For my birthday last February, Ben promised to take me to Monticello in the spring. Life got in the way though and spring turned to summer turned to fall.

This was the last weekend we could go and still receive a guided tour of the gardens (which I really wanted to do), so Ben decided he was going to make this happen regardless of what else was in the way.

We got up far too early (it was still dark out!) yesterday morning to head out. Our first stop was a greasy spoon place we recently discovered for cheap, greasy breakfast. The staff was excessively helpful, at one point offering Ben 3 coffee refills in the time span of a single minute.We learned always say yes, because they won't ask you for more if you have a full cup.

Then we got on the road and sat in mysterious traffic. I never saw any accident or construction, so I have no clue why there was so much traffic heading south on a Saturday morning.

We did eventually safely arrive just before noon. The way the place was set up, there was a visitor's center and museum about a mile down the mountain from the house, and then the house sits at the top of the mountain. There's a shuttle back and forth if you pay admission, but there's supposedly a nice trail you can walk if you don't want to give them any money.

We watched a short 15-minute intro video about Jefferson after buying our tickets. I personally think you could skip the video if you ever go. It really didn't teach anything new or provide any prep for visiting the house. Then Ben ate a small lunch, which I skipped because I was still full of greasy eggs on wheat.

Once we were done with that, we took the shuttle to the top of the mountain to see the house itself. LESSON OF THE DAY: Do not build a house on the top of the mountain.

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1. Cleaning

Noname's old age has been creeping up on her and she tends to have more accidents in the house lately. In the same spots over and over again. I clean it up each time, but the repeated pee smell is getting permanently stuck in the carpet. So this weekend I rented a heavy duty carpet steamer and gave the carpets the best cleaning of their lives. Hopefully it got up all the pee smell so she won't return to her old accident spots again.

The store gave me a hard time when I returned the cleaner, saying I didn't clean out all the hairs. I had cleaned it as good as they had given it to me, so I was pretty annoyed. I parked the cleaner right in front of the door to the customer service desk and attempted to get it as clean at they had it in their heads it should be. Eventually they got fed up walking over me and said I could get my deposit back. I win.

2. Iron Man 3

I don't want to say any spoilers so I won't say much. I thought it was the best of the 3 iron man movies. I didn't like the first one. The second was tolerable. But this one was actually fun to watch.

We watched the movie at the new Alamo Drafthouse near us. I was pleasantly surprised by the theater. The ticket prices were comparable to the other theaters in the area, but you got assigned seats, a little table, and they brought food right to you during the movie. This is a step above Cobb which gives you a restaurant beeper and has you leave the movie to get your food.

I find the schedule for the drafthouse to be a bit confusing, but maybe that's just because they are doing grand opening stuff. Also, the no talking stuff before the film was super intimidating.

3. Programming

My java 1 final is Thursday. I need to do a bit more studying on the final chapter, but otherwise I think I'm ready. The teacher said it was written by committee and is much easier than any of the tests she normally gives us. (Also easier than the homework assignment we just handed in.) So hopefully she's telling the truth on that.

Over the weekend I was fighting with the homework she had assigned. We were supposed to read a list of reservations from a file, assign them to a list of rooms, and create a waiting list for those that could not get the room they wanted.

No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to work. It would only assign reservations to the first room in each category. I was going crazy, so I finally asked ben if I could borrow his eyes. Within minutes of explaining my program to him, I found the mistake. In a section where I tell the program, "Check if the reservation got assigned. If it did, you can quit looking," I accidentally had an = where it should have been ==. That changed it to, "The reservation for assigned, so quit looking," basically. That tiny little mistake broke they key part of the program! So frustrating!

But once it was fixed, the program worked beautifully. I was so proud.

4. Captain Flint

She is feeling better. And never stops screaming for attention. Ever. I am ready to kill her.

5. Other stuff

It is raining so I can't mow the lawn. The backyard is too tall. And the front yard is lopsided because a strange woman mowed 1/3 of my lawn. I want to learn how to run a marathon. Yesterday was Maggie's birthday. She wore a party hat and ate cake. She's now 2 years old. 
The first time I saw jurrasic park, I was 10 years old. Probably too young to see it, but I was dinosaur obsessed and made it clear to my parents that I NEEDED to see that movie.

I managed to get as far as the t-rex. I spent the entire rest of the movie hiding in my dad's armpit.

Ben took me to see the 3D re-release of the movie today. I could care less about the 3D. This was about seeing the movie as I should have seen it 20 years ago. And I am proud to say I kept my eyes open and on the screen the entire time! Go me!

I still got pretty scared though! Impressive that a movie that old, that I've seen a billion times, can still make me jump and scream in the theater.

The whole thing made me want to go back to the jurassic park at islands of adventure. That place was like mecca for child-me. It's not nearly as amazing as it was when it first opened (they got rid of the triceratops you could pet), but I'd like to go back there sometime in the future.
Spring is maybe almost here. It was in the 50s today! I hope second winter is gone for good. I am so tired of being cold.

After talking it over, Ben suggested I look into getting a second degree instead of a mere certification. While going to school is fun, I worry about the accumulating debt...

It wouldn't hurt to look into the matter though. I am going to request a copy of my Tulane transcript and then make an appointment with the community college's transfer debt. I will see if they can recommend a plan of action if I did want to get a second degree. I think the best option would be to take as many classes as I can at the community college and then transfer to a local 4 year college to finish up. But I really need to see how many classes I would need to take total in each school.

Either way, since I haven't heard back from any internships, I am going to need to find some sort of part time job. I don't really know what I should look for. I know I definitely don't want to do food service. Did that once and HATED it. Maybe stocking shelves at a local big box store wouldn't be too terrible. Just something to bring in a little money to cover my personal bills. (Ben, the wonderful man that he is, is covering all the big bills.)

Since I have no money, I am trying to convince Ben to pay for another share from that CSA we used last year. I wasn't a fan of the long drive up there, but I really liked doing u-pick every week. It was fun. But Ben thinks it's too much food. True, we are still eating food from the summer, but that just means it's even more of a value if the food lasts a full year instead of just the few months of the summer! Plus this year I will have more practice in storing food, so even less of it will go to waste.

I guess if I get a part time job, I could pay for it myself. Then Ben can't really argue since it would be my money.

First I'll look into the second degree stuff. Then once I have a better idea of what my summer will be like, I can work on the rest.
Last night Ben and I went to Benihana's for dinner. They once again sent me one of those super generous $30 birthday gift certificates. I don't know how they make money with those things! You can get nearly anything off the menu, so it's an awesome deal.

Dinner was nice. The chef we had didn't put on much of a show, but it was still entertaining enough. Food was good, though Ben complained the chicken wasn't melt in your mouth the way I cook it. ;) I had teriyaki chicken. I made Ben super happy by giving him all my shrimp.

At the end of dinner, they brought me ice cream with a candle and everyone sang happy birthday while they took my picture. I am bright red embarrassed in the picture. But still, fun times were had!

I'm nearly out of birthday freebies. I must find more to sign up for next year.

Redeemed freebies
- Benihana - $30 gift certificate
- Moes - One free entree
- Baskin Robbins - One free scoop of ice cream

Yet to be redeemed
- Ben and Jerry's - One free scoop of ice cream
- Genghis Grill - One free bowl
- Melting Pot - Free box of chocolate covered strawberries with entree. (Not likely to redeem as dinner there is crazy expensive!)
- California Tortilla - Free burrito. (Expired already! Sadness!)
Yesterday Ben and I went into DC to play ingress. There aren't a lot of portals around our house and they're all high level, so we have been having a hard time leveling up. We walked 8 miles yesterday grinding up to level 3.

First we hit Ford's Theater because there was a waffle shop nearby I wanted to go to. Unfortunately the place was packed. I was super hungry and Ben had to find me another place to eat nearby before I had a meltdown. We found a sushi place. Once I had food, I was in a much better mood.

After that, we claimed a portal at the National Portrait Gallery. It was in a very nice courtyard with magic flat fountains.

Then we got really serious and hit a ton of monuments on the National Mall. The Washington Monument, the WW2 Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. We had hoped to hit the Korean Memorial and the Sculpture Garden too, but it was dark and late and we were very tired.

Today we both woke up so sore, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get out of bed! But it was a really good day and we made a lot of progress so it was worth it!
My birthday was Sunday. I'm getting so old! 

I was kinda moody about it all day. But ben was sweet and put up with me. He bought me a brownie cheesecake and took me out for dinner.

It was also the superbowl, but instead of watching that we watched a movie a friend sent us. I didn't like it much. I don't know what ben's opinion was. But we gave it a try. That counts for something, right?

When the superbowl was over, someone in the neighborhood set off a bunch of fireworks. It was loud and surprising, especially because I had been asleep.
I've been getting back into DDR. I really like playing DDR but laziness always holds me back. A week or so ago, Ben set up the dance pads in his office. With the lazy factor out of the way, I can play more often.

Its been so long, I can't handle songs more difficult than basic. But I'm sure with practice, I can return to my old skill level.

The last time I played, was my honeymoon! Sooooo long ago! We had discovered the arcade on the cruise ship and would go there after dinner to burn off all the rich rich food we just ate. The snotty little brats that should have been in bed already would laugh at us and make fun of us, but I suspect they were jealous that they could not play as well as us. If they could, it's unlikely we would have found the machine empty every night. 
Ben has a cold. It makes him snore and gargle all night in his sleep. Earplugs are saving our marriage right now.

He sounds absolutely dreadful. I hope it clears up quickly.

It snowed again. Another half an inch. I'm not sure I'm even going to bother to shovel it today. 

Maggie loves playing in the snow. Part of me wants a real snowstorm so she can have extra fun. She's never seen more than an inch or so of snow in her entire life! Crazy, right?
Ben and I recently received our invites to Ingress, an arg that is super popular right now. So yesterday we went out to explore the world.

In the game, the world is filled with portals that release energy. You can also get items from them if you hack them. They are normally located in areas of culture and learning. The two factions battle for control of these portals and the regions between them. 

We went to a local park that maintains the last stretch of Vestal's Gap road. It was a good location for learning about the game because nearly all the portals in that area were lined up in a row along the old road. We took advantage of that to practice hacking portals. We also tried a little bit of battle, but the enemy portals in that area were too strong for us at a beginner level.

Oddly enough, just as we left, another member of our faction showed up and took down most of the enemy portals. We must have missed him by minutes.

We're going to try to find more places we can go to grind like that. We won't be able to attack enemy portals until we are much stronger. 

The only real issue is battery life. Ben's battery was dead after a very short amount of time. Mine was 50% used up by the time we got home. I'm not sure this game would work well for a full day of adventure without some sort of outlet break for lunch or something.
On to January, so I don't have to type up an entire month all over again.

Also, forgot to mention one thing in December: the final for my programming class.

It was written by someone other than my teacher. And was not very clear at all. My teacher ended up having to explain the directions for every single question on the test because the wording was so poor. I freaked out a lot during the test. I knew the stuff, but the wording of everything made me make stupid mistakes. In the end though, I passed the class with an A. Go me!

Ok, now January.

After new years, I got a lot of sleeping done. Then a lot of cleaning. And cooking. Sooooo much cooking.

It felt good to put away the christmas decorations. Freedom from the most depressing holiday of the year.

Maggie's eye cleared up right away. She was back to her old nonsense in no time.

In other news, noname seems to have developed a uti and is alternating between dribbling on everything and directly peeing on everything. I called the vet, but they couldn't squeeze her in until monday. So we bought noname a pack of diapers to get by until then. Poor smelly puppy.

And then speaking of diapers, on thursday ben and I drove up to baltimore to drop off food to our friends who just had a baby. (Hence all the cooking.) We brought spinach and mushroom lasagna, roasted veggie and kale soup, chocolate chip ice cream, pumpkin spice rice krispy treats, and chocolate chip zucchini bread. It was a mighty bounty of foodness.

I'm not really into babies so I mostly just found the creature to be moist and loud. Maybe it'll be more interesting when it's older and does something other than scream. (So I guess when it's 21?) I mostly just spent the time feeling awkward and trying really hard not to say something stupidly offensive.

Afterwards we stopped at ikea because ben needed a new office chair. We also got a new closet organizer and a shoe rack for me. Which meant a wild and crazy friday night organizing my socks. It may sound like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm actually unbelievably happy about having my socks so organized.

Today was completely destroyed by typing a huge lj post about december. But now that I'm caught up, that won't happen again. Oh who am I kidding....
Yesterday I learned how to fire a gun!

Ben's boss wanted to celebrate the completion of some project Ben's team was working on, so he invited everyone to a local shooting range. He's a safety instructor there, so he had all the supplies and showed us all what to do.

Ben didn't really want to go, so he asked me to come along for company. I'm such a good wife.

We started with small guns and worked our way up to bigger ones until the recoil hurt so much, I couldn't fire anymore. I think that last one was a revolver.

- It is very hard to hit anything with a gun
- Guns kick back really really hard
- Plus they are extremely loud
- It's good that I know what to expect should I ever need to use a gun, but I don't think I'll be seeking out guns any time in the future.

I can't say the experience was fun, but it was informative so there's that. It's always good to learn new things!

My only major issue was this morning, when I realized how much it hurt to hold a pen. I had a quiz in class today! I didn't think I would make it to the end with the pain in my hand. Somehow I did it, just barely.
I must be getting old, because that ny trip left me totally exhausted. This was the first day this week where I woke up not feeling run over by a truck.

So other stuff in my life.

Tuesday was another farm day. Fruits and veggies were obtained. I even got some flowers this week, which was nice.
CSA 2012 week 8
Some of the blackberries on the vine have started to turn a little too ripe. Typically I pop the overripe ones in my mouth when I accidentally pick them rather than throw them to the ground. This time, I left the field with a slight buzz. I am a lightweight though, so that might have been part of it.

On wednesday, I took a trillion practice tests for the math placement test at the community college. I was shocked by how much I had to re-learn.

And then on thursday I went in to take the test. It was supposed to take 2 hours but ended up taking 3. (I put 2.5 hours worth of change in the parking meter, but luckily did not get a ticket.) The test is set up in sections and you progress to the next one until you start getting a bunch wrong. Then the test ends. I completed 9 sections, which the proctor said was extremely good and rarely achieved by most people. Take THAT, math! She also said it looks like I easily tested out of taking a math course at all and I just need to talk to an adviser to formalize it in the system. Woo!

Unfortunately thursday and friday appointments were already full. I'll try going early next week. After I get more quarters for those stupid parking meters.

Today I did some house cleaning and food shopping because ben is coming home finally from his long long trip! I'm excited. I've missed him so so much! I'm counting down the hours until his flight lands.
Ben had to go on a business trip. He left this morning. I already miss him.

I'm going to go up to NY for the weekend to see friends and kill some lonely time. I'm excited for everyone to finally meet Maggie. She's going to charm their pants off.

Today I fussed around the house in a weak effort to get ready for the trip. And then in the afternoon, I went and got my legs waxed. I look like a plucked chicken right now, but it'll be worth it to wear whatever I want this weekend worry-free.

I think I'll spend the evening preserving food. Too much food. And with ben gone, it's just going to keep piling up. So my goals for between now and when I leave are:
- Squash - zucchini bread
- Green beans - can
- Plums - fruit leather
- Peaches - fruit leather
- Black raspberries - vinegar
- Strawberries - freeze
I need community college classes to start soon because I am bored. And lonely. I need friends and hobbies or something.

Maggie is taking my being home for granted. She expects me to play with her allllll the time. It's pretty annoying. She's cute though. I was gone for a couple hours today (csa pick up day) and when I returned, Maggie was wild and crazy with kisses for me. It was super cute.

And taking the dogs for multiple walks all day is good exercise. For all of us. Noname is totally exhausted by the end of our walk. She's so tired, she can't even jump up the tiny step to get through the front door. Poor baby.

Today we had a scary walk because a stupid neighbor a few houses down did not care that her child was running up to my dogs, shoving small filthy fingers in their faces.I kept telling the kid that my dogs were scared and she needed to leave them alone, but the stupid kid totally ignored me. To make things more stressful, their dog was running around the front yard barking and scaring my dogs. I finally had to yell to the mother, "My dogs are going to bite your kid if she doesn't leave them alone." Even then, the mother only half-heartedly called her kid back. It was scary because I know if my dogs bite, the law was going to side with the kid and stupid parent. My dogs are very sweet, but they do not like things suddenly appearing and being shoved in their faces. Finally I got my dogs away from the kid and was able to continue my walk. On the trip back, I carried them past that house of stupidity.

In happier news, today was a csa pick up day. Check out all the goodies!

Most of the stuff from the csa is picked by the farmers, but the annoying stuff (berries) is left in the fields and you have to get them yourself if you want them.

It took forever to pick the black raspberries. They are pretty much at the end of their season. Barely any good ones left on the vines. It was super windy while I was picking too, so I got all scratched up as the vines were swaying around wildly.

Blueberries were super easy as they are at peak of season. I filled my entire box with the berries from just one bush. And they're super sweet like candy. I picked a handful just to eat as I walked back to the main building. I'm probably going to finish the rest off like popcorn while I watch a movie.

I didn't know what I was doing when I picked the plums (what does a ripe plum look like?), so I had to guess based on how easily the fruit came off the trees. I took only the fruit that came off with a gentle tug. That sounds about right, right?

Then I had the embarrassment of having to google chives because I did not know they grew in bunches around flowers so I did not know I was looking at chives in the herb garden. And I only knew what the mint was because I was able to pinch and smell it. I am filled with shame because I don't know what my foods look like.

Actually, a really good thing about the farm is that they offer tours for schools and camps on where our food comes from. There were a ton of summer camps at the farm today on that tour. A lot of the kids seemed totally blown away with concepts like "eggs come from chickens" and "you can pull food right off of trees." And these weren't all little kids. Some of them looked to be in middle school ore maybe even a little older.

When I had finished picking all my fruit today, I took a small detour to the barn area because their miniature horse recently had a baby. It was very cute. But not as cute as the BABY GOAT. The baby goat almost killed me with adorable. It was so bouncy! And as it nursed, it wagged its little tail a million miles an hour. Then when it was full, it crashed straight to the ground for a nap. Only to wake up shortly after to bounce around again. I think I need to convince ben to buy me a baby goat.

The adult goats were cute too, sticking their heads out through the fence to beg for food. I bought a little bit of goat food and they ate it out of my hand while I pet them. Sooooo cute! Unfortunately many small children saw my army of tame goats and swarmed over me to pet them. I had to say goodbye to the goats for the time being. (Unless ben buys me a goat.)

Now I need to come up with more recipes for summer squash. Considering what a plentiful summer food it is, there are shockingly few recipes out there for it. Grill it, stew it, stuff it, or bake it into a bread. Ben doesn't like summer squash so I need to get creative.
The last time I posted anything substantial was over a month ago. How did time fly by that fast? I hate this stupid job that consumes my life.

Really, not much has happened though.

Right after spaworld, I came down with a cold. I don't think I caught it at the bath house because colds take a few days to incubate. I probably caught it from someone at work. No one there takes time off when they are sick.So everyone ends up sick.

I took two days off though. I was determined to break the cycle of infection.

Of course no one picked up any of the stuff I had at work, so I fell further behind on everything. It was awful. I guess that's why no one takes time off when they are sick.

This ended up biting me really bad as one of my supervisors then complained to her supervisor that I don't show urgency on anything. How do I how urgency when everything is urgent all the time?

So anyway, I guess they decided I wasn't underwater enough so they gave me a 4th client - League of Women Voters. It's actually a really cool one and one of the ones I had wanted to work with before I was hired, but at the same time I am so swamped with work I worry I am going to damage them. On Thursday I had to actually ask my supervisor on that account (I have different supervisors on each account. this one likes me for some unknown reason) to help me finish the work. Thankfully she did and Friday was a lot less stressful.

Other stuff that has been happening? When ben returned from his trip, his company threw him into a super high level networking class that requires him to stay late twice a week. So he's super stressed too. The certification is like a phd in network engineering so it's a big deal. I wish it didn't take up so much of him time though. When he's not staying late for class, he's staying up late going over class materials or doing labs.

On nights when he stays late for class, I have been eating at mcdonalds in order to collect my little pony toys. I know in theory you should be able to just buy the toys if you ask nicely, but that implies the staff at your local mcdonalds has a strong command of the english language. I keep asking for "the pink one with the pink hair." So far, I've received Fluttershy (yellow with pink hair), Rainbow Dash (blue with rainbow hair), and TWO Lilly Blossoms (purple with yellow hair). I suspect the staff aren't even trying. Half the time I don't even get my sweet and sour sauce.

I need to find a new mcdonalds to go to anyway. This one is convenient because it's directly on my path home. But I worry they are starting to recognize me and my social anxiety won't stand for that.

Today is the Reason Rally in dc. It's an event for atheists. Ben and I would like to go, but we're going to wait until the afternoon. Ben had a midnight shift at work last night (after working a full day) so he's pretty tired. All the big speakers are in the afternoon anyway.

In the mean time I am going to fuss over noname. She woke up constipated yesterday morning. String beans were not helping, so I've decided to go with the big guns - pumpkin puree. I gave her a good spoonful this morning, along with a little cup of milk. If that combination does not get her pooping again, nothing will.
Work continues to be stressful. Will there ever be a week when I don't say that?

This week was more stressful than most because I could not work late to try to catch up on things. With ben out of town, I have to get home at a decent time to save the dogs.

In happy news, they are taking me off the AWF account. That account has been a mess from day 1 and I've never been able to catch up and get things back under control.

Unfortunately the account they are putting me on instead, League of Women Voters, is a very very active account with a lot of work involved. I will never catch up on anything. Ever.

I'm tired all the time.

I hope things get better in the summer. Summertime was usually a bit slower at defenders. I hope it is here too. I need to rest. Going full speed every day is killing me. I don't know ho anyone else there does it.

Other things:
- New dog walker did not kidnap my dogs. Yet. Still worried.
- Ate tiny pies on Thursday. If you are in georgetown, I recommend the tiny pies from Pie Sisters.
- Winter arrived. We have 35mph winds and wind chill in the single digits. Maggie does not understand why I don't want to go outside and play with her.
- Cleaned out the fridge. Horrifying things resided in the back.
- Bought comic books. Small child was totally blown away that you could have a subscription to all your favorite titles held for you at the store.
- Contemplating going to a korean bath house next weekend.
- Seasoning my cast iron pots today. It makes the house horrifically smoky, but it also keeps the house warm.
- I miss ben.
My job continues to exhaust me to the point of being unable to even write a lj entry. I continue to dislike this situation.

A couple big items that have happened lately:
1. The horrible supervisor that yells at me has been fired. I don't know the details but I definitely get the sense that this was a long time coming. Especially with the comment from before the holidays that I would not have to deal with her for much longer. Now we are cleaning up the mess she left behind. The most common phrase heard in the office these days is, "What was she doing all day???" She was so far behind on stuff, it was ridiculous. The whole thing makes me feel better. For not just the obvious reason that she can't yell at me anymore. Also, I as constantly behind on projects because she never had time to review anything I needed her to look at. I feel like my complaints have been validated.

2. Ben is being shipped off to Chicago for 3 weeks. We found out about this just a few days ago. We've had a mad scramble to get everything taken care of before Ben leaves. That includes finding a backup dog walker because Mario was unable to fit us into his schedule on such short notice. I'm really nervous about letting a total stranger into my house to care for my babies. Plus the whole living alone for 3 weeks thing. I'm a nervous, sad mess.

3. My birthday was on Friday. I took the day off because I could not stand being at that place on my birthday when I am most likely to cry. I kept myself fairly busy so I wouldn't cry. I got many errands taken care of. Everything except buying new glasses. Perhaps I will do that tomorrow after I drop Ben off at the airport. (I'm going to miss him!)

3a. I received many free birthday food coupons from local restaurants. I shall evaluate them a bit:
Benihanas - 30% off birthday dinner. The most exceptional of the bunch. Although it can only be redeemed Monday-Thursday, it was a very generous deal. It covered my meal, my upgrade to fried rice, and my silly drink (ramune!) with money to spare. The waiter was nice and applied the leftover credit to ben's meal even though he wasn't supposed to. In addition, they took my picture and served my ice cream with pocky and a candle.
Melting Pot - Free chocolate covered strawberries. Since this coupon required the purchase of dinner for two, it wasn't too impressive. However, we had never been there before so it was worth a try.We probably won't be redeeming this coupon against next year as it was a very expensive restaurant. The strawberries were ok.
IHOP - Free Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity. Have yet to redeem.
California Tortilla - Free burrito. Decent offer. Their food is always tasty. I got a no-meato burrito.
Baskin Robbins - Free ice cream cone. Have yet to redeem, but need to do so soon since the coupon expires in a few days. I wish I could save it for summer. Ice cream in winter is a little chilly.
Ben and Jerry's - Free ice cream cone. See above.
Moes - Free entree. Have yet to redeem.
Between my job and my commute, I have n time for anything. :(

Couple things:

Work - Has been super crazy busy. I hardly have time to even catch my breath. And I am still behind all the time. I'm getting tired of this. They clearly don't have enough people for the work load.I am trying to run at 100% capacity every day, but I'm not a robot. I can't keep this up.

Commute - Metro has been a disaster the last couple weeks. First of all, the crazy up and down weather has caused the rails to crack on several lines. Other train systems haven't had a problem, but metro uses rails not designed for this sort of weather. And then, they recent bought a bad batch of breaks, so a part on the breaks keeps cracking and falling off the trains. Add on the usual door issues and sick passengers and you have the commute from hell for weeks on end. For several nights, I've had to take the bus through dc because metro was so horrifically backed up. Best part? Metro announced last week they were going to raise fares.

Home life - Ben is wonderful. No complaints about him. He keeps me sane despite the madness during the workday.

Dogs - Maggie recently started puppy school. She seems to be enjoying it. In the first class we went over "watch me" and "sit." Maggie knew those already though. In the second class, we went over loose leash walking and sitting for strangers. Maggie is having some trouble with the leash walking. She wants to speed ahead all the time. I'm sure she'll get it eventually though. She's smart. Noname on the other hand is a grumpy grump. I wonder if she'll ever chill out. She's cuddled in my lap right now, so she's good for the moment.

Cooking - I have made a few tasting things these last few weeks, but had no time to take pictures. Thismushroom pie was very easy to make, filling, and rather tasty. It also reheated very well. And this vegetarian cassoulet was also easy to make. It was a good, filling stew to have after a long day at work and a long cold commute.The flavors are not very complicated though, so if you like more complexity, it would probably be good to serve it with some herb bread perhaps.
holytoastr: (melting panda-aurianrose)
Stuff not related to work.

Last night ben wanted to go to costco. I questioned this, but went along because ben was the one doing the driving. As I expected the parking lot was crazy. After circling a few times, ben gave up. We went to ihop for dinner instead. It was the first time I have ever seen that place quiet and empty. It was relaxing.

When we got home, I watched a documentary about Pompeii where the host was slightly too exuberant for the subject matter. There was a segment where he was lovingly rubbing the walls of an ancient sewer because the excrement was still there and could tell him what people in those days ate. I did learn some new stuff though, which was neat. I would like to visit Pompeii one day and see the ruins for myself.

Today I took Maggie to the vet so they could make sure her surgery was healing properly. Everything looks good! Maggie was super excited to be there. The staff there all love her and spoil her rotten. She came home with yet another toy. This would be toy #5 they have given her. Spoiled rotten. She also got a complementary nail trim as a christmas gift.

I think the rest of the day will be spent napping or playing pokemon. I need to finish leafgreen because ben bought me soulsilver AND IT COMES WITH A PEDOMETER! There are too many pokemon to catch and not enough time!



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