as predicted, it was a blast.

we got there around 6:30 and found our way to the duck blind where we got a wristband and a cup. i had already scoped out the bevvies and we made our way to the drank stand and i got the cider they had (it was stella cidre but i refused to pronounce it that way) and we made our way back up to the seats where there were hot trays of free food, including veggie burgers! so that was dinner.

the game really was just sort of a background to what amounted to a work picnic. it was nice that not a lot of work-talk happened (some is inevitable). rodney tried his hardest to get people to participate in the clapping and hollerin’. it felt like a good practice for our cubs v. brewers game on labor day.

5 stars, will do again.

weird dreams again

i had combo stress dreams about having to learn a new CMS and playing super mario world but everything was in japanese. rodney didn’t sleep well last night, either. maybe there’s something in the air.

we’ve been having a good time of life and things continue to be pretty amazing.

hopefully, this weekend, lance can come over and help me with the material list for the deck and a plan of attack for fixing it.

since yesterday

after seeing yesterday that i can take my bp down 10+ points by relaxing and breathing, i’ve been trying to be a lot more mindful of my stress level and what triggers it, at work specifically.

i know that i get triggered by notifications and the red circled number next to my email app icon and notifications from the inter-office chat program, so i’ve decided that i need to exit those two applications when i want to focus and get something done.

i need to stop feeling like i have to address every little thing the second it blinks or beeps for my attention.

antsy pants

a combination of the wonderful weather, a little breathing room at work, and wanting to be with r all waking hours makes it really hard to sit at my desk and be productive. i basically just stare at the clock until 3 pm, when i leave to deal with the dogs.

this week has been a little easier since he’s up and out of the house at 6 am for work, so i don’t get too distracted in the morning.

we played pool last night and i was awful. not sure why i ebb and flow so much, but it’s annoying. his friend matt tried to recruit us to a 14-week dart league but it goes until 1030 pm and i don’t think i would be able to commit to being awake that late.


maybe not oops… but maybe.

my boss returned from a couple of back to back vacations and apologized for leaving me with a couple of burning busses to deal with last week.

unsurprisingly, my stress level is visible and my concerted effort to start saying no more often is having an effect.

it doesn’t feel good to say no, but maybe i’ll get used to it.

dreary day

this is my least favorite biking weather; 32° and rain. it also means that i won’t want to leave the house when i’m done working this evening. which is fine, i guess; i’m getting used to the routine.

i typically get home around 3:30, jones begs for a walk until about 4, then we go for a walk, i work until about 5:30 and then feed the dogs and clean up the dishes from last night’s dinner. i knit for a while on the couch until 6:30 and then start dinner. i knit and watch the office while dinner is cooking. then i eat, knit some more, and go to bed when i get tired.


feels like -21°

this morning, my phone told me the feels-like temp and i made the executive decision to work from home today. it’s our work holiday party tonight at pasqual’s, so i’ll see most folks there.

i’ve also been trying to work my new schedule so that myself and others can get used to it, but the dogs won’t care until it’s just we three in the house.

up down up down

by the end of last week, i had significant cankles from standing most of my work day, so i’ve opted to start sitting a little more, maybe less than half of the time that i’m at my desk.

since our desks are motorized, i have to hold a button while it goes up and down and, while the down position is easy because it’s the lowest one, the standing position is more difficult. so, i made a marker on the wall to indicate when to stop going up. only the line is visible from my height at my keyboard at the place that it should be, so this will help speed up my transitions.