Friday, April 28, 2017

Four on Friday #107


Concerts concerts concerts!!  It's like the world is making up for the 2016 concerts disappointments.  Wednesday night we attended the Blink-182 concert (Wavves and The Naked and Famous opened for them).  This concert was actually Teh German's thing.. cause you remember a few months ago when I told you that he bought the tickets on StubHub and definitely overpaid?  Well, he realized it when we printed the tickets out and hopefully that lesson as been learned.  I didn't say anything to him until HE realized though, so I'm patting myself on the back for my restraint.

Anyways, I took some shitty cell phone pics to share.

First we had dinner at Sesame.  I got the special shaved ribeye sammich and had ZERO regrets.  Actually, that's a lie.  I had one regret.  I ate that mofo #likeaboss and then didn't have room for an adult milkshake.  Womp, womp.

I was super impressed at our seats.  We were at eye level with the stage and there was on one beside us since it was a 2-seater area.  Good job, Teh German (even if it was on accident).


The Naked and Famous:

Prepping for Blink:


So for the 2nd time ever, they let a person from the crowd come up on stage and sing a song.  This guy sang Always and I'm not really sure how it happened.  All I know is that a lady was sitting on his shoulders holding a sign and Mark asked if she actually knew all the words to Always and she wasn't really answering and he told her to go the side of the stage and they'd maybe play it.  Well, they did play it and it wasn't the girl that was singing.  When a dude took the stage, everyone, including the band was surprised, and despite him needing his cell phone to help him remember the lyrics, he belted out that song like a boss.

What it looks like when it's completely dark and people in the audience turn on the their "flashlights" on their phones.  #Thisis2017


Someone threw an Olaf head and Mark wore it while Tom played the drums at the very end.

Side note: WTF is with people throwing things towards/at the stage?  I saw water bottles and beer go flying.... and that is the reason that I refuse to buy general admission tickets when I can get a seat.  Nope, nope, nope.

Due to it being playoffs time for hockey, the Coliseum has a lot of acts coming in.  Friday is the I Love the 90s concert (featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Young MC).  I saw it when it was announced and thought, "Meh.  Wedding dollas."  So we were going to pass.  Then last week, Teh PT Wife asked if we wanted to buy 2 extra tickets they had because someone had backed out on them.  I didn't really want to spend the money for tickets I was just meh on, so I said she should look for buyers elsewhere.

Thhheennnn, earlier this week, Yelp sent out an email to the elites saying they had free tickets AND you could bring a +1.  I figured that if we got the tickets for freeizzle Teh German wouldn't turn it down.  I honestly didn't think we'd actually get the free tickets.  Thursday before lunch, I got an email that we were on the free ticket list!  So now we'll be hittin' up 2 concerts this week.

I won't lie, I love my life... and being a Yelp Elite.


It's official!

In addition to joining the Navy, I'll be adding, "Going to The Citadel" to my list of thing I've done that I said I would never do.

With some encouragement from Teh German and the timer on my GI Bill slowly ticking in my head, I finally decided to bite the bullet and decided to start school (again) in the fall of 2017.  I applied at Charleston Southern University (CSU) and The Citadel and I was accepted to both (of course).  It was a longer wait for me since I had to wait for the schools to apply my transfer credits from my bachelors degree.

There were 3 things that drew me towards The Citadel over CSU.
1- My GI Bill covers 100% of Citadel education costs.  Since CSU is private, it did not cover all the expenses and I would have had to supplement with money out of pocket or the Yellow Ribbon Program... and both of those things seem like a hassle compared to 100%.
2- The Citadel is a military school.  CSU is a Jesus school.  I'm not saying anything bad about either of them, but I have a feeling that the students at the military school are going to be a wee bit more focused/motivated/driven as a whole.
3- The Citadel offers German as a foreign language class.

CSU is physically closer to House, but I couldn't really find many other perks other than convenience.  It didn't help that the admissions advisor that was assigned to me still smelled like her cap and gown from her 2016 graduation, 1 year ago....

At this point, I don't have an expected graduation date since I don't really know how many credit hours I need to complete with all my transfer classes.  I did try to do an academic plan yesterday but realized it was a futile attempt and promptly remembered that one time that I spent HOURSSSSS creating my academic plan as a freshman at NCSU and had jacked that up so badly by the first semester it was a real joke.  The advisors I worked with at my work study got a kick out it though and they probably appreciated my forethought to plan for my future as a freshman.


From the phone:

Shrimp and grits.. and mushrooms.  It's what's for dinner.. and lunch.  I had to peel all those mother fucking shrimp (which you saw on Snapchat if we're friends) because I bought the not-yet-peeled kind and I'll never make that mistake again.  It was disgusting.  Do not want.  Nope, nope, nope.

Sometimes a #2 will sneak up on me when I'm in the bathroom and I didn't bring my phone in with me since I wasn't expecting a long visit.  I get desperate so I start reading the air freshner bottle or my chapstick, but recently I bought some of those fancy toilet wipes (because I had a coupon).  I was reading through all the things that are going to give me butthole cancer and THEN.. I.SAW.IT.  Spaces around the damn slashes!  NO NO NO!  I do not care if you are Canadian.  NO!

Now I'll never unsee this and I'm just not sure I can keep these in my toilet closet because those spaces are tainting my favorite room in the house.

I'm so ready to get these invitations out of my house.  Once we get a majority of the RSVPs from our A list, I'll harass Teh German to finalize his B and C lists so I can get those invites out of my house too.  I'm just paranoid that Meri and/or Phil will discover them and find them amusing playthings and then I will have 2 dead dogs on my hands and it will have magically happened and then I'll be the next Michael Vick and you see how quickly that escalated out of control???


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Earplugs at concerts.
  2. Riding Bagheera to work on Thursday.
  3. Today being Company's last day of subletting space from another company.
  4. Frozen peanut butter hot chocolate.
  5. Winning free stuff!
  6. Flowers blooming!
  7. Being realistic about my PTO and allocating it wisely, even if it means no Weihnachten im Deutschland.
  8. Shit Teh German says, literally.  The posts too, but when he actually says stuff that just tickles me to the point of tears.
  9. Sweet tea in the fridge at home waiting for me to drink it.
  10. Great neighbors who turned out to be great friends. :)

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Confessions {4/26}

-When I was creating May's drafts, I realized that I never finished Germany recaps.  I really wanted to do that to be able to remember our trip and I didn't and I feel like I failed myself.  I guess I could still watermark the photos and upload them to share.  There were sooo many good pics that I printed out a handful and they are hanging in the house, yet I never shared them here.  #MeganFail

-After several comments from Teh German which indicated his apathy towards the whole wedding paper situation, I finally "went nuclear" and said, "IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME!  I've spent weeks working on these invites and I'm well aware that you don't care, but this is the first thing people see about our wedding.  If you could just do what I ask you promptly that'd be great."  He said he was going to do the task, just on "Teh German Time" to which I had to explain, "You realize that your part is simple after you get the information you need [to put it in the spreadsheet] and that I'm waiting you before I can start my piece?  The part where I sit at the computer and put the information in and deal with the pain in the ass printer and then I put the invite suite together.  THEN, I need to take the product of the 2 things I'm waiting on you for and package them up with all the other German invites and mail a package to Germany?"  He didn't really have anything to say after that.  It's painful to think of how oblivious people are to things done behind the scenes that they don't have to see...Or maybe I'm just hyper-sensitive to it.  Probably that 2nd one.
-After a conversation with Kristen recently, I dropped this line on Teh German during a conversation about how he didn't like how stressed I am about everything, "If you could just give 1 fuck for every 3 fucks I give, that'd be great." 

-Sometimes the paper towel holder in the bathroom just randomly decided to spit out paper towels even though no one is in the bathroom.  I know this because I'll be in a stall and the life will be scared out of me from the paper towel holder just randomly being set off by nothing.  #CreepyAF

-WTF is All-Purpose Sauce?  It sounds super sketchy.  It's made in the Philippines, which is probably all I need to know.

-Teh PT Wife ordered martingale collars for their puppies!  1- I love when people ask for my advice.. AND take it.  2- I love when people I know buy things from other people I know (I'm not making money off that link, I just support the good work that Cindy does).  3- I associate martingale collars with grey/sight hounds, so it feels like spreading the sighthound love.

Max (white) and Marcie (brindle) modeling their new collars!

-While I'm sharing dog pics.. these two melt my heart.

-I'm reading the Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and I'm over fucked.  As in, the word is being used so much that I'm spacing out.  Fuck should be frugally and effectively (unless you're a really pissed off Teh Megan, in which case all the fucks are said, but generally not given).  #overfucked #notinthegoodway

-Tonight is the Blink-182 concert!  Know how I know Teh German is excited?  He's been listening to the concert playlist I made on Spotify since I made it.  He did not do this with the Andrew McMahon concert.  #priorities

-Today is the day!  German invites are headed to Papa G.  Once Papa G confirms receipt, I will post the American invites.  I'm trying to have them all arrive around the same time to everyone.  #timingiseverything #delayedgratification

-Because the invites have been sitting in a box on my desk, I've been paranoid about leaving Phil and Meri out because Lord knows what would happen if either of them got into the invite stuffs. 

-Yesterday, the vet called me with results from Phil's tests.  We talked for 30 minutes, well mostly he talked, but I took detailed notes.  Phil has elevated protein levels in his urine (which could be lower than they originally were because he's been on the blood pressure medicine).  Phil's levels are a 5.  They should be lower than 2.  This will eventually lead to kidney failure, so our vet wasn't wrong about early kidney disease... eventually high protein levels will cause kidney damage.  The 2nd vet explained that Phil's SDMA was also slightly elevated (17, normal is 14).  Our next step is to run a test for Cushings disease (I just heard Roux's Humom yell).  This will go down next Tuesday, if I don't change my mind and do it before.

-NBD over here, but I achieved another ROTD (or review of the day for those non-Yelpers) for my review of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit.  I have had 3 of my reviews featured as ROTD so far to include this one plus my reviews for Hall's Chophouse and the Cooper River Bridge Run.  I've also had one of my reviews put in the weekly email for Co.  #likeaboss

-I emailed Poogan's Porch about possibly doing the post-wedding brunch there.  Yeaaaahh, probably not since it would be $200 for just the room, plus $1000 food minimum, plus the extremely limited menu, plus tax, title, license, and fees.  Additionally, the rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch are no-host events (meaning we aren't paying for everyone (Reminder, theme=We're on a budget)).  If we end up coming in way under budget, I may consider it, buttttttt our budget doesn't take our  honeymoon into consideration.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Review {4/24}


After playing with puppies and dealing with Meri and Phil's shenanigans all day at work (which is truly exhausting if you weren't aware), we set out for the vet.  We were early and we saw an emergency case come in and then a bit later, I watched the family (2 adults) walk out sniffling and with red, watery eyes, and I almost cried for them.  That said, if I EVER have to go the vet for an emergency and I walk in and say, "I don't think he/she is breathing," the person that I spoke with better fucking RUN to get whoever they have to get and that person better come running too.  Obviously I don't know the back story, but as someone sitting in the waiting room watching them not be in a rush for an emergency, I was kinda taken back. 

Anyways, we were finally called back and the vet reviewed all Phil's info that our regular vet had sent over.  I tried to give the whole story to the tech but I kept having to add pieces that I remembered.  I feel like I've told the story so many times that I'm starting to forget.  $285 later, we had a sonogram done for Phil (which didn't show anything abnormal) and we're running more tests.  The vet didn't disagree with our regular vet's assessment, but he also questioned it some.  He did say her course of action was everything he would have done.  Really, I wasn't there for a 2nd opinion so much as the sonogram, but I appreciated how thorough he was with me.  I was at the vet for an hour and a half and Meri was soooo over it.  She kept coming to me for attention and wouldn't settle.  She didn't love it when they took Phil back for the sonogram and she was looking for him. 

When Mom is awesome and has booties in the car.. but she lost one..
Actually, I think it's on top of the beer fridge in the garage because it fell out of Yurtle.

We finally made it home around 4.  I had to check work stuffs, so I got on the computer and also started printing out envelopes.  Teh German arrived home shortly after and started to get ready for his overnight BBQ escapades with some neighbors.  He left around 5:45 and I finally decided to relax for a few minutes, which didn't end up happening because each time I settled on the couch I remembered something I needed to do.  Before long, Roux's Humom showed up to fetch me so we could pick up dinner (KFC) for the BBQ dudes and deliver.

After food was delivered and consumed, I went back home with Teh Dental Hygienist and we went over to the Teh PT Neighbors' house to play Organ Attack.  IT WAS EPIC.  We did find some issues with game play, but otherwise, we were "killing" each other off and talking some mad shit.  We are all surprised PT Kid didn't wake up because we were being so rowdy.

Around 1230, I finally headed home and crashed in an empty bed since Teh German was over-nighting at the park for the BBQ thing.


Saturday morning I woke up to feed the beasts and went back to bed.  I woke up again to hear a rumbly truck outside my house, but never heard the garage door open, so I was almost back to sleep when Meri went into protector mode when the bedroom door opened.  It was just Teh German coming home for a quick shower before heading back out to the park.

I perused social media and snuggled with my Monkey girl and Teh German left again.  When he left, I finally got up and started being productive.  Originally, I had wanted to go on a run, but decided that since I wanted to run, I should use it as delayed gratification for doing my house chores.  I made a plan: laundry, then bathrooms, then whatever else, then go to the BBQ thing to eat.

I consider this a win since none of the laundry fell off.
That pair of jeans was still attached to the pile.

Only 8 loads (blankets/sheets are the worst).

Once I got the laundry sorted and started, I decided to dremel dog nails.  I had considered having Phil and Meri's nails trimmed while I was at the vet on Friday, but I struggle to pay for something that I can do myself for free.  Yeah, I should have just paid.  Phil shook the entire time like a leaf in a hurricane (a behavior I assume he has picked up from Meri) and by the end, I had restrained Meri, snuggled Meri, forced Meri, and begged Meri to just let me finish her damn nails.  It was a superbly unpleasant experience for all involved.  This time when I did their nails, I left them laying on their beds in the living room to see if it was easier than standing outside.. Nope, not really.  Well, for Phil it was since he didn't get tired from standing on 3 legs, but he was still shaking.  The real lesson I hobbled away with was that I should have done their nails the night before after they were completely exhausted from being at work and the vet and before dinner.

Next, I started on the upstairs bathrooms.  I had told Teh German a month ago that if he cleaned the sinks, I'd do the toilets and showers.  Well, I never did.  In my defense, I had vacuumed the stairs and the entire upstairs, to include vacuuming the baseboards with the little nozzle thing, and I was le tired.  So I finally did it.  For me cleaning the shower isn't just spraying it and wiping it down, no no.. It's spraying it and scrubbing the ENTIRE shower with a scrubby sponge to get off any built up residue/gunk.  OCD much?  Maybe so.  I spent no less than 15 minutes scrubbing our shower and trying to suffocate myself with bleach fumes.  Eventually, I did wipe off the door so I could open it and just hoped that any Clorox spray wouldn't drip onto the rug (which causes bleach stains, per the dot that is currently on said rug).  After the shower, I cleaned the toilet then moved to the guest bathroom to repeat the process.  Again, I almost suffocated myself cleaning the bathtub, but I only had just a little bit left and I knew I could do it! 

With the bathrooms done, I considered cleaning the floors, but opted to check social media instead.  This resulted in printing out a few envelopes as well, a trade off for social media time.  Finally, I decided to get ready and head to the BBQ thing.  I decided to ride, which meant that I skipped showering.  I arrived a few minutes before 2.  I had anticipated getting there a bit earlier, but "just one more envelope" kept happening.

We hung out in the guy's tent area while we waited on judging to start, aka when we could start eating.  I sampled some of the BBQ that Mr. Golfer had made and it wasn't as spicy as I had anticipated, thankfully.  I was stupid and hadn't eaten anything all morning, saving my appetite for the BBQ thing.  I had planned on sampling other group's BBQ, but that never ended up happening because I didn't have any cash and I was sated after a few bites of our group's BBQ (skinny week is seriously the best).

They started the judging early because people were confused why there were food tents set up but they were refusing to give people food, valid.  Why would you say an event starts at 2 if you're not going to let people eat when the event starts?  WTF?  There were food trucks, which I felt took away from the actual purpose of the event, the BBQ smoking thing.  Obviously, no one asked me my opinion.  We hung around until the winners were announced at 545ish.  We, sadly, did not win, but the guys are already planning next year's event.  Whatever floats their boat.  Their first decision was to not arrive until the wee hours of the morning instead of arriving at 7pm the night before.  Apparently showing up at 0400 the day of is just as efficient and saves people from sleeping in lawn chairs.  At least the weather was good for them.

Since I rode Bagheera, I headed home alone and Teh German was dropped off by Mr. Golfer.  Teh German had said he was going to shower, but he was too slow (taking a "Teh German time" in the bathroom) and I jumped in instead.  There was some contention over our evening plans.  We had agreed to go to Teh PT Neighbor's house, but Teh German was tired (as expected) and he was going to back out.  I eventually guilt-ed him into it.

We played 2 games of Organ Attack since 2 of the guys hadn't gotten to play since they were at the BBQ thing the night before.  When we switched gears and started playing Cards Against Humanity (CAH), Teh German decided it was his bedtime and headed home.  I played CAH for a while and around 1030, I called it quits because I was also tired.


We slept in on Sunday morning until 1030.  We agreed to ride out for brunch since we hadn't brunched in a while.  Rather, we hadn't brunched together in a while.  I threw out several options and our decision making was interrupted by a calendar reminder on my phone that said it was almost time to Skype with Papa G. 

We slowly got out of bed and threw on clothes and headed downstairs for our chat.  I had to laugh when I noticed that Papa G had a list of items that he wanted to discuss.  In most excellent news, they have booked their hotel and flights and we officially have Germans coming to Charleston for the wedding!!!  YAYYY!!! 

After our Skype session ended, we put our boots on and headed to Graze for brunch on the bikes.  I'm trying to ride as often as possible between now and June 1st because I know that Bagheera won't be getting much attention as I'm recovering.  Boooooo. 

I had the chicken livers and grits with brussel sprout leaves and Teh German had chicken and waffles.  Teh German didn't seem to be in his usual rush to finish up after we were done eating and I discovered it was because he was texting with the biker "gang" to see if they had any plans to ride.  I told him that I wasn't going to join them because I wanted to go home and work on wedding envelopes. 

The actual printing of envelopes wasn't stressful, except for the random times in the middle of printing that the printer would disconnect from the network and I'd have to restart the print (fortunately, stopping in the middle didn't ruin the print job, but one side of the print was darker than the other and it was just something I accepted.  #DIYproblems).  But the looming task of "wedding invite envelopes" was stressful to me.  In addition, Teh German told Papa G that we'd be done with them by the end of this week, to which I added a, "Hopefully." 

I finally told Teh German it was time to leave after he hadn't gotten a response from them for about 10 minutes.  We were almost home when Teh German tapped in (over the helmet bluetooth system) and said that his gang had called and he was going to go meet up with them.  I told him to have fun and came home and started printing.

I printed and printed and printed... and I was almost done when I realized that I had forgotten to put "& Guest" on our solo invitees' envelopes.  #Meganfail  So, just like I did with the "don't bring yo kids" cards, I printed out some little slips of paper that said, "Feel free to bring a guest, but don't forget to include them in your RSVP!"  Teh Dad called me later in the afternoon and we chatted for about an hour and a half.  Since I was already sitting at the desk, I went ahead and started putting the invites in the envelopes.  Teh Dad was keeping me entertained, so it was a perfect task to keep me occupied in the meantime.  Originally, I had threatened Teh German with this task, but it was as simple as sliding the paper into the invite and adding the additional "no kids" to all the invites and "+1" strips to the applicable invites.

Teh German arrived home around 6:15 and hadn't eaten yet.  I wasn't really hungry.  Teh German hung out with me in the office while I continued the invite stuffing and asked him questions off my list that I had written down (just like Papa G, looooool).  I figured rather than text him while he was out riding or with the dudes, I'd just wait till he got home to discuss things that I'd thought of. 

When he got home, he wasn't pleased that I had stuffed the envelopes.  His reaction was something along the lines of, "Now you're going to tell everyone I didn't help at all."  I had to correct him and explain that I did it to keep myself occupied while I talked to Teh Dad and I had no intention of saying such a thing... buttttt he did owe me big.

While we were debating on a dinner plan, since I've become notoriously horrible at menu planning on the weekends (after several weekends where I would plan dinner then we ended up doing something else), Teh PT Wife came over to deliver my CAH since they were still playing when I left the night before.

After Teh PT Wife left, Teh German and I agreed on Vinny's Pizza for dinner.  I called in the order and Teh German went out to pick it up.  Before he picked it up, he stopped by Publix for me since I needed a few items (cereal, half gallon of milk, and 4 gallons of vinegar (for the laundry)).  It was complicated because the fucking Imperial measurement system.  While Teh German was out, Teh PT Wife and I did a quick pack walk.  When we finished, she let me borrow an adhesive envelope sealer that she had used on their invites.  It was magical and life changing.  

Teh German eventually arrived home with our dinner, the cereal that I had requested, a gallon of milk, and no vinegar (since they were out of the gallon size).  We ate dinner and after cleaning up, I headed back into the office to finish sealing the envelopes.  Eventually, Teh German came in the office to sit with me as I finished up the invites.  He'd been on his phone since he'd finished eating his pizza and he was still on his phone when he came into the office.  At 9:30 I said it was bedtime and got no response. 

Ready for sending!

Finally, at 9:45 I got up and left the office, leaving Teh German sitting there.  When I walked into the kitchen I noticed that someone (Phil) had smeared his poop foot all over every rug downstairs.  It was my tipping point.  There were tears.  I blamed Teh German since he had let the dogs inside.  Why hadn't he noticed the poop spot right at the door and stopped the critter with the poop foot?  For it to be everywhere was too much after the stress of all the things I had accomplished throughout the weekend.  Just one more item on my never ending to-do list: Use the carpet cleaner on all the rugs downstairs.  I wiped up the spots as best I could after prepping dog breakfast and went upstairs while Teh German did the dishes that had been accumulating in the sink since Friday morning.

I crawled into bed and starting reading while I waited for Teh German to finish the dishes and get ready for bed.  After 10 he finally got into bed and I was so frustrated that I couldn't fall asleep.  Around 10:45, I finally got up and took some Tylenol PM and grabbed my journal binder and went to the loft to write. 

Based on the contents, the last time I journal-ed was Oct 2015.  I thought I had definitely written in 2016, but nope.  This is actually a good sign.  Generally, I only journal when I'm extremely frustrated.  My last entry from 2015 started with, "In a change of pace, this is actually a happy entry."  I gushed on and on about Teh German and how much I loved him and how great he was.  This means that in 2016, when I was frustrated, I was communicating with Teh German about it, rather than just keeping it to myself. 

After writing for an hour or so, I finally started to get tired.  I wrapped up my entry and skimmed through some other entries and finally I headed to bed.  It only took me a minute to fall asleep, thankfully.


Big weekend of accomplishments!  I'm waiting on information about 2 German invites, but after that, they are being mailed to Papa G for distribution.  Other than hand delivered invites, I'm waiting to send the American batch out until the German invites arrive to Papa G.  They are already stamped (both stamps) and ready to go.

This week is kinda quiet.  We have the Blink-182 concert on Wednesday night.  We are debating on going to NC either this weekend or next to ride the bikes since I know that it won't be an option for me after May 18th (since we're going to MD and then staying here for Memorial Day weekend).

It is storming today in Charleston.  I went into work this morning.  While I was getting ready it hit me that I had been kind of a cunt to Teh German and that poop-foot could have happened to anyone.  Granted, I would have seen it after the first step before it was smeared all over downstairs, but whatever.  On my way into work, I decided that I'd run to Metto and deliver coffee to Teh German as an atonement for being such a shitty-shit fiance.  Then it started storming, which always jacks up traffic to the max because anything that falls from the sky blows the minds of drivers in Charleston.

When I checked Google Maps, all the interstates were blood red so I had to postpone my coffee delivery until after my 0900 meeting.  When there was a lull in the rain after my meeting, I quickly packed up and headed to Yurtle.  I picked up coffee and headed to Teh German's company.  Teh German surprised me by coming out right as I was reaching for the door.  I explained that I had been a douche and I was sorry for my shitty behavior.  He accepted my offer of coffee with glee since he didn't have cash and was out of coffee pods at work.

After the drop-off, I headed home to hang out with Phil and Meri.  If it hadn't been storming, I would have went back to work, but since it is storming for the rest of the day and dealing with evening traffic wasn't on my list of things to do, I came home.  Phil and Meri have spent our time together peer pressuring me into taking a nap.  I did rouse them for a quick walk with Roux and took the opportunity to hand deliver some invites.

Here's to a good last week of April!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Five on Friday #106


The Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Concert was excellent.  We had dinner at Stella's (Greek) downtown before the show, which was at the Music Farm.  We were late for our dinner reservation, as I knew we would be, but when I informed them that we had plans at 7, they were fine with letting us take our seat since they had a reservation scheduled after us.  Had I known the bar would have been available, we would have just sat there and I wouldn't have stressed about reservations.

Oh well.  It was pretty good.  I had the lamb and beef meatballs and hummus and Teh Geman had the special that included brussel sprouts.  We then ordered dessert and it was the perfect amount of food.

Dessert.  I'd tell you what it was called, but it was some Greek name and I have no idea.
But it was tasty and that plate was empty when we left.

The concert line up was: Night Riots, Atlas Genius, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.  I actually knew of all the bands (this is rare) and I was super pumped.

Night Riots:


Atlas Genius:

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness:

Gandolf the White (since the stage was often so bright, I struggled to get a photo of this guy):

Andrew McMahon decided to come hang out in the crowd.
He was standing on the effects desks that we had been standing beside.
Teh German commented that artists must like to come visit us.

Parachute over the crowd.
This is a thing?  Ok.

Inflatable ducky:
So apparently Andrew McMahon likes to ride this inflatable duck/crowd surf.  The first time he tried it during his set, it only got halfway back and went back to the stage and didn't go all the way around the crowd.  He was pretty dismayed by this and requested a 2nd session during the encore where the duck got all the way around the effects desk (in the center of the venue).  This was a perfect job for Selfie Sticks Teh German.

The concert was awesome.  I'm so glad we went on impulse.  I liked Andrew McMahon the most, then Night Riots, then Atlas Genius.  I had heard all of the bands on Spotify before hand, but when I made the concert playlist (where I take all the songs for an artist that Spotify has and add them to a single playlist), it was happiness in my ears.  In fact, I listened to it for most of the day on Tuesday as well.  I imagine I'll be playing it for a long time to come.


Reading problems:

I had 4 credits just chillin' on Audible teasing me.  So I finally used them.
1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
3. Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
4. The Fiery Cross: Outlander, Book 5 by Diana Gabaldon (55.5 hours)

After using those 4 credits, Audible was like, "Wait, give us more money and we'll give you more credits!"  (3 credits for $35)  I asked Teh WJL if she would split the $35 with me and I'd buy the last 3 Outlander books so we could listen to them.  She said yes.  So then I ordered:
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes: Outlander, Book 6 by Diana Gabaldon (57.75 hours)
2. An Echo in the Bone: A Novel, Book 7 by Diana Gabaldon (46 hours)
3. Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8 by Diana Gabaldon (45 hours)*

In addition, I have 2 library books out right now.
Teh WJL said I should try a new genre.  None of the audiobooks or library books are WW2 books.. so that counts as effort, right?

*All together that is 204.25 hours of Davina Porter's voice I get to listen to.  #ALLTHEAUDIOBOOKS  I passed on downloading the Lord John audiobooks because they aren't that long, so my credit is "wasted".

New dilemma: Which book do I start first; Red Rising, Ready Player One, or Small Great Things?


Real life things:


Baggins has an appointment or a sonogram (or ultrasound, whatever you want to call it) at 2:20 today.  He's really slowed down this week and he's has several accidents in his crate recently.  I started him on the blood pressure medication, so I'm wondering if that's causing the lethargy.  I did tell Teh German that even if Phil wasn't sick, he is getting older and that Teh German needed to stop yelling at Phil for regurgitating water on the floor or peeing in his crate.  It would also be nice if he would be a little more gentle when he's trying to relocate Phil to puke NOT on the carpets... but baby steps.


Pre-op appointment is scheduled for May 16th.  Surgery is currently penciled in for June 1st.  Since we are going to MD for the greyhound picnic May 18-22, the PA didn't feel like I'd be recovered enough if they did the surgery in the beginning of May to go on our trip.  Then I realized that Memorial Day weekend was the following weekend and 1- I didn't want to miss out on whatever fun plans we may make for the long weekend and 2- I didn't want Teh German to have to sit around taking care of post-surgery Megan when he could be out having fun with friends over a long weekend.

I can't remember if I ever actually said what was wrong with my hip, ooops.  After a $1000 MRI, turns out, I have a labrum tear in my right hip.  This is a cartilage tear, which is shitty because cartilage doesn't repair itself.  I was doing physical therapy to see if building the muscles up around it would improve the pain and it didn't.  Then we tried a cortisone injection.

You might be a blogger wheeeennnnn:
You take photos during your cortisone injection.

The shot didn't help with the pain either and threw me out of my running groove (since I was told for 2 weeks not to run)... grrrr.  So, we are taking the next steps and the Ortho will surgically repair the tear.  Because we are on a timeline, I am trying to expedite the process.  If it wasn't for the already scheduled MD trip, surgery would be taking place at the beginning of May.  The sooner the better since no one wants me limping down the aisle on November 1st.

My to-do list:

-Envelopes are still being printed.  When this task is finished, I will move on to editing Asheville photos.  After photos are edited, I will work on the contract with the DJ and the website.  #prioritizing #likeaboss
-I've been trying to pay off the photographer and venue except I don't know where to send the check for the venue and my dream photographer happens to be a complete disaster when it comes to business management.  FML.
-I was able to renew my check out on my Girls & Sex book, which I will pause on to read my other library book since it expires in 6 days and there are other people on the waitlist for it.  #libraryproblems
-I drafted our email to the house builder to be sent.  I'm waiting to hear back from someone about doing a walk through of the house, but if she doesn't respond by Monday, I'm sending out the list as it is and considering it money saved.
-I will clean this weekend.  I will also not stay in bed until noon which will help facilitate productivity.  Accomplishing things will feel better than sleeping in.  I might need a reminder of this on Saturday morning.
-Dremeling dog nails is a MUST for this weekend.  Meri's clicking is making me crrrrrrraaaaayyyyyy.
-I told Teh German to start looking at the calendar for some good dates to go ride in NC.  I limited the options with my surgery, so I have a feeling we'll be going in early May.  I don't really want to go up for Memorial Day weekend since so many other people will be traveling.  Kthxnope.
-I will reorganize my office this weekend and clear out the cluster-fuck corner that tends to gather things when they could be in storage.  This will mean I can put Phil's crate in a place that isn't in the middle of the floor, so I can move the chairs back to where they were.  This only sucks because the displaced chair is currently a footrest for me and I don't mind.  Teh German helped me tackle this yesterday and it took 15 minutes WITH vacuuming.

From the phone:

New game from Awkward Yeti (if we're friends on FB, you've probably seen me like their comics).
We're gonna play it this weekend and I am pumped and Teh German heard me say, "OMG I'm so excited!" at least 20 times within the first 4 hours of the game being in my possession.

It's been stormy in the evenings, despite this we've still been going on our pack walks.
This was actually a double rainbow, but I took this from Dorothy while Meri was tugging on me. 
You get what you get.

We went to Roux's house and Phil finally settled in his chair and the dudes at the counter were more interesting than I was.. especially when I had that annoying camera out.

Roux using me as his chin rest.  He terrorized Meri for a while before finally settling.
He's such a sweet boy when he's not being a menace.

My confused face when Teh WJL told me I need to switch up my genres.

Teh German putting Snapchat filters on Claire as we watched Modern Family.

Today's cutest coworkers.

Today's 3rd cutest coworker: Luna
(4mo German Shepherd)

Gahhhh!! You have to click this one and zoom in to see her crazy eyes.
She's so adorable!

Meri and her mousie.

Stinky office time = passed out dogs time.


This isn't the Waldorf you're looking for...

This teacher's aid made a list of all the shit that students were doing during class

If you've ever wondered why we waste precious life on grass lawns, this guy answers that question.

How art can change meanings..


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Acknowledging that we/I was being a Drama Llama because of PMS.  Self-actualization really does make me a better, more understanding, patient person.
  2. Teh German being involved in a community event (a bbq smoking competition) with some neighbors.  It gets him out of the house and gives him some time away from me that isn't work.
  3. Super good deals on audiobooks and things in general.
  4. Borrowing a coworker's "tall" chair so I can sit at my standing desk instead of having to move my laptop and sit at the short desk in my cube.
  5. Snapchat filters: Unicorn, googly eyes, big teeth, egg carton
  6. Bringing the dogs to work (which also did not make me happy since Meri pooped in the kitchen and Phil peed on the floor twice)...
  7. Meeting new puppies at work.
  8. Working on wedding envelopes and making progress.
  9. A half gallon of sweet tea from Bojangles cost $.20 more and it lasts for 3-5 days instead of 2 hours.  #worthit
  10. Fun fabrics for new tag collars for Meri.. because every dogs needs 10+ collars, right?

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.