June 29th. I love it.

It’s that time again!

First up this week,  coffee. I love it. I think I wrote about being new to coffee a few weeks ago, but this week I actually bought a coffee machine for my house (to save me money on buying from McD’s). It’s amazing. It’s small, so it’s perfect for me. What I’ve been doing is making a full pot (about 5 cups), making my iced coffee, and them making the left overs into ice cubes for my coffee the next day so it doesn’t get watered down (that idea courtesy of my friend Kaitlin).

I love it.

Next up, “Falling Skies.” Love it. Since yesterday was the first day I did not work for 8 hours in the last 20 days, I took the opportunity to lay in bed extra long and watch the first season of “Falling Skies.” Honestly, it’s not my usual kind of TV show, but I love it. Not to mention Noah Wyle, my first great love, is in it. I haven’t watched the new episodes of the show because I don’t have cable, but hopefully I can catch up soon.

I love it.

Finally, organizing. I love it. This morning, I woke up with every intention of spending another day in bed, but after looking at the state of my room, I decided some organizing was needed. I cleaned out drawers, my closet, my bookshelves, and I even went to the office and cleaned out my desk. Well, the only reason I was at the office (and am still at the office) is because my internet isn’t working at home and TJ is pitching for the Tribe. I couldn’t miss that! So I’m taking the time to get some things done that I can never seem to do when other people are in the office. Productive day.

I love it. It’s great. everything’s great.

I love it.

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June 22nd. I love it.

I’m so glad this week is over.

First up this week, “The Fault in Our Stars.” I love it. On Tuesday, I went and saw the movie an I really enjoyed it. Was it as good as the book? No. Did I cry? No again. That part actually surprised me because I was a mess while reading the book. The people playing the characters were perfect, especially my longtime favorite Nat Wolff. I can’t wait to see him in “Paper Towns.”

I love it.

Next up, my crockpot. I know I say this a lot, but I made another great recipe this week. My MO for crockpot cooking is to throw random things that I have in my house into it and see what happens. On Wednesday, I put chicken, black beans, salsa, and cream of chicken soup in and let it sit. What I ended up making was very close to chicken tortilla soup. Delicious.

I love it.

Finally, unsolicited compliments. I love it. This morning I was very frustrated, because after I patched the mound for the game, one of the coaches made the comment that the mound (permission to speak freely) “looked like shit.” He then continued to complain about it. After his team lost the championship game, he again complained, feeling that it was my fault that they lost (he didn’t say it directly to me, but I have great hearing). I patched the mound for the final game of the day, and two, count it, two of the coaches complimented me on my mound. Unprompted and unaware of what the previous coach had said. That made me feel good. They were surprised that a “girl can patch a mound” but I’ll ignore that comment because they liked my work. The Hammond Yankees were the best team this weekend (Kaitlin and I voted on it).

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Just go with it.

Whenever I get down or frustrated with work, I always keep something that Jimmy Fallon said in mind:

“I was in a bear suit, trying to do comedy. I was thinking, This is lame, this is a waste, they can’t even see my face. Then I looked over at Will Ferrell and he had metal clamps on his nipples and he was getting water thrown on him. And he was just doing it, no complaints. For me, that was a clicking moment. That this could all be a lot easier if you just go with it.” He jacks his eyebrows slightly and smiles. “It’s not: I’ve got to wear a bear suit. It’s: I get to wear a bear suit.”

I’m going to work crazy hours and not get compensated as nicely as I’d like. I’m going to have to deal with jerks and idiots on a daily basis and have to smile and take it. I’m going to get so stressed out that I have to call my dad in the middle of the day to cry on the phone. I’m going to throw out some great ideas and get ignored.

But guess what? 

I don’t have to go to work. I get to go to work at a division I school everyday. I don’t have to do the grunt work setting up for basketball games and track meets. I get to go behind the scenes at all Tulane University sporting events. I get to work some cool non-Tulane events too, like the Women’s Final Four, Special Olympics with WWE, and host Superbowl teams.

I’m getting to experience things that most people will never have the opportunity to.

I should just go with it.

OCD in Overdrive.

I love being psycho-analyzed. I get to sit through an hour of it every three weeks as I tell stories to my therapist and she tries to impart her wisdom upon me.

Today, I told her that my OCD is getting out of control again. That means that my list-making is overwhelming, my rituals and routines are causing me stress, and my always over-active mind will never rest.

She asked me about what’s been going on in my life in the past two weeks and I really had nothing to report.

Until I started talking about work (which is our focus area for many of our meetings).

After some tales were related, she decided that I am overcompensating because I’m afraid to make a mistake. I am regretting something that I did at work previously (which really isn’t a big deal) because I feel like it showed my weakness and was “a shot in the foot” as I’m trying to get a promotion.

In order to not make those mistakes again, I am being very vigilant in everything I do.

So now I need to stop that.

Again.

June 15th. I love it.

Great week.

First up this week, seeing TJ pitch live and in person. I love it. I haven’t seen him pitch live in three years and I made the special trip to Dallas just to see him. I was really hoping for a win (and he was too) but I’ll take a no-decision over a loss any day. That first win still alludes him (but he was so close yesterday), but it will happen!

I love it.

Next up, winning stuff. I love it. This week on Twitter, thanks to McDonald’s, I won a free tumbler and a coupon for a free iced coffee. I can’t wait to get them (even though I went to McD’s this morning – the only way I convinced myself to get out of bed). The good news is, they always have a bunch of contests so I may be able to win more stuff… like a year’s worth of iced coffee?

I love it.

Finally, reading. I love it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, books are great. I got away from my usual rule of one book a week (because then nothing else gets done) and I read two. I read “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” and “Harriet the Spy.” Loved them both, even though I figured out the ending to A&D 30 pages in.  I’m more than halfway to my goal of 52 books.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

June 8th. I love it.

I’m getting crazy again this week!

First up, softball. I love it. I organized a softball team with some friends from work. Friday was our first game, and despite our lack of runs (from our lack of practice before the season), we did alright. WE lost 16-2 but we did not get run ruled in a single inning (only 7 runs per) and I had 2 hits and a run. Next week, I’m sure we’ll do better now that we’re in the groove. And might I add, we are the best looking team on the field thanks to our color scheme of black, turbo, and volt.

I love it.

Next up, coffee. I love it. I will admit, I am new to the coffee world. After all of the traveling I’ve been doing, I’ve found it necessary to get caffeine, even though I’m not supposed to have it thanks to my meds. But McDonald’s makes great vanilla iced coffee and it’s my new favorite thing. I’ve only had three in the past two weeks, but hopefully I don’t get out of control. I’ll tell you what, though, it really helped me this morning.

I love it.

Finally, road trips. I love it. This week I decided to make the trip to Dallas from New Orleans to see TJ pitch on Monday (tomorrow). I left this morning around 4:30am, and I was here in time to see the Tribe beat the Rangers. Considering I’ve only slept 2 hours, I feel pretty good right now although I’m sure I’ll crash later. I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow morning, but I may want to catch up on my rest because I have to be back at work by noon on Tuesday. I’ll do anything as long as I can see TJ get his first MLB win.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.