Friday Fave Five
1) My new Stanley travel mug. I just started a multi month contract working on-site at Fancy New Worksite. MM and I are not good about getting to bed on time. 6 am is not my friend. We are not even frenemies. We are just plain enemies. I don't care how beautiful and cool and peaceful the early morning is with your birds and your sunrises. I only care about tea and coffee. (MM and I have been pretty much caffeine free for a while now, but this contract is changing everything.)
MM broke his favorite travel mug while we were camping last month, so one evening we headed to REI with a fist full of dividends and a heart full of desire. After two hours (OK, 45 minutes, I was hungry, so it felt longer to me) of ditzing around with unfulfilling REI mugs of various sorts and sizes, we spied the 16oz Stanleys. Perfect. Solid. Vacuum insulated up to 10 hours hot and lots more hours cold. The cool, old-timey textured steel. Two colors - Official Grandpa's Stanley Green (blegh!) or blue. Fabulous leakproof lid. As the Gamers say, this thing was made of win. Bought it. Took it home. It fit in the cup holder on his messanger bag. Win! It fit our cupholders in the car. It fits a Starbucks Grande. Win! He used it for a week and still loved it. All kinds of win!
So when I got my new contract, he bought me one in the smaller size. (I am a Slow Beverage Drinker.) And now I can drink free coffee at the office, which keeps me from frazzling into tears from being way too tired. Biggest Win of all.
2) Yogurt. I'm just into it this week. Specifically plain yogurt, blueberries, slivered almonds, and a splash of vanilla extract. Dude. So good. I didn't have any this morning, and life just felt incomplete. So did my tummy. You could say, there was a Yogurt-shaped hole in my tummy. Lucky for me Fancy New Worksite has cafeterias. It took me awhile but I found yogurt (Greek! Strawberry Banana!) and assorted nuts and things to dump into it. Awesome. Hole filled up. Between that and my Stanley, this morning perked right up!
3) Work Clothes. I know its everyone's dream to work at home in your pajamas/underwear, but I've missed work clothes. After a couple of years of yoga pants (and the occasional I'm Trying Today Jeans), I'm enjoying business casual. Its hot as blazes here, so my wardrobe for this project is a rotation of sleeveless blouses and a cardigan with khakis, capris, or skirts. This is not fancy suit action, but it is a step up from T shirts every day. And, bonus, when I "dress up" for work, I like my yoga pants better. MM has been so sweet about indulging my Buddy the Elf, "I'm in work clothes!" outbursts and complimenting my outfits.
4) My messenger bag. Another copy from MM. He'd been unhappy with his messanger bag (an REI bargain bin find) for as long as I've known him, and found one at Office Max that he liked. Olive green, canvas. Looks like a writer's bag. Makes you feel legit when you tap-tap, scribble-scribble away at Starbucks. We got it for him. He loved it. Kept telling me to get one before they are out of stock. I was looking for more girlie ones, but they are all too pricey. A few weeks ago he got me this one, a little encouragement during my job search. It really is perfect. Great pockets. Not too floppy. Fits the Stanley, a laptop, space for books, a little organizer section for pens, etc. a newspaper pocket on one side, and a zippered pocket on the other, which I basically use for my "purse" when I carry this bag. MM figured out how to take off the Swiss Army logos. (Yep. Swiss Army bags. Sadly, these bags do not include wine openers.) I am going to applique some girly fabric on mine. Until then we are pretty much matchy matchy with our bags and our coffee mugs. :D (We even have a couple matching T shirts. #dorks)
5) My man. I know I talk about him a lot, but I can't help it. He has encouraged me a ton this week. When I came home brain dead on Tuesday he made dinner while I sat and watched reruns of The Office. To prevent my mornings from being frazzled hot messes, he cheerfully engages in the Nightly Chores Routine instead of doing fun stuff like driving to the City to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or watching movies. And because no matter how smoothly the morning goes, it is still hard for me, he goes to bed a lot earlier than he'd prefer. He's done the lions share of laundry this week, and caught us up on household tasks that we'd fallen behind on (with my shoulder out of commission, he is the full-time Executive Scrubber of Bathtubs and Floors and Grills and Gunky Pans). My commute means he has to go to the office earlier and stay later, which gives him less time to do his fun stuff, and he's graciously found ways to accommodate that. And he's been kind to me as I've been adjusting physically, mentally, etc. to way less Introverted Processing time. Poor guy. I go into these weird fugue states where I just sit and stare at nothing, sometimes in the middle of sentences. He just rolls with it. I've been blessed to work at home for the duration of our marriage, and this shift could have been a disaster, but it hasn't, in large part due to MM's cheerful flexibility, and kindness.
He is made of way more win than Stanley.
BONUS) Fancy New Workplace has automated standing desks! I am in love! For a person who writes for a living, these are a God send. You push buttons to raise and lower them for the perfect ergonomic height when you are sitting or standing. Awesome. I have no idea how much these cost, but every office should have them. Seriously. Sitting down all the time is killing us. This is a relatively simple solution. Love, love, love.
BONUS 2) The automated towel dispensers in the ladies room sound like some of the electronica from Gangam Style, so all my bathroom trips end up with that song in my head for awhile. One of these days I will scare someone by singing out, "Heeeeeeeey sexy lady. Op- op- op - op op- Opa Gangam Style!"