I’ve got nothing today, except the picture I took while staring at my ceiling all day and night. 

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Power Bowl

Today’s been way more intense than I expected it to be, but it’s been good. 

It probably would have helped if I hadn’t gone out on a disaster call in the middle of the night then had to be back in the volunteer office in the morning, but oh well. Sleep is for suckers. 

Sleep is also for people who don’t spend all day working on mapping out the Hill District and then all night tending bar. Ugh. 

Thank goodness my friends grabbed me a “power bowl” for lunch, since that’s pretty much all I’ve had today. I’m going to be a trainwreck by the time I get home tonight/tomorrow morning. 

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Five Things Friday: 01/13/17 Edition


Oy vey, it’s been quite a day.

I’ve been working from home today, and around lunchtime I realized that my water appears to be shut off. I’ve never missed a payment, so I can only assume that it’s an issue with the water company. I tried calling, but I was on-hold for about 30 minutes, and that’s all the time I had outside of work meetings. It’s been a busy day.

Luckily for me, I have access to about a million gyms, and some are 24 hrs, so I shouldn’t have a problem with showering, brushing my teeth, etc. It’s not an ideal situation, but it could be worse. With a bit of luck, maybe the water will be back by this evening. Fingers crossed!

  1. Currently Reading: I finished and returned God is Disappointed in You, and then moved on to Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. The foreword of the book is depressing (intentionally so, I believe), but the first few chapters I’ve read have been funny. One last night made me literally laugh out loud. It’s a nice change from the religion-based books I’ve been reading lately.
  2. Currently Eating: Everything in sight. 😦 I’m learning the hard way that it’s easier to be 90% grain-free than to be 75% grain-free – there’s a huge difference. 90% clean, and I don’t get random cravings and I barely think about food. 75% clean, like this week with its holiday party + special breakfast pizza + busy weekend ahead, and I definitely notice that I start craving random foods and I think about food a lot more. Who would’ve thunk that it’d be easier to be stricter? It’s a good lesson to learn for the future.
  3. Currently Watching: I just started season 6 of Shameless on Netflix, and I think that’s the last one available. I’m not sure if I want to watch another Netflix original next, or if I want to spend some time trying The Man In High Castle on Amazon Prime. I’ve been told that I’ll love The Man In High Castle, so that’s what I’m leaning towards. No idea if I’ll manage to finish Shameless before next week’s post, though.
  4. Currently Loving: Right this very moment, I’m sitting on a volunteer conference call with one of my manager-types and we’re pinging each other via WebEx… in the middle of my regular workday. I love that my job is this flexible, and I love that I legitimately like the people that I volunteer with. This is also a person who was texting me with work-related stuff on Wednesday night while I was riding a mechanical bull and doing karaoke in Spanish, so she’s really gotten quite a taste for my personality this week (“Can’t talk now! Riding mechanical bull! Ole!”). That’s probably not a good thing. 😉

    I’ve also been chatting with someone who works on a totally unrelated volunteer venture, and I’m super-intrigued by it. The problem is that the opportunities are almost exclusively during the workdays, so it wouldn’t really be ideal for me. But considering the work this person does already, I’m incredibly impressed that he does this other thing that few people know about. It’s amazing. I freaking love these people so much.

    At our holiday party on Wednesday, I spent some time talking to one of my friends about my volunteer stuff. She knew that I volunteered, but she didn’t really know what our team does. What should have been a 5 minute conversation turned into an hour-long, animated, almost one-sided talk about how awesome our organization and its volunteers are. She actually seemed relatively interested, so I’m wondering if I might be able to recruit her. She has kids, though, and a full-time job (+ our part-time job), so she may not have the time. Still, it might be worth following up on later. She probably thought I was insane because I was so excited about it, but I feel like people should be used to that by this point.

  5. Currently Anticipating: I’m supposed to be having drinks with a friend tonight, so I’m excited to go out and be social like a normal person.

    Tomorrow, we’re having a somewhat-impromptu meeting at our volunteer chapter to work on some stuff for this coming week, which should be fun. And afterwards, I need to go to work, so hopefully I’ll return home at the end of the day with some money.

    I’m weirdly excited to take my new bus route again next week – I’m still floored by how much faster and nicer it was on this other bus compared to the commute I’ve been accustomed to. It’s like the difference between Arctic Zero “ice cream” and Häagen-Dazs ice cream – both will satisfy your sweet tooth, but one just barely gets the job done (Arctic Zero) and the other is just soooo much nicer. In this case, the P1 is Arctic Zero and the P76 is Häagen-Dazs. I want more Häagen-Dazs.


That’s about it for this week. Happy Friday, folks!

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The daylight part of today was surprisingly stupendous (which of course meant that the nighttime part of the day blew chunks).

I started the day off by going to a new-to-me park & ride and taking a bus that I’ve never been on before. Since Port Authority changed the way they do things and there’s no separate pricing for zone 1 vs zone 2 anymore, I finally figured out I no longer need to drive 15-20 minutes to get to a park & ride – I can just drive to the one about 5 minutes away. There are 2 of them within 5-7 minutes of my house, actually, which is fantastic. And really, there’s a bus stop probably 10-15 minutes walking distance from my house, but it’s at the bottom of an enormous hill, which would mean I’d have to walk back UP the enormous hill on the way home. Anyway, the point is, I took a completely new route today and it was great. Not only did I get to work faster, but this park & ride actually has sufficient parking spots so I don’t have to park on the street. I never realized how much that bugged me before today – every day, I’d walk back to my car at night and wonder what had been done to it. I’ve had threatening notes left on my car, someone destroyed my passenger mirror on my old car with a bat (or something – it was the side against the sidewalk, not the road), and I’ve legitimately seen drug deals go down just steps from my driver’s door. It was such a relief not to have to worry about those things today. PLUS, this might be the best part – the ride home was faster, too, and I got to the gym earlier than I would’ve thought possible on a commute day. My feet were moving on the treadmill by 5:45, which was seriously impressive. I usually don’t get there until 7:15 or so, so we’re talking a huge improvement. AND there were seats on the bus! The P1 is always full and I have to stand half the time (or sometimes people sit directly on me); the people on this bus were nice and quiet and I had a seat all to myself. Hurrah! I might start going to the office a little more often now! (Okay, maybe not.)

Then, to make the morning even better, my boss walked in just a couple minutes after me and he was carrying a bunch of pizza boxes. At 8:45 in the morning. Someone made a joke about breakfast pizza, but for real, that’s what it was – he just bought our team breakfast pizzas out of the blue. He called Mama Lucia’s last night and they agreed to open early to prepare his order. How crazy is that? Super-cool, though. And since he made it a point to set a slice down at my desk, I would have felt bad not eating it… so I did. And I paid for it the rest of the day with bloating and feeling like I gained 200 pounds in 5 minutes, but gosh darnit, it was good breakfast pizza. No regrets. Fine, maybe some regrets since I still feel terrible almost 14 hours later, but it was worth it as a treat.

The rest of the workday went better than expected, so I was a happy camper. Things got a little screwy and not great in the evening, but whatever. At least part of my day was awesome, and now I know of a better way to get to work from now on!

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Bull Queen

We had our holiday party for my second job tonight. No further comment needed. 😉

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Pizza Fake-Out

Pizza Fake-Out

I’ve had a bit of a stressful day and night, and I’ve started thinking about pizza. Thinking about buying one and eating it, actually. I’m not against the idea, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Caliente, but I’m not willing to splurge just because “people suck,” as a friend said.

Since I had to be at the volunteer chapter for part of the night, I was in close(ish) proximity to Whole Foods. Instead of buying a pizza, I opted to buy an old favorite that I know has historically fooled my mouth into thinking I’m eating pizza – garlic marinated olives. It sounds silly, I know, but I swear it – the garlic olives there taste so much like ‘zza.

So I loaded up a container of garlic olives, Tuscan olives, Castelvetrano olives, and cornichons (because why not), and took them to my car for a little pre-dinner snack. I only had one or two out of each section, but they did the trick – the pizza craving is gone, at least temporarily.

Long live garlic marinated olives! 🙂

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