Now is the Winter of Our Discontent

Monday, March 17, 2014

File this one under "N" for "Noise, fuck this."

For the love of God and all that is holy, make this winter end. If I wasn't leaving for Florida in 2 days, 6 hours, and 44 minute, I may have just given up on life today. And if my plane is delayed on Wednesday, I may punch someone. Sorry, everyone at the Philadelphia airport. You may witness a meltdown in Terminal C. Just warning you now.

Anyway, as you can see, it snowed here again! SHOCKING. I know that it's not technically spring, and even if it was, the weather wouldn't care... but seriously, I am so disproportionately hateful of this weather it doesn't even make sense. It makes me so miserable and I feel like this season has sucked out my soul, covered it in ice crystals, and left it outside in a puddle of slush. I'm honestly not even that excited to be spending 6 days in Florida because I'd rather be house-hunting at home, but I think that the sunshine and the palm trees will do me good. Also, I may commit a felony if I stay in NJ and that would really screw up my going to med school and becoming a doctor, so it's better for everyone if I go get some Vitamin D and enjoy not wearing 300 layers of clothing. 

Also, literary nerd alert, I'm aware that the quote I stole for this post's subject (from Richard III, which I admittedly have never read) is actually talking about how their long, awful, time is now over and good things are coming, but I'm using it in the way that John Steinbeck (and others) used it to express general dissatisfaction with the current events. And man, am I dissatisfied with the current events/weather. 

At least the weekend wasn't full of snow and horribleness. My friend Katie was visiting from Texas, and it was really good to see her because I hadn't seen her since our wedding! Sadly, I spent most of the weekend feeling really rundown and crappy (thanks, RA, methotrexate, and general pain) but it was nice to spend time together, even if it was mostly on the couch. Lots of delicious food was had, we watched Dallas Buyers Club (amazing, go rent it right now!), and caught up on each others' lives. We also went house hunting on Saturday, which probably deserves it's own post. Look for that later this week!

Sunday, I was supposed to go to the Anna Nalick concert in Reading, PA with a few friends, but I was feeling so crappy on Saturday night and woke up on Sunday feeling not much better that I decided that I couldn't go. I knew that I could have made it work, but I was already running on a deficit and I didn't want to completely wreck my body before the work week (and traveling). Being a grown-up sucks, basically. I spent the entire day in my pajamas and managed to do a couple loads of laundry and clean the bathroom before my headache landed me squarely in bed. The only thing this afforded me was the ability to clear out the DVR, which isn't all that much of an accomplishment, but hey, it was something. It's good to have goals. Speaking of which...

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Let's start with last week's goals:

1. Return library books.
Done! I even paid the fine I owed. I know, I'm impressive.

2. Reorganize my dresser drawers.
Nope. I thought about it yesterday... so there's that. I ended up just staying in bed and thinking about how nice it would be to organize my dresser. Not quite the same thing.

3. Get a haircut.
Nope. I fail at self-care, basically. Now I have to wait until next week when I get home from Florida, so I apologize to anyone who sees me and confuses me for a sheep dog.

4. Work on the shawl.Also no! I got the shawl out last night to work on it, but I couldn't focus on any of the YouTube tutorials for short rows long enough to accomplish anything. Also, I am still afraid that I'm going to screw it up.

5. Go house hunting!
Yes, but it was mostly a bust. Film at 11.

6. Post a bunch of stuff on sale for Craigslist/Amazon.
Done! If anyone needs MCAT prep materials or a TV stand, let me know! The MCAT prep stuff is mailable/Dropbox-able (that's totally a word). The TV stand... is not. Sorry.

So... 3/6. That's not so great, but at least I don't owe any more money to the library and they'll let me check out more books before my trip.

What do I want to accomplish this week? 

1. Don't murder anyone over the weather.
Ok, that's not really a real goal because it's not a real possibility that I would ever murder anyone. But still, good to remember that even this winter will end. Eventually.

2. Be packed before 2 am on Tuesday night.
I am the worst at packing before a trip. For example, the night before we left for our honeymoon, I was packing until 3 am and we woke up at 5 to get to the airport. It was not a good life choice. I'm only taking a carry-on bag because I refuse to pay for baggage unless I absolutely have to, and plus, I'm going to stay with my dad so there are some things that I don't need to bring (like large bottles of shampoo or other liquids, etc). I'm leaving directly from work on Wednesday afternoon, so I need to have everything I could possibly want to take with me packed and ready to go that morning. I'd also like to sleep for more than 20 minutes, so we'll see how that goes.

3. Actually attempt to learn short rows and work on the shawl.
With 6 days of practically nothing to do ahead of me once I get to FL, I should, in theory, have plenty of time to focus on a YouTube video (or 5) about how to do short rows.  After I'm finished with this shawl (which at this point, could take half of my natural life), I really want to start a sweater. I have about 94 patterns saved on Ravelry. Decisions, decisions.

4. Read something.
I somehow still have not finished The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon, and I haven't touched Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 486 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown since August. I also recently picked up a copy of Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A.J. Jacobs, and I have 6 books on hold at the library... and a bunch of books on my bookshelf that I haven't read yet. At least ONE of them should be finished while I'm on this vacation, right? Right.

5. Schedule a freaking haircut.
This is absolutely stupid, but here it is on the list again.

6. Vlog.
For weeks, nay, months I've been saying that I would Vlog Like a Boss with Ashten of Always Ashten on Fridays. I've always been "too busy" or felt weird recording a vlog in my condo while Ken sits in his office wondering why his wife is babbling incessantly to herself (or the cats). This week, though, I'll be home alone at my dad's house on Thursday and most of Friday, so I really hope that I can get a vlog done! Now I just have to decide what I want to talk about...

And speaking of Ashten, her sweet dog, Warner, has been diagnosed with Protein Losing Nephropathy, an uncurable disease that causes dogs to lose protein through their urine and it often leads to kidney failure. If you've ever had a sick pet, you know that it's horrible. And expensive. This weekend, I nearly had a heart attack because I thought something was seriously wrong with Gersh. I turned around to see him unable to stand up and walk in the middle of our living room. He basically wouldn't use his back legs, and he looked at me like he was so confused. The first thing I thought of was, "Oh my God, my baby is having a stroke. Or he's thrown a blood clot that's lodged in his spine. I am going to lose him." I ran to him immediately to try and figure out what was wrong, and he just wouldn't stand up. I called our vet, who of course wasn't there because it was Sunday, so I called the emergency vet. They said that I could bring him in and the charge for an office visit was $125, let along any x-rays, blood work, or medications he might need. I didn't care; I was ready to run out the door in 2 seconds and throw the entire thing on my credit card if it would help fix Gersh. Fortunately, Gershwin seemed to get over whatever had happened, and we concluded that he had simply gotten his claw stuck in the carpet, tripped, and pulled a muscle. An hour after the event, he was jumping up on the bed, eating, playing with toys, and being his adorable self. We were lucky, and I can't imagine what I would have done if we hadn't been. Ashten and Warner don't know how long they will have together, but they are choosing to fight this incurable disease for as long as they can. Having a sick pet drains your energy and your bank account, though, so if you can spare a few dollars, consider heading over to The Warner Fund and reading their story. Plus, Warner's adorable and Ashten dresses him in crazy outfits, so it's worth it. I promise.

Anyway, that's about all the news that's fit to print over here. Don't forget to link up your Weekly Wishes at The Nectar Collective, and if you live somewhere warm, please send spring-time vibes towards the Philadelphia area, okay?

- A


  1. Got here via the Weekly Wishes linkup and I love the way you talk - followed you on Bloglovin, hi! I'm Lix from A Classic Notion and my hair, too, needs a trim. Luckily I can get away with just picking up the scissors and doing it myself, because I hate going to the salon so much that I decided to drop all my expectations and start cutting my own hair myself.

    I want to vlog more often, too! My problem is finding stuff to talk about on video, haha. I did a tag last week and I'd probably be more ~inspired if I watched other vloggers, but I'm... a liiiiittle bit lazy about that, oops.

    Good luck!

    1. Hi Lix! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are so sweet! I also love your blog and have added it to my reader. Can't wait to learn more about you and follow along with your adventures. I am impressed with your ability to cut your own hair... I think it would only end in tears if I tried, haha. I'm pretty determined to vlog this week... but I'm just afraid I'm going to sound like a doofus, haha. You'll have to let me know if I do! :-p

  2. For me, pictures of snow are magical because it never snows here... but if I had winters like that, I would think about murder too! (probably not!) :)

    1. Haha, I met someone in Philadelphia who had just arrived from India and he was MYSTIFIED by the fact that it was snowing. He had never seen snow! It was actually really cool to watch him experience it for the first time. As for me, if I never saw snow again, I'd be pretty happy. (Ok, that's a lie. I like it ONCE in awhile... but this is getting ridiculious!)

  3. Oh my god, I completely hear you. It apparently snowed a ton the Wednesday I was in Florida, and all I could think was that I would have lost my goddamn mind if I had actually been present for that snow. It would not have been pretty, but I totally understand not being able to handle the winter anymore. IT HAS BEEN SNOWING FOR FIVE MONTHS, TIME TO MOVE ON NOW. Ugggggghhhh.

    I hope you have a good time in Florida! I will send you some of my short-row pins on Pinterest, too, to see if that helps. :)

    1. The fact that NJ is experiencing it's second snowiest winter IN HISTORICAL RECORD is ridiculous and I am just over it. MAKE IT STOP.

      Thanks for the pins! I am determined to get this shawl done! However, I may be IM'ing/emailing you frantically if I eff it up. <3

  4. Eeeeh, library fines. I still have them. And I can't check out another book until I pay them. It is only $8 but...aren't my tax dollars already going toward all of this? I'll have to cave soon, though. Also, I need a haircut, too. Not murdering someone because of the weather is a GREAT goal. Please, keep that one up. :) Also...Spring really is coming. So I hear.

    1. I once owed the library something ridiculous like... $20. It was nuts and I was SO embarrassed. I always say that I'd rather have my money going towards the library than paying a parking ticket or some other random municipal thing, though. Books are better than... most things, at least in my head, haha.

      I am trying really hard to not murder anyone, because of the weather or otherwise. I promise that I will do my best. Also, I'm not entirely sure spring will ever show up. You can't see it, but this is my skeptical face. Just imagine it, haha.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, by the way! I added your blog to my reader so I'll be seeing you around!


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