Yesterday I woke up around 6:15 when Matt started getting ready for work. He typically sings in the morning, but he must have sensed my Monday morning mood because there was no musical accompaniment. He did have an original, catchy song the other night which I have since been singing non-stop. It goes a little something like this:
It's the holidays,
and I'm coming at you,
live from Times Square.
We're gonna party like no other.
We're gonna...dance in our underwear.
First of all, no we're not.
Second of all, Matt has the best rhymes.
After Matt left for work, around 6:35, I hopped in the shower. I don't eat breakfast (I know, most important meal of the day), but after my shower I poured a giant mug of coffee. I ran the dishwasher, packed my lunch box for the day, read a little bit, and worked on a blog post. This weekend I moved my desk to be under the window and I'm really enjoying the new placement.
I'm probably about to become 47 times more productive.
Around 7:50, I got dressed and ready for work. I had a 9:30 meeting about 40 minutes away, but I like to be early so I left at 8:30. Do you know how long it took me to get there, thanks to the PennDOT crews who were trimming trees and only had one lane open on the highway? TWO. HOURS.
Luckily the person I was meeting with was very flexible, so we just met when I got there and finished up around 12:50. After that I had to stop and get gas and then drove to another office to work for the afternoon. I parked on the roof of the parking garage because this is the same office where I had the rat sighting. Since then, I have been parking on the roof and taking the stairs down, instead of the elevator. My thought process is that at least if I see a rat in the stairs, I can run away. If one crawls into the elevator with me, I'm stuck.
The stairwell is really beautiful.
When I got inside I practically ran to the kitchen to microwave my lunch because I was starving and wishing I'd eaten breakfast. I share an office there, and one of the lawyers was there so we chatted and I worked for the afternoon. No exciting pictures of that except for this one, which is technically from last week. I got a free Starbucks coupon for my birthday, so I went to the Starbucks in our local grocery store to redeem it. After I'd ordered my coffee they told me they didn't accept the birthday coupons. I had my heart set on the drink so I got it anyway, but holy cow, fancy Starbucks drinks are not cheap.
I left the office at 4:00, and in total contrast to the morning, there was no traffic on my way home! I was home at about 4:35 and got started on dinner. I went with an easy one, just chicken stir fry and rice.
While dinner cooked, I emptied the dishwasher, cut up some strawberries for a snack this week, and threw in a load of laundry. Matt got home around 5:15 and we ate at about 6. After dinner we went out back to let the chickens out for a bit and get veggies from the garden. There were a bunch of peppers ready but we decided to give them another day and just picked some tomatoes.
When we came back inside, I switched around the laundry, and Matt and I looked online at flooring options for the kitchen renovation project.
Around 7:00 I went for a walk, which is my very favorite part of the day. It was a beautiful, cool night and I almost wished I'd brought a sweatshirt! In August! Sometimes I listen to podcasts and other times I listen to music. Last night I listened to Bruce Hornsby because there's nothing like a little "On the Western Skyline" on a Monday evening.
After my walk I sat on the patio until the sun set completely, and then we hung out in the kitchen for a while.
(Sawhorses out because I am in the midst of painting woodwork.)
I grabbed the laundry from the dryer and took it up to my office and folded while I watched some of the news from Houston about the flooding. The devastation is almost impossible to comprehend.
Matt went to bed, but I was hungry so I made a little snack and folded the second load of laundry. Even if I don't get any chores done for the rest of the week, having two loads of wash done on Monday makes me feel productive.
I went to bed a little bit after 10:00, right after I moved Matt's slippers, which remained on the steps and made it look like he'd disappeared into thin air.
(The side of the steps will look better once the woodwork I painted on those sawhorses is installed. The carpet color is another story.)
I wonder if the slippers will make the trip to Times Square.