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...


Friday, February 15, 2019

Feel Good Friday!

Yay! Friday! Thanks for being here!

What a week! It seems like it was way longer than normal.

What's good about this week?

1. It's done!

2. Easy dinner. We're both too beat to go out. Even a trip to the grocery store felt like too much work. So BLT's with avocado's it was. Yummy.

3. K4 coming home tonight. She wasn't going to come until tomorrow, but she's on her way now. I haven't talked to the kid except for a few texts all week! She has a long weekend, too.

4. A friend of ours doing okay after surgery. They said the mass in his throat was bigger than expected and they think it's cancerous, but there are no details yet. He's doing okay. Just nervous about the results - as we all are. The poor guy needs a break though. He's had enough going on the past year or so. We've known him and his wife for over twenty years. They're good friends.

5. Getting a tiny bit of writing done this week. Well, okay, a decent amount. I'm working hard to use writing as a stress escape instead of letting the stress do the other thing and keep me from writing. I need to get this book done and submitted soon.

6. Sleeping in tomorrow! Please and thank you.

7. Plans to see some old work friends tomorrow. It will be good.

8. Having my Boss boys on Sunday. It'll be a long day, I'm sure, but we're excited to keep them and excited for mom and dad having some away time. It'll be the first time since little boss was born.

9. My work family. They really are the best. There is no way we would be getting through our current crisis without each other.

That's about it. I'm in a writing blast right now and have to report my word count, so I'd better get to it!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy V-D! Not!

Sorry. Not Sorry! I really don't care about Valentine's Day. That Man feels the same. We've both felt the same since we were dating (oh so many years ago). 

Oh I had a big old post written on my thoughts about Valentine's Day, but it wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to, so...

Today is Thursday. 

I worked overtime. 

It was a stressful day at the day job. Working overtime, but it really doesn't count since I'm missing ten hours this week thanks to the snow.

Tomorrow is Friday. Yay. 

The kitten is a rude jerk. He just attacked me for no dang reason. 

I had the best thing happen today! K5 surprised me at the day job! It was epic and so great! We took a selfie and sent it to Pappy and he was like "What!? That's the best day ever!" and it was. 

Tomorrow is Friday...

Bedtime now.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019


I can't believe I didn't post the snow day post yesterday!!

So, it did snow overnight Monday, and by morning, work had called a delay until noon. I went back to bed. Finally got up and had some coffee, did some writing, started the laundry, caught up on emails, ate my favorite breakfast, almost bought another laptop, but my logical-head prevailed before I got to the checkout (it was such a great deal. I'm kind of kicking myself.).

Just as I was about to get ready for work, they called us off for the day.


I took a nap. Nice.

Finished the laundry. Wrote. Watched stupid television for a little bit. (Cooking shows - and I had nothing to cook. We'd already decided on leftovers for dinner and I didn't grocery shop right, so didn't have the random ingredients! Boo!) Did some household stuff. Watched the snow/sleet/rain.

It was nice.

That Man did work, so it was just me and the animals. I wish he'd have been here, but it was probably the first time I've been home by myself in ages. So, okay. The dog was glued to me all day, which was totally fine. She's warm and cuddly.

Today was back to the grind. They did delay us for two hours, but I made it there an hour before opening because I was bored. There is always someone there early when we have a delay. Stopped to see K1 and S at the coffee shop on my way. I need to do that more, but with overtime right now...

Yeah... Some overtime. Now I need to attempt to make up 9.50 hours or something like that. I already have some time in, but I'll never get that much made up this week. I mean, tomorrow is Thursday! I'll get as much as I can done, and figure out the rest later. I could take time - time I am saving for fun and cool things, or I can eat it, but who can afford that? Like I said, I'll figure it out.

And I'm sooo far behind at the day job. So. Far. Behind.

I did talk to 3 out of 4 kids today, so that's a win. K3 didn't answer when I called, but I know his schedule is nuts right now.

It is what it is...

We had a busy night tonight that left us eating takeout at the kitchen counter at 9pm... Bad takeout, too. I mean... the food was good... but 9pm for that kind of food was probably not the best idea... Whatever...

Going to write for a few now.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Potential Snow!

Well, Okay. It's been snowing since last night, but it's actually supposed to accumulate now! We have maybe an inch or more on the ground. The roads were mostly fine this morning. I went in early and only slid a few times. They were perfectly fine on the way home.

Now overnight it's supposed to snow like crazy and then ice and stuff. We can only hope. I'm, at least, hoping for a delay, but a closure would be best. I have no problem driving in the snow, but ice is another thing altogether. I don't care what you drive, or how skilled you are, ice will always win. So we'll see...

Fingers crossed for sleeping in...


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up...

I can't believe the last time I posted was Wednesday!

Though K1 & J and the Boss babies were here Thursday night. And Friday night we went out after work in tribute to the woman whose last day was Friday.

Our night out after work was a lot of fun. But sad. I have no idea what's going to happen next at the day job, but it's going to be rough for sure. I'm already dreading going the tomorrow.

The book signing was a lot of fun. Sold a few books. Talked to a lot of people. Got to see my friends. We went to dinner afterwards - our tradition. Fun.

Then home to chill. I was peopled out and there was no way I wanted anymore social interaction.

Today was pretty chill. Taking care of household administration stuff. Next to the writing.

I'm tired...


Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Halfway Through...

Or I guess over half... But OY!

The OT is exhausting. But, yeah, I'm working it because... extra money, getting caught up... Both good things. I'm waiting to hear if I can go over the allotted time, but that answer hasn't come through yet. With the Jeep being down and That Man having to take me to work, well, it makes sense... But who knows, because I have no answer at all... Harumph!

We shirked our regular Wednesday night commitment mostly due to That Man not feeling great and the need to take care of some meat... Ha! That sounds funny! But we purchased some fresh ground beef from one of the farmer's at That Man's work and we had to package and freeze it. Twenty-four huge burgers, six ginormous meatballs, smaller and larger packages for various meals. We have more ground beef in our freezer than I've purchased in the last six months, so I would say we're pretty set for the moment.

We had burgers for dinner and they were delicious. Salt, pepper, and a slow cook in the cast iron skillet. Oh man! Yum.

I did the writing. I'm over my projected word count for the day of the month, which is awesome, and I'm not going to slack because I want this book done. I'm so grateful that I'm able to write with as much stress as I'm handling at the day job. I would be one pissed off person if the day job sucked my writing away. I've already experienced that suck with other life events and I will fight tooth and nail for it not to happen again. At the same time, I try to be logical and gentle with my expectations, which is why I'm super happy that my word count is what it is right now. It gives me wiggle room for the evenings when I'm so fried I can't see straight.

Tomorrow we will have the Bosses here for dinner. We're making chicken curry and rice. It should be good.

And this weekend is the annual greenhouse book signing. I'm so excited. It's probably my favorite event of the year. Well, it is my favorite event. I'm pretty much ready. Just need to grab a bag of chocolate and some change and I'm good to go.

That's all. Morning comes way too early this week.


Tuesday, February 05, 2019



The worst part about today...
Well... Getting up earlier than normal to work ot? The mountain of work that was and still is waiting for me at the day job? (I did get a lot done today, but the work just keeps coming in) The in your face knowledge that one of our favorite coworkers is done forever on Friday?

My head and shoulders are killing me and I'm about ten minutes away from dropping in exhaustion...

The best part about today...
That Man picking me up from work (The Jeep has a stuck brake caliper or something weird like that. We'll get it taken care of this weekend and it works since I'm working overtime right now.), making fish tacos for dinner. My bed soon.

That Man's birthday dinner was awesome. Good food. Good conversation. The place we went gives a discount if you go on your birthday, so that was awesome. This is the second time we've gone there, and we'll definitely keep going back.

It's too soon to start thinking about the weekend... but I want to. At this point, the only thing I know is that we're going out after work Friday night for our coworkers last day. There will be tears.

That is all...tomorrow will be a repeat of today, with a bonus staff meeting... Joy...


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Feel Good Friday & Weekend Wrap Up... All in One...

Efficient. I know! Ha!

Nah. It's just been that kind of a weekend.

Friday was rough. Well, hell, the entire week was rough, so by Friday I was so tired, I don't even remember the drive home. Got home, ordered a stromboli, and fell asleep on the couch about ten minutes after we were done eating. We were in bed by 8:30. And I slept until 8:30 Saturday morning.

If that doesn't explain it, I don't know how else to say it...

Saturday was my writing meeting. So good to have my group back. The laughter, support, and friendships are back and it's amazing. We had a productive business meeting and an awesome speaker. That Man picked me up (well, yeah, he dropped me off, too) and we headed for a few groceries. K4 went to her cousins, so it was just the two of us for dinner. Made amazing chicken sandwiches and again, went to bed early.

I was up pretty early this morning, though. Got started on the house. Put more Christmas stuff away. The only thing left are the Christmas dishes in the hutch. We're hoping our niece still wants it, and I'll just put the dishes away when/if it goes out the door. I do want it to go. There's too much furniture in my dining room and we would love to take the wall separating the kitchen and dining room out, so...

Household maintenance took up a good part of the morning and afternoon. The sheets were washed, the vacuum run. The K1 & J, K3 & A, and my little bosses came over. Got some grandson time, made ham & green beans for dinner, and a cake to celebrate That Man's birthday tomorrow. Little Boss is so stinking cute. He's smiling now, and cooing, and interested in the lights and shadows around him. Big Boss is also cute. He loves his brother and is so good with him. We threw the football for a bit - well, until he decided soaking in a freezing cold puddle before he threw it to me was jolly fun. Ha! The kid has a good arm though.

The older kids played a game. J did some laundry. Pappy and I got some baby time. The dog got super muddy, which was not cool, but whatever. It is what it is. The temps warmed up and the yard is like an icy, muddy swampland.

And... tomorrow is Monday again. It is That Man's birthday, so we have dinner plans tomorrow night that I am excited about. His other gift will be here before we head out. That's the best part about tomorrow.

And that is all... I have writing to do!


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Still With the Polar Vortex!

Come on already!

Yes, I know it's January and it's winter! But it's currently 3*, but feels like negative 5*. It doesn't start getting better until late Saturday afternoon! And there's a chance of snow tomorrow. I don't mind the snow, but this negative temperature stuff... nope.

That Man took me to work today so I didn't die. That was nice. Though tomorrow, I have no choice but to drive myself, and I just might die. We're working OT right now, so I'll be going in right as it starts to get light out. And I probably have to stop and get gas in the morning... brrr...

We had to hit the grocery store for breakfast components on our way home. That Man's work has a big employee appreciation breakfast every few months. He's making a big old casserole with ham, eggs, cheese, and potatoes. (Reason why he can't take me tomorrow. He has to go in super early and he has to get up super early to cook.) Had a quick dinner. K1 needed a ride home after dropping his car off to be inspected. He hung out for a little, ate dinner, and then he and That Man took off. I took care of some estate stuff, paid the bills, laundry. I still have more estate paperwork to do, but I need a notary, and it was such a long day... I just couldn't do anymore thinking or numbers. (I worked overtime today and my brain is broken... and it's been a super long week. Of course, you know that by now.) Tomorrow I'll talk to our work notary and see when he's going to be in next week and it'll be done.

The weekend is coming though! Yay! Writing meeting on Saturday! Looking forward to it. Also, looking forward, we've also reserved our spot for a cool event my sister's involved in, and we've reserved our hotel room for the Bantam Jeep Festival. This year we're going as observers so we know what's cool to do next year. I'm looking forward to it!

That is all. I'm fried.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Freaking Polar Vortex!

Holy Mr. Freeze!! It's freaking cold out!!

Currently it's -11*. Yes, negative eleven. We have an advisory until late tomorrow for wind chills of -20*. WTF?

The Jeep never warmed up enough for me not to feel like my fingers were going to break off. Partly due to the fact that I ripped my back window up pretty good the other day (stupid groceries). I mean, ripped it again. I can't unzip it, bring it in and patch it in the warm, because the zipper is too worn to re-zip. I need a new top, which is on the agenda for this spring. It's a waste of time to get one now. But, the temperatures are supposed to hit the 50's on Sunday, so hopefully we'll be able to complete a patch job.

Plus, I'm pretty sure my water pump is going out (and maybe my thermostat). It's literally one of the only things we haven't replaced, so it's logical, but also a pain in the butt.

Anyway. The day job is crazy, but we have some optimism now. The bosses have a plan to help and it seems like they are actually listening to us. They've made some changes to work flow and listened to our suggestions. It's still going to be rough for the next little while, but we're hopeful. And they've opened up overtime, which will help.

They made a change early this week that is just not working, but I'm hopeful that we'll get it figured out. It was a great idea, but it's resulting in much more work for me especially - though I can't figure out why.

I'm going in early tomorrow. That Man is going to drop me off so I don't freeze to death on my way in. I have an hour to make up from the forced snow day, and the rest will be overtime. I've already taken my shower so my hair doesn't freeze and break off in the morning. I'm not excited about getting up an hour plus earlier, but I'm happy to get caught up and have a little extra cash in my pocket.

So early bedtime now...


Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Early dismissal from the day job thanks to the white stuff! Yay! The drive home was absolutely fine, but I'm glad they let us go when they did.

Especially since I was able to make some estate phone calls and get some much needed information when I got home. I feel a little more confident in my project now, though it's still a huge pain in the butt! Such a process and I'm doing it in triplicate. Oy! I will be so glad when this, and my other estate project are over! And, I don't have to think about taking a day off this week to do this stuff now. Granted, I will have to take a day once I get all of the information back and need to get it processed, but that's in maybe a few weeks or sooner, so...

I had put dinner in the crockpot before leaving this morning, so I didn't have to worry about that. Threw a load of laundry in, took out the trash, and felt pretty danged productive.

I think we may have gotten between 2-3" of snow. It's pretty. But I'm not looking forward to the major freeze that comes next. It's supposed to be bitter cold the rest of the week and who needs that? I'm definitely against that kind of cold. 

The day job has been so stressful this week. I cannot even describe how much so. It's so brain draining and anxiety-inducing. I don't know what's going to happen next. No one does. We are completely over-whelmed with work and phone calls, and that's only a tenth of it. I'm not ready to walk yet, though, I want to think this is the tipping point of some much needed change, but we shall see.

I was asleep by 8pm last night - probably because it was such a draining day. And I easily could have slept another couple of hours this morning. Making progress with home stuff today has given me a little boost to take care of other home things, but I am fading now. I will get some words done tonight, but it will be another early bedtime.

That is all!


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up...

I know I missed Feel Good Friday.

There wasn't a lot of Feel Good going on. It was a super rough week at the day job. And not regular super rough, but unbelievably bizarre and stressful. One person put their two week notice in, and another person informed the rest of the team this morning that she's not coming back. I am incredibly sad and scared and worried, as we all are. Tomorrow should be an interesting day, to say the least.

I spent Saturday trying to get some estate stuff done and napping. That kind of stress drains you big time, I guess. I did make a a pretty good dinner, though.

Today was lunch with my grandbabies. I was spit up on, wrestled on, piled with blankets, told crazy stories, and hugged. That's good stuff.

In the midst of that were numerous texts from the work family. We're all stunned and sad. Even my old boss. We have no idea what is going to happen next. And, no, I don't know what I'm going to do yet.

Now we're just chilling. The laundry is done. The vacuuming is not. It's leftovers for dinner and probably an early bedtime. Not that I think I'll be able to sleep with worry over work.

That's about it...


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Just Thursday?

And it's been a short work week for me!

But the work week I've had has been insane. Our boss is in this week. From NC. It's been kind of weird. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't even know how I feel yet. Lots of stuff and strangeness and unmet expectations.

Tomorrow is Friday though. That's good, right?

That Man and I have had a good week together. Working together. Doing our thing. The house needs vacuumed, but other than that, it's clean. Laundry is done. Dishes are done. We even did super good portion-wise with our dinner tonight. (only a lunch portion of leftovers! Whoot!) We've spent a lot of time with the TV off and reading/writing, which is also awesome. I guess it's slow progress? Adjusting from four to a part-time one is a lot.

I have done the critiquing and the writing. I started the newsletter. I attending the amazing board meeting. (It was so smooth and awesome!)

That's all I have. Looking forward to the weekend...


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Frozen Tuesday...

Holy Mother of all that is Holy, it is freaking cold!

Or it was. Not so much now, but yesterday... OY.... That was nine kinds of ridiculous, and this morning... It was ten degrees when I left for work. I am fully aware that it's January and it's winter, but come on!

We're supposed to get freezing rain in the morning. 10% between 7 and 8 am - just when I'm going to work. The temperatures are supposed to be in the 20's. Just get me there, though. Temps are due to rise throughout the day, though it will be raining and temps will be under freezing, and be 42 and raining by the time I get off work.

Let me just ask... what has happened to a true and epic snow storm? Or even an ice storm? I'm all about either, but... Nooo... it never ever happens.

Whatever. Mother Nature. You need a Snickers.

In other news. I am a Great Aunt. (Not for the first time, but every time with being a great aunt is like the first time - you'll know when it happens to you! ha!) The little adorable baby girl was born yesterday. She is so stinking cute and my brother and sister-in-law looked amazing in their picture with her. I can't wait to meet her!

That's all I have for now. I have more swear words than actual words, which means it's bedtime...


Sunday, January 20, 2019

What a Letdown...

Some storm... Blah!
Yeah we got some snow, but then it turned to rain. Not the up to a foot or more we were told and I wanted. Now it's freaking cold and getting colder. Total disappointment though, weather-wise. Other than that, it's been a pretty decent weekend.

Dinner with friends on Friday. That was a lot of fun and I'm so glad we could all get together. We laughed and talked for a few hours.

Then, I hit the grocery store. It wasn't as crazy as I expected, but they were out of weird things. Luckily, I wasn't in the bread, milk, eggs, and toilet paper crowd. Just needed a few things to get through the potential of not wanting to go anywhere.

Up early Saturday, though I did sleep in a little. That Man had gone to the hardware store for stuff he needed for the snow blower and made sure it was ready to go. I think it was maybe ten minutes after he'd parked it by the back porch that we found out the forecast had changed. He shoved it back into the shed.

We pretty much just hung out - did some laundry. That Man made brunch, which was delicious. K4 decided to go and hang with her cousin for the supposed weather event, leaving us all alone. We both spent a lot of time reading with no television on. Then, when if finally did start snowing, we took a walk and ended up at the pizza shop downtown for dinner. That was a snap decision and a good one. Took our time walking back home. Took up our books again.

Was texting with my old boss who happens to live about 3 blocks away and she ended up coming over for conversation. Work has been pretty stressful and she needed to talk through some stuff. That was fine and we had a lot of other great conversation too.

Today has been very relaxing. I did sleep in, which was awesome. All of the chores were done yesterday. We're still in our jammies. I finished my book. That Man's book is ginormous so he's still reading. We have music on. The dog is sleeping between us. K4 made it home and has disappeared into her room. The wind is crazy. There are candles lit.

I'm not cooking. That Man has to have one of those tests you are forced to have once you hit 50 tomorrow and he's on a clear liquid diet today until he starts his prep for it. I had just planned to find something to eat and hide away to eat it so it didn't bother him, but he seems unaffected at this point. He even offered to cook dinner for K4 and I. Instead, we will be ordering a pizza (and maybe hiding in K4's room to eat it) Ha! I am off work tomorrow to handle That Man after his appointment.

Next is writing or critiquing. Not sure which. I took a complete Internet break yesterday, except for harassing my co-workers on our group page. (I had no choice. It was a necessary and hysterical thing.) Now I have some emails to answer and a newsletter to think about putting together.

And that is all...


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guess What?

It's snowing and it's Thursday! Whoot!

We may or may not be delayed for work tomorrow. Whatever.

I have plans with my writing friends for dinner tomorrow night. Looking forward to it - last time we were missing over half, so I'm glad we found a night that works for all of us.

We'll either head out for the grocery store tomorrow night or first thing Saturday. Joy, but an adventure to be sure.

We ordered Chinese food for dinner tonight. We did have a plan for dinner, but we got home at the same time and neither of us felt much like cooking. It was a good choice.

I had my work review today. Which was good. Little raise. Little bit of compliments. I'll take it. It was a crazy, crazy day though. It didn't look like I did a lot of work by my metrics, but let me tell you that's not true at all. I felt like a crazy person.

That is all...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Please Let it be True...

Oh yeah with the snow in the forecast.

Tomorrow night - well, whatever. I'd rather it not snow too much during the week anyway. It messes up time and work flow and uses up valuable paid time off. Not to say I wouldn't take it if Mother Nature decided to dump on us mid-week.

But the weekend - it will depend on the temperature, but the potential for a major snowstorm is there. (Wait for me to whine about it being just rain or a tiny bit of snow on Sunday, because if we don't get the storm, I will be whining and crying.) I really, really hope we get dumped on though!

That Man and I just realized we'll need to go to the store. I mean, we'll need to anyway, but our timeline will need to be backed up if the major storm is a go. Typically, we go on Sunday.

And that's not going to be a fun time. We'll skip the bread, milk, eggs, and toilet paper sections since we don't need any of that. Well, maybe eggs, but that's a normal. Okay. Wait. We need bread, too, but we buy a loaf every week, so there. And we're talking about our normal shopping anyway. We never have milk since neither of us drink it and we're good on the toilet paper.


I'm so excited! That Man typically plows snow and he's rarely here for a storm. The fact that he will be is awesome! I'm thinking about what cool things I want to cook. I'm thinking about how to structure my writing days. I also have some critiquing to do, so I need to fit that in there.

I know. I know. I'm getting myself all worked up over something that might not happen.

But it might...


Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Too much like a Monday. Just saying...

We're due for more winter weather. On Thursday and again this weekend. Thursday is just supposed to be a fly by, but I'm so hopefully for the storm this weekend! The first report I heard was that  it was supposed to be massive and I'm holding to that. Snowed in! That's what I want! I'm not kidding!

I will prep for being snowed in and I might just pretend I am snowed in this weekend. We'll see what happens! Ha! It's only Tuesday, so...

Writing is commencing. My house is warm. My bed is waiting.

That is all.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snowy Sunday...

Yay, snow!!!

It's not much at all! Definitely not a snowpocalypse or even more than a nuisance snow, but it's pretty and I like it. So does the dog.

Got to see the Mr. B's yesterday! Thursday was big Mr. B's birthday, so we gathered presents and went to see him. We hadn't seen them since Christmas day because of the sickness with the exception of K1 stopping by on occasion. So that was good.

I did sleep in both days, and despite my goal of taking a nap today, it didn't happen. I tried though. That Man made an awesome stew for dinner. K4 did her laundry and so did we. I stayed in my jammies all day, finished Simon's critique, wrote words of my own, updated the check book, cleaned house a little...

Now K3's friend is here working on Dungeon's and Dragon's stuff with K4. K3 is not here yet. But he should be soon.

Tomorrow is back to the grind. Not looking forward to it. At all. Though I am looking forward to the potential for good stuff coming along soon.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Feel Good Friday... The Last Monday of the Week...

For this week. I'm pretty sure next week is also going to be another week of Monday, but it's too soon to know for sure...

Let's get to the Feel Good list...

1. K4 home for the weekend... Orthodontist appointment that fit perfectly into her schedule, Good first week of the new semester. But a cold coming on - at least she gets to semi-rest this weekend. She has commitments and other commitments, but it's all good. She gets to sleep longer than normal, which is important for the cold. She just took medicine and went to bed, so there's that.

2. That Man finally feeling better. Neither of us are back to 100% yet.  What kind of illness does this? It's been over two weeks now? Granted, we're doing our thing, but the exhaustion is real. We feel lame and stupid for not doing the things we really want to do. But sleeping... Oy!

3. Not technically cooking tonight. Only a tiny bit of prep. We had planned to get the pre-cooked fried chicken at the grocery store, but the dude who makes it was on break. When he returned, he said it would be twenty minutes. I'd already been at the store for longer than that, so I bailed and we did make your own subs for dinner, which was fine and good, but why the hell don't you have fried chicken at 5:45 on a Friday night? Ridiculous!

4. Co-workers. The only way any of us actually live through the day job is because we're a solid team. It's the truth.

5. Sleeping in tomorrow. Yess!

6. The potential for snow this weekend. I am all about that!

That is all!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Another Monday!

Yeah. It's Thursday! But it was still like Monday! It's been a solid week of Monday!

I'm not kidding.

So, It's freaking, freaking cold out. Like the wind will rip your skin off your bones cold. That's no lie. Well. Maybe it's an exaggeration, but it's still no lie. I need to get gas in the morning, and I'm angry about that. Plus, I lost a glove! Yes, I have other gloves, but these gloves are super warm and super special and I'm pissed about it!

Talked to my aunt tonight. She cracks me up. She's dealing with clearing out my great uncle's house and her stories are incredible.

Today is Mr. B's birthday. He's 6 now. He's an amazingly smart and funny kid! We video chatted tonight and... he makes me laugh hysterically. We also got to see little Mr. B through chat! That was cool. We haven't seen either of them since Christmas due to the evil flu! Yeah, I know it's been about two weeks, but that flu was so evil there was no way we were taking chances with our babies!

Tomorrow is Friday. This weekend is pretty chill with I hope some sleeping in and a bunch of writing.

That is all.