Friday, March 27, 2020

Five on Friday #230

EINS - Random Shit


Part of me was like, meh, you don't really want to make the time to blog.
Part of me was like, yes, yes you do want to make time to blog.

As always, I'm happy I finally wrote the blogs about Denver and last weekend.  Obviously, it was a high level review, but the photos are posted and the fam can see it... and it is done.

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Chiro recommended 3 Dean Koontz books so I used my Audible credit to purchase Watchers.  Fingers crossed.

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I've been doing minimal reading since everything in my life went online.  No driving means no audiobook time.  Running would mean audiobook time, but I haven't even done that.  This is where I am in life.

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My professors are recording their lectures for our, now, online classes and watching these videos are less enjoyable that trying to scoop out my eyeballs with rusty spoons.

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I went to the grocery store this week and the cashier asked for my phone number (for rewards). She couldn't seem to understand me, so I spoke slower and looked directly at her since she was turning to face me when I spoke. Even then, she asked again and I started to get a little frustrated but subsequently noticed she had a speech impediment. So then I held up the numbers one by one on my fingers.

She was so excited that I did that! She asked me how I knew sign language and I explained that I didn't actually know it but I was trying to be helpful since I could tell she was having an issue understanding. She said it was nice because people don't realize she's partially deaf and get frustrated with her.

When I was all packed up and had paid, she signed (and said) thank you, have a nice day, and I was able to sign back thank you.

There are so many times that I don't allow other people grace or have the patience to observe what is happening and get frustrated. Right now, so many people are anxious about the situation we're all in and have even shorter tempers. By taking half a second to assess the situation, I was able to make this cashier's day and I didn't even mean to. It's that simple.

#BeBetter

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Before non-essential services were closed down, my hair dresser got me because she's awesome.  I figure this is my way of supporting local since she's not going to be working.


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This weekend includes using the new laser level to rehang all the shit on our walls and plenty of homework.  Thoughts and prayers needed during this time of Teh German and I working together on a project and also for me to get through homework when it is physically painful for me to do...

42 days till "graduation".
I guess I should just change that countdown to the last day of class since I have 3 exams and 2 of them are on the same day.  I do wonder how that will work now.  Whatever, we'll handle that disaster when the time comes.




ZWEI - Money Shit

-Groceries
-Hairs did
-Moosage
-New laser level and stud finder for Teh German
-Last Burpees and Brews class until all this stay-at-home stuff is over.
-A fun surprise for someone I know who reads this.


DREI - From My Phone Shit



Don't worry, all is well in Whoville with Cindy Lou Who....


TACOS, it's what's for dinner.

Based on the 2 day headache, I fucking knew it without being told, kthx.
#BarometerHead

Neighborhood Watch is always watching.

....when she's not patrolling her back yard perimeter.

Long nose, long legs, and looooooooong ear shadows.


VIER - From the Internet Shit

Even here, you are free to look forward to the future.
MHN

How liberating it is to know:
You are not defined by the times you fell.
MHN

The rocks did not keep the river from pushing through.
-MHN








FÜNF - Things that made me happy this week


  1. Being home with the beasts.  I'm generally a nicer person when Meri makes me crazy with her petting demands.
  2. Having everything we need.
  3. Having a job that can be done remotely and we are not seeing a work stoppage.
  4. Having work to do, even if it is overwhelming because of school starting back up and finding a new normal.
  5. Crazy cleaning the house after the painters finished.  It fucking sucked, but no one cleans my space as good as I do, soooo it brought me great joy and satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment.
  6. Spotify's ability to play on other devices, to include "Everywhere", which in this house means ALL the Alexas... which makes for a pretty cool surround sound effect AND I never miss parts of songs because I get up to go pee or get water or etc.
  7. My new red glasses.  It's the simple things.
  8. Teh German dealing with/making dinner without complaint.
  9. Teh German grinding the coffee beans.
  10. Paint on the walls.




Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Corona-Cation Week 1... Part 2: Back Home

Continuing on....

We came home from Denver late Tuesday night and Wednesday we rolled back into the "new normal"..

Wednesday

It was technically Spring Break for school, so no school things meant teleworking only.  I did run some errands since I hadn't been home in a week.. Walmart to pick up my new fancy glasses (this is the official reveal) and get groceries.  I also went by Sam's and picked up a few items.  THEN, I was going to go and pick up the dogs, but as I put the place into my GPS for directions, I noticed they are closed from 12-2 for "naptime"... Siiiiigh.. So back home I went.


I ended up not being able to pick up the beasts until after 4 due to work calls, but they were NOT excited to see me.  They only cared about one thing: CUSHIONED SURFACES.




This was actually ok because both dogs were kinda stinky and needed a bath and I didn't have time.

When Teh German came home, we ate dinner, then set about the process of removing everything from the walls and moving all the furniture to the center of the rooms.

I wasn't sure where to store our delicates/fragile items.. AND THENNNN..
I remembered that there is extra space in the pantry for activities.

Matilda suggested taking before and after photos, so I did that after everything was moved around.  It only took 2ish hours to move stuff around, so we still had time to watch some TV before bed.


Thursday

The painters came on Thursday.  They descended on the house in a productivity storm and I loved every second.  Especially the part where I pulled the dog beds into the office and the beasts finally settled and slept all the day long.



Lunchtime shift rotation.

My Tarheel 10 Miler + 4 Miler race was cancelled, and in an asshole move, the race organizer refused to refund money.  They were like, here's your credit to sign up for a different race that we're putting on.  RUDE.  Sooo fine.  Since I didn't sign up for the Challenge until way late, it was a lot more money than it would have been when registration opened... Soooo I signed up for the 2021 Tarheel Challenge AND the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon in March 2021 so that way I can get the Bless Your Heart medal since I'm already signed up for the 2021 Charleston Half Marathon.

When Teh German came home, dinner was made and then we spent the remainder of the evening practicing "social distancing" while our couches were almost touching, lol.  We watched Vikings and I got Meri snuggles.




Friday

Friday morning the painters came again.  I headed to the Chiro for a quick adjustment since I had a half marathon in Savannah on Saturday.  When I got home, I checked my email and the Savannah race had been cancelled.  I was crushed.  It did make my weekend less stressful, but I had been looking forward to the race.  I was able to get a full refund on my AirBnB, thankfully.  I went ahead and signed up for the virtual race, so I'll have to find a 13 mile trek somewhere to "earn" my medal.  I did put the 2021 race on my calendar, because everyone says the course is gorgeous, so it might be worth a cheap signup when they opened 2021 registration.

Through all of the things (painters, race debacle, a millionty emails from PITA Professor about classes being online, etc), I teleworked and managed the beasts.  Since the office was painted on Friday, I spent my day at the kitchen island.  The sacrifice was worth it, because by the end of the day Friday, all the painting was complete.

These are the before/after photos.

The office.

Downstairs bathroom

Dining room

Living Room

Loft

Laundry Room

Guest Teh Bestie's Room

Common Bathroom

"First Child" Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom and Toilet Closet

I will say that the photos are not the true colors that you can see with your own eyes.  I'm not sure why my camera alters the colors so drastically, but the blues in the bathroom are more teal than blue and the green in the laundry/toilet closet is a little less bright than it seems.  Also, the true color of the bedrooms can be seen in the master bedroom photo, in the bottom right. 

For dinner, Doordash delivered Sushi 101 and we went over to Teh PT House for some socializing group social distancing.


Saturday

Saturday morning, we had a slow start.  I got up and fed the beasts then went back to bed until my alarm went off to go to my workout class.  I did my last Burpees and Brews for a while, since classes have officially been cancelled now..  It was a miserable 83°F out and I was confident I was going to die of heat stroke during the AMRAP.  I survived, but barely.

When I got home, I made my coffee and had lunch with Teh German and then I didn't let laziness get me down.. I set about the task of cleaning the entire house




You see.. what they don't tell you about painting is that they sand the walls, which then gets dry wall dust every.fucking.where.ever.  Even on shit that was covered by plastic.  Everything had dry wall dust on it.  I wiped down the kitchen counters at least 3 times and I was still wiping off dust with my hand, at which point I said fuck it.

For every room, I vacuumed/mopped/both the floor where the furniture normally is, then I moved the furniture back, dusted what needed to be dusted, and then cleaned the regularly exposed floors.  I did this for every room.  I started before 1pm and when I sat down at the island for dinner after 7pm, I sagged in relief.  After dinner, I forced myself to vacuum the stairs, which was the only task that hadn't been complete before sitting down for dinner.

Teh German did assist me with randomly directed tasks and with fixing our bed and putting fresh sheets on.  Afterwards, Teh German decided to go on a ride and I decided I was fucking done with everything and rinsed out the tub and took a bath.


Much to both of our surprise, I was still awake when Teh German came home around 11, but we were both asleep shortly after.


Sunday

Snuggle Sunday > Sunday Funday.


Because of how much I fucking slayed accomplished on Saturday, Sunday was LAZY DAY.  Teh German got up with the dogs and came back to bed for more sleeping in.  When we finally got up around 9:30, we had a slow start and made breakfast.  After breakfast I made the weekly menu and tried to accomplish some online grocery shopping (unsuccessfully, thanks for asking) and ordered a few things on Amazon (dog food, laser level for rehanging all these photos), and then it was couch time for the rest of the day.

My succulents are flowering.
Only in SC.
 

The rest of the day was not an exaggeration.  The only time we got up was to use the bathroom and to make/eat dinner.  We binged on Vikings all the day long.

Monday

Monday was back to the real routine.  School is back in session, although all classes are online for the rest of the semester, and teleworking continues.  When/if things go back to normal and I'm going back into the office, the dogs are gonna be pissssssed.



Endured my first Zoom meeting. 

Databases class Zoom meeting.

Side note: I had never heard of Zoom until all of this and they would have totally been a solid investment prior to CV.

At lunchtime, I headed over to Teh PT House to let someone in for them.  When that task was done, I checked the mail on my way back to the house.. FUN THINGS ARRIVED!!

My postponed/virtual 7k medal.

Unfortunately, my medal racks are not yet rehung on the wall, so it's delayed gratification to get to put it on the rack.  Hopefully by the time my diploma arrives, my frame will be back on the wall waiting for it, lol.  #Goals.

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing work things.  My afternoon Burpees and Beer workout was cancelled, which was fine.  I was really only going to support the leader's small business, not for the beer.  I imagine she was worried about being fined for organizing a gathering, so I just responded, okie dokie, see you when we pick back up!

Teh German came home and we walked the beasts with Teh PT Wife, then Teh German made dinner while I finished up work.  After dinner, Teh German did fish tank things while I wrote up this post.  When all that was done, we watched our last 2 episodes of Vikings 😭😭😭😭😭 and then did bedtime chores and went to bed.


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And now, Gentle Readers, you are all caught up on my life.

Hermit-Megan is pumped to be teleworking and online schooling. 
Social-Megan is less pumped to be teleworking and online schooling.

That said, Megan Megan will be more affected by all of this once Teh German is home from work/teleworking as well.  I have an established teleworking routine.  Teh German is not a part of that.  This will change.  I am not looking forward to that.  Ok, maybe it won't actually be that bad and I'm just pre-overreacting. 

Annnddd the best thing to come of this Corona-Cation is that I've planned go visit Teh Bestie in April.  Being remote means being remote wherever and that can include with Teh Bestie.  We're still hammering out the details, butttttt I've been ready since last week.  Before CV, we had the Rock n Roll DC race on the 28th, but that has been cancelled and plane tickets have been refunded, so I needed an alternative date for Bestie time... and Corona-Cation has made that possible.  Teh German is invited if he's also remote by that point, but I don't actually think he'd mind being home able to ride anytime he wants.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Corona-Cation Week 1... Part 1: Denver

It's been like.. a hot minute since I've stopped by here because this Corona chaos life is overly chaotic right now and I no longer have anything that resembles a routine. I do not thrive when there is no routine. I mean, I don't get upset by it, but I'm not as productive until I can figure out a new routine. What that really meant is that blogging went to the way-side.

So here's a probably not very short recap since when we left off... 10 days ago.. which feels like SO MUCH LONGER since so many things have happened in those 10 days.

Friday

I was in Denver when I last posted for my cancelled conference/waiting on Teh German to arrive.  It SNOWED and I couldn't stop smiling about it.


I've still not decided how pissed off I am that some "clever" barista didn't actually give me a venti beverage by putting all that stupid whipped cream on the bottom of my cup.  #RUDE


After my outing, I headed back to accomplish work things and get some dog snuggles.


Dinner was from, no shit, the Fat Shack, and I'm not sorry to admit that I ate all the fried oreos in that bag like the fatty I am.  I did NOT eat everything in the plate though, but I DID share it with the dogs, soooo it was a win for all.


My dinner cheerleaders.

After eating, Booth and I snuggled while we watched Anthony Jeselnik stand up on Netflix.


I fell asleep while watching TV and soon after, I headed to bed.


Saturday

Originally, Teh German and I were scheduled to run a 7k on Sunday, butttttttt it got cancelled on Thursday or Friday.. so instead, I found a local running group and did my 7k on my own so I can say I actually earned that medal.


I treated myself to post-run brunch.  The local ran I went to normally serves pancakes after the Saturday run, but due to Coronavirus (CV), they were not allowed, so I had to figure something out.  Boo.

I wasn't disappointed to find the Denver Biscuit Co. or something like that.

"Sweet" tea + a biscuit with fried chicken, apple butter, egg, and honey.

After feeding myself, I headed back to my host's house to shower and do laundry before heading to the airport to pick up Teh German.

Our first stop was actually burgers at Highland Bar or something to that effect, it was within walking distance of Prost, which was more important since Prost parking is a situation.

After eating, we walked over to Prost, which we've talked about since December 2018.



My new furend from Prost.

After beers, I wanted dessert.. so we walked the opposite direction of the car to check out Little Man Ice Cream (confirmed name, as it's in the photo for reference, lol) and I was not disappointed.  I ended up with a waffle cone with marshmallow ice cream that had Lucky Charms marshmallows in it.  Samples were not allowed because CV, so it was a blind choice that made me proud.


But then we had to walk back in the Denver chill (which is rather extreme once the sun goes down, mkay?) to the car and I had regrets.... and frozen fingers..

We made it back to the car and then headed to our hotel, which was unfortunately placed in a warehouse district in maybe not the best section of town.  Oops.  I didn't realize any of this when I booked it, and it wasn't even the cheapest option.  Teh German was not really pleased, but he also doesn't make our travel arrangements to sass my decisions... until then, he will deal with the travel arrangements that I make.

Once we got into the room, Teh German went to bed.  For various reasons, he hadn't slept much the 2 nights prior to coming to Denver.  I'm not actually sure how he fell asleep since it was the temperature of the sun in our room.  I ended up calling the front desk twice and finally just hauling my ass down there in my no-bra, pajama-ed outfit to complain.  I ended up with 2 box fans and opening the window, which I didn't even know was a possibility in hotels in 2020.. Butttt here we are.  Thankfully, it was a brisk 30°F outside and with the fans pulling the air in, it was rather pleasant except for the interstate and highway noise outside the hotel.  Siiiiiigh.


Sunday

While Teh German slept our vacation away, I did my research for places to eat and things to do for the day/trip.  I ultimately decided on a plan for the day.  We grabbed brunch to start the day.  Then we headed to a wildlife refuge that we could drive through.  It was actually less capturing than I anticipated... andddd I wish we would have waited a day to go, but oh well.

We saw birds, deer, prairie dogs, and buffalo.  I won't lie, the prairie dogs were the highlight for me.  IDK why, but when they'd pop up their little heads or dart away, I was supre







After the preserve, we decided to drive around.  We were going to make a loop out of Denver up into the mountains, then swing around and come out in Boulder, buttttt Teh German was like, why not just drive up to Breck?  And I said ok, since I can be flexible, dammit.

It felt like HOME.
I will not lie.

When we got up to Breckenridge, we immediately noticed that there were no people on the slopes, which was bad news bears.  But, we trekked through town towards Breckenridge Brewery anyways.  We managed to find a super sweet parking spot... and then someone tapped on the window and informed us that the brewery was closed.. which explained the super good parking spot.  Siiiiiigh.

We relocated to one of the slopes parking lots and then headed into town for some shopping and to stop in at the Irish Pub that Teh German had noticed was open as we drove by.


After some sticker and sweatshirt (for Teh German, tyvm) shopping, we headed to the pub and Teh German had a beer and we shared some tots.  We spent some time scrolling and chatting.  We had plans to see a comedy show at 7, so we left Breck by 4 to head back to Denver.  Since getting down the mountain is always faster (and more gas efficient) than going up the mountain, we had plenty of time to spare before our 7pm show.  We went to the ticket office to get tickets (since there was a $10 fee if I bought them online) and then headed to a German restaurant a block away to pass the time. 

I had some apple schnapps and made sure to send a selfie to Papa G, since he's the king of schnapps.  After 1 beverage, we paid up and headed to the comedy show.



The show was pretty funny, it's crazy how different regions have different types of humor.  This is probably an over-generalized statement, but based on what people were laughing at in Denver vs what people laugh at, at comedy shows in Charleston.. they are not always the same things, in the same ways.

Either way, we were glad we went.

After, we debated on dinner and opted out since we weren't really hungry, heading back to our hotel room for relaxin' time instead.

If you aren't using this trick to close your hotel's curtains, you are wrong.


Monday

Monday was the day that everything in Denver shut down...  Booooo.  We ended up eating breakfast at the hotel so that we had room for our 1pm food tour.  In almost all the places we went to, we were informed that we were the last people that would be in the restaurant until CV passes.  Which was kind of a bummer, but also kinda cool. 

We had 6 different noms and nothing hurt my feelings.  Actually, the hot dog was too spicy for me to eat, but that just meant more for Teh German.

1. Neapolitan pizza
2. "Please wait to be meated"
3. Something delicious from the Butcher Bistro.
4. Hot Dog from a famous hot dog place.
5. Soft shell kobe beef taco from a fancy taco place.
Not pictured: Fancy sheeps cheese with apricot preserves.
6. Ice cream from Union Station.

Walk alone. Pave a maverick's trail, or venture hand in hand together with hope.  Seek out hidden treasures buried well within the cockles of this fair city's heart that is home to the adventurous, where passion churns deeply.  This city summones dreamers to come and do.

Never eat more than you can lift.

I can resist most everything except temptation.

You are cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

After our food tour, we were out of things to do... and unfortunately, everything was closed by that point.  I even called Prost to ask if they were open and you could only get take-away beer from them.  Boooooo.

So we headed back to the hotel to be lazy for the rest of the afternoon.  I did opt to pick up Cheesecake Factory for dinner because dat pineapple upside down cake cheesecake is LIFE.

We spent the evening watching some show about people who live off the grid in Alaska/Washington state and I have never NOT identified with anyone more than in that situation.  Eventually, it was bedtime.


Tuesday

I had asked for late checkout on Monday when we came back to the hotel, so we lounged around until we had to check out at 2.  We had Cheesecake Factory leftovers for brunch... and I also had the rest of my dessert.

Dis my excited face.
The more chins = the more excitement.

Photographic evidence of our laziness.

We checked out of the hotel and headed straight to the airport to drop off the rental car and get through security.  Security was a breeze (thanks Pre-Check) and we found our gate.  We scrolled for a bit and then decided to go grab Smashburger for dinner since food wouldn't be served on the flight and we were going to be getting in after dinner time east coast time.

We got boarded and endured the 3 hour flight back to the east coast.  I, unfortunately, made poor life choices and did not hoard enough media to entertain myself throughout the flight.  I used all my Disney Emoji Blitz lives and finished a book and then had nothing else to do.  Siiiiigh.  I did manage to use the plane's wifi to watch an episode of Reba (it's a guilty pleasure, mkay, mind yo bizness)... but then the 2nd episode wouldn't play no matter how many times I reset the wifi, sooo I just gave up and started playing solitaire until we landed.


We made it home by midnight.  I had everything unpacked and the suitcase put away before Teh German came upstairs.  We were in bed by 1245...  and the "normal" routine started at 0530...