Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Today is my birthday. It really snuck up on me this year and I have nothing planned (well, besides eating cake and talking to my (twin) sister. That’s a given.) I’ll play it by ear otherwise. I am glad my birthday falls on a Friday this year, so I don’t actually have to take the day off (because I get most Fridays off anyway), but can still sleep in a little bit and see what the day brings. As you can guess, I am writing this the night before and I have no clue as of yet what my birthday will look like this year, but I will – as always – make the best of it and embrace getting another year older. I believe that if you wake up and feel good on your birthday, consider yourself lucky and get outside and move your body! I’d usually go for a run, but I’ll probably opt for a celebratory Peloton ride this year because we have a storm warning today and for the rest of the weekend (more weather-related news below).
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I baked a marble cake last night. It’s my favorite (pound) cake, and my mom used to make it for my birthday growing up. What’s your favorite treat for your birthday?
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I stood up for myself at work this week. Earth-shattering, isn’t it? Well, for me, it’s a big deal. Remember how I said that one of the things I wanted to do in 2023 is to advocate better for myself? I am not good at it, but I am trying to be. It was suggested by management to boot me from fieldwork that I was looking forward to doing in favor of someone who needed “more hours”, but instead of just accepting and going along with it, I made my case about why I thought I should still be going (I’ve done this type of fieldwork numerous times with some of the same crew, I have expertise with the equipment, I had already made arrangements to pick up a surplus vehicle at another office and drive it back to our office during this trip, etc.). It seemed somewhat silly to me to throw the whole plan into disarray just to shuffle 40 hrs around (which in the grand scheme of things is not that much time).
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Frugal tip of the week: I shopped at Trader Joe’s last week and picked out some Alaskan Cod for our Fish Florentine dish (which I highly recommend, by the way!). I usually get the Cod filets, but they were out, so I looked around and saw that they had a package with Alaskan Cod pieces. When I looked at the price I almost fell over backward: it was half of what you pay for the bigger filet pieces. I mean, for this dish, it doesn’t really matter if you have a filet or pieces, so you can bet your patootie that I’ll buy the pieces from now on. Moral of the story: always look around and compare prices (and hey, I thought I was good at this already!).
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California is expecting another atmospheric river this weekend and we have a flood warning in the Sacramento Valley. I am sure Tahoe/the Sierra will get more snow. It’s not like they just had a huge dump of snow two weeks ago or anything. Man, it’s feast or famine with the weather lately. Seriously. It snowed in Germany this week as well. That wasn’t uncommon when I was a kid, but snow in March hasn’t happened in a long time. The weather is officially crazy.
What’s been going on in your world this week?