Saturday, June 01, 2019

Feel Good Friday on Saturday...

I took the night off last night. No computer screen. No cell phone. No television. We sat on the patio and talked. I needed that. This week was really bad at the day job. The intensity of the suck increased as the week went and by yesterday, I was fried in a way I didn't think possible. No. I still don't know what I'm going to do. The coming week might bring some insights and push me to make some decisions though.

Anyway... Here's the Feel Good list:

1. Taking a chill last night. I know my edits are due, but there was no way I could have effectively tackled them last night. The old brain wasn't capable of anymore screen time and cohesive thought wasn't possible.

2. K4 made an awesome dinner of grilled chicken and corn on the cob. That Man helped with the grilling and I watched. I did the dishes though, so that's something.

3. Helping K4 make lemonade after dishes were done. Lemonade making has always been her thing and she wanted to make a special batch to take with her tonight to her thing. I helped squeeze lemons, and we put a few oranges, limes, and then muddled some berries. It was good last night. I can't imagine how much better it will be tonight.

4. Sleeping in a little this morning. Not enough, especially since I stayed up way later than normal last night, but it was good not to have to wake up to the alarm.

5. Writing meeting today. First we had a breakfast board meeting, which was productive. The general meeting was good. It's always awesome to see my writing tribe. I left early to get home and work on edits. And before you go "hmm", I have been working on them. I have a few things left and a straight up read through before I'm done. I will be starting the read through in a few minutes.

6. Going to see my granddaughters baton recital this evening. That Man can't go because he's stuck working two hours away and that's sad. But I'm excited to see her and see how much she's improved with her baton skills. She really loves it.

7. K1 turned 30 yesterday. He struggled with it a lot and then got the flu and spent his birthday puking. Also, the gifts my daughter-in-law purchased for him went missing. He had a rough day. So did his momma. It's so hard to believe that I birthed this child 30 years ago. The nostalgia is real!

8. Next weekend's plans. That Man are heading out on another Jeep adventure. This time to a festival that looks amazing. We are going as observers this year so we'll know what to sign up for next year. The hotel is reserved. Our pets and house will be well taken care of. And it will be a much needed weekend away.

9. Elsa's dog bite looks good. It's scabbed over and healing nicely. No antibiotics and no adverse side effects, which is awesome.

10. It's an absolutely gorgeous day out there. I'm considering dropping the top on the Jeep, but there's a significant enough chance of a storm that I won't. It's too hard for me to put the top back up by myself and the last thing I need is to be on the highway in a downpour - because that's exactly what will happen.

That is all. Go out and enjoy the sun before it starts raining again!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Stormy Wednesday...'s been storming since yesterday. We've had two days of tornado watches, heavy rain, winds, and craziness. So far, we've been good, but other areas nearby have not.

The day job is insane. I'm back to being behind. Everything is on fire and what's not on fire, is soaking wet. I still don't know what I'm going to do.

The kittens are crazy! They are so cute and playful, but pretty much into everything. A water cup is a direct invitation for mayhem. So is a box. They are running up and down the stairs. This time last week, they were kind of fearful. Freddie has a new nickname. Tank. He is twice is big as the others and is asserting himself with Max. It's pretty funny to watch.

Elsa is doing okay post bite. It looks pretty good and she's acting normally. We're still keeping a close eye on it.

I'm working through my edits. Down to the hard stuff now. I know what I'm doing with some of it. The other stuff is a constant thinking process. It's not terribly hard stuff - just stuff that requires thought.

I'm exhausted though. My hips are killing me from sleeping on the hard camper mattress last weekend. At least I think that's why. I was in bed by 9pm last night and slept until 6 this morning. I think I'm not far from bed currently. But I feel pretty good that I made a major dent in edits and got some other stuff done, too, so I guess I'm doing okay despite it all.

So that's all for now...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Back From the Wilds....

Sorry for the radio silence... Last week was crazy busy with the Day Job and getting ready for camp!

Wednesday we went up to camp and weed wacked and got rid of wasp nests and came home and crashed. It was just That Man and I and despite the work, it was a good time.

Thursday was crazy trying to get everything ready to go. I seriously thought about calling off work. I went in anyway and did my job. Did a crapton of laundry when I got home and organized some stuff. That Man had a migraine and went to be at a ridiculously early time. Talked to the adopted sister for a while and then it stormed like crazy! We weren't sure we'd be able to camp at that point...

Friday dawned bright and sunny... Not so worried about camp. Pretty much ready to go. Did the day job thing. Got myself all caught up - well, for the most part. But when I left on Friday I was at inbox zero and was caught up enough to feel good about it!

We had no plans to go up Friday night. We have kittens and I needed to pay bills and do other stuff. That Man had done the shopping, so that was good. We were in bed early and up early Saturday.

Cut the grass. Watered the plants. Packed up and went to The Wilds.

It was fantastic. Good friends. Good camp fires.

The picnic was good. A little stressful with my sister and brother-in-law in charge and trying to make everything perfect. We helped get stuff ready to go and stressed with them on how it went. Didn't get to help as much as we wanted because we'd kept Mr. B Saturday night and he "needed" to get into the creek and he needed to fish. (that boy is a natural fisherman. He caught like 7 fish Saurday night and they were big!) We had a blast with him! But the whole day really went off without a hitch. We had a momentary hold up due to impending rain and then it was really good.

Except.... Elsa got bit by her own sister... Her sister is not well socialized and was not handling the stress of the picnic well. She got Elsa on her side. It's ugly and gross looking, but Elsa is doing okay. She's acting normal and eating and everything, but she's got a big tooth hole in her side. Ugh! It's just one of those things. We're not angry at Gretchen's owner or at Gretchen, because she's a good dog. It was seriously situational. There was a lot going on when it happened. We're watching it and her and will take appropriate measures if necessary. They were getting along the night before, so no one saw this coming... But... :(

The baby cousins were together which was super, super cute. Baby A is freaking the adorable-est. Baby B was so freaking happy to see her. He screamed loudly! It was so very cut and awesome. We also got to see our other adopted daughter and her son. Her little boy is so freaking cute and so smart! The big kids all grew up together and they are still close, which is so awesome!

We got home this afternoon. I took at nap. Hit my edits. Did some laundry and now we are dressing Floofy's wounds and going to bed. Tomorrow starts the work week. Ugh.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

And It's Tuesday Already...

Yeah, I know. It's not Sunday... But...

We had an amazing weekend! Got to the hotel early Friday. Not quite check in time so we took off in search of a beach. Found a rocky, horseshoe crab infested beach with the crabs doing the nasty - like orgy crabs (they make weird noises - freaky). It was bay side, but still awesome to see the open water. We then went to another bay beach, which was nice, but no way to even get to the water without going through private property.

Went back to the hotel and got our room. Went up and it hadn't been cleaned yet. Hauled our stuff back to the Jeep and went across the parking lot for some food. Hung out in the sun on the deck for a few hours until we got too hot. Back to the hotel and into our room. Finally. Took a nap and then got up and went to the venue to help set up.

The organizer had posted that anyone in the area could stop and help do stuff Friday night. We put up cones and helped with various things. We were just about ready to leave when the guy from my work who was joining us called to say he was ten minutes away. So we waited. While we waited, a bunch of chaos erupted and suddenly we were going to the track. That Man asked if we could go along and they were like "hell yeah", so we went... On the race track. At Dover.

Called my work buddy and told him what was going on as we followed the truck in front of us to the gate to get onto the track. That Man and I were pretty much stunned. And then we were on the track. Going pretty damned fast. It was amazing! Work buddy joined the fun on our second lap. OMG! It was an absolute blast! We were going almost 100mph and hanging those walls tight! We had a pace truck, and it was awesome!

What a rush! And so worth the fifty-five thousand miles we walked putting out cones for the event!

Left the track still on a major high! Back to the hotel, waited for work buddy and wife to get checked in and then went to the pub for dinner. There was a bar fight, some people puking, and a super giant bouncer. We got out of there before things got too crazy. Back to the hotel and to bed.

Up really early to get ready for the event. Met up with a Jeep group in the grocery store parking lot behind the hotel. Talked to a bunch of people while we waited for the work guy. He was running late, so we went for good coffee (hotel coffee was abysmal). Finally hit the road and got to the event just in time to get the first time slot for driving on the track for the day.

Since That Man had done it the night before, I was in the driver's seat for Saturday. I was confident and ready. And then we got out there! It was terrifying! And awesome! It felt like I was going to tip as I tried to hug the lower level of the track. We just weren't going fast enough for me to feel confident. At one point I told That Man that I was going to pee my pants! Another ten miles an hour and I would have been golden! But it was amazing and I would totally do it again!

The rest of the day was a blast - food trucks, ceremonies, bands, vendor tents. A beautiful sunny day. We took off back to the hotel and work buddy took off to the beach. Decided against going out or going back to the pub (Saturday night - no thanks. Friday night was bad enough. Oh and Saturday morning there were shopping carts tipped over all across the pub parking lot. Oy!) Walked to the grocery store for food for dinner. Hung out in the hotel room with bad tv and our grub. We were exhausted (we must have walked 55 thousand miles)(and we were sunburned). Feel asleep at a ridiculously early time.

Sunday... We woke to realize it had rained at some point. We left the top down overnight. It wasn't bad. Moved the Jeep to the sun. Talked to another Jeep guy who stayed at the same hotel. He offered us towels and helped us get situated. Nice folks and we'll probably see them next year. Checked out and stopped for real coffee before hitting the road to see my aunt.

Had a very nice visit with her. Actually just got a text from my cousin that said how much his mom enjoyed our visit. I haven't seen her since my mom's funeral. But Mom and I were there not long before that in an effort to try to get the farm stuff situated. We had a really great time.

Left and got stuck in beach traffic on the Bay bridge. We were sunburnt. We're more sunburnt now. We were sunscreened, but that blazing sun.. .lol.

Got home about twenty minutes before a major thunderstorm. My sis and E came to pick up their new babies. It's weird to be two kittens down. They are in good hands, but it's weird to go from five to three. They didn't stay long so they could get their new babies settled in. Ordered subs for dinner. Went to bed super early.

Monday - back to the day job. Awful day.

Today - More day job madness. Things are super rough. Like so rough that I don't even know what I'm doing anymore. I love my job and I love what I do, but I don't know how much longer I can continue at the pace I've been working at since January. I'm frazzled and exhausted and feeling super unsupported. I have a lot of thinking to do...

And that's where I'm at.

I've been hand writing. In fact, today is the first time I've been on my computer since Thursday. And I can honestly say I didn't have one freak attack about not having my computer with me this weekend. I think it's because I hyped myself all up about it, but that's besides the point.

Tomorrow is Wednesday. We're supposed to camp in The Wilds this weekend. I hope we can - just waiting on the "too wet" report. We'll have Mr. B with us one night if we do. That will be fun. So far, everything looks good. We're debating on trying to put the camper up. We'll see...

That is all!


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Feel Good Friday on Thursday!

You probably won't hear from me again until Sunday!

I'm not taking my computer this weekend. I know! It's like heresy! I feel the same way, but... We're leaving pretty early tomorrow and there will be much time away from the easily-broken-into Jeep before we check into our hotel. I don't care if someone steals my undies, but I do care of my computer goes away, or if it gets wet!

It will be okay. (I tell myself that over and over and it does stress me out.) I will do my words by hand. The critique is done, so I don't have to stress about that. Bills are paid. Everything is printed. And we'll be back Sunday, so...

Today was super freaking stressful at the day job. I swear everything was on fire and then some. My head still hurts from clenching my jaw. It was that bad and then some. I kid you not. I did leave early, but not without a bunch of work guilt and regret that I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped. And it's taken me until about now to release a lot of that stress, which is unusual for me.

Did the bank thing. Easy, but it takes a while. They need special stamps and everything is all locked up. Then the other stamp, which they also keep locked up. The lady was super sweet though and we talked for a while. Everything is ready to go into the mail and the estate folder is updated with receipts and copies of everything. A relief, but as has been the history, waiting for another shoe to drop. Waiting for three things now...

Grocery store and then home to start prepping for our weekend. Laundry is (still) going, only because the sweatshirt I want came out with stains and we can't have that. I swear it didn't have any when I first washed it! Our bag is mostly packed. The Jeep is ready and just waiting for the clothing bag. We're heading out light, so the only things we already have in there are tools, oil, etc.

And that's all I have! I'm so looking forward to this weekend! From the one-on-one time with That Man, to the hotel, to the meeting up with friends, to the actual experience! I will let you know how it goes!


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's My Thursday!

And tomorrow is a short day for me!

I know it's not your Thursday! Well, at least if you aren't off work on Friday! But it is mine!

I'm leaving early tomorrow to head back to the bank to take care of stupid estate stuff. I sent the one place everything and apparently it wasn't good enough. I have to start over. Ugh! But I believe it's the last one, though stuff and issues are popping up everytime I turn around. Oh hey, fill this out. Oh hey, your mom owns this because your dad is dead and we just can't fathom why she didn't take care of it. Suck it, jerks. Why didn't you call me to hear the story instead of sending me a rude letter?

Anyway. I'll be leaving work a few hours early to take care of that crap. And then, I am off on Friday!

We're heading out early Friday morning to head south for a Jeep event. It's a pretty cool thing and we get to drive on the racetrack! It's an event that supports fallen police officers. A guy from my work and his wife are going down, too. Our hotel is booked. The Jeep has been checked over by our mechanic, the house, kittens, cats, and dog are securely about to be sat on, but I still have so much to do!

I did do my words and pages on the critique I'm working on, so that's something.

In kitten news, they are at the 6 week mark. They are so cute and so obnoxious. Their claws are like razors. Both That Man and I are tore up. They are getting so big and so curious. We're going to be sad when the ones going away actually go!

I need to make a list now!


Monday, May 13, 2019

A Little Behind...

I know it's been almost a week since I've posted!

Friday was Friday. It was good to get out of the day job! We didn't do anything Friday night. Well... sat on the backporch for a little. Saturday was a bit of sleeping in, then errands. It was a beautiful day. We got some Jeep work done, yard work, made awesome food, and did laundry.

Sunday... This year has been a rough Mother's Day. I think a lot of it has to do with this being the nearly exact time we lost Mom. The memories are so fresh-feeling this year. I stayed off social media nearly all day because I couldn't bear to see people posting pictures of their day with their mom.

I stayed in my jammies all day and pretty much hunkered down on the couch with the kittens. That Man made me breakfast. I took a nap. Talked to my kids. That Man made dinner and cleaned up. It poured all day long, which matched my mood.

Today was back to the grind. Though K3 and A stopped to bring me some flowers at work today. That was nice. A wasn't feeling well yesterday, so they didn't come over like they'd originally planned.

K4 put a turkey breast into the oven for me earlier, and even though it was in there for five hours, it wasn't cooked the whole way through. We ended up with chinese food for dinner.

And... I did my writing and critiquing and now I'm seriously thinking about going up to crawl into my nice warm bed. It's cold!

And now you see you missed nothing! ha!


Thursday, May 09, 2019

Thursday... Oy Vey!

Today is Friday Eve!

That's my new thing. I was talking to a client this morning and she said that - totally changed my day! I shared it with the office and it did make a difference in our attitudes. It's been a super, super rough week.

The new hire lasted 2 1/2 days. The IT guy was let go, too. Not sure what happened there, but think it had to do with sleeping on the job. I had high hopes for the new guy. And I'm going to miss the IT guy. He was weirdly different but a good part of our team. So... morale is kind of low at the moment.

The kittens are trying to climb across my computer. They are crazy busy, though some are sleeping.  Well. Not anymore. Now everyone is up and yelling.

I did my words. I'm mentoring a young writer, so I checked out her latest stuff. I also did some critiquing. Not much of any, but enough to help me feel like I'm at least working at a balance.

My eyes are weary and my head is achey. I've been in front of a computer screen for nearly fourteen hours now. I am done for the night.

The weekend is coming. Our plans include Jeep work, yard work, and good food. Sunday is Mother's Day and I don't want to get into that yet...

That is all!


Monday, May 06, 2019


My three day weekend went super fast!

I finished my whole list on Friday! Got answers! Made phone calls. Took a nap. Made an awesome dinner. It was a beautiful thing!

Saturday - I was supposed to go to a mini writing retreat, but between K3's car breaking down, unexpected errands, and generally feeling like crap, I didn't get there. It sucks, but it was what it was. I did get to sleep for a while and when I woke, I felt way better. We had K5 Saturday night, which was a blast. She loved the kittens and she was a huge help with them. The kid is super smart and so interested in space. We had a blast with her.

Sunday - Mr. B came to visit too. We had an awesome breakfast with them. Then off to Lowe's to get flower pots for them to make mother's day presents. Two crazy kids in Lowe's. In the rain. We had a blast. Back home to paint flower pots, then lunch, then planting flowers, playing in the mud, then off to take the kiddos home. It was a good, fun day. We were exhausted.

Monday's always suck. But the new hire started today. I helped interview him and I liked him, so the hope is that he'll work out. He's got the right attitude and I think he's a good fit, so we'll see...

The kittens are weaned from the bottle and doing a wet/dry food mix. They've been running around downstairs all night. They are so stinking cute. Two or so weeks until they go to their new homes. And in the meantime, they will eat us out of house and home. LOL.

I'm keeping up with my writing group challenge, so that's awesome all by its self...

That's all I've got...


Thursday, May 02, 2019

Whoot! Three Day Weekend Commencing!

It's my Friday! It's my Friday! Three day weekend! Whoot!

It was a Hell day at the Day Job. Everything was on fire. Like from 7:45 when I clocked in and it didn't get any better all day. Everyone wanted everything immediately and the phone would not stop ringing. I was trying to get myself in a good place to be off, but that did not happen. My reps know who to go to if they need something asap. It is what it is.

As I left the day job, I got a message that a good friend from my writing group lost her husband last night. That threw me big time. He had a brain tumor and they had given him a timeframe, but it just came as a shock. She's a young mom with two kids under six and my heart is breaking for her. That totally rocked my world. I've been struggling with it all night.


Tomorrow is a day off. I have a pretty big list of things to do. I will be back and forth at the house, but I am hoping to get everything done before lunch. We will see. I kind of doubt that will happen though, given the size of my list. And I keep adding things to it, so...

I don't think I will be sleeping in at all. The babies will need to be fed in the morning and since I'm the one who doesn't have to run out of the door, I will be in charge. We're doing the weaning slow. Their formula is mixed with chicken baby food and they eat like monsters. Tomorrow night we will let them try out eating out of a dish again and then they will get much-needed baths. They are stinky. For reals. And they will be super messy after checking out real food in the manner we plan to introduce it. Essentially, by this time next week, they should be mostly weaned from the bottle. We introduced water tonight. So far no one is going for it, but it's a matter of time. We found a "chick feeder" water fountain because we know how much of a mess they will make when they discover it! They'll be five weeks tomorrow, or so we think. Two weeks since we rescued them. Three or so weeks until they're ready to go to their new homes. Weird.

And that is all... I'm sure you'll hear from me tomorrow! Probably while I'm on hold during one of the ten-thousand calls I have to make tomorrow.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Mid-Week Kittens...

Yeah, I know these kitten posts are getting old... We're just a few weeks away from them being ready to go to their new homes - like maybe 3 or 4.

They are starting to wean from the bottle and are constantly on the move. I feel like the Pied Piper because they follow and follow and follow. But they're so cute. Max is becoming very interested in them. Just tonight he sniffed them and hung out while they tried out "big little kitty" food. They've changed a lot in just the few days since Sunday.

In other news...

Monday night was Writer's Chat with me as the host. There were seven of us at a chain restaurant and we had a blast. It was good to connect and talk shop. The food was okay. The service was good. Even though I was the host, I bailed a bit early to get home and get to the edits.

Tuesday - I finished the edits at almost 11pm and sent them back to my editor. Yay!

Today - Writing time. Laundry. You know...

The day job is the same. Brain Draining. There is a new hire coming Monday and a coworker and I sat in on the interview and liked him, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that he can keep the pace with us. He has a fantastic attitude, so there's that. I was caught up for about two days, but now I'm not.

Tomorrow is my Friday though. I have no choice but to take Friday off to take care of Estate stuff and some household administration duties. Yeah. Some of the estate stuff came through without a hitch and others... well... I'm banging my head against the wall because I don't know what they want or what I did wrong. So I have to figure that out with phone calls and get it moving to completion.  And go to the bank. I also need to get my drivers license picture taken. Meh. So it will be a weird discombobulated day of running in nine different directions. I'll get the license taken care of first thing, and then figure out the rest.

That's all I have!


Sunday, April 28, 2019

End of the Weekend...

And Kittens!

Saturday was a blast! Road-tripping with my peeps! We laughed hysterically, talked about some deep stuff, laughed more, ate, and had an awesome time in the car!

The event was beautiful. The winery was adorable. I didn't taste any, though the merlot milkshake looked pretty amazing. I wanted to try it, but never got around to it. I met other authors who publish at my same publisher, so that was awesome. Talked to people. Didn't read because it was too freaking cold. No one did. It was a lot of fun and I'll be back there next year! It's already confirmed.

The trip back was equal to the trip there. We stopped at an amazing place for dinner. We were starving! Got home around 9pm and hung out with That Man, did some edits. K4 was at her cousin's house. That Man had kitten duty all day. He didn't mind. He also did Jeep maintenance, which was needed.

Oh! So the babies went to the vet Saturday morning. My Fred is the biggest at 13 ounces. No surprise there. The smallest is Bootsie/Socks at 10 ounces. That was unexpected. We thought either Spurt or Regi would be the smallest. The vet gave them a clean bill of health and said they look great. They are doing amazing. They are all using the litter box now. Awesome! They are eating fantastic, playing, and showing their personalities. Fred is a snuggle bug. Regi is a ninja. Goblin is the leader. Bootsie is an instigator, and Spurt is the most playful.

Things are changing fast. And so much has changed just in the week since we've had them. They are awake equal to their sleep time. They play. They are noticing their environment and interacting with it. Spurt keeps seeking out Max. Max is not ready to deal with any of them yet. But he hangs out to see what's going on. Elsa is on "mom" duty. She hangs out near them, looks at us with expectation if she thinks we're not responding to their cries fast enough and is super gentle when one of them is near her - but she's not particularly fond of that.

Tomorrow is back to the grind. Oy. Totally not looking forward to the work day and I hate that. I have a writing chat thing I'm in charge of tomorrow night. Once a month we have dinner together and discuss our stuff and things. Different people "host" and tomorrow is me. I'm looking forward to it. Though I really need to do the final read through of my book before I send it back to my editor. I thought I was done with it and then I read her notes again and I am so not done... Also, I need to finish the newsletter for my writing chapter and I'm so very late with it! Yikes!

Today is the anniversary of That Mom's passing. That Man and That Sister went to the grave-site today. It's rough. He's okay. I'm okay. That sister is okay. So is That Brother, though none of us have actually been able to talk to him today at this point. But the memories of what we were doing this time last year are huge.

Coming up... Another long week at the day job. Doing my final read through and getting my edits back to my editor. Hopefully getting my final cover to share. Prepping for our Jeep event in May. Raising kittens...

That is all!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Feel Good Friday & Kittens...

It's Friday...

There is no sleeping in for me tomorrow. I need to be up, showered, and ready to go by 7:15 or so. I am meeting my peeps at 7:30 for our journey into the wilds of New Jersey. I'm excited. And I'm nervous. I have to read and I have no idea what I'm going to read.

So let's hit the list:

1. Kittens getting fatter and fluffier. They are doing well. They are going to see the vet in the morning. Some are pooping too much. Some are not pooping at all. I think they're fine, but they are so little that there is no risk taking at all.

2. Getting the edits done. I'm so very close to being able to send the document back to my editor, but I want to check one more time.

3. Cover Art! It's gorgeous! Just waiting for the final so I can share!

4. Getting caught up at the day job! It's an insanely awesome feeling. I haven't been caught up since January.

5. Going to NJ tomorrow! I'm not ready, but I am ready. But I am super excited!

6. K5 last night! We went to the buffet Chinese place - her choice. She talked our ears off the whole time while she ate sushi and fried shrimp. We left there and went to the super store to try to find her a hoodie like the one she lost when the slime exploded in her backpack. No luck, so she got shorts, sneakers, and random stuff. We had a blast! She is so super cool. So smart and full of amazing ideas!

7. Chill night tonight! I was super stressed when I got home. I'd hit the grocery store for stuff, but ended up forgetting major stuff - like dog food and toilet paper - (they weren't on my list!) I paid the bills, did the laundry, and still have not eaten dinner. Though I am going to once I'm done here. We got subs at work at they came late, so I wasn't hungry at all until now.

That's all I have right now...


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kitten Post #3

The babies are doing well.

They are eating and growing. Not pooping much yet, but that's to be expected with the nutritional state they were in when we got them, them getting used to formula, and their bodies using every bit of nutrition. Some of them do, and some of them are interested in the litter box already, which is good.

We're kind of worried about little "Spurt". He doesn't eat as much as the rest and he struggles when he does eat. But he's adorable and active, so the hope is that he's okay. Most of them will latch onto the bottle, but a few do struggle. Max struggled as well, so that's not an indication of anything.

I will call the vet tomorrow since K4 has not had any luck getting through to them. She wants to take them in to be checked out and hopefully pooped. Our vet is awesome in that she doesn't charge for that with rescues. And she's reassuring.

Yesterday I helped K4 before we both had to go to work, and then helped again when I got home. K3 and A came over last night and they played with them for a while which helped tire them out. This morning, it was That Man and I on duty since K4 had to be at work super early. Well, a lot me, since I didn't wake That Man when K4 woke me and told me they were awake and by the time I got in there, they were all over the place.

We're just waiting for the final feeding so we can go to bed... Ha!

My first round edits for my July release came. I got through all of the easy ones tonight - mostly em dashes and ellipses (my habits) - I have about 10 harder comments to ponder and work on. And then I'll send it back to my editor for another round.

I also got my first look at my cover art. It's gorgeous, but needs a few tweaks. I will share as soon as it's been finalized, but the cover artist definitely captured my vision for it!

The day job has calmed for me a bit. At least for today. I'm pretty much caught up, but I'm the only one. I have some rushes to take care of tomorrow and then I'll start helping everyone else dig out. That's the way it goes. I'm still working the overtime, though tomorrow I will likely go in close to normal time. The kittens need their morning routine, K4 works before me - so I will help her before I shower, and I have to stop at the store, so...

Thursday night we have a date with our granddaughter. A quick dinner out since she has PSSA's at school and needs to be in bed on time. But it will still be fun. She's dying to get here to see the babies and stay overnight, so we'll make that happen soon, too.

On Saturday, I will be in New Jersey for a book signing at a winery. It was a last minute invitation that I gladly accepted. I'm excited. I will be reading, which kind of freaks me out, but I know I can do it. I will also be riding down with friends, so that will be a blast.

And I hear babies moving, so it's time to make the formula...


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter and Kittens...

Today was also a good day. 

I went to the religious institution with That Man this morning - like way early, too... Also with That Sister and That Sister's Husband. It was good. I saw people I haven't seen in ages. I haven't been to an Easter service since the Easter before my momma died and she went with me. It was the first Easter after my dad died and it was rough for all of us. Mom was a trooper though... I did spend part of my morning thinking about both of my momma's - his and mine. And missing both of them. Both Momma's loved Easter so much. I don't care what your religious beliefs are, when your momma loves Easter, you also love Easter. And I do. And I cried this morning because of both of my mommas. I feel okay about the whole thing after though, so there's that. 

After that, we stopped for kitten supplies and headed to my sisters. 

The day was good. I finally got to meet my great niece. We had stayed away because it was so bitter cold right after she was born and then we were all sick constantly. There's no way I wanted to make my first great niece sick. She is so stinking cute though! I love the fact that the cousins all look so much alike. 

We had so much awesome food! The little kids had an easter egg hunt. There were only two of them, but they still had fun. It was an absolutely beautiful day. The clouds were amazing. 

And the kittens... They all have homes to go to once they are weaned and ready. My sister is taking my little black and white buddy. That was unexpected, but awesome. We are also keeping two now. My little orange Fred and his little buddy Regi. Yeah... it happened that fast.We still have a few weeks of bottle feeding though 

We're still working out our schedule for the week,...

I did write, so that's also a huge bonus. 

That's all...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Feel Good Friday - On Saturday...

I started a post last night... I couldn't finish it because I was called to help care for our new foster kittens.

Yeah. You heard that right.

We are now the foster parents to a litter of five kittens.

They are so stinking cute. I can't even tell you how cute! There is an orange one, and he is mine. His name is yet to be determined. But he will be staying. I will post pictures as soon as I have good ones.

K4 is doing most of the work. Bless her. She loves it. I see her fostering kittens for a long time. She knows what she's doing and she's good at it. Currently, she's at my sisters with all five kittens. Giving us a break from what's about to be a long three or so weeks.

The little guys are about 3 weeks or so old. They are tinier than they should be. Their mom was severely malnourished before she ran off. Trust me, we waited as long as we could hoping she would come back, but she didn't. The babies went for almost too long without food. This was a process of checking and checking again and checking more to see if momma would come back. It would have been for the best if she did, but that didn't happen.

They are eating and sleeping and doing the bathroom thing though. All of them appear healthy. They all certainly have voices... lol

Max, the previous rescue, is not sure what in the heck is going on around here. He's avoiding the situation as best he can. We're hopeful that he will step up and be a good influence on the kittens. We'll see. Spenser is disengaged per usual. Elsa is being a kitten mommy. She has to be beside their basket at all times. When they cry, she's making sure we notice. She is so funny.


Today was a good day.

I took care of estate stuff this morning. Had to stop and get big envelopes and then to the bank and then ran home to grab numbers and paperwork that I didn't realize I needed. Then to the post office. Thank goodness. This huge steaming pile of crap is finally out of my hands. I'm hoping I did all of the things right... I guess we'll see...

Then to the grocery store. What a crap show. So busy. And couldn't get everything I needed. Oy.

Stopped by my friends to drop off some things.

Back home to make food and clean. And clean I did. Well. Kind of. Sort of. The entire house is vacuumed. The laundry is still in process. The dishes are all done. And there is a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake chilling in my fridge.

K4 jetted to my sisters. That Man and I went to dinner like we were supposed to last night. It was a good place. And then we hit the mega mart for Easter stuff. Candy for the plastic eggs. Turkey for the sandwiches. And watching people shopping in not only their pajamas, but in their boxer shorts as well... So freaking weird.

I did the writing. I also did the writing last night in between kitten feeding and snuggling.

Last night and today have pretty much washed the work week drama out of the way. That's always a good thing.

Happy Easter!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Thursday Monday...

Yeah. Another one of those weeks... Seriously... When will it end?

We lost two more people this week. One by their choice. One not by their choice. It was weird and stressful. We also had super productive meetings, insane laughter, and our boss was in this week. We did further connecting and collaborated on many things. That part was good. I'm still sooo far behind on my work. It's making me crazy.

My reps were in and brought me birthday presents. I also got a card from my NY rep. Nice! I love these guys!

Tomorrow being Friday is also good. I will work more overtime. That Man and I will go out to dinner just the two of us. We already have a place we want to try.

I have done the writing this week. Just not nearly as much as I wanted. I am exhausted though.

There might be kittens...I don't want to say more about that... It's probably not a thing anyway.

That is all!


Monday, April 15, 2019

Oh! What? A New Monday! Oy!

Yeah. Well... here we are again.

I'm ready for bed and it's not even 8pm...

So, I had a birthday. It was nice. That Man cooked. He also got me the most awesome tabletop ice maker. I know I'm a nerd, but I'm in love with the thing! I don't know what it is about ice, but I am always super happy about it. (Remember the glee over the retreat ice machines?) He also got me a really cool Jeep bag, which is super cool. I took two naps and stayed in my jammies all day long. I also stayed off of the Internet.

Next weekend is Easter. We're gathering at my sister's house per usual. It will be nice.

Other than that... same old overtime. Same old crazy day job.

It's so crazy windy outside. Stuff is blowing around all over the place. It was kind of scary when I was at the grocery store.

That's all for now...


Saturday, April 13, 2019

About That Sleeping In...


That Man cursed us both last night. He said something to the effect of - watch. I can sleep in tomorrow, so I'll be up before I am on a regular work day - and he was. I made it a little longer, but still up at least an hour and a half before I wanted to be.

Oh well...

That Man is doing the laundry. I have already written my first round of words (just in case I don't get any more writing time today), taken care of writers group stuff, and organized my estate folder a little better.

We have to help out at a memorial service this afternoon. We knew the man - not well - but enough to know he was a great guy and cancer is a jerk. He was younger than us and left behind the sweetest woman. We feel honored to have been asked to help out and as sad as his passing is, his wife wants this to be a celebration of his life.

I'm trying to convince That Man to take the Jeep today with the top down, but he's got a list of reasons why that's not a good idea. Mainly - rain. Ha! It's supposed to be in the high seventies today! What?

That's all I've got. I don't know what else we're going to decide to do today, but I should probably take a shower and get dressed.

Enjoy the day!


Friday, April 12, 2019

Feel Good Friday (The Last Monday)

Thank Goodness this week is done. I can't say I believe next week is going to be any better, but I can't think about that right now. Right now... It's the weekend. It. Is. The. Weekend. Thank Goodness.

Today was crazy at the Day Job. Started early. Lots of stuff going on. One of my reps brought stuff up to the store, so he took me and the bids guy to lunch. That was fun and a much needed break. We laughed a lot. Back to work. Lots of training. We also lost one of the new girls. Not a huge surprise, but still an adjustment.

So let's feel good, shall we?

1. Friday. 'Nuff said.

2. Sleeping in a little tomorrow. I can't go get my picture taken tomorrow since I have to wait for the "camera card", but my license is renewed. yay?

3. Ordering dinner. No cooking. No cleanup. Nice.

4. Getting the bills paid. Also, ordering swag for our Jeep event. Organized the budget, too.

5.  Talking to the adopted sister tonight. We had a great conversation! It's been too long, but as usual, it can be months or hours and we always have the same connection.

6. The weekend. Some plans. Mostly no plans. Just want to sleep and relax. I have no plans to work the Day Job this weekend, so there's that.

7. I do, however, have plans to kill the 50/50 challenge this weekend. We start today and I'm going to write my words next.

8. Sleeping in on Sunday, too. Nice.

That's all I've got.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday - The New Monday

Yeah, I joked about it, but it's true. This truly has been a week of Mondays, at least Day Job-wise. But there's really nothing more I can say about that. You've heard it all, though today it appeared to get marginally better in some aspects. But that progress is tenuous and can be snatched away in a heartbeat.

Anyway. I'm exhausted. Mentally and physically. Who knew you could get physically exhausted by being in a chair all day? Probably from the tension, I imagine.

Came home tonight to an awesome dinner prepared by K4. She did the shopping and the cooking and also, the cleanup. I could get used to this!

Tomorrow is Friday though! And it's my birthday weekend, so...

I need to get my drivers license renewed this weekend. I don't know why they make your license expire on your birthday. That's dumb.

We also have to go to a "celebration of life" on Saturday.

After that... I don't know yet. I'm not in a place to make any plans or decisions, so I'm kind of ignoring it all. It really doesn't matter to me. It's not a milestone birthday or anything. It's just a birthday. It is what it is...

Bah! I'm going to bed.


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tuesday - Second Monday

Like I another Monday in my week! Today was like Monday, only worse... At least Day Job-wise.

Yesterday was crazy at the Day Job. We're so far behind. And trying to train new people... Honestly, the day was a blur. I worked early overtime and came home and literally crashed. I fell asleep on the couch right after dinner (dinner that was ready when I walked in the door). Took a nap and then went to bed by 9, and was asleep until 6am. Yeah, I was that tired. 

Went in early for overtime this morning. The day was super evil and frustrating. We were short a person - the other person in my department that has been there longer than me. So it was just me and the newbies. Training, answering phones, and trying to get my own stuff done. That didn't work too well. My frustration level was (still is) at one of the highest it's been in a long time. 

Came home. That Man and I went to the store for dinner stuff. As we were unloading, we ran into old friends we haven't seen in a few years. That was pretty awesome! We chatted for a few minutes and shared grandkid photos. It's so weird how you don't see people forever and can re-connect like you just saw them a week ago. That definitely made me smile!

After dinner, I worked for about an hour and ended up even more frustrated, which lead to a long email sent to my boss. I don't know if it will help, but I don't know what else to do. I can't keep doing everything I'm doing without losing my ever-loving mind. So we'll see what happens...

I did get some words on the page. My edits are coming soon and I want to be as far as I possibly can be before they get here. I think it will be good to write this book while I edit its predecessor because it'll help me keep the tone I want, but I can see how it's going to freak/stress me out at the same time. 

I started my current work in progress over, because, after doing my art sheets for the new release and thinking a lot, I realized I was missing key things - like a sarcastic heroine and some of the key elements I want to continue. I'm trying. It's hard to focus given the current Day Job situation, but it also helps me to get my mind off of it and get my headspace back. (And I need that to sleep)

Tomorrow is halfway through the week though. We have a meeting tomorrow night, so I won't be working from home, but I will try to get the writing in - depending on how long the meeting takes.

I'm not even thinking about all of the other stuff I have to do that I can't figure out how to fit into this current schedule! 

That's all I have...


Sunday, April 07, 2019

Feel Good Sunday...

UGH!! It's Sunday! Why can't we have one more weekend day?

I know I haven't posted since Wednesday.

The rest of the week was brutal and mean and rude and horrible. Thursday night was a computer break for me. I got on long enough to pay bills, and that was it.

Friday night - we went to dinner at our friends who've been in Mexico for the past two months or so. Awesome food, awesome conversation, awesome stories. We had a great time.

Saturday - Amazing writing group meeting. New members. Amazing lunch. I had to run the meeting because our president was at an author event in Virginia. I think I did okay. I had the other VP for support. We blazed through the business portion and had an amazing speaker. I learned a lot. I also learned a lot at lunch.

Got home and went to the grocery store with my girl. Oy! That kid always stretches the budget, but she's fun to shop with and she has great ideas, so...

Saturday evening - We were going to have a fire. We were going to hear our friend play in The Town. That Man worked all day. He was beat. I was beat. We ended up watching stupid TV and going to bed at a dumb time.

Today - That Man insisted I get up earlier than I wanted to. I was already awake, but gave him a hard time anyway. In retribution, he had to go to the grocery store with me to grab the few things I forgot yesterday. HA!

We deep cleaned 90% of the house today. Cleaning sucks. But my office is in good shape. The kitchen is in good shape. And so is the living room...

I did the paperwork for the estate taxes and wrote all of the checks for that and organized all of the estate stuffs. We mailed all of the tax stuff this afternoon. Nothing like rolling up to the post office with fifteen-ish envelopes...

I also confirmed my October author event! Whoot! Now I have to figure out how to get off work Ha!

We made banging Greek Chicken and Tzatziki sauce for dinner. OMG! It turned out amazing. I could eat that every day of the week! It was easy to make, too.

Talking to my kids today. That's always happy-making. In some way or form, I have talked to all four of them. And I got to hug and talk to my oldest grandson. He's so awesome!

So I bought these stupid things that are supposed to extract the pet hair from your laundry. Those people owe me $20, plus shipping.  What a freaking huge waste of money. I did like 5 loads of laundry today. The most the two things caught were a single little leaf off of our fern and a string... for real? ACK!!

That is all... Tomorrow is Monday again, which means all of the crazy day job crap starts again. I could have worked from home again, but I have to change my passwords, so...


Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Halfway through.


I worked almost 11 day-job hours today. Went in early. Worked from home after dinner. Ugh. But I made progress, though it feels like bailing out the Titanic with a tablespoon right now.

And, I made dinner. Not because I had to, because I wanted and needed to. Cooking is good and relaxing. I kicked That Man out of the kitchen, though I did let him do most of the clean up. Ha! Not really - we did it together and very quickly, too. Shrimp & Pasta - and it was really good.

I also wrote. I'm still on word count goal, like amazingly so, which surprises even me. Super happy about that! It's like some kind of balance or something.

My eyes are broken though. Sooo much screen time. My old boss sent me a meme about not working more hours than you sleep. HA! I think I slept 6 hours last night and I've already worked - between writing and day job - more than twice that. No wonder I feel like I'm living in some alternate reality zone. And I do.

Tomorrow I will go in early to do the day job, but I think my allotted overtime hours for this pay period are soon done. Which is kind of a relief as far as killing myself trying to get us caught up. It might mean a normal day on Friday, which would be weird.

Also, I am moving my desk tomorrow to be more accessible to the newbies. It's going to be weird, because I'm all by myself right now with no distractions. I'm moving directly into the lions den with all of the noise and distractions. I know I'm going to regret it, but I really have no choice. There are two of us legacy employees and four new people... And no real way to keep track of them... Ugh...'s time to try to sleep. I think I need to cut back on the caffeine... I'm still rolling like it's nine in the morning, which is a real problem... I mean, I could do laundry. Vacuum. Organize my office. But I must sleep. Ha!


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

What's Weird About Tuesday?

It's a weird list! Ha!

1. Not Tuesday weird, but mentioned on Tuesday because it was the resolution... I went to leave for work yesterday and I had no brakes on the Jeep. Like. No. Brakes. I backed up and parked (with the EBrake). Called my old boss for a ride and That Man took it (even though he put a whole container of brake fluid in it and was out by the time he cleared the end of our street) to our mechanic this morning. It was ready to be picked up after work - some cylinder exploded or something. We saw the spray in the wheel-well over the weekend and thought it was something else, because whatever happened is not something that usually happens, which is just our kind of luck.
But it's all good now.

2. Meetings with the boss with just the Legacy staff. There's a lot going on and a lot that must be done. We got the low down. Got to give our opinions. Guess we'll see what happens next... We are working as a team though, so that's something... But it's so freaking weird.

3. So... K4 and I went to pick up my Jeep. My plans were to work from home when we got back. I tried to log in over and over. Reset the router about ten times. Finally gave up and decided it was a writing night.
...And I did write! But just as I hit my projected word count, the Internet came back up...
I love that.. because obviously I needed to write tonight. I do know that my brain needed a break from the work stuff...

Tomorrow is Wednesday. Halfway through the week... Let's see what other weirdness happens...


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Back From the Wilds...

Not the usual Wilds, but a close second.

We had a wonderful time - good food, good conversation. Just the two of us. We headed out of here immediately after work on Thursday. Got to our destination, unloaded, and then hit the store to stock up on supplies. Back to get organized and had dinner. Watched a movie.

Friday I slept in a bit. That Man got up and did some cabin maintenance. It was raining, so we made an awesome breakfast and curled up on the couch to watch a movie. I wrote and took a nap. Finally, the weather broke. We had a fire in front of the river.

Saturday we slept in, drank coffee, and ran to the store because we'd changed our minds about dinner. Our friend who owns the cabin came up and took us out on his boat. That was cool.

We cooked more awesome food and thought about going up the hill to the brewery, but once the band started we knew that wasn't happening.

There was a very pregnant cat hanging out in an old boat. I gave her some chicken, but she wouldn't let me pet her.

The toilet in the cabin flushes with hot water. That is the weirdest and funniest thing in the world to me.

I didn't get a lot of writing done, but I figured out what is wrong with my work in progress, which is ginormous.

Got home to a houseful of our kids - K4 is hosting a Dungeons and Dragons game. K1, K3 & A, S, and a friend of K4's. We did what we needed to do with unloading and laundry and have been hanging out in our room ever since we got home. Whatever. I don't really mind. We ordered pizza for dinner and I finished our taxes, paid bills, and took care of my writing chapter newsletter. Definitely productive.

And that is all... Now I write.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Oy! Tuesday!

I lost the weekend! Well. I didn't, but I didn't post or even get on my computer until late Sunday night... That's fine, but not so good for the writing. Though I did get a couple of words on the page Sunday night.

Saturday -
Gun class was awesome! It was super casual, super informative, and I loved it. We had class time - mostly safety stuff and information, but not in a typical kind of classroom way. Then we got range time. Loved it. We had to start out with their firearms and then could switch to something else, or our own guns if we had them. I don't have one, so I switched to a little revolver, which I loved. I found that by having to pull the hammer back, it slowed me down and reminded me of what I needed to do to shoot correctly. I didn't do too bad as far as target shooting. The downfall was that it was very dark in there and my eyes suck and you have to hold a revolver differently than a regular handgun, so that threw me a little. Also, I had to reload twice as much as everyone else, so many times I was the last one done. My instructor had to turn his flashlight on for me to reload because I couldn't see. And I was a lot more nervous than I thought I'd be. It was cool though. There were five of us and each had their own instructor on the range, so the one on one was awesome. I kind of wish we would have been able to be outside because of the lighting (it was so windy and cold), but it was still great. There were three people from my graduating class there - one was the instructor, one a student like me, and another instructor. We didn't really get to talk much, but we did get a picture together at the end. After we had our range time, we then cleaned the firearms - not like totally take apart and clean, but basic cleaning, which was something I wanted to learn. Definitely recommend the class.

Had the little boys Saturday night. They are so cute. Little B is so smiley and happy and he watches his brother constantly. By the end of the night though, Little B was flushed and felt super warm. He was still smiling and pleasant, but it was clear he was starting to not feel well. Big B spent the night. He was so thrilled to be here. We let him choose movies and grabbed his favorite dinner and snacks. He karate-chopped and imaginary-wrestled his way through the evening, and asked to go to bed not long before his parents got here to pick up Little B. And he sacked out immediately. It was a good night.

Sunday -
Mostly relaxing, but we did some cleaning. Did laundry. Made a nice roast chicken dinner. Did taxes. Oy. Almost done. K4 needs to pay some local taxes, but hers are done. I just need to file our Federal. The local and state are done. I didn't realize how much stress taxes were causing me, but typically I have ours done early February, so...

Still dealing with stocks. I got a letter from the place I sent in for value that told me they aren't the holder. But the jerks didn't send back the documents (documents that cost the estate money). How rude! I don't know what to do now... I talked to them on the phone and they confirmed they were the place I needed to contact! What a bunch of crap!

Monday -
I felt like absolute and utter crap all day. My old boss gave me some day medicine and it helped for a while. By the time I got home, though, I was in awful shape. I just wanted to sleep and my nose was running, my head hurt, my whole body hurt.

Though when I woke this morning, I had no more nose running/sneezing, but still the aches. Allergies? I don't know. I don't usually have allergies, but it's entirely possible.

What else?

I sent in my full manuscript to start on edits for the book coming out in July. I've also done my cover art form! So exciting!

That Man and I are going away this weekend! The animals and house are set with more than competent care. We are 50-75% packed. We have our regular Wednesday night thing tomorrow, but will have to pack our clothes when we get home. Then...we're out of here. No Internet. Not a great phone signal. Just That Man and I in the wilderness. SO looking forward to it! And I should get copious amounts of writing done!

So... You might not hear from me again until Sunday...


Friday, March 22, 2019

Feel Good Friday... Oh Dear...

It has been an amazingly long week. I haven't had the brain-power to post. In fact, I've barely been on my computer. Yeah... It was that long.

Let's do the list:

1. One of my favorite girls in customer service had her last day today. She and her fiance (who worked across the street at the store) are moving to New York. Both of them are awesome and it's sad!
Also, one of the guys from my team also had his last day today. He's moving to a management position at the store. He'll be great at it, but we're going to miss him. He's been our voice of reason and our reasonable voice... It's a definite loss to our team, but a great win for him.
But we did manage to poach a most perfect person from the customer service team. I'm so happy she's joining our team, even though she's still questioning her decision. She's going to be great though! I've wanted her to join our team since all of this chaos started and I even talked to the big bosses about it.
It is what is it... Same old, same old...

2. Going out after work with the work family, and a few of the old work family. Super awesome! We had a great time and there were lots of hugs and laughter. Miss my old work peeps. Okay with the changes, but not. I'm going to miss my girl! We all got out of there pretty early, well, most of us... I'm not really sure what happened to those we left behind. Ha!

3. Productive conversations with the kid.

4. Gun class in the am. So excited. I'm going to sleep here in a few so I can be there on time and do all of the stuff I need to do before then.

5. Barely writing this week. Which is not a good thing, but at least I got some words on the page. That's a win, especially when balanced by the rest.

6. The "Two of Us" trip coming up real soon. So excited! No Internet. No good phone signal. No pets, but pets and house being handled... It's good stuff and I cannot wait!

That's all I've got. I'm scattered and trying to do too many things at once like usual.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Feel Good Friday...On Sunday...

I want more weekend. I need more weekend!

Let's do the list before I start crying about how tired and sore I am and how I wish I had off tomorrow... (ha!)

1. Friday's absolutely beautiful weather. It definitely lightened the mood. We ended our week with a fire in the backyard, some pizza & calzone, and a few beers. That was super, super nice and so needed.

2. Saturday's stone laying. Though it started off rough with That Man getting a flat tire while he was picking up landscaping timbers. I had to go and rescue him. But then we went and picked up the first load of stone and got it laid in my shelter. Got the timbers in and pretty much crashed. We ordered Chinese food for dinner, which was amazing and were in bed early.

3. More stone laying today. Went for another load and got maybe 3/4 of the way through the whole project. It's going to be nice not having to squish in the mud when I get in and out of the Jeep. It will also be nice not to bounce and shake as I'm pulling in. That's still going to happen until we finish it off, but it'll be much better now.

4. We signed up for a Jeep event in May. It's an event to support fallen police officers and the first so many people get to drive their Jeep around the race track. I think I might have been the 2nd person to sign up. Ha! I got the alert that registration was open and immediately signed up. Made our hotel reservation, too. A guy from work and his wife are going down, too, so we might change our hotel so we're all at the same one. Or we might find an airbnb or something. I'm so looking forward to this. I've been looking forward to it since I first found out about it.

5. I also signed up for a Women on Target gun training course. Looking forward to that, too. It's being run by a woman I graduated from high school with, so that will be cool. I know I have a bunch of people who will help me learn, but this way I will know a little more than I already do and feel more confident. I've wanted to take this course for a few years now.

6. Stuff getting done. We would have worked outside a lot longer today, but it's not quite warm enough, plus we need to renew our composting facility pass. That's getting done this week. The rest is the normal stuff that must be done - grocery shopping, laundry, blah blah blah.

7. Dinner is almost ready. Butter Chicken. We found a fantastic spice blend to use for it and it just gets better and better every time we make it. We were going to make something else for dinner and have this later in the week, but I couldn't wait. It's one of my absolute favorites. So... definitely not Irish food for us today.

8. After dinner, it's writing. I didn't get anything done yesterday because my eyelids hurt after the stone. I have already taken care of a bunch of my writing chapter stuff and emails, but I'm also in a class right now and I need to catch up on that. It just started today, so I'm not behind or anything, but emails are flying and I haven't read any of them yet.

9. Today is St. Patrick's Day. We're not Irish. Even though everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day. Ha! We missed the Bloody Mary's and the Irish Coffee brunches today, though we thought about going. We were busy laying stone and doing stuff.

10. Dinner was fantastic. And also, my lunch will be as well! Dishes are 90% done. Laundry is 95% done. It's still early. So I will get my writing done. This week coming up looks more like the previous weeks. It's going to be crazy at work. As it has been. As it will be.

That is all!


Thursday, March 14, 2019

March...the Middle...

Now we have longer daylight, which is awesome! The temperatures are also better right now, so that's a plus. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 70*! The top might just go down on the Jeep... just saying...

It's been a long week, with some major and unexpected changes... Changes we'll deal with, have no control over, and will figure out, but a major upheaval nonetheless.

The day job is still insane! I'm in quicksand, but I'm not the only one. There's just no keeping up these days. I'm working the overtime, but there's only so much one can do. And there's only so much a brain can handle working the overtime. Thank Goodness tomorrow is Friday!

I did my cover art form for my next release! So excited! I hope to have that to share with you soon! Also, in reading through the book for the art form, I realized what the work in progress needs, so that's super exciting.

Also super exciting is that we registered for the Back the Blue Jeep Event in Dover! I'm so excited. It's an awesome cause that's near and dear to me. AND we registered to drive the Jeep around the speedway track! AWESOME!

That Man and I are also heading out just the two of us soon. So looking forward to that! We need the break so badly! Just the two of us, hanging out, making awesome food, relaxing...

My brain is broken, but I am doing the writing. At least that's something productive right now!

That's all...


Monday, March 11, 2019

I Want My Hour Back!!

While I love it just now getting dark, and I love the sun in the morning (luckily I found my sunglasses for when the sun is in my eyes during my drive.), I'm tired. I know this too shall pass. At least the tiredness from the schedule rearrange. The regular tiredness isn't going anywhere, I'm sure.

My jaw and shoulders are all locked up right now! Stress, I think. The day job is still absolutely nuts! Or I hope it's not the sickness everyone in the office now has and K4 now has.

The weekend was pretty good. The memorial service was just as you expect a memorial service to be... We had some food and got to talk to our friend. Then a mad dash to our next event, though we arrived earlier than we figured. No problem. We stopped and grabbed a beer and a snack.

We had a good time. Didn't win squat, but whatever! The company was awesome. The food was pretty danged good. (Always love me some lobster tail)

Sunday was a little bit sleeping in. Not enough to account for the loss of an hour, in fact, I was up earlier than I normally would be for a Sunday. I did take a morning nap though. We headed out to K2's to see Baby C, who is not a baby anymore. She's four now! Wow! She's a crack up. She sat with me and giggled over nail art. Then Baby I sat with me and looked at pictures on my phone all sideways and stuff. He's such a love. Baby A is so cute. She's the cutest chunk and her smile will melt your heart!

Back home to prep for the week. Ugh! This week is a pretty much same old same old week.

That is all...


Friday, March 08, 2019

Feel Good Friday

Yay! Friday!

Only made it into work a half hour early this morning. I was up in time. That Man was going to drop me off, but then we changed our minds, so I messed around during the time I would have been at work. Returned a jar of queso to the grocery store. It was already opened when we purchased it and we didn't realize until we actually wanted to use it. Gross. Walked around the grocery store for a while - looking at stuff. Not like I'm not at the store three or four times a week anyway... ha!

Finally made it into work and, I did get a little farther ahead, but I'm still super behind. Got a major issue that's been hanging over my head for at least two weeks taken care of and the end result was far better than I expected, so there's that. My cube looks like the lost and found though (so many boxes), so that's another thing that has to be addressed.

Let's hit the list though:

1. Dinner at the Greek restaurant with That Man. So. So. Good. We brought K4 back some tiramisu. (That was also amazing!) (Her plans fell through so she stayed home, but declined going to dinner with us since she had a late lunch)

2. Getting writing done this week, even though I could have easily not.

3. For once in my life, I am fully prepared for the birthday party on Sunday. I am not, however, prepared for what I'm wearing tomorrow... Well, I kind of am, but I'm not sure...

4. Even though we have to go to a memorial service, I get to see people I haven't seen in a while and hang out with That Man during the drive. (Gah! I sound like an old lady! lol)

5. Accountant stuff done and sent and received. Some of the stuff I need for the stock transfer has been printed, so that's a step. Still stressing, but feeling better about everything.

6. Confirmed tomorrow evening's plans with my sister. Looking forward to it so much!

7. My kid knowing she can talk to me about anything and everything and her asking questions she knows I'll give honest answers to. In the grand scheme of things, that makes me feel like I did at least some things right as her parent.

And that is all for now. I have the most massive sinus headache!


Thursday, March 07, 2019

Thursday... Oy Vay...

Tomorrow is Friday! Thank goodness! 

Yesterday, I ended up working 11.5 hours! I had no idea! It's so awesome, because with the amount of extra hours I've worked, I don't have to take an official sick day for Monday. In fact, if I only work my regular 8 tomorrow, I'm still sitting on a half an hour of overtime. I'll take that, though I'll be there at least 45 minutes early tomorrow. Maybe. I'm tired. I might not even try to get there early... We'll see...(though I'm still so very far behind, so...)

I wrote tonight. I did well. That's a good thing and a must for keeping me sane through this crazy work stuff. And crazy is a lame descriptor... It's beyond crazy. 

Estate stuff is making me further insane. There is so much. Cashing in stocks is a huge freaking pain in the neck and requires so much freaking stuff and things! And repetitive stuff.. Also... estate taxes... I have a file folder to scan and send to the accountant tomorrow... After I already scanned and sent a crap ton of stuff... I'll have to take a day off soon to get the stock stuff done. That pains me. We're coming down to the end of it... I hope. We have to do some unclaimed money thing through the state, too, so that might hold up stuff a bit, depending on how long that takes. It's frustrating and ridiculous, but it is what it is...

Looking forward to the weekend though! 

Friday night (YAY! TOMORROW!) - K4 has plans, so it's just That Man and I. We just made plans for dinner and the evening! 
Saturday - We have a memorial service for a friend's dad and then a banquet-thing that is a ton of fun. Lots and lots of driving there. But the end result will be a blast! And I get to see most of the siblings! Whoot!
Sunday - We have a birthday thing. And the regular Sunday things... 

No sleeping in either day... 

We'll stop there... If I go too much past early Sunday, I'll be distressed about the work week, so... 

That is all...


Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Wednesday... What?

I haven't written a word all week so far and that's super awful...

Okay, scratch that. I had to take a break to do some other stuff and I managed a couple of hundred words before I came back here. So that's something... I guess. I'm still two days down though.

It's been a crazy week so far...

Monday - No work for me. I woke feeling completely and utterly awful. We had a delay due to the snow, which really wasn't an issue since the main roads were just wet, but I went back to bed, setting my alarm to get up to go in. When my alarm went off, I knew there wasn't a chance I was making it. I slept pretty much all day. When I wasn't sleeping, I was watching dumb tv in bed and worrying about the rumbling in my stomach. Which went on all day. Never turned on my computer. Never checked my emails. Never did a lot of things...

That Man got home and made an easy-on-the-stomach dinner, and I was able to kind of eat. To bed early.

Tuesday - Back to work. Early, too. So far behind and only made worse by not being there Monday. I expected that. Not the major amount of phone calls we dealt with. Home to a leftover dinner and a super early bedtime. A little messaging with K2 before that. I slept for about ten hours straight.

Today - Overtime this morning with That Man taking me to work since it's super cold and the Jeep heat still sucks. Plus, him dropping me off is a good way for me to get there when I want to. Crazy day with new hires and an epic crapton of phone calls. My case load hit a maximum it's never been to before. I also closed more cases than I ever have before. Brain draining. And I'm still swimming in the mud.

That Man picked me up. We stopped for a quick bite before our normal Wednesday stuff. Then we realized our normal Wednesday stuff wasn't actually happening tonight (as we pulled up). So we hiked to the grocery store for supplies.

Back home to work the day job stuff for another hour and a half or so. (Finally figured out what the problem was) Ugh. Sometimes I'm not as smart as I think I am... Ha! But what I had to get done is now done. Which is epic. Checked my case load before I logged off and it's even more ugly than it was when I left. Whatever. I can only do what I can do...

Talked to K1 on the phone for a while. Did some laundry, too. Took care of some household administration stuff.

I managed to get about 75% of the stuff hanging over my head done. The 25% not done is eating at me, but I know that no good will come of me trying to take care of it all tonight. I'm exhausted - both physically and mentally. Tomorrow is another day.

It's later than I wanted it to be.

Bed is calling. Tomorrow is another early work day.


Sunday, March 03, 2019

Trail Ride Sunday...

We took the Jeep on a trail ride today. Just That Man and I.

We headed out a little earlier than planned because we were both starving. A quick stop for breakfast and water, and then we hit the road. We knew we were going to run into snow, but we didn't expect to be pushing snow with the bumper of the Jeep. We did pretty well though. Made it almost to the top of the mountain before we figured we'd pushed our luck long enough. Turned around and headed back through the snow and wagon trails.

It was a lot of fun, though a little stressful at times when the snow would push us towards the cliff-side. It was good to get away for a few hours. There's no cell service on the trail, so no worries about people calling or texting. (Though that wold have been an issue if we had problems or got stuck) We'll be heading out again once the snow melts. I want mud on my Jeep!

And I would love to find a sweet little cabin along that trail! That's years away though, but it would be so cool!

Just as we got cell service again, we learned that K3's car was overheating and he needed help. We headed that way, though he already had help on the way. We got there to find that the problem was already in hand, though as the car came to full temperature, it started leaking again. Worn-through hose. We left the guys to handle it and came home. I took a nap.

K4 was supposed to have her DnD crew here tonight for gaming and game planning. That didn't happen thanks to the snow, so we pared down our taco feast for the three of us. I felt bad for her because she's been planning this for a week or more.

I have to say... Mrs. Renfro's salsa is the bomb! That Man said we are never buying any other kind of salsa again. So freaking good! The only disappointment was that the queso I bought yesterday had been previously opened and the top layer was all dark and hard. That's going back to the store asap... and I was so looking forward to queso and chips!

It started snowing shortly after. And it's still snowing! Yay! I guess we'll see about work. The schools are all delaying. My kids work closed already. K4 is on spring break, so no worries there. That Man will drive her car tomorrow since it's four-wheel drive and his is not.

So... I'm going to get busy on the writing now...


Saturday, March 02, 2019

Saturday Stuff...

Another storm is in the forecast! Tomorrow afternoon through Monday. I say... bring it! And I hope it's bad enough that we get to work from home on Monday. I really hope that!

Writing meeting today was awesome! It felt so good to be back "home" at our library. And it's been a really long time since I've left a meeting and felt jazzed to get home and write! That's super huge! And super exciting!

So, my working from home today never happened. I couldn't get logged into the system no matter what I tried. I tried every single thing I could think of. Texted my boss and didn't hear back. Frustrating. Like really frustrating! I really need to get this off of my plate! Hopefully it'll be resolved soon.

K4 and I went shopping. Didn't find anything either of us went for. Grocery store. (It's always so much more expensive when she shops with me! LOL)

Back home to where That Man was working on the Jeep. There wasn't much heat coming out in there, but he seems to have at least made progress it me not freezing to death. Nice!

Homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner. I'm stuffed. Now it's off to writing.

That Man and I changed our plans for tomorrow thanks to the forecast. Now we're breakfasting and heading out to destinations unknown. We'll figure it out when we get there! I'm so very looking forward to it! So it will be an early bedtime here!


Friday, March 01, 2019

Feel Good Friday! and March 1st!

Oh hi, Friday... It's about time you got here. This week felt like six or more weeks! I kid you not! And... Now it's freaking March!!

What a week! We lost five more people at the day job. One was the new lady, who decided this wasn't the job for her. Okay. Fine. Don't stay if you're not happy and committed and don't waste our time in training if you don't plan on staying. I liked her a lot though. Then, one of the managers at the store left for greener pastures. One of the guys in my department is perfect for the job and they offered him the job today. Awesome for him! It'll be sad to see him go though, he is a great guy and fit perfectly with us, but it's an perfect move and I'm so happy for him. Then, one of the customer service ladies was offered another job (not with us) and took it. Then, one of the other customer service ladies put in her two weeks, along with her fiance who worked in the store. We've known they were leaving for months and now is the time for them and that's fine and good. It's kind of crazy. Well, not kind of. Very crazy. But it is what it is. I'm not going anywhere at this point. I still love my job, my company, my customers, my reps, and the people I work with... all three of them... ha! They bought us lunch today and we're allowed to work overtime. In fact, I'm allowed to work from home tomorrow to get some critical stuff done. So that's a bonus. Like I said, it is what it is... these cycles happen.

Anyway... Let's get to the feel good part...

1. Friday! Easy dinner. Talking to friends on the phone. Not having to buy my own Friday lunch today. My kid being home from college for the next week. Being in sweat pants. Laughing with That Man.

2. Writing meeting tomorrow! But first! Breakfast with my ladies! Yay!

3. Snow in the forecast overnight! I don't think it will affect much for my meeting. It's similar to what we had overnight last night. Work was delayed today, but I went in at my normal overtime time. I know some people won't make it to the meeting because of the snow and that's sad, but I'm happy to be back in our former location!

Though it's sleeting now. So who knows what will actually happen overnight.

4. Getting to do my day job work tomorrow at home. It's a super important and I'm happy to get it off of my plate. In fact, it's a must that I get it taken care of tomorrow! Things are so crazy busy at the day job that it's actually a relief to get the go ahead to work from home. Plus, I'll get paid.

5. Plans with That Man for Sunday. Though with the impending snow, we might be out of luck. I hope not, but if we are, then we'll figure something else out. Either way, we're doing something alone together.

6. Snow in the forecast for Sunday!! Ha! I hope so! I know so many of you all are against more snow, but I am not! If we close, I get to work from home, so that's a bonus, too. A better bonus than losing a day's pay.

7. The kid being home from college for break. She's got plans. We have plans together. It'll be good. She's so busy these days, I don't get to talk to her much during the week. She's busy when I'm not. I'm busy when she's not. I miss the kid.

8. Seeing my boys last night. They came for dinner. We were hoping to get more leftovers gone, but sadly, we ended up making more leftovers. South Bay Chowder repurposed from loaded potato soup. So good, but not as good as usual! It was nice to see my little guys and my big people, except I started feeling like crap halfway through the visit and didn't think I should hold Little B anymore.

9. Despite the crazy week, getting the words on the page! I'm over halfway in getting this book done! Whoot!

And... That is all I have...


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Oy! Tuesday!

It's not windy anymore and trees haven't fallen! (yet - we all know that even though it's not windy, that it could still happen)

It's cold though, thanks to the little bit of breeze still going on. Weather is so weird. We're supposed to have three separate weather events later this week. We'll see what actually happens though.

Today was pretty brutal at the day job. I came home with a massive headache and a massive dose of anxiety. I talked to my boss the whole way home and her support helped me feel a bit better, but I'm still in a kind of "crisis" mode. Everything is going to be okay though. But tomorrow should be nine kinds of fun... not.

We had dinner in the crock pot. It turned out well. I didn't think I was going to eat due to the stress, but I did and it was amazing. I am, however, ready for bed now. I have done my words. They are pretty much crap, but fixable crap. And the writing helps the stress go away. That's pretty much all I have the brain power for right now...

I'm super missing my mom and dad these days. And I'm missing my siblings. We try to stay in contact, but we're all so freaking busy with completely different schedules that we consistently fail. I know our connection is still strong, but I miss them all. I'll see some of them in less than two weeks, but not all. What we need is a sibling day...

That's all I have.


Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday... Again

And we might blow away!

Though the wind isn't as strong as it was yesterday and earlier today. We surely expected our big trees to topple thanks to the ground being saturated. Luckily, a few twigs were all that fell - at least so far. Most of the cars (except my poor 'burban) were moved to the front. My Jeep remained in its shelter and was fine, but I checked it often.

It was a rough sleeping night last night. When the wind gusted - as it did each time I was dozing off - our bedroom window rattled like it was going to burst into the room. That freaked the dog out, too, so she would get up and move. I was up and down so many times, I felt like a yoyo and I maybe got about 3.5 hours of sleep.

Driving to work and home wasn't so bad. I only had a few moments of feeling like I was going to blow off the road, so that was good. The day job was long and busy, but what else is new these days? It was okay though. Monday's are always busy and my department is always quiet as a group. We check on each other throughout the day, but we never feel connected on a Monday.

That Man had to pick up K3 from work and take him to his car that had tire problems earlier. His friend had helped him out some during the day since he was off, and then That Man double-checked everything. Weird stuff going on with the kids car - tires all of the time lately. I had to stop and buy envelopes! Seriously! We had this major stockpile of envelopes from Mom's house. I have been using old Christmas card envelopes lately because I'm out. Anyway. Came home and did some household organizing - financially-wise. Forgot to buy freaking stamps! Geeze!

I didn't feel like eating. My stomach's been wonky all day. Though we did make some stuffed cabbage for dinner tomorrow night. I'm okay with that as long as my stomach feels better. It's not that it hurts or anything - just feels weird...

Plans are coming together for summer and fall though! I'm excited. We've got a few trips, a concert, and a Jeep weekend on the books so far. Excited!

That's all. I'm going to try to get some words down before I crash and burn...


Saturday, February 23, 2019


Saturday's are always good.

Slept in a little. Nothing like I needed to, but thanks to the kitten I was out of bed. He's just obnoxious in the morning and would not leave me alone. He's lucky he's cute. Fine. Coffee. Went with That Man to help a friend with her snowblower. Then bank and grocery store.

Home for Mimosa's. That was nice. That Man and I started dinner - we basically made a "meat stromboli". Ground pork rolled out thin with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, onions, cheese, bacon spread over the thin layer of meat, and then rolled up with bacon on the outside. It cooked slow for several hours and then was broiled to crisp up the bacon. Oh my God, it was delicious. We had it with mashed potatoes and corn. I'm still full and I could still eat more...

I took a much-needed nap after dinner was in the oven (we ate so early - like "early bird special" early. Ha!), except the dog woke me when the fire siren went off... and then I put together the newsletter for my writing chapter. Gah! What a struggle. I'm still learning, and multiple pictures made it a bit slow for me. But it's done and sent and so far the reviews are okay, so I'll take that.

No writing done yet, but that will change.

The kid is at her brother's doing nerd things, so it's just That Man and I watching vintage movies and talking about stuff. And trying to get a hold of K3 about his tire. He's not answering and his tire is on the front porch waiting for him to put it back on his car...

Tomorrow should be some sleeping in. Then I'm making loaded baked potato soup for an event we're going to. Then back for the rest of the laundry and prepping meals for next week.

And that is all...


Friday, February 22, 2019

Feel Good Friday

Thank Freaking Everything that it's Friday!!

What a long, long, long week! Yeah, I said long a bunch of times. I'm not sorry. It's the truth. It took all I had to get out of bed and make it into work today. I should have started forty-five minutes before I got there (overtime), but I just couldn't get myself out of the door... So freaking tired.

What was good about the week?

1. Today - today at work was good. We had a food party with tons of awesome food! We had "appreciation" day, which meant we wrote each other sticky notes to tell each other how we appreciated them. That was nice. I liked it because I got to tell someone how they impacted me with some words they shared not too long ago. Everyone was in a good mood and there was so much laughter. The general mood has shifted and it's good.

2. Working from home during the weather. That was good, but there was definitely a kind of "hangover" from working from home. We discussed it and shared ideas on how to not have that happen again. We all missed the leisure of a snow day, but we far more appreciated not being so far behind and not missing pay. It's a balance we need to figure out, but we're so grateful we have this new opportunity. We were also able to work from home for our delay on Thursday, which was awesome, considering we could make up the delay before having to leave to get there on time. Bonus.

3. Getting words on the page. I hit my daily goal every day but last night. Last night I didn't even open my computer. My head hurt. Hell, my brain bones hurt. I fell asleep early and then, obviously, didn't want to get up this morning.

4. Not worrying about dinner tonight. See #1. I brought home leftovers. I am still not hungry.

5. A weekend with That Man... He doesn't work. I have no obligations. He has to help a friend in the morning, but he'll be back before I wake up, so it's all good.

6. Summer concert tickets purchased and hotel reserved. So excited! I had to do the reservations like three times. First I book a hotel like nine miles from the concert venue. Then I found a hotel within walking distance, except it was a stupid wrong room. We're good now. It was a pain. But I'm so excited!!

7. Video chatting with the almost four year old granddaughter tonight. She's a crack up! That Man and I were laughing so hard. She can't be serious at all and it's a giggle fest. Total crappy week made 199% better though!

8. Sleeping in tomorrow!

That is all!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Snow Day...

Or not...

I worked from home all day. Started at 6:45 and finally gave it up around 4:15. So a tiny bit of overtime, less than I wanted, and I should have had lower expectations. I can't help that I woke at 4am and couldn't go back to sleep.

It did end up being a good day. It was quiet. I only talked to one of my reps all day and most of it was while he was in traffic and fighting the snow (speaker phone, he wasn't driving on cell - it's illegal where he lives).

Got a lot done. The kitten tried to take my headphones and then bit me, but then he went to find a place to sleep. Had a productive conversation with my boss. Got a co-worker more caught up.

The downside:

No nap.
No writing.
No epic cooking.
No phone calls to the stock people.

What I did get done besides work:

And those were both done while I was on the phone with either my boss or my rep, so...

So... I'm okay with working from home. I need to have more realistic expectations. My lunch break should have been spent writing, but it was more chaos and I didn't take my full break, because... come on.... It was the first time though, so there is hope...

We did have a good dinner. I am going to do the writing now, but I should so be sitting on like 7k words by now and I should have had a nap... I don't know...

That's all...


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Snow is Coming!

At least I hope so!

They're calling for 4-8" around here. And some ice later in the storm. It's not supposed to start until I'm already at work though...


As of right now, my office is closed and we're all cleared to work from home tomorrow. Awesome! If the forecast changes overnight, we'll have to go in, but I'm hoping that doesn't happen. We'll know for sure in the morning.

I know working from home is hard. The scenery change can be distracting. Not having the same technology is challenging. I work on three huge monitors and will be down to one decent-sized one. I might not have access to some programs I need, though I tried to foresee that kind of thing and make sure I could get where I needed to be. I know the work is not going to flow as fast as usual because of the computer screens and challenges above. But I'm still excited.

I can stay in my jammies, do laundry, and listen to loud music. Or put my favorite shows/movies on as a backdrop to my work day. And there is no ringing phone. The only calls I'll have to answer are from my sales reps.

The suck part is that typically a snow day means a writing day for me. I'm going to miss that part, though I do still have to take a lunch, so I can use that time to get my words on the page. And if it does snow, our evening obligation will likely cancel, so I will have that time, too.

It's just awesome that the bosses recognized our workload and how stressed we are by the weather messing up our work day and offered this solution. I'm hoping that we can make major progress in getting caught up.

And that's a wrap. I'm going to get my words in now and then crash. Been fighting a sinus headache all day...


Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday - Post Weekend

Today was a Monday like most others.

Woke up tired, though I fell asleep on the couch shortly after the Bosses left. Busy, busy day at work. Phone calls were slow. Emails were slow. So I did get a lot caught up. But my coworkers are drowning, so that's what my tomorrow will be - helping them dig out. I've been trying when I work overtime, but it's like taking water out of a sinking ship with a quarter-teaspoon.

Yesterday, we had both boys.

We met them at Big B's Pinewood Derby race. Yes, we're doing the scout thing again with our grandson. It's fun. We're there to watch and support where needed, but we're definitely not doing more. We love scouting. We did it for about twenty years or so - in so many capacities. We definitely loved it or we wouldn't have been so involved. It's going to be exciting to see our son and grandsons evolve in scouting. We're here for support, but definitely not taking on any kind of leadership roles. Though the leaders there tried. Ha!

Did Big B's scout meeting after. With a slightly fussy, but smiley, Little B. Finally got home and Little B fought sleeping so hard. He wasn't crying or anything, but "unsettled" would be a good word. He required all attention and That Man and I passed him back and forth to try to keep him happy.

K4 and Big B hung out for quite a bit of time - they played video games and talked and she didn't even realize how much she was helping us until I thanked her. She was just having fun with her nephew. I love that so much.

That Man ended up having to help K3 with a tire that blew on a busy highway, so it was just me and the boys for a bit. Little B finally gave it up and slept while I was trying to get Big B fed. He continued to sleep until the parentals got here, which he needed to do. And Big B and I had fun in the meantime. He did my hair. We read. He's doing a fantastic job reading! We made smoothies and talked about a bunch of stuff and watched the music videos Big B thinks are funny... Ha!

It was good, even if it was exhausting. I'm super happy that K1 and J got to have some time away. It was the first time since Little B was born, so there's that. And she only texted me once to see how they were doing. (Though I told her that the boys had taken over and little b had pappy in a choke hold...I'm not sure that was appreciated, but I thought it was funny)

And that's that. I'm going to write now. I did super good on Saturday and nothing on Sunday (obviously).

Oh and it's supposed to snow Wednesday. I say bring it. That man says Meh! He doesn't believe it. I really don't either, but I want to.


Saturday, February 16, 2019


It was good to sleep in. So good.

I got words written this morning. Actually hit my modified daily goal before eleven. (Modified so I can catch up to where I need to be.) I am going to try to double that here in a bit. If I can stay awake. Ha!

Did the adulting thing - sheets washed, stuff cleaned, bills paid. Then ran to the mega mart for new pillows and random stuff. That Man wasn't happy that I threw his pillow away, but it smelled like dog butt and had to go. I found the chopper-thingy I've been missing for way too long. I love this chopper-thingy. I broke my last one about two years ago and have been majorly missing it ever since. So freaking happy to have a chopper-thingy again! I also snagged a blender because ours crapped out and I've been craving smoothies. Believe it or not, I didn't spend much at all...

The grocery store, however, is a completely different story. I'm not even sure what happened there, but I was kind of in shock when the total came up. Plus I forgot fabric softener, dishwasher soap, and cereal. So...

Missed seeing my work friends. A bunch of things happened that prevented me from going. It's okay. I guess.

Made a banging lasagna for dinner - not on me. That Man made the sauce. All I did was throw the ingredients together. And a major banging appetizer. Saw it on the food channel this morning and it fit with our dinner theme, so I tried it. Little caprese tomatoes, stuffed with basil and mozzarella and topped with breadcrumbs. OMG... So good! Of course, I modified it a little. I couldn't part with the almost $10 for the little mozzarella balls the store had, so I bought a fresh block for 1/3 of that. I didn't have breadcrumbs (still think there's breadcrumbs in the pantry somewhere, but I couldn't find them), so I took some flavored crackers and made crumbs out of them, seasoned them with italian stuff and garlic. Definitely something I'll make again.

Tomorrow is Boss day. We're meeting them at big Mr. B's scout pinewood derby race and will take it from there. It'll be a long day, but that's okay. The kids have a meeting for an event they're heavily involved in and it's the first time they've left little Mr. B with anyone. So it's a big day.

And that is all...