Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lazy Fuckers

Alternate titles: "Lazy Fuckers - the Tigga edition"; "Shaking Boobs Time"; "It's Shake-n-Boobs and I Helped!"; "Blondie, I don't have a title today".

Lazy fuckers is an apt description this week. Again. Lazy.

Monday was my last launch day for the year. Well, not quite. I have a side-system launch in the next 2 weeks, and then the final launch for the year is at end of October (the NY office isn't involved in that launch but I'll still have to be on the call in case anything arises). Monday was kind of bad - the release got off to a very late start (3 hr delay due to issues the team that deploys was having). Then we started testing and the testing itself went okay - BUT, we found a problem after we put the code live. So I had to stay involved in that - they found the problem and came up with a resolution, which is when I took off for home. I dialed back in around 10 pm that night and we finished up the call/release. Putting the total release call time at 10 hours for the day. However, as whiny as I sound, I'm just glad it's done. DONE.

Tuesday my boss gave me permission to come in late due to how over the call ran the day before. So I slept in, hit the gym for a long time, cooked breakfast, read a book, etc, and then trucked into the office around 11 am. The day itself was pretty uneventful as everyone was either tired from the day before, or not involved in the day before but giving the people that were involved a break.

Wednesday felt off to me - all of our code releases typically happen on a Tuesday, except for this one we just came off of. So 2 days after the code release, and it felt like a Thursday to me. But it wasn't. It was still Wednesday. I had the worst time trying to reconcile the actual day with what day it felt like. And it made the day feel like it took FOREVER.

Thursday was our anniversary. I had a bit of a hard time with it because I was missing Max like crazy. It's days like those that make me glad I have an office with a door that shuts (and locks). I had a little cry at my desk, and then got a grip on myself to finish out the day. I left work early that day because Blondie and I had 6 pm dinner reservations at a steak house between our apartment and the play we were going to see. The steak house was really good - I started with a beet salad and a bourbon cocktail, and then had a 8 oz filet (rare - always) with a side of mushrooms (all different types of mushrooms - not just button - sliced then and sauteed - and INCREDIBLE); and finished with a slice of cake and a JWB neat. I only ate 2 bites of cake and then packed the rest to bring home because I was full as fuck at that point. Blondie had a lemonade and a side salad to start, and then moved to a 8 oz hangar steak (medium rare - blasphemy) with mashed potatoes and broccolini; and then had a slice of key lime pie for dessert. Our waitress rocked, and regaled us with tales of celebrities she had waited on at that restaurant - mostly because I had a bourbon cocktail on an empty stomach and then was rambling on and on about Johnny Depp and how I wished he would come to Broadway. Blondie got to laughing at me, and then started quoting "Lost in Translation" by covering his face with his fingers and holding up my empty bourbon glass and saying "I'll just wonder where the whiskey is". All in all, a great dinner to end my day.

After we finally left dinner, we headed over to see our play "Grace" starring Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. It was in the same theater as the very first play we saw on Broadway which was "View from the Bridge" starring ScarJo and Liev Schrieber. "Grace" was amazing - it started out by playing a scene backwards; which was breathtaking to watch. And they used the backwards trick 2 others times in the play - that is, they'd do a scene forward; and then stop and do the whole scene backwards (for example, you'd hear: "Hi, How are you?, I'm good"; and going backwards it would be "I'm good, How are you?, Hi"). Paul Rudd is an amazing actor, and we left the play with Blondie saying it was the best play of all of them that he's seen. (The play is still in previews for another week).

The plot of "Grace" is that Paul Rudd and his wife are evangelical christians, just moved to Florida, who are opening up a chain of evangelical hotels. Ed Asner is the exterminator who periodically sprays down their apartment. Paul Rudd's wife falls in love with their neighbor (Michael Shannon), has an affair with him, and then tells Paul Rudd's character she wants a divorce (this is after Paul Rudd gets fucked over by the investors in his hotel venture). The ending was not a surprise (because the play actually started with the ending, and then worked it's way back to the ending), but the ending/beginning blew my mind. Seriously. Go. See.

On our walk home, we started talking about the worst play we had seen (Blondie = Hair; me = Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) and cut through Times Square. But Times Square was crazy crowded, so the first off street we could get, we turned down. And then, LALALALLALALLALA - we saw the marquis for what is coming to Broadway: A Christmas Story - The Musical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's right, Ralphie and the lamp leg are coming to Broadway for xmas this year!

We got home that night in really good moods, and walked into the apartment to meet up with Blondie's sis and her family (husband, 2 daughters). We chatted with them for a bit, played with the kids; and then Blondie gave me a gift for our anniversary. Which is an awesome shirt that says "I love Sriracha" on it (to stress, I LOVE SRIRACHA, so it's totally appropriate shirt!). I crashed out around 11:30 pm that night.

Friday I said goodbye to Blondie's sis' clan and headed to work; it was a long day to get through, just felt really tired and ready for the week to be over. Friday night Blondie and I ordered in mexican and then watched TV all night. Saturday we took it easy - I did a really long workout in the gym, and then we went and grocery shopped. Blondie cooked burgers and a ton of vegetables and we ate those for lunch. After that, I logged in and bought us tickets for A Christmas Story (oh yes, we are going to see that the day before Thanksgiving). And then for dinner last night, Blondie made homemade chicken soup. And today we're taking it easy again. Blondie's sis' family will be back this afternoon for 3 days, so getting some downtime in before the 2 kids sap my energy. How is it that a 1 year old and a 2 year old have WAY MORE ENERGY than me?

Plans coming up include hanging with Blondie's sis' family on Monday (day off); and then with Mr Pooh on Friday (day off). We have tickets to see Louis CK in person in October; and our Christmas Story tickets in November. I'm looking for ideas to do this weekend with Mr Pooh - Giants game? Broadway show? Taking it easy?

Workouts were again spot on:
Monday: Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Tuesday: Started off trying to do hill interval; got 1.5 uphill intervals and just couldn't do it anymore (7.5 mins total). So then moved to just speed intervals: 3.1 miles at 2 mins walking at 4.1 mph and 2 mins running at 5.7-6.5 mph for 37:42 total + 5 min cooldown; ton of weights; abs
Wednesday: Insanity Core Cardio and Balance
Thursday: Hill intervals - made them my bitch (didn't have to walk a single uphill one)! 30 mins at 2 mins walking at 4.1 mph on 0% grade; 2 mins running at 5.3 mph on 3% grade. 5 min cooldown
Friday: 28 min Precor - 2 mins at level 5; 2 mins at level 9; 5 min cooldown; weights; abs
Saturday: 3.1 mile run - ran it all without stopping in 38:08; 5 min cooldown; ton of weights; abs.
Sunday: P90X yoga


Thursday, September 27, 2012


9 years ago today, Blondie and I tried to make it official. It didn't take. But we still celebrate. And we'll celebrate again on 10/10 when it did take.

This celebration has an undertone of sadness to me though. I absolutely am 100% aware I'm about to sound like crazy cat lady, and I'm absolutely 100% aware that there of some of you reading this who are about to roll your eyes and think "christ woman, your cat died 7 months ago, get over it!", but I'm going to say it anyway. Our family consisted of 4 members almost since the get-go (me, Blondie, Tigga, Max). And this will be our first year celebrating without one of those members. And it breaks my heart

So today, I'm going to try to focus on the positive. Which is 9 years officially with Blondie (12.5 years including dating) - he stuck with me through the ups and the downs, and I'm grateful for that. I'm also going to focus on Tigga - he's an awesome cat and I'm thankful everyday he's with us. And I'm going to focus on Max - and hope that wherever he went, he knows how much he was loved and how we have big gaping holes in our hearts because he's no longer around.

And then I'm going to get through work today, and meet Blondie for a delicious steak dinner and possibly a whiskey. And then we'll see a play on Broadway (Grace) and we'll geek out over seeing Paul Rudd again in person (first time was at a taping of The Daily Show - Dec 2010). And then we'll go home and Blondie's sis and her family will be at our apartment and we'll get to catch up with them.

Sending love out into the universe today, for as much as I'm sad, I'm grateful for my life.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Started good, ended not good

I want to apologize off the bat because Blondie and I were l.a.m-to-the-e this week. I'm dead serious. It was one of those weeks where leaving the apartment sounded like hell. And I don't know why because with the exception of Tuesday, it was a gorgeous week.

Monday was a suprisingly good day. The reason being that my boss was out sick. I know how that sounds - and I want to clarify that I ADORE my boss (really and truly - she is a good egg and honestly cares about me and if I'm happy at work). But it's nice when she's out as she's really good at what she does and I always feel like I'm 3 steps behind her on everything. I left a slight bit early that day because I had been too tired to work out in the morning, and wanted to get an easy workout in that evening before dinner. So all in all, a good Monday.

Tuesday was a blah day. Nothing special happened - my boss did call in sick again, but then I was worried for her because she never calls in sick - so taking 2 days off in a row meant she was really really sick. I also learned an important lesson on Tuesday. The lesson is "when there is a wind advisory for NYC, don't wear a dress with a full skirt".

Wednesday was a quiet day with the exception that my bar friends flew back from California that day! They texted around 6 pm to come meet them for drinks to get caught up, so I grabbed Blondie and we headed to our local to say hi. They had taken the red-eye back, gotten in that morning so it wasn't long before the husband headed home. But the wife stayed with us for a long while, just shooting the shit and laughing with our bartender. Afterwards, we headed over to check out a little bodega that had opened in her building (our buildings are kitty corner from each other). While in the bodega, she pointed out that a 7-11 was being opened in the first floor of our building. Which led Blondie and I to discuss the many disgusting things we could buy at 3 am. A text to Mr Pooh and he came up with the winner - which was a slim jim and a big gulp - and he pointed out we could buy this stuff with no shoes on as it's in our building.

Thursday SUCKED. We have a launch going out tomorrow, and on Thursday, the QA team found 2 major issues with the release. We heard about the first one and then immediately I had to start tracking down people to investigate, etc. While I'm in the midst of dealing with the first issue, QA mentioned the second issue - I gave that to another developer to investigate. Which he did - he found the issue, and then instead of telling me, he decided to try to fix it himself in the code which is a giant fat WRONG this late in the game. And he knows this. I went OFF on this guy - he's been around for 5 years, he knows how we handle issues found 2 days before launch. There was a lot of yelling on my part (his boss was out otherwise I would've left it up to him), and then I had to start tracking down people to deal with the checkin fuck-up. Both of these issues took all day, several angry phone calls to me (the anger was directed at the checkin fuck-up dev, not me, but I was the one communicating it all out so I got the brunt of it), and 500000 thoughts of "". But by the time I got home that night (late), it was sorted out and we were still on track for Monday.

Friday morning was spent coming up with a plan for issue #1 from Thursday. Then Blondie texted that he wanted to come meet me for lunch - which was awesome sauce. We went for crack salad again, and just hung out for a bit. I headed back to the office, relieved there was only 3.5 hours left. Around 5:40 pm, I started packing up my desk and just as I was about to lock my computer, my IM went off. And it was the SF office with another giant issue. I rounded up my boss and my boss' boss and we joined a conf call to discuss the issue - which after an hour of back-and-forth, we halted our release. We sent out all emails to interested parties, decided we'd revisit on Monday, and then I took off. To get home to a text msg from my boss' boss telling me the issue was a false alarm and we were still a go for tomorrow.

Yesterday Blondie and I both woke up at 5 am - and then spent 30 mins talking, and then realized we were up for the day. Around 8:30 am, I headed down to the gym and spent 1.5 hours there. Then Blondie and I headed for peruvian food for lunch around 1 pm. Afterwards, we came home and crashed for a few hours - afternoon autumn naps are the best - and then ordered our groceries online. Last night we watched a bunch of TV shows - we had DVR'd the pilot for The New Normal and fell in love with it - so we caught up with all those eps On Demand last night.

Today I slept in a little better (7 am) and then headed down to the gym before finishing up the workout in the apartment. I'm meeting my bar friend in an hour for a few beers and lunch, but no other plans other than getting our groceries this afternoon.

Thursday this week is our anniversary - we have tickets to see "Grace" on Broadway. It's a play (not a musical - Blondie is happy) starring Paul Rudd and we got pretty awesome seats for it. We're also going to dinner beforehand. My release is tomorrow which is the last one I'm actively participating in for the year - woot! And the next 2 weeks will see Blondie's sis and Mr Pooh showing up for NYC visits! I also have to head to SF in November, so will spend 1.5 weeks out there so I can visit with Shelbs and Bbbb without work interferring. Big plans folks, big plans.

And it's officially getting cold here. Pbbbbttttt.

Monday: P90X Stretching, P90X Shoulders&Arms
Tuesday: 30 mins on treadmill - 2 mins walking at 4.1 mph, 2 mins running at 5.3 mph up 3.0% grade hill - had to walk 2 of the 7 "uphill" stretches which sucked; 5 min cooldown; weights
Wednesday: Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance
Thursday: 30 mins on treadmill - 2 mins walking at 4.1 mph, 2 mins running at 5.6-6.0 mph; 5 min cooldown; weights
Friday: Insanity Cardio Recovery; P90X Ab Ripper X; tabata push-up interval
Saturday: 3.1 miles in 39:42 (hahahah - SO BAD); 5 min cooldown; ton of weights
Sunday: 45 mins on bike - 2 mins at resistance 5, 2 mins at resistance 9; 5 min cooldown; P90X Stretching.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

I felt like running this week

Hello from a city that is gearing up for fall! Our temps have started dropping and are now in the 70's for a high. That means it's time for 1 thing - autumn. Autumn is okay - not my fav season (summer), not my least fav season (winter). Just got to start getting the sweaters ready again.

Also, big shout out to Blondie! His game is #8 in Top New Paid A&A games, and #28 on Top New Paid Games in general on Droid! And his reviews are looking so good! Again, I'm sooooooo proud of him!

So this past Monday was good - after my workout, Blondie and I headed up to poison bar for lunch. Our normal waiter wasn't there, so we didn't get blitzed on our outing - which was nice. Instead, we both ordered salads, and I had a beer, and we called it quits. It was amazing. I don't think I've ever left poison bar without at least 2 shots. After lunch, we did our grocery shopping and then headed home to crash out for the day.

Tuesday it was back to work - the day went fast as I was desperately trying to catch up with everything from being out for 2 days. But it was over before it started. Wednesday also went fast - my BFF from the SF office was in town, so I got caught up with him in the morning. Then 1 of my BFFs from the NY office and I went to lunch - and neither of us had any meetings to get back quick for, so we took a bit longer. It was a nice break - even though I had just had 4 days off, Wednesday for me is a bitch to get through.

Also on Wednesday, we decided to hire a cleaning service for the first time ever (except for 1 time right before we put our TX house on the market and needed it sparkling to sell) - I came home on Wed night to a beautifully clean / clean smelling apt; totally worth the money we spent. We're going to try to do the cleaning service once every 4-6 weeks - our apartment is really f'ing tiny, but it's still a pain to keep clean. Both of us work long hours, both of us workout almost daily, and we have a cat who sheds like it's his job - I know a lot of people do all this and even more, and still find time to clean, but for us, it's worth it to have someone come in to help.

Thursday went SUPER FAST. In the morning, I was doing some testing for one of my projects and found a big bug. I called the developer in to help me debug, but (I'm a bit bitter about this even though I LOVE this guy) he insisted it wasn't anything he did/could help figure out, so he bailed to leave me to it. While in the midst of debugging, my SF friend came by and we decided to head to lunch where I got to meet my SF friend's new boyfriend. The 3 of us headed out for cuban for lunch, and it was just a fun time getting to chat, relax, and get caught up on life. Afterwards, we slowly meandered back to the office, running into about 5 of our coworkers on the way. I then started debugging the issue again, and about an hour later, found the problem in the code so had to call the developer in to show him. To give him credit, he was thoroughly embarrassed about it all - but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. I have a lot of different roles at my company, but one of them is not debugging code someone else wrote.

Friday was nice - it was my first full Friday back after summer Fridays, so I was kind of dreading it. But it was actually okay. To start with, Blondie came over to my side of town to get some blood work done - he was done around noon, so we got to meet up for lunch. We did crack salad (I told Blondie for about 2 years about crack salad, and then finally took him some home over the summer - and now he's addicted to it too. I swear this salad is crazy good), and then chatted for a bit, before Blondie headed home to crash out. On my way back into the office, I ran into my other BFF and he wanted to get out for awhile, so I headed out with him to sit while he ate some lunch. Afterwards, it was just counting down until the day was done. I got home on Friday night around 5:45 pm and Blondie was already in bed, and he didn't get back up until Saturday - he had hurt his neck a bit on Thurs night so didn't sleep well then - and made up for it on Friday night. So I spent Friday night watching my shows (Glee, Project Runway) and then dove into old eps of SATC. All in all, not a bad way to spend Friday. ** My bar friends are in CA last week and this week or otherwise I would've met up with them.

Yesterday I headed out and got a mani/pedi - I normally never get a manicure for 2 reasons - one is that I'm rough on my hands (always on a computer), the second is that I have ridiculously small fingers - no matter how much weight I gain, these fingers remain bony and small. It's weird. And manicurists have a habit of making comments about my little fingers so I tend to avoid any attention to them. ANYHOO, in Chicago last weekend, I got a manicure for Slick's wedding, and Blondie must've made 5 comments over the past week about how much he liked the manicure, so I've decided to get a mani each time I get a pedi. I felt great after the mani/pedi - all relaxed and enjoying my nails. Gave Blondie a call and we then went to do some grocery shopping, and then home to make lunch. We did nothing the rest of the day yesterday - just watched TV/movies, and went to bed around 9 pm.

Today we got up early so we could hit up the 10 am showing of Total Recall ($7 movies before noon). I actually really liked Total Recall - I didn't think I would but ended up getting totally into it. Afterwards, we hit up a street fair for a bit before heading to Southern Hospitality for lunch. Now we're home, relaxing - watching TV yet again.

Workouts were good again! I'm down about 15-20 lbs as of Thurs morning (I didn't look at my weight when we first started watching it in August but had a pretty good idea about how porky I was based on my how clothes were fitting). And for some reason, all I wanted to do this week was run - I didn't fight it, I'm just happy I wanted to do something. My runs were still really bad, but I still wanted to do them - so I did!

Tuesday: Wii Fit Island Workout - Hard level
Wednesday: 30 mins hill run - 2 min walk at 4.1 mph; 2 min run at 5.3 mph up 3.0% grade hill + 5 min cooldown + weights
Thursday: 30 mins fast run - 2 min walk at 4.1 mph; 2 min run at 5.5-5.8 mph + 5 min cooldown + weights
Friday: Insanity Cardio Recovery
Saturday: 3.1 mile run in 39:20 (EEK - SLOW!) + 5 min cooldown + weights
Sunday: 20 mins fast run - 2 min walk at 4.1 pm; 2 min run at 5.6-6.0 mph + 5 min cooldown + abs (had to get finished to make the 10 am movie!)


Monday, September 10, 2012

Windy City

I luuuuuurve a short week. Coming back to work last Tuesday was more than fine, as it was 1 of 3 days that I needed to be at the office last week. AOK in my book.

Tuesday went fast - catching up from the long weekend took all morning, and then in the afternoon, it was back to the doctor. NOTE: I've debated about writing about this doctor's appt because I know you guys (the fam) read this - but finally came to the decision to write about it, simply because I do use this blog as a diary. Having said that, please do not freak out about this - I'm 100% FINE and don't want to talk about it anymore / ever again - I just want to write it down in case I have to ever remember when this happened.

Disclaimer noted - at the doctor's appt. 2 weeks ago at my semi-annual gyno appt, my doctor noticed a problem with my cervix. Test results came in on Tuesday last week and it was not cancer (PHEW); but they needed to go ahead and freeze out the offending bits. So Tuesday afternoon I headed in for the freeze - it only lasted 90 seconds, but it was like having the worst cramp of your life - and the cramp lingered around all day afterwards. Since then, I've been dealing with the aftermath of this - hint, if you freeze something, it eventually melts. And in this case, it's been melting for 7 days and can go on up to 3 weeks. FUN AND JOY. But, NOT CANCER! I'll take that anyday.

I went out with my BFF from work on Tuesday night after for a quick drink to celebrate the results, and then stuck a fork in the day and declared it a giant f'ing success! Wednesday I was on tap for another release call - which went on for (no joke) 10 hours. Non-stop. I ran the battery out of my phone and had to switch to a new battery at one point. Finally at 9:45 pm that night, the call ended. But Wednesday went fast because of it.

And Thursday, I took it easy - I finished up a bunch of tasks that I've been avoiding at work - they've been on my to-do list for a while, and it was a big sense of accomplishment to finally cross them off. I came home that night and got packed up, because Friday we took off bright and early for Chicago!

A note on NYC area airports - if you can, avoid JFK at all costs. I'm going to only ever try to fly out of JFK on my flights to SFO, or if we're going international. LaGuardia is so much nicer (smaller, less security lines, less taxi lines, etc) to get in and out of. We flew Delta Shulta to Chicago, and these shuttle flights rock. We figured out that the shuttles go between LGA and Boston, DC and Chicago - the planes are brand new - with 2 seats on each side of the aisle, and free bagels on the morning flights and free beer on the afternoon/evening flights.

We got to Chicago around 9:30 am Friday morning and cabbed to our hotel to drop our bags off. We putzed around in Lincoln Park for awhile before making the 2 mile trek (walk) to Gino's East. HEART! We split a small pizza and then cabbed back to our hotel and hung out/people watched in the lobby for awhile. After that, it was time for showers and then we met up with Slick and his dad in the hotel bar for a few drinks before heading over the rehearsal.

Slick and Mrs Slick (PFunk is getting renamed to Mrs Slick) got married on the lakefront in Lincoln Park - they had this old building that they used and the space was amazing. You had city views, lake views, etc. Overall it blew me away. The rehearsal was nice - it went fast and then they had a bartender and catered food for dinner. Afterwards, the other groomspeople and their spouses and me and Blondie hit up a bar in the Lincoln Park area. The bar had this giant bar jenga set (a jenga game made out of 2x4's) and we spent all evening playing that and drinking beers. The night ended around 11 pm and Blondie and I walked back (~1 mile) to our hotel and crashed.

I was up and at it early on Saturday - caught a cab out to Slick's neighborhood around 9 am and met up with Mrs Slick and the bridesmaids/moms for hair and nails. Around noon we went for a brunch before we caught our trolley over to the venue for the wedding. The trolley then went to go pick up the guys and bring them over, so I rejoined the groomspeople around 2:30. We spent an hour or so drinking beers and whiskey before we had to do our picture run. And then it was time for the wedding.

Slick and Mrs Slick are 2 of my favorite people in the world. And it took all my willpower not to cry during the wedding. They each had their officiant read a line about how they realized that the other one was "it" for them - and Slick's line was that "when he saw Mrs Slick smile, and he realized he wanted to be the one to make her smile for the rest of her life". OMG - the waterworks wanted to flow so bad at that point.

After the wedding, we did a few more pictures then it was time for cocktail hour and dinner. Dinner was awesome - they did a BBQ (pulled pork, chicken) and they had a ton of sauces on the side to put on them. After dinner, more cocktails and a lot of dancing. We were supposed to go back out after the wedding ended, but it had started pouring rain at that point, so everyone hopped the trolley back to the hotel, and then Blondie and I snuck up to our room, hit the bed, and zonked.

Yesterday was spent getting back to NYC - the flight went perfectly well, and we were in a cab out of the airport 10 minutes before we were even supposed to land (again, LGA - all the way). We ordered in Indian food for dinner last night and then I spent the evening watching crappy movies off Netflix while Blondie played on his computer.

I have the day off today (recovery) and have already spent a couple of hours at the gym, and Blondie and I have big plans to grocery shop this afternoon. It's gorgeous outside right now, so can't wait to get out and walk a few blocks in the sun.

Now it's time for workouts - but I have to say, that amazingly enough Blondie and I did not blow it in Chicago. We both keep our portions under control, and I even pushed away food when I was hitting the full feeling. It was sooooo nice to have the weekend, and not feel like I had to fart every 3 secs (what happens when I stuff myself). So kudos to us for keeping things on the healthy side this weekend.

Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Insanity Core Cardio and Balance
Thursday: 30 minutes on treadmill; 2 mins walking at 4.1 mph; 2 mins running at 5.6-5.8 mph; + 5 min cooldown + weights
Friday: Insanity Cardio Recovery (at 4:45 am) + 2 mile walk to Gino's East + 1.5 mile walk to bar and hotel after rehearsal
Saturday: None (wedding stuff all day)
Sunday: None (travel + lazy)
Monday: 1 hour running on treadmill - 4.62 in 60 mins; 4.93 after cooldown; 1 hour of weights


Monday, September 03, 2012

A week of chores

The Blonde One and I were back to our normal shenanigans of "let's be lame" this week. Blondie had a stomach ache for the first part of the week, so we took the time to hunker down and do a whole lot of nothing.

In good news though, as of this morning, Blondie is in the top 40's for new paid games in general on Droid phones, and is in spot 19 for new paid Action&Arcade games!!! I've said it before, and I'm about to say it again, but gooooo Blondie! I'm amazed by what you've done!

This week involved a lot of chores that I've been putting off. Monday, I left work a bit early to get my hair redone. My roots had grown in pretty bad, and my hair was getting really long. My hair guy turned my hair back into a beautiful blonde color, and kept the length pretty long but put in a lot of layers so it wasn't so heavy looking (I have a ton of hair). I don't know why I have a brain block against getting my hair done - it's always a 3 hour gossip session with my hair guy so it's a blast, but then it's 3 hours. Which is a long time. It's hard being blonde when you aren't a natural blonde. But it's hard being a brunette (natural color) when you're also starting to go gray and you don't wany anyone to see the gray. So blonde it is.

On Tuesday I finally drug myself to my gyno for my semi-annual checkup. Again, this is literally in and out in 3 minutes, but the thought of calling, making the appointment, walking over from work, waiting, having the appointment, walking back to work... ugh. Wah wah, life's so hard! But anyway, kudos to me for doing something I have to do anyway if I want to keep myself in birth control pills.

And on Wednesday, I finally got myself to get blood work done. My work is refunding money monthly if you do bloodwork once a year, so I had to get that done before end of Sept. I HATE getting blood drawn, so much so that I almost talked myself out of getting my own money back. But I finally did it. WOO HOOOOOO. And then the day got better - I was relieved that the blood work was over, and then my 2 besties and I did lunch that day. Day over and done before I felt like it even started.

And every night I came home and cooked. Okay, that's a lie. 4 paragraphs in and I've lied to you. I cooked on Monday night, and then ate my leftovers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Blondie stuck to soup for the week, so I got to eat my giant platter of fajitas by myself over the course of 3 nights.

Thursday was a slow day - work is grinding down right now as we start to come into holiday. That sounds like a joke (holiday - Sept?) but it's true. We have a release end of Sept and end of Oct, but the end of Sept release is going into freeze this week, and the end of Oct release doesn't involve anyone at the NY office so I'm off the hook for it. Anyway, the point was on Thursday I couldn't concentrate about anything except the upcoming 3 day weekend. So that made the day feel super f'ing long - I felt like all I did was stare at the clock on my laptop. I made a big egg scramble for myself on Thursday night - it was mostly veg but it still tasted pretty good.

Finally, it was Friday - the day went really fast but it was sad because it was my last summer Friday for the year - back to full Fridays starting in 2 weeks (this week, I'm off). I stopped at the grocery on the way home to pick up some food for the weekend, and then came home, stripped off my work clothes, cooked lunch for me and Blondie (refried beans mixed with a ton of veg - peppers, onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, etc), and then collapsed on the floor and took a nap. We started a Star Wars marathon on Friday also and made our way through eps1 and 2.

Saturday it was gorgeous out, so Blondie and I made our way up to Herald Square to the Macys there and did some shopping. I needed a body shaper for Slick's wedding this coming weekend, and Blondie needed a new dress shirt to go under his suit for the wedding also. Afterwards, we slowly walked back to our hood and did some minor grocery shopping - loaf of bread, Sriracha sauce, and then decided to have a lunch out. We hit up a peruvian place in our hood which is one of our favorite places. Blondie had empanadas and a seafood platter - it was fish, octopus, calamari, shrimps, mussels, clams in a creamy tomato sauce over rice. I had tuna tartar and red beans. And fair warning - my bean cravings are back big time. After lunch, we stopped at the pet store to pick up some supplies for our Tigga, and then it was home for naps.

Yesterday we took it easy also - Blondie worked in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we sat out on our balcony for awhile watching traffic. The weather was pretty crappy so we decided to eat at a local mexican place for dinner (close walk in case it started to rain). Blondie had chicken in chipotle sauce with rice and beans; I had chorizo and eggs with 2 sides of beans (hahah - beans! guess what else I've been doing all weekend?) We stopped on the way home for a Red Bull for me (another habit I've gotten into) and then finished Star Wars eps3 and 4.

Today, I'm not at work. And I'm ECSTATIC. It's crappy weather again outside, so collapsing on the floor all day sounds fine to me. It's a very short week for me as I have Friday and next Monday off. We're off to Chi-town on Friday to take part in 2 of my favorite people's wedding ceremony - so happy for Slick and PFunk! Next week, my best work bud from SF is in town and I get to meet his new boyfriend for the first time so I'm excited about that. Blondie's sis and her family are in town at the end of Sept; followed by Mr Pooh (hopefully!) at beginning of Oct. And Blondie and I have a 9 year wedding anniversary tossed in there sometime between end of Sept and beginning of Oct - the date we celebrate this year will depend on the timing of our guests.

Workouts - give me a pat on the back - I will fit into this dress for the wedding:
Monday: Wii Fit Island Workout
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 30 minutes on treadmill - 2 min at 4.1 mph; 2 min at 5.5 mph; + 5 min cooldown + weights
Thursday: 30 Day Shred level 1; half of Insanity Cardio Abs
Friday: Insanity Cardio Recovery
Saturday: 3 miles on treadmill (37:23) - 2 min at 4.1 mph; 2 min at 5.5-5.8 mph + 5 min cooldown + a TON of weights
Sunday: 6.5 mins on bike (warmup); 45 minutes on Precor - 2 min at level 4; 2 min at level 9; 5 min cooldown; a TON of weights
Monday: P90X Yoga