Monday, February 16, 2015

Three Good Things: Snow Daze Edition

Ugh.  Snow.  It's looking like work may be closed for the next day and half.  Super.  (When will there be a sarcasm font?!  I NEED IT.)  So I'm looking at lots of time all by myself and it doesn't make me all that happy because I'm once again wishing that things were different.  I'd much rather spend the time snuggled with my partner, and theoretically he feels the same way, but once again it just can't happen.  Knowing that is making it tough to look on the bright side.  I'm gonna try to do it anyway:

  1. Being alone makes it much more likely that I will get plenty of sewing and crafting done.
  2. No one will be around to see how much popcorn and/or chocolate I can consume in one sitting.
  3. I don't have to share the sources of warmth (heater, blanket, cats) or the remote control.

So there you have it.  Snow days are for crafting and junk food.  And cats.

From the ilikeCATS Etsy Shop

 If it's cold and/or snowy where you are--stay warm and snuggle up with whatever or whoever is close by (and consents to the snuggles, of course--always get consent).

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three Good Things 1.27&28.15

Walking to work in below-freezing weather is so frustrating.  Because I’m wearing office-appropriate garb, my legs are freezing but my core is sweating.  Maybe I need to find a good pair of snowpants to walk in.  They’re like a coat for your legs!

  1. I got to be part of unleashing a secret resident into one of our exhibits at work. I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you and that's more effort than I care to invest in right now.
  2. Had a tasty dinner with good company at a local restaurant instead of running in the frigid wind on Tuesday, but did a kickboxing routine on Wednesday to make up for missing my run.
  3. The dinner that I made up inside my head turned out to be pretty danged tasty.
I don't have a recipe for the dinner, but I can give you the basics.  I peeled a couple of butternut squashes, cut them into bite-sized pieces and tossed with olive oil and a bunch of spices (cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, nutmeg, cloves, salt).  I roasted them until they were completely cooked.  Cooked and sliced a couple of Irish Bangers (though any sausage you like would work).  The next evening, I turned the production over to my partner.  The squash went back in the oven to reheat while he diced and sauteed some onion in coconut oil, tossed in a box of baby kale (plus a little water) and sauteed that with the onion.  Then the sliced sausage went in the pan to reheat.  We piled everything together on a plate and ate it like someone was going to take it away from us.  Well, I ate mine like that (because I had just finished kickboxing--Hiiiiiiiiya!).  He was much more civilized about it.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three Good Things 1.24&25&26.15

Time got away from me yesterday, so I didn't get a chance to put together a blog post.  Here are my three good things from this weekend:

  1. Managed to run 9 miles and got to do the last two with a friend.
  2. Finished all the cooking that I planned to do.
  3. Had a fun trip to the thrift store and my partner* bought me a dress that makes me giggle whenever I look at it.

The dress is one of those snazzy cotton blend straight up and down dresses from the 90's.  This particular dress is black with zebras and hibiscus flowers.  Who knew that zebras were native to Hawaii?! (hint:  zebras do NOT live in Hawaii unless they are in a zoo.)  I plan to take the dress apart and create something that will fit my shape better--a swirly skirt or a sundress.  Can't wait to show off my Hawaiian zebras!

And now for my three good things from yesterday:

  1. My mom sent me a cool pair of short boots with no heel and they fit perfectly.
  2. Had a long lunch with a couple of my favorite guys.
  3. Nearly finished a project at work much sooner than the higher-ups anticipated (again).

Receiving the boots was extra-lucky because I was on my feet all afternoon.  I was wearing pumps that weren't terribly comfortable, so I was very glad to have more comfortable footwear to get me through the day.

The Hawaiian Zebra Hermit Crab is as close as Hawaii comes to a native zebra

*I use the term partner because some of my friends are married and some are dating, and because I believe the terminology should be the same across the board, whether you are gay or straight, married, living together, or dating.  You are romantically involved with that person currently (and if you’re romantically involved with more than one, you have partners—simple as that).  It’s easier all around, but I doubt it will catch on since it doesn’t give anyone a social cue about the status of your romantic relationship or if your significant other (or others) happen to be the same gender as you are. Humans are so illogical.  I did discover that one of my heroes defines it similarly, so if you have a moment check out Laci Green.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Three Good Things 1.22ish.15

Fell off the wagon already, but I’m climbing back on.  I had a day or two where making it through the day without crying was all I could manage, so figuring out good things and writing them down took more effort than I had in me.  But hey—now I have a couple of days to look through, so it should be easier.

  1. New Orleans-style snowball break with a friend because sometimes you just need that much sugar all at once.
  2. One of my favorite bloggers had good news to share.  Her hubby is a terrific guy by all accounts, so I was really pleased to read about her happeez. 
  3. After-work drinks with a couple of my favorite coworkers.  Not too much alcohol, but definitely some interesting conversation.
I didn't actually drink enough to be hung over, but I considered it...

Bonus good things: it’s finally Friday and I have a dinner date!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Three Good Things 1.20.15

Not having an awesome day, can’t seem to escape the blues but here’s my three things:

  1. Got to run with a couple of friends that I haven’t seen in ages.
  2. Found a nerdy graphic novel at the library.
  3. Made it to quittin’ time again.

Crossing my fingers that this is a momentary downswing and things will be looking up again soon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Good Things 1.19.15

Back to work.  Mondays are a lot less fun now that my cool boss has taken his coolness elsewhere.  Still, it shouldn’t be too tough to come up with three things for yesterday.
  1. The weather continues to be more comfortable.  It has continued the warming trend that started this weekend, which makes me happy.  Yay for lighter coats and no boots!
  2. Made it to quittin’ time without getting myself into trouble.  Yay for quittin’ time!
  3. Did yoga right away when we got home.  That’s the 3rd week in a row—pretty soon it’ll be an actual habit.  Yay for good habits!

I’m starting to get comfortable with yoga again.  I was supposed to start it during my marathon training last spring, but didn’t quite manage it.  I’ve talked someone into doing it with me instead of using him as an excuse to avoid it.  You often see the suggestion to find a workout buddy to keep yourself on track, since you’re less likely to skip a session if you know someone is waiting for you.  That’s rarely been a problem for me, BUT… I am easily distracted.  Getting my distraction to do yoga with me was a good idea—no shirking now since he’s pretty tenacious (and I think he’s rather enjoying the sessions).

Or maybe he just enjoys the yoga pants.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Three Good Things 1.17&18.15

Some of my gloom is lifting and I had a fun, relaxing weekend so finding three good things was pretty simple.

  1. Spent the weekend with a surprise guest—one of my favorite dogs.  Bailey’s fear of the giant dog was eclipsed by his need for treats, and he managed to come out of hiding for dinner and snacks.  He even sniffed noses with the “monster” one time.  Brave little cat!
  2. Had a fun afternoon of crafting and sushi with friends.  We didn’t accomplish everything we set out to do, but we had fun doing what we did.
  3. Split a tasty bottle of Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) with someone who didn’t subsequently run 8 miles.  Fizzy wine is not awesome running fuel, but it feels tremendously decadent to have it with brunch.

Speaking of running fuel, I really need to start getting the long runs in before the weekend gets rolling.  I learned my lesson with trail rash last year—no alcohol the night before ANY trail run.  I am WAY too good at falling down.

Not my actual knee, but weirdly similar to scrapes/bruises I got last year

C'mon Spring!!