Five Things Friday: 02/10/17 Edition


Happy Friday!!

For some reason, I leapt out of bed at 6:01 am and never looked back. No idea what’s happening with me to cause me to wake up so early (I know 6 am isn’t early for some people, but it’s stupid-early for me). Is this a consequence of getting older? Like, is my body forcing me to become a morning person? I don’t understand this transformation, but it’s actually working out pretty well – I’ve been abnormally hyper in the mornings this past week and I’ve gotten a lot done before I’m usually out of bed. It certainly can’t be the weather – there’s snow and ice on nearly everything. Is it the smoothies? Getting older? The result of having a bajillion things on my mind? I may never know. But considering all the things that keep being added to my plate, I’m secretly relieved that my body isย adapting quickly.

  1. Currently Reading: This past week I experienced my first taste of Nora Ephron’s writing – I read I Remember Nothing and enjoyed it. It was an easy, fast read, and I got through it in about 4 days worth of bus rides to and from work.

    I recently started reading Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler, and I like it so far. While I’m currently a bartender and I’ve been in the service industry in some capacity since I was 16, I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to work as a server in a restaurant (compared to a banquet/events facility). I think the last restaurant job I had was in 2006-2007, at a restaurant in the Pittsburgh area that shall not be named – not because the food was bad (it was really good, actually), but because the owners are sociopaths. Sweetbitter is transporting me back to my serving days, but in a [mostly] good way. I’ll admit, though, it’s been stressing me out a little – especially the parts of the book where the main character is interacting with Chef. The descriptions and the dialogue hit all too close to home, and only people who have had plates thrown at the wall behind them by an angry chef will truly understand how realistic this book is. So while I like the book, it also terrifies me and brings back restaurant nightmares… but that’s just a testament to the writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Currently Eating: Ugh. I made the mistake of buying a bag of potato chips this week, and it’s already gone. Not great, Bob. I attribute it to being a little stressed out over some things, which isn’t the best excuse, but at least I can recognize it for what it is. That’s the first step, I suppose.

    Last night, in lieu of our volunteer meeting at the office, we “had” to go to a local restaurant because of an issue with the HVAC system in the chapter. We were all clearly disappointed about the change in venue. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It turned out to be an awesome thing, because we ended up at Salem’s Market, which is one of my favorite Free Lunch Wednesday vendors. I’ve never been in their restaurant before (they usually bring piles of food to our office), so that was new to me… but man oh man was it good to have Salem’s for dinner. I โค them so much. And considering how incredibly nice and hospitable they were to our group (they let us stay in their upstairs area past closing, after they’d left the building), they’ve solidified their status as one of my favorite Pittsburgh places. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Currently Watching: Still on Madam Secretary, and I’m nearing the end of the second season. There are only two seasons on Netflix, so I’m going to have to come up with another treadmill viewing option in the next week or so.
  4. Currently Loving: ALL THE ENERGY IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE! Honestly. When I’m not dancing around my “office” (hammock room) to Chuck Berry, I’m bouncing in and out of my chair. What the frick is going on with me?! Not complaining; I love it. It’s just really confusing.

    Apparently my neighbors who lived closest to me moved out over the past week or two. One day I saw a U-Haul truck in their driveway, but they were still there that night… next thing I knew, it was suspiciously quiet at their house and there are no paw prints in the snow. They’ve been talking about moving for years – they’re both in their 80s or so, and they were planning to move into their daughter’s house… I guess I’m glad for them that they finally made it happen, but I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to say goodbye to them. On the other hand, now that there’s no one in their house, no one is around to hear my horrendous singing through the walls, so I’ve been singing at the top of my lungs all morning. I have no shame. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’ve been watching a lot of Facebook videos of dogs trying to talk like people, and they’re kind of the best videos ever. Too many to share, but they’re out there, I promise. Find them and love them.

    Not sure if this falls under “Currently Loving” or a new category, “Currently Scaring The Crap Out Of Me,” but I seem to be getting a lot of additional responsibility in a certain area of my life, and (so far) I love it. I’ve learned quickly over the past couple weeks, though, that with great power really does come great responsibility. Gone are the days where I can haphazardly send out an email that says simply “WTF?!” without worrying who the audience is… I’ve learned recently that if you send that to the wrong person, they’ll freak out and the world will be turned upside down for half a day or so. With the exception of one or two people who know me really well and who are accustomed to my informal emails, people are taking my words at face-value, which is confusing to me since I seem to have suddenly morphed from regular person to quasi-authority figure, seemingly overnight. (<– Keeping in mind the fact that I really, truly have zero real authority.) It’s been a really weird couple of weeks, to say the least.

    Along those lines, I’ve been on the receiving end of a LOT more emails the past week or so, and I’ve been pulled in to make some decisions that are going to shape our volunteer team in the future. It took me just a beat too long to figure out why I was being included in those discussions, but I think I’ve got it now. Sometimes I just need someone to hit me over the head with things, ya know? Have I mentioned how it’s been a really weird couple of weeks? Cause yeah. So so weird. I wish I could write more, but I can’t at the moment. Just trust me on this one.

    In other, non-related news, I figured out what my German stock options are from last week’s Five Things Friday post – they’re the employee stock options that have been taken out of my paycheck the past year. No wonder it seemed like I was making less and less money – an extra 10% of my pay is being taken out for stocks and I’d forgotten all about them, so yes, I really was taking home less. On the plus side, I have nearly $7,000 in stock that’s readily available for me to sell whenever I like, and if I should end up leaving the company, I get to take it with me. Also we get bonus payouts on 3/15, which is just a little over a month away. The anticipation is keeping me from hyperventilating into a paper bag. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Currently Anticipating: The stars have aligned just a little bit, and a business trip I was supposed to take next week is most likely canceled. This is hugely important because I have a phone call scheduled to discuss a particular opportunity I’ve had my eye on, and I was really nervous that I’d have to reschedule due to the trip. (<– It’s kind of poor form to take an interview call while you’re onsite with a customer for your current job.) Now that we’re 90% sure the trip is being canceled, I can either duck into a conference room for the call, or just work from home that day. Assuming we get confirmation today that the trip is officially canceled, that’s a huge weight off my shoulders. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m moderately excited about work tomorrow, but mostly because things have been running pretty smoothly there for the past couple weeks. As I think I’ve made clear, there’s sometimes a turbulent atmosphere at the bartending gig, but when it’s good, it’s good. ย We had a turbulent weekend a few weeks ago, but since then it’s been smooth sailing. Hopefully it stays that way for a while.

    I’m also excited that I don’t have anything planned for tomorrow morning. I feel like I’ve had a volunteer thing every Saturday this year, and I’m constantly arriving late to work because of those things (because let’s face it, I’d rather do volunteer stuff than work). Although I love the recent Saturday morning activities, I’m a little relieved to have one Saturday morning that’s mine. I’d love to say I plan to sleep in, but I can’t guarantee that at the moment. The way things have been going, I’ll likely be awake by 6. ย At least then I can get some things done before I go to work, though, right?

    Finally, since I’m so hyped up, I kind of want to do something other than just go to the gym tonight. So who knows, maybe I’ll go nuts and wander around Trader Joe’s or something… you know, live a little. Who knows what the night will bring when I don’t have to be somewhere in the morning!


That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


About Lindsay

I'm a Burgher who loves trying new foods and activities. I also seem to love getting myself into trouble. Basically, I'm a trainwreck waiting to happen. :)
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