High Five for Friday: A Structure-Less Week

Whew. September has been rough, and this week was no different. I’m hopeful that October 1st will bring me a little relief, maybe that’s unrealistic, but I’m comfortable with some wishful thinking at this point. This week was incredibly odd, every single piece of structure I rely on, inevitably, ended up shifting just enough to throw me off. But, alas, here I am on Friday, September 30th, completely in control of my day…I hope. As always, there were some brighter spots throughout the last seven days, here are the top five!

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[ONE] I am so grateful that my sister is a knowledgeable professional in the veterinary field. Bruno had not been acting his usual upbeat self for a few days and we thought it was because he might have a piece of plastic in his stomach after he went on a chewing binge with a screwdriver earlier in the week. My sister picked him up, took him to work with her, and had him checked out for us. It turns out he has bronchitis and possibly kennel cough, which I didn’t even realize was a thing. She did all of this while Justin and I were at the hospital, something that we would never be able to do without her. Bruno is on antibiotics and is on the mend, but we are forever grateful that my sister cares so much about the work that she does and helps us take care of our four-legged furry kids.

[TWO] After two weeks of unexpected issues with Justin’s treatment, his white blood cell counts were finally back to a normal range on Monday. Beyond normal, actually. It meant that he was approved to continue treatment, which was a relief. Even though they rescheduled his appointment, without telling us we were both excited to see the end to this roadblock and will be ready to get back to the usual routine next week. He even got the thumbs up to continue with his trip to Nashville for the weekend!

[THREE] Speaking of Nashville, Justin was up super early this morning, and started texting me knowing that I would be up enjoying my coffee by 6am. It was nice to chit chat with him while he’s hundreds of miles away as we both watched Morning Joe.

[FOUR] After reactivating my sciatic nerve pain early in the week, and Bruno’s bronchitis, I had to contact my supervisor to see if she would be willing to let me work from home for the rest of the week. Thankfully, she is incredibly understanding, was supportive and even apologized for the increasing rate of ridiculousness in my life. We couldn’t help but laugh as I described the series of events that pushed me toward working from home. Despite the pain, and a sick puppy, I was incredibly productive yesterday. The nice aspect of working from home is being able to tackle projects that you usually set aside to put out fires in the office. I could barely move, but I was busting through my to-do list all day long.

[FIVE] For the last 36 hours, Southeastern Michigan has been getting non-stop rain. Literally, it has not stopped for almost 2 days. When you’ve got a puppy who needs to get rid of some energy, that can be frustrating. Even though he’s not feeling well and sleeps most of the day right now, Bruno went through spurts of energy yesterday. Around lunch time, I decided both of us needed to get out of the house. I asked him if he wanted to go for a car ride and I’ve never seen him get so excited! We went to the post office to drop off a package and to the new Panera drive-thru close by to pick up lunch. He was so excited and observant of everything going on. He even got a treat from the girl running the drive-thru window! It was a great little break for both of us, even despite the never ending rain.

High Five for Friday: Ready for a Long Weekend

Good Morning! It was a pretty mellow week in my neck of the woods, the weather is slowly starting to cool down, I managed to stay productive and relatively positive throughout the work week, and am gearing up for a long, lazy Labor Day weekend. Without further adieu, here are my top five from the week!

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[ONE] I am very excited about my agenda for the day. I only have to work 3 hours this morning, all of which I will be doing from the comfort of my home office. Once my 11am conference call ends, I am officially off the clock and starting my long weekend. I have some plans with a friend tomorrow, and lots of laziness planned for the rest of my (almost) four days off.

[TWO] In an effort for Justin to “get up and moving” (doctor’s orders), I have promised him that we would go out to dinner at least once a week so he’s not stuck at home all day, every day. On Monday we went out for some mexican food and followed it up with a trip to Target. It was nice to just go out and spend some time in the real world. A little date night to start of our week!

[THREE] We know that I love the Brain Candy Podcast, well at least you do if you read Saturday Share: Podcast Round Up last weekend. Well, in an effort to support their work, they are selling some pretty awesome gear on their website and yesterday I got my Nerdy by Nature tank top and rotten bananas pin. I was pumped when I saw the package on the counter. I may or may not have slept in my tank too!

[FOUR] I have been trading in my usual hours of television in the evening for listening to some podcasts as I relax at the end of the day. It’s actually been more relaxing than I had anticipated. It allows me to hang out in the same space as Justin, but we can be entertained separately, instead of sitting in different rooms watching different things. So, the majority of my evenings at home have been spent on the couch with the hubs!

[FIVE] I spent a lot of time this week focusing on new projects at work with some of my peers. It’s incredibly satisfying, after six years of doing the same kind of work that I am able to find new ways to do it! I get antsy when my work gets stagnant, I need to be challenged, need to build new skills, and need to progress. The fact that I am still able to do that with the same scope of work is pretty awesome!

 

High Five for Friday: Happiness Tag

happiness tagEarlier this week Jess over at Not the Average Mama nominated me to continue the Happiness Tag. Jess is an amazing blogger and someone that I knew of, before I even realized who she was. Which is cryptic and odd, I know. I am proud to be a part of her blogger community and know that someday we will meet in real life and will be fast friends! Thanks for thinking of me, lady!

 

Five things that make me happy:

  1. Family: I am one of those lucky people that was born into a supportive, loving, and hilarious family. I am forever grateful for the family I was born into and the family that has grown around me as I move through life.
  2. Music: Music makes me incredibly happy. There are few things can calm me down and take me to another world like music can. I love that everyone can have their own favorite type of music, just because I love a musician doesn’t mean that you have to. It allows everyone to enjoy and appreciate the art without forcing me into a category.
  3. Friendship: I am a strong believer in quality over quantity when it comes to friendships. Just a couple of people that I don’t have to be guarded with, that I know have positive intentions, and care about me in a genuine way.
  4. Mornings: I am a classic introvert. I thrive on time to myself, not to isolate myself, but to process and recharge. Mornings have become my time to do that. I enjoy my routine and time to relax before going about my day.
  5. Writing: I wouldn’t be here if writing didn’t make me happy. Blogging has become a huge part of my life and I am incredibly grateful for this space, this community, and any writing talent that I may have.

Five songs that make me happy:

  1. The Who, Baba O’Riley
  2. Joshua James, Coal War
  3. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, After the Fire
  4. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing Theme Song)
  5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mary Jane’s Last Dance

 

For better or worse, I am always breaking rules in this blogging world. Instead of nominating specific people, I am going to nominate anyone that needs to take a few minutes to think about things that make you happy. Sometimes we just need to focus more on happiness and less on what is causing us frustration and stress. So, if you need some happiness in your life today – I encourage you to participate in The Happiness Tag!

High Five for Friday

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The last week has been pretty odd, I haven’t been myself and seemed to have spent the majority of my time feeling exhausted. My allergies have been active just enough to make me feel not-so-great throughout the day, causing sleep to be my favorite thing in the last five days. Regardless of my odd feeling week, there are always things to be excited about, grateful for, and to share for High Five for Friday!

[ONE] Possibly one of the reasons my week felt odd was that my calendar slowly became less full as I went about my business. I had four meetings cancelled this week. While it was definitely a cause of my frustration throughout the week (idle hands and whatnot), it was nice to have more time to work on what I wanted to spend time on. It’s the end of our fiscal year, so I’m about to hit my least favorite month of my year at work, extra time is always a blessing.

[TWO] I was able to spend two mornings in my office this week. I rarely actually get to spend my time at work in my own space, with meetings usually in our main administrative building, I am usually squatting in a vacant office or stealing the office of someone not in the building for the day. It was very nice to have the time to sit in my own corner of the world, to make my way through my to-do list. I wasn’t there long, but it was comforting just the same.

[THREE] Twice this week, I had friends that surprised me with treats! First, with some cheesy flatbread from a local deli that was absolutely delicious and later with some homemade chocolate chip cookies. I felt very spoiled and loved the treats that came my way (and the people that brought them).

[FOUR] Last night I spent a couple of hours with my Grandma after she had taken two trips to the ER in 24 hours. She is okay, but cannot bend or move very well. My task was just to come and feed her cat, but I ended up staying for two hours chatting with her vicodin-induced chatty self, and helped with some things around the apartment. It was nice to sit and chat with her, she was relaxed and seemed genuinely happy to just sit and talk. It was the highlight of my week.

[FIVE] Justin was very supportive this week for me. For whatever reason (I have a few), I was off, not feeling well for most of the week. The majority of the last five days seem like a blur now, a series of yawns, naps, frustration, and going to work. He let me sleep when I needed to sleep, he didn’t get frustrated when he had to figure out his own dinner, and he just let me get through it how I need to. I appreciate that he knows me well enough to know I just have to push through on my own and give in to my exhaustion so that I can climb out of it. I’m slowly coming out the other side and am looking forward to the weekend.

High Five for Friday: Re-Entry

HIGh five for (1)It was our week of re-entry to the real world. No more vacations, no more short work weeks, just us, back to living our lives. It was comforting and disappointing all at the same time. I was happy to be home after spending our week in the Upper Peninsula. I soaked up every last second of relaxation I could over the weekend in an effort to prepare for…well…reality. Overall, it was a good week. Here are my top five!

 

[ONE] Monday was our monthly dinner with my aunt. We had skipped July due to vacation schedules and it was amazing to see her again. My mom, sister, and I joined her for dinner at the Olive Garden. Not usually one of my favorites but my dinner was delicious. It’s like our little foursome goes into a bubble when we are together, everything surrounding us is a blur. It’s awesome.

[TWO] I have some amazing peers at work. I had several conversations and interactions that just made me so happy this week. There is always something to complain about at work, I think that’s universal, but having people that you care about and that reciprocate that makes the craziness less effective. Whether it was  lunch, text messages, office conversations, walking through a pumpkin patch, or quick interactions in the hallway I had some great moments with my friends this week.

[THREE] Justin’s Treatment day on Tuesday went as well as it possibly could. Our waiting was at a minimum, we got some extra time to joke around with his doctor, the nurses in the research center were in a good mood, and with the exception of difficulty starting an IV, everything was quick and (relatively) painless. I always walk out the door tired and in need of a nap, but I wasn’t completely exhausted as usual.

[FOUR] Tuesday was also my dad’s birthday. Not one for celebrations, we had no plans for dinner until late in the afternoon on Tuesday. We decided to stay in, barbecue, and just relax. My family came over to our house and we had a great time laying around after dinner watching the Olympics. Bruno was so happy to see my parents and sister. Puppy Heaven.

[FIVE] Finally, I launched The Corner Office Facebook page this week! I was nervous, unsure, felt silly, but excited all at the same time. So far I think it was a great move and I’m excited to see where it goes. Feel free to check it out: www.facebook.com/emilycorneroffice

High Five for Friday: TGIF!

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This week can not be described by any word other than exhausting. For whatever reason, I never recovered from my crazy weekend in enough time to not let a week of work, treatment, and dental work cause even more exhaustion. Twice this week, my initial reaction after walking into the door, was to walk straight into the bedroom and plop face first onto the bed, shoes still on. I am SO ready for vacation! But that’s enough of my complaining because, IT’S FRIDAY and I’ll be ending my day with jumping in the car to head up north for an early start to our vacation!

  1. Sunday was the first day in a week that I saw Justin and Bruno. I was so happy to have my family home when I pulled in the driveway after Girls Weekend. At the time, we had spent only one of the previous three weeks together. As much as I like my time on my own, I missed having Justin home. He’s a pretty good dude to have around.
  2. I had an incredibly long to-do list at work this week and I managed to find a quiet, empty office at the front of the building to hide in to promote getting everything done. I chugged through budgets, grant proposals, mid-year reviews, training prep, all in addition to the normal day-to-day work. Once I realized that I needed a sweater in the room, and came prepared, there was no stopping me!
  3. It was Justin’s treatment week, while we were both super grumpy and the clinic was running two hours behind for the day, it was a good day once we finally got to the research center. We have really connected with the team that work in the research center, they are always positive, they are quick, attentive, and willing to joke around with Justin. He had his favorite nurse, Bryant, to carry on sports conversations with, we ate our lunches from the deli around the corner from the infusion room, and I managed to get some work done from my chair. It was an incredibly long day of mostly waiting, but it was a good day. We even ran into one of our old treatment buddies who was coming in for her three month check-up.
  4. So. Dental work will never be the highlight of any day, week, month, or year. HOWEVER, my experience at the dentist this week was very pleasant, considering that I was getting my mouth drilled with power tools. I had a cracked filling that had to be re-drilled and filled, more cavity was found underneath the filling so it had to be drilled further. Outside of my wisdom teeth removal, this was the most intense dental work I’ve had. The doctor was comforting, quick, and very attentive. She gave me a pain hand signal, that I didn’t need to use, and asked me every few minutes if I was doing alright. She gave my jaw a break when I asked, and was doing all of this while training a new Dental Assistant, who kept getting my lip stuck in the sucker. I was in some pain and discomfort when I got home, but otherwise it was as good of an experience as it could have been.
  5. I am a nerd, I think we’ve established that. However, I have a few interviews scheduled today with my pal Heather and I’m pretty excited to meet some people. I love interviewing, especially when it’s not my decision who to hire 🙂

 

High Five for Friday: I’m an Entertainer!

entertainer-awardImagine my surprise while I was lounging on the couch late one evening this week to realize that I had been nominated for another award! I have no idea where awards originate from and most of the time I am completely unaware of what they mean. This particular award is pretty straight forward. Kate from Life & Writings of a Barefoot Momma nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award. Let’s face it, that’s pretty awesome. While, normally I wouldn’t consider myself an entertainer, it’s true that my hope is for you, my reader, to be engaged and enjoy my writing. If that is the least bit true, than I’ll consider it a success. So, thank you Kate for nominating me, it is truly an honor to be considered entertaining!

Here are the rules: Display the award image on your blog, answer the three questions below in a post, thank the person that nominated you, and nominate 12 other blogs.

Why did you start the blog in the first place?
I can’t remember where the original thought came from, but I’ve always felt like I’ve had more to say than what can fit in a FB status update, heaven forbid a tweet. I cannot survive on 140 characters. Writing has always been something I take pride in. I still remember the very first paper I wrote in college, I spent two weeks editing and rewriting that paper and felt so much pride when it was done. I wanted to share it with anyone that would read it. I suppose a blog does that in the digital age. This blog started as “Still Standing” – I put it together shortly after Justin’s first occurance of his lymphoma, I had felt like our little family had taken a blow and was working on rebuilding our lives again. It had been a tough year, but we were still standing.

What is your favorite book?
I always have a hard time answering this question. I only started reading for pleasure in the last 10 years. It is hardly something that I do on a consistent basis. I like stories that are easy to read and keep up with. I don’t like to work while I’m reading, I’m a visual person and can lose focus easily. If only adult fiction were depicted with pictures like your standard infant/toddler board book…

What is your favorite pastime activity?
This is a good question! I enjoy anything that allows me to be creative and use my mind. Writing, doodling, crafting, organizing, and sometimes…cooking. Sometimes. If we’re talking about the activity that is my favorite overall – that would be relaxing by a lake, preferably in northern Michigan. I think that could hardly be described as a pastime though.

The Bloggers I Nominate: Crazy Sober Girl, Making Time for Me, Not the Average Mama, Plankful, The Texan’s View of Upstate New York, The Richness of a Simple Life, and any other blogger that reads this!

I’m off gallivanting with ladies today so I think that deserves the #2, 3, 4, and 5 spot for this High Five for Friday! I hope your week was good to you and your weekend is even better!