Friday, August 16, 2019

Five on Friday #207

EINS - Random Shit


If your candid photos are blurry, they are really just shitty photos... And if people don't have their eyes open, it's not "natural" photography, again, just shitty photos.  Finally, if you take your candid photos on purpose while someone is taking a bite or eating, you are just an asshole.  If you wouldn't want to be portrayed in the way you are portraying your subjects, don't tap the shutter button.

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To the CS professor who emailed out an email over 2 weeks before the semester started saying something to the effect of, "if you are signed up for my class AND you're signed up for this OTHER class, you should probably take one of those classes next fall, if possible because of the extremely heavy workload.",

Guess who is signed up for BOTH classes?  THIS GIRL.  FML.
Guess who cannot take either class at a later date?  THIS GIRL.
This is the downside to being part of such a small department at school.  There aren't enough professors as is to offer more than the minimum required classes.  There's not even an option to take another section, much less take this class the following semester (spring), rather than the current semester.  The classes are only offered once a year and you take it or you don't and if you don't, you're only setting yourself behind.

So, thanks, Professor, for ensuring that my school anxiety nightmares have already started. 

I almost responded to his email saying that, but I think I'll save it for the first day of class.

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Finally! An anemone! And also an urchin, which is harder to see, but is there.

Acclimating it to the water.

Just after placing it in the tank when it hadn't attached to anything yet.

It's really difficult to get a good photo of the anemone because of the tank lights, so mostly I just post videos of it on Snapchat.  It has moved from where it first placed itself (against the side of the tank in the above photo) to more towards the front of the tank.  Fat Stripe hogs the anemone for herself and never lets Thin Stripe enjoy it.  Maybe one day, when the anemone is bigger they can both enjoy it?  IDK how it works.

I do know we tried to feed the anemone last night and it resulted in a pretty nasty fight because Teh German expected me to be a master at feeding it, even though we didn't have tools to make it easier and I'd never done it before and I'd only read a few websites and watched like 2 videos about anemones.  This resulted in him being an asshole and me being a bitch in response and later we had a chat about it.. and then.. AND TTTHHHEEENNN... I'm talking about how he made me feel and he's saying shit like, "Well I was mad because I expected you to know how to do it."  I tell him that is an unreasonable expectation for someone who has never fed aquatic creatures before.  Then, I point out that I was talking about feelings and he's focused on the tank.  He, no shit, says something about, "Maybe we just need the right tool," and he I grabbed his face and said, "THE TOOL WE NEED IS COMMUNICATION, ARRRGHGHHH!"  Jesus, fuck.

I'm still not sure if he actually understood what I was trying to communicate (my feelings), but we did discuss that his frustration with my not meeting his expectations was unfair because why should I be expected to be perfect at something I've never done before and also he was mean to me after the fact because I'd disappointed him, which frustrated him. 

I tried explaining that sometimes I get frustrated and angry and I have to make a choice not to take it out on him and maybe he should try this method of making a choice about the way he reacts to his feelings.  I mean, it probably won't happen, but I'll keep banging my head against this wall, because Mawwiage.

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After a millionty years of using Feedly as my Google Reader replacement, this week I finally added content to it so it actually IS like Google Reader was.  IDK why I had only used it to read the blogs and webcomics that I follow, but that's what I did.

I subscribed to so much shit that there's no way I'll ever keep up with it, but it brings me joy now and that's a positive.

PS.  This is what happens when you're bored AF at work.  Could I have been working on Security+ things?  Definitely.  Did I feel like?  Definitely not.

PPS.  I went through and unsubscribed to several feeds today and cleaned everything up.  There are still several article repeats, but that will eventually get sorted out.. anddd I can say that I tackled the feed today!  Feedly said 1k+ unread articles this morning and now there are less subscriptions and 0 unread articles!  #WIN

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Dear Spotify,
When you notify me that there is an update after I've already lined up a playlist, you won't get restarted until the end of the day.  That's just how it's got to be.  Also, maybe just installing your updates without me needing to restart the program would be nice.  Siiiigh.  #FirstWorldProblems

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In an unexpected/moderately expected turn of events, Willow is paid off.  Unexpected because I never expected to pay her off in such a short amount of time.  Expected because we recently discussed finances and paying shit off.. and knowing I had the money to pay Willow off meant that I couldn't stop thinking about it, so now my coffers are empty now, but I'm debt free again.  Her title should come in the mail in the near future and that will bring me much joy.  Thought not as much joy as cooled seats...................................


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Teh German: Can I have $5 [for coffee]?
Teh Megan: No.
tG: Can I have $10 or $20 then, if you don't have a $5?
tM: No, I have no cash at all.  Sorry.
Teh German grumbles.
tM: Wait. 
I go to my nightstand and fish out $10.
tG: Where did that even come from?
tM: Someone gave me cash once, years ago, and I put it in the nightstand for some reason and then we moved and it's just been there, so I figured that was a good place for it.  And I figured it was a good idea to have a little bit of cash on hand if there is ever a hurricane emergency and ATMs don't work.

Teh German just kinda stared at me.
#MarriageGoals: being able to randomly surprise your spouse with shit they didn't know... and save the day by providing money for coffee pods at work.

Also, writing this prompted me to get off my ass and walk down to the bank with the ATM down the street from my office and withdraw cash for things (Teh German's coffee money, tattoo, random other shit).  Thanks, Gentle Readers, for being there for me!

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....Gentle Readers....
I'm considering buying those expensive ass, super nice, noise cancelling headphones for work.  You see, what had happened was... there was a vacant desk by me and then we hired someone who really isn't here all that often because he's on base.. buttttt when he is here, it seems like he never shuts up.  He's either talking to coworkers or on the phone, and almost always about work things, but the pitch of his voice is one that I am unable to block out and it is VERY distracting for me... to the point that I'm about to take matters into my own hands.

On Wednesday, I ended up leaving the office early because he hadn't stopped talking (on the phone and later to a coworker) from 1:15-2:45.  Not that I was doing anything in particular, but that I couldn't NOT hear him was annoying me.

Then on Thursday, when I actually had tasking for the entire day, he came into the office earlier than normal and then proceeded to talk to everyone about everything randomly throughout the day, which was extremely distracting. 

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I bought shelled pistachios at Bilo since they were 40% off.  I am sad they are not crunchy like if you had shelled them yourself.  Buuttttt, I was able to eat a handful without having to work for them, so I guess that's the trade off.

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The brand Magic Bullet NEVER makes me think of a blender.  It just doesn't.  I worked at a sex toy shop, "magic bullet" will always make me think of sex toys.  Now you know.

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Days when I forget a hair tie are very few, but on the days that does happen.. IT'S THE WORST.  My hair tie is like my security blankie.  You never know when shit is gonna get serious and you need your hair out of your face.  Or what if you're eating something messy and you don't want to get hair in your food or food in your hair!  These are important situations to plan for, Gentle Readers.

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The Cleaners threw away the plastic cover for our peeler.  It was laying on the kitchen window sill while the peeler was in the dishwasher.  I'm torn between sadness and gladness.  Sad because we'd kept it for so long, glad because now I don't have to deal with that thing.



ZWEI - Money Shit

-Power bill
-Hot flashes BC
-Groceries
-Pot lid organization thing
-Nexium
-Door organizers for the pantry
-Dog dewormer.. because hookworms will plague me for the rest of my life.
-Massage
-The final car payment.  When I did my calculations, I thought the phone lady said $9990.  No, she said $9900.  Siiiiiiiiigh.
-Bojangles 1x.  I mostly wanted to get the memory of the gravy-jelly from the mtn weekend out of my mouth memory.  I didn't get a sweet tea though, so I consider this a trade off.
-cash withdraw for things.


-I returned several dresses, as expected, last week and those refunds came in.  #SoRich

DREI - From My Phone Shit

Teh Sister bought these knives for me in 2013 after she had to use the shitty knives I had.
This was my favorite knife.
We had such a good run.

She insists that I have to take like 20 photos of her to get a good photo.
Annoying ass.

Gratuitous cute photo

The mailbox passionflower vine has blooms!
After some conflicting stories, I have determined that the blooms actually open and close depending on the weather.
So now you know that fun fact.

Where would Voldemort go if he played trumpet?
Jazzkaban.

This SUV had a catahoula magnet on it and my first thought was, "Oo, they'd be friends with Roux's Humom and Mr. Golfer!".  Then I noticed the "I love golfing" licence plate frame.  I thought, "Wow, they'd be besties with Mr. Golfer."  Then I saw the sticker on the window and realized, WAITTTT THAT IS MR. GOLFER!! 🤦🤦
He recently got a new vehicle and it keeps messing with my brain since he's always had a truck since we've known them.
I shared this story with them and they both laughed at me.

VIER - From the Internet Shit

This article talks about how subscription services (i.e., Netflix, Adobe, etc) are like dying by a 1000 cuts since it's just a little bit each time, but will ultimately kill you.  And by kill, I mean, make you poor.






Letting go does not mean you are ok with everything that happened or the way it happened,
it means that in spite of what happened,
you are allowing yourself to find peace, anyway.
-MHN

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


FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. Trying to update the GEGR website... even if it was pointless.
  2. Tech writer things.
  3. ANEMONE!!!!
  4. Walks with Husband and Dogs in the rain (we were already sweaty and wet from working out, so why not?)
  5. The lamps all working after the cleaner had come.  *insert praise hand emojis*
  6. My tattoo finally being out of the itchy phase.
  7. Back to back workout days, since I knew I wouldn't be able to go to the gym today.
  8. $10 off a Dropps order thanks to Steph's Code (STEPHANIETRIAL1).
  9. Weekend plans for some adulty shit like installing some organization things in the kitchen and a new doorknob for the front door (so Teh German will stop locking the door handle, rendering the smartlock useless).
  10. Hairs did tonight AND an After Hours Event at the Aquarium with Teh PT Husband and Wife (yes, it was planned this way on purpose, now to ensure the hair lady doesn't get hair dye all over my face....).


Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Weekend Review {08/12}

FRIDAY

Friday was work and I left around 3 to hit up the gym.  While I was working out, Best Buy called to say my computer was ready for pick up and I scheduled to pick it up at 7.  After my workout, I went home and showered.  Teh German came home a few minutes after me but did some job/computer things before he showered.  Around 6:30, we headed to Best Buy to pick up my laptop.



Guessssss whhhhaaaatttt, Gentle Readers....
The screen is ACTUALLY fixed!
ANNNDDD yet again, my laptop did NOT come home with me!!!!  Crazy, right?
Honestly, I'm not even a little bit surprised.  I actually laughed when the tech told me it'd need to be sent back, again, for the repairs.

So what had happened wasssssss...
When the tech opened the laptop, right away he noticed that the laptop hadn't been reassembled correctly and tabs that shouldn't be showing, were, in fact, showing on top of the keyboard.  ANNNDDD, in addition to that, the plastic piece covering the rear hinges/guts was broken.. ANNNDDD it had to be sent back because the tech couldn't put the tabs back in without taking the computer apart AND since it was broken, the plastic piece had to be replaced, which they don't keep in stock, understandably.

Sooooooo, I mean, I didn't cry this time, that's progress.  Teh German asked if I was really ok and I was.  I think he was surprised I wasn't more pissed off about the situation, but when you're me, you just go into shit expecting to be disappointed and then it's not overly surprising when you ARE disappointed.  🤷 And #DemAnxietyPillsYo

We had agreed on the way to Best Buy to go to my fave Mexican place for dinner, La Nortena.  Thankfully, Teh German acknowledged that Wild Wing Cafe, which is in the same parking lot as Best Buy, had recently received pretty poor sanitation ratings and he didn't really want to go there.  Fun fact, had he suggested WWC, I would have informed him about the poor sanitation ratings and we wouldn't have went there anyways.  I was glad I didn't have to disappoint him.

Lingua chimichanga with a side of cilantro.
#ProudCilantroLover

After dinner, we headed home and released the beasts, then headed over to Teh PT House for socializing.  At yawn-o-clock, we finally headed home for bedtime.


SATURDAY

Saturday was lazy day.  I'm not used to not having things to do.  Soooo, I woke up early because I had to pee, fed the dogs, then went back to bed.  When I got up later, I decided to walk the dogs before it got too hot (I was too late).  I took the beasts on a walk and I was literally dripping sweat by the time I got back. 

Gentle Readers, I am a Southern Belle, in all ways except for the part about glistening.  No.  I sweat.  Like a pig.  Sometimes, I drip sweat.  It's the most disgusting thing to me.  Hate, Hate, HHHHAAATTEEEEE.

The only silver lining to the sweating session was that Meri was giving a toy lawn mower in someone's yard the motherfuckin stare down and she ran into the silk fence around one of the construction lots and because that surprised her, she then jumped and got caught halfway on the silk fence.  The commotion and noise was so abrupt that it freaked out Pax, who also jumped, but did not come in contact with any silk fence.  I, on the other hand, lost my shit cackling at everything that had transpired.  I was not laughing when I got home, dripping with sweat.  Ugh.

I called Teh Running Bestie and told her and Teh German of Meri's demise with the silk fence and they both got a chuckle.  For many years I've waited on Meri to hit her face on one of the steel rods holding up the silk fence or some other issue and finally the day came!  Her near misses have baffled me for years, but my wait was worth it.

After getting back home and drying myself off, I had breakfast and coffee and then we videoed with Mama G for a bit.  I managed to toss in some German and understood enough of what was going on the majority of the time.  After it was over, Teh German and I worked to get Skype working with Alexa so we can just use the Show next time for video.  It would be awesome if Amazon also integrated with WhatsApp, butttt that's probably never gonna happen.

I moved to the couch and finished a book, nothing great, and Teh German left to go "help" Teh PT Husband smoke a turkey as a pre-Thanksgiving trial.  And by "help" I mean, they sat outside together in the mabillionty degree weather and watched the electronic smoker do what it does without assistance.  I refused to go outside after my stint with the dogs, so after I finished my book, I laid down and took a nap...

..and woke up 3 hours later... and then I just laid on the couch because I had nothing to do.  I'm not good with having nothing to do...

Around 4, Teh German texted telling me smoked turkey was almost done and asked if we had any sides we could contribute.  So, I made mac and cheese and warmed up peas and baked beans.  Pantry hoarding to the rescue!

August Thanksgiving

By 5, we were enjoying the fruits of our labors.  I'm not disappointed by smoked turkey.  We hung out for a while longer, Teh PT Husband introduced me/us to Big Mouth, a show on Netflix, which had me cracking up.  Teh German and I agreed that we would watch it next/when The Americans gets too heavy and we need something funny to watch.

When we got home, Teh German offered to let me peroxide his ears.  It was gross and awesome.  After, it was bedtime.


SUNDAY

Again, with the needing to pee super early.. Ugh.  I fed the dogs while I was up, because #BestWifeEver, then I went back to bed.  Around 8 or 0830, I woke up to some beeping and was super confused and then finally deduced that it was probably the fish tank, so I woke up Teh German, told him the fish tank alarm was going off and he got up and I went back to sleep.  When I did wake up again, I got dressed and took the dogs on a walk... again. 

Sunday was not as miserable as Saturday, thankfully and there was sweating, but not dripping. 🙌


When we got home, Meri insisted on going outside for a while, then came in and watched the front door for a bit, then she laid down for less than 3 minutes and was up being a busy body again.  I swear to Buddha that dog is solar-charged.  Like, I joke about it, but I was ready to take a nap and I'd only been awake for 45 minutes.  Pax was laying on the floor panting with me questioning if I'd almost given him heat exhaustion.... and Meri was like, MOOOAAARRR!!!  Weirdo.

I finally got tired of dealing with her, so I gave both dogs bully sticks and after, they finally settled.  Shitheads.  Teh German left to go help the Biker Gang move something, so I had another boring day ahead of me.  This time, I decided to be productive. 

First, I repaired Pax's caterpillar.  I had to repair it in the guest room because when I took it into the loft, Pax did not approve and we played tug until I finally gave up and he brought it back into guest room.  He supervised my work, then he DNGAF when I was finished with it.  #RUDE.


Next up, I showered because I was gross.  After the shower, I started laundry and purged my clothes, as I had planned.  Then, I headed to Walmart to pick up my hot flashes BC and a few items that were on the list.  Then I came back home and made brownies for the cookout Teh German and I were going to for dinner.  Then... I waited for Teh German to come home.  I did my Duolingo lessons and played Solitaire and talked to Teh Dad, who I almost hung up on because he insisted on comparing me to Karl, which he thought was funny for some reason, but 100% was not since Karl was a fucking douchewad and he was saying I was being like Karl since I was pissed at Teh German for being late.  Anxiety pills did NOT help in this situation.  Then again, neither did Teh Dad, who seemed to be insistent on trying to piss me off more, even though he thought he was being funny.  Only one of us was laughing and it sure as shit wasn't me.

Teh German came home an hour later than we had agreed on, then he tried to pull some shit where "[I] said 3:30."  Bitch please, I literally broke down the schedule for you and repeated you should be home to get ready by 2:30 no less than 2 times, and then we'd leave at 3:30.  Don't pull some shit with me like you were confused.  Own it, because it's not MYYYYY fault that YOU are late.  In the end, he didn't get to shower before we left and I didn't care.  He knew that he was wrong, even if he'd never acknowledge it and will blame it on the people he was helping, because I'm 100% confident at no point did he ever say to them, "I need to be home by 2:30 because we have plans this afternoon."

We made it to Teh Advocates' house shortly before 4:30.  The rest of the guests arrived around 5ish.  We had burgers and socialized with their new German exchange student and each other.  I didn't understand everything, but it was super loud and I couldn't hear well, so it was fine.  I was struggling to understand English conversation as well, so it was NBD.  Around 7:30ish we headed home to feed the beasts the other half of their dinner.  We watched an episode of The Americans and then it was bedtime.

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Part of me hates weekends with nothing to do, but most of me loves them.  It's a difficult situation because I'm so programmed to be doing something.  I also know that in the very near future, my weekends will probably be shit because they will be filled with homework and I'll be having to coordinate my time again.

This is another quiet week, as I purposely planned.
I have a massage today.  🙌🙌🙌
Friday is hairs did day and then we're going to an Aquarium After Hours event with Teh PT Husband/Wife.  Yes, I purposely rescheduled my hair appointment for a day when I knew we had activities going on so I could show off my fresh hairs.  #NotSorry


Friday, August 9, 2019

Five on Friday #206

EINS - Random Shit


I saw an employee at Walmart carrying a sign that said, "Are you sure it's not still Mercury Retrograde?" and I felt that in my soul.  Thankfully, there is a marked difference between the frustrations of last month and the lack of frustrations this month.  There has been some anxiety (tattoo pain is real, yall, plus the will it rain or not drama after trailering the bikes 5 hours making it pointless), but nothing like the WTFness of July.  Whether it's the lack of Chemistry, meaning my life is more simple, or the fact that we're out of Mercury Retrograde.. I'm taking it.

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Monday night I took an anxiety pill to sleep.  I was angry and frustrated at Teh German for trivial shit that I was making issues of, even though they really weren't issues (like I do, thanks for coming to my TED Talk), I was overly tired from sleeping poorly most of the weekend/week/month, and I.  I slept like a MFing champ.  It was delightful.  I woke up feeling rested.

It's never been a secret that I don't sleep well, but when I've already got a ton of shit going on and then you add the lack of good sleep?  Well, it's kind of a disaster.  I'm trying not to let the impending final semesters loom over my August and give me anxiety, but they kind of are.

And so.. I'm going to try to make it a priority this month to 1- find a new doc. 2- try to find an anxiety medication that doesn't make me forget my entire life.  There is better living to be found through chemistry.  Anxiety medicated Megan doesn't lose her shit about every.little.thing.ever.  And I'll be honest, losing my shit over all the little things is exhausting.  I try to make it funny when it happens to mitigate the fact that, yet again, I'm bitching about something.. but it's exhausting for everyone.  I know it.

In the meantime, I don't have anything I'm worried about forgetting, so I'm putting myself back on the anxiety meds.  Maybe if I'm self-aware of the forgetfulness then I can continue taking the meds after school starts?  We'll see what happens...

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I have a feeling the decision to take the anxiety pill Monday night helped me from having a catastrophic rage-induced meltdown on Tuesday afternoon after discovering the mysterious "red stuff" on the carpet in the loft was actually pizza sauce from the unauthorized pizza buffet the dog sitter allowed the dogs to have.

After noticing the weird red shit all over the carpet and then noticing crumbs, I suspected the dogs got into something while we were away.  Fun fact, THIS is why I finally gave Teh German the ok to install cameras in the house.  I checked the cameras and, in fact, the dogs DID get into something.. Meri helped the dog sitter finish off his uneaten pizza and garlic knots, which had been left sitting on the loft couches when he left during the evening.  Poor Pax was muzzled, but he tried soooo hard to also enjoy the buffet.

If the cameras hadn't caught enough of what happened, these bread bites would have been a dead give away...
Also, WHY IN THE FUCK DO PEOPLE REFUSE TO MOVE SHIT WHEN THEY CLEAN!?!?!?!

I think I'm so used to being disappointed by the people I hire to help us that I was more disappointed than angry that we can't trust the person we thought we could.  I did message the sitter to let him know that he should have told me and was told that he forgot because he was running late.  I'm not sure if he was referring to leaving the pizza out or telling me, either way, I'm not pleased.  I'm not really sure why he didn't feel the need to mention it to me, at all, when he came on Monday afternoon to pick up his stuff.

I also cleaned up the mess he left on the stove when we got home, from the frozen pizza he'd cooked on Friday, which I only know because he asked where the pizza pan was after he arrived and said he was going to cook it.  I don't feel like it's unreasonable to have the expectation to NOT allow the dogs to get into anything while you're watching them.  I also don't think it's unreasonable to expect the person staying at your house to clean up after themselves.

We don't leave food out because of the #GoatDog situation we constantly endure, but also because I don't want to NEED an exterminator.

Dem professional ass lines.

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Speaking of moving shit when you clean...  I found out that Pax is creating tiny clones of himself when I cleaned the loft.  Since there was sauce on the cushions and bread crumbs, I pulled up the cushions to vacuum the couches out and discovered in-progress Pax clones.  I also discovered that our cleaners have never ONCE vacuumed under the couch cushions.  In a house with 2 dogs.  NEVER vacuumed under the couch cushions.

It's hard to see,but there are little in-progress Pax clones in progress in that crack.
Both couches had these black tumbleweeds filling the entire crack, for the full length of the sofa.
There was also a black tumbleweed in the tiny corner where the couches come together that had never been vacuumed up.

Do I have overly high expectations?  Am I unreasonable for expecting that under the couch cushions be vacuumed maybe every quarter or something?  Or that the vacuum wand be used to get corners/hard to reach places?  I'm not asking that the furniture be moved every time.  Siiiiiiiiiiigh.

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We finally, finallly, got some clown fish for the tank.  FINALLY.

They are hard to see, but they are there.
Soon we will be getting an anemone for the fishies, which is really all I wanted to begin with.

Teh German asked what we should name them and I told him that I wasn't sure yet, but we always called our fish "Pete" and "Repeat" when I was a kid.  I will observe said fishies and see if they have any distinguishing marks and then determine names for them.

Update: I have observed said fishies and one has a fat middle stripe and the other has a skinny middle stripe.  This is their distinguishing features and for now, they are being call fat stripe and skinny/thin stripe.  Maybe these names will stick.  Maybe something better will come along.  Either way, Fat Stripe is always charging at me.  We think since it's the slightly bigger fish, it's the female and if that bitch doesn't get outta my face she won't get her anemone!  Come at me, bro.

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If you were interested in the menstrual tracker app situation, I guessed correctly when I said I redownloaded the Garmin app and have continued using that.  Most of the apps for menstrual tracking are more for people with regular periods (not me) or people who are trying to get pregnant, (not me).  There was one app that was overwhelming in all of the mood options, which I liked and hated at the same time.

I'm sticking with Garmin because my data is already there AND because I figured out how to turn off the device not connected notification and I like the few, simple options they offer for menstrual tracking things.

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People who cut open resealable bags and leave stuff in the bag that is now unable to be sealed shut, deserve to be cut.  Period.

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My very smart, sometimes assholish, loving, cute, so very cute, Husband insists on locking the storm door.  INSISTS ON IT. 

WHY IN THE FUCK DID I BUY A $200 SMART LOCK FOR HIM TO LOCK PEOPLE OUT SO THEY CAN'T FUCKING GET TO IT?!?!?!


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Because I'm bored AF, I've made it my goal to bump up the visibility of the GEGR FB page.  Truthfully, I love doing social media things and wish I got paid to do it.  Well, I guess actually I am since I don't really have tasking at work currently.  But fret not, it's coming.  All the documents are coming.  I imagine that they will all be need to be finalized between the few weeks prior to midterms and Christmas.  #PositiveThinking

Also, looking at cute dogs never hurts my heart.  It will soothe the stress of all those document finalization dates which happen to be on the same days as CS assignments being due.

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I've been doing the Tweeter thing again.  This is what happens when I have too much time on my hands.

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I have 5 classes this semester and 4 of them are in the same classroom.  Which happens to be one of THE most depressing classrooms that the computer science department uses.  It's small, cramped, and the projector is in a weird way. 

Anyways... I'm thinking of making a sign to claim my spot for the semester... because.. why wouldn't I?

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New acronym announcement: MIGFYSU
This stands for:
Megan is gonna fuck your shit up.

This is completely in relation to someone sitting in my claimed space in that classroom I'll be spending so much time in this fall.



ZWEI - Money Shit

-Bully sticks for the beasts
-Phone bill
-Water bill
-Tickets for an aquarium event later in the month
-Tattoo session + tip
-Dog sitter
-Gas
-Groceries
-New, less greasy, tattoo lotion + travel bottle
-Several long dresses with pockets.  These will replace the long dresses I have without pockets.  Seriously, pockets are sometimes the determining factor regarding my outfit for the day.
-Replacement shirts from Old Navy.  I need some solid, no funny prints, t-shirts for work and the one/two I do have, have holes in them.  I'll be doing a serious closet purge soon!
-Pizza for lunch
-New front door knob that doesn't lock so Teh German will have one less way to lock people out.
-Replacement screens for the pergola since one of the screens has a rip in it along the entire length of the screen and Teh German has already repaired 2 small holes and this is too large to repair.  I bought something from WayFair for an 11x13 pergola in the hopes that it will be ok for our 11x14 pergola.  When Teh German contacted the pergola company, they said that new screens would cost $289 and would include both the mosquito netting and the solid panels (that we never use anyways).  I wasn't pleased with that and asked Teh German if we could try it a cheaper way first or try repairing it ourselves.  He said yes.  Worst case, my cheaper methods don't work and I'll return the screens I got from WayFair and he'll be paying the $289 for the screens.


Sooooo uhhhhh...
I said fuck it and now I'm completely poor but Willow is paid off!
This is what happens when I'm bored and I've spent too much money over the past few months.
Annndd also, I'd rather see those car payment dollas going towards my savings account, knowing they don't have anywhere else they could be going.
Soo back to being #DebtFree other than the mortgage. 
#Adulting #LikeABoss



DREI - From My Phone Shit


There is a basil plant at work.
I'm gonna make some pesto.


When do computers overheat?
When they need to vent.



This bumper sticker had my name! #WIN


POCKETS!!
All non-pocket dresses will be donated.
#SorryNotSorry




VIER - From the Internet Shit



Husband to me.



It's ok if your strength looks different in this season.
MHN

You are brave.
Even when it does not seem that way and your bravery shows up in your choice to keep going every day.
-MHN


FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. No school August.  Not actually all of August, but a significant enough portion that I'm calling it no school August.
  2. 30-40% off everything at Bilo.  I bought all kinds of shit I'm generally too cheap to buy.  Shelled pistachios?  Check.  Pint-sized ice cream?  Check.  + $80 more in stuff that we will actually use/eat.  #NotSorry
  3. No more car payment.  I mean, this also means no vacations anytime soon, but I don't have the PTO anyways.. Soooooooo, it's fine.
  4. Eating lunch outside with a coworker each day.
  5. Not having to lug around my backpack with a computer in it everywhere I go.
  6. Dresses that have the empire waist that I desire.
  7. POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Using the air fryer for new things.
  9. The smell of the clean couch covers... #SilverLinings
  10. Not having to sit through all-day long meetings for 3 days this week.


Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

3 Things.. again

Three movies I've watched more than 20 times 

1. Titanic, but only the first VHS (When the movie was released, it came out on VHS and it was so long, it was split between 2 VHS tapes.  Teh Sister only ever wanted to watch the FIRST VHS, not both (because she didn't appreciate the man hitting the propeller and flipping into the water as much as me), then start it over....).
2. Any Disney movie released between 1991-1997.
3. Erin Brockovich
All of these movies were part of Teh Sister's Movie Repertoire that she would play over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.. and over.. and just keep repeating that for forever.

Three things I don’t do 

1. Tan.  I'll be translucent for forever.
2. Suffer fools or individuals who don't pay attention.
3. Tolerate people trying to make me feel stupid or belittling my efforts.

Three things I'm always up for doing 

1. Most new adventures.
2. Getting ice cream.
3. Silly selfies.

Three good things that happened this month 

1. Chemistry is officially behind me, after haunting me since Fall 2017.
2. Getting ladies-only time with Teh Running Bestie.
3. A cold front that enabled me to ride Bagheera.

Three things I wish everyone knew so well it was ingrained in their bones 

1. "Helping others will help you."
2. You are your most critical critic.
3. You're not the first person to have this problem.

Three things I'm tired of 

1. Trump related media/Trump/politics.
2. School.
3. Being hot.

Three things I'll never tire of 

1. Meri snuggles/Pax leans.
2. The smell of clean laundry.
3. New technology.

Three things I like to photograph 

1. The beasts.
2. All.the.flowers.
3. Distinctive architecture.

Three things I can't resist 

1. Punny jokes.
2. Ice cream.
3. Scratching Meri's butt.



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Weekend Review {08/05}

FRIDAY

Chem final was at 08 and I finished that beeyoch by 1030 and headed home to do some work things until Teh German came home.  After eating lunch and having to prod Teh German along, we finally got everything packed, the bikes were loaded up and the trailer attached, and we finally hit the road to NC.


We decided we're going to have to leave earlier than 1:45 on a Friday for our next adventure to NC.  We were in a traffic mess almost the entire way from Charleston to Columbia.  Once we got through Columbia, I checked Waze, knowing that we were going to be near Charlotte during rush hour on a Friday with some rain.. and I just wasn't really feeling that.  Waze routed us around Charlotte and we ended up on one of the shittiest SC roads I've ever endured.  To the point that Teh German was ready to turn around and go back the way we came to find another route.. that's how bad the road was.. Then, there was a bridge and I was like, mayyybee after the bridge the road will be better?  In fact, crossing the river meant crossing into NC which meant the road improved 1000%.  Not an exaggeration there.  I feel like SC takes pride in having such shitty roads, which makes my soul hurt.

We made it to Home, Home, and we met Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom for dinner at a Japanese place.  I don't usually order hibachi at Japanese places here, so that was a nostalgic experience, since I used to eat hibachi all the time when I lived at Home, Home.

After dinner, we headed to Teh Dad's house, parked the trailer in the garage, unloaded the truck, then went inside to hang out.  We met tiny-head dog and   The TV was on, as always, and I snarked our way through Lone Survivor.  I felt a little guilty about it.. but there's only so many cliff faces your shot up body can fall from and you live through it.  Then again, adrenaline does crazy things to a body.. so maybe I'm wrong and that movie is 100% FACT.  LOOOOOLLL.

Even with the snarking, I did tear up at the end when the photos of the entire team and those that died were shown.  The entire time I snarked, I was also mentally saying thank you for having never deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq or a real combat zone.  I did say it out loud a few times too.  When the movie was over, it was bedtime.


SATURDAY

Saturday morning, I got up and had my hibachi leftovers for breakfast while chatting with Teh Dad and Teh Stepmom.  Eventually, it was time for me to shower and head to Mooresville to hang out with Noel for the day.

Noel had drawn the elbow piece the last time I was at the shop, so all he had to do was size the stencil and place it, then we got down to business.

Full of optimism and naivety about how it wouldn't hurt that bad.

Taking a break.  My back was pleased.
It's not easy for a big titty babe to lay on her stomach for hours and hours and hours.

Around 5:20, Teh German stopped by to say hi.  Which was really all he said since he spent most of the time on his phone, I assume, looking for routes to take back to Home, Home.  He had been riding in mountains, but got caught in the rain, when he decided to come down the mountain and make the trek to Mooresville.  I told him it looked like he peed in his pants since the crotch of his pants was wet, but nothing else really since he'd air dried on the ride.

I had planned to leave the shop at 6, but it turned into 6:30.  Oops.  But Noel got through the elbow, the shading of the elbow (which almost made me vomit multiple times and I was made fun of for my pterodactyl screeches at one point because I wasn't mentally prepared), and he retouched the upper arm wavy mandala.  I won't say the elbow was as bad as the foot, but Noel started at 1:40ish and we took a 15 minute break, and we went until 6:20ish.  So 4.5ish hours.  During the shading of the elbow, the shock symptoms started.  My legs were quivering and that vomitous feeling was real.  But, I did not die.

On the way to Mooresville, I had called Teh Granny and asked her to come to dinner, she agreed.  I had to call her when I left the shop to tell her that I was running late and that I'd be home around 7:30.  It ended up being more like 7:45, buttttt I couldn't go as fast down I-40 on the way home since no one else was going fast, RUDE.

It was good to hang out with Granny and Teh Dad grilled chicken and Teh Stepmom made pasta salad, which was delicious.  After Granny left, Teh Dad made a bonfire and we sat outside until around 10:30, when it was finally sleep time.


When I went to the bathroom before going to bed, this attention-whore kitty-kitty entertained me.  If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw the adventures.  I don't like cats as a rule.  I am allergic.  But this cat.. IDK, I liked this cat.  It was strange for me.



SUNDAY

Sunday was ride together day.  The forecast showed no rain, which was awesome.  And we had a reservation at 2 for zip lining.  We had a small breakfast and got moving.

Tiny head, big body dog.
She was a sweetie, with a tail worse than a whip.

We stopped at Bojangles for lunch before heading up the mountain so we didn't have to stop later.  After Bojangles, we headed up Hwy 181, Teh German's favorite curvy road near Home, Home.  We stopped at the Brown Mountain Overlook for Teh German to get in some drone time.  Honestly, we could have stayed longer, but 1- the bugs were swarming me and I did not like it, 2- My elbow was wrapped in saran wrap and when the sun hit it, it felt like it was burning, 3- We had to be in Blowing Rock at 1:30, sooo we didn't have as much time as we wanted.

When we left the Overlook, we passed a motorcycle accident in the worse curve on 181.  All I saw was 2 white blobs, which I assume was the gas tank and another bike piece.  There was no bike with the blobs that I saw.  A group of Harley riders had stopped and several cars, so we kept going, to not add to the confusion, knowing there was nothing we could do.  It was sobering since we had definitely just waved at all the bikers that passed by while we were at the Overlook and we saw no less than 30 bikers while we were stopped for those few minutes.  I didn't see the rider, but we did see an ambulance and fire truck headed toward the accident as we made our way up the mountain.  Teh German hadn't realized it was an accident until I told him.



We went down the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to the zip line place, which was a poor decision.  1- We ended up hitting a dirt road, which is NOT ideal on the bikes, 2- There was gravel in MANY places on the Parkway.  Why in the shit that gravel was not swept off the sides of the road with a street sweeper is beyond me, especially considering that it's summertime and there are SO MANY BIKES and cars, for that matter, on the Parkway.  Teh German had said that he had hit gravel on the road during the rain on Saturday, but he said he was on Hwy 221.  Turns out, he was actually on the Parkway and he'd been over the Viaduct without even realizing it. 

We finally made it to the zip line place, where Teh Dad was waiting for us.  We were in a group of 10 people, which I do not recommend.  10 people is too many, especially when one of those people is Karl.  Karl was a teenager who was doing the course on his own, while his grandparents waited on him in the car.  Karl was a douche who refused to wear his helmet properly, insisted on having his hair over his eyes, and generally didn't listen to any directions given.  Karl quickly became a target of ridicule for the entire group.  Also, Karl had a body odor that none of us found appealing.  He pissed off one of the guides to the point that she told him, more than once, if he fell from a platform, she wouldn't help him get back up.  Obviously, she would have had to, but he kept fucking around and she was pissed at him for not paying any attention to anything anyone told him.

With 10 people, it took too long, IMO.  Yes, we were in the trees for almost 3 hours, buttttt most of that was spent waiting on other people to zip.  A group of 3 passed us when we were close to the end, and they started 30ish mins or so after we did.


Since it was offered, I had purchased a zip and sip ticket for Teh German, which came with a "free" beer at Speckled Trout, a restaurant in downtown Blowing Rock and 1/2 off small plates.  We weren't super hungry, so we split the fried chicken sandwich, fries, deviled eggs, and hoecakes (corn muffin/pancake combo).

The last hoecake with honey butter.
Lawwwd it was delicious.

Fried chicken sammich.

The other purpose in sharing a meal was that left more room for Kilwins!  #SorryNotSorry

Teh German opted for gummy bears over ice cream.
I married a weirdo, but this means more ice cream for me.. sooo #TradeOffs

When we left Blowing Rock, we were juuuuust getting to the turn that goes out of the downtown area and we hit rain.  Teh German and I agreed to turn around and go a different way down the mountain.  Originally, we had planned to take 321 down the mountain, then take 268 to Wilkesboro for some curves then back to Home, Home.. buttt the rain threw a wrench in that plan.

Instead, we took 221 away from Blowing Rock and took 181 back down the mountain.  This actually worked out well enough.  It meant that Teh German got one more session on 181, and we got to take 221, which is one of my favorite curvy roads.  I think that Teh German had meant to take 221 on Saturday, but he didn't realize the difference between the Parkway and 221 and chose poorly.  Now he knows the difference and will probably always pick 221 for the greater than 35mph speed limit.

Unfortunately, when we got on 181, we hit a band of rain.  And Laaawwwddd it was a COLD, stabby rain.  Not only was my neck getting stabbed by rain pellets, but every now and then a trickle of cold water would run down my warm places and I wanted to die a little.  Thankfully, the rain only lasted about 5 minutes and other than being wet and slightly chilly, the ride down was uneventful.

Teh German agreed to just a few more curvy roads before we went back to Teh Dad's, so I took some short back roads, despite how sore my hips were, then we headed home.

Wet crotch...

After greeting the critters, Teh Stepmom ended up coming home within 5 minutes of our arrival.  I went downstairs and promptly showered to try and get warm.  It mostly didn't work.  After, I went back upstairs to socialize and Teh Dad came home.  Teh German came upstairs and we hung out with Dad for a little while until it was finally time for bed.


MONDAY

We left Teh Dad's around 1030 on Monday morning.  Teh German had gotten up around 0830 and loaded up the bikes while I slept in.  I slept like shit for most of the nights we were there, so extra sleep didn't hurt my heart.  I finally got up when Teh German came back inside and packed the suitcase and got ready to go.  We had a light breakfast and then we headed out.

A Carowinds recce challenge for Teh PT Kid was sent.

The ride was uneventful, thankfully.  We got home around 3ish.  Teh German unloaded the bikes while I did some work things.  After, Teh German went to the gym and I went to Walmart to pick up some things.  I stopped by the car wash on my way home and finally opted to vacuum Willow and clean her windows/crevices.  I guess I was doing such good work that my watch recognized it as a workout... soo uhh, there's that.

When I got home, I took the dogs on a quick stroll about the neighborhood before it started to storm.  It was actually perfect timing since the breeze from the impending storm was delightful and it had cooled down outside by at least 10 degrees.  After we returned home, I fed the dogs, showered, and then it was human dinner time.  After dinner, we watched a few episodes of The Americans and then... our extended weekend was over.  Sads.

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This week is my first week of work only and it's a short week since I took Monday off.  I did do some work stuff, but that's fine.  I really only wanted to take a half day Friday and a half day on Monday, butttt since I'd already scheduled 8 hours of PTO on Monday, it would have required a justification to change it, and rather than deal with that disaster, I just flexed the hours.  Whatever.  Nothing is outstanding, so it's fine.

Originally, I was supposed to sit through an all-day long meeting every day this week, butttt there's no room in the conference room for me, so I am exempt.  #SorryNotSorry for how happy I am about NOT being in that meeting all day.

This month was purposely planned to be a quiet month.  The one goal I had, to get Teh German to the mountains for riding, has been accomplished, soooo that leaves the rest of the month for whatever shenanigans we find.  I do have another tattoo appointment at the end of the month, so that's another opportunity for Teh German to ride, if he chooses. 

Here's to lazy evenings, puzzles and audiobooks and socializing over the weekend, and maybe getting in some pool time between summer thunderstorms.  YAY AUGUST!