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Thanksgiving came and went in a hurry this year. It seems every year, the extended family packs up and heads out earlier -- this year everyone was gone by yesterday afternoon for the most part. I'm still feeling under the weather, so I spent a lot of the past week curled up in bed trying to get the sleep I could never manage at night. So I don't feel like I had a big family experience this year, which is a bummer. My brother was able to come down from NYC for the first time in five or six years, so it was great to have some of my nieces here. A lot of cousins were meeting Bess for the first time, and she's almost 4!

My favorite part of the whole holiday was when my brother's family arrived on Thursday, both girls stormed through the crowd of relatives to give me their first hugs. That made me feel great. Frankie is a cuddlebug as always, and Bess is becoming more and more chill, too. When we went to Jump! (the trampoline gym), Bess insisted that I stay with her the whole time. I love being the favorite.

I went to the UVA-VT game today with my parents. The game was actually pretty unexciting until the 4th quarter, and then it was a real nailbiter to the end. I think the Hoos played better football, but the Hokies managed to wrangle a win anyway, and I was so happy for Frank Beamer at the end of the game that I cried a bit. He's retiring this year, so this was his last regular season game -- and would've been his last game EVER if they hadn't won, because they needed the win to be bowl eligible. I haven't cared about football very much the last few years, but it was nice to be there for this sort of capstone victory. 12 in a row against UVA!

It's quiet in the Massie household now. I'm here until Tuesday, and I'm anxious to get home to Portland. Charlottesville is kind of a triggery place for me, it turns out. I love it here, but. So many memories make being here alone very sad. I cry a lot more when I'm here. Yesterday, Rachel was handing out school pictures of Bess -- which are ADORABLE, btw -- and my mom mentioned that McKenzie had asked for one. I was really touched -- I'm glad he still cares about the girls and considers them family. But I just couldn't stop the waterworks after that. I've been dreaming about McKenzie every night -- for months, actually, but especially more difficult dreams this week. I miss him. I miss what we had and what we could have had. It's still really hard.
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I know it's superficial but the VT football game has me in much higher spirits than I've been in a while.

It's also helpful that I went on a nice hike with my friend Paul this afternoon, and then saw my little Marriage in the Suburbs (as opposed to Sex in the City) group for froyo. We try to get together as often as we can, but all four of us together is rare -- Shanon's got Jack and now Sloane, Mary's in her third trimester, and Lorie is busy with hunting season trying to stalk some elk. It's nice to catch up with these ladies, though, and see the kids. We took turns passing 3-week-old Sloane around, and every time I held her, she pooped. When it was time to leave, I asked Jack for a hug and he said no, and I'm all about respecting that so I didn't force the issue, but when he saw that I was actually going to walk away, he was like "HEY! WAIT! HUG!" And he gave me a big squeeze and some kisses. I love that boy.

I decided not to go into the city to watch the game with my usual group this week. After a full day, I was ready to plop down on my couch and chill. I also didn't much feel like watching the game surrounded by OSU people -- Blitz Ladd in Southeast treats us really well and we love going threre, but it's officially a Big Ten/OSU bar, so it's always overrun with their fans when our games overlap, and last week the shit talk was insane. So I just didn't feel like being there, but I guess I would've been the one talking all the shit. What a game!

I spent some time talking to my husband and working my jigsaw puzzle, and soon I'll retire to bed. It's been a full and lovely day. Tomorrow I'm planning to help Josh and Mary paint some rooms, and I imagine I'll get some board games out of the deal, too. Housework is so much more fun when it's not your house. And it's all in preparation for the next baby in my life, so I'm very excited. Mary probably feels like ten weeks will fly by in no time. I'm definitely excited to meet the thing she's growing. I know his name if it's a boy, but they didn't tell me their girl name. Maybe that's because they haven't decided, or maybe it's because it's going to be Margaret. It should totally be Margaret. SOMEONE NEEDS TO CARRY ON THE FAMILY NAME!

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Life has been feeling particularly weighty lately. I'm definitely in the midst of a depression spell -- everything seems overwhelming and I'm putting off simple things that I really need to deal with. Classic symptoms for me. I don't feel overtaken by it, I just know it is there, making existence significantly more of an effort right now. But I am existing.

I came home last night to a certified letter from the city of Milwaukie. I found that odd, since we don't live in Milwaukie (it's a neighborhood that is part of Portland but apparently has its own city government), so I opened it and saw a lovely mug of my husband, behind the wheel of our Honda. It was one of those photo radar speeding tickets. $160. Awesome. His birthday is tomorrow -- kind of fitting, since I also got a speeding ticket on my birthday. Sigh. The funny thing is, though, that of all the things that are making me feel so down, this isn't one of them. I find this funny. I mean, it sucks, but it's funny.

I remembered the plans I'd forgotten I'd made for the weekend -- first Hokie football game. Going to our usual bar with the Portland Hokies. In past years, I've been much more excited. This year, I don't know much about the team, don't expect them to really be any good, and I'm just not pumped the way I used to be. Can't it be basketball season now? Blazers start their preseason games in early October...I'm beyond ready for that.

Anyway. Things are things. I'm hanging in. I could use some hugs. 
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I went to Chipotle tonight to grab dinner on my way home, wearing my Virginia Tech sweatshirt.  When I got to the register to pay, the guy in front of me waved me off and said he'd buy my dinner.  "Because you're a Hokie.  Merry Christmas!"  Turns out his son was class of '07 :)  That made my day.  I called my parents to tell them about it, and it made their day, too.  

I love that I'm a part of these communities -- Virginia Tech and Portland -- where the people care about one another and are just so flippin' friendly.  Now, what should I do to make a stranger's day tomorrow?
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Stupid holiday slowing down business transactions.  I don't work on Mondays anyway!  :P  My realtor said that the selling agent for the place I want is probably on vacation, and the bank is closed, so it'll be a little while longer before we hear back about the status of our contract.  Yesterday, my in-laws came up and looked at the two houses with Gail and me.  I have a strong preference for Property 2, but I assumed the others would like Property 1 better, and I wanted to hear their arguments for and against each before making my mind up.  Turns out, everyone prefers Property 2 by a lot, so it's a no-brainer.  We're most likely going to withdraw our offer from Property 1, but we are going to sit on it for another couple of days just to let it sink in.  But I'm cautiously excited about the new place now.  It's starting to feel real...

Today is Virginia Tech's season opener, vs. Georgia Tech.  No pansy third-rate opponent to kick things off this year.  Gail and Shellie and possibly my father-in-law are all joining me at the sports bar tonight with the rest of the Hokie Club to watch the game.  I'm excited to show Gail what it's like to be a hokie fan.  So much better than her silly wahoos.

Let's go Hokies!!!
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I'm just procrastinating right now...

I need to pack and prepare for my trip back home, but I'm just not in the mood right now.  I think I'm going to end up taking two suitcases, which is a giant pain, but I guess it'll be ok.  

The game last night was awesome.  It really did feel like this might be UVA's year, and the attitude in Charlottesville and the stadium was certainly on that side of things...but then the Hokies came out and just DOMINATED.  Start to finish, complete domination.  It was a beautiful thing to watch.  38-0.  Could've been more, but Frank Beamer is a classy guy and had our QB take a knee in the red zone with two minutes left.  

I did a lot more screaming than I should have, though, and my cold/virus/whateverthisis is worse now.  I didn't sleep well because my cough and runny nose kept me up quite a bit, so this will likely be a crappy travel day.  Back to work tomorrow, and from what I hear, there have been some more changes in the office while I've been gone, so we'll see what's new when I get there.  Shanon's baby is due on the 10th, so he could come any day now.  I'm pretty excited to meet him and just be there for Shanon and see their family expand.  I should get a playpen for our house so she can bring him over on game nights :)  

It'll be nice to get back to regular game nights...
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I had to work on the navy base today, and I had no idea how long it would take me to get through security.  The only thing I knew for sure was that it would take a long time.  So I went super early and was on the road at 5am.  I got in at 6 and was quite early for my 7am appointment.  Even though I always know the numbers in advance, I always ask the managers how many people they're expecting for me, because a lot can change between their confirmation and their actual appointment.  He told me "Well, we heard it was going to take a long time and we figured you couldn't do everyone in one day, so we sent them all to the kiosk to register themselves."  "Um, okay, so how many are left?"  "Just a few."  The first guy came in and I had him in and out in 90 seconds.
"That's all?!"
"Yeah..."
"Shit."

See, the reason I go out to these places is so that I can register big groups and save them the trouble of waiting in line at the self-registration kiosk.  I even told this guy on the phone when I made the appointment that I would have no trouble getting to his 130 employees in an eight-hour day.  But you know, I'm glad they didn't believe me, because I got to bail really early and head to Charlottesville in time to surprise my mom and lots of friends at the bridge club, then take a nap before going to my favorite yoga class, and then I had dinner at Bodo's with my mom and cousin.  All in all, a really fantastic day.  Except the up before dawn crap.  But, whatever, I'm pretty much used to that by now.

We're leaving early tomorrow to get in some good tailgating, then hopefully some good football.  I hear the weather's going to be pretty crappy, so I might be really uncomfortable, but as long as the Hokies win, I'll be a happy girl.  Given the way Clemson has played lately, though, I can't say I'm bursting with confidence.  But I'm excited and I know we can win, and if we do, it'll be a big one.  So, go tech!


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The start of football season was a little quieter than I like it -- the VT game wasn't televised, so I had to watch it at home on the internet. And the bar that we went to for all the games last year is no longer in business, so the local hokie club won't get together until next week at the earliest. That was a bummer, but watching the game was as fun as ever.

There are lots of question marks about this season, because we have a lot of untested players, but holy crap, they looked amazing in this game. It was just against Appalachian State, an FCS school, but I've definitely seen Tech look worse against far worse opponents. By the end of the game, they had their 5th string in. The final score was 66-13, under 70 only because Frank Beamer is a classy guy and had his players take a knee at the goal line with two minutes to go. Based on the opener, though, there's a lot to be excited about this season. A lot of sports personalities have Florida State winning the ACC this year, but I don't think it's going to be a walk for them...

During commercial breaks in the game, I lifted weights in my living room and did squats and planks, then when the game was over, I went over to the gym for some cardio. I'm still not getting a lot of sleep, and don't have the energy for really hard workouts these days, but I did do 30 minutes on the treadmill and then another 30 on the bike. Most days I do something like a 10-15 minute warmup jog on the treadmill followed by 30 minutes of something lighter, but I'd like to get back to regular 30-45 minute runs. I just don't have the energy right now. I do feel like I'm in condition to do it, though. I haven't missed a day of working out in two weeks now, and I'm feeling pretty good about that. With all my travel and time in airports, it's difficult to really eat well (and, okay, I choose not to make a huge effort, because I really like egg and cheese biscuits and those happen to be available at most airports), but keeping up with my workouts has kept me from gaining weight, and some muscle tone is coming back in areas that I'd been neglecting. I'm sure I could tone up right nicely if I just cut the egg and cheese out, but I'm okay taking the slow road if it means I get to keep indulging.

I'm hanging out with my friend Shanon tonight -- we're buddies from WAAAAY back, and she just moved here. I think she's only here for a few months, but it'll be exciting to have her around and hang out some. I'm also playing welcome wagon for two more new Portlanders this month, and I'm very excited to welcome them to town :) I have to decide where I'm taking Shanon tonight -- there are millions of great happy hours, but she's busy cooking a baby, so no alcohol tonight. Maybe Voodoo, though... :)

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