Monday, March 23, 2015

Weird and crazy days.

Hello, world!

And extra hello if you live near Chicago and woke up to a nice layer of snow covering everything, and the crappiest roads on this planet.

For real. They were terrible. I have never made the decision to turn around and not go to work, but today I did. I normally start work at 6:30, but by that time this morning I was only about a third of the way to work - and then traffic just stopped. I moved about 300 feet in 25 minutes and realized I was not getting to work anytime before 8. I called Cam and he checked other routes for me, and nothing looked good. So I pulled a U-ey and headed home.

It took about 10 minutes to get through this intersection, and I waited on the other side for about 15 before deciding to turn around.
Well, I kind of headed home. I'm actually house/dog sitting this week. Believe it or not, that added a huge amount of stress to this morning's failed commute. Driving to work in a snow storm is bad enough, driving a route you're not used to (that has some crazy new traffic patterns) is anxiety inducing. Deciding to turn around and head home was a relief....but then I still had to drive home. I went to my house to get some things I needed, and then back to the house I'm at this week. Doing this also gave me a relatively flat ride rather than the hills I would have encountered otherwise. My poor little Toyota struggled a lot today. I've been driving in the snow for 11 years, but today was something else. The roads were absolutely terrible - really, really bad. I don't like driving in inclement weather, so by about 6:00 this morning I was already done with the day. One of the radio announcers said something like, "I know this really sucks, but it's just for today, then it's supposed to all melt and it'll warm up." That made me feel good for about twenty seconds, but then it didn't stop snowing so I stopped feeling good.

And that is why I hate snow.

It looks so innocent, doesn't it?
It's still snowing now, almost four hours later, and it's not supposed to stop until noon. When I called my manager to say I wasn't coming in I mentioned that I'd keep an eye on google maps and maybe come in for a half day. But...probably not gonna happen. I normally leave work at 3, and going in at noon means working until 4 so....nope.

Today will instead be a day of Netflix, blogging, nail painting, and yoga.

Which means it won't suck! And you know what else didn't suck?!

The weekend.

It was awesome. The moe. show on Saturday was really, really great. It was basically 4 hours of non stop music and dancing. We had rail space too (right in front of the stage along the rail) and managed not to get squeezed out for the entire show. The whole thing was like a combination light and music show. I put a few pictures on Instagram (and a video too) but they just didn't do any of it justice:

Rob, the bassist, was probably my favorite part of the show. He was just!
The cool thing about the jam-band deal is what my friend called "Dirty Segs" which are these crazy segues between songs and that then go back to previously played songs. Cam and I were talking about it Sunday. I told him it felt like I was being tricked...their segues were so smooth that you didn't realize they were leading you into another song until you were almost there, and then they'd wrap it back into the first song. But that wrap back would happen 20 minutes after the first song had started, when you'd totally forgotten they'd been playing that song originally. Including the intermission, there were only 4 or 5 breaks in the entire show. So it wasn't like a normal concert where you get 3-4 minutes of action then a break then another song and then intermission and then the next set. So when I say they played for 90 minutes straight at one point, I actually mean that.

It was an experience. I told Cam I felt like, between the lights and the music, I was listening to and watching a river flowing inside my brain. And though there are plenty of people who imbibe all sorts of stuff before these shows, I can honestly tell you I did not! You may not believe me now that I've said I felt like I watched a river flow through my head, but it's the truth! It was like nothing I've ever experienced. And they're coming back to Chicago in July so we're thinking about going again. Don't get me wrong, I was exhausted after staying up that late. It was a struggle to get to that point, and I felt like falling asleep standing up...but it was great. 10 out of 10 would do again!

But if you saw my moe. post, you'll understand just how exhausted I was! I even managed to hit 20,000 steps in a day (because of the 4 mile run and concert combo)!


We got home at 3 at immediately went to bed, but I was up at 8:15, unable to fall back asleep. This was only bad news because Cam had a work thing last night that we needed to stay up for. So, though I really wished I could fall asleep around 3pm, we headed to Medieval Times...

...where I ran into my cousin and her family (including my uncle, here from California)! They were there for my little cousin Anna's birthday. The show was good (usually is) but I was dead tired at the end and ready to head home.

So though today is an unexpected day off, I'd say it's pretty well needed. Just putting it all into words has made me tired again! I'm going to have to milk it though, because tomorrow work will be nuts. I'm not sure if everyone made it in, but if not, we'll be pretty slammed.

I better get off this thing and enjoy the time to myself, huh?!

Good day to you all, and I'll be back when the snow has melted (again)!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My So-Called Step Obsession

I need someone to shake some sense and motivation into me. Something about this week, I just have not cared!

Maybe it's the dip in temperature? I do love to blame things on the weather!

A few days ago I was going to post about my "Step Obsession", but even that has waned this week. I was actually really surprised that I officially hit 200,000 steps in March yesterday (3/20, right on target). Like...really surprised. And I know it's only because of running, but I completely skipped my 2 miler on Thursday, and had only been averaging about 6,000 steps a day for the few days before that. Here's my total from 1:00pm today:

208,684! I can deal with that.

Now, even though I haven't been step-nuts lately, I can give you a step count for many of the things I do during the (week) day.

And I'm going to, even though I haven't been stepping as much. You might ask why I counted these things - and the answer is that it helps to know how quickly I can add steps to my day just by doing certain things a little differently, and is basically what I have done to convince myself to "take the long way" sometimes. So here goes:

Taking the stairs to/from my floor (5th) at work: 100 steps each way

Walking to the bathroom/kitchen: 20/25 steps (respectively)

Walking around my floor at work: 200 steps

Taking the stairs down to the cafe (cafe=coffee) and elevator up: 300 steps

One lap around the office building outside (we have a track): 1,446 steps

I won't lie - I hate taking the stairs at work. I don't like being out of breath and getting that hot-but-not-quite-sweaty feeling when I get back to my desk. So I generally take the stairs down, and the elevator up. Yeah, that's right, I don't climb the stairs like a good little healthy person!

I mentioned a while ago that I have a hard time getting up from my desk to walk around. I'll be honest, unless my bladder is about to explode or my mouth feels like the Sahara desert, I don't want to get up from my desk. I'm still trying to remedy this, and what I do to add steps to my day is that I have increased my inefficiency. I will go to the bathroom, go back to my desk and get my water bottle, go fill my water bottle, and then take the "long" way back to my desk by walking around the floor. And I've been trying very consciously to do this every hour. How do I excuse it? I drink enough water that I have to pee every hour. Yup, that's what it's come down to. Forced bathroom breaks.

Sorry if that's TMI.

I also park about as far away from the office as I can. I legitimately loathe this. Cam always parks in the back of parking lots because he likes to be away from other cars that may dent his, and I'm always complaining about it. Welp, now I've joined him in being a far-away-parker. And I still don't like it.

Speaking of Cam, we have a very busy evening! He had to work today (I hate when he has to work on Saturdays *pout*) and pretty much right when he gets home we have to run our 4 miler, shower, slurp down some of the soup I have on the stove, and then leave to get our friends and head to the city.

Why, you may ask?

We're going to a concert tonight - it's been long in the plans, and I'm so excited that the day is finally here! The band we're seeing is moe. a jam band that one of our friends is completely obsessed with. Because he loves them so much, there's always a lot of talk about moe. and it gets put on a lot while we're playing board games (not to mention he has like a years worth of moe. t-shirts and is always wearing one). At first I was kinda 'eh' about it, but now I definitely dig them. They've done a slew of concerts in Wisconsin and Chicago over the last few days and our friend has gone to every show, but this is the only one the rest of us can make it to. So it's going to be a good (long) night, but I'm stoked.

Don't get me wrong - the 4 mile run may kill exhaust me, but I've been waiting for this for too long not to enjoy it. And I also got a full 8 hours of sleep last night - according to experts that means I can conquer the world today and still stay up late, right?


Okay, so it'll probably be harder than that but... I get a t-shirt! Because I'm gonna buy one.

I can stay awake for that.

Well, let's just see if I'm still alive tomorrow. Perhaps I will alert you all by posting so here. If not...maybe you can catch snippets of my downfall on Instagram.