Monday, February 19, 2018

anything you can do i can do better

I've been loving my time at home, with plenty of relaxation and Olympics watching...and a little bit of identity theft to spice things up. I discovered yesterday, through a timely running of my credit report, that someone opened a Kohls account in my name and had bought something in December, and while it wasn't considered delinquent yet, I'm sure it was about to become so. They had also put several hard hits on my credit in an attempt to open other credit cards, so I'm not sure yet whether any of them actually went through - but I'm hoping not.

So, I spent more time yesterday dealing with that than I would have liked, but hopefully I caught it early enough that I can rectify it all without too much drama. Otherwise, it's been a v. uneventful trip - we had prime rib in Seymour last night, of course, and also spent some time arguing about politics (of course, although I was surprised when [censored] went all in today, since [censored] usually [censored]). Aunt B also came down today, and we spent a lot of time talking about bees (I am destined to pick up some strange hobbies, although I don't know if I'll develop fascinations for bees, rocks, or peacocks first...but they're all destined to hit me at some point given how those hobbies seem to run in the family).

Sadly, [censored] had to leave this afternoon, and then I spent some quality time watching biathlon and napping. We had ham and beans for supper tonight (dinner of champions, especially with cornbread), and then I watched Olympics all night. I also journaled a bit after the Olympics were over for the night, which felt great at the time - but now I'm regretting not going to bed an hour ago, so I need to rectify that immediately. Goodnight!

Friday, February 16, 2018

that's the way i like it

No blog tonight - I had a v lazy day, which was exactly what I needed, followed by watching some fine super g and figure skating with the fam. But now I need to go to sleep - goodnight!

you're the reason that i just can't concentrate

Hello from ye olde Iowa! I had a relatively long day, but it wasn't all bad - today was 'dress like an Olympian day' at work, and I managed to be five minutes late to my first meeting because I was too busy piling on mascara and eyeshadow to complete my ice skater look. I also wore a sparkly dress over leggings, pulled my hair back, wore a fake gold medal, and carried a bouquet of flowers - the flowers really sold it, and I got many compliments (and some strange looks from people who hadn't gotten the memo).

So I had meetings all day, with just enough time to work on other stuff that I didn't go totally insane. I left around 4:15, ran home, threw some stuff in a suitcase, tidied up around the house, and drove to the airport, where I had enough time to eat dinner at my beloved Cantina Grill and answer some emails before boarding my flight. I slept most of the way, landed in Des Moines a little after 11pm, picked up a rental car, and drove home, where I arrived around 1am. I'm only here through the weekend, but it'll be nice to have a break - I'm going to do my best to not check (work) email, although I also have hopes of getting through some personal email and other tasks that I've been neglecting.

But that's all for tomorrow - now it's almost two a.m. here, so I should really sleep if I'm going to get up and actually say hi to my parents beyond the greetings I gave them by waking them up when I got home. Goodnight!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

i feel like i'm always dreaming

Today was way too long - I had a meeting with the India team at 9am, and then had another meeting with them from 8:30-10pm, with many many other meetings in between. I did have just enough time this evening to eat a bowl of soup and wash the dishes and do some laundry, so I guess that's luxurious, right? But I didn't get to watch the Olympics tonight, which is v. v. unfortunate.

However, tomorrow is another day, and I'll enjoy it more if I get some sleep. Goodnight!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

the aubergine of the sun

Today was pretty brutal. I woke up at three a.m. suddenly filled with rage, and my stomach was sour and my mood even more sour, and so I somehow ended up wide awake until five a.m. I finally fell asleep again and woke up at 7:30, at which point I had to walk downtown to retrieve my car from where I left it last night. The walk did nothing to clear my mood, and neither did my shower after getting home. And my first meeting of the day was entirely rage-inducing...but I'll survive. I'm determined to not let this kind of situation affect me too much, and there are ways to deal with it - it's just that today was beyond annoying.

Anyway, the rest of the day was slightly better - I had some time to get some work done, and I had lunch with my team (including a woman who is out on maternity leave but brought her totally adorable kid in to see us - he slept through it all and was incredibly cute), and then I had more meetings and more work. I left around 5:30 and ran a couple of errands, and then set up some lamps that I'd bought for my bedroom (they're a little ridiculously glam and I think I love them).

I also took a break to watch some Olympics and eat some leftover soup - but I wasn't all that into snowboarding despite watching it, and while the pairs skating was great, I was a bit distracted. And then I worked from nine p.m. until now, which is three minutes until I should go to bed since I have meetings in the morning and would like some sleep beforehand. Goodnight!

Monday, February 12, 2018

it's the most wonderful time of the year

I stayed up too late last night, so this morning was difficult - but I dragged myself out of bed and managed to write for half an hour, so it could have been worse. Then I spent the day slogging away - not enough task-based work since I had a training all afternoon, but it was work nonetheless.

However, the evening was super fun - two of my team are visiting from Mountain View, so we all went out for a drink to celebrate their presence. We went to Rayback Collective, which was surprisingly wonderful - and also surprisingly crowded. It was a Monday, so we were expecting no one, but they were doing some event to help people choose their CSAs (community-supported ag, which basically means subscribing to a farm and eating turnips for a couple of months every year while nothing else is in season). The conversation turned out to be delightful - and we also went waaaay deep on pet death, which is unusual in mixed company (where 'mixed' equals farm kids + city kids). Shockingly, I didn't have the worst story of the night - that went to a woman whose pet turtle was named 'Scapey' because he always tried to escape, until her dad drilled a hole in his shell and tied him to a turtle-shaped Fisher Price sandbox. That really puts the deaths of our possum kitties into perspective, amirite?

sssanyway. After drinks, Andrea and Aga (the visitors from MTV) and I went for a late dinner at The Kitchen. It was v. nearly perfect - the atmosphere was great, with lots of coziness and brick, and we had some v. delish fries and a pork chop that would have seemed perfect if I hadn't just had the ultimate perfect pork chop on Saturday. But it was a lovely way to end the evening, even if I'm now totally behind on both work and Olympics without any chance of catching up.

But that's a problem for tomorrow - now I need to sleep. Goodnight!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

when she was just a girl she expected the world

Today was a lovely end to a lovely weekend. I spent last night at Katie's, so I awoke this morning to the dulcet tones of children playing - but because we were good and went to bed relatively early last night, and also because I prioritized water while drinking my cocktails last night, I awoke feeling #inittowinit. I spent the morning hanging out with Katie and James - James made coffee and breakfast, and then we sat around the dining table and talked for several hours while the girls played amongst themselves.

I could have easily hung out all day, but I had lots of stuff I wanted to get done today, so around 1pm I finally left and came back to Boulder. When I got here, I grabbed a burrito bowl at Illegal Pete's (Katie and James were talking about getting that in Denver, and I didn't tack onto that plan because I wanted to get home, but I couldn't resist the temptation). Then I window shopped on Pearl for a few minute before coming home, washing all my bedding, and cleaning my bathroom. That wasn't as much cleaning as I intended to do this weekend, but it was the most critical part, so I'll take it.

Then I called my parents, who were in fine form, and then I settled in for some Olympics coverage. I watched a bit of what I missed yesterday, but quickly switched to tonight's coverage, which was #worthit. I also made a v. delicious supper - I got an Instant Pot awhile ago and never used it, but I broke it out for the first time tonight to make a chicken and wild rice soup. It was really delicious, and really easy - I had to chop up some onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms, but then I just threw it all in the pot and pressure cooked it. I also threw two chicken breasts in with the soup before cooking it, and the pressure cooking finished the chicken perfectly - when the soup was done, I pulled the chicken out and it shredded at the touch of a fork.

So, that was incredibly delicious, and now I have leftovers for the week. I spent the rest of the evening enjoying the figure skating coverage, which got me excited about skating again - I haven't watched much skating the past few years, but tonight's program was really enjoyable.

And now I need to sleep, since I sadly have to go to zee day job tomorrow - goodnight!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

you have unleashed an ancient evil

I'm typing on my phone, so please pardon any typos. Today was lovely, all in all...I awoke to snow, and continued to experience snow throughout the day, which is v different from my California life. I spent the morning drinking coffee and journaling, which made for a great start to the day.

Then I drove to Denver, where I was ten minutes late to get my brows waxed... But luckily everyone else had cancelled, so I was still able to get in. I also got my hair cut - she made my bangs shorter than I like, but it was still better than the last hair cut I got in Colorado, so I'll take it.

Then I dropped off some Nordstrom returns before going to Katie's house. She and James got a babysitter for tonight, so we went out big. Our first stop was a bar in the neighborhood that was quite disappointing (my mojito-like drink somehow managed to be disgusting even though I adore mojitos). But we then went to Old Major, which was divine - the spin on the margarita was so good that I had three, and we split a three-pound pork chop that was one of the best pork chops I've ever had. James left after the entree to relieve the babysitter, but Katie and I had one more drink and some delish chocolate mousse while contemplating the mysteries of life (or at least the mysteries of our coworkers).

Then we walked back to the house and hung out, but now it's time for bed - goodnight!