my legs and arms off before I changed into my workout clothes, that's how wet I was, WITH an umbrella.   And officially, my Birks stink SOOO bad that I'm not sure how much longer it will be tolerable, which is shitty considering how much I paid for those fuckers.  Siiiiiigh.  If anyone has any helpful hints on removing the smell from Birks/cork shoes, I'm all ears.

After my workout, I headed home and did work things for the afternoon until Teh German came home.  We ended up going out to dinner at the supa fancy Olive Garden with Teh PT Wife.  After dinner, Teh PT Wife and I went to the mall for things and Teh German went home.  We purposely drove separate vehicles so he wouldn't have to endure mall things.  It was better for everyone.

I ended up coming home with enough hand soap for the rest of the year and a few Wallflowers since I may have overstocked myself on the Toasted Marshmallow scent.  #NotSorry.  I'm not sure when the trend started for foam soap only, but no me gusta.  Some of the scents I wanted are only sold in foam, which is my least favorite.  I prefer the liquid with no sparkles or gel balls or whatever.  Foam just.. annoys me.  Unless I'm using it to wash my ear piercings.  Then it's kinda convenient because it washes off easily.

When we finished at the mall, we came back home and hung out with husbands since it was Smoking Hour.  Eventually, all our phone batteries were dead/dying and I'll fully horrified everyone present with tales from my childhood about how I didn't know/like super popular songs because I wasn't allowed to listen to music that wasn't selected by my parents until I was around the age of 12.  Even then, it was a slow transition from 103.3 (country) to 95.1 (pop) (and those radio stations will only make sense if you are from Western NC).

When we got home, it was bedtime.


Saturday, I tried to be school productive, but it mostly didn't happen because I'm so lost with all things Chemistry.  When Teh German got up, I talked him into going to Lowe's with me to pick up the dirt and mulch that I had ordered online.  There was bickering when he refused to open the hard top for me to load mulch into the bed of the truck in a logical way and then he tisked at me because I couldn't get it to stack well (because I have short arms and was being blocked by the hard top that was hitting my face as I tried to load these huge awkward wet heavy bags of mulch into the truck).  I felt validated when Teh German HAD to open the hard top for the Lowe's dude to load the dirt into the bed.  HA. 

We got home and got ready for brunch at High Cotton with Teh PT Fam.  We headed downtown around 1130 for our 1200 reservation.  The food was good, but IMO, not the best brunch I've ever had.  IDK why.  I had a lobster omelet with fries and Teh German ordered the chicken and waffles and then ordered a side of fries because he was still hungry.  That's not a good thing.

After brunch, we went to Vendue, for drinks on the rooftop.  We people watched and people judged.  Thankfully, there was a breeze on the rooftop, which made it bearable to sit outside.  Otherwise, it would have been too hot.  After beverages were finished, we hit up the gelato place.  I forgot we are in America and asked for 2 scoops, which came out to be like 4 European scoops.  I had to get a bowl for the gelato that was packed on top of the cone, which I knew would melt and slide off in about 15 seconds in the Charleston heat.  I scraped the gelato into the bowl, ate the cone and then ate what I could of the bowl, and ended up tossing what I couldn't eat before we left the parking garage.

Once we got back home, it was naptime.

After naps, I got annoyingly motivated again.  I talked Teh German into doing backyard work since it was shady behind the house.  He agreed.  I had planned to use the wagon for transporting the dirt from the back of the truck to the raised plant bed Teh German had built for my succulents, but the wagon had wood stacked in it.  So, I suggested that we get rid of the "bad" wood (did you know wood can go bad and actually not burn well?  Well, we know that now, too) by tossing it in the woods, then stack the wood from the wagon where the bad wood was (in the wood holder that Teh German had build from pallet wood). 

Except that, after we relocated all the bad wood, we had unearthed a LOT of critters who had been inhabiting said bad wood and the wood holder was not only kinda wet from never drying, but also being eaten into by said critters.  Ugh. 

We relocated the raised bed to the end of the patio so the water run off from the roof wouldn't destroy my plants, then we carried bags of dirt to the backyard.  A project that I thought would take no less than 4 bags of dirt only took 2.5 bags, which means that now we have a LOT of extra dirt on our hands that either needs to be rehomed or returned.  Ugh.

After finishing with the raised bed, we were going to sit under the pergola to cool off, but when Teh German sat down, his normal chair was DRIPPING with water.  Not only was this odd, because no water should be coming in the pergola getting the furniture wet, but the cushion was dripping and it was 24 hours post rain.  Teh German tried to ring the cushion out, but it kept dripping.  Eventually, he removed the cover and put it in a place to drain and dry out. 

I'm not sure how, but this led me to asking him to fetch the shop vac and I proceeded to vacuum all the patio furniture, finally getting rid of that HUGE ass spider web.  I did discover the spider and asked Teh German for something to kill said spider with and he came back with critter spray... I meant a paper towel or a shoe or something immediately lethal.  Teh German sprayed the spider and it took off running and then we were unable to find it again.... 🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦

That was the point at which I insisted on vacuuming ALL the patio furniture completely.  I also vacuumed the rug.  When everything was put back together, I asked Teh German if he wanted to hang out outside or inside and he said inside and I was legit disappointed.  I HAD DONE ALL THAT WORK!  But there was AC inside and The Americans.. so I said ok.

We had leftovers for dinner and then we watch The Americans until midnight when we finally went to bed.


Sunday was productive day.  Teh German actually got up with the dogs before I could get annoyed with Meri laying in my leg space so I actually got to go back to sleep, which is very rare.  I ended up getting up around 0945 and making gravy for the leftover biscuits we brought home from Poogan's Porch brunch on the 4th.

Made with love and a little melted plastic...
Although this "modification" really made stirring the bottom of the pan easier.

Teh German had 2nd breakfast with my first breakfast and then I went into study mode for Chemistry and Teh German finished working on fish tank things he'd been working on all morning.  Teh German went over to Teh PT House to watch FIFA while I suffered through reacquainting myself with Chem. 

After a 1 hour break to talk with Teh Running Bestie, I did make minimal progress, hopefully it will be sufficient for the quizzes and test we have this week.  The professor put 2 old tests on the class website, so I printed those out and started taking them as a means to help myself recognize what I don't understand (from Chem 1) and what I need to ask about.

My goal is to take Friday's test on Thursday so I can go to MD this upcoming weekend for Megan-Teh Running Bestie time.  I haven't purchased my tickets yet, just in case, but I'm planning on it, while Teh Running Bestie is NOT planning on it, so she's not disappointed in case something happens.  Fair.

When Teh German finally came home, I had finished up with as much Chemistry as I was going to accomplish.  He was kinda surprised.  Again, leftovers for dinner and then we watched The Americans until bedtime.

Sometimes, fuzzy feet try to pierce my face.


It was such a weird weekend because Wednesday kinda felt like Friday and Friday kinda felt like Monday but also Friday.. Saturday felt like Sunday and Sunday was just weird. 

For real, being back in class has me in a funk and it's not so good.  I'm questioning how I'm going to survive another 295 of schooling.  Teh Running Bestie suggested maybe going back on the anxiety meds, but I would have to find a medication that doesn't have forgetfulness as a side effect, because that's the real reason I had to stop taking the anxiety meds.. and my general no-fucks given attitude had escalated to maybe too high levels.  Oops.  I think I'm supposed to have my lady appointment at the end of July or August (I can't remember because it's not scheduled because they said they'd call me to schedule when it's time, annoying) and I was going to ask my OB/GYN at the appointment for either a medication that my insurance covers or a referral to a general practice doc who isn't part of the office that I'm boycotting after my March sickness.

I might also have some PMS going on.  That snuck up on me.

I have to get back into the school-work swing of things, which is annoying because it means my days are super long and exhausting.  Also, I've not been sleeping well, so that only makes each day seem longer (not really just seem, since the days really are long when you don't fill them with sleeping).

This week is the first full week of class and the teacher doesn't hate me, so that's a positive.  She also has noticed that I'm trying to be on top of things, not just because I'm trying to leave town this weekend. 

The calendar is currently void of activities, other than my impending travels.

Oh yeah, and Pax was fine all weekend so I cancelled his vet appointment that was scheduled for this afternoon.  No need to waste $150+ for him to just be milking me for attention.  Siiiiiigh.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Five on Friday #201

EINS - Random Shit

Receiving an email from my Chemistry teacher on Tuesday knotted my stomach up and gave me such anxiety.  What a fun start.... NOT.  Anyways, the email said that we were scheduled to have our first test on July 12th, which is semi-convenient for me, as I was really hoping to go visit Teh Running Bestie that weekend... anddd if I can take the test early (on the 11th), then I'm not even missing any class!  WIN.


I'm a summer hater.  I know there are people who thrive in the heat, but I am not that person.  Being hot and sweaty makes me angry.  Having swamp ass for every single day for months, from just sitting outside or walking to/from my car or even just sitting in my air conditioned car on my non-cooled leather seats, makes me rationally angry.

To wear shorts means to feel obligated to shave my legs.  To wear shorts also means that my thighs stick to ever fucking surface I come in contact with... and nothing about peeling my skin from the place where I'm sitting brings me joy.

"Feels like 111"
You know why that fucker isn't wearing britches?
So he doesn't have to deal with swamp ass.


I don't love my new smartwatch.  I just don't.  I like how it looks, but I don't like how it functions.  I've only used the tap to pay once and it wasn't as easy as using my phone.  I thought it would be awesome.  It's not.  I can't figure out how to get messages to always display when they come in, instead of me having to swipe to see them.

I requested a return label so I can return it.  The label finally arrived on Thursday evening, so I packaged the watch and charging cable up and dropped it in the mailbox for Friday pickup. 

Now to find the watch I want (Garmin Forerunner 645 NO music) on sale....


I officially have a seasonal section in my wardrobe.  I got tired of having to fetch my shorts from the dresser, so I swapped my shorts with my workout pants and now my shit is righted around.  This seems like such a simple solution, but it was a big deal for me to have seasonal clothes that need to be switched out.  I've never been that person.  I never wanted to be that person, because that's just so much work.. butttt I think I've finally accepted shorts wearing as a thing.. because it's just so fucking hot in Charleston and shorts = less swamp ass.


I skipped the gym on Wednesday because I'm lazy AF, so I made sure to go today.  And then I did sprints and couldn't really catch my breath for like 2 hours after the fact.. I only did like 10 total sprint segments... after 40 minutes on the elliptical and some core work.  I need to work on this. 


We're a watermelon family.  #SorryNotSorry


When I walked into my Chemistry class and my teacher said, "You don't look excited to be here."  I had to explain that I was confused because I thought we were meeting in a different classroom, where I went first and it was locked.  Apparently, in her email that whole part about meeting in a different classroom was only regarding where we meet for LAB, not CLASS. 

I read that email multiple times and was confused every time.  Good thing I went early.

In fun news, there are at least 2 other computer science students who I know in the class and the dude that I worked with in my original Chem class in 2017.  Soooo yay for knowing people!

I think the professor realized that I really just had RBF upon walking into the classroom, not a disdain for all things... well I mean.. in that situation.  I realized that waiting 2 years between Chem 1 and Chem 2 is a disaster.  Soooo that's a fun thing I have to figure out.

Oh yeah, did I mention that we didn't actually cover all the material we were supposed to in Chem 1, so I'm already behind in Chem 2?  What a joyful life I live!!! lol  We already have homework, as expected, sooooo here we go again, Gentle Readers.


Teh German's computer is fixed.  I didn't update the firmware on the SSD nor did I download the software for the SSD.  Let's just hope he doesn't click on some clickbait and get a virus.  I can't handle that.


I kinda want to edit my photos from Europe. 
I'm kinda too lazy.
This is my life now.


Pax started limping on Thursday morning (aka the 4th of July, aka a HOLIDAY) and the dogs have a 24 hour observation period before I will take them to the vet.  Thankfully, a neighbor had some rimadyl they gave me so I could give it to Pax to see if it helped.  It did, woot!

On Friday morning, Pax was significantly improved.  He wasn't 100% back to normal, but I could tell the medication helped.  I did not make a vet appointment for him though.  I'm hoping the medication for 2 days helped him relax some and he's not been overly active since it's been raining and he's been hurting, so I'm hoping some downtime will assist with his recovery.

If he's still limping by the end of the weekend, a vet appointment will be made. 

I'm trying to be positive that it's just a tweaked muscle or something from playing with Meri or doing zoomies in the yard, but it's hard with a greyhound to not be paranoid when it comes to cancer, no matter how old they are.  People send positive thoughts for the Moose.

ZWEI - Money Shit

-Amazon purchases.  Mostly shirts that end up getting returned the next day because they don't fit/I don't like them.  #SorryNotSorry
-Freezer stock up at Sam's
-Metto x2 (this is what happens when I'm in Mount Pleasant 2x in one week)
-Vicious Biscuit for lunch with former Coworker
-Warranty for Meri's harness which she ate like a millionty years ago and I'm just going about getting it replaced because I got motivated.
-Shipping for Meri's harness
-Bojangles for breakfast on Monday
-Parking for brunch downtown on the 4th
-Water bill
-Lab book for my Chemistry lab.  1 millionty praise hand emojis for not having to buy the textbook..
-Car payment
-Internet bill
-New pillow
-Old Navy shopping spree for $10 shorts.  #WorthIt

I returned my Fossil watch, so hopefully the refund will be posting soon AND I will find the watch that I want on sale... because I may not be Chinese, but I'm almost as cheap as one.

DREI - From My Phone Shi

Coworker brought in Krispy Kreme on July 3rd.
She's my spirit animal.

What was the most famous dance in 1776?

Vicious Biscuit, bitches.

Teh Running Bestie and I have this shirt in long sleeve and when I discovered they made it in short sleeve, I HAD to buy it.

Dear Subaru,
While I appreciate your focus on safety, these warnings that appear every 10 minutes that keep coming back after I've hit ok are extremely obnoxious and distracting.. soo like, LESS SAFE.
Also, please note that it's a miraculous 78°F outside.
I almost went on a street run instead of going to the gym I was so excited about it.. buttttt then I didn't want to deal with being soaked or the dog's excitement.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

Thanks to Steph for this gem.

One day you will look back and see:
Despite everything you were missing,
You did not miss out on what was meant for you.

The shadows that gathered around her could not hinder the light running wild within.

And if I fail?
I will rise up.
I will rise up and I will try again.
I will my low points as the lesson that help me grow in wisdom and strength.

FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Dogs that have no storm/loud noise (firework) phobias.  Phil used to get pretty weirded out by storms, so I have experienced that life, but for Pax and Meri, the 4th is another day.  Meri didn't like the noise, but she was more curious why there was banging (fireworks) at bedtime than upset by it.
  2. Teleworking on Friday.
  3. Chemistry class finally starting and not having to buy the book.  301 days until graduation.  I'm finally on the tail end of this adventure and it's now OBVIOUS TO ME and I'm fucking ready.
  4. Acknowledging that I didn't like my fancy smartwatch and sending it back.  Real talk y'all... I'm a HUGE Google fan, but Google Wear fucking sucks, but I refuse to go to an iPhone to wear an Apple Watch, soooo I had to seek out other alternatives.
  5. Rain.  I hate when it's a millionty fucking degrees outside.. HHHHAAATTTEEEEE.  And I might complain about getting drenched when buckets of water are pouring from the sky.. but if you ask if me I'd rather be soaked in sweat or soaked in rain, that is a simple answer: RAIN ALL DAY.  
  6. Embracing the casual life and wearing shorts this week to work.  Most of the people I work with wear shorts and t-shirts and flip flops to work anyways, but I know that for females there is always a higher standard and even a bit of a competition regarding being professional with clothing choices.  Those flip-flop wearers are male.
  7. Buying long inseam shorts.  Look, if you can pull off a 3.5 inch inseam, good on you.. but I'm too fucking old for that.  Hell, I thing 5 inch inseams are too short sometimes.  My favorite so far has been the 7 and 9 inch inseams.  #OldFuckingLadyStatus  Also, no one needs to be seeing my bits/butt cheeks.  I have an audience for that: Teh German, Meri, and Pax.
  8. Simple dinners.  We did leftovers and sandwiches for most of the week.  Low effort is where it's at when it's hot AF.
  9. Lazy 4th of July.  We went to brunch, I took a nap, I went to the pool, we grilled in with Teh PT Fam, then it was bedtime.  No fireworks because I wasn't interested and because the local ones got cancelled anyways.  Oh well.
  10. Mixed load laundry.  My LOE (level of effort) these days is considerably low.  Mixed loads = 1 load of laundry instead of 2+.  1 load = less monitoring, less folding sessions, less effort.  This is my life now.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Weekend Review {07/01}


Friday was work day and it was a coworker's last day, so that was sad.  Sad because I like her.. but now we're Facebook friends!  So, trade-offs, lol.  I spent most of the work day trying to fix Teh German's computer.. and it was FIXED.. and then it wasn't after I installed all the Windows updates and the SSD application, so I'm going to reinstall Windows 10.. again and start over... again...

Rather than drink with coworkers celebrating our departing coworker, I went to the gym.  Before you think I'm a callous asshole for neglecting my friend, we have a lunch date setup for Wednesday at Vicious Biscuit.  Soo, I get to see her again this week, so it was ok.

I over did arms and legs, like I do, after 30 mins on the elliptical.  I'm slowly working up my elliptical minutes.  I did lunges and squats and had regrets all weekend.  Lawd, my ass still hurts.

When I got home, I discovered that Pax decided his snuggle-pillar, or whatever it's called, needed a lobotomy.  Fortunately, it's not a big hole and the stuffing isn't poking out, so hopefully it will be fine until Dr. Mom performs repair surgery on it.

It was a low-key evening.  I had cooked some "sweet and sour" chicken in the crockpot (it was not sweet and it was not sour) and we had that for dinner.  Then Teh PT Kid and Teh PT Wife came over and we watched Inside Out.

Have I mentioned here that Inside Out always makes me bawl like a big fucking baby?  Because it does.  Like, I tear up anytime I see Bing-Bong.  ...and AS SOON AS they start singing the song?  Waterworks.  IMMER (ALWAYS).  I'm bawling and sniffling and singing the song as they try to escape the abyss of forgetting..  I don't even care about the part where Joy realizes that Sadness is the key to having joy... like, I'm still in mourning, for forever, the loss of Bing-Bong.

Anyways, after the movie, they went home and it was bedtime for us.


Saturday was productive day.  Meri ensured I was awake by 0730, I dozed on and off until 0830 when I HAD to pee, and got up and tended to the beasts.  I also put on some clothes and scooped poop so Teh German could mow.  After, I ate breakfast and had my coffee and finished my puzzle.  Teh German came inside from mowing and was feeling the motivation bug (which I could tell because he was trying to find things to do) and I suggested maybe he empty the smart closet of all of his EMPTY boxes.

Let me explain something to you about Teh German.  He's very cute, yes.. but he's a hoarder.  This shouldn't surprise me in the least, because they say a girl marries her father... but I thought.. oh how I thought, that I had NOT fulfilled that saying.

I was wrong.
I married my father.
My father is a hoarder of things.
My husband is a hoarder of things.
My husband was hoarding empty boxes in the closet that is regularly used for things like the vacuum cleaner and the step stool and my camera bag and his "7-gallon" buckets of water.  And these EMPTY boxes were a real hindrance to getting things in/out with ease.
My husband was hoarding empty boxes in a closet in our house when we HAVE a closet in the garage for shit like... empty fucking boxes (like the TV boxes and idk what other random boxes he's insisted we keep, but it's usually for electronics type of things).

The closet isn't that big.. and all that shit was in there.
To include the top of the fish tank that "I'm gonna sell."

I have no idea where these boxes ended up, but I feel like most of them went into the garbage, which gives me validation.  After this, husband and I headed to Lowe's to check out storm doors and bring one home for installing.  OF COURSE, the one we wanted wasn't in stock.  OF COURSE.  So we came home, Teh German decided to de-stump our back yard... and I said nothing, and finished my puzzle.

After I finished the puzzle, I cleaned of the table and decided maybe I'd work on the computer problem.  First, I had to clean off the desk of shit-from-Germany.  I had unpacked the luggage and the box we shipped, but never actually put the stuff in it's place... because #LIFE.  Then I got distracted after I got the desk cleaned off.. and ended up taking a nap..

But not before I found

This is the box for his Apple watch.
I noticed it when I was putting shit away.

During my distraction period, I ended up taking a nap.  #SorryNotSorry.  We had plans to go to dinner at Baker and Brewer with the The Gang at 6, so I needed my energy.

Honest review, I did not like Baker and Brewer.  I had the duck confit sandwich and I could barely taste the duck, only the dijon mustard and mustard seeds.  I asked for a side of ranch, mostly to use the sandwich as a vessel, but they don't have ranch (not surprising since Evo doesn't have ranch either), but instead they have a garlic sauce..  Not only was said garlic sauce a bit spicy, it also cost $1 for a 2oz portion.. I was so angry I hate-ate it.

We were a party of 7 adults and 1 baby.. and the server couldn't get our checks correct, despite being told who was together (via seat number #ServerExperience) 3 different times.  We ended up being there for almost 3 hours and I was fucking stabby by the time we left.

We stopped by Dairy Queen on the way home and I mixed it up and ordered a brownie sundae instead of a blizzard... and why can't places heat up the brownie?  Like, is that so hard?  That's the #1 key in a delicious brownie sundae.  #1 thing!  GAAHHH.

After dessert, we all headed home and it was bedtime a little while later.


Sunday, fun day?  We had to do some adulting on Sunday since it didn't get accomplished on Saturday.  Teh German had asked if I wanted to take care of our store items after we were unsuccessful in the storm door attempt, but I was lookin' a hot mess, which is completely acceptable in Lowe's, but less so in Sam's or a grocery store.. so I told him I didn't have my list, which I didn't, but I probably could have recalled everything on it, saving the tasks for Sunday.

We agreed to go to brunch at Bonefish Grill since I'd heard they served brunch.. But first, I wanted to make a stop by Old Navy at the outlet and pick up some shorts... also, the shorts were only $10, which was extra motivation.  Since we arrived to the outlets early, I also got gas, THEN went to Old Navy, THEN it was breakfast.  Despite having been warned of said agenda before we left, Teh German was still a grump about it, but kept it to himself, for the most part.

I did pick up several pairs of shorts, all in 2 sizes because one size fit perfectly.. but I hadn't eaten yet and they hadn't been through the wash, so I didn't know if they would shrink or not..

Greens, egg, and ham.
It was delicious.

After brunch, we headed to Sam's to pick up a few things, then to Lowe's to help Teh PT Husband buy a smoker, then Teh German went home with Teh PT Husband and I went to Lidl to pick up the remaining items on the list.

When I got home, I packaged all the meat from Sam's for the freezer, then I tried on the mabillionty shirts I ordered from Amazon.  Of 8 shirts, I kept 1.

Also, if there isn't a button at the top, the shirt is fucking stupid and I will return it.
This annoyed me so much.

Know what else annoyed me?  My inability to look like the model in my cute flowy shirts.  My boobs are too big for flowy shirts.  Flowy shirts/dresses make me look like I could at anytime give birth.  Fun fact, that is not a look I'm interested in.  I repackaged the shirts to be returned, then took care of the laundry, since I wanted to wash all the shorts I purchased to see if they'd shrink or not.

They did.  I was right to buy the bigger size.  Now I will be returning the smaller sizes and hopefully exchanging 1/2 pairs.  While I was playing dress up, Teh German was back at the de-stumping.

Obviously, I have feelings about this.. feelings that I did NOT share with Teh German in this way... so here they are:
The stump is from a tree that Teh German cut down 2 years ago.  When we did this project, Teh Dad suggested drilling holes in it and pouring gasoline down the holes to rot/kill the tree/stump/roots.  No action was taken.  Fast forward 2 years and now Teh German is ready to get rid of the tree stump.. and he is digging and hacking and has an assortment of tools surrounding him, any of which could remove significant portions of body if mishandled.  Like, if there was a hard way to do it, this is it.

Did I mention it was over 90°F and there is no shade in the middle of the day at said tree stump?  No?  Oh, well, those are also facts.  And I said nothing.  I did at least grab his water bottle from the table at one point and refilled it for him.  More than worrying about him cutting something off, I was worried about a heat related injury...

My worries were unfounded, as he killed ALL FOUR of the batteries for the various tools he was using and that signaled an end to the day's stump removal party.  After, he took a shower and we ended up at Teh PT House for smoking hour until doggy dinner time.

There is another bed in the shade, but this Monkey prefers to charge in the sun when it's 90+°F outside.

After feeding the beasts, it was make dinner time.  The menu got all mixed up during the week, but I mentally planned for alfredo on Sunday night because I knew we'd have leftovers.  So I did shrimp alfredo with mushrooms and peas and crescent rolls with the truffle pasta we'd gotten in Italy before we left.  SOOOO FUCKING DELICIOUS.

My eyes and nose were bigger than my belly when I made my plate, so I didn't come close to eating all that, but I was pumped to have extra for lunch during the week!

After dinner, I finished taking care of the laundry and did some pre-laser hair removal appointment grooming after a bath then I laid in bed scoping out Sandals deals for our 2020 trip.  Finally, Teh German came upstairs and it was bedtime.


Overall, a very good last weekend before school starts again.  I needed the laziness and productivity and quietness that this weekend held.  I didn't bother working on the computer and that was actually for the best.  I wasn't frustrated over it, which was nice.

That said, I do think I pinpointed the problem.. the downloaded application for the new SSD, of course.. so after reformatting and reinstalling Windows 10 again this morning and applying all the available security updates, I've had zero issues.  The SSD doesn't require the application, so I won't be downloading it again.  Unfortunately, there is a firmware update available, so I will create a restore point then install the firmware.  I also need to put the computer in the vicinity of Teh German to see if he breaks it with his presence...

This week is obviously Merika's Freedom Week... or Treason Day if you're English, which I love.
Wednesday, I'm starting my weekend with a going away lunch for my Coworker at Vicious Biscuit then teleworking the rest of the afternoon.
Thursday is 4th of July and we will have brunch with Teh NY Chef and Teh PT Wife.  Wewt.
Friday is the first day of summer school, Chem 2, bleh.  When I was cleaning up the office, I pulled out my Chemistry book/former lab book, so that's productive!  I'll be teleworking on Friday after class.
We may get to go on a Charleston dive on Saturday, fingers crossed.
Annnndddd, depending on how strenuous Chemistry is, I miiiiiiiiiiight be going to visit Teh Running Bestie the 2nd weekend of July!  :D :D :D :D :D  Fingers crossed for not so difficult!

Happy July, Gentle Readers!