Know how sometimes someone says something to you about you that is so false that you can’t even believe it? Happened to me today. The person who said it didn’t even hear herself say it. Yes, I’m being vague.
The words were along the lines of I totally forgot that since the late 1990s you’ve been involved in training and development of adults (which, by the way means I want everyone to learn new skills) and that I once said you’ll never get a job because you don’t know technology. Nearly my entire career has been about helping people learn how to use technology so they can do their jobs better. I went back to school twice so I could hone my craft. I am in it to win it and this is the bullshit out of someone’s mouth.
I like it better when quarantine means being nice to each other.
We didn’t go out with friends this week and we cancelled the reservation for next week. We did order lunch from the sub shop down the street and are going to get dinner and wine from our favorite spot because praise Jesub the state of VA is relaxing its booze rules for restaurants. You know we are a step away from the apocalypse if VA is doing the smart thing.
Work from home week was so successful we’re doing it again next week. My team now has a Slack page that we’re totally goofing on. We’ve all gotten over our fear of webcams. I think webcams are great because it means people are getting up and showering every day because no one wants to look like a freak (even if we know and love them for that). A small bit of encouragement from me and others also means my team is going outside even if it only means walking in their neighborhoods or eating lunch outside. It’s the small things.
The balance between supporting local businesses and not gathering is tough, right? We have two reservations for dinner at local spots over the next couple of weeks. Until the restaurants tell us not to go, we’ll go, but it does feel weird, right? If there are 35 other people in the room and it is a small room, I may not stay. I don’t want to be Typhoid Mary. It’s a balance.
Our plans for next weekend were cancelled the other day. No cultural event for us. Then there’s the band that is on tour through April that has paused their engagements. The venue has not released the money back to our card yet because they don’t know if they’ll be able to host the show at the end of April or not. Or maybe the show will be in August? Who knows. We’re waiting to learn more.
Tomorrow, my company is having an all-hands work from home day. This is to test the load. Apparently, there are some who have never worked from home. I was shocked to hear this. But, now they get to practice connecting remotely. I have four meetings on Monday so it will be interesting how all of them go. Other companies are 100% work from home so it isn’t impossible. I’ll be checking in with my team to learn how they did. Day one won’t be a big deal for us, but day ten might be.
It’s funny what people scoop up during panic buying. This is not a gastro-virus so what’s up with the toilet paper craze? We have enough food to comfortably eat for two weeks and then we’ll devolve into weird concoctions. We’re hoping to clean out our freezer. Wouldn’t that be a good outcome? Eat all that stuff we froze and then spend money at our local butcher and seafood shops?
Last weekend we went to Asheville for a few days. I’m ready to go back there. The best thing happened while we were there. It snowed.
Saturday we had snow for about half of the day. It was also windy and cold so we experienced winter in one day this year. We had tickets for the first time period at the Biltmore and had to stand in the massive front door area to get out of the wind.
The mansion is amazing and I’m very curious what the rooms look like that are not on display. Also, rich people back in the day clearly did not care about lounging around. The furniture, while beautiful, looked like you’d rather be strung out on a rack.
Asheville = good food, good beer and nice people. We had good meals all weekend and one place stood out. We can’t stop talking about it.
We ate pretzels with our beer at Wicked Weed and we’ll be making pretzels today. It’s interesting that on the day we were at Wicked Weed, it was very much spring again as there was a large crowd on the patio. So Asheville is much like Richmond in that if you don’t like the weather, just wait.
Our information security team sends fake emails to us on the regular so we’ll, hopefully, know what phishing looks like and not fall prey to stupid. The other day one phishing effort went around and several people in my department received the fake email. Only one person was slightly tempted to click on it, because in 2010 it was an actual thing that the company did–give Amazon gift cards as an attagirl/attaboy. She actually had one of those emails from 2010(!) and shared it with us. She also said she was cleaning out her mailbox. Now, I don’t feel bad that I just deleted stuff from 2016.
I got promoted last week. I’ve known this was coming since early October but there is so much to do before things like that can happen. SO MANY THINGS. Anyway, now everyone knows about how we’re shaking up the department and who reports to whom. When the news was first announced, one of my employees was so flustered she didn’t stop talking for the full 30 minute meeting I had with her after the announcement. Girl, take a breath.
I think that’s going to be my mantra going forward for the next several months. Take a breath.
It was a slow year for Frog and Goat, but that’s only because the world was dumpster fire and there’s only so much complaining a girl can do. Here’s the usual rundown:
22 shows this year. And, I don’t have one that I can point to and say was a highlight. Even though one show was seeing Hamilton with my niece and another we took both of our nieces to see X-Ambassadors.
As you know, we finally have a screened porch. We’ve been saving our pennies and now it is a reality. We’re really pleased and can’t wait to spend more time out there. Lucy has decided she loves the porch too and with the moderate weather — 70s in late December?? — has spent quite a bit of time outside. All three of us snuggled on the two-seater the other night.
We went to Florida and Duck this year. Otherwise we saved our pennies. I miss going places, but I really like our porch. Adult stuff is sometimes boring.
I haven’t had a real haircut since July. My curly hair is back and I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to let it go.
I’m in the camp of we’re ending a decade tonight. May our next decade be better than the way this one ended.
We officially have a porch. The final inspection happened this week. I’m sure there is still some billing we’ll get, but we are officially done. The contractor said he could deliver before the end of the year and he did.
One thing we’ve really missed since living in this house is a screened porch. We decided to save for one and, most importantly, to pay someone else to build it. Our permit should be released by the city this week and then the contractor can start ordering lumber, dumpster and whatever else.
Since yesterday was a beautiful day, we decided to rip the little deck off the house. This wasn’t about the cost so much as I love demolition. We took our time yesterday because the contractor wants to reuse a couple of things from the little deck to match the porch with our existing deck. We decided that we’ll rip the floor boards off the existing deck and replace those while the porch is being built. That way we can throw the old lumber into the dumpster. That project is for another day.
Click to view the before and after:
We have spent most of today outside and that is pretty special considering how Richmond summers don’t really have many nice days. This summer has been the exception. Today we smoked a butt. It has been ages since we smoked anything.
Here are some photos from the unofficial end of summer:
Lewis Ginter the other night:
I forget what this is called but it is the coolest plant we have in our pots:
We are in Duck for a short visit. The weather is great and the water is cold (71 degrees).
After a long morning walk, we drank some delicious coffee on our balcony.
After breakfast, we spent several hours on the beach. It isn’t full of people so that’s nice.
The lure of a drink called us over the dunes and now we’ll hang out until dinner. Not a bad day.