Novocaine Forest

Novocaine Forest

Today involved a dental appointment that I forgot I had until I got the reminder call on Friday. Since I didn’t remember I had an appointment at all, I showed up having no idea what I was in for. It could have been for a cleaning or a root canal for all I knew.

Turns out it was to shave down a tooth to get a temporary crown fitted – my first-ever crown. This is a year of dental firsts, and I don’t like it one bit (and I have no idea why all this stuff is happening – an extraction and now this?!). I wasn’t expecting to have novocaine today, but have it I did. Lots of it. So much so that I couldn’t tell if the doc was working on the top or the bottom of my mouth… and I didn’t find out until hours later when I looked in the mirror. While he was in there shaving off two millimeters on each side of the tooth, he noticed that the tooth right beside the offending tooth had a cavity, so he fixed that while he was there. I guess it’s good that we got it all done at one time, but come on, man. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? I brush! I floss (sure, not every day, but the majority)! I even use mouthwash on occasion! This is all just craziness. Is this a thing that happens? You turn 35 and your mouth turns to mush?! Ugh.

Anyway, the doc recently had a mural repainted at the office, so I was able to distract myself while he worked. While he shaved away, I silently criticized every brushstroke (you know, because I know so much about art). I think I’ll be seeing this mural in my sleep tonight.

On the plus side, I just doubled up on melatonin and I’m looking forward to an early bedtime after a weekend full of late nights at work (including last night). Ciao!

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Morning Light

Morning Light

I didn’t get much sleep last night, due to a number of factors, so when I got a text at 6am, I immediately groaned because I knew there would be no more “sleep” for me. I decided to just roll with it and got out of bed, because I had stuff to do and a very limited amount of time in which to do it.

So I tumbled out of bed and got moving. One of the first things I did was head down to the basement to grab something, and I was kind of taken aback by the light coming through my basement windows. The picture doesn’t do it justice (and please ignore all the stuff… it is a basement, after all), but it was nearly breath-takingly golden. It was so impressive that I ran back upstairs to get my phone to grab a picture, but iPhones aren’t capable of relaying this kind of gorgeousness.

I’d hoped the golden sunrise would be a sign of a good day and a lot of money coming our way at work, but I was mistaken. Alas, the day is done and I can forget all about it now.

Onto the workweek, I guess!

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Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

For well over a year now, I’ve coveted a watch that I saw at Costco. It was a two-tone Citizen Eco-Drive watch with a black face and I luuuuuuurved it. In fact, around Thanksgiving, I went into the store with the intention to purchase it… but suddenly it was gone. I looked up the product number online, visited every Costco I could find (even in different states!), and asked the nice folks at Costco to look it up for me. For some reason, this watch vanished off the face of the earth, and mysteriously at that.

So while I was searching Amazon for a new watch recently, I thought I’d found it. Everything seemed to match up, including the price, so I bought it and it arrived today. Spoiler alert: it’s not the same watch. The one I got from Amazon is much daintier and less awesome; the one that was once at Costco had a much bigger face, and I think it was black mother-of-pearl instead of plain black. I tried wearing it to work tonight, but I’m just not sure about it. On the one hand, I got a good deal, it looks just fine, and it’s a fantastic watch. On the other, it’s not the watch I’ve pined over for the past however many months, and it certainly wasn’t cheap. If I’m going to spend a decent chunk of change, shouldn’t I get the watch I really want? But if that watch no longer exists, what’s so bad about this one?

So now I’m facing the conundrum of not knowing whether or not I should keep the watch. I don’t think the one I want is mysteriously going to show up again, but I just wasn’t 100% feeling this one.

Who knows, maybe it’ll grow on me. But if not, maybe I should look up the return policy, juuuuust in case…

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Five Things Friday: 09/22/17 Edition


Happy Friday!

I’ve been working on getting my version of the Mexican Martini down-pat, and I think I’ve done a pretty darn good job. It tastes like how I remember from Austin, and now that I’ve found a bottle of olive juice, they’re easier than ever to make (I’ve been grappling with using all of the juice from a jar of olives for, like, four drinks – olive juice in a bottle is much easier). That’s what I chose for my “Beer Friday” treat today – instead of going into the office and having a beer, I stayed home and had a Mexican Martini. Pretty sure I chose well. 😉

  1. Currently Reading: I still haven’t had a chance to pick up a book this week, nor any of the magazines lying around the house. I’ve had volunteer stuff every night this week, and in many cases I got home after 11 or so, which meant I didn’t get to bed until after 1. So no reading this week. Maybe I’ll try harder for next week… or maybe not.
  2. Currently Eating: Olives (see above for the note on the martinis). I also grabbed a whole lot of “barbeque” chicken from work yesterday – Salem’s catered lunch and they always bring soooooo much food. I love their barbeque chicken (which is nothing like BBQ chicken with sauce), so I grabbed a ton of it after lunch was over. I’ll be eating Salem’s chicken for dayyyyys and I’ll be a happy girl.
  3. Currently Watching: The latest season of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Netflix. Don’t judge me, I do enough stressful things that I deserve some fluff in my life.
  4. Currently Loving: I was over the moon when I got a text yesterday that our former program specialist was coming to our monthly disaster meeting. She’s one of my most favorite people ever, so it was awesome to see her in her old surroundings. Plus, she went to happy hour with us after the meeting and we got to talk while I played my first games of Jenga ever. (What can I say, I’m an only child! No one ever played with me!) Yesterday was my favorite day in a long time, and it was all because of her. Yay for really amazing people who become good friends! ❤
  5. Currently Anticipating: More like Currently Dreading… I have to work not only tomorrow, but Sunday as well. Monday, someone who I don’t exactly adore returns back to work, which means the two week hiatus from snark and passive aggression that I’ve been enjoying will come to its end. I might take a small step back from volunteer stuff next week, but it was scheduled to be a light week anyway. And then next weekend I work two days in a row again. I know I shouldn’t complain about working two days a week at a job, but each of those days takes a lot out of me. Fingers crossed I’ll make a decent chunk of change out of all the shifts.

    On the plus side, my full-time job is done for the week and things have lightened up a little. I might just treat myself to a haircut tomorrow if I manage to get there early enough before my bartending gig – I think it’s been over a year since my last cut at this point (eek!). Otherwise… I guess I can look forward to going to the dentist on Monday. Blergh.

Hope y’all have a great weekend that doesn’t involve a lot of work!

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Scooby Snacks

Scooby Snacks

The month of volunteer awesomeness continues, as I came into the office this afternoon for our monthly meeting and was greeted with a box of treats direct from Denver, CO. One of our volunteers splits her time between there and Pittsburgh, and when she travels, I often act as her backup for volunteer scheduling matters. She sent me an email that she’d left me something, but I didn’t know what it was until physically went into the office.

This might be the first and only time I’ve had to check the ingredients on the box to make sure I’d be okay eating the cookies before driving (Denver and all)! 🙂

(No, they’re not those kinds of cookies. Sadly. Ahem.)

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Today was another weird (but largely good) day for the books.

It started when I walked into work and two of my coworkers looked at me and asked why I looked so tired. The answer (volunteer stuff) didn’t surprise anyone, but I was a little dismayed that the exhaustion appears to be written all over my face at this point.

Later in the day, we had random cupcakes at work (look, see how pretty!) to celebrate our company being named on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women list. It really is a fantastic company to work for, so the honor is well-deserved… and I’ll accept any excuse for mid-day treats. 🙂

Just after I finished off my cupcake, my phone rang and an Austin, TX area code appeared on the screen. Out of curiosity, I answered it and was caught a little off-guard when I learned who was calling. Apparently one of the people stationed in the Austin mega shelter for Hurricane Harvey had gotten ahold of my volunteer business card (I swear, more people in Texas government have my card than all of the people in Pennsylvania after this operation). I guess I had helped him at some point, and he was calling to let me know that he was finally leaving the shelter and moving into a new home today. There was a little more to the call, but that was the gist of it. I was a little confused – I’ve been gone for a week and a half now / I don’t remember giving any shelter residents my card / I was at work / I had just gotten off of a long string of conference calls / I had icing in my hair – but I was happy to hear a success story. I thought I was fine, until a few minutes after I hung up the phone and I was staring at pointless work emails and I realized just how badly I want to be back and how much that kind of work means to me (versus working on approval logic for big businesses). I got a little emotional and almost teared up at my desk – sad tears because I can’t be doing everything I want to help these people, and happy tears because I actually made enough of an impact on someone that he called me almost two weeks later to tell me he was landing back on his feet. I’m such a hot mess of emotions. Blame the exhaustion.

Just a few minutes after that call ended, I gave up on work for the day and headed out. I’d scheduled a volunteer training session at a local bar (again, it’s good to be the boss!) and I didn’t want to be late. On my way driving to the bar, I got a disaster call (because I’m literally on-call just about every single day), so as soon as I got inside and met my volunteer, I had to skip out on them to coordinate the disaster response. Eventually, we managed to complete the training and I managed to get one little piece of the puzzle off my plate. As we were talking, the volunteer remarked on how many things I do – it’s not often I get to show anyone the laundry list of tasks and responsibilities I maintain, but I had to for this training to show her where this task fits into the rest of the things. It was strangely gratifying to have someone else see what I do and to understand how much time it takes. Sometimes our staff will say thank you, but I always take it the wrong way (Like, “Thanks for doing my job for me”). But when a volunteer sees how what I do fits into the larger scheme of things and then hugs me and says thank you for doing so much, that’s totally different. Again, I almost cried. #hotmess

So now it’s after 11pm and I haven’t had a chance to eat dinner yet. I’m still on-call until 6am, and then tomorrow I’m on-call again starting at 6pm and then I have our monthly volunteer meeting. No rest for the wicked, nor for the over-utilized and under-paid. But so long as I can keep getting little morsels like letters and phone calls from clients, and maybe if I can start letting other volunteers understand exactly what I do, I can keep this thing going (sleep or no sleep). 🙂

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