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I can has a cheezburger now? or, July Brain Dump

26 Jul

Lots of stuff going on, none of it being properly blogged.  This month is testing my limits in ways I never even thought about.

I started my new job on July 1st.  All is well there.  I am learning the ropes and today I even got an engraved nameplate installed on my door.  They can’t fire me now.  Or something.

The first couple of weeks in Southwest Virginia were spent at hotels and motels and I finally could not inspect another room for cleanliness and watch the same 15 channels.  So now I am staying at the lovely home of the boyfriend’s mom and step dad.  They are super nice for letting me crash in their home.  It’s clean, it smells normal (unlike the aforementioned hotels and motels) and I don’t have to do a room check for things that may creep me out in the middle of the night.  This is a good thing because it is getting me used to the drive I will have to make when we move to Christiansburg.  And the early wake up time, which, actually, is not going as bad as I thought it would.  Granted this is me waking up alone and there’s no warm boyfriend to stay snuggled up with so, yeah, getting up in the morning is pretty easy right now.  We’ll see how it goes come next month when we are reunited.

There was a vacation this month.  Pictures can be found on Flickr.  It was great and very needed.  The boyfriend’s dad’s family has taken to renting a house in Chincoteague for a week in the summer.  I was lucky enough to be invited this year.  The house had a pink front door.  Adorbs!  There was surf and sand and the best ice cream ever and very little on the grid activities and shopping and horses and sun and mosquitoes and time with great people (something spending two weeks in hotels and motels seriously lacks) and quite, relaxing time and very little doing of the hair and bathing suits and sunscreen and Scrabble and reading of books and open sunroofs and really good beach bbq and pictures and sea breeze and fish catching and good times.

Sadly, there was also the passing of a grandparent.  Dan got a call that his grandfather passed away.  We left a day early so Dan could get some formal clothes together and head to N.C. for the funeral.

Now Dan is back in Richmond (packing up the apartment) and I am in Southwest Virginia (working and doing nothing).  Hurry up and wait.  That is my motto for the month.

I did get to spend a day with my mom after returning from vacation.  That was really nice.  We shopped, did some computer stuff and had dinner with my dad to celebrate her birthday.  It was a nice dinner and the food was good.  When is the food *not* good at Bonefish?  Srsly.  I enjoyed hanging out with the mother and the father.  Probably won’t see them again for a few months.  They have an RV now so there is talk of them coming out to Southwest Virginia in the fall.

Unfortunately, it all depends on a dog named Willow.  Willow is the dog I picked out at the pound when I was 15 or 16 and declared “of course I’ll take her with me when I move out!”  Yeah, she stayed with the parents.  Willow is about 13 years old.  About 4 or 5 years ago she had melanomia in her gums.  They operated and got it out and she was fine.  A few months ago it was discovered that she had “a growth” in her bladder.  The growth was getting pretty big, pretty quick so they operated.  Turns out she had/has bladder cancer.  Malignant bladder cancer.  Mom is taking her to an oncologist for follow up.  Poor Willow.  She’s such a good dog and totally does not deserve this.

Dan has been great.  He has taken care of most things involving the townhouse.  His last day of work was July 13th so he has had more time to do such things.  I did call and find out what the procedure is for getting water, sewage and trash service, so there’s that.  Also, he bought us these salt and pepper shakers (probably because I went all girly on him when I saw them while in Chincoteague) and that totally erases all the bad stuff.  Right?

And I want to see Despicable Me.  In fact, the last three movies that I have wanted to see have been cartoons.  Take what you will from that.  I reprogrammed my car stereo with Southwest Virginia radio stations today.  I have yet to memorize any zip codes out here.  I know they start with 2.  That’s about all I got.  All our houseplants are sick and dying, all of a sudden.  One that Dan picked out seriously just ate the dust in the matter of a few weeks.  The stalk turned a dark brown/black, the leaves dried up and dropped off.  I guess it just didn’t like us. 

I’ve regained all the weight I lost last year, that’s been fun to deal with.  It’s a combination of this and that and the other thing and snow (I honestly blame the snow, I was doing just fine until it snowed and there was bacon).  Mostly it’s the too much intake, not enough outtake situation.  I used to walk a couple miles a day and then it got cold.  I’m a summer girl and hate being cold.  Therefore, no couple of miles a day anymore.  It’s like no one ever revoked my All You Can Eat/No Exercise Snow Pass and I’m trying to eat everything before someone remembers to take the pass back. 

This month has also been the most expensive month of my life.  Gas, food, hotels, repeat, more gas, clothes because last year’s summer wardrobe does not fit, and blahdy blahdy blah blah.

I think that might actually be everything.  If you’ve made it this far, thank you and good night.

Blacksburg! Blacksburg! Blacksburg!

1 Mar

Valentine’s Day weekend the boyfriend and I went to Blacksburg.  We both had Monday off from work so it seemed like the perfect time to go.  And it was.  I already talked about what we did for Valentine’s Day.  Now it is time to talk about our actual trip.  Let’s do so through pictures (Or you could just go check out my Blacksburg Flickr set. It’s whatevs).

I have my purse and a magazine and comfy clothes. Let’s travel!

I took a lot of pictures like this. I don’t see mountains very often. Seriously there’s like seven pictures of just interstate travel over on my Flickr account.

We, of course, drove around campus while checking out Blacksburg (a.k.a. Home of the Hokies).

This is the sports something or another. It’s between the basketball and football stadium. I just wanted a picture VT.

Dan has Hokie pride

Dan and I on the steps of basketball stadium

Even the buses have Hokie Pride

We stopped at TCBY and it was the best

This cracked me up. TCBY was choking the Hokie bird out with a string of hearts.

Ate at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I still think that Hooter’s wings are better. It was good though. And as Dan can tell you, I got all kinds of messy.

Us at the movie surprise. We’re kind of orange because of bad lightening in the theater and *someone* cut me off after two tries for a good picture.

It was snowing when we left.

Dan’s car’s green guy (according to Dan: His name is Cthulhu, and he thinks you will make a nice sandwich) kept us safe on our journey. (He’s like Dan’s geek version of St. Christopher.)

More of that Blacksburg snow. Glad I wasn’t driving.

We stopped at a gas station and this coolness was going on.

The drive back to Richmond was pretty. And mountainy.

I look forward to returning to Blacksburg (hopefully in the spring when I can see the actual ground). Next time I want to eat at Macado’s. I’ve heard good things.

February 14th

14 Feb

Saint Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day.  V-Day.  Singles Awareness Day (“SAD”).  The Day We Shall Not Call by Name.  Whatever you call February 14th it is the day of pink and red and hearts and flowers and candies.

Personally, I love, love, love the day.  It’s my favorite holiday (and yes, it’s a holiday, leave me alone).  It’s been my favorite holiday for a while.  I don’t really know when it started, but there you have it.  The funny thing about it being my favorite holiday is that I have been single forever.  That all changed in September 2009.  September 2009 was when I met and started dating Dan.  But before I was with Dan I was single and enjoyed V-Day all by myself.  I would buy myself a little something expensive (or not, depending on finances), take myself to a movie, grab some take-out from somewheres and hang out at home.  I also decorate for V-Day.  It’s entirely possible that I have more decorations for V-Day than I do for Christmas.

For our first V-Day together, Dan and I are visiting Blacksburg.  There’s a plan of trolling around B’burg to check it out and going out to dinner.  Something low-key.  Maybe we’ll go catch a movie and keep my V-Day tradition alive… assuming we can agree on a movie.

If you don’t have anything to do then you should check out these links.  Seriously, go read!

Here’s what Wiki has to say about the day

The History Channel’s history of Valentine’s Day


{wanna know who took this picture? then click on it!}

UPDATE:  The movie tradition lives on!  Dan surprised me by taking me the movie theater in Christiansburg (‘cuz that’s where the movie theater is in those parts) to see Valentine’s Day.  It was an awesome surprise, because 1) yay! the movie tradition lives on, 2)  I know for a fact he had no desire to see that movie, 3) it was super thoughtful of him, and 4) I really wanted to see that movie.