I think I need glasses

[Edit – 6:57 PM] The home show (new link) was not as awesome as I’d expected. I thought it would be like HGTV in person, but it was more like… you know all those ads you get every week for gutter guards and driveway resurfacing and everything else? It was like that in person. We did sign up for estimates from three different tub fitter places, though, which was good. One of them is actually coming here this week.

Also, new little photo shoot on the About Me page![/Edit]

I was going to post here yesterday, but then I didn’t, because, bla, it was kind of a sucky day. Jess and I went to this intranet owners’ forum, and we were sitting towards the back of the room, and the projector was kind of blurry, and I think I need glasses anyway, and I must have strained my eyes or something trying to watch this presentation. We went to lunch right afterward, and I was feeling a little dizzy but I thought maybe I just needed to eat something. When I got back to my desk after lunch, though, I was not feeling good. I ended up leaving work early. Minutes after I got home, I threw up … ugh … but I think it was because I was so dizzy and nauseous, not from anything I ate. After that, I had to spend the rest of the night napping or just laying quietly with my eyes closed.

Anyway, not that you needed to read all that…

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of GG’s purchase of our house. And next weekend is our housewarming party. Which means we’ve got a week, and we’ve barely done anything to prepare, besides inviting way too many people.

Today we’re going to the Home Show. It’ll be like HGTV, but in person!

Creamy Nutella Goodness

I went out to lunch today with one of my co-workers from my old department. This was the first time I’d seen her since Christmastime! We’d been planning to go out to lunch together in January, and we kept having to reschedule because we were both so busy, but we finally got to go today. We went to this diner that opened nearby several months ago. It was my first time there, and it was pretty good. She told me she and her family are moving back to this area (they’ve been living with her mother, over an hour north of here, for a couple years), which is awesome because maybe I’ll be able to do some things with her outside of work!

Tonight is my “night off,” I guess, but really it’s my night to get a lot of stuff done, because I’m free and GG has band practice. I’d like to sew a couple things, redo some item photos in my etsy store, and maybe paint my nails. And make Nutella mousse!!

Recipe (from Trader Joe’s)

Ingredients:

  • 1 container Nutella
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Whip cream. Fold in Nutella. Pass out from creamy Nutella goodness.

You can also halve this recipe (1/2 pint cream, half a container of Nutella) if, like me, you want to save some Nutella for separate snacking.

Check out the cute mice that D is selling!! There might be a treat in the mail for Ivan and Katrina soon…

Back to School… for a Night

Right after work yesterday, I drove out to MU! I’d been concerned about traffic at that time of day, but it was actually awesome and I made it out there in a little under two hours.

First I picked up my brother to take him out to dinner. He wanted to go to Qdoba, which moved to a new location at the mall, which is a little further away from campus than it had been. So we went up there and had burritos, and I got to talk to him a little about school and stuff. (Even though he was home for spring break this past week, I saw him for about two seconds.)

After dropping him back off at his dorm, I went to the area we always used to hang out in at the SMC, to see if there were any other Brothers there. There were! (Plus an initiate.) This pair just got engaged, and they kept saying throughout the night that I was like the first person to congratulate them when they finally announced that they were dating. (They started dating as initiates, but they were in the same pledge class, so it wasn’t so taboo.) And he told me he still wears the scarf I made for him!

Lina, who was visiting from Oklahoma, which is the real reason I went out there last night, was out with Shayna. They came by to pick me up, and we drove to the House of Pizza (aka HoPie) so they could get dinner. Plus we got the dirt on some PSP goings-on. Then we went to the library, where most of this semester’s initiates were at Study Hours. I was about to be interviewed by four at once, which would have been crazy, but then Lina came up (she’d been downstairs talking to her old boss), so two of them interviewed her, and two interviewed me. And I think another initiate is calling me today for an interview or to schedule one.

Around 9:00 we headed over to the meeting, though it didn’t really matter that we were all on time, because the building was locked and we all had to wait out in the cold for the campus police to come open it up. Ah, just like old times. The meeting got started, and bla bla bla, I got to see a few more “older” brothers, and got re-introduced to some of the newer ones. (Another Brother mentioned how she still wears the scarf I made her.) I saw my grand-little! He’s a German major, and told me about how he’s leaving in September for a year in Germany. There were a few awards that were voted on by secret ballot, and alumni Brothers need to count these secret votes, so luckily there were several of us there. This was the first meeting I’ve been to as an alumna, so I was actually looking forward to counting.. haha!

The meeting ended around 11:00, and we kind of got out of there fast. Shayna gave me a ride back to my car, where I said goodbye to her and Lina. Then I had to drive home – I was so tired! I had to call GG at one point and just talk to him so I wouldn’t fall asleep! I got home around 12:30 or 12:45, and went to bed as quickly as I could.

I never ever use the snooze button on my alarm clock, but this morning I did. Just once.

Bad Day

I can’t decide if today was really good or really bad.

Good:

  • GG and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and got some shelves and a knife holder that I’ve wanted for a while – and didn’t pay full price for anything.
  • We saw V for Vendetta, and not only was it awesome, the 1812 Overture was a main feature of the movie, so now instead of dreading playing it at band, I’m sort of looking forward to it.

Bad:

  • We went to Cinnabon to use this coupon I had for a 6-pack of cinnamon rolls. We do not normally go there, but I had a coupon. We tried using this coupon on Sunday, but they were out of cinnabons, didn’t have change, and turned off the lights and had customers waiting in the darkness an hour before the store was to close. So we gave them a second chance. This time, the woman ahead of me in line was taking a long time to be rung up, as the woman behind the counter scrambled around looking for something. Finally, I heard that they were looking for a pen so she could sign her credit card receipt, and I was like, “You need a pen? I have a pen!” Problem solved, right? No, because when it was my turn, the woman didn’t know how to enter my coupon to give me my $3 off, and I could barely understand her through her thick accent, but I think she wanted me to pay full price now, and then wait for her manager to come back in half an hour to give me my $3 back? Um, no, we don’t need Cinnabon that badly.
  • Leaving the mall, someone was waiting behind me for my parking spot, but their position prevented me from turning the way I needed to to leave, so I had to turn the other way and go out of my way all around the parking lot to get out. And when I was originally trying to back out and point the right direction, and realized I couldn’t, I saw them in the rearview mirror throw up their hands, like, “What do you want me to do?!” Um, move?
  • Leaving the movie, GG felt the need to go back into the theater to admonish a woman who brought two very young children to the theater. While I too am appalled that she would bring little kids to see a violent movie like that, and they did cry a little and make noise during the film, they weren’t really that bad, and I don’t think it was necessary to cause trouble like that. But GG doesn’t have that part of his brain that tells him whether or not something is socially appropriate.
  • I started assembling some of those shelves when I got home, and realized they must have been on clearance because they suck. None of the pieces fit together right, and the whole thing wobbles. Oh well, hopefully it’ll be enough just to stack up some stuff in the laundry room that we’ve been keeping on the floor for the last year.
  • The cashier at Staples was clearly on the phone with a personal call while ringing me up – he did not say one word to me the entire time. And he was so out of it, he tried to give me back my coupon after he’d scanned it. (Now that I think about it, I should’ve just taken it back!)
  • They ran out of plastic bags at the supermarket, so rather than use a paper bag for a salad and a carton of milk, I just carried my stuff out in my hands. Actually, that was kind of funny, because the whole front-end was filled with the sound of paper bags being unfolded, which is something you don’t really notice when everything is done in plastic bags.
  • GG’s show tonight is in Cape May, NJ, and I always worry when he has to drive so far so late at night. But he’s going to spend the night at their bassist’s house (he lives in NJ), which is good, although I’ll miss him because he plans to wake up there at 9:30, so he probably won’t be home until about 11.

There might have been more, I forget. I mean, I got to go out and spend the day with GG which was so so so nice, but all those little things just made me so angry… and I’m really not usually an angry person!

Yeah I wore a green shirt today.

GG’s comedy gig last night was… disappointing. He did almost the exact same set he did on Tuesday (when he just about got the most laughs out of any of the comedians), but he got almost no laughs, and it fact it seemed like he truly offended a lot of people! The good news, though: he had originally thought that he would get 4 minutes to perform, plus one minute per person he brought to the show, up to 10 minutes total. Wrong. They give you 4 minutes for the first five people you bring, plus one minute per person after that, up to 10 minutes. So he thought he’d be lucky to just get the four minutes, since he wasn’t sure how many people would be there for him (besides me, obviously). But amazingly, he had ten audience members there for him! I think, though, that having nine or ten minutes to perform was sort of a detriment to him, because 1) with more time he was able to slow down a little bit, which came across as sounding sort of fake or rehearsed, and 2) the sets he had planned started out offensive and just got more and more so, and that was apparently not what the audience wanted to hear, but he stuck to his plans and had plenty of time to tell lots of offensive jokes.

So today at work the Training half of our department (which, as of Wednesday I’m no longer in) had a big meeting with our AVP to address all the rumors people have been hearing about the future of training in the R&D organization at our company. So we learned that at the big executive meeting yesterday, nothing was really decided, but apparently nobody knows for sure what happened.

Then the AVP took me and my former group out to lunch, which had been planned for months, because he was trying to take each group in the department out for an appreciation luncheon, so we had to kind of act like everything was the way it was, oh, two weeks ago. It was good, though – I think we had fun, and the restaurant and food were excellent.

We got a new toilet seat tonight and I installed it by myself. It was actually really easy, and now after a year we finally have a seat that doesn’t wiggle and slide all over the bowl. The grossest thing: when I took off the old seat, the screws that held it in place were all sticky and I thought maybe putting something sticky like that was part of the toilet seat attachment process. No. The screws were sticky with old urine. Needless to say, I washed everything off really well before putting the new seat on. Yuckkkkkkkk!

Stuff Portrait Friday – Brought to you by the letter C

Here’s this week’s SPF assignment from Kristine:

Couch: GG and I spent all day at the Morgantown Outlet Mall (basically an entire mall of furniture) trying to find the perfect sofa. I think we sat on every sofa in that place, testing it out for looks, comfort, and whether or not GG could fit on it laying down (he’s 6’4″). We ended up with this super comfy chenille set – yes, you can see the matching loveseat in the mirror (I’m standing on it!).



Coat: I’ve had this for a few years, and I guess it’s starting to look a little worn. It’s really the perfect coat, though. When it’s very cold, people ask me if it’s warm enough, and when it starts to get warmer, I kind of wish I had a lighter jacket… but it’s a really great medium-weight coat, I can wear it in the rain, and the pockets zip shut.

Look at the kitties under the table watching me. “What is she doing?!”



Candles: I don’t burn candles (I don’t think we even have matches in the house), and I don’t really decorate with them, but you may have noticed these in the couch photo. When we got that mirror/shelf thin that’s hanging over the sofa, I wanted some candles to put on it, so we got all this in the $1 section of Target. (Obviously this happened around Halloween… hence the festive skull candle.)



Did you play??

Cactus Pear Gelato = Crazy Delicious!

GG’s set went great last night! The way this club works is, the comedians sign up a couple hours before the show, and then about half an hour before the show they put out a final list of who’s performing, what order, and how many minutes they each get. GG ended up going 16th (out of 21 comics), which is really good! He was also probably the first one to really get solid laughs throughout his entire set. He told some jokes he’d used before, because he was practicing for tomorrow night, but he also had a couple new ones, with a lot of success. I met a bunch of his comedian friends, too, so hopefully I’ll be able to remember faces with names when he talks about them.

We went to this crazy gelato place for dessert before the show. They had flavors like tahini, basil, blood orange, burnt sugar… I ended up with avocado and cactus pear (both delicious). GG got basil, coconut, and one other one that I forget. And they were very eager to give out samples, so we got to try a lot more. It was a cool place… and I would tell you the name if I could remember it.

Busy Business

Lina! I will be there next Monday!!!

Busy week coming up… tonight I’m watching GG at Helium’s open mike night (he’s practicing for Thursday, read on!), Wednesday is band practice, Thursday we’re going to Rascal’s for GG’s booking at New Talent Night!! (And like I said, I will be at MU next Monday for PSP! Arrrrr!)

It’s been officially announced to the department, so I guess I can officially announce it here: I, along with a couple of my work friends, am being switched to a new manager as of Wednesday. The three of them (it’s Jen, Julie, and Heather) will probably have new roles, as well, but mine will hopefully stay pretty much the same. That means my third manager in a year. And no more awesome manager who lets me watch her cats while she’s on vacation. But hopefully I can still feed her cats anyway.

Loooooong Weekend

My long weekend has been pretty nice so far. And it’s only half-over!

On Friday I slept in a little, as much as I could between GG getting ready for work and the cats trying to force me out of bed for breakfast. I took my time getting ready, though, before I went to my grandmother’s house to start moving out some of my stuff. (That’s my big project for this weekend – moving stuff. When GG and I moved into our house, I never really fully moved out of Gramom’s. I just took what I needed and got out of there. And I won the race! I moved out in June, my brother left for college in August, and my mom moved out in September or October.) I cleaned my stuff out of the dresser and closet, and that was enough to fill the entire trunk of my car. I figured that was enough for one day, considering that when I got everything home I had to sort it, organize it in some way, and pack it up in my basement. I’m still not totally done with puttin everything away, but I’ve done most of it.

Today GG had to take his new car back to the Pontiac dealer because the alignment of his front wheels was way off. We dropped his car off, and then planned to get lunch and see a movie before picking it up. So we went to Isaac’s, a sandwich place we like. It was closed! (I hope they just moved to a different location, and didn’t close the shop in this area alltogether!) So we went to the next shopping center over, where there was a Mexican place we’d eaten a couple times. That was closed too! (It’s reopening as a different Mexican place that we like, though, so that’s good.) We ended up getting a couple slices of pizza at a Clemens Market. Then we went to see The Hills Have Eyes. It was my choice. I have no idea what possessed me – I’m usually so reluctant to see horror films lately. It was pretty creepy, but I’m not so scared now that it’s night and I’m alone, because I’m not planning any foolish trips through the desert. I really only get scared by movies where I can picture myself in the same situation. After the movie, we went back to the Pontiac place to pick up GG’s car, which they’d had for several hours by this point. Apparently, they were just then getting to work. Even though they kept stressing the gazillion-point inspection that they do on the GM Certified cars, apparently wheel alignment is not one of those points. Also, according to the guy at the service desk, they just got the alignment machine?! How were they checking before that? Also, another service guy told us that the guy who had been performing the however-many-point inspections had just been fired. Hmm. Anyway, we’re sort of ticked at Pontiac right now.

GG’s band is just performing one set tonight, as part of a multi-band event, and it’s not too far away, so he’ll probably be home a little earlier than usual. Tomorrow I’m meeting my mom and brother for lunch somewhere, while he’s home for spring break. Also sometime in the next two days, I have a ton of stuff to design for band: concert posters, anniversary party invitations, website updates, and a possible website redesign. And I still have to finish moving out of my grandmother’s house. And I go back to work on Tuesday.