So, how was your day?

I knew I’d pay for saying that last week went by so fast, because this week is taking FOREVER. When will I learn? My day has been fine, though. I’ve been sticking with my fitness plan, and am starting to look and feel like a human again instead of a human-shaped blob of pizza dough. I also got caught up on one show (Bob’s Burgers), which feels like a real accomplishment at this point.

It’s still freezing here, because of course it is, so now that I’m home I’m going to snuggle up with a book and/or various YouTube videos after I eat dinner and light a candle in memory of GOOP’s marriage.

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63 Responses to So, how was your day?

  1. I am in Galveston Texas right now, on a long weekend. I have to leave to go pick up my bffl at the airport, IN A MUSTANG. The rental company was really backed up and the guy was like “do you want a mustang?” so I took it and I’m assuming I’m still paying for whatever economy car I was supposed to have. I’m hoping it won’t rain tomorrow so I can drive with the top down. So that makes for a good day, methinks. Despite the fact that I had to get up at 5:45 am.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      We missed each other by 2 weeks! We were in Houston and could have hung out (and you could have participated in the night of ill-advised drinking)!

      • Where in Houston should I go? I’ll be there Friday and Saturday!

        • artdorkgirl says:

          OOO. Well, we like the Red Lion Pub. Service can be iffy, but the food is really good. Also, if you guys like seafood, go to Goode Seafood Co. The older one, on Katy Fwy is the better one and they have this app called the Campechana that is the best thing ever. Melrose has a bunch of cool places too, including my favorite museum, the Menil. It’s free and they’ve got everything from byzantine icons to Mark Rothkos.

    • Commentatrix says:

      True story follows: When I was a wee 12-year-old immigrant fresh of the boat from Romania, Galveston was the first place in America I ever lived in. I’ll always think fondly of it as the place I got introduced to tween bullying (yup, receiving end, thanks), Nick Carter vs. Justin Timberlake fangirl feuding, and Texas accents. Otherwise it was an idyllic few years or so. How’s the ol’ island holding up these days? If you’re in the mood for a huge bowl of pasta, teenaged me recommends Alfredo’s (if that place even exists anymore).

      • Commentatrix says:

        My bad the place was called Mario’s (or possibly a different Italian man’s name); I must have gotten it confused with the chicken Alfredo, which is what I always ordered there. And to think I used to believe my memory was infallible a mere decade ago…

      • The island seems to be doing well, if a little empty in March.

  2. old man fatima says:

    We’re having a blizzard right now, so I’m going to tuck myself up with a good movie tonight. I’ve made a big life decision… I’m going to refinish the floors and landscape the yard and then put my house back on the market at the end of the summer! I want to move to Halifax area, which is 2 hours away. There is a really great art and music scene, it’s muti-cultural, there is work in my field, I have friends there already, and the quality of men is astronomically higher than it is here. Housing prices are a bit higher so I won’t be able to get such an awesome house, but what’s the point of having an awesome house if I never have sex again and only have 3 people I’d go out of my way to spend time with? I need friends and I need things to do and I need fuckable men. So… sorry, house.

    • I have been thinking of moving for exactly the same reasons, except 1) I can’t yet afford to and 2) I actually really like where I live, for the most part–I’m a small-town girl at heart–but, yeah. The dudes here are just…nope.

      • old man fatima says:

        I like where I live, in that it’s gorgeous and quaint and I like living in the country. But I need a decent sized city nearby so I can have friends with similar interests and events to go to. Our “city” is 90k people, none of whom have been to school and whose main passtime is 4 wheeling. I just need like a handful of people who read books and want to talk about documentaries or whatever with me. And men without goatees and terrible tribal tattooes who know how to spell and can carry a conversation.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          So you’re living in the Arkansas of Canada? Got it. (And I can say that, I was born in Arkansas. Our motto: At least we aren’t Mississippi)

        • Yes, exactly. I’ve been putting off the inevitable for a long time–all my friends and most of my family are in Rochester (which is hardly a cosmopolitan mecca, but it’s a nice, smaller city with a lot of young professional, educated people), they’ve been bugging me to move up there for years, and I know I’ll do it eventually. Part of what’s keeping me back is that while I don’t get paid much, my job here is actually great in most other ways, and the thought of job hunting again makes me want to roll off a cliff.

        • old man fatima says:

          I’m lucky in the job thing in that I’m outsourced at the minute so I work from wherever I want. So I can look for work casually, as I’ll be able to keep this job after the move

        • Erika says:

          Speaking of people who have minimal life experiences, I had a cavity filled this morning, and my dental hygienist was *really* impressed by what I do for a living. (I’m a proofreader.) We chatted for a bit while waiting for the dentist to come in, and her limited experiences (she’s never really traveled anywhere and regrets not going to college) explained things a bit. It felt kind of weird having my career praised that much; I tend to feel like a loser compared to my peers.

        • Commentatrix says:

          Erika, don’t feel like a loser. I am legit trying to turn proofreading/copyediting into my full-time job right now, because that’s how much my temperament isn’t suited to the teaching profession. Alas, I haven’t yet been able to escape the freelancer zone.

        • smacky says:

          I’m an editor (at same place for 11 years now) and while I enjoy the work, I do wish I was paid a bit better. But the job market makes me scared to consider somewhere else.

    • facetaco says:

      It’s been my experience that a lack of attractive prospects for sexual conquest can be countered with an increase in alcohol consumption.

    • FRQ says:

      Best of luck to you. And putting the house up for sale is a good idea. I’m currently renting my condo out and it’s been kind of a pain dealing with stupid building bullshit 600+ miles away.

      • artdorkgirl says:

        Amen. I’m just hoping my renters really meant it when they said they want to buy our house at the end of the year.

      • old man fatima says:

        Yeah, I thought about renting, but people out here are kind of trashy and I don’t know that I’d trust anyone to not fuck up my house… doesn’t seem worth it. And I wouldn’t be able to get another mortgage while I still held this one so I’d have to rent instead of buying, and I don’t want to have to move two more times in the near-ish future. I want my next move to be my last move for a good long while.

  3. collin0truckasaurus says:

    Today is okay. I had a work meeting that I thought would be difficult and instead it ended up going very very well. I am having dinner with a new friend tonight which is fun. I’m having a party at a bar in a couple of weeks to celebrate mr truck’s birthday and none of our friends with babies can come because apparently babysitters no longer exist. I guess it’s not surprising (no I don’t expect them to bring the baby to the bar) it’s just like, ugh, really?

    • Wallflower says:

      In defense of your friends with babies, babysitters can be hard to find. I always hate dealing with it. If only there were some sort of club made up of several middle schoolers who meet on a weekly basis that I could call….

      • collin0truckasaurus says:

        I’m sure that’s true if someone is really looking for them. I’d be okay with “We’ll try to find a sitter, but might not be able to” as an excuse, but all these friends never get a sitter.
        Also in some bigger cities (including ours) they have, I just know they’re not trying.
        It’s not just this one case, it’s just one in a long line of constantly never getting a sitter (or even leaving the baby with his or her dad).

        • summerestherson says:

          Oh gosh, I have friends (well really my friend’s husband) who have basically said, “We will never pay for a sitter.” So if a family member of theirs is not available they don’t go out. It really rubs me the wrong way. I understand that they are poor as church mice and on a very tight budget, and I respect that, and I know that I don’t have kids so I don’t “understand,” but to unilaterally decree WE WILL NEVER PAY seems ridiculous to me. It also seems very demanding of them to basically rely on her family (because his is far away) to always be the babysitters. Oh, and I’ve actually offered to babysit for free for them and they’ve never taken me up on it, so I don’t even know.

        • collin0truckasaurus says:

          Yeah it’s obnoxious because you just want to see your friends and sometimes you want to see them without their kids. Also sometimes parties happen at places where babies aren’t invited.
          Also I get that I “don’t understand” because I don’t have kids, and I get that free babysitters are the best, but to never ever pay a babysitter seems like a bummer to both the kid and the marriage.

    • facetaco says:

      Finland has a government agency that specifically handles babysitters. It’s a pretty fantastic concept. They basically screen anybody who wants to be listed as a babysitter and have a website where parents can search for these government-approved childcare providers. I’m not saying it’s 100% okay to leave your child with these people just because the government vouched for them, but it’s better than Craigslist.

  4. Wallflower says:

    It’s only Wednesday? Ugh. I’ve had a very boring day and I’m not going to bore you guys with the details. I hope you are all having fabulous and fun Wednesdays!

  5. artdorkgirl says:

    So I just had to ask for my first paper extension ever and I feel like such a bad student! But my prof was really nice about it, and even gave me more time than I originally asked for so that’s good! Words about the golden age of British art just weren’t coming to me.

    But! I’m getting a bicycle this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m looking foward to being able to get places without being stuck waiting for the T or a bus.

    • collin0truckasaurus says:

      I had a friend in my masters program who asked for an extension and then took a crazy long time turning it in and then was bragging about how her test-proctoring job canceled her test on a saturday, so she went to the beach all day. The professor was like, “You went to the beach?” And she was like, “yep!” and the professor just stared at her. Soooo…I think you’re okay.

      • artdorkgirl says:

        Yeah, other than the bike expedition, I’m going to be in the library all weekend (but I can ride my bike to the library!) And even if I decided to blow it off and go to the beach, I would NEVER let the professor know that I went to the beach. That’s just lying 101.

        • collin0truckasaurus says:


        • summerestherson says:

          Haha, we just had a situation at work where this girl was basically telling everyone that she was going out drinking on a specific night even though she had to be at work the next morning, and was posting pictures of her out at bars up to AN HOUR BEFORE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT WORK (she works on the morning show with me, so she has to be there at like 2 am) and then she just never showed up. Everyone was calling her, and eventually a manager had to get involved and when she finally called she was like “Oh, I thought I called out sick! And then my phone died so I never got your calls, woops!” And we’re all like, how dumb can you be? She is now on some kind of probation.

  6. catweazle says:

    I am grouchy today because last week Emilie Simon, one of my top five favorite people on earth, released her new album but it’s only available in France and I just watched a Youtube video of her performing some of the new songs last night and they’re so good and I just want the album now, give it to me!

    Otherwise it’s an ok but sort of weird day. My brother got married. My dad is in the hospital for the thousandth time. And most importantly, I’m going to have to get a GD smartphone because my job requires me to have a phone that is able to send and receive email so RIP, my beloved dumbphone. Does anybody have a phone and/or carrier that they feel strongly about? I know nothing about this shit.

    • facetaco says:

      I would go with Virgin Mobile. They are cheeeaaaap. The phones are more expensive if you want a good one, because you can’t get a deal as part of a contract. But you can go cheap and be fine. I have a Kyocera Rise that I just got on sale for $30. It was the only smartphone they had with a slide-out keyboard, which is just so dumb, because that’s WAY easier and more efficient than using stupid touch screens for everything, especially if you have fat thumbs or want to eat chocolate while texting. Plus it makes it so that I can download and play SNES games.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      So, I know it’s cliche, but I do like my iphone. It’s intuitive and if you have a problem, everyone has one and can help you out. We’re with AT&T, but I think they’re overcharging us and we’re out of contract, so we’re shopping around. I used to be with TMobile, and I was actually fairly pleased with their service.

    • Commentatrix says:

      I’ve been pretty pleased with Verizon, lo’ these many years. I don’t know if the TV commercials adequately drilled this message into you, but they have a pretty good network, like some might even say the BEST coverage out there IDK whatever.

    • flanny says:

      I’ve got Verizon and I can’t remember the last time I had a dropped call, if that is still a standard to which we hold our phone carriers. I have a Droid Razr (cool) and whatever, it’s fine. My only complaint is that the battery is starting to get pretty weak, but it’s also old (2 years, ancient) so probably it’s reaching that point. When I’m eligible for a new phone in June, I’m probably going to go with a Droid again because who cares.

    • FRQ says:

      I would say all around, Verizon is known to be the best phone service provider in the US. They have a good balance of pricing, network availability, phone selection, and customer service. The only downside is that they use CDMA technology (as opposed to GSM, which is what pretty much the rest of the world uses). This means that you couldn’t use the SIM card of another carrier on your phone, but since you’re not a tech person you probably won’t give a shit about that.

      Assuming you go with Verizon, they have a few options you could go with . I’m by no means an Apple lackey, but the iPhone is always a solid choice if you want something easy to use. If you go Android, then I would probably recommend the Moto X. It’s basically designed for people who would use an iPhone, but don’t want one. It has fairly decent specs, and you can customize the hell out of it (I think they recently added the option of having a wood finish). Samsung phones also fall in the “user-friendly” category (I have a Galaxy S3), but they’re jumping on that giant phone band wagon, which personally I hate. The only thing I would avoid are HTC phones. Tech blogs fawn over the newer models (HTC One), but everyone I know that has owned an HTC phone has had major problems.

  7. facetaco says:

    My house will be sold in 2 days! Hopefully! And also my trip is coming up, which is super exciting! We’re trying to do the couch surfing thing, but people don’t like to respond, apparently, so if any of you live in Toronto or Buffalo you should absolutely let me and my wife invade your personal space for a night!

  8. Sota says:

    I am stressed. I leave for my vacation in the morning and work has been chaotic as there is another person gone right now too. I went from a giant corporate environment to a small business. I just have quite grasped what a strain that would make on a small business having two people gone at once.

    I will eat In-n-Out burger in honor of all Homeless Monsters once I arrive in Cali. I will NOT be doing the TMZ tour in honor of the late Videogum though. I have to draw the line somewhere.

    Oh also! We are staying at tourist trap Hollywood Roosevelt for a couple of the nights we are there and supposedly it is HAUNTED! I promise to report back on any ghosts or orbs next week.

  9. flanny says:

    Monday and Tuesday kind of blew, but Tuesday morning something snapped within me and I was like, “You know what? Don’t let shit bother you.” And right now it’s going okay.
    I’m planning an alumnae event in my hood for my high school, and I’ve gotten a lot of really sweet e-mails from old ladies (class of 58!!!) telling me they can’t come but they’re excited it’s happening. And then two e-mails from normal aged ladies who are TBD depending on the baby-sitting situation. And then my only YES is from a crazy woman who also included links about how it’s the End Days. Soooooo, wish me luck.

  10. Casey says:

    I think I am depressed and have been a crabby monster for the past several days (years?) to everyone around me, especially the people that love me. I am not happy about all of this, and I’m not sure what to do about it. There is a small glimmer of hope in that I was semi-offered a job much closer to home and away from the ghoulish hellhole I work in now, but a large part of me knows that’s not the answer even if I get it because I don’t really like or particularly care about what I do (copywriter), and I suspect it will just feel like more of the same misery. Optimism changes to pessimism so quickly sometimes. Anyway, emo post, sorry.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Hey, as someone who has been going through some existential crap for a while now, let me say that it sucks, and I know what you’re going through. However, never underestimate how good a change can feel. Even if you’re blah on your job as a whole, dealing with a new environment can make a difference. My old job was killing my soul, and the day I gave my notice, it was like the clouds had lifted.

    • smacky says:

      I can relate to what you’re feeling.

  11. Kate says:

    Everyone’s garbage cans and basketball hoops blew over today. Lotta wind up in here! But thankfully no snow. Also I’m making my famous bo ssam for dinner. Good day.

  12. summerestherson says:

    I know I’m super late (as per usual) but GUYS my Wednesday was soooo frustrating. It started off fine, but then I stopped by the grocery store after work and bumped into a creepy old professor of mine. I was very, very uncomfortable and it honestly upset me because this man freaks me out so much. He remembers every detail I ever happened to mention about myself, even though I only had one class with him, and that was when I was a freshman! To put that in context, I was a freshman in 2006!!! He somehow knew and remembered my FULL BIRTHDAY. Not just the month and day but the year. And he’s said various really creepy things to me in the past and ughhh. And my problem is I’m so programmed to be “nice” that I ended up giving him my work email. What is wrong with me? Why can’t I just say, “No, I’d rather not give you my email address,” when he asked? UGHHHGUHGIGHHHHHHH.

    THEN, I went to the little gym at my apartment complex to run and some asswipe was playing the most hard core, explicit gangster rap at ear splitting levels on the sound system while he lifted. I couldn’t even hear my iPod over it!!! I was fuming. It didn’t even have a good beat for me to run to! So I just ran around my apt. complex, because it was actually a really pretty day so it turned out fine I guess. But once again, a situation where I probably should’ve spoken up, but didn’t, because I didn’t want to be “rude.”

  13. smacky says:

    I think I’m just tired (I’m ALWAYS sort of tired) because we have two little ones, the oldest 3, and so every day is sort of a marathon until about 8pm. I don’t think I’m eating very well, and my recent weight loss is mostly from sprinting across the room every two minutes to stop the toddler from grabbing something and shoving it in his mouth, rather than from any conscious exercise plan. Between that, job stress, and money worries, I am trying not to walk around being crabby with everyone, because who wants to hang around someone like that? And then I have recently felt myself feeling lonely and needy, which also a really attractive quality. Sigh. Gotta get out of the funk.

    • Casey says:

      I’m in more or less the same boat (babies, job stress, alienation) except I’m pretty sure I’m gaining weight. We’ll shake this yet!

  14. Mintie says:

    Its morning here, and I just got up and ate a lot of pizza. So… good?

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