Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birthday Eve

So tomorrow is my 37th birthday.  :-o  Crazy how time flies as you get older!  I certainly don't feel 37.  As a general rule I feel about 30.  I still maintain that I felt older when I was 25 and married living in the midwest, LOL.  Strange!

I took tomorrow off as a Floating Holiday and BF took it off as well.  We don't really have many set plans other than to NOT be at work.  :-)  I do think we're going to a Japanese steakhouse for dinner, and I'm predicting a Red Velvet Concrete from BurgerFi will be my birthday dessert!  In the middle, weather dependent, there may be some miniature golf, a breakfast/lunch, maybe some birthday money shopping.  I'm just looking forward to spending the day with BF.

Tonight we have my Firm's tickets to the Nats game.  However, we are supposed to get potentially record-breaking temps today before some possibly severe storms roll through in the late afternoon/early evening hours.  Right now, it seems like the game may be delayed about an hour, but good to go at that point.  If that stays the case throughout the day, BF will commute into the city and we'll find somewhere to kill some time before the game.  Hopefully it works out!

Today is my brother's birthday.  We grew up  having to pick a spot together for our birthday dinners with the family and it was always such a chore, or so it seemed!  Now I feel a bit nostalgic for those joint birthday celebrations!  I'm never home to celebrate my birthday anymore, perhaps that's why.

Today and Thursday I have to spend 6 hours of my work day in a training room getting ready for our new database rollout in August.  I am positively dreading it.  I don't think I can login as myself, so I won't have access to my work email, and I'm afraid of what I'll come back to over my lunch break and at the end of the day.  6 hours of a 7.5 hour work day in a training room is simply too much!  It was supposed to be 12 hours broken up over a three day period, but since I'm out tomorrow I am having to squish it all into two days.  I'm just hoping that there will be competent trainers available, as the "just play, figure it out on your own" tactic they've suggested to this point has not been very valuable.

I guess I will go rally myself to get into this training.  At least I have a lot to look forward to tomorrow and Friday.  :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Yawn Party

So BF is still getting over a cold, and as many of us know, the cough is often the last thing to go.  I know that when I was so ridiculously ill this winter I had the cough for MONTHS after I kicked that vicious bout of the flu.  Last night BF came to bed and proceeded to cough. And cough.  And cough some more.  He FINALLY gave in and took some Nyquil Cough, but by that point the damage was done.  Every time I'd dozed off he'd cough and I'd be jolted awake.  Boo. Woke up this morning feeling completely exhausted.  I know he's ready for that cough to go away, but I'm definitely looking forward to it as well!  :-o

I watched two more episodes of "Orange is the New Black".  I'm now through 5 of the latest season's 13 episodes.  I wish I had time to just marathon them!  Such a great show.  Once I finish that I'm going to go back to the latest season of House of Cards, which I'm only 2-3 episodes into so far.  I wish I had wifi for my bus rides to and from work, as I could get so much watched!  :-)  Alas, no such luck and my data plan isn't big enough to contain all that Netflix awesome.

This week is truly dragging.  Yesterday was just disgustingly hot, but today is slightly better.  Gotta love summer!  Current plan is to muddle through this Wednesday work day and probably spend some quality time with the BF this evening.

I've found that quality time during the week is challenging to come by if I want to keep on my gym routine.  I get home shortly before seven, we make and eat dinner.  I relax briefly and then have to head out to the gym.  Home an hour or so later, shower, then there's not enough time left to get much done before I need to aim for bed since we get up so early!  It's pretty frustrating sometimes, and that's why on occasion I just call it and decide to take a night off from the gym and spend the evening with BF.  We're making chicken fried rice tonight for dinner, and then I'm hoping to go on a nice, decent walk to make up a bit for the gym.  I really just want a few hours that are uninterrupted by the gym, or showers or a never ending feeling of having ten other things I should be doing!

It's definitely much better since we have lived together, as we do get all that in between time that we didn't used to, and we do go to bed together and wake up together, which is really, really nice.  But we don't have that designated "date night" like we did when we lived apart.  Occasionally I just have to make it happen!  :-)  We get lots of time on the weekend, but J is usually with us, so it's a different dynamic.

Tomorrow night I'm going to see my hair guy after work to get my highlights touched up.  I love a good salon trip!  I'm staying in DC for the evening to attend the Battle of the Bands event my firm is participating in, and will head that way post-appt.  This also means I need to pack a change of clothes so I'm not attending in work gear and prepare myself for a late night.  Our band doesn't play until 8:45, and so I'm imagining the earliest I'll get out of there is ten, and then I have probably an hour metro ride followed by a thirty minute car ride.  Cheers!?!  Guess it's going to be a tired Friday, too.  :-)

I guess that's all I know for now.  Happy wednesday (is almost thursday) to everyone!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Blues

You know, this morning started out well.  I woke up and actually got up when the alarm went off instead of snoozing.  I put on a cute dress and BF told me how nice I looked before I left.  I dozed on the commute in, got into the office and then...the s**t hit the fan.  Honestly. I have been here for an hour and already two different people have frustrated the hell out of me.  The frustration stems from a sheer lack of reading comprehension on the parts of these individuals, and laziness on the part of another.  WTF, mate?

I had to take a step back, minimize the inbox and I'm choosing to spend this quality time blogging while I cool down.  I refuse to let this entire day unfold this way!  It's June, it's (almost) summer, it's Pay Day, it's a billion degrees out.  Well, that last one isn't really a positive, but it's life!  :-)

So the weekend was good.  Friday night was pretty uneventful, as most are after a long week. Saturday BF had to go into the office for a few hours, so I took J to brunch with me, where we met a couple of my favorite girlfriends.  It was a good meal and we did a little shopping afterwards in the stores nearby.  After that J and I went to a huge thrift store she knew of in the area.  I'll fully admit thrift stores are NOT my thing, but it was actually pretty fun.  J convinced me to try on a dress by agreeing to try one on, too, and I actually liked mine and bought it. :-o  It was $9 and is not my usual style, but appealed to me, anyway.  It's hand wash only, so I'm going to do that this week before introducing it into my summer wardrobe.

Saturday night we stayed in and watched a movie with dinner.  Sunday we went to see "Jurassic World", which was actually excellent.  I've only seen the original Jurassic Park movie once and haven't seen the others, so it wasn't something I was obsessed with seeing like J was, but I enjoyed it! Back at home J and I did home manicures in the time before she got picked up.  BF and I grilled burgers for dinner and that's about it!

I'm hoping this work week goes by quickly.  I'll fully admit that I'm more focused on the fun stuff coming up than the work stuff!  This week my Firm is participating in a Battle of the Bands for charity.  It's Thursday night at a club in DC and I'm planning to attend.  It's going to be a logistical nightmare since I live so far out.  I'll either be getting back home at midnight or after and then going back to work 6 hours later, or I'll be inviting myself to spend the night at a friend's house closer in. Saturday is my Firm's annual picnic, which I've not actually attended yet.  We RSVPed to go this year and to bring J since she'll be in our company again.  Hopefully the weather will be decent and our commute out there won't be awful!  Sunday I think the plan is to go to a Potomac Nationals baseball game for Father's Day for BF.

All right, time to get focused back on work I suppose....after I get some breakfast!  :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

thursday thoughts

It's been a busy Thursday, but I take comfort in the fact that the week is nearly over!

Things I'm thinking about as this Thursday work day wraps:

....why I'm scheduled for a 4:30 meeting when I ideally head out at 4:50 for bus-catching purposes each day

.... the mouse I saw inside the CVS drugstore cosmetics and lotion aisle yesterday.

.... if I will ever find the perfect lipstick/gloss shade or if I will spend my life buying bad ones, mediocre ones and good enough ones

.... all of the above about the perfect curl products

.... how on earth I can get everything I want/need to get done on this dreadfully short post-commute work days.  It's hard to fit in dinner, house chores, gym, post gym-shower, periodic beauty indulgences (ie home manicures or hair blowouts) and regular old relaxation

.... if I will ever find the time to sit and marathon a whole season of something on Netflix

.... why it took me so long to get a new keyboard at work when my old one had the lettering on the keys rubbed off and they threw it out when I got the new one, anyway

.... if the mahi mahi fish tacos we had last night for dinner will be half as good for my leftovers dinner tonight

.... how glad I am tomorrow is friday

.... how much I'm randomly looking forward to sending out the FB invite to my birthday happy hour

.... how much I'm in love with this cute, cheap dress I got from New York and Company this past weekend, and how flattering it is

.... how much I hope this meeting doesn't make me late leaving work, and how much I really want to catch my regular bus to get home at a less unreasonable time than I would if I missed it

.... how glad I am we got our July long weekend cabin trip in the mountains of West Virginia booked yesterday

.... how much I miss writing, and how much I need to get back to it, and how on earth I'll find the time!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Lovely June Days

I cannot believe it's already June!  I've been out of school for years and years, but it constantly amazes me how quickly time passes when you don't have set points in a school year to break things up.  Regular adult life is comprised of so much routine and sameness that it's easy for a month or a season to pass without you realizing it!

The Lancaster trip was a good time.  :-)  It was a mini trip for sure, but I think we packed a lot in! We did some miniature golfing, we went to the Strasburg Railroad and took a 45 minute steam engine train ride through the Amish countryside.  We had lunch at a place with Amish cuisine and took a tour of an old Amish Farm House, which also had some grounds that held the CUTEST baby goats ever.  We wrapped up the night at a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game, which I really enjoyed.

A few pictures:

Strasburg Railroad

Gorgeous countryside

My new BFFs, the baby goats!

Baseball game-gorgeous weather!

The work week has been incredibly slow moving.  :-/  I have a couple of meetings this afternoon, but other than that just a regular old Friday.  We got a new quilt for the bedroom at home.  BF previously had a plain black comforter on the bed along with gray sheets.  Thrilling, right?  In addition to it being BORING, it was getting too heavy for the season, so I upgraded us to a really cute patterned quilt.  It's a gray color palette, but it's much nicer looking overall and much lighter-weight.  BF is lucky I'm not into uber-girly things like floral patterns and the like.  :-D

No big weekend plans on tap.  Tonight will just be relaxing at home with BF and J, maybe watching a movie.  Tomorrow we have the usual day of erranding on tap.  I need to get to DSW to find some new gym shoes, and then we have much less exciting stops to make at places like Lowe's for new blinds.  Thriller! It's J's half weekend with us, so she'll get picked up at 6pm on Saturday.  We don't have any plans right now for the evening.  It may depend on the weather!  We've had the dreariest, most drizzly and gray week of weather.  It's been unseasonably cool as well.  Hopefully this weekend we'll get some better weather!

The rest of June should start to get a little busier, though.  It includes a brunch with girlfriends, possibly attending a Battle of the Law Firm Bands for my firm at a local club, my Firm's annual picnic at the Zoo, Father's Day for BF with J, hopefully another Nats game and birthday festivities, which right now just include taking my b-day off since it falls on a Wednesday and a happy hour the friday of that week to celebrate.  :-)  I'm looking forward to all of it!  But in the meantime, I'll settle for nicer weather, a relaxing weekend and some shoe shopping.  :-)

Happy (almost) weekend!