Friday, January 17, 2020

Five on Friday #222

EINS - Random Shit

The day before classes started (so Tuesday), I had a crisis about what I would actually DO with my computer science degree. I mean, full on CRISIS.  What started it was a tempting tech writer position in my LinkedIn inbox (which I never check).  Actually, what started it was this Women in Cybersecurity conference in March, since I signed onto LinkedIn to add that I was a member of the WiCyS group on my profile page, then I saw the message, and then I was like, hrm I should look up computer science jobs.. and then I did and was like, but I can't do any of these jobs.

So that's where we are in life.

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I finally purchased my flights for Denver this week.  I won't be pocketing much of that stipend I'm getting for going, which is a bummer.  I'm still hoping I can talk to someone at work about the conference and see if I can get some expenses paid.  Fingers crossed.

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Teh German started his new job on Monday and we're still dealing with that situation I've been vague about for a month.  I swear that once it is all worked out I will stop being vague about it.

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After waiting (im)patiently all week, Teh German and I received the email we've been waiting for that was the breeze that blew the dark cloud from over our heads.

So here's the situation I've been vague about for the last month.

Teh German landed a new job in December.  When he told the German company he worked for that he was quitting without fulfilling his contractually obligated 60 day termination notice (yes, that's exactly the same reaction everyone else had to that statement too), they set out to make an example of him (per the CHS CEO).  What could have been worked out prior to Christmas stretched halfway into January, causing quite a bit of stress in our lives.

We talked to so.many.people about this situation, from my company's HR/recruitment team to legal professionals from other states to people who logic-ed out the situation the same way I and everyone else did: SC is an at-will employment state and Teh German's contract was for an unspecified length of time, thus making him an at-will employee.

Because Teh German was breaking his employment contract, the company decided to threaten him with "consequences" that they would never specify, despite us point blank asking what said consequences would be.  Threats from "German law is higher precedence than US/SC law" (incorrect) to "owing $50,000 in loss for the company" (wtf?) to "having to pay for an external trainer to come and train someone to move into his position" (wut?) to "having to pay for someone to go to training" (despite 2 someone else's having already been to the training).  There was no straight answer and I was relieved when they finally hired a local lawyer to move forward.  And then we hired a lawyer too because there are few things that freak me out more than when I second-guess myself about things I was extremely confident about... like Teh German being an at-will employee, and anything related to legalities.

Fun fact, in SC, if you've signed any type of employment contract, you are NOT an at-will employee.  This is less of a fun type of fact, considering the situation.  BUT, everything I'd read online said that it was NOT worth it for a company to sue an employee for not fulfilling a termination notice.  THAT fact, I was confident about.  I also pointed out to Teh German that it makes even less sense to hold the quality manager against his will since that person could do considerable damage to the company, if they chose (not that Teh German would ever do this because he's a better person than me).

Despite my confidence, and everyone else's advice of the situation, the lawyer we hired point blank said that Teh German was definitely breaking the contract and was in the wrong, which clarified on that at-will situation that had been a grey area.  Even after hiring the lawyer, the following/this week was stressful.  The attorney had to respond to the letter they send Teh German saying that his notice wasn't accepted, which was delivered on Monday.  Since we're dealing with German time and east coast time, that was another complication.  When we had met with our attorney last week, Teh German explained the situation, offered to give up his remaining vacation days, and offered to train the person that was taking his job on Saturdays.

For the last week and half, we've been in a weird state of trying not to worry that they would actually fulfill their statement of making Teh German an example for other employees trying to quit without fulfilling their contract.  We have been worried about legal things with this situation stretching on for months to years.  Not only would it cost THEM a lot of money, but also us in trying to fight them.  I prayed that it wouldn't be worth it for them.  PRRRAAAYYYED and prayed and prayed and prayed and send up positive vibes and only discussed the situation with limited individuals as to not jinx us (because I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little-stitious, you know).

Our attorney spoke with their attorney and our attorney presented some facts that their attorney was not aware of: 1- Someone else had already completed the training, they just didn't have hands-on experience, 2- Teh German had trained the person replacing him for 3 days prior to his last day, 3- Teh German had offered to NOT take his post-Christmas scheduled vacation to train the person replacing him but he had been told to take his vacation.

When she got back to us, she explained that at most, the German company would want him to pay for training his replacement which was $3000-5000, not chunk change, but an actual number that was manageable, considering the threats that had been floated.  We didn't really agree with this since 2 coworkers had already been through the training, but we were willing to fork over the cash to wash our hands of the situation.

Finally, Thursday (yesterday), we received an email from our attorney that the company had agreed to Teh German's suggestion of giving up his remaining vacation days and coming in for 4 Saturdays to train his replacement.  Even better, they are going to PAY HIM to train this person.  These days will help us recoup the lawyer fees we paid, which is irony at it's finest.

There are not sufficient words to describe my relief.  Actually, I was mildly-relieved when they finally gave a solid number of dollars that we could be liable for.  Getting the news that they agreed to Teh German's suggestion of Saturday training and us not owing money is like a cool breeze on a spring day, blowing the clouds that have been hanging over us since mid-December away.

Teh German refused to celebrate after he got the new job, knowing that there would be complications with the German company.  He barely even let himself be excited or happy about it.  Then add on the frustration of dealing with an organization that is outright bullying you?  It was everything in him to actually show up to work last week when things were at their worst and I do not blame him.

I'm super proud of the fact that he kept showing up and doing his job as he had always done, well past the point that I would have walked out of the building with two birds blazing on each hand while yelling at everyone to suck my dick.  Teh German is well known for his asshole-ish-ness, so for him to hold his head high and not let their bullying provoke any reactions from him is crazy impressive to me.

His new job seems to be providing a challenge that he was looking for and he now works on a team which wasn't the case at the German company.  He has already provided positive impact on ways of doing things that will make processes more simple and save time, thus saving money.  I know there will be struggles eventually, but after emerging from the dreary cloud over us for the last month, I'm going to take this win and run with it.

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It's not a secret that Trump is my least favorite president.  Also not a secret is that I'm a huge Elizabeth Warren and/or Andrew Yang fan.  Obviously, no candidate will meet all my various opinions, but I was interested after Ali posted the Washington Post "Which Democrat candidate do you agree with most?" quiz.


If that is difficult to read, I will embarrassingly admit that the candidate that I had the most same views with was Steyer, which is semi-hilarious because the only reason I know of this dude is because 1- he spoke the least at the democratic debate that I watched last year, 2- Teh PT Kid (and Teh PT Husband) HATES this guy because of all his ads on all things media related.

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I have only FOUR classes this semester and one of them is research, so it kinda doesn't count, but it does because I will have to do things for it, even if we only meet once a week.  I'm not used to having this light of a load.  Ironically, already this semester I've heard of 2 classes I wish I could take, siiiiigh.

Classes this semester are:
-Databases, my lone computer science class with PITA Professor
-Statistics
-German
-Data science research

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It has been incredibly warm in all of the classrooms on campus this week.  It was so warm in our Stats classroom that we opened the windows, but then the HVAC outside kicked on and it was so loud we had to close the windows.  At which point the instructor said, it's too hot in here to learn, so we'll just go over the syllabus and start lectures next Tuesday.

We all looked around at each other like, "Is this really happening?"  It was.  We were finished with class at 0830.  I spent the time until my German class being productive.  I took some Megan Time (aka, I went to the bathroom), stopped by Starbucks for a treat, called and made a VA appointment, had my labs sent from the OB-GYN to the VA clinic, and checked the internets for things.

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Meri and Pax cuteness:



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A coworker's boyfriend had flowers delivered to her at work, a huge bouquet of lilies.  Guess what I'm allergic to?  Lilies.  Fun.  Soooo, I told my boss that I was going home to telework because I didn't want to make it awkward.  NBD.

I get home and the guy pressure washing the house was blocking the entire driveway, so I parked on the street.  When I got inside, I realized the internet wasn't working.  I reset the router.  I reset the modem then the router.  I flipped individual breakers.  I flipped the breaker for the ENTIRE HOUSE.  I went outside and inspected the cable box on the outside of the house.  I gave up.  I used my phone as a mobile hotspot to check my email and make sure I hadn't missed anything.

Since the pressure washing guy was gone, I decided to move Willow to the garage... and the garage door wouldn't open.  Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.  So I backed Willow into the driveway at least and tried to troubleshoot again.  I finally located the GFCI outlet that was tripped in the garage and reset it.  Nothing.  I unplugged one item and tried to reset it, nothing.  I unplugged the other item and tried to reset it, nothing.  I got the step stool and unplugged the stuff in the ceiling outlet and reset it, nothing.  Then I texted Teh German about the situation, completely out of ideas of how to fix it.  I explained that I was trying to fix it prior to him coming home so he wouldn't have to be frustrated over it, he said I'd done everything he would have done.  I even sent him a snap of me resetting the GFCI outlet.  He said it was NBD and I opted for a nap because I had overwhelmed myself.

When Teh German got home, he went into the garage and did exactly the same thing I did and it fucking worked.  The internet came up, the garage door opened.  Part of me was annoyed, but most of me was just relieved that it was fixed.  I had him show me exactly what he had done and it was exactly what I had done, so I didn't feel bad.  We have no idea why he fixed it, but we were both glad.  Also, fuck home ownership.

Diablo.

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The actual temperature was 79°F.  It's January.  Fuck.this.shit.


The most accurate weather meme I've ever seen:


This is accurate, as I currently have flowers that are sprouting from the ground!

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Citadel things.

Last first day of the semester!

114 days.

Found this on a whiteboard in one of my classrooms.
It's not wrong.
(It's worth clicking on to actually read it.)

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If you are ever in Charleston, you NEED to visit Park Circle Creamery and get the Lemon Crunch flavor.  I know I talked shit about this place a few months ago because I was never able to get service there, but I finally broke down on Wednesday and hiked down.

OMFG.  A FRESHLY MADE waffle cone with lemon ice cream?  Be still my heart.  I could eat that shiz for the rest of my lifeeeeeeee.




ZWEI - Money Shit

-KFC for lunch
-Coworker's going away lunch
-Power bill
-Shave oil
-Flight to Denver for the WiCyS conference
-Textbook rental
-Starbucks treat
-Groceries
-Pill splitter
-Groot planters as a pick-me-up for Teh Bestie
-Dog sustenance



DREI - From My Phone Shit


Cadbury mini eggs are LYFFFEEE

Some of you might call these paper towels, but after Navy bootcamp, these will FOREVER be called "Brownies".

When your dogs are DEMANDING a walk.

Skrimp fried rice.
I linked the print version so you don't have to read her life's story.

For years I avoided these samples at race expos and then I tried it once and now I'm addicted to it for my minimal shaving needs.  I bought 4 bottles since they were a clearance bundle because of messed up labels.  Mmmmkay.

Celebratory beverage for personal victories against bullies and for the coworker's going away.

We all know who the asshole is that refuses to pick up their paper towels off the floor when they miss the trashcan.
Still, she refuses to correct this.
So.much.rage.

Ordered new Goodr sunglasses because they are cheap and also I might have scratched up the lenses of my newest pair..
Yes, already.  Ugh.  Even though they are cheap, I am now vowing to treat them better.
These are my Ursula gafas through since they have purple tentacles on the arms.


VIER - From the Internet Shit


As someone who fought with opening a damn cereal bag yesterday, I yelled outloud:
If you're not gonna make this fucking bag ziploc, at least make it easy to open, Jesus Christ!

I need to watch this movie.


This the meme that made me need to watch the movie.
Please also know, I am Kat Stratford.  I was in 1999 when this movie came out and still am in 2020.

Cam is 100% my fave.

This has happened more than once this week with Matilda. /shrug





FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. The last semester of school starting.
  2. German class.  I wasn't able to keep up 100%, but I don't think that was expected, but we talked about the history of the German language and if you're a long time Gentle Reader, you might recall that History of Languages is my JAMMMMM.
  3. New Company hoodie, even if it is too big.
  4. "Cold" weather after over a week of temps in the mid-to-high 70s. FUCK THAT SHIT.  IT IS WINTER DAMMIT.
  5. Going to bed without Teh German.  Like, not really, but I'm insisting on taking care of myself and going to bed at MY bedtime and not waiting for Teh German to finish his scrolling/chores/Teh German Time and turning off the lights and going to sleep.  His loss.
  6. Accomplishing dog walks all week, even at the cost of running, which I cannot seem to talk myself into doing.  IDK why.  I need some serious motivation though.
  7. Birthday celebration plans.  I need to make some calls, buttttttt here's a hint: a rage room.
  8. A surprise donut from Duck Donuts as a treat for bringing a coworker to the airport Thursday afternoon.
  9. Open windows to cool the house down.  
  10. BISON FILET for dinner tonight and celebrating Teh German's new job, FINALLY, since things with the German company are handled, we are allowed to be happy/excited about the new job.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Weekend Review {1/13}

FRIDAY

I left work early on Friday to go to the Charleston Marathon expo for packet pick up with Teh Bestie.  Picked up packets, purchased new socks (since some of mine need to be replaced), purchased new bib dot (magnets that hold your bib on), perused the rest of the vendor tables (meh), then headed out.  We decided on Poogan's Smokehouse for lunch because: PIMENTO CHEESE FRITTERS ARE LYFE.


After lunch, I dropped of Teh Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass at her car and then headed to the finger doctor's office.  My first finger has been hurting consistently since November-ish and when it started getting bad, I was in the middle of semester hell, so that was a no go on scheduling an appointment.  By the time my schedule cleared up, it was mid-December and that's a no go since that money towards my insurance would be wasted.  So I waited until January to make the appointment so whatever I paid went towards my 2020 deductible.  This is adulting at it's finest.


Xrays were taken and the doc explained that my bones are beautiful and the spacing between them is good and there are no signs of arthritis.  WOOT.  Based on the xray and my areas with pain he said I probably have tendinitis in the tendons around my finger.  AKA, I have tennis elbow, but in my finger.  Welcome to my life, Gentle Readers.


So now I have 2 $5 velcro bands that I use to buddy wrap my fore finger to my middle finger to take off some of the work and some lidocane cream for the area.  This is my new normal for the next 3-4 weeks.  Rah.

When I got home, I stopped by the empty lot where Roux's Humom was doing family pics with Teh Bestie, Teh Chief Smartass, and the beasts and offered my assistance where necessary.  After that was done, we came home and I did some work things and hung out with all the company.  Matilda arrived in the evening and we had spaghetti for dinner (without the meatballs because I forgot and promptly got a lot of shit about it).


It was a quiet evening and we were in bed by old people time, it was fabulous.


SATURDAY

The alarm went off on Saturday and no one wanted to budge.  But I managed and I even shaved my pits and legs since the weather was NOT conducive to sleeves or pants.  Teh Bestie was running the 5k with Teh PT Wife and another neighbor while Matilda and I ran the half.

Matilda and I separated before the race started and I made my way to the start line and did some moderate stretching.  Finally, it was go time.. annnnddd there was walking because of all the congestion.


My phone dropped out of my pocket and I had to run back and dodge runners to pick it up (always the worst since it's very much like the wildebeest stampede in The Lion King).  Then it fell out again and I didn't notice and a super nice dude grabbed it and handed it to me.  After that I had to stop and take off my toss shirt and put my phone in my skirt's zipper pocket, which was awkward since that's not where it normally stays during runs.

In a turn of good fortune/motivational opportunity (since I was mentally struggling with running 13 miles and it being so fucking hot (70°F + 1000% humidity at the start with intermittent rain along the way, 78°F by the end) and dropping my phone TWICE), I happened to see one of my fave professors walking his daughter and dog through campus as we were running through.  I stopped to chat for a brief moment and petted his dog Jack, who I've been crushing on since Fall 2017 when I first saw Jack as the professor's desktop background, and introduced myself to his daughter, who was born shortly before my first semester at The Citadel.  Prof was like, don't you need to go? Aren't you worried about your time?  Me: Nah, I'm in it for the participation medal, I'll get there when I get there.

But I did carry on.  I ran 99% of the race.  I stopped to talk to Prof and to take a selfie in front of the library where I did my bridal portraits and I walked through all of the water stations and then up the lone course hill at mile 10.5.  My shoulders and neck started giving me serious problems around mile 5 and progressively got worse as the miles tacked on.  By mile 11 I was considering walking, but then I heard my time and realized there was a chance I could make it under 2:30 and kept running.


My official time was 2:28:47.95.  UNDER 2:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At the finish line, where I was tearing up because 1- I made it under 2:30, 2- I managed to run through my toes rubbing the edge of my shoes, 3- I survived the heat, 4- I ran almost the entire race, 5- I finished another half marathon.  But I pulled it together as my peer pressured running team surrounded me at the finish line: Teh Bestie, Teh PT Wife, and another GL Cool Kid.

I met Luna while wandering around after the race.

I checked out the food/beverage offerings with Teh PT Wife and then headed back to wait for Matilda to finish with Teh Bestie.  And we waited.. and waited.. and waited.. and turns out, she finished quicker than we had anticipated so we had missed her coming through the finish line!  She ended up finding us at the finish chute.


This is how Olive took advantage of our early departure:
Keeping my spot warm.

On the way to the car, we let the guys know that we were headed to brunch and they said they'd meet us.  While we were stretching and changing before we got in the car, Teh Chief Smartass called and said that Olive and Secret had a scuffle and there was "damage".  In an absolute terrorized panic, I started calling vets to see who could take in two emergency situation dogs.  My vet disappointed me to the max when they said that they couldn't take in an emergency since there was only 1 doc at the office and that they closed at 12.  It was 11:30.  #RAGE.

We ended up at the emergency vet in North Charleston after another vet's office gave me the number to call.  I send then info to Teh Chief Smartass and after getting the dogs loaded up in Teh German's truck, they headed to us.  We had to call Teh Chief Smartass to ask if the either of the dogs were in critical condition because the only assessment he gave us was "damages" and that was enough to put us in a blind panic.  Next time, more adjectives and descriptions will be required.

While Teh Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass did paperwork and the girls got settled, Teh German, Matilda, and I went to pick up Willow and pick up not-brunch.  We ended up at Chickfila since that was close by the vet and a people pleaser (well, except for me, Chickfila does not please me).  As we returned to the vet, Teh Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass walked out and said they were being sent home since the vet wasn't sure how long it was going to take to assess the "damage" that had been done.  Siiiiiigh.

So, we went home, ate Chickfila, showered, and didn't nap. 


Matilda left us around 4:30 to get to the airport to catch her flight, which ended up being delayed, boo, and Teh Bestie and I headed to Pet Supplies Plus to buy harnesses for the girls since the wounds on their neck would prohibit the use of their normal tag/martingale collars.  We brought Pax with us to ensure that the harnesses would fit on the wonky greyhound body then sized down since he's a big dude and the girls aren't as large as him.  He was being weird about the pet store and as a treat for his impatience, I took him bird watching. 

If it wasn't murder, I'd totally buy a bird or two and let my dogs have at it.  They get so excited about birds and vermin and critters.


We headed home after picking up the harnesses and waited on the vet call.  Eventually, it was dinner time and Teh German declared that we are never again having frozen burgers ever again.  Alrighty then.  After dinner, Teh Bestie and Teh Chief Smartass went to pick up the girls and bring them home.

Widdle Dashy-Washy snuggled with me while his parents were away.

Once the girls came home, there was an attempt to get them to settle downstairs, but I suggested just having them settle upstairs so they don't have to resettle for bedtime.  They did eventually settle and shortly after, it was 2-Legger bedtime.


SUNDAY

Sunday was a moderately slow start.  I got up by 0930 and breakfast (fried potato, sausage, and egg bowl) was cooking by 1000.  While things were being prepared, we separated the bigs (Secret, Olive, Pax) and littles (Meri, Dash).  Meri and Dash played for a while, then were confused about being trapped upstairs and there were cute photos to be taken of the "jailed" dogs.



After we had breakfast, our visitors loaded up and hit the road.  The rest of the day was spent being lazy AF, stretching, and napping.  Evidence:


Teh German went over to Teh PT House for some man/cigar time, which was fine with me since I was napping anyways.  He had dinner there and I had leftovers.  I managed to walk the beasts so that way I was keeping up with my Ragnar Challenge.  When Teh German came home, we watched Modern Family until bedtime.

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This weekend didn't feel like a weekend.  Rolling out of last week, which was insanely stressful for reasons I'm being vague about until they are completely worked out, I was looking forward to some stress-free time.. and then those bitches got in a fight and required an emergency vet visit and everyone was stressed AND I DIDN'T GET MY POST-RACE NAP!  Like, more than anything, that's the worst.

But, I did have a good time with all our visitors AND I ran a sub 2:30 half, which was my goal.  Also, Dash and Meri got to play which was a-fucking-dorable and I loved it.  Meri was exhausted and that's one of my favorite things since it's almost impossible for me to drain her batteries.

This week holds many adventures.
-Teh German started his new job today.
-I got my post-race massage and adjustment today.  Both were absolutely needed. 
-School starts on Wednesday.  IT'S MY LAST SEMESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Hall's for fancy dinner on Friday night.

Next weekend is probably homework and I need to get in a decent distance run because of this ridiculousness:

Upcoming runs:
25 Jan: Charlie Post Classic 15k
1 Feb: Save the Light Half (Folly Beach)
8 Feb: ?Hilton Head Half
22 Feb: Charlotte Hot Chocolate 15k
7 Mar: Myrtle Beach 5k
28 Mar: DC Rock n Roll Half


Happy (maybe) Winter, Gentle Readers.
It's not been winter here, so I'm hoping that if you're getting winter you're enjoying it more than I'm enjoying mosquitoes being in my motherfucking house in JANUARY.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Five on Friday #221

EINS - Random Shit


I have a confession... and I haven't told anyone this.
Teh Ginger posted something recently about rejoining the military based on current events and I actually looked up the age limits of the different branches.

I don't know what this actually means, but the fact that I even researched this is moderately significant.  I'm not sure if I would ever give up the DD-214 life, or if the military would even accept me again (with all my broke ass pieces), but I wonder how much I would actually consider it.

I did actualize that if I ever joined the military again, I'd only go in as an officer.  So there's that.

No matter how you look at it, the fact that I even entertained the idea is horrifying.

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So I'm in the Facebook group for the Ragnar 31 day challenge and some of these people who wake up at 0-dark-thirty and do their workouts with a full face of makeup have me conflicted.  Like, WHY and WUT at the same time.  So confusing.  I am definitely judging those people.

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I'm curious about other's opinions on singing the National Anthem while it is being performed at a sporting event/etc.  I'm torn.  Part of me always wants to sing along, part of me is like, "be respectful bitches!"  Teh Bestie and I were discussing this after she attended a Red Wings game in Toronto where the Canadians sang their national anthem with the singer.

I think I would be ok with it, if only because it would mean that there would be no more embellished version of the US National Anthem, which annoys me to the absolute max.

Opinions of the Gentle Readers?

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When I was putting away the Christmas decorations, I changed out the fuses in my Baggins tree since the lights had went out and the tree wasn't lit up for most of Christmas, but I knew it was there, so fine.  Thankfully, the lights work again with new fuses which means next year, the Baggins tree is back in business!

PS.  For clarification purposes, the Baggins tree is my accidental "in memory of Phil" tree.  The only decorations are some silver/blue balls, a purple feather boa, and Phil's tags. 💙

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My unpopular opinion(s):
1- I am not a fan of student loan debt forgiveness.  Yes, I do not disagree that college is expensive, but you can make the choice to go to a school that costs $20k per semester or $5k per semester or even less!  There are affordable ways to get attain higher education, says the old lady using her GI Bill to pay for a 2nd bachelor's degree.  I will admit that I was mostly debt free after graduating from NCSU because I received a SHIT TON of financial aid because Teh Mom was unemployed and I used her info for my FAFSA while I was in college because she was unemployed, whereas Teh Dad was employed and prob made too much for me to get as much in scholarships.  Yes, I know how lucky I am.  That said, I also busted my ass and applied for every fucking scholarship known to man as a senior in high school.  I watched the big scholarships get granted to those with parents who could afford to send them to school, while I ended up with a single $250 scholarship from the Rotary club or something.

2- I am not a fan of universal basic income.  Nope, nope, nope.  There are already too many people freeloading off the system as it is and I feel like this $1k per month that is being "promised" is less of an economic stimulant and more of a way to get votes from lower classes.

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I often make fun of Teh German for being an ostrich and sticking his head in the sand about stuff, but that is EXACTLY my reaction to this Iran/Trump stuff right now.  I'm in a good place, after some serious struggles over the last few months and I'm not ready to burst the bubble yet.

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Goodreads Users,
There's a way to compare your stats with your friends stats!  I didn't know until this week and now I want to compare myself with EVERYONE I know.

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Coworker walks by my desk and sees a plate with half a brownie and a spoon on it.
Coworker: Are you eating a brownie with a SPOON?
Me: No, I ate some rice with it though.  You know I'm not that much of a lady to eat a brownie with a spoon!
*Laughter*

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So here's what I've been vaguely talking about for the last few weeks.

Teh German got a new job (Yay for 2019 redeeming itself and its super suck).  Insanely proud of him for dealing with a very annoying application process (that required a super stupid aptitude test), going through his first American (read: in English) interview process, and getting the job.

There is some underlying issues associated with this change that are, now, mostly out of our control and we are trying to mitigate it, but at this point, my "come what may" attitude has taken over my entire life and that's where we are now.

Come.what.fucking.may.
But seriously, I'm think I'm going to ask Teh German for a birthday trip to a "break shit" place because I need to fucking take out some rage on some shit (without having to clean it up or repair any damages that happen).



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Due to the stresses of Teh German's job situation (the most stressful parts haven't been detailed here because I do actually keep some things private, WUUUT?), I feel like 99% of my Christmas break from school has been spent stressing about the situation and I've been mostly unable to relax the entire time, which fucking sucks

School starts again on Wednesday and I'm spiraling in a way that requires Xanax and I'm sighing so much I'm annoying myself.  I want to just cry it out, but I'm not sad or that upset, so tears come and I'm left with sighing and reminding myself every 2 minutes to relax my body and remove my tongue from the roof of my mouth to relax my jaw (for real, you'd think my tongue was attached to the roof of my mouth based on how often I have to mentally will myself to hold my tongue down to relax).






ZWEI - Money Shit

-Raleigh adventures
-Dog sitter
-3-pack of Rock 'n' Roll races (ALL THE MEDALS WILL BE MINE!)
-gas
-Hurricanes hoodie (AND I AM NOT SORRY)
-groceries
-utility bill
-Charlie Post Classic 15k (they are giving a medal this year and this keeps me half marathon trained, stop your fucking judgement/laughter)
-Dog toes cut off and necessary vaccinations for boarding the dogs
-New running shoes (which I was planning on buying, I just hadn't found the ones I wanted yet)
-internet bill
-desk stand for my desk
-New Goodr sunglasses (this is stress shopping at it's finest)


DREI - From My Phone Shit

I miss these things from my state on the regular.
Who the fuck cares if there's a womens/mens restroom?
Just do your fucking business and don't make a mess and move the fuck on.

Teh German was on the board!
(bottom left)

Anybody else use this ghetto method of holding back the curtains when necessary?

ALL THE CRITTER EMOJIS.
3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 grasshopper.
Goofy is a dog, right?  Close enough.

Doggy toe (nail) cut off day,

I don't care about the Marvel series.
I DO care about Captain Marvel.
IDK why, but she's my jam.  Maybe it's her RBF?

When you rock the noise cancelling headphone OVER the earbuds for being able to listen to your laptop AND phone at the same time... and to block out the noise because of a headache.

When does a joke become a dad joke?
When it's full groan.

This Moose loves his booby scritches.

When your Bestie gets you.


VIER - From the Internet Shit








I had to download some new motivation stuff on the work computer for this post.  It's a mix up from my normal MHN quotes.  But 100% applicable to what we have going on right now.


FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week

  1. ROUTINE.  I thrive on routine and not knowing what fucking day of the week it was, was causing great chaos in my life.
  2. The means to take care of business when we have to.  Even if it's difficult, even if it's unfamiliar.
  3. A new lint ball
  4. The cleaner coming.
  5. Unexpected calls on difficult days from unexpected persons to check on things.
  6. Finally making the Jim & Nick's cheddar biscuits that I've had in the pantry for way too long.
  7. Hoodies.
  8. When I was shaking the salad to stir it and the lid popped off the bowl and I was showered by lettuce and everyone (Husband, Bestie, Teh Chief Smartass) saw it happen and we all got a good laugh out of the lettuce on my face and in my hair and on my shirt.
  9. 5 dogs in the house.  It's chaos, but Meri and Dash playing is so fucking adorable it makes my heart melt.
  10. THE BESTIE BEING IN TOWN!



Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.