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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.

More Houseplants. This is craziness.

9 May

Remember when I told y’all about the houseplants I now have (despite my unclean history with living plants)?  Well, apparently I am forging ahead even more.  It all started with Dionaea muscipula.

Why venus flytraps?  Here’s why.  Because the bf and I have two different views on house guests of the winged variety (and eight legged variety).  He’s more of the sorry-little-fella-but-you-don’t-belong-here-let-me-take-you-back-outside kind of guy.  I am more of the OMG-there-is-a-creature-in-the-house-kill-it-kill-it-and-kill-it-now-!-! kind of girl.  So, he suggested we get a venus flytrap.  I was all for it.

So, we hit up the Short Pump location of Strange’s Garden Center.  While we were there we came across some other plants we decided would make a lovely addition to our home.  I have pictures (cause when do I not?).

Dan picked out this guy.  I really like it and the pot he picked for it.

I picked out this lovely baby plant.  At the time of this photo it had yet to be potted and was just hanging out in the pot, getting its bearings.  Don’t you love the color of the pot with the color on the tip of the leaves?  I’m hoping it grows up to look like this one day.

And I picked up this cute little cactus.  I never really thought about owning a cactus before, but it’s pink and green so I couldn’t not buy it.

Oh and we also picked up the Dionaea muscipula we went for in the first place.  Here’s hoping it welcomes all unwelcome house guests.

So, what kind of houseplants do you have?

I Have Houseplants. Someone Alert the Presses.

10 Mar

I have such a bad history with plants that my dad has been known to buy me fake flowers.  Seriously.  So imagine my surprise when I brought a peace lily back to life.  (Note to readers: If peace lilys are easy to bring back from death and I actually did no great feat, keep it to yourself.  Please and thank you.)  The peace lily is on my desk at work and has come a long way from when it was passed on to me.  I never had any intention of getting another plant.  I figured I was pressing my luck with the one.  Then blah blah blah… I have lots of houseplants now!  Wanna see??

 

{the one on the left is a pretty little pink and green number.  the one in the middle just looked cool, all tall and slender. the one of the right is the one I saved from a friend.)

{an up close and personal shot of the pink and green plant}

{an up close and personal shot of the tall and slender plant}

{and, finally, the plant I saved from death – she has pretty peachy/pinky flowers (my mom told me this plant’s name but i totally forgot what she said. hi, mom!)}

I haven’t named all my lovely plants yet, but I will eventually. 

Oh, and in case you want to know about houseplants and which ones are the top 10 air purifiers, I found this handy dandy little article.  I didn’t really think about that, I just wanted something pretty and alive sitting around my apartment.