Daily Post 026: Better Late Than Never

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I didn’t have it in me to post this last night. That would have required proof reading, the minimal I do of that… and I really just wanted to get home and way from work by the end of the night.

Since I didn’t post last night I’ve gone ahead and tagged in the last bit of the evening when I got home, and part of this morning.


Pre Ride Home

Today has been going so well. Well… it had it’s moments, but overall today has been great, so it sucks that it’s ending with me wishing desperately that it wasn’t illegal to kill people because I’m so sick of answering BS questions that have no right to be asked, especially when people are paying literally thousands of dollars to sit through a lecture, have podcasts, and all sorts of other reference material…

It hasn’t been bad until this last hour, but seriously every time this person twitches I have to restrain myself from going ballistic because I know they’re going to as me a question, and I know it’s going to be something they should already know. My introvertedness is so tapped out right now it’s not even funny. And I hate that the lab is ending this way. It was great. The whole day has been pretty swell. I don’t want to be angry and frustrated, but they’re not going to go away just yet, these feelings. They’re going to linger for a little while and keep me wanting to bite someone’s head off.

I don’t want to go home like this. I don’t want to spew my day at Zane when he’s feeling sick and had his own rough go at it. It was his first day taking calls on his own. No training wheels. I want to be able to talk to him about his day. I want to be able to hug him and cook him dinner and sort of pamper him because he’s sick. You know… the whole mother hen thing…

But no. I would rather punch people in the face right now if they so much as think too loudly in my direction.

Arg….

This morning started with breakfast. It actually started at 5:30 am because Zane’s alarm was set for that time for some ungodly reason. I couldn’t fall back asleep so I got up around 5:45. I unloaded the dishwasher and packed his lunch because I was already up. Around 6 I started making breakfast and at 6:05 when I was thinking to go make sure Zane was up he came out of the bedroom, dressed and everything. Responsibility never looked so sexy.

We had breakfast. Zane mentioned feeling icky and that he was nervous.

I didn’t have to be in to work until 1ish, which meant leaving the apartment around noon. So I had a lot of time to myself.

I started laundry. I cooked oatmeal since we both agreed to do something different than eggs. I emailed Zane some pictures I took of the hookah last night. He wants to make a tutorial for a friend and we needed visuals for some of the processes.

I worked on my mom’s resume finally. I had a few questions for her so I couldn’t finish it, but I have a good idea of where I want to go with it. I bought the net for the crate. It has free shipping on it, but that means it’s not going to be here until around the end of the month. I worked through more of my certification booklet since I had time this morning to do it. I didn’t get through the animation section like I wanted, but I was dragging a little bit. Tired. That didn’t bode well for the rest of the day…

I emailed Carol, the secretary for our program, attaching a zipped folder with pictures of all of the cross stitching I have done recently. She emailed me back saying she had been wondering when I was going to send her more to display on the faculty TV. That made me smile. Carol is awesome.

I went to the leasing office to see about my parking decal since they never called or emailed me. I guess their order got delayed and they won’t have the decals in until next week. Arg. But that’s not all that bad. At least I will get one eventually… I hope…

I had thought to stay at home and stitch for a bit, but I wanted to shower first. I guess there’s air in our pipes or something because when I turned the faucet no water came out… and nothing came out for the hour or so that I waited… and waited… and waited… and F this. I need to shower.

Zane and Trevor mentioned this can happen during the winter season, so I didn’t freak out, but there was no way I was going to work without a shower.

So… (today is the day for dots) I ended up leaving the apartment early, biked to school, dropped by backpack off, biked to the YMCA, showered, then biked back to school. That means I’m looking at a 10 mile day as far as the bike goes. Not there just yet since I still have to go home, but it’s not like I can weasel my way out of those last three.

I made it to work in time to go to my department meeting. I hadn’t planned to be there, but it worked out nicely. I ate lunch during it, not feeling guilty in the slightest. I then went to lab since that started at 1pm.

I began entering in all of my DAD classes into the Career Path system for work. That was a bit of a cluster because of the hours. I guess they didn’t want the actual hours that I put into the class. They wanted the credit hours for the course. So all of my entries got denied and I have to go back and reenter them now. I have no idea what the credit hour value for the classes are, but Clavan is supposed to get that information for me. At least I have the Word doc with all of my information saved so it’s just copy and paste at this point.

I emailed everyone about wanting to take the 13th off to take my certification test. I didn’t get any responses for that, but I’m sure it will be fine. If not I’ll take a vacation day because I’m taking that test come hell or high water.

I wrote a post for the Respect Award that I was nominated for by Shrew. And I’ve been cross stitching for most of the time I’ve been at work.

My bike chain seems to be skipping when I start pedaling, so I looked into that a bit. I’m not bike savvy enough to know anything though, so the articles I read weren’t all that helpful. I’ll mention the issue to Zane and Trevor and maybe they can do their manly-man stuff and magically fix it.

I also started looking at taekwondo podcasts but I haven’t found anything that I like yet. Mostly because that’s what I was doing towards the end of lab, so every 30 seconds I was getting interrupted by this one student. And it sucks worse because of the fact that he’s so draining means I don’t have as much patience for other students. It’s not fair to them. And what’s even worse, because there’s a lot of “worse” in this situation, this dude is scheduled to be in the first lab. He’s staying over into the second lab so he can be here and have extra help, which I totally, normally, don’t mind. There’s tons of extra seats, so as long as someone isn’t being a distraction I don’t mind if they want to hang out at school for longer.

But I just survived four hours of this guy’s questions, only to have to suffer through another four hours when I want to pull my hair out and tell him to leave me alone and stop sucking my soul out through my brain. Blarg.

This is one of those moments where I feel unprepared for my job. I know he has a learning disability. I should be more patient. I should, I don’t know, be able to do something to help him. But I can’t. I can’t make him understand the material. He has to find a way to absorb the information that Clavan provides for him. I can’t sit with one student and redo all of lecture while everyone else has to figure out their own questions because I’m occupied and unable to help them. That’s not how lab is supposed to be, or able to be, run.

He has no notes. He has nothing to show that he’s trying to work with his disability. And really I don’t think it’s a disability. He’s smart. Once he has the information he’s fine. It’s just figuring out how to get his brain to process it, since he processes things differently.

This is something I’m going to have to talk to Clavan about. I’m not going to be able to go through the whole month like this. I’m not going to get to the end of every lab and wish I had a concrete wall to bash my head against because I’m so drained that death by blunt force trauma sounds like a mercy.

If nothing else then I’ll have to enforce a “One Lab” rule where no one is allowed to stay over into the second lab. Which would suck, but if that’s the only way I can make it through the second lab then that’s what’s going to have to happen.

So with all of that out of my system I’m going to bike home. Hopefully the new playlist I made and the solitude will help disperse the rest of the feelings so by the time I get home I’ll be alright. I’m supposed to go to the store for a few things. Originally Zane was going to do it, but now he’s not because he doesn’t want to go back out, and I can’t really blame him because if I were sick I wouldn’t want to either.

I’m thinking about not doing it though. I might save it for tomorrow after Zane gets home because after biking 10 miles and working for 8 hours, I really just want to shower, eat, and go to sleep because I have to bike back to work at 7am tomorrow.

The store doesn’t have anything that could make being around people worth it. Unless it had student loan forgiveness… I might go out and mingle for that, but even that is doubtful. That’s how much I really just want to not deal with shit right now.


Post Work Writing – The Conclusion

The bike ride home wasn’t as relaxing as I wanted. I mean… it was great until I got to the final stretch (what was it with the end of things being bad yesterday? ) On the last bit of my trip I almost got hit twice because people were racing down the street to get to the road I was biking along, because rushing to get there and wait on traffic was way worth it…

So I was still agitated when I got home. I actually stayed outside and had a little mini cry session in the dark because I was feeling so overwhelmed with it all. I just needed some space to emotionally process and I wasn’t going to get that by going into the apartment. I couldn’t go in just yet. Soon, but not yet.

So I stayed outside listening to music, letting my brain do its thing until I felt ok enough to take on the rest of my night. I carried the bike up the stairs, went inside, and immediately attacked the dishes in the sink. I needed to restore order and balance to something, accomplish something, to jump start good feelings.

Zane was asleep. He looked awful. I let him stay asleep and made sure that his lunchbox and water bottles were taken care of for the next day. The whole time I was thinking about how often he took care of me when I was depressed. How he watched all of Ergo Proxy in the dark with me. How he would hug me while I cried for no reason. This was a small thing compared to that. Making sure his day wasn’t ruined over the simple fact that he was feeling sick.

I ate a quick dinner before going back out to the store. I got the veggies for the Cajun pasta, more bacon since we’re blowing through that. With both of us eating two slices for breakfast and Zane using another two on his BLTs it’s sort of understandable. I also got DayQuil for him, which was the real reason I decided going back out would be worth it.

When I got home I cooked the bacon while I cut up the veggies for tomorrow evening. After that I showered since I hadn’t done that from my bike ride yet. I didn’t want to shower until I was able to change into comfy clothes, which meant doing the store and other chores first.

That wrapped up my night. I slept on the couch since Zane was sick and I didn’t want to wake him up by going into the room. I woke up at 4:30 sort of awake, but I didn’t want to start my day that early. Instead I crawled into bed and spent the next hour and a half sleeping next to Zane.

He didn’t feel any better this morning. He was thinking about calling out sick, but he doesn’t have sick time yet. I told him that I didn’t think it would be the best move even though he felt like crap. He agreed.

Instead he stayed in bed a bit longer. I got up to make sure things were taken care of and because I wanted to shower and eat before leaving for work. Zane messaged me a little while after getting to work saying the DayQuil seemed to be helping a lot, so that’s good. Hopefully the day isn’t awful for him. I kept telling him in the morning that it was already on a countdown, and that he would be home before too long and then it would be the weekend with no obligations or early wake up calls.

I didn’t get out the door until about 7:15, but it was bright enough to bike on the sidewalk so I think I might continue leaving around 7:20ish in the mornings instead of right at 7. It was a much more enjoyable bike ride this morning, too. A complete 180 from last night at least.

When I got to work I clocked in and started drinking water instantly. I don’t think I drank enough when I got home yesterday. When I woke up at 4:30 I had a killer headache. My shower helped a lot, and I took DayQuil myself since I woke up congested. I can’t get sick… that would make this whole biking thing a nightmare.

I still had a headache when lab started so Frank let me have some ibuprofen. The migraine I felt building has gone away, so I think I’ll be alright for the rest of the day. At least hopefully I’ll be able to last until I get back home at 1ish.

I had an email from my dad this morning saying thank you for the note I sent on his birthday. There was a bit more to it, so I responded, catching him up on a bit of what I’ve been doing, asking questions about the girls. Normal exchanging of pleasantries. That sort of thing. It was nice to see a reply from him. I was worried that he wouldn’t.

I had a notification from Amazon. My bungee net shipped out and should be here Monday. Score! That’s way better than the end of November.

I got the second address for another one of the cross stitch gifts I made. My mom also got back to me about the addresses for her and my younger brother, so I’m thinking about running home, getting everything squared away, then biking to the post office, which would be roughly another 6 miles to my day.

That means yesterday would have been 10, and today will be 12. I’m seriously thinking about doing it. You know, end the week on a peak. Tomorrow would be kickboxing, and then Sunday would be my slow day with yoga. The gears are already turning because I refuse to give my hamster a break.

I just got an email from Faculty Development about my external training, which is what they are classifying my degree classes as. I ought to be able to take care of that today, correctly this time since I have all of the information I need now.

As far as what I want to get done while I’m at work… I’m hoping to get through some of my certification booklet. Maybe a bit of cross stitching… not sure yet. It’s a pretty chill day, though. Frank is doing his demo thing, which leaves me to do pretty much whatever. Including being a slacker and working on my blog.

So now that I’ve finished this up I guess it’s time to move on to the next task on my to-do list.

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Musing Moment 0069: Days 16 – 17

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Day 16 – Knowledge

Most of the time we need to have a little bit of extra information to complete our goals, especially if they’re personal improvement goals. Today Chalene encourages us to research. Find a blog, article, book, expert, something, that is related to your goal. Something that could help you get to where you want to go.

I started this a bit yesterday by looking for taekwondo podcasts. I think I’ve found a few that will work well, but I think I’m going to end up buying the book Sensei Mike recommended to me while I was going to the dojo.

I also want to get more information about the Warrior Dash. I think it would be good to keep reading and looking for tips and tricks for preparing for not only the race, but for getting in shape to begin with since I know I need to do more with my upper body and core.

I know I need to do a bit of digging around online and this is a reminder day to add those tasks to your to-do list. They’re just as important as everything else and deserve to be added into your day.

Day 17 – Reverse Engineering

This day has changed a bit. There’s more resources and such to go through than what I’m used to, which isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean that currently I don’t have the time to sit and do it. I didn’t factor this extra time into my morning. But it’s nice to see that the challenge is still updated and improved upon.

Reverse engineering a goal is a fantastic endeavor. A goal is really the summit of the mountain we are trying to climb. You can’t get to the top without taking all of the steps in between the summit and the base, though, and that’s what most people forget. You can’t instantly “poof” up to the top. You have to do all the work in between.

So… what is all of the work? What are the steps you need to take in order to get to the top of your goal?

That’s where reverse engineering comes in. Start from the top, then figure out how you got there. I suppose I really should do my research with the Warrior Dash first before trying to reverse engineer my goal of running one. I have a decent idea of what I ought to be doing, but I’m sure there’s more information out there that would help me along the way, or help me with steps I haven’t even thought of yet.

So I’ll most likely come back to this activity at a later time, but it’s good that I have it simmering in my brain. It’s helping to keep me motivated and excited. I’m actually starting to look forward to the race because I might not completely suck at it. : )

Musing Moment 0068: The Respect Award

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Yesterday morning started off like any of the others these past two weeks. Breakfast followed shortly by an almost 4 mile bike ride to my work. A decent warm-up / workout to start the day off with some endorphins. And people think the phrase “high on life” is a joke…

As I poked around on my computer, drinking water and cooling off, I had the amazing pleasure of being surprised with a nomination for the Respect Award by Shrew.

This award is given to fellow bloggers who:

“… consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are understanding of the differences in people, and who treat themselves and others with kindness and respect.”

Thank you so much Shrew for having such a high opinion of me and for your nomination. Hopefully I continue to live up to this honor. : )

As far as I can tell there are no rules for this nomination. No listing of facts about yourself or min / max for fellow nominations. Honestly, part of me is relieved that I get to skip the three-hour torment of sitting in front of my computer with this face…

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I do have some fellow bloggers I want to acknowledge, though. You guys have been an amazing support for me over this past year of blogging and I am so grateful for your friendship and advice. You all have definitely earned my respect and I am honored to be able to nominate you for such a fantastic award. : )


My Piece of Quiet
Seven Years in a Drawer
Semer Fidelis


You would be listed here too, Shrew, if you hadn’t already been nominated yourself. : )

Thank you again for such a wonderful surprise. It made me smile the whole day.

Daily Post 025: Wet Wednesday

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I biked home last night after posting my blog. Little did I know it was sprinkling outside, so not only was it dark out, but the roads were wet so there was a bit of glare from the lights. And headlights from on coming traffic suck.

I mean, overall the ride was great. It was cooler since the sun was down. I didn’t have my backpack with me so I was able to go faster. There wasn’t much traffic and no one on the sidewalks. But there were a list of drawbacks, so it ended up being just a ride, rather than a good or bad ride.

I hadn’t thought of the headlights from cars. I dislike driving at night because of how sensitive my eyes are. On the bike it’s even more uncool. Much lame. But… I made it home in one piece and it was actually a pretty good ride as far as time goes and muscle soreness.

I showered and ate once I was home. Didn’t do much else before going to sleep.

I would have been ok with another hour or so of sleep, but my alarm didn’t want to have anything to do with that. And with wanting to get out the door by 7 it’s not like I had the luxury of turning my alarm off and ignoring responsibility, though it was more tempting than it should have been.

I got up, showered, cooked breakfast and ate with Zane. We didn’t have much time together yesterday, and we weren’t going to get much until later in the evening, so we made the most of what we were able to get this morning.

He left before I did, but not by much. I biked back to school. It wasn’t as bad biking in the morning as it had been at night. It was a great way to start my morning. I made it to school with about an hour and a half before I needed to be in lab.

Google reminded me that it was my dad’s birthday. It actually reminded me that it was coming up a few days ago. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. What I should do. To email or not… what is morally, emotionally the right choice?

I ended up sending him a quick message to let him know that I wished him a happy birthday and that I hope he did something to celebrate. Right after hitting the send button I called my mom so she would help me with the emotions I was feeling.

I’m glad to say that the pain I felt quickly went away and I feel I have a better understanding of why it hurt. I feel like I made the right choice, not for him, but for me. I wouldn’t have felt ok if I hadn’t sent something.

With that taken care of I went about finishing up with my personal email and my work email. I was nominated for another award on my blog. I don’t think I’ll have time to write a post up for it before bed, but it totally made my day to see the nomination.

I also had a message saying that my first cross stitch gift made it to its destination. That, too, made me super happy. So even though there was a bit of ickiness in the beginning, a lot of really positive things happened, too.

While in the SAL lab I talked to Frank about buying the crate off of him again. We agreed on $12. I arranged to meet up with him in the evening, around 7, to pick it up. I’ve already looked at a net to go over the crate, which would be around $5. I think that will make toting my backpack around a lot more manageable.

I worked through literally half of the chapters in my new certification booklet. Those were the short chapters though. The other ones I think will take a bit more time. I have my battle plan for them, though. I’m hoping to be able to get through the rest of it by Monday.

I had a list of changes that Tony wanted made to my demo pdf, so I went ahead and took care of those once I completed the chapters I had assigned myself. By then lab was over and it was time to head home.

Of course it was raining… It was actually a nice ride despite the weather. Since I have a pretty bitchin’ backpack it comes with its own little rain poncho. I remember how I stressed over buying the backpack when I first broke up with RB. It was an awesome backpack, had great reviews, and to top it off it was purple. It wasn’t cheap though, and at the time I hadn’t been sure if it would be a good / smart investment, even though I had had to throw my old one away due to bedbugs.

Today reminded me of how much I love it. It’s been a fantastic backpack this past year, and today only solidified that I made a smart choice. I didn’t have to worry about all of my stuff getting soaked on the ride home because of its nifty, build-in rain cover. so much win and awesomeness. I love my bag. ❤

I was cold and hungry by the time I got home, though.

I ate my last frozen burrito. No more junk food in the apartment. Huzzah. I took a warm shower and changed into comfy clothes then started attacking my post-work to-do list.

I ironed my latest cross stitch, scanned it, and made a post for it on my blog. I sliced up more tomato for Zane’s BLTs. I made chocolate covered almonds the other day, but never got around to putting them into a container. I was waiting to go to the store to get plastic baggies for storage purposes, but I decided that they were taking up too much space on the counter just sitting there. Instead, I put them in a plastic container until Zane and I got around to doing the shopping, which I was hoping would be something we did after he got home.

I curled up in bed with Scarlet for a few hours. I wanted to nap but wasn’t able to. It most likely would have thrown off my sleep schedule if I had. Just resting, not moving, was good enough for me.

Zane got home a little before 6. Sexy time happened, so I never got around to meeting up with Frank for the crate. No regrets. I didn’t have the cash on me anyway and it would have been a bit of a hassle to get such an odd amount as cash back from a purchase.

Zane and I talked about dinner eventually. Originally we were going to go out on Friday, but we decided to change that to tonight instead. Less people out and about on a Wednesday night, which we were both ok with and it made it so we weren’t pressured to rush to the store.

We went to my sports bar. We actually had the server we normally had when we went for lunch. It was fantastic to see her again, and I made sure to leave a good tip.

After eating we went to the store. We got honey so Zane could make the Sriracha chicken finally and baggies for my almonds / his sandwiches. We got little pumpkins to carve as well since we’re not going to be doing much for Halloween. I got some breakfast shakes to stash at work as well. It would have been great to have one this morning instead of a tuna lunch or a super heavy protein bar.

I don’t think I’m going to have to get anything for my lunches next week. I’m good on bars. I have six bags of the almonds. I still have most of the tuna lunches, and now I have the four shakes. I don’t think I’ll burn through all that much between Thursday and Friday to warrant needing to replace anything.

When we got back to the apartment Zane and I put the food away then I ran to school real quick to drop off the almonds, which I had divided up into baggies that we had gotten while at the store, and the shakes. And by ran I mean I took my car because I’m efficient not lazy…

It didn’t take me very long at all. Zane had started the chicken while I was out. I prepped the hookah with watermelon and mint shisha and set up my area on the couch so I could cross stitch a little while watching an episode of The Flash.

And that’s basically been my day.

I’m pretty tired. I want to sleep well tonight. I’m looking forward to the weekend where I don’t have to wake up at 6.

Tomorrow I don’t have to leave for work until noonish. I’m hoping to get at least two things taken care of: laundry and picking up my parking decal from the office. They haven’t called me about it yet, but I was told they would be in around Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully the decals are in by now and the office just forgot to call me to let me know.

I’m not sure what else I want to try to get done tomorrow. It’s the CRI1 lab so I’m expecting there to be too many questions to do much in the way of real work. I’m not going to want to work on my certification files. I don’t want to try working through any more of the SAL assignments because that would need focus as well. I don’t have any podcast videos to edit… I’ll figure something out I’m sure.

I’m pretty written out. Nothing else to really say, just rambling. I’m off to make my to-do list and wrap up the day. Tomorrow comes in 5 hours.

Dragon’s Horde 0046: Strength

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Title: Dragon Virtues – Strength
Designed by: Jennifer Aikmen-Smith
Stitched by: Jennifer Conley
Completed: October 26, 2015

Stitched for Shrew


Hey Shrew,

I stitched you up a little something. I hope you don’t mind. I love reading your posts and I always enjoy your comments on mine. You are such an amazing person. You are strong and determined and you inspire me. You show life isn’t about being perfect. It’s about trying and doing your best.

I wanted to make you something to show that you’re a light for me, and for others. You’re not backing down, and that’s awesome. Thank you so much for being who you are and for always being free with your words.

I would like to be able to send this little guy to you. If you wouldn’t mind sending me an email at conley.setup@gmail.com I would appreciate it.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. : 3

Musing Moment 0067: Day 15

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Day 15 – Thanks for thinking of me

Chalene’s 30 day challenge has really helped me out in the past. I think day 15, when I actually ended up getting to it, helped me out the most.

A lot of the stress I tend to feel comes from biting off more than I can chew. I accept projects that I really shouldn’t. I take on things out of a sense of obligation because I feel bad, or wrong, saying no, even though the extra work doesn’t have a payoff for me, or any sort of benefit.

Day 15 focuses on learning to say “no” without actually saying it. I’ve gotten super good at it, and I don’t feel soul crushing ickiness when I decline something anymore. I’m not saying it wasn’t hard at first, but it got easier, and I feel like I’m in a better place for having learned my own limits and respecting them.

When I feel myself burning out I acknowledge it and take a step back. I delegate tasks to other people when I need to, and I don’t kick myself for weakness anymore. At least I try not to.

Chalene’s tip is to try to change our initial, knee-jerk reaction to always accept things instantly.

Instead, she recommends trying to say, “Oh wow. Thanks so much for thinking of me. Let me check out my schedule first, and I’ll get back to you.”

This gives you a chance to think about whatever is going on, evaluate it, and determine, without pressure, if it’s something you actually want to take on.

I know it’s helped me out over and over again, and it’s one of the many things I’m grateful for having picked up.

Daily Post 024: Tired Tuesday

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My brain. My poor, poor, over taxed brain.

The morning started off great. Zane and I had breakfast. I ended up doing a sort of ad hoc post due to some thoughts I had floating around in my head. I made chocolate covered almonds after that so I can have a healthy, high protein snack stored at work. I cooked more bacon since we’re going through that pretty fast what with Zane doing BLTs and both of us having egg sandwiches for breakfast currently.

I also cooked the veggies for the Sriracha chicken Zane is going to be making tomorrow night. I didn’t want them to go bad since they have been sitting in the fridge for a while.

I put the clothes away. I set up a pitcher of water with Oxyclean to soak my most recently completed cross stitch. I made a prepped batch of eggs for tomorrow morning and made sure my alarm was set since I’m normally worried that I forget to set it at night.

I posted my challenge writing for the past two days. I bought the Professional Certification book for my test. I created an info graphic for my weekly recap. There are things about it I want to improve as far as design goes, but I liked how it came out for a trial run. Much fun was had.

By then it was time to get ready for work, so I cooked lunch, ate, packed my backpack up, showered, then headed to school making sure that Runkeeper was tracking my ride.

I got to work a bit early, so I took the time to stretch before going inside and eating an apple and clocking in. I emailed the pdf to Tony. He had a few changes he wants me to make, but overall he’s really happy with it. Yay. There wasn’t much in the way of work email to take care of. I ended up getting the key for lab and chilling inside of the lab room, basically preparing myself for the first day speech stuff.

There are two labs this month. It’s been a while since we’ve had a class this big. David called role, and I did most of the talking. With the first lab being completely full there were several questions. It didn’t help matters that the class is switching over to a new setup for lecture, so there were all sorts of questions about that which I didn’t really know how to answer. I did the best I could though, and I have a list of questions to ask Clavan tomorrow.

I ended up going to Crispers for the bowl of soup that I didn’t get to have yesterday. I needed the space and distance from people. I still had another lab to get through. Only I would be completely alone in it since I told David I would take it for him. I know he would rather be at home with his wife and newborn.

I went through the intro stuff again for the second lab. It’s roughly ten people, so there weren’t as many questions, but still too many to really get any sort of work done. Too many intrurrptions to get a workflow going.

I did check out the Maya book for a little bit. I tried going through the reviews at the end of each chapter. I was able to get through almost all of them. I still want to work through all of the files though, just to have the hands on experience. I’m worried that I’m not prepared for this test. I’m worried I’m going to fail it by underestimating it. Blah…

I told Zane that I most likely wouldn’t be leaving work until around 8, but I wanted to get this writing done because I’m most likely not taking my backpack home with me. I’m tired and I don’t want the weight on the ride home, especially when I’m waking back up at 7 to come straight back here in the morning. I’m not going to be using my laptop for anything so why cart it around?

I did look into buying a crate for my bike rack. I’m going to have to wait until next paycheck for it though. I’m ok with that.

I stitched a fair amount on Clavan’s project, but even that I didn’t as far as I normally would have with how much I had to keep stopping. I’m sort of fried right now. The silence of the empty lab is nice, and I’m hoping the bike ride home isn’t too stressful with it being at night.

I’m not going to do my workout stuff like I wanted. I hadn’t thought the second lab would be official since for the past however may months we have been able to condense the labs into a single one. No dice on that this month though, and at 9pm I’m not all that interested in situps.

I’m hardly interested in food, though I know I need to eat. I really just want to shower and sleep.

Anyway. Today was a good day. A busy day in the morning, and a crazy draining one towards the end. Hopefully there is a bit of recharge in there for me before tomorrow starts.