I can't think. I'm tired. I worked from 8am to 8pm yesterday. I have to be at work again today at 8am. I don't get paid any overtime, so it sucks. I've put in overtime EVERY SINGLE DAY I have worked here. It doesnt make me happy.
I know that I'm biased, but I think Spunky is a cutie. I let her go outside and play in the sun for a bit last Saturday. A lady walked by with her dog and Spunky's reaction was to get really low and make the funny face seen in the photo above.
She likes to eat the grass. I don't like to let her go outside for long because she'll eat so much grass that she will throw up (usually in the house).
As you can see, her silky, long hair is back and she is looking quite chunky again. I am thinking about taking her to get her hair cut again. This was her last haircut.
Yesterday was a hard day. EVERY experiment that I did in the lab went wrong. 5 of them, to be exact. I pretty much have to re-do all of them over the next day or two on top of the new experiments that I need to do. I'm not sure what I did to deserve the bad karma, but I hope it all ended yesterday. It's a new day and I'm optimistic that my experiments will work out. I will keep you updated.
I am starting to think about M's birthday [April 8] and what I am going to do for him. Last year I had so much fun setting up thescavengerhunt for him. I have no clue what I am going to do this year. I just want it to be special. I am also trying to come up with a plan on how I'm going to finish my 27 before 27 list by May 9. As of now, I don't think I am going to be able to cross off the following:
#5: Save money for ROTH IRA. [I didn't have a job for awhile. Plus, with the very possible devaluation of the dollar, I am not sure it is what I should be doing with my money.]
#15: Make my apartment into an "art gallery" for a night and invite people over for the "exhibit"; provide wine and munchies. [Until two weeks ago, I didn't have an apartment that I could do this in. Now that I do, there is an issue with parking. Street parking is very limited and permits are required during certain hours of the day.]
#21: Actually get up and sing a song at the Brass Monkey. (This will most likely include consuming a few alcoholic drinks before singing.) [I might be too chicken to actually do this. Plus, I don't know what song I would even sing!]
The one that I will have to work on the most is:
#2: Lose that last bit of poundage.
I have been walking to and from work, and perhaps it's too soon, but I haven't noticed a difference. I am going to start wearing my Bodybugg again and tracking my calories. Hopefully that will help. [I will write a post devoted entirely to this later.]
Photo by me. It is a box of P10 pipette tips. I use them in the lab at work and thought the pattern and bright blue box would make a nice photo.
I am looking forward to getting off work today [hopefully not late!] and enjoying the weekend. For some reason the week days seem so long and tiring and stressful, and the weekends just seem to fly by so quickly that I am not able to regain my rest. I'm determined to catch up on sleep and de-stress.
After work,I am driving down to Irvine to spend some time with Spunky and my sisters. Tomorrow morning, I will drive to Bakersfield to spend time and have lunch with M, my brother and my father. Sunday will involve sleeping in and relaxing.
Lately, M has been working really long hours trying to get ready for a big case. I wanted him to know how proud I am of all of his hard work. And despite his long absences from home, I still think he's the best and I love him very much. I wanted to show him how much I support him, so I wrote a short little love letter expressing my feelings and found the perfect pair of cuff links and matching tie pin to bring him good luck.
Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Not only did M love the unexpected gift, but every time he puts on the cuff links and tie pin for good luck, I know that he will smile and think of me. He will know that I support him. He will know that I love him. And he will know that I'm rooting for him.
The alarm goes off; I don't hit the snooze, even though I want to. I brush my teeth, put on mascara, and grab something to eat as I walk the 1.5 miles to work. [Clearly I like to get up as late as possible to still get me to work on time.]
Work is really hectic. My boss has a lot of experiments and ongoing projects that she wants constant results for. I rarely have time to sit down a take a breath. I definitely do not take the two 15 minute breaks that I am allotted. I am barely able to find time to scarf down my lunch. It is pretty exhausting. I usually put in a little over-time [that I don't even know whether I get paid for!] before I am done for the day. I walk the 1.5 miles back home.
Once home, the first thing I do is take my shoes off and change my clothes. Then I either take a shower or begin to prepare dinner depending on the cooking time. [I don't like to go to bed with wet hair and I don't like to use a blow drier.] M and I eat dinner together. We clean the dishes and put away any leftovers.
If I'm not too tired, I sign online to check my email. If time permits, I read my blogs or watch one of my favorite shows: Psych, White Collar or Project Runway. Usually I am too tired for anything other than email, so I brush, floss and climb into bed. [I literally have 1000+ blog posts to read.]
I miss the days when I could make my own agenda. I forgot how stressful working life can be. I sure hope I learn how to juggle work and life better.
Of course there were the usual chocolates in a heart box, chocolate Cuban cigars, two love birds [that when you pull them apart say, "MWAH! I love you." just before coming back together for a kiss], monogrammed coasters, his favorite cologne, two jugs of trail mix, a Christian Dior coat and a love letter.
Instead of wrapping them up, I decided to place them nicely on the table. I was a little sad that I had left the two neon nights that I bought last year for Valentine's Day at my parent's house. I almost wish I could keep them up year aroall year long; that's how much I like them. Maybe one day when we have a house we will.
While walking around, I spotted this big heart balloon outside someone's door.
I think it's adorable. I wish the wind would have turned it around so that you could clearly see the heart, but you will have to take my word for it. (Or just look at the balloon shaddow on the wall.)
Spunky and I played together all day on Saturday. We made a huge mess with her toys all over the living room. My favorite thing to do is to collect all the toy and put them on her. She gets annoyed, jumps up and throws her toys all over, then walks back over for you to do it all over again.
After hours of playing, she became a tired kitty. A cute, little tired kitty.
The photo below is so cute. She didn't like the camera flash and just wanted to sleep:
We snuggled together all night. It was nice. We haven't done that since we lived in Monrovia! I didn't want to leave her. It is so hard living without her.
I can't tell you how excited I am that it's Friday. It has been a long, exhausting week. I am really looking forward to the weekend. I have been missing my little Spunky so much. I decided that I am going to go spend some quality time with her the next couple of days. Sunday is Valentine's Day. M and I have dinner reservations at our favorite special restaurant. [It is also the restaurant we ate the night we decided that we wanted to be more than just friends.] They have a special "nacho table" and if you sit there you get free nachos. Clearly we made our reservation for the nacho table.
The photo above was taken by me in downtown Los Angeles a few years ago on the first Valentine's Day we celebrated together. The hearts that the lights make in the windows of the two buildings aren't perfect, but I love them.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and Valentine's Day.