Five Things Friday: 2/16/18 Edition

Hello, friends!

Nothing all that exciting is happening today, which is kind of a welcome change. I’m on the mend from having the plague, and while I’m still coughing a lot and I’m abnormally tired, I feel so much better than I did last week at this time. Put differently, I can get out of bed without feeling like I’m dying, so that’s progress. I’ll take it!

  1. Currently Reading: Like last week, I didn’t get much of a chance to read this week. I’m still working on Interpreter of Maladies, and I feel kind of “meh” about it. I like the stories, but I don’t like how long they are – I like shorter chapters that take less than 20 minutes to read. A lot of the ones in this book take 30+ minutes, which means I get too tired to finish and have to mark my spot. Sometimes I think I’m secretly an 8 year-old.
  2. Currently Eating: Honey Nut Cheerios (the Target version of them). That, Skittles, and copious cans of La Croix. That’s about it. Exciting!
  3. Currently Watching: I’m still working my way through The Larry Sanders Show. I think I just started season 3, so I’m nearly halfway through the series. I’ll probably still be working my way through it next week at this time.
  4. Currently Loving: The people I work with have been surprisingly awesome this week. People are proactively pushing out interviews for me (thank goodness), and my boss even offered to travel to Connecticut for me this week (again, thank goodness). It’s been almost… touching.

    The interviews I have managed to get through have gone well. The one that I traveled for was just okay, though – I have a feeling I’m going to get a rejection from them, but I still haven’t gotten it yet. The internal one I had to prepare a presentation for went really really well, though, and I’m more excited about it than ever before. I still have one interview scheduled for another internal position on Monday, and one external one that’s to-be-scheduled. I might quit thinking about the external ones for a while after this, though – I’m not so positive that’s the direction I want to go anymore. On the one hand, that’s all I want to do… on the other hand, some local things have really turned me off from even thinking about it. Ah well. Time will tell.

  5. Currently Anticipating: I have this weekend off! While I feel like I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and I’m exhausted, I’m kind of antsy and I want to go somewhere. So we’ll see. My options are: travel somewhere within driving distance and stay overnight; stay home all weekend and rest; travel somewhere within driving distance and drive back the same day and then rest the remainder of the weekend; travel to see my parents and the pups and then rest the remainder of the weekend.

    a) Rest, travel, or some combination this weekend. It might be a really good idea to clean my house and maybe disinfect it a little during this time.
    b) Sunday I’m on-call (unless I travel).
    c) Monday I have an internal interview.
    d) Monday evening I have a regional volunteer meeting.
    e) Tuesday evening I’m on-call.
    f) Tuesday evening I have a national volunteer meeting.
    g) Wednesday evening I’m on-call.
    h) Wednesday evening I have a national volunteer meeting.
    i) Thursday and Friday, I have no plans (yet). Hurrah!

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Crave

Crave

I’m still not in a spot where I’m eating much food, but two things have stood out as “cravings” for me this week – Honey Nut Cheerios and Sour Skittles. I think I’m craving the Cheerios because they require practically zero prep, as opposed to my standard egg whites or breakfast quiches. And the Skittles, well, I can’t taste much, but I can feel my tongue burning from the sour and I like it. It makes me feel alive. 😉

So to celebrate the near-end to another long week, I bought both (and some Chapstick) after our disaster meeting tonight. It really is the little things that make me happy. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a hot bath and some Cheerios.

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Official Business

Official Business

Howdy, friends!

My boss officially convinced me to work from home the rest of the week, so that’s what I did today. I was even able to reschedule an interview for Monday, so I have the rest of the week to enjoy pajama time.

Today I got something fun in the mail – a letter from the FBI! I’m officially invited to be part of their 2018 Citizens Academy, which starts in March. I’m excited! Granted, that’s if the job I interviewed for in Maryland doesn’t hire me (and I have a feeling I’m not going to get it). So if I don’t move, I’ll have the FBI to keep me occupied for a while. Hooray!

Theoretically, I’ll be 100% back to normal with no lingering illness in March. If not, I’ve got bigger problems than I thought!

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Crushed Caramel

Crushed Caramel

G’day, mates!

I worked a full day and managed to survive! I stayed home, but told my boss I plan on physically coming in tomorrow… he actually recommended I work from home the rest of the week to make sure no one else gets sick. I’m on the fence – I have an in-person interview tomorrow in the office, but I’m positive I could get away with doing it via Skype if need be. On the other hand, it’s also possible I could stick around long enough for the interview and then go home. It’s kind of a toss-up.

Today, though, I slept in a little bit, which was awesome because I crashed hard last night. I’m feeling more and more human every day, and today I noticed that my sense of taste seems to be coming back. I celebrated by eating the salted caramel pop tart from Ted’s Bulletin in DC. The poor pop tart barely survived the trip back to Pittsburgh – it got a little crushed in the car. But it still tasted pretty good. I would have preferred a peanut butter bacon one, but this one did the trick nonetheless.

I’m on-call tonight and I’m just hoping against hope that we don’t get a call. I’d love nothing more than to get a shower and go to bed early. Only time will tell how well that plan goes! 🙂

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Old Bay

Old Bay

I don’t quite know why, but all the food in Maryland seems to be oversized and overspiced with Old Bay. At least that was my brief experience with it…

I’m back home, but it’s been one heck of a day. From getting sick in the morning (likely due to nerves) to the interview, to driving back in record time, to hosting a new volunteer orientation, to assigning new mentor/mentee relationships, to home it’s been a whirlwind 16 hours full of non-stop activity. And despite the picture, there’s been very little food – I only took a few bites of the chicken biscuits above and some coffee before the interview, and then I had a couple bites of a Sheetz sub on the drive back but I gave up because it was too messy. So I’m working off of about 7 bites of food right now, and my body just does not care. My appetite seems to have disappeared these days (which is kind of refreshing). However, my sickness meds require food, so I have to find something to eat now that it’s closing in on midnight.

Back to work tomorrow, and it’s another doozy of a day. Let’s hope I survive!

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Capital City

Capital City

Hi, friends!

Hope you all had a great Sunday. Mine was very… active. I spent the day getting my strength back by walking through Washington, DC.

I rode the metro to my first destination, Union Market. I settled in at the bar at Buffalo & Bergen and strongly considered their bloody mary topped with a bagel and lox, but I just couldn’t do it. Instead, I opted for “The Original,” which is a bagel with cream cheese, lox, onions, and capers… so basically, everything except the bloody mary. 😉 I didn’t think I was going to finish it, but I took my time and ate it all like a champ.

From there, I wandered around. I visited The White House, saw the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building from afar, saw lots of statues, and then visited the building that made me more excited than any other – the one in the upper right corner above. The building was closed today, but I sooooo desperately wanted to get a tour. I’m such a nerd. I totally geeked out over it.

I did a ton of walking, and I even bought more food (but I’m hoarding most of it). I stood in an obnoxiously long line at Georgetown Cupcake and got a peanut butter fudge and a chocolate squared to go. I licked the frosting on both before I left the store, and I can already tell I prefer the peanut butter one.

I also went to Ted’s Bulletin, hoping they had peanut butter bacon pop tarts, but they didn’t. Instead, I settled for a salted caramel one. It will be riding shotgun with me on the ride home.

And finally, for dinner, I stopped at Duke’s Grocery so I could try one of the so-called “best burgers in DC,” the “proper burger.” The internet recommended I add foie gras and an egg to it, but I’m not big on runny eggs, so I compromised and just got the foie. The burger was… interesting. It was definitely juicy, and there were a lot of things going on with it… I’m just not sure if I’d call it one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. I ate about a third of it and boxed up the rest; it was too rich to eat all at once. It didn’t come with fries or anything at all – it was just a burger and a bun on a plate, for $16 + tax & tip. It was fine to try it once, but not something I need to do on a regular basis if I somehow manage to land the job I’m interviewing for tomorrow.

Eventually I made my way back to the hotel, where I had a mini panic attack once I realized I hate all of the interview options I brought with me. I guess I’ll be doing a little shopping tomorrow morning, or else I’ll be winging it with what I have. Either way, I don’t honestly think I will or won’t get the job because the CEO likes or hates my cardigan; it’s more a confidence and comfort thing.

Wish me luck tomorrow, cause I’m going to need it! Once the interview is over, I need to bust my tail to get back to Pittsburgh in time for a new volunteer orientation – yikes!

::fingers crossed!::

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