Weekend Update – Happy New Year!

Dang, I love long weekends! Three days off in a row is wonderful, but only having a four day work week after is the icing on the cake 🙂 I had a low-key but still super fun holiday weekend. Let’s look back at it, shall we?

After work, I headed to the gym for a little treadmill action, then went to my friends Nick and Nikki’s new house to check it out. They just closed today and were in the middle of a painting spree, so it was a bit chaotic, but I’m so excited for them! These are the friends who lost everything in St. John after Hurricane Maria, so I’m ecstatic that they get to put down some roots and have stability again. The best part is, their new house is in the same town as the house we’re (hopefully) buying, so we’ll still be super close. Yay!

After that, I headed back home for some family time. Emily and Jirka were scheduled to leave on Saturday, so we wanted to cram in more Catan and hanging out.

Emily and Jirka left for the airport around 9:30, which was a huge downer, but I’m very glad they got to be here for almost a month. After saying our goodbyes, we headed to our vet’s office to pick up Rocket’s prescription food, and then helped Nick and Nikki move for a few hours. It was a pretty streamlined process, and when we were done, they fed us pizza, which was awesome.

We got home around 2:30 and spent the afternoon napping, reading, and otherwise relaxing. After supper, an intense game of Catan took place, and then everyone was up late drinking and hanging out. It was a late night, and Ben fell asleep on the couch and didn’t get into bed until almost 5 am!

We all slept in late and had a leisurely breakfast. Around 11, mom, dad, and Leah headed into town to visit Grammie, who’s in the hospital with pneumonia, while Ben and I hung out for a bit longer before heading into town to do some errands before visiting Grammie.

Our visit at the hospital was short, but Grammie seems to be on the mend and eager to get back to her room at Sterling House, which is a good sign. At home, we had a simple supper of sandwiches and chips, then had a super low-key NYE. There was some Catan, but mostly lots of relaxing, and nobody made it to midnight. Leah had a 6 am flight back to DC, so we all went to bed relatively early. NYE in my 30’s is very, very different from NYE in my 20’s, haha!


Leah was already long gone by the time we rolled out of bed. I ate a quick breakfast and got right down to business. I put all my laundry away, made our bed, cleaned up our room, and vacuumed the whole downstairs. It always feels good to start the week off with things all put away and tidy.

Ben’s truck hadn’t been starting due to the cold lately (the highest temp we’ve seen in a week is 13!) so when we were able to start it today, we decided a little scenic drive would be a good idea to get the engine all warmed up. We drove by our house and saw that there’s a big dumpster outside, so it looks like cleaning and moving is going ahead there. Yay!

On the way home we stopped at our friends Norm and Jennifer’s house for a cup of tea and a cozy chat by the fire before heading home to lunch. I spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to get caught up on life stuff, mostly reading blogs and typing this post up, as well as giving myself a manicure.


Ben made a nice roasted chicken supper, and we were in bed pretty early, both of us dreading heading back to work today. At least it’s a short week!

This will be a busy week for me as I have at least one commitment every single evening after work, and today will be one of my busiest days of the quarter at work. But hey, at least it makes the days go by!

How did you ring in the new year?

Friday Free-For-All – 12/29/17

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House Update: When last I updated you guys, we were anxiously waiting to find out whether or not the seller had secured a new place to live. Thankfully, we have cleared that hurdle and moved into normal closing procedures. We’ve done the home inspection and appraisal, both of which came back pretty much as expected. There are a few items that will need to be fixed before closing, but nothing major. We are excited, but also still cautious at this point. This has been a fairly non-standard and very stressful process thus far, so we don’t want to get our hopes up. Our closing date is currently set for January 18, and we are keeping our fingers and toes and eyes crossed that everything goes well.

My only New Year’s Resolution this year is to give up Facebook. The main reason is that I’ve been wasting WAY too much time endlessly scrolling lately. I hate being sucked in so much, but can’t really seem to self-limit. The other issue is that too often I find myself mad or sad at what I’m seeing on Facebook. Political drama, personal drama, unnecessary photos of animal cruelty designed to make you feel bad and donate money… I’m not saying I don’t want to be aware of what’s going on in the world; I read the news and discuss politics and world affairs with friends and family. I just don’t need to be bombarded with that stuff constantly. My mental health is more important to me than following along with all the minutia. So I’m deactivating my FB account at midnight on New Year’s Eve. I don’t know if this will be a permanent thing, but I’m planning to stick it out as long as possible. I survived before Facebook, and I know I’ll survive without it now.

I got a new Funko Pop to add to my Lady Army: Captain Phasma! It was a lovely Christmas surprise from my friend Kellie, and I couldn’t be happier to add another badass lady to the gang.


Did you make a New Year’s resolution?


Friday Free-For-All – 01/06/17

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This week has kicked my butt. First week back at work after the holidays. First week of the new quarter and the new year. First week of rehearsals for 9 to 5 the Musical. I’m POOPED. I’m just trying to wait for things to equalize and not freak out. This weekend will be mostly about catching up on sleep and getting serious about meal planning and prep so I can eat like a normal, healthy human being instead of a garbage disposal. And also not spend all my money on eating out.

I know I’m late to the party, but I’m officially obsessed with Hamilton. For over a year, all my musical theatre friends have been all “Hamilton is so great, Hamilton is so amazing, blah blah.” I tried to listen to the soundtrack a few times in the past and just didn’t get it. I just didn’t understand why people were so crazy over it. It was interesting, but I didn’t feel anything emotionally. Then I got the soundtrack for Christmas and listened to it on my terrible, horrible, no good, very long car ride to New Jersey last weekend, and something about being in the car and surrounded by the music finally helped me feel it. I’ve been listening to exclusively the Hamilton soundtrack ever since.

I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions or goals for 2017. I didn’t for 2016 either, and I feel pretty good about it. Goals stress me out rather than motivating me, and I never follow through on resolutions anyway. I do, however, have an extensive list of shit I need to get done this year. Exciting, adult things like an eye exam, gum surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, and rolling over 401(k)’s, whee! I’m hoping to chip away at things bit by bit and get most of the scary, expensive stuff like gum surgery out of the way before I (hopefully) get knocked up later this year.

What’s the most pressing thing on your 2017 to-do list?