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Monday, August 22, 2016

Payment in Challah

Ugh, first day back from vacation. I got my CrossFit workout in this morning. We worked on our overhead squats and I had to decrease my load by 5 lbs to 50 lbs because 55 lbs was hurting my wrists. For the WOD, we did Fran and even though I took longer than I did when we did the workout last year, I was able to handle more weight.

I had 2 loaves of Michelle's challah bread waiting for me at the office, as payment for watering her vegetable garden the week of August 8. She made two smaller loaves, one for now and one for the freezer, but truthfully, it's so delicious that I don't think either loaf will last very long.

My brain must still be on vacation. I went to CVS to get some candy to refill the communal candy bowl at the office. I had 2 coupons to use, but the self-checkout machine didn't want to take them. What the heck? The CVS employee asked me if I had scanned my card yet. Oh. Um, no.  Heh. Blah.
I had just a good time in Jacksonville, so I thought it would be the right thing to do to send some snail mail to Page, her brother and her father for being such good hosts.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Delta Woes

On the way to CrossFit yesterday morning, the radio was saying that Delta Airlines was experiencing major delays and cancellations due to an outage. Oh great. How was this going to impact my trip to Atlanta??

I kept an eye on my flight information when I got home from the gym. Since I had the extra time, I went to Safeway to get some travel snacks. I went to the airport fully knowing that the flight would be delayed some more. Delta even went so far as to order what looked like 60 pizzas and popcorn for the people in the waiting area. Normally, I would be happy about free food, but I'm already kinda a nervous traveler and I just wanted to GO! Surprisingly, people weren't really visibly upset in the waiting area. I'm not sure if that's because of the advance notice of the delay or they were in a food coma (or both!).

I was supposed to get to Atlanta around 5 PM and meet my boss at baggage claim so that we could get dinner and go to the hotel. All that waiting resulted in me getting to Atlanta around 8:30 PM and getting to my hotel room at around 9:30 PM. Sigh.

Anyway, the meeting today was successful and my boss was happy, so that's really all that matters to me. I'm thankful this was a short trip! My boss said that Delta was going to give $200 travel vouchers to affected customers, so I'll be on the lookout for it and planning for a random fun trip in the back of my mind.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Korean Lunch with Coworkers

I went with 3 of my coworkers to a Korean place for lunch. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I got a rice bowl and you got to choose from a selection of things to add to it. I went with eggs (both sunny side up and omelet style), cucumber, and bulgogi beef for around $10. I would totally go to this place again, but there are other restaurants in the area that we want to try out first before circling back to this one.
Even though I went to CrossFit this morning, I still had gas in the tank to go to spin class tonight.

I went to my parents’ house afterwards and my sister and I split the last of the curry rice. Harry the Homeless Cat paid a visit, WITH A BABY BUNNY IN HIS MOUTH. It was still alive too! We yelled and chased him into the garden, hoping he’d let go, which he did. My sister went to pick up the bunny with an old towel and it leapt out of her hands. The scene was like something out of a cartoon: Harry chasing after the baby bunny and the sister chasing after Harry. We have no idea where the little guy ended up; I hope it’s still alive!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Payment in Macaroni and Cheese

As payment for watering her vegetable garden, my coworker Michelle gave me at tray of macaroni and cheese. This was a similar arrangement to when I did my first Craft Time with Tina with her daughter and her daughter's friend.

The tray was actually kinda heavy. I made sure to share a considerable amount with Julie because it would not be a good idea to eat it all on my own! 

Michelle lives near my parents' so this was really minimal work for food that will last me a few days. Sounds like a win to me! :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Office Potluck Success

My hope was that I'd come home with an empty tray of banana pudding and enough dumplings leftover for dinner tonight, and mission accomplished. Other items that people brought in from the potluck were: deviled eggs, challah (OMG, this was my favorite!), shepherd's pie (also very good!), some sort of African rice, etc. There were also some sort bought desserts, but meh, not very exciting. I did have one of the red velvet truffles that someone brought in. It was tasty, but very rich. I'm glad I had the self control to have just one!
I set aside some dumplings and scooped up the last of the banana pudding to save for my coworker's kids (my banana pudding sous chef and her little brother). My coworker uploaded a video to my Facebook of them saying "Thank you, Tina!" OMG, yes! With that much cuteness and good manners, I will totally make you more in the future! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Uncle!

Even though my uncle's birthday is tomorrow, we celebrated today. Mom made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and we all went to my uncle and aunt's house for lunch to celebrate. Several of my cousins were there too, so it was nice to catch up with them. I had mentioned that I made dumplings yesterday and was going to continue making them tonight. it turns out that my cousin Emily and my cousin's girlfriend Michelle had made dumplings recently too.  Michelle had also gone the extra step and made the wrappers.  Um, yeah, I don't have the patience for that!
I think he wishes he was turning 28 instead of 82, but I think he will always be 8 at heart.
We are having an international potluck at work tomorrow, so of course, I said that I would bring in dumplings. I also tacked on a tray of banana pudding as a "surprise." This always happens, I always mumble to myself, "Why did I volunteer to make these? They are so labor intensive when you assemble these by yourself!" But then when I'm done, I have a huge sense of accomplishment! I made about 150...85 are going to the office and the rest are going to family or in my tummy for quality assurance.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lip Swatches of Newish Lip Products

OMG, it’s been so hot outside today! I only escaped for a little bit to the mall to get some lunch. The AC there felt so nice! It was definitely an indoor kind of day:

- Did 2 loads of laundry
- Watched some of the CrossFit Games
- Painted my nails
- Played with makeup

Left: Maybelline Creamy Matte in Craving Coral
Middle: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest
Right: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes (I don’t know why my skin tone changed so much between pictures, that’s so weird!  There was only a minute between pictures!
Julie and I went to dinner with a friend from the CrossFit gym, Shannon.  Shannon has suggested drinks after Friday's class and Maria had chimed in "Two weeks, after my husband leaves to go back to work!" During the day on Friday, Julie suggested that we go to dinner with Shannon anyway because it's nice to get to know her since she's relatively new to the area.  We had a great time. I had the meatloaf, Julie had a lamb burger and Shannon had a cheeseburger. The food was amazing!