10 pounds down 32 pounds to go!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

my question was up at blogher and I screwed it up

I know, the link doesn't work.  My internet was down and I can't check these things at work so yeah, it fell into a black hole.  My question was "what would you give up to be green?" and I still don't know what anyone said because i can't figure out where it is.  That's what an awesome blogger I am.  

What would I give up?  It's a hard question given how little we have to actually give up.  When the power goes out is when I realize how very much I depend on electricity so that's the one thing I try to be conscious of when I use it.  We've been working extra hard to keep lights off and make the most of the long hours of sunlight.  I keep all my electronics on strips with on/off switches and turn them off at night and during the day when we're not home.  It's a pain in the butt turning every thing off but it saves resources and dollars on the bill.  

In the way of things I actually give up, hmm I try really hard not to use plastic bags or buy bottled water.  We use rain water to water our plants and give our well a break.  A commenter is giving up paper towels which is awesome.  We use paper napkins and I try really hard to use towels to clean up spills (which allows me to buy all the adorable cupcake printed towels i see) but my boyfriend loves paper so we're working on that.

"Did the corporation once touch you in a place that made you uncomfortable?"

Working part time is kicking my ass.  My house is a mess and my blog is sad and lonely.  My dogs are taking it ok only because I am giving them every last minute of my time and lots of treats.  Matt is getting lots of treats too, to keep him so sugar high he doesn't notice that there aren't any more clean glasses...or spoons.  We go through a ridiculous number of spoons, I have no explanation for it.

I'm having a hard time packing the right things for lunch.  Yogurt and granola are awesome and veggies from our garden, but I also keep bits of chocolate in my lunch bag and super pretzels in the freezer.  In my past life I had a very strict routine but the hours are different now and I have to rearrange it.  Today I have margherita pizza I made last night for dinner and apple sauce I found in my cupboard.  It's all about finding stuff in my cupboards lately when I need to do some more planning.  Gotta make some time for grocery shopping.

Monday, July 26, 2010

"When you think about it, shouldn't you be thanking us for making mistakes?"

So far, the job is exactly like it was before.  I spend the hard hours reminding myself to be a drone.  Drones don't worry about shit, they just feed the queen and then die so that's my goal.  Not to worry about shit.  Also, to drink more water.  I like to keep my goals small.

Anyway, so it's been a while.  There is just not enough time for blogging and nothing to blog about because the new job is just not that exciting.  I did have an interesting day with a young, young co-worker who was shocked that a customer was dressed fashionably, she kept saying "she looked like she was from France" like it was a bad thing.  It is NOT ok to be different, have to keep remembering that.

So, err, weight wise I'm doing really well.  Mostly because I've been sick.  I didn't drink enough water last weekend or any of the other days and I seriously dehydrated myself.  Nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness...the whole deal.  I have four bottles of water packed for today and I'm determined to get my shit together in that area.  Not making myself sick is a priority if nothing else is.

Monday, July 19, 2010

"X-rays show that when people work together, they're happier and less likely to do something weird."

I have been busy.  Which is novel.  I officially started my job today and it was exactly as anti-climatic as I thought it would be.  I liked my new shirt though.  That was the best part.  My old boss is training me, which is weird.  Not bad, I mean I know her so it's not like trying to meet the expectations of someone new. Anyway, I've been busy and I have nothing new to report really.  I didn't gain any weight on my vacation but I made up for that at my dad's birthday party.  It wasn't so bad really, just a pound.  I never drink as much water as I should at my sister's and it was hot and we were busy.

I'm sure I have more to say but I have a ton of catching up to do at home, you wouldn't believe the dishes.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"I've never been so sure about being unsure of anything in my life."

Tomorrow I am taking a tiny vacation and I'm so happy I got a job and the timing is perfect.  If I had not got a job at this exact time of the summer I would not be able to go to canada with my college friend and get massages, which is the best vacation idea ever.  Massages and meals are literally the only plans we have and that's awesome.  I'm packing my pilates mat, so I can do pilates without a fur buddy and I'm packing running things so I can go for a run all by myself.  I'm pretty excited about it actually.

I have one thousand things to bake today and then tomorrow we're gone till wednesday.  Have a good week!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

"Oh, man, this lie has spread like mayonnaise at a Baptist picnic."

This week is one of the last weeks that I'm not working.  One might call it a vacation of sorts.  I've been sitting around my house doing whatever I want for months and now that seemingly endless expanse of free time is coming to a close and I have to start thinking of this time as a last meal of sorts.  I have a few things planned, a birthday party for my dad and a short trip to Canada that hasn't been completely sorted out.  So far I've been spending my time exactly as I have been for months, sitting around, walking my dogs, cooking and cleaning and that has to stop now.

I have officially gone from unemployed slacker to person watching clock run down before starting serious job.  Unfortunately it is ridiculously hot so my plans are kind of, uhm, centered around avoiding heat stroke.  I hate this feeling that I have time I'm not doing the most with and I know that will eat at me when I'm sitting in boring ass training for DAYS before I start boring job.  I have a lot of things to pack in to the next two weeks and a lot of emotional preparation to do before starting this job.

In not so simple terms I have worked this job before and I know exactly what is expected of me.  This is both good and bad.  The good is that I know I can do the bad is that I don't really want to but I can, I just have to put my brain in a box.  It's that kind of job.  I'll work on my novel, or uhh, my manicure.  It'll be fine.  Better to be bored with pay than bored at home for nada.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

"At Veridian Dynamics, we can even make radishes so spicy that people can't eat them, but we're not, because people can't eat them."

Yesterday I got an offer of a job that pays money so we celebrated by going to the grocery store.  Also, we really needed groceries.  I splurged in the peanut butter aisle and got some natural peanut butter with flaxseed.  Unfortunately I got the chunky, which I hate, so my taste test isn't as unbiased as it could be but I can't taste anything one wouldn't want to taste in their peanut butter.  So yay for that!  I checked the calories and nutrition benefits at the store and I saw they were all the same but maybe I wasn't giving it my whole attention because the internet pinky swears that the flaxseed version has less calories.  As long as it isn't more calories I'm down with it.

Apparently flaxseed oil is a wonder miracle food that I didn't know about until just now.  Google told me it helps with everything, weightloss and pms and apparently it can make you see colors more vividly.  It's the wizard of oz of health foods.  I call it a splurge but it was only about ten cents more per jar, which I can afford now that I'm employed.  I just have to figure out what to do with a whole jar of chunky peanut butter...the dogs seem to like it.

I didn't expect new peanut butter to be on the top of the list of things I will do when I have money again but so it was.  That is where we are, getting excited about peanut butter.  The mental list of splurges and plans of things I want to do when I got a job is pretty long.  Most of the things on it are silly and small, like buying a new box of Greenies for the dogs.  I have to buy some new clothes for the job because I have to dress a certain way and Matt's calling on a bulldozer he saw in Uncle Henry's.  We're going wild and crazy with our moderate amount of income.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

"like a god, but it hurts more when he judges us"

It is too hot.  The blueberries are blueing early, the wild raspberries are off the hook and we already have big ass bear tracks on our running path.  And it's too hot.  The dogs are tired all day and so am I.  I have never looked forward to shoveling snow so much.  We get one decent walk/run in the morning and today it was awful.  Humid and hot and waiting for rain storms.  On the upside it's way too hot to eat.

It's been a salad and yet more salad kind of a weekend.  And I made sweet tea, which was a mistake.  It was a tasty, tasty mistake, but now I want to make more.  I suppose if I make not so sweet tea it would be alright.  Almost sweet tea.  Not that sweet at all tea.  Something like that.  Whoops!  I went and made regular sweet tea already.  It's gotta be the heat stroke!

Friday, July 02, 2010

"I had an aunt who fought a cow for beer money once. The cow never forgave her."

So, yesterday I took my dogs to the library.  The librarians love dogs and we always get biscuits and cuddles.  Yesterday was kind of weird though because usually we get to play with some kids at the library but yesterday's kids wanted nothing to do with us and the doggies were very sad.  They did however make a grown up friend, an older guy with an accent I couldn't place who was enthralled with Knox.  He asked what breed he was, which we hear kind of a lot, and then he asked if he was a girl.  A lot of people assume he's a girl because of Lassie and most of the time it doesn't matter but this guy looked deep into Knox's eyes and said but he has the features of a girl.  Like, uhm, what does that mean?  How does a dog have the features of a girl?  People always comment that he's beautiful and I totally agree but no one has ever creeped me out like they wanted to take him on a date before.  It was weird.  

And on that note, I can't believe it's the fourth of July.  I had to go to the market this morning because we're out of everything a middle class white couple needs to maintain life.  Which is apparently mayonnaise.  I've never seen so much mayo in my life, both people in front of me and one to my left had giant containers at checkout.  Fourth of July is the official mayonnaise holiday of america.  I feel it's gravitational pull too, I have the strongest desire to make macaroni salad and potato salad and coleslaw.  Matt only eats one of those things so I'm making coleslaw.  No way do I need to eat two kinds of mayo based salad in one weekend...patriotism be damned.  

Thursday, July 01, 2010

"Full Frontal Nerdity"

I don't actually have anything nerdy to talk about.  I'm sure the new iphone would be a great topic but I have an old one and it's the only phone I haven't killed in under a year so I'm keeping it until the end of time or when I actually succeed at breaking it.  The new ones are awesomer and fasterer but they're also plastic-y-er instead of Amy approved metal and seriously the number of times I've dropped that sucker on concrete and on rocks and in puddles...it's a trooper.

Today I had to go to Bar Harbor to get some domestic partnership papers signed with Matt and then we ate cake so it was almost like getting married, except cheaper.  Then I took my dogs for a walk in the park where they had a very good time despite the persistent diarrhea.  Nothing makes me feel like a bigger asshole than when my dogs get sick.  They can't tell me they're sick, not without bodily fluids, and I just feel terrible taking them out on the town and finding out they don't feel good.  BAD MOMMY!