Being Girly for Action

After a stressful work week I got up this morning and suddenly decided to do something just for me. I’d already chosen to see Mad Max: Fury Road, so I opted to get dressed up and pull out make up for a little date with myself. Hope this recharges me some!

  

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Fun with Long Hair

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The honest truth is that I keep my hair long because it’s cheaper. How might you ask? Doesn’t having long hair require time and copious amounts of hair products to keep the longer tresses shiny and clean? Sure, I do use more shampoo/conditioner and other hair products than someone with short hair, but I also only need to get my hair trimmed and cleaned up once or maybe twice a year. Given the exorbitant cost of going to a good stylist (I’m not knocking those $12 hair cut places, but they’re not places where you generally build the type of relationship I need to have you putting scissors on my hair) having an appointment every six to eight weeks was out of my price range when I moved out on my own, and having long hair has become so intrinsic to who I am that I’m not sure I’d feel myself with a shorter do again. I did have very short hair throughout college though, and it was a cute look. If my feelings change I definitely know what type of short hairstyle would suit me (even if my mother thinks it’s too short).

Braids

When I was working for Dad I usually just braided my hair, clipped it up in a bun, or put it in a pony tail. It just wasn’t fun to be creative when no one else was really going to see it. However, I’ve been upping my game now that I’m in an office with lots of people (okay, it’s mostly warehouse, but there are a ton more people than just Dad and myself). With short hair it’d be wash and go, but I do have to do something with long locks even if it’s just drying them (I do not recommend keeping your hair down in a warehouse…really I don’t). Coming up with creative styles has been fun, but I probably won’t keep it up indefinitely. I’ll find a few a really like and rotate through them simply because I don’t have unlimited time in the mornings; I’ve just been burning more of it than I should to make my hair interesting!

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Letting My Geek Flag Fly

  

I received an awesome yellow bag as a gift with purchase when I ordered a bunch of bath stuff from Fantasy Bath back in January/February that promptly became my daily carryall for my new job and purse needs. Unfortunately said awesome yellow bag wasn’t very sturdy, and I noticed serious fraying on the shoulder strap last weekend. It just wasn’t going to hold up to my careless, bag stuffing was for much longer. 

Enter my new Patagonia messenger bag courtesy of Zappos! I’ve geeked it up with buttons and my coveted Brassy Battalion patch, so there’s no hiding my pride in all things nerdtastic. I got an older coworker to read Sex Criminals though, so it might not be as huge a shock as I think!

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The Exhaustion of Being an Extroverted Introvert

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I love people (well most of them), and when I like someone being around them and interacting with them brings out a sarcastically funny, engaging individual who can be the life of any situation. Sure, her humour is often pretty off-colour, and she isn’t always the most tactful or tasteful personality (you probably wouldn’t take her to meet your mom unless your mom is very progressive). However, if I like someone but don’t really know them that well interacting with them is also extremely draining. I can play an extrovert very well, but it saps my reserves dreadfully until I reach a point where I crash dramatically. Unfortunately, I hit this point at work today.

I genuinely like my co-workers, but sharing an office and constantly having people around me subtly taps into my energy. It’s unreasonable to expect a regular office environment to not have any human interaction, but I haven’t been practicing enough self-care in letting myself reset. Admittedly, I’ve been working six days a week since I started, and I’ve had other events on Sundays that involve being around people. Yoga is great for me, but it’s partially social, and after class I’ve been going to my parents’ house to see them and help Dad with office stuff. This schedule has translated into having very little time for myself, and I need to fix this. A few hours at night watching TV isn’t enough. I crashed at work recently for a variety of reasons, but a big one is emotional exhaustion from interaction. To the Introvert Cave for transformation into HERMIT WOMAN!

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In lieu of a post…

New Cat Room! 

     

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I’m Not Dead — Year Two Cap10K Recap

Post Race Selfie Cap10K 2015

Sure, the photo above isn’t the most flattering one, especially with the ambient humidity, but it’s proof that I finished this year’s Cap10K because I look sweaty, worn out, and just ready to sit down. It’s been a rough running year for me for a variety of reasons. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in February, and I took off about six weeks because I was so frightened that my left foot would become so painful I could barely walk. I haven’t run more than four miles since I started up again due to protecting my feet and tweaking the dog walk schedules since I’m down to only three pups. I also started a new job at the end of March, and since I’m in a warehouse I’m on my feet almost all day. We also had mandatory overtime the last two Saturdays including the one before the Cap10K, so I wasn’t sure how painful my legs and feet were going to be on race day.

The morning didn’t start well; I’d forgotten to set my alarm clock, so I overslept by about 15 minutes. Fortunately, I was in one of the “slow” starting corrals, so I didn’t have to be at the start line until 8:30. After six days of Mom leaving early and not getting back for several hours the dogs were not impressed with my trying to leave the house without them, especially since I was clearly wearing dog walking clothes. Patience even tried to bolt the door because she was sure I wanted to take her on a run (hint: I didn’t), but a stern “WAIT” stopped her in her tracks.

I made it downtown and to my starting corral with plenty of time although there was a brief near mishap with a portable toilet (yes, I sucked it up this year). I was armed with a fuel belt holding twenty ounces of Gatorade, a bag over my shoulders to carry my keys and other sundries, and my iPod for music and tracking distance since my internal measurement system is badly broken. The race announcers seemed thrilled that it wasn’t raining, but I would rather have dealt with a downpour than the mist and relentless humidity. My glasses fogged up several times during the race, and it was misting hard enough at the end line festival that I could barely see.

I learned from my experiences last year to not go out fast at the beginning of the race, so I paced off an older lady with a pink top and jacket. Unfortunately, she started walking before we got down Congress, so I just kept a low key pace and saved my energy for the grueling hills as the course heads towards Mopac. I still felt pretty fresh when I got to the hills, and my biggest problem was just getting around people who stopped to walk! However, I could tell I was going more slowly than I had the previous year when I saw the time clocks. Since my goal was to run the entire 10K and not stop to walk at all I just needed to store some of my energy to make it all the way to the finish. With my handy fuel belt I didn’t have to stop at the water stations, but I did use them as guides for when I might want a sip of my Gatorade. By the 5K mark I was getting a little worried because I was nearly the distances I had been running since my foot troubles, but I just put one foot in front of the other and forged ahead. It seemed like the flat stretch near Austin High School lasted forever (I kept checking my Nike+ running app to see how close I was the last kilometer, and only a few meters had passed every time), but it was nice to be concerned about holding on to my energy for a flat area rather than wondering if the hills would kill me. When I hit the 6 mile marker I frantically began trying to get around other runners, so I could push myself the last .2 miles to the finish line. My legs felt tired and wobbly after six miles, but I had enough left for a speed burst. My elbow got a little tangled with another runner as we crossed the official timer thing in the road, but we were both just pleased we had completed the run.

Unfortunately, the results weren’t available for the later runners when I checked on site, but I ran into a high school classmate when I wandered the after festival. We chatted a bit, which was a lot of fun although also odd since we hadn’t seen each other since we were teens.

I got home to the dogs around 11 and promptly checked my official race time online. This year I completed the race in 1:07:05, which is about five minutes slower than last year, but I ran the entire way and beat my fear of running with PF. Now I just need to try the 10K at the Stars and Stripes event in May if they actually have it set up!

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Isn’t This a Hanging Offense?

Leave Me Alone I'm Reading

With my transition to a new job in a much busier work environment the time I get during the day to tune into books and other media just for me has become much more precious. Even five minutes of quiet time involves frantically checking email and possibly fiddling with my Kindle app. Anything I need or want to read travels with me to work and waits in my car for lunch where I eagerly shut myself away from the world between the pages of some new adventure (yes, even non-fiction books can create new and unfamiliar situations). All of my co-workers have been good about respecting lunch time as a break from interacting with each other (admittedly, it’s not like we’re being heavily cooperative in the warehouse, but there is some social aspect to it) and just decompressing a little…until more new people started getting hired.

I got cornered in the lunch room by a co-worker because I’d been nice initially, so instead of reading my book on Asian comics (yes, Michele, I promise you will get your review; I’m just really slow!) I felt obligated to engage in small talk. It was an interesting conversation, but I also felt that twitch common among readers who haven’t gotten to indulge in a book recently. It’s similar, but much less self-destructive, to needing a drug fix. Warehouse work is physical enough that I wasn’t in horrible pain for the remainder of the work day, but despite exhaustion and a very early morning I still had to read some before going to sleep.

But now I’m afraid I’ll be cornered every lunch break…guess it’s time to polish my death stare and polite but firm ability to let people know that I’d like them to bugger off while I put my nose in a book!

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