Weekend Update – Lazy Long Weekend

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope some of you got a long weekend like I did. It was just what I needed. In short, it was a lazy weekend. In long…

After work, I headed to the house we were watching and Ben was already back as well. We hung out for a bit and had supper, then he took off to broom ball while I stayed home and watched movies with Shadow the dog. We all headed to bed when Ben got home around 10:30.


Saturday was a loooong, laaaazy day. Since Erik’s house is in the middle of construction and kind of in the middle of nowhere, there’s not a lot to do besides watch movies. So that’s what we did pretty much all day. And it was glorious.

Around 5, we rousted ourselves to drive out to Jeffersonville to have supper with Nick and Nikki. The roads weren’t that great, and there was even some flooding in places, but we made it out there safe and sound.

We had a delicious meal of pork chops, asparagus, salad, and biscuits, and then spent the rest of the evening playing with their adorable son Kalamack, and chatting. We had hoped to play some games, but with a seven month old in the mix, it just wasn’t in the cards. We headed back to Williston around 10 and crashed hard.


We got up relatively early and proceeded to watch another movie while cleaning up after ourselves at Erik’s. We headed for home around 1:30 and spent the rest of the afternoon at home settling back in, unpacking, and in Ben’s case, bracing for the start of another work week.

Our kitties were very happy to see us, and we were just as happy to see them and sleep in our own bed.


I had hoped to sleep in, but my eyes popped open at 8 am and that was that. I got up, made myself breakfast, and then proceeded to have another pretty lazy day. I did a lot of reading, updated my planner, journaled, and generally loafed around.

The only semi-productive thing I did all days was venture into town to look in on our friends Jaska and Penelope’s chickens. Penelope was home alone with the flu, so I fed and watered their chickens so she wouldn’t have to trudge out in the cold and snow.

When I got home, I started defrosting some chicken thighs and continued reading until it was time to actually cook supper. I made a pretty decent chicken curry, if I do say so myself. Then Ben was off to his first soccer game of the season (he just joined a league), and I spent some quality time planning my packing and to-do list for Broadway Con next week. I can’t believe it’s almost time!

So now it’s Tuesday, and a short week to boot. Not only did I have the holiday yesterday, but I’m taking Thursday off because (theoretically) we’re CLOSING ON THE HOUSE! I say theoretically because we’re still not 100% certain it’s going to happen on Thursday, but regardless, I’m taking the day off because my friend Krissy is in town from San Francisco. We’re gonna spend a day shopping and hitting all our old haunts downtown, which means I’m only working three days this week. Score!

Friday Free-For-All – 01/12/18

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Long weekend, baby! I’m one of the lucky few who gets MLK day off and I’m pretty pleased about it. Unfortunately, Ben does NOT get the day off, but what can you do? I’m planning to get caught up on some cleaning/household stuff and also maybe play some video games 🙂

Ben and I are house sitting once again. This time for our buddy Erik. He’s got a big fluffy husky mix named Shadow, and a pretty sweet house that’s still somewhat under construction. The driveway is also long and twisty and snowy, so that’s been challenging this week. But the good news is, it pretty much halves my morning commute, which is quite nice. And as always, it’s nice to have a house to ourselves for a bit.

I’m currently on a Dunkin Donuts coffee spree. I’ve already gone twice this week, which for me, is highly unusual. I generally just drink coffee at home, or the free stuff at work. But since we’re house sitting, we don’t have our normal coffee setup, and I drive right by a DD on my way to work, so it’s been happening more than it should. If you are a Dunkin fan, try the Toasted Almond flavoring sometime. It’s unsweetened, so you’re not adding sugar or calories to your drink, but it is SUPER tasty.

Do you have MLK Day off?


Weekend Updates – Vet Visits, House Sitting and More

Happy Monday, friends! Welcome to another edition of Weekend Update!

Friday after work, I hit up CrossFit, which was both wonderful and hard, as always. This was my first time going to class twice in one week in a while, and I was FEELING it.

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After class I headed home to quickly pack my overnight bag for house sitting, and then zipped the 10 minutes down the road. I was greeted by two friendly puppers, and proceeded to spend the rest of the evening ensconced on a comfy couch, enjoying puppy snuggles and cable TV.

First thing in the morning, we took our kitties to their annual vet visits. Creemee has a little skin irritation on her neck that we got some ointment for, and otherwise they are in good health. Hooray!

After dropping the kitties off at home, we headed out to look at a couple of houses, and, well, we kind of fell in love with one. So much so that we immediately scheduled a second viewing for Sunday so that we could bring my in-laws for a more critical once-over.

In the afternoon, Ben headed off to play disc golf with some friends while I headed back to the house and took the pups for a walk, threw in some laundry, and watched Halloween movies.

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When Ben got home, we headed over to our friends David and Alex’s house for a low-key Halloween party. We had some drinks and some snacks, and were home in bed before midnight.

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We had a bit of a lie-in Sunday morning, and after breakfast headed out to our second viewing of the house we liked. My in-laws both gave double thumbs up, and we coordinated a meeting with our Realtor for today to put together an offer package. Eek!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon at our buddy Pete’s house watching football, then headed back to our house-sitting gig for supper and an early bedtime. Unfortunately, northern VT was smacked with a crazy strong wind storm, and I had a VERY hard time sleeping with the wind howling around the house.

The power went out overnight, which meant no shower, no coffee, and no breakfast. AND there were major road closures due to downed trees and power lines, so I was over an hour late to work this morning. Happy Monday!

Did you experience the wind storm in your area?

Friday Free-For-All – 10/27/17

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We’re house sitting once again this weekend. Sadly, Fran, the woman we used to stay with and help out, passed away. She moved back to Michigan last year and just passed away after a bout of pneumonia. The family is headed out to Michigan for her funeral, so we are staying at the house to take care of the dogs. While it will be nice to have a house to ourselves for a few days, the circumstances suck.

I’ve come down with a bit of a cold. I’ve had a sore throat since Wednesday, and I’m just feeling under the weather. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend, with hot tub time and plenty of cable TV. I can’t wait to watch endless Halloween movies!

My seltzer habit is getting a little ridiculous. Polar seltzer is my favorite beverage right now, hands down. I buy a 1 liter bottle at least two times a week. It’s just so tasty and refreshing! And much more fun than regular water.

I finally ordered more filters for my desktop humidifier. I didn’t really need to use it much after Dogfight, but now that it’s cold/flu season, and the heat has kicked on at home and the office, I need the extra moisture. Thankfully, the filters are very inexpensive and available on Amazon Prime, so they’ll be here today. Woot!

Do you like Halloween movies? I only like not-so-scary ones.


Friday Free-For-All – 09/08/17

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We’re house sitting for our friends Jaska and Penelope this week. They live in a really cool old farm house, and we’re taking care of their cat and chickens. On the one hand, it’s been really nice to have our own space and a break from my in-laws for a bit. On the other hand, living out of suitcases and sleeping in someone else’s weird bed is not so great. I’ve been sleeping VERY poorly all week, and I’ve been exhausted and grouchy as a result.

I had my first Lyric Development Committee meeting this week. So far, it seems like I made a good choice. The other committee members are friendly, dedicated, and knowledgeable, which is reassuring. And it doesn’t seem like it will be an enormous commitment of time and energy, but I’ll still be making valuable contributions to the organization. I’m excited to see how things progress.

I haven’t worked out at ALL since Monday’s long run. It’s kind of a bummer because I was on such a roll in August, but c’est la vie. I’m overtired from not sleeping well, and it’s been a busy week with work and social engagements, so I’m just gonna let it go. I’ll start fresh with a longish run tomorrow or Sunday to get back on track.

I started watching Lost on Netflix recently and I’m OBSESSED. I know it was huge while it was actually on TV, and then everyone was really pissed off about the ending, but I never watched it. I felt like it was finally time for me to know what all the fuss was about. Somehow, I have made it all these years without actually ending how the show ends. I know, amazing, right? Here’s to some delightful days of binge-watching ahead 🙂

Did you ever watch Lost? Were you mad about the ending? No spoilers please!

Friday Free-For-All – 05/05/17

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It’s the weekend before my birthday (May 9), and I don’t really have any celebration plans. Ben was supposed to be away this weekend, but his plans changed at the last minute. I’m gonna try to rustle up some people to do something tomorrow night, but I honestly won’t be upset if it’s not a big thing. After the big milestone of turning 30 last year, 31 just feels sort of “meh.”

So far I’m digging post-workout protein shakes. I do feel like they’re helping me not pig out every night. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the stuff I bought (Vega Protein and Greens) has Stevia in it. I strongly dislike the taste of Stevia, and while I can definitely taste it and I find it somewhat unpleasant, I’m just gonna deal with it. This particular product is pretty affordable, and I like the other ingredients. I got the vanilla flavor, but I think maybe next time I’ll get the chocolate to see if that helps to disguise the Stevia aftertaste more. If not, I can try to find something else without Stevia.

As of Tuesday night, we are home from house sitting, and I am SO HAPPY. While it was really nice for us to have some time alone as a couple, I missed our kitties, I missed our bed, and I actually missed my in-laws quite a lot. Whoulda thunk? I’m also excited to play some video games and prep healthy weekday lunches. I have GOT to get my shit together.

I’m entering the last week of my fundraiser for the VT Respite House Jiggety Jog, and I’m almost at my goal! I have some very generous people in my life, and I’m so happy to be nearing my goal of $1,000. If you feel moved to make a donation, you can donate online by clicking right here.

Do you like the taste of Stevia?


Friday Free-For-All – 04/21/17

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TGIF! This was a busy, stressful week at work, and I am SO GLAD it’s almost over. I’m also pumped because next week the majority of my team is out at a conference, so it will be just me and Freda holding down the fort. It should be a much more quiet week, and I can’t wait.

We’re house sitting until May 2. We’re back to our usual house-sitting gig for almost two weeks. We’ll be hanging out with Annie the Jack Russell Terrier and enjoying mountain views and hot tub time. While I genuinely love living with Ben’s parents, it will be nice to have our own space for a few weeks.

Ben’s job situation remains up in the air. He was supposed to have his interview this week, but due to last week’s emergency situation, it’s been pushed back. Obviously, we are frustrated and disappointed to be left in limbo another week, but it is what it is. Fingers crossed he gets an interview scheduled for next week.

I got a haircut at a new salon this week. I’m still actively growing my hair out, but I like to get a trim every three months to keep the ends healthy. I used to go see a friend of mine, but at $65 bucks a pop, it just wasn’t fiscally responsible. I tried out a new place, and it was pretty decent. My stylist was a bit loopy, and talked WAY too much, but for the price, I was happy with what I got. And now I can stop snipping individual split ends when I’m bored at my desk.

I have a new Podcast obsession. I go in fits and starts with Podcasts. I feel like I find one I get really excited about, but lose enthusiasm quickly. But this new (to me) one is GOLD. It’s called Theater People, and it features full-length interviews with Broadway stars. For a total theatre nerd like me (yes, I spell it “re” and not “er”) it’s PERFECT. I have a 45 minute commute each way to work, and I have been loving getting behind the scenes info, advice, and inspiration from performers I admire.

Are you as happy as I am that it’s Friday?