Monday, May 16, 2016

The commencement that wasn't

Before we begin, a warning:
Thursday and Friday the Spousal Equivalent stayed home from work.  He was having a bit of a tummy bug.

I thought nothing of it.  I had Commencement to prep for!

By Friday afternoon I had everything ready to go.  Everything except the list of Latin Honors, which I can't get to until Sunday morning.

I was ready!

I was prepared!

Then on Saturday night, I became violently ill.  Like "I forgot that I had that for breakfast" ill.  It took me by total surprise!  As did the the sentence that left my lips after I was done.
"Honey..... I need some new pants...."

That's love right there!!  Bringing your lady love clean yoga pants after she was so violently ill that her's didn't make it through the ordeal.  He even did the laundry.

(Spoiler alert:  this happened a 3 other times too)

After this ordeal, I started to panic.  I have a co-worker that is going through chemo.  Picking this up might land her in this hospital!  Plus, what a great going away gift for the seniors!  Here's your diploma and a side of norovirus!

Commencement is actually written into my job description.  Thou Shalt Not Miss Commencement.!

And this year I did.

I heard that it went well.  And I'm SO thankful that it went well!

I'm also thankful that my Exorcist impression only was on Saturday.

Though, I'm still not really liking the idea of food....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Excuses.... Excuses....

I'm having one of those mornings.

I got a massage yesterday.  And not a gentle massage.  I got a pound you against a rock to loosen yo up massage.  it was great!  I can turn my head now and everything!  But man, I feel like I've been beaten!  Ow...

So I ended up oversleeping.  That meant no workout this morning.

Then I ran downstairs to make breakfast and found:

1.) A VERY stinky trash can.   I had raw chicken in there and the Spousal Equivalent was supposed to take the trash out.  He didn't.  So Misty and I did.

2.) Dirty dishes piled everywhere.  I cooked quite the meal yesterday.  And the dishes were my fault.  Since I couldn't make breakfast until I moved them, I decided to just load the dishwasher.

All in all I wasn't too terribly late.

And the good news is that I'm going to the chiropractor today, to take advantage of the fact that I can move my head from side to side!

But in all of this, I did manage to see the Dr. Strange trailer.

I think tonight is going to be leftovers, and some yoga.  (I skipped this morning's workout.  I need to make sure not to slack!)

I hope everyone else ins't having "one of those days."

Saturday, April 2, 2016

My April 3 Es

"E" #1 -  eating

I kicked my own butt last week to get back on the Weight Watchers/ BeachBody container system eating wagon.  What does this mean?

  • Planning- especially since we're oven-less, I have to make sure I have stove top friendly, plan friendly meals.  I also need to spend some money and get plan friendly snacks to keep on hand.  Also, I need to make sure I'm eating all of my containers, so I have a well balanced diet.
  • Portioning- I need to measure and portion everything that I eat.  Seriously.  I have the containers, I need to use them.
  • Journaling-  I've got the planner to write this stuff down.  I just need to do it!

"E" #2- exercise

I'm currently working on a ChaLean Extreme/ TurboFire calendar.  I have what I need to do.  I just need to DO it!  Never miss a Monday... And all.

Also, I'm ready to start running again.  I'm going to make sure I get a good weekend run in.  Today it's running, so not today...

"E" #3 - environment

We're getting a new couch later on this month, so I've started cleaning.  But I need to do more.  I need to "weed" out my possessions, getting rid of things that I don't use.  I need to work on the outsides of our place, weeding the front and making the back a place that we might use (maybe this year we'll buy the screen door?). I need to keep up with cleaning.  I need to take everything off the shelves in the storage room and consolidate.

When my environment is orderly, the rest of it seems easier..

So that's my plan.

What is yours?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Food, glorious food! (or, how our oven is broken)

Sunday night, I wanted to warm up a piece of leftover pizza.

I happen to warm up my pizza in the oven.  (350 for 10 minutes.  It's life changing!)

I noticed that the oven just wasn't getting to temperature.  I mean, should it take an hour and a half and still not to temperature.

I somehow didn't think anything of it, and tried to make a pork tenderloin the next day.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  

Guess what I have planned for dinner for like the next 4 days?  That's right!  Things that used the oven!!

The landlord came over.  Looks like one of the heating coils is bad.

Estimate to be fixed?  April 5th to the 8th.  This doesn't help the cake I was supposed to bake this weekend.  We'll have to celebrate her birthday another weekend!

I have to now rethink my meal plans.....

Friday, March 25, 2016

What a nasty start for a Friday!

Yay!  It's Friday!!

I was excited!  I had a work out planned.  I had a VERy full weekend planned.

Hell, not 1 but *2* movies that I wanted to see are out today!!

But no......  I'm not that lucky!

This morning started with Misty wanting.... something...

Not food....

Not a walkie....

No, she wanted to eat grass.

Then I could hear her tummy gurgling from across the sofa.

The Misty-butt has tummy troubles.  What does that mean for me?  Hopefully carpet shampooing isn't involved.  But I suspect it'll be a few days of chicken and rice dinners with a Pepto chaser!

I hate it when she's sick.  She can't tell me what she needs!  And she loves food so much, it hate seeing a bowl that's full!

So after this I tried to text the Spousal Equivalent.  And nothing with send.  Nothing.

I reboot.  I shut things down.  I google the issue.  I even tried to reset my phone to factory setting, but that was taking too long.

Did I work out this morning?  No.... I stood outside while Misty ate grass.

I got to work late.  I'm working alone.  And it's raining....

After work can I have a bottle of wine and a massage tonight?  I have a feeling I'm going to need it.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Shadowhunters *sigh* (there may be spoilers...)

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Now, I've read the Mortal Instruments.  I'm a fan of Young Adult fantasy.  I enjoy the Shadowhunters world.

And I'm glad that the show is getting a season 2.

I actually like the actors and their roles.

There is SO much material that the writers can use and pull from....

But I need to address the elephant in the room about this show...

There are some GLARING issues with this show!!

1.) I don't know who these writers are writing for, but the viewing audience is not stupid.  Can we tighten up the plot holes?  Can we have the show work with a consistent set of rules?  Please?

Take this week's episode for example.  Who else figured out that Michael Wayland was Valentine in disguise after 30 seconds or so?

I don't expect the show to be exactly like the books, but some consistent plot lines,  characterizations and rules of the universe would be nice.

Christina, who vlogs at PolandBananasBOOKS makes some good points about this here.

2.) The should has a perfect opportunity to fix some of the broken and ridiculous plot lines from the book.

Over the course of 5 books, Jace believes that Valentine is his father (making his love for Clary incestuous)  then he spend the next few books being possessed by various beings.  In my opinion these plot lines are rather dumb.  There are ways to move the story along without them.

But what happened?  The show went there.  Did you hear me cussing about it?  I'm sure the neighbors did!

The show got picked up for a season 2.  I REALLY hope the writers can take the books and make some well crafted, consistent, compelling story lines that focus on these wonderfully flawed characters in their incredibly rich world.

If you're watching, and frustrated like I am... so is Super fan, Christina.  Watch her viedos about the episodes here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Disney: Day 4

Day 4 was Race Day.

I got on a bus at 3:30am.  At 5am I was in my corral.  When the first corral left at 5:30am, I still had another HOUR before I crossed the start line.

it was the most amazing race that I have even run.  And the hardest!!

After the sun rose, we got into the Magic Kingdom!  It was amazing!!

but getting back to Epcot was SO HARD!  It was hot and humid!  And I was simply exhausted!!

but I did it!!

After the race we went to Animal Kingdom.  I inhaled lunch from Flame Tree BBQ, and we wandered around the park.

The Kilimanjaro Safari was Amazing!

The Rest of Animal Kingdom was pretty great too!

it was a long day, topped off with a pizza at Wolfgang Puck's and a well deserved sleep!