Today, my great-grandmother turns 100 years old.
My brother and I with Great Nanny in 2001.
A pretty remarkable milestone for an even more remarkable lady. I wonder which event she would have thought was more unlikely 50 years ago… receiving a birthday card from the Queen, or skyping with her relatives “across the pond” today.
I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week. Nothing big, just a head cold. But work has been crazy busy since May (seriously, it was so busy that we brought another person on board in July, and I’ve STILL had to put in some late nights and weekends) and I’m just plain worn down. This week, I finally had a bit of a breather, which is good if you were to see what my work schedule looks like from next week until late November. I think my body does a pretty good job of powering through when it needs to, but with work letting up a bit, it finally succumbed to being sick.
Now, like I said, it’s just a cold. For some reason, I have it in my head that a silly little cold does not justify taking a sick day. (Oh, also, we don’t have specifically allotted sick days – if we did, I’d feel better about taking time off when I’m feeling not-so-hot.) It took Adam about 15 minutes to convince me to just call (er, email) in sick already, but when I finally did at 8:00, I went back to sleep.
And woke up at 11am. Ate some oatmeal. Checked some blogs and twitter. Went back to sleep at noon.
And got out of bed again at 4:30.
So yeah, it might have been just a head cold, but obviously, I was worn the heck out. I was up for only TWO hours between 11pm last night and 4:30 this afternoon.
I think I needed this day off.
Here are three things you might not know about me (or, if you are friends with me in real life, you’re probably thinking… DUH!):
1. I am shy and very nervous about meeting new people. (Usually there is a lot of awkward stammering and awkward too loud talking/awkward silences and awkward laughter and, well, just more general awkwardness.)
2. I am often irrationally afraid of trying new things.
3. I get anxious driving somewhere I’ve never been before. (Added bonus fact: I also get anxious driving in bad weather.)
Given the above, no one is more surprised than me that I accepted Caitlin’s
(who I’ve never met in person before) offer to go to a Zumba class (that I’ve never done before) in her neighborhood (in an area I’ve never driven to before) on a rainy Wednesday night.
But I am so glad I did!
1. It was so great to finally meet Caitlin in person! (And, actually, I was not at all as shy/nervous/awkward as I usually am!)
2. Zumba was a lot of fun, even though by the time I finally caught onto one move, we were on the next one. But I didn’t trip over my own two feet! Well… not enough to fall on my face, which is what counts. Success! I’m bummed that we had to miss the first 15 minutes of the class, because…
3. Traffic sucked. It took me an hour and a half to go 18 miles. I hate rush hour in this area SO FREAKING HARD.
Well, two out of three isn’t bad.
I decided to join the party and do the accent vlog that has been circulating around the internet for a while now. I’m, um, looking a little scrubby just lounging around in a big ol’ sweatshirt in this video, but I’m just keeping it real here.
I generally hate recordings of my voice because I think I sound kind of young, but my voice is a little lower than usual here because I’m still getting over a bit of a cold. (Kind of like Phoebe’s sexy voice… I sound better when I’m sick.)
If you want to follow along with the word list and questions, they are after the jump…