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: A Little Bit of Spring

It’s been a cold, dreary week in southeast Michigan. It’s made the last five days drag on like being shackled to a brick wall while trying to run a marathon. Today, it seems, that even though it’s a chilly 36 degrees outside, the sun is shining and the birds are flying around my front window. It’s a welcome dose of Vitamin D.

I opted to work from home today as I had no meetings on my agenda but a mountain of reporting due by the end of the day. I’ve been sluggish on my progress on these reports all week, we’ve moved to a new database for our program and I feel like an idiot trying to figure out how to run reports on this new platform. I’m gaining my ground and have actually found some awesome reports that will help me as I move forward as well. It’s shaping up to be a productive day.

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Even though it’s been a quicksand filled week, here’s the top five!

  1. Monday was my monthly dinner with my mom, sister, and aunt. We went BBQ this week and I enjoyed a delicious steak, some potatoes, and some banana cream pie! It was just a few days before my mom’s 60th birthday so we celebrated too. Even though the way this restaurant celebrates is rather odd, we had fun! Mom was forced to walk into the middle of the restaurant, by herself, while a waitress yelled throughout the room for everyone to stop and say “Happy Birthday” to mom. She was mortified. We thought it was hilarious.
  2. Tuesday was thirteen years since Justin and I started dating. We tend not to celebrate that anniversary anymore, I’m not sure he even realized it was April 5th or that it had any significance. We “celebrated” by getting smoothies and wraps for dinner and going grocery shopping. It was a wild and crazy night.
  3. My mom’s actual birthday was Wednesday, Justin and I joined her and my dad for dinner at Chili’s. Dad and I both had the prime rib tacos and they were absolutely delicious! Apparently there was a lot of steak in my week! I wrote about my mom on Wednesday.
  4. We’ve been snacking on some Germack trail mix this week. It’s so delicious! Ours came from QVC, at Justin’s request, but I know you can get Germack products online and in some speciality stores. Get some.
  5. I don’t think I’d be doing this afternoon justice without making today’s sunshine part of my H54F. I’ve got two assistants helping me work through my reports and to-do lists, both of which are not holding up their end of the bargain. One is sleeping and the other is bird watching. Not a bad way to end a sluggish week!