Friday Free-For-All – 03/22/19

Friday Free-For-All

I’ve got a cold. I haven’t gotten dressed or worked out or really even left the house since Monday. It’s no fun. Last week was such a great week running and workout wise, and I’m sad not to be able to continue the momentum. Not to mention the fact that momming while sick is exponentially more difficult. I’m tired and cranky and low on patience, but doing the best I can.

I thought spring was coming, but it’s snowing this morning. Ugh. We’ve been in winter mode with snow on the ground since mid-November, so this winter has felt extra long. I don’t even care if it gets warm, I just want the snow and ice to go away so I can run on the rail trail and escape the treadmill.

We did our taxes this week. Thanks to the child tax credit, buying a house, and a significant drop in our income, we will be getting a pretty sizable return. Which, thank goodness, because due to several issues, we will need every dime of that and then some to make it through the summer while Ben isn’t getting paid. We’ve been crunching numbers and running scenarios all week, and we think we can make it through without either of us having to work this summer, but it will be tight.

I’ve been on a reading kick lately. I’m currently in the middle of two regular books, plus one audiobook that I listen to while running or knitting. If I had to hazard I guess, I’d say I’ve already read/listened to at least 20 books this year. Thanks to the Kindle app on my phone, and the Libby app through my library, I have access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. I can just pull up my book on my phone while nursing Vera, while waiting for appointments, or while eating lunch. Looking at the tiny, glowing screen hurts my eyes a bit sometimes, so I should probably start using my regular Kindle. But yay reading!

I got my first Ebates check this week. With money so tight, I’m constantly looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. With Ebates, you get cash back for online purchases you were going to make anyway. Just start your shopping trip through Ebates, buy as usual, and you accumulate cash back. There’s also a browser plugin that will automatically alert you to cash back deals when you navigate to a participating retailer. I assume they are somehow buying or selling info about my shopping habits, but free money is free money. If you’d like to join Ebates and start earning cash back, you can use my referral code. If you spend $25 or more on your first Ebates shopping trip, we both earn a bonus!

What’s the last book you read? Do you like audiobooks?

Friday Free-For-All – 04/06/18

Friday Free-For-All

TGIF. This has been a WEEK, my friends. First and foremost, it’s the first week of a new month and a new quarter, which is always my busy time at work. Secondly, my colleague was out, meaning that I had to do all of my work PLUS all of her work. And then to top it all off, I’m on the makeup crew for Lyric’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, meaning I was at the theatre for several hours each night this week other than Monday. I am POOPED! I’m also helping out for the Saturday and Sunday matinees this week, so I’ve got a long weekend ahead as well.

I completed my 3 hour glucose test this morning. It was, in a word, unpleasant. I had to fast from 10 pm until 11 am and have my blood drawn four separate times between 8 am and 11 am. Not to mention spending my morning in a hospital waiting room for the hematology/oncology ward, which was pretty freaking bleak. By the time I was released, I was starving and cranky, so I headed straight to Chipotle for a burrito bowl to soothe my frazzled soul. Now we await the results. Ugh.

Once again, we are behind the eight ball on filing our taxes.  I think last year we filed on the 14th? So at least we’re not quite that bad this time around, but still. I used to file by the end of February every single year. Obviously not so much anymore. I think Ben is planning to tackle them this weekend while I’m at the theatre. What a good husband!

We’re supposed to get snow tonight, and I am not here for it. I know I’ve said I don’t like to complain about the weather, but it’s been so lovely and warm lately I don’t want to go backwards. Of course, it snowed almost two inches on my birthday (May 9) last year, soooo, we’re probably not done with winter yet anyway.

How has your weather been lately?


Friday Free-For-All – 04/14/17

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Today is a quiet day at the office. Because it’s Good Friday, the stock market and our main offices are closed, so today is just sort of a “catch up on filing and paperwork” kind of day.

We had an egg hunt! Our company’s Culture Club organized an egg hunt, hiding one egg for each person somewhere in the office. Mine had a mini package of Haribo gummi bears and a scratch ticket. I didn’t win anything, but it was still fun, and a nice little touch.

Ben and I have to do our taxes tomorrow. We’ve both been so busy this winter/spring that this is pretty much the only day we’re both going to be home to put our heads together and figure it out. I just hope we don’t have to pay anything. A little bit of a refund would be nice, too, but I’m not holding my breath.

Does your office do anything fun to celebrate holidays?



Done, Done, On to the Next One

9 to 5 the Musical is a wrap, folks! As usual, show week went by in a nearly incomprehensible blur. I laughed. I cried. I didn’t get enough sleep. I ate too much and didn’t drink too much and had an absolute ball. Here’s a nice melange of photos from the show and backstage (all show photos courtesy of Tim Barden Images):

And now, it’s time to start rehearsals for Dogfight. At least, theoretically we’ll be starting soon. I know the director also had a show this weekend, so he’s probably in the same state of recovery that I’m in, and that details will be forthcoming. I’m VERY excited to get working on this material. I think I may even bring back my “no booze during the rehearsal process” resolution that I had during Chess. This show isn’t as vocally demanding, but I still want to bring my absolute A game, and easing off on alcohol helps in more ways than one.

It’s also time to get back to CrossFit, back to running, and back to eating like a normal human being. This week will be a good time to ease back into training, with two CrossFit sessions, 2 lunch runs, and maybe some yoga.

Mostly I’m just excited to have free time again. I got to have a ladies’ night last night, and we’re going out with one of Ben’s colleagues tomorrow. And we have to do our taxes on Saturday. Boo. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, right?


Friday Free-For-All – 03/18/16

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Tomorrow is my younger twin sisters’ birthday! Haley lives in Michigan now, so I won’t get to see her, but her present should be arriving on her doorstep today. I’m hoping I’ll see Hilary at some point tomorrow to deliver her card and present. I’m really proud of myself for finding fart-themed birthday cards for both of them. I’m such a sweet, caring sister 😉

My diet overhaul is going well. Eating well and not being hungry all the time requires a lot of prep work, but I’m getting there. My sugar consumption is down, my overall calorie consumption is down, and I’m eating more fruits and veggies. The best part, though, is that when I actually follow through and eat right, the overwhelming runger is gone. I actually haven’t been eating my usual afternoon or pre-dinner/pre-run snack in the evenings because I’m… not hungry. Crazy! I’m excited to see how things progress over the next couple of weeks. Although I’m a bit worried I might turn orange from all the sweet potatoes and carrots I’m consuming…

Ben and I still haven’t done our taxes. I’m starting to feel really anxious about it, because this weekend is pretty much my last free weekend until April 15. Logically of course, I know it will get done, but I’m still stressing about it. I’m also not sure whether or not we’ll actually get a refund this year. We’ve never owed anything on our taxes before, but that would seriously blow.

I went to a comedy improv show last night. The Vermont Comedy Club is a recent addition to the culture scene here in Burlington. This was my second time going, and I have to say, it was a blast! It’s such a great alternative to the typical bar scene, and it’s usually a relatively cheap, super fun night out. If you’ve never seen improv comedy before, I highly recommend it. I really admire how quick-witted the performers are, and they were all so open and in the moment, it was very impressive to me as a fellow performer. They also offer classes in stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy, and I have to admit I’m tempted. But only if I can get a buddy to sign up with me!

Have you ever been to an improv comedy show?

Have you done your taxes yet?