Five Facts..Monday

meant to publish this friday but then i got side-tracked by the overwhelming desire to bake. and since that happens every Olympics i had to take advantage. amanda’s protein bars= delish. and will surely be gone by tomorrow if they miraculously last the night. they were also much better than this blog post but for some reason i felt like delayed posting..so away we go.

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1. Bmore got dumped on and I got my snow daaaaaay! Praise be. Now winter exit stage left and make room for spring puh-leez. I know complaining about the weather is so tired at this point but I was telling someone on Wednesday that it feels like eons since it was warm. Dramatic? Always. But really, I feel like it’s been freezing for so long now. Let’s get on with me complaining about sleeping when I’m hot. I took a sick day on Friday because I was kind of nauseated and didn’t feel like digging my car out so I figured I’d let the sun, if it ever showed up, and time help me out. Our alley rarely gets plowed and is always a mess whenever it snows, so Wednesday I thought I was being SOOO smart and parked my car on the street. Well, wouldn’t you know, our alley got plowed and is perfect. My car was where, of course, the sun was not hitting and  all the snow turned to ice and I just cannot deal. Never winning.  It took an hour and a half. Of course, a lot of that is probably my piss-poor technique, but alas, we move on.

2. My company doesn’t make the decision to have a standard operating day, delay or closing anywhere between 6:45-7:15. I could scream from the rooftops (or whine on the Internet) how much I hate this. I get to my office around 6:45 (I know!) so this winter has been a huge pain, where I sit around and wait to find out if I have to go in. I usually do have to go in, and then I sit in all this 7:15 am traffic AND bad weather traffic where everyone drives sooooo slow. Last year when I was a newbie and the first major snowfall came, I realized that morning while I had e-mail on my phone and knew to call the snow line, I didn’t know what time they made the call at. I figured that since so many people came in early, it had to be early and they would have made it by now, so I made the trek in. The chairman of the board saw me in the kitchen as I was putting my lunch away and said “Oh no. I just called and told them to alert everyone that we’d be closed.” I was so angry and stormed out. He told HR and HR sent me an e-mail about reading my employee manual. It was fun.

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3.  My co-worker published her first YA novel last year. I read it with trepidation because, uh, what if it sucks? What if I won’t be able to look at her the same. I dunno why I was worried because she is an awesome writer, but the book was really good and sweet. Have I talked about this before? Possibly. Sorry. BUT don’t click x yet..she has a new book coming out March 31 and I’m super duper pumped. Above is the new cover that I love so much. Speaking of books, I can’t help myself, I read a good one this weekend. I was in the mood for a easy, breezy, (beautiful, cover girl) read and this book was just the ticket. It was the kind of book where I delayed finishing it because it was such a fun ride. Tomato, toh-mato, but read if you want and let me know what you thought.

4. I got a bunch of Amazon gift cards for Christmas and so I purchased a few kettlebells because I always thought they looked cool and effective. I did a kettle bells Tone It Up workout  yesterday and I freaking loved it. It was one of those workouts where in the middle of it I thought ‘Wow I really like this!’ That never happens. Usually I’m huffing and puffing, counting the minutes until it ends, while feeling embarrassed at how weak and out of breath I am. I am so sore today and I forgot how good it is to wake up feeling a good kind of sore. I keep meaning to actually follow a weekly TIU schedule but keep forgetting (or making excuses) but hope springs eternal so let’s see what I can do this week. It was humbling when somebody found out I get home from work around 4 and exclaimed “wow so you have all kinds of time”, which I do, but I also possess a potent arsenal of excuses and incredible laziness.

5. One of my roommates is engaged and moving out so I am getting a new roommate soon. Saturday morning my lovely (not sarcasm! i’m so lucky and really love her) landlord and I met with potential tenants. My other two roommates were at work so I took my duty very, very seriously. I was all jazzed to meet the potentials and told my roommates “I will take care of getting alllllll the dirt!” Then when the candidates were live and in front of me I realized I didn’t have much to ask. ‘True or false and only answer false: I like to kill people in my spare time? Have you ever at any point in time lived a city and forgotten to close the and/or lock the front door leaving the premises vulnerable to robbery?’ Do you agree that J.K. Rowling is a flaw free human? How often do you bake and what is your philosophy on roommates who eat all of what you bake? Are you in possession of a cute, single older brother who loves girls in sweatpants and is interested in wooing your roommate whose name starts with a C and ends in an AITLYN?’ Hmmph. They, in turn, also had interesting questions beyond the standard. One mom asked how the water water pressure was and found it hilario when I replied with a verbose “good.” What else is there to say about water pressure? The same mom, upon finding out that I moved here from another state, asked how I met people. I said “Oh, the Internet.” It’s true but she was quite confused so I can only imagine what she must have thought. Also,I kept my room door shut during the tours but forgot to turn my TV off and at one point while we were marching on past to the 3rd floor, the potential roommate asked “Is that the spongebob theme song?” UH NO. You’ll be living with all professional adults. That is another very serious show about serious, professional topics whose theme song is “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea…” obvi. Saturday cartoons 4eva.

*bonus 6th: I recently discovered – via social media of course – a new app that is supposed to help you fall asleep. It’s basically a sounds app. You can play all kinds of different sounds while you fall asleep. Some of them are so funny – like “frogs”, which is, you guessed it, frogs ribbit-ing. I always go for the water sounds – “rain on roof”, “thunderstorm”, “rainstorm’, “heavy rain” – and while it doesn’t help me fall asleep faster it’s very soothing.

This song came on my I-pod in my drive home and I forgot how much I love it.

I really am going now. B-y-e.

Five Facts Friday: Umm..

*slithers back in* Hi. I disappeared and am the worst. Truth be told, the content well hath run drier than the Sahara but I love this too much so here I am with a useless post wahooo.

1)      I am also allotting partial disappearance blame to October-December. It is our conference season and while mine has been pretty mild thus far, with just day trips around Maryland, I’m still blaming it. Next week I head off to Williamsburg, VA. I am not excited because it’s a huge conference that I’m doing by myself  (ummm so what if I’ve been here a year that does not mean I am ready for responsibilities like that) and I know I’m going to mess up all the taxes, shipping rates and subsequently, all the orders. This, of course, will lead to Customer Service spitting on the ground whenever they hear my name. It’s really not that hard but I can be pretty dumb with percentages and I like to make big productions out of everything. Anyway…..I hope the weather is nice and the hotel is an easy location where I can sightsee. But really, I know how lame I am and that I will probably just hang out in my hotel room. I know you care deeply about whether I get the chance to see Williamsburg.

2)      I was told I needed to use my comp days by a certain date and then one day I woke up and was all ‘shit I need to use them by next week!’ So I took off last Wednesday (our two hour weekly department meeting day hehe) and to the shock of absolutely nobody, it was the best. I didn’t get to sleep in because all my roommates texted me around 6:45, alarmed that my car was still there, and wanting to check that I hadn’t overslept. That’s incredibly nice and caring, but of course after that I couldn’t go back to sleep. At first I was a little annoyed that I didn’t get to sleep in late but then I was all ‘yessssssss more time to do nothing!’ I just hung out in my house all day and made one trip on foot to CVS for a magazine and a diet dr. pepper. I think if everyone could just take one day off a week it would be ideal. I was happy as a clam for the rest of the week and didn’t even feel the urge to complain about anything (a miracle) because I had been lucky enough to have a day off. Then, my boss dropped the truth bomb that she had it wrong and the comp days could carry over for a little bit. Of course they could. Oh well.

3)

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I just read THIS. And I want you to read it. Then I want you to e-mail me and let’s talk about it (I am not demanding at all for such a bad blogger) because I am dying to discuss with somebody.  I loved it so so so much and I know it’s a book I’ll be reading again many times. It was a gorgeous book and it made me think and JUST READ IT ❤ FYI: I didn’t read any reviews so I had no idea what the plot was (nearly all of the reviews from publishers and customers I have seen contain what I consider to be a spoiler but I am sensitive about these kinds of things). Soo consider that, I guess.

4)

I stopped going to my Zumba, BodyPump and BodyCombat classes that happen at my fave gym location (near work). When you get off work around 3:30, classes that start at 6 pm are just too much. I couldn’t leave work, go home and then go back, since I would get caught in all the  rush hour traffic that is departing from downtown. So I nearly always went to Target and Marshalls to pass the time and would spend way too much money. I now possess 7 black cardigans (guess what you’re getting for christmas, little sister!!) and an endless supply of Chlorox wipes. I think the Caitlyn of yesteryear was annoyingly optimistic that Caitlyn of the future would be so kind and adult-like as to get on top of the cleaning and stay on top it. Hope springs eternal, self.

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I went home to PA last weekend because according to my parents, it has been three months since I last saw them. Oops.  Maggie, our Labradoodle, is going to be 10 on November 23rd and I can’t believe it. I was in 8th grade when we got her!! Goodness. She’s starting to slow down a teensy bit, meaning she can only play 8 games of ball a day as opposed to 10. Nonetheless, she still has more energy than every dog we ever see. People say “She’s almost ten? You mean…ten months?” And we’re all, uh no ten years. She is still recovering from Halloween, which is her least favorite holiday (4th of July & all those fireworks are a close 2nd). My parents have yet to figure out how to successfully handle her on that holiday because she goes nuts in the yard and practically takes out our back door trying desperately to get inside. But if she’s inside running around, all the kids at the door who she sees as potential ball throwers make her all excited but, coupled with their costumes….she has 20 meltdowns an hour. My parents, by the way, are kicking butt at weight loss. My mom is down 45 pounds and my dad a little bit over 25 and I’m so, so happy and proud.

Happy Friday!

1. have you ever been to williamsburg? once upon a time my mom wanted me to go to william & mary (college in williamsburg) but then i grew up and was not nearly smart/dedicated enough. bahaha.

2. if you could take one day off a week from work/school, what would it be? i know most would probably pick monday or friday, but i really liked having a day off in the middle of the week.

Caitlyn Currently

This survey has been all over the blogverse. I love reading peoples answers and I love details so I figured I’d do one.

Current Books:

Alternating between healthy / leisurely / inspiring reads. I switch off and on at night. Sometimes I’m only in mood for one or only get to read from one before my eyes are shutting. I know a lot of people can’t switch back and forth between books, but I like to. I usually just use my Kindle but I had a B & N gift card and felt like going back to the good ol’ days of paper. For the record, I was anti-Kindle until I got one for Christmas but I love how convenient it is. No more trekking to libraries or bookstores? I don’t have to leave my house? I get a new book in a minute? Score. I just finished Susanna Kearsley “Firebird” (she is one of my favorite authors) and even though some parts were pretty hokey, I loved it. But now I’m reading…

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I just got this book (below) and CANNOT FREAKING WAIT.

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Current Music:

Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack.” Yeah, yeah, Caitlyn, you’re three months late on that. I know, I know. I don’t listen to radio no mo’ because I  can’t stand commercials or the DJs talking, so when I drive to and from the job I have to go to EVERY DAY (so lame) I only listen to my I-pod, which consists of pop songs (with Dr Dre, Eminem or a random country song thrown in because variety is the spice of life)  from the 90s and early 2000s that finds me muttering to absolutely no one about the good ol’ days. I accidentally heard this song and love it. I think the line “play ’em like a Ken doll” is brilliant and I may or may not rewind the song a few times just so I can sing that part over and over (finger snapping may or may not be involved) pretending I’m fierce enough to actually pull off that line in real life. If you heard my warbling attempt at  the chorus and those ridiculous high notes in a ridiculous high register, you’d probably have a heart attack yourself.

I love me some Carrie. Girl can SING. Girl is gorgeous. Girl has the best legs. I love to sing the chorus of this song when I’m feeling irritable. Which is never, of course.

Miley Cyrus new song. It sounds like a Rihanna song and took a while to grow on me. “Party in the USA” is my top 5 played songs on my I-pod. It was number one for awhile but I’m assuming it slipped and don’t know what song now sits pretty at the coveted number one. Probably Call Me Maybe. I think “Party in the USA” is perfection, so I wish she’d make more music like that but whatever.

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Trader Joes Chocolate Orange sticks. They get a C- in my Fooducate app but I lurve them.

Current Nail Polish:

Essie- Mod Square. Fun color that is great for summer.

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Also because I want you to know. Essie- Bachelorette Bash is another fun color that I love (how could a color named that NOT be fun?) I bought this after I bought Mod Square, came home and placed it on my nail polish tray and wailed in despair seeing the two of them side by side. I thought they were the same. Such a novice. The bottle is pictured below with my nails that are Mod Square, not Bachelorette Bash. Bachelorette Bash is on my toes but I can’t bring myself to take a picture of my feet for the Internet. You’re welcome.

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Current Drink:

H20.

 

Current Food:

Chobani Flip Vanilla Golden Crunch.

 

Current Favorite Show:

Newlyweds: The First Year on Bravo.  I am Bravo’s bitch. I hate-watch most of their shows (aka all the Housewives) but I really like this show and haven’t gotten sick of it yet. Maybe because it’s only in its first season? Also PRETTY LITTLE LIARS comes back tonight! This show has gotten ridiculous and I hate-watch it as well because I know nothing will add up and the plots are so stupid….yet I tune in every week and talk conspiracy theories alllllll week long. I never claimed I had good taste in music or TV.

 

Current Wish List:

More money, always. It’s like I don’t even get paid it’s gone so quickly. My allerGEEEEEEEZ to ease up. Also Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress. That I could walk to work everyday.

 

Current Needs:

Green bell peppers. Toilet paper. Sleep. A blender that’s cheap but can at least chop bananas and/or strawberries unlike the one my roommate has now. Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese wedge because I want to make this smoothie.

 

Current Indulgence:

Fro yo from down the street. Got it yesterday! This is an old pic though.

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Current Blessing:

This is corn to the e.  But as I was speed walking back from my weekly lettuce/dressing/fruit Trader Joes trip a woman hooked it out of a store on the street and got in my way. She was old, hunched over and walking with a severe limp and a cane. She was walking v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. I was going against my lunch half hour so I had to largely side step around her to continue speed walking back to my office. I instantly felt like an asshole. Major assumption here but this woman once had young fresh legs that could speed walk. I started thinking what it would be like for me when I am old and slow on the sidewalk and how sad / mournful I’d probably feel when I’d see young people blitz past me knowing I could once do that but now my body couldn’t. Man. So I felt really blessed to have healthy legs that get me places (quickly! easily!) when I need them to.

 

Current Outfit:

Werk clothes. (my staple black work pants are loose- squeal)

 

Current Excitement:

Um. Work week to be over. To go to bed. Kate Middleton’s baby (please be a girl, little fetus).  Trying Les Mills Body Combat (I was supposed to go today but forgot– NEXT WEEK! I want to go so badly)! PLL!!

 

Questionz.

If you got the chance to sing ONE song (vocal abilities notwithstanding), live in front of an audience of adoring fans, with ONE artist (it doesn’t have to be the artist who originally sings your song choice) what song would it be and which lucky singer would you pick as your duet partner?  

Blender recommendations?