Life, Work

Overdressed Wednesday

November 20, 2019

It was a strange Wednesday at work, not for anything involving me, but there are Things Going On at the Upper Levels of Management and those vibes always travel downward. We were asked to dress “business professional” today and tomorrow and I did as was asked. I dusted off the shift dress and the blazer and the pearls and was WAYYY overdressed. TNP (short for TNP, but at almost 8 years there it’s not so new anymore) usually dresses casually, so I probably should have stepped up to business casual to fit in. Eh, whatever. I looked sharp. But I’m wearing pants tomorrow.

large outdoor christmas tree
The Tree at Garden State Park

Dinner with Mom tonight was at Zinburger in Cherry Hill, where we saw this gorgeous tree. I am really trying to hold back the Christmas tide. But I can’t wait to dig into the cheesy Christmas movies. They are a balm for the weary soul! I am ALMOST tempted to go see Last Christmas, just to be in solidarity with the George Michael fanbase. I read the spoilers though, and it seems pant-on-head stupid so hopefully it’ll go to cable between Christmas and New Year.


JeepUnited and it feels so good

November 19, 2019

After work WM picked me up at the Collingswood PATCO station (my old stomping ground) and we retrieved a repaired Molly from the shop. Even though I only drive maybe a mile and a half a day total, that second car is missed when the weather’s cold and I have to bum a trip to the train from Mom in the morning. We had the oil changed too because if the repair’s over $1300, what the hell, add in the oil change, am I right?

I was pretty displeased to see this sucker show up. I’ve told them repeatedly that I will not join and that I will never join, but nevertheless…

AARP solicitation letter

The latest reason why not?

OK, millennials. But we’re the people that actually have the money”

Myrna Blyth, senior vice president and editorial director of AARP Media

Way to go, Myrna. AARP did douche-pologize for the comment, saying that it “became divorced from its context.” It’s very funny hearing the generation that sang:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’

and that coined the phrase “Don’t trust anyone over 30” get itchy about being the older generation now.

Spare some good thoughts for my dog-brother Chip, who’s having some health problems. He’s almost 14 now.

chip, mom's dog
“OK, GenX. Quit complaining and gimme a treat.”

Remember when he was just a pup? I do.


Arthritic Toes Monday

November 18, 2019

From yesterday, crappy grammar corrected:

Tomorrow I work from home, fingers and toes crossed that Molly can be fixed tomorrow AND cheaply.

Kim Russell, 11.17.19

Molly’s repair will cost over $1,300 and she won’t be done ’til tomorrow. Womp womp. And now my toes are sore from crossing.

I gave Ollie a bath this morning before work for his seborrhea (aka “The Scabbening”) and he was … displeased.

pissed off wet dog in tub
‘go away.’

And that was the face I got all day long. He didn’t shun me or sulk. He stayed by my side and when he wasn’t napping, he was glaring.

I joined a Fantasy Football team at work and with a 6-5 record, I’m right in the middle of the pack. My goal was not to come in last. This week was a tough match-up, and my team, Eleven Angry Men, prevailed.

screenshot of my fantasy football team beating the other team named MAGA
I’ll be honest, my opponent’s team name really made me want to win.

Kudos to Oakland’s defense for pulling me across the finish line with the win. My biggest hurdle to success is my loyalty to my players. In Fantasy, you’re supposed to be ruthless with your drops. But they’re my guys, you know?

That’s to say… I’m dropping Oakland this week. It’s not you guys, it’s me.