High Five for Friday!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The fire alarm is going off in our office... again. It's the most obnoxious thing in the world and it kind of makes me want to jump through one of the plate glass windows in our building. Interestingly, we are told to remain in our present locations and await further instructions, and to not enter the stairwells or the elevators. Apparently, research professionals are best when toasted. What they should also add to the (insanely annoying) announcement is that while you're remaining in your present location, you have to listen to the screechy siren for what seems to be an infinite amount of time and slowly lose your mind. Oh, and you might get a migraine and/or have a seizure from the flashing fire alarm light. But yes, stay in your current location.

::goes insane::


Color me STOKED that it's Friday, not 900 degrees or raining, and that my weekend plans are so amorphous that they don't even exist yet. Yesterday's post was kind of hard to write and felt incoherent at times, but I'm glad I wrote it. It was definitely one of those where I was nervous to hit the "publish" button, but as I try to say, "You can be afraid and you can do it anyway." So I did.

I've spent most of my day running around like a crazy person, playing in liquid nitrogen (not literally, because BRR), running meetings, fielding questions, having a vent session about how horrible, crazy-making, and demoralizing the process of applying to med school actually is, and making phone calls to doctors' offices (because that's my other full time job, apparently).

Today, I'm linking up with Lauren for High Five on Friday! I love her blog, and not only because her tagline is "Style, Beauty, Cats". High Five for Friday is a weekly link-up for bloggers to share 5 of their favorite things from the past week. I like it because it makes me recall some of the good things about the week, even if the week itself was kind of crappy. Feel free to head over to Lauren's blog and link up!

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1. Call me a nerd, but I'm still pretty excited that I found that $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. I can't wait to go out this weekend and browse! I almost never buy books because as a child, we were library-only people. And I love the library, I do. But I love books that I can keep. I love the the way they smell and the way really nice paper feels. I have a problem buying books frequently, because I don't tend to reread things, but it's a lot easier to buy a book when $10 of it isn't coming out of your own pocket. To the bookstore, I say!

No no, random gift card. Thank YOU.
2. Last night was definitely one of the highlights of my week because I got to see Constance! She's in town for the weekend for Wizard World in Philly, and since she's not actually working the convention this weekend, she gets to hang out and have fun! Her husband Paul is getting into town later tonight, and there's a very high probability that we'll be seeing both of them again this weekend. Last night, I picked Constance up from the airport, we went to dinner, and then met up with her friend Matt (who is a comic book artist!) to wander and hang out some more. Even though we ended the night by getting yelled at by a crazy homeless person, the evening itself was quite lovely and full of laughs. I am so thankful for friends that I can sit in a bar with and laugh my face off no matter how long it's been since the last time I saw them. Being able to slip right back into our friendship without missing a beat is such a blessing. <3

3. Speaking of great friends, on Wednesday night, I went out with Pam for a happy hour drink. Pam is soon leaving the Philly area to take on the wilds of Yale! Her job is taking her up there for a year, and after that, she's going to take over the world. Or at the very least, she's going (to continue) to be a total bad-ass, whether that's at work or in grad school. I am so sad that she's leaving, but at least we'll always have G-chat. The lounge at The Continental has giant chairs shaped like... bears? I don't really know. We were calling them giant gummy bears, so of course, we had to take pictures with them. It was really dark, so the pictures aren't the best, but I love them anyway. Also, I may try and stow away in Pam's suitcase because I don't accept the fact that she's leaving me. At the very least, I plan to cram in as much Pam-time as I can before June 30th. :)

4. Also on Wednesday night, I met up with my brother at Nifty Fifties for dinner and milkshakes. Unfortunately, he broke up with his girlfriend on Tuesday night, but as the big sister that I am, I immediately went into crisis management mode and knew that the situation required comfort food. To me, there are few things in life more comforting than a thick, delicious, milkshake, and Levi agreed. So while the circumstances for our dinner date were sad, the outcome was great. I love hanging out with my brother and I love being able to be there for him when he's going through a tough time. He always makes me laugh, even when he's upset, and he really is growing up to be a great man. (He's also single now, ladies, haha!)

Not really sure why he's making this face, haha.
5. Not that this is limited to just this week, but the kitties have been so snuggly and I think it's the cutest thing in the world. Semi-related, Ken said that it might be okay for us to foster kittens in the new house! (Not that I have to ask permission to do things from my husband, but I do like to make sure that he's on board with things before I do them... for example, bringing 3 tiny kittens to live in our spare bedroom for a bit.) I want to work with PAWS because they seem to get a ridiculous number of kittens during "kitten season" but I will also look into the local animal shelters where I've adopted my fur-kids from. Has anyone out there fostered kittens before? I'm nervous that I won't want to give them back, but I'm trying to tell myself that this way, I get to have perpetual kittens and I'm helping them all find homes. And just for good measure, here are my furballs:

My boys. <3

And my little girl! So fluffy.

All in all, not a bad week... once it stopped monsooning and being 900 degrees, of course. I'm off to go spend some time with Pam and Patricia at one of our fine city's drinking establishments, and then I'm heading home to enjoy my SUPERBLY EMPTY WEEKEND! Have a good one, all!

- A


  1. Sometimes nothing beats a hamburger and thick shake! I'm looking forward to having some comfort food here in the South, that's for sure!

    1. Absolutely! I can pretty much always drink a milkshake. It's... a problem, haha.

  2. I think it's gotten to the point at work that when I fire alarm goes off everyone ignores it and assumes it's a mistake. Even the one time it wasn't actually a mistake most people still stayed in the building. Luckily it wasn't actually a fire, but something else random that set it off. Although they've started e-mail the office when they expect it to go off randomly, it doesn't make it any easier to ignore.

    1. Seriously! One of these days, it's going to be an actual emergency and we'll all just sit there.


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