Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Earlier this week, I had a project meeting where I had to present our progress (or, I should say, progress for my subtask, as we had a couple of other presenters as well) to a group of cooperators (read: the people who pay for the project). I don’t know about you, but for me it’s always a little nerve-racking (perfectionist over here!) and I had frantically worked on the PowerPoint slides until 11 pm the night before. How people often think that you can “throw together a PowerPoint presentation in “just a couple of hours” is beyond me.
And then our program chief went over his time during introductions and tried to cut my presenter time short, but I was not having that. (Yup, I am still working on the “standing up for myself” piece!) I hadn’t put all this work in to NOT show my slides. I am also always the person with the “pretty maps and graphics”, so I knew that this is what people want to see – not just boring numbers and spreadsheets. Visualization of data is everything (if you ask me).
Needless to say, my slides were well received and the colleague I work directly with on this project sent an email with very kind words about my presentation to my supervisor afterward (which I really appreciated!).
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I scored some rhubarb at the local grocery store, of all places. I had looked at Trader Joe’s and the Farmers Market in the last couple of weeks and couldn’t find any, but today the local supermarket had some! Then the lady at the checkout asked me how to actually use rhubarb. She said she loves strawberry rhubarb pie but has never made it herself because she didn’t know how to use the fresh rhubarb. Well, all I do is wash/peel it, chop it up, and put it on the cake batter. Come to think of it, it might be a slightly different approach for a pie, but it doesn’t need to be cooked, as it will soften and fall apart during the baking process. How do you use rhubarb?
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I have to give a huge shoutout to my parents this week. They went on a 100 km/60-mile bike ride last Sunday and I am just so proud of them for staying so active. I think I mentioned before that my dad still plays (team) tennis and frequents the gym, while my mom has become an avid walker in recent years. And now they also started going on bike rides together. It runs in my blood, peeps.
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I am looking forward to a long weekend. Monday is Juneteenth, a (new) federal holiday, which was NOT on my radar at all, so I was pleasantly surprised this week when I realized that I was going to have Monday off. Yesterday, our department held a Juneteenth celebration event and I listened to a well-done speech by a Frederick Douglass impersonator.
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Tile saga update! After four weeks of silence, we received a text message from our landlords yesterday, asking if a new handyman could come by Friday morning (today!) between 9 and 11 am. Oh, and then another message saying that “matching tile is hard to find” (no kidding!), that they were thinking about just replacing the whole floor with vinyl flooring, and asked what we thought about it.
What do we think? The first reasonable suggestion that I have heard!
Nerd that is me went googling right away (because I know nothing about vinyl flooring). I wanted to be prepared and able to ask questions. We got up bright and early this morning so that I could get my workout out of the way and be showered by the time the handyman shows up. At 11:15 am, we get another text message that the handyman couldn’t make 11 am (well, we already noticed!) and if he could stop by around 1 pm.
I had already delayed my Friday morning grocery shopping, so I told them that we were going out to run some errands (lest they think we can just “wait around” all day for someone to show up) but that we should be back by 1 pm. (TBH, I was a little pissed again. What is it with people not making their appointments? They gave us a two-hour window! This was not off to a good start.)
The new handyman did show up at 1 pm and he seemed knowledgeable enough. I asked him if this was his full-time job, or if he was doing this kind of work on the side. He said it was his full-time job and he’d be doing the work during the normal work week. (Ok, promising!). He also assured me that he would take out the tiles and level the floors (I was afraid that they might think to just lay the vinyl over the existing floor) and he was able to “identify” the subflooring underneath the tiles and commented that whoever had laid the tiles, hadn’t done a good job (ahem, yeah, a blind person can see that but I think this guy is legit).
He took measurements of our kitchen and will now submit a cost estimate to our landlords. We have a small laundry room off to the side with a door out to the yard, and he was wondering if they wanted to do that area too. Jon (who doesn’t want to move the washer and dryer) said that he didn’t want him to do it, but honestly, I’d rather have him do the whole thing. It would be stupid to leave out an area of 3 sqm if they can get it all done once and for all and it would otherwise look ugly, too.
I have no idea how much the estimate will be for the whole kitchen and if our landlords are ready to invest (although I really think they don’t have much of a choice.) Anyway, don’t get too excited. I am still VERY skeptical.
What’s new with you this week?