Five Things Friday: 07/21/17 Edition


Last night at the volunteer meeting, someone asked me how my summer has been going and I kind of gave her a blank stare. I seem to have forgotten it’s my favorite season. I mean, I know I’ve been struggling to keep the yardwork in check like every year, and we’re playing volleyball in the sand instead of in a stuffy gym with a hardwood floor, but the normal summertime feelings and activities just aren’t happening this year. Instead, I’ve been spending a lot of my time indoors working on a bunch of new volunteer projects and tracking the status of individual team members; I feel like I haven’t had much of a summer at all so far, and it’s already July 21. I’m kind of sad about it, to be honest.

Hopefully I’ll get a little bit of the summer-loving feeling tonight, though – I’ve been invited to a pool party at a friend’s house and I’m bringing along a bottle of prosecco and tomato-cucumber-feta salad. I don’t think it gets more summery than that. 😉

  1. Currently Reading: Last night (technically, this morning), I finished The Impossible Fortress. I really liked it; it was a super-easy read and I got through it pretty quickly. I was actually completely unprepared to finish it so quickly; I don’t have another book lined up in my queue to read, and Theft By Finding isn’t available for me to check out again. Guess I’m going to have to find something random from the library online!
  2. Currently Eating: Not eating so much as drinking… a ton of water. I’m so thirsty today, and I’m sure it has to do with barely drinking any water at volleyball last night and then going straight to the bar for margaritas afterwards. It was hot and humid last night and I was a sweaty mess when I got to Round Corner Cantina to meet my friends, but I still didn’t think to chug any water. Hence, all the chugging today.

    I spent my afternoon today roasting and chopping vegetables for both the salad that I’m taking tonight and my meals during the week. For tonight, our host is making sloppy joes and everyone’s bringing a side dish (I’m bringing prosecco as a hostess gift, but I fully intend to pop that puppy open as soon as I set foot in the yard).

    Also, I grabbed a ton of leftovers from work yesterday since we had one of my favorites, Salem’s. Lots of Indian-style barbecue chicken in my fridge; good thing I roasted veggies to go along with it!

  3. Currently Watching: I just started watching season 3 of The Great British Baking Show. I don’t know if I’ll ever be done with this show, but I’m kind of okay with that.
  4. Currently Loving: My plans for the future are coming along swimmingly. Slowly, but surely, I’m seeing progress and I’m being added to more emails, meetings, and training sessions that give me visibility into the things I want to do. I like that the folks in charge are trusting me to keep all the secrets, and that I’m proving to them that I can be trusted. Lots of good stuff happening. ❤
  5. Currently Anticipating: Looking forward to the pool party and hanging out with some of my most favorite people tonight. Even if it rains, I plan on going (unless the hostess cancels it, of course).

    Tomorrow night I work (as usual) and we’re back to our regular bartender combo. We had a nice little break from each other, but hopefully we’ll have a good night.

    Sunday, my parents have informed me that we’re meeting up somewhere for a late lunch/early dinner. No pups, but I suppose my parents will do. 😉

    Next week my direct boss is out of the office, which doesn’t affect me much (he lets us do whatever we want, so long as we get our work done), but I won’t feel so bad if I work from home an extra day, maybe.

    Finally, as of right now, the only thing I have scheduled after work next week is a volleyball game against my former team on Thursday. They’re super-nice people, so it’ll be fun to be on the other side of the net playing against them. But the point here is, I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING PLANNED AFTER WORK FOR 4 EVENINGS!! Granted, that’s subject to change at any moment, but I’m going to pretend it’ll stick. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get to go to the gym or do something for myself one of those days? IT’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD!

That’s it for this week, friends! Hope you all get to enjoy that summertime feeling. 🙂

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I Want It All

I Want It All

Today’s escapades kind of made up for yesterday’s gropefest and yardwork. There was much more fun involved, and more alcohol.

The workday went just fine, but the real fun started when one of my Dallas friends Skyped me and asked if I was on the CEO’s town hall meeting. I, of course, wasn’t invited; it was a staff-only call, and not even all staff was invited. So when he sent me the dial-in info, I realized I was probably the only volunteer on the call and I went on mute accordingly. 🙂 I learned a lot, though, and I think it would be great to open up the town hall meetings to all participants, provided they’re on mute.

I also got to do something else kind of cool and volunteer-related while I was at work – a few weeks ago, I signed myself up for blood services and service to the armed forces volunteer opportunities. I finally got to talk with one of my regular staff people about both positions today, and now I’m officially a Bio-Med volunteer and I’m semi-officially a service to the armed forces (SAF) volunteer. My thinking is that I want to learn as much as I can, while I can. I can’t very well take over the company so I can lead my own town hall meetings if I don’t understand the basics about everything we do, right? 😉

After work, we had our monthly disaster services meeting and this meeting was much less eventful than last month’s (thank goodness). Last month’s meeting ended up being a continuation of the preceding week, and also ended up being the beginning of a really uncomfortable stretch of time for me. This month’s meeting was much better. Let’s just say I learned some lessons in the past month. 🙂 Anyway, the meeting went well and I was excited to see some new faces and some faces that haven’t been there in a while. I thought I was going to have to leave early for my volleyball game, but the meeting ended early-ish this month, so I didn’t miss anything. There was some awkwardness as everyone looked towards me after the meeting since I’m usually leading the charge to happy hour, but I had to skip out today and no one really seemed to know what to do with that information. This is pretty much the only place where I feel moderately important and that feels so strange to write, but it’s true. I really can’t explain it.

I managed to get to volleyball a few minutes early, which meant I was able to secure some backup players from my old team for a future week where we’ll only have one or two of our regular players. Then our game time rolled around and we maintained our perfect record of losses (for real, we’re completely defeated this season, and we just don’t even care in the slightest).

We lost so quickly that I was able to text my volunteer friends and got them to stay for another drink while I drove over to see them. I felt bad about missing the happy hour, so I stopped by for a drink on my way home. A few people had left, but a couple of them remained; I got to hang out with one person in particular who I don’t get to see too often. Towards the end of the night, one drink turned into two, and it was finally just the two of us. It was kind of great, because we got to have a real conversation instead of the general pleasantries that come along with the group territory. The danger of two margaritas is that the filter that’s normally in place in my brain suddenly disappears halfway through the second marg, so I ended up telling my friend all of my grand plans for the future. To his credit, he’s onboard and thinks I can achieve them. At the end of the night, as we were closing down the place, he stopped us and asked if we can take a selfie so there’s proof we hung out way back when and he can tell people when I’m running a multi-billion dollar non-profit. Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely adore my fellow volunteers? ❤

Anyway, I managed to handle work, volunteer stuff (lots of it), and volleyball all in one night and I’m quite proud of myself. Plus I was able to sneak into a restricted meeting, and I got to hang out with someone I don’t get to see all that often.

Pretty nice little Thursday, if you ask me! 🙂

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The Best Of Me

The Best Of Me

Today was quite a trying day.

First thing this morning, before I even got to work, I was groped by a teenager on the bus. Like, legit hand-on-boob groped. It happened as I was getting off the bus Downtown and the kid just looked at me and didn’t apologize or anything and I was so stunned that I had no choice but to keep moving. There are a million things I thought to say and do while I was walking towards work, but that’s the thing about situations like this – you kind of become frozen in the moment. I don’t know if anyone else saw, but I certainly know no one stopped the kid and I doubt anyone else said anything to him. I normally wouldn’t think a thing like this would bother me (after all, it’s not like anyone else is touching my boobs these days), but it really did. I arrived at work in full rage-mode and wanted to hit something or tear something apart. In hindsight, I’m really dumb – we have a punching bag at work for these exact feelings, and I totally forgot about it. Duh.

Anyway, that set a bad tone for the day. The work day itself wasn’t all that bad, though. After work, I had to jump on a volunteer post-operation conference call that at times had me wanting to stab things, but it was fun texting friends about the call while we were on it together. But after the call, I knew I had work to do – my lawn was out of control and needed to be tamed.

The lawn-mowing doesn’t bother me so much anymore; it’s the weed-wacking that kills me. I got through over half of the lawn before I had to restring, so that was good. I didn’t have an issue getting the spool cap off the first time, and when I replaced it, I made sure to barely twist it on. And yet, it somehow tightened up and I struggled with it the next time I needed to restring. I ended up throwing the weedwacker, hitting it against my steps, trying to pry the cap open with a knife, etc. Nothing worked. I threw it one last time and walked away for five minutes. I came back and decided I had one last struggle in me, and wouldn’t you know, that stupid cap came off. I played this frustration game over and over for nearly an hour. Finally, I finished, and I was completely covered in sweat, dirt, grass, and probably some bugs. Thank goodness for showers.

So while it wasn’t the worst day, I let a teenager and a weedwacker get the best of me. Here’s hoping tomorrow contains less boobs, less landscaping, and more fun.

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I saw this hand towel in a shop window on the way to the volunteer office this evening and I had to stop and take a picture while giggling. If that’s not the kind of hand towel I should have hanging in my kitchen, I don’t know what is. 😛

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Stupid Girl

Stupid Girl

For weeks (months?), I’ve been running around like a crazy person with some sort of event planned nearly every night. Some nights it’s work. Some other nights it’s fun stuff. Most nights it’s volunteer stuff. With all the different things going on, I haven’t been to Aldi since the one nearest me closed their doors for renovations. Considering I usually shop there several times a week, I feel completely disoriented (and I’m eating take-out more, which I’m not proud of). My store gave out these coupons right before they closed, to help defray the inconvenience of traveling out of the way to buy groceries, and I’ve been desperately waiting for an opportunity to use them.

So tonight, my volunteer meeting only took a little over 2 hours instead of 3+ and I was able to get home a little earlier than expected. Overjoyed, I grabbed the first Aldi coupon I could find and headed out the door. A 20 minute drive later, and I was filling up my reusable totes. My grand total at the register came to almost $45, which met the $30 minimum purchase requirement for the coupon. However, I hadn’t looked at the date on the coupon when I grabbed it at home – I grabbed the first one I could tear off, and it was completely outdated.

The cashier seemed sympathetic and told me I can bring back the receipt with the coupon for a $5 refund, but it’s 20 minutes out of my way… so I let it go. I got home and double-checked the remaining coupons and yep, if I’d only taken the entire sheet with me instead of tearing one off, I would’ve been fine. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

On the plus side, I have food in my house again, and my Aldi withdrawal has subsided. Just under a month to go until my store opens up again!

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Ain’t Dead Yet

Ain't Dead Yet

For a day I wasn’t entirely looking forward to since I got suckered into working, today was kind of a really good day!

The work event went well and was really easy, and as a reward (and since we didn’t have any kitchen staff today), my manager got the three of us (me, her, and one server) dinner from a taco joint I’ve never been to before. I got a carne asada taco and a carnitas taco, the server got two chicken tacos, and our manager got “rolled” tacos. We all shared some chips with salsa and guac, and the guac was stupid-good. It was a nice little treat.

After work, I made plans to meet up with my friend Tony since I was held up with some volunteer stuff on Friday and we never got to meet when we were supposed to. We ended up going to two places and I had a really pretty blueberry shrub + prosecco drink. While I was waiting for him to arrive, though, I found this fun stickered fire hydrant that perfectly sums up my life (and every living person’s life, really) – “AIN’T DEAD YET.”

Truer words, fire hydrant, truer words.

It ended up being a really good day, thanks to good food, good drinks, and good friends. Happy little Sunday. 🙂  ❤

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