Snow Days, Reader Problems, and Our Anniversary

Yesterday, I had a legitimate snow day off work. At the time, it seemed pretty cool, other than the fact that it snowed all day and we were stuck at home. I managed to get some work done from home, but going in today (after a four hour delay to recover and shovel out of the white stuff) was rough. That day off threw me for a loop, messed with my deadlines, and gave me a stack of work that needed immediate attention. So yeah, great in theory, not so great in practice.

Having said that, having the day off did give me the chance to completely devour Cress like I wanted to, and devour I did. Was it good? Heck yeah, it was good. I’m so contrary though. I wanted to read it all in one sitting, and then I did, and now I wish I would have made it last longer because I loved it so much. In hindsight, I should have stretched the fun out over a few days. But every time I told myself to do that, I couldn’t put it down. Reader problems, man. Also, now I have to wait for the fourth book, but at least I’ll have an excuse to re-read the series before that one comes out (like I really need an excuse. Whatever. I do what I want!).

Today was our four-year wedding anniversary. Go Team Us! We didn’t do anything celebratory other than get dinner at Subway, but to be honest, we never need a reason to do things together. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day either. However, as may have become apparent for anyone who’s read this blog long enough, we often randomly decide we need to have a nice dinner out together, or we’ll go walking together, or we’ll take a trip together….the theme is that we do a lot together for no other reason than we have a blast, and I’m completely okay with that.

We made it to the gym, which was a challenge because I really didn’t want to go. My back has been sore for a few days, and the cold makes me want to hibernate. I’m always glad afterwards, though. I started an audiobook to listen to when I walk and when I’m taking it easy at the gym (thanks, Humble Bundle). I’ll do a review when I’m done, but it’s making me a little uncomfortable. It’s creepy, yet I almost think it’s supposed to also be slightly romantic? I’m intrigued.

I’ve also decided to go ahead and start revising an older writing project, one that is actually one of my favorites. I send the first draft for an alpha reading and will start doing active revisions once the feedback is in. Trying not to do too much stuff at once since I don’t want to burn out on revising, but it feels good to move these projects along.

Other things accomplished today: watched some Coursera videos, started organizing and packing the back room, and finished my grocery list.

Now time for some well deserved sleep.

A.

New Chapters and Great Friends

The day started about an hour earlier than it normally does because Jon had an early morning exam, which meant I was at work at 6:30 am. I didn’t think the extra time would make a difference, but I was tired today. I also felt like I was fending off some sickies.

Unlike yesterday, which seemed bent on breaking me down, today seemed to remind me that things are good because I have awesome people in my life. First of all, today marked Jon’s final day of being a college student. He took his final exam, passed with the grade he needed, and is officially a college graduate. I’m so proud of him! Though we’re both happy, now comes the part where we wait anxiously to see what the job market has in store for him. I’m apprehensive and scared, but I’m also really excited. I feel like there are more good things around the corner, new things and new adventures. I know…I’m sounding really cheesy. But I can definitely sense that metaphorical turning page.

I don’t feel like I show enough gratitude to my work team, but once again, they proved that they’re not only great co-workers, but that they’re great friends as well. Not only did they work the last half hour for me, but they also got Jon a graduation gift card to Longhorn’s. I’m going to miss them when I transition. But I plan on haunting their cubicles and IMs all the time (insert evil work laugh here).

We made it to Longhorn’s for a celebration dinner. The team also gave us a coupon for a free appetizer, so we tried their Oktoberfest pretzel sticks. Jon had the steak for dinner, and I had the chicken tenders and fries. The portion was huge, so we had to box some of it up to take home.

Gratuitous food porn pic
Gratuitous food porn pic

While we were there, we saw the Forshes, who’d decided to come out to dinner as well, and the owner of our local game store and his wife. Longhorn’s was a happenin’ place.

Once we got home, I decided to finish the book I was reading. It’s been a long time since I’ve really gotten into a book, and it felt good to not want a novel to end. I think I’ll be starting the second one in the series tonight. I also participated in one of my first mass Twitter parties, and I thought it was a lot of fun. I didn’t get any revision done, sadly, but I did upload some more books to read to my Kobo. Before the night ends, I have to gather up my white elephant gift for tomorrow’s gift exchange. I’m not sure how well received it’ll be, but I suppose that’s the fun of a white elephant gift exchange.

On that note, it’s getting late and I’m getting sleepy, so I think it’s time to call it a night. They’re calling for possible nasty weather in this area tonight. Not sure if it’ll hit us. The other stuff they’ve called for hasn’t. Still, better to be prepared either way. Glad tomorrow is Friday. Bad weather or not, I’m going to enjoy this coming weekend.

A.