Friday, April 03, 2020

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Lap Desk

Magnetic Dry Erase Lap Desk

I am constnatly using a lap desk while sitting AT my desk for extra space to write - & I love that this is a like a white board in my lap!!! I'd love to just write notes on it with my tablet on it on any good day.  My mind is endless on ideas for this one.

Favorite Shirt

Joy Is My Priority Striped Tee

Favorite Book Bag

This supports the bookstore too - a perfect idea in trying times
Check out & see if your local bookstore is selling things online that you can support them in!

Favorite Green Thumb Item

I'm not a plant person  - but this is cool
It'd be neat to teach kids how things grow too - let them watch the roots grow

Favorite Baby Photo

Detailed Starbucks Newborn Shoot

I've been seeing the CUTEST baby shoot ideas lately
... this one just speaks to my Starbucks loving heart

Favorite Massager

OK - I bet this would feel wonderful!!!!
It's for your HAND!!!
My carpal tunnel gets so bad after lots of typing or knitting or drawing or coloring
This massages different ways - for the whole hand - for the fingers.
It's supposed to be good for arthritis & to get blood circulation in the hands!

Favorite Extra Desk Drawer

So our desks at work, you've probably heard me complain before how small they are & how space is so limited.  I really may have to buy this to stick under it to store my pens or even little things I use - like paper clips, or erasers - any little thing that gets lost on a desk!

Favorite Lip Stick

...because ... Disney Princess

Favorite Yarn Creation

Disney Princess Doll 10 Pattern Bundle

Click the pic for all the links to each doll's pattern to make yourself!!!

Favorite Funny

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... me every morning I wake up & see the latest COVID-19 numbers

GIPHY! ( September 7, 2016 at 04:12PM

... my dogs after spending 2 weeks with me working from home

GIPHY! ( March 26, 2020 at 09:25PM

... also me every time i get on Twitter & see what everyone is saying about COVID-19

GIPHY! ( March 26, 2020 at 10:28PM

... when I have to finally go to the grocery & someone walks down my aisle

GIPHY! ( May 6, 2019 at 05:15PM

... me at 4:30pm today

GIPHY! ( March 15, 2020 at 11:26AM

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Daily "Coffee chats", the masked Belle & the BEST money ever spent.... {Thankful Thursday #266}

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This week I am Thankful For:

Working from home
I see so many new stories about people that arent able to make their bills because they've been laid off or can't work... & I am so thankful that I have a job.  Even more - that I can do it safely from my home. It truly is a blessing.

Zoom HSM groups
So I didnt even think of this- the HSM girls did.  They have decided to get together at 8pm at night & have devotionals together. & the girls are taking turn leading the devotionals. How amazing is that?  It's been going on now for over a week & I'm just impressed at the work these girls have been into their nights that they lead.  They have some really good messages & scripture & insight. Plus - its just good to see their face & talk about what they think & how they feel with all this craziness.

Belle Face Mask
If you have been here the past 2 weeks - you saw my Belle Check scanner cover - the Belle scrunchies - the Belle cup holder - & then came the Belle tape cover for my desk (how fun is that) - & then this week, I had sent to me in my work delivery, a BELLE MASK!!! YEEEESSSSS... my sewing coworker found some scraps & made me the best gift ever. It may not be approved by the CDC - but come on, it's gotta help, right? Plus, its just cute.

I've been so busy with working at home, its actually really hard for me to get away for an hour for lunch - but I'm learning I NEED to get away, even if its for 15 minutes.  The good thing, I've got the perfect company to do lunch with.  Plus, with it being warmer - I've just been going outside & taking some good deep breaths.

New Printer
You saw this on Monday's post - Let me tell you.... THE BEST MONEY EVER SPENT. It has made working so much easier at home.  & has help me get things caught up on a lot of things that I can get accomplished at home instead of the ever growing pile of things I'll have to take care of when I get back in the office.

Coffee Chat
I just think that ladies I work with are awesome!!! & it's felt funny just emailing & chatting with them online during the work day - so we've set up a 2:00 "coffee chat" where we call each other via Facebook, which is similar to Facetime. It's fun just seeing all the faces & catching up on the day  - whether it be work related or just what's going on in everyone's lives. 

Tell me something good in your world right now!!!!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Because we need a Hodgepodge to get us through this

From this Side of the Pond

So thankful Joyce has come out of 'retirement' & got the Hodgepodge all fired up again.
We needed this fun little community to band together during this time.

& a big Happy April Fool's Day.
I dont think many people are up to big pranks this year.  
I'm really bad at them anyways. I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt someone's feelings, or disappoint them - like when you make them think they won the lottery or something. I dont have the heart for pranks.
I think 2020 has been pulling the biggest prank of all... so there's that...

Onto the Hodgepodge!

1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion where you live? Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?

I think the COVID-19 alone can take the LION title for us all...

But as for Spring, we never really had a bad winter so spring sort of just eased its way in here.  All our flowers are blooming up & our flowering trees are all bloomed... & I'm seeing more & more green.  It was near 80 degrees one day & chilly in the 50's the next.  I'll take that instead of the rush of summer humidity which can happen.

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet?

It's usually because Bruno looses his balance in his walker & is ready to tip over.
I'll probably break something tripping over things to dive to get to him.

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? What's one chore on the list you've already managed to accomplish? What spring clean chore do you most dread?

Right now, my Spring To-Do list basically is "SURVIVE"... am I right?

As for cleaning, I usually do a closet once over every Spring & Fall - time to break out the shorts & tees & dresses.  Best part - pull out all the sanadals - YES - my happy place.

I do need to clean out my enclosed porch. The dogs wear it OUT during winter with muddy & snowy feet in there.  But once I can get the sliding doors open & windows, I can get it all cleaned up - & then it will become my favorite reading spot - I can close the screen doors & read & still feel the breeze of outside... causing my allergies to make me feel awful - but still, yeah!

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4. Tell us something you've learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.

I've learned I really am a home body.  I haven't minded at all being home.  Yes, I miss people, but its been really nice to not have to run around & be at 5 places in one day.  It's really let me BE STILL I think its helped because I've been able to get outside with the warmer weather. If it were winter, I'd probably lose my mind having to be confined actually INDOORS.  But for now, we're doing OK.

I've learned about the world - it's full of idiots.  I knew this - didnt know the extent till now.

It's corona time : dankmemes
Sorry for the language... but it had Belle so I had to

5. Something you love that's the color pink?

I had to think... I love pink but had to think of all the pink things I have...
I'll go with my pink coffee mug that I use all the time

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Pink Campfire Mug
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6. Insert your own random thought here.

So the county I live in was just called a "hot spot" & our local hospital apparently has the most COVID-19 patients around.  That makes us not even want to go out to the grocery anymore.  We watch the Nightly News every night & I always say, "ready to get freaked out" - because that's the only thing it does. All the anxiety being spread on the news.... whew. It's a rough time.   It's gotta get better soon, right? ... thank goodness for the people that are awesome at making Coronavirus memes though.  Love people can find laughter in some of the strangest times.
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Monday, March 30, 2020

The weekend that I think TP accountability is a thing....

How's everyone hanging in there?

Is everyone else feeling like this is one of the most bizarre situations you've ever lived through? Just weird - bizarre - surreal - CRAZY....

I'm at the point where I woke up on Sunday & in our work group chat, I heard it ding at 7:15am & I thought, OH NO, I over slept.. which 1. it was Sunday - not Monday - & 2. I dont have to start working till 7:30 so I would have still been fine since I just have to take like 25 steps to my desk now. 

I'm telling you - CRAZYYYYY!!!!

And at this  point, I've also forgotten what make up is & I'm pretty sure my hair hasn't seen a comb in over a week.  Yes - I'm not gross, I'm still taking showers & washing it, but I just throw it up in a bun when its wet - & take it down when its time to wash it again. 

I did venture out for the first time in over a week on Saturday, yes with my hair up in that sloppy sloppy bun.  Not a cute messy bun - a sloppy sloppy bun.  We needed to go to the grocery because we hadn't been out to get food in 2 weeks & I was in desperate need for a new printer for working at home.

I have a printer - but its old & it takes about 2 minutes to print one email... aint no one got time for that.  Plus, I have to make TONS of copies a day - & a lot printing out emails.  I figure that this working from home thing is going to be longer than I anticipated, so I went ahead & dished out the money.  Hoping it makes my work week at home much easier  I've told multiple people that I was about ready to throw my printer out of the window last week.... hopefully my Hulk rage will calm down now.

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It felt so strange to be out 'in the real world'.  To see normal crowded parking lots totally empty.  To feel the way I did.

We got to Sam's Club & there was a line out the front door.  We had gotten there just as they had opened - my thinking was, if they cleaned last night, it'll have fewer germs in the morning than in the evening.  When I saw the line, I figured everyone else had the same idea..... I found out I was wrong. They were just there for toilet paper. 

They had to have a police man at the front to let people get in safely, like this is some Black Friday attitude happening.  Everyone was pretty decent at standing apart from each other in the line to get in... but once inside- WATCH OUT - ALL BETS OFF IN THE RAGE TO GET THE TP.  Me? We just wanted the printer, so we were able to go the opposite direction.  Ricky did try to venture back to see if he could snag up some TP - we have a good dozen rows left (Why am I telling you that - is TP accountability a thing now?) - but anyways - he said people were all crammed up on top of each other (EWWWW) & then the Sam's employees were making people get back in line & they were disbursing them in the carts. No one was allowed to touch them. They were putting one in each cart because people have turned into savages apparently.  Ricky jetted out of there & we just did a self check out & got out of there fast.

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Our next stop was the grocery store.  That was more crowded then I expected to - & I'm gonna confess right now - this place gave me ALLLL the anxiety. People gave NOT ONE CARE how close they were to you, how much they they got into your space. It was so aggravating.  Even the workers would come down the aisle with these huge carts & sort of force people together. 

When we checked out, I appreciated the markings on the ground to say where to stand... but do people play by the rules? Not one bit.  I dont get people.

& I told the cashier to just push the food down, I would bag it myself - to which I'll add, I'm a pretty awesome bagger. My first job was at a grocery store cashier for 3 years - I loved that job actually!  But put me in any bagging competition - I'm pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  ... She did just that, but by the end, there were like 5 things that were up near her I couldnt reach - I told her to just shove it down - but NOOOO - she put in a bag & walked around & skimmed my shoulder as she threw it in our basket.  If you can skim someone's shoulder - you're too close.

I was ready to just take a HAZARD SHOWER when I got home. 

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I was actually really glad to get back home ... back into our safe bubble.  We have food now, I'm good for another few weeks.

Saturday was so warm & beautiful though - so I just took advantage of being home & the sun shining... I sat on the back porch & finished reading a book.

I even had company....

Is Harvey smiling? I think so

The dogs are totally loving all this home time....
& they in return are giving me all the comfort & joy in scary times.

It was so hot on Saturday that I didnt want to turn on the oven, so we decided to support the local restaurants & I ran down & got some take out. 

We spent the rest of Saturday evening being smothered by dogs because a HUGE storm came through & the dogs were all freaking out. FREAKING OUT.  All I kept thinking is, "sure, all this chaos right now, let's add in some horrible thunderstorms & tornadoes to the mix".  2020, I'll say it again - you are just the worst.

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During the night with all the storms, I was able to get caught up with The Walking Dead... which really isnt the best show to be watching right now during this time - nor in the dark hearing the winds & rains smash against your window. What can I say - I must be a glutton for punishment.

Sunday, it's week 3 of church from home.  & its the 3rd week of making a big breakfast for Ricky & I.  I'm trying to find new routines where I can because I am a person that needs them.  I feel like things slip through the cracks when there's not plans, a schedule.  A big breakfast is a good thing for my belly & my soul.

The rest of my Sunday was like most of my Sundays BC - Before Coronavirus...

I did some reading... watched 3 church services online ... watched the For King & Country little concert they did (here's the LINK if you want to watch it).... did my bills.... did my planner for next week - because I have SO MANY PLANS for next week ??? - again,I need routine.

Got in some Steven Furtick after my own home church service

I also went ahead & joined Daily Burn to get some workouts in at home. I actually did good last week & worked out 4 times - plus multiple "drive way walks" ... & I do have a Beachbody account - but that's just been aggravating for me.  I have had a very vocal hate of the last few workout plans Beachbody has put out because they have no music... & they have since gone back to some other old videos & CHANGED the music that was once on there. I dont know if they lost licensing rights or something?  Plus, its just not easy for me to pick & choose workouts. They are all mixed in on plans & I've done most of them, so I dont want to start over at the beginning of the plans again.

I know there are work outs for free out there - I actually did some Popsugar Fitness videos last week - but did I mention I like routine?  I'm not good just going on & picking & choosing a workout. I need a plan, a strategy, someone to tell me what do for a work out. 

Enter Daily Burn... they are doing a 60 day free trial - 60 days??? I'll give it a go.

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But they are known for having work out plans for different things - weights / cardio / Intense workouts / Pilates / Barre ... but their big selling point is they offer a new work out every day.  I guess you can do it LIVE at 9am - but you can access it all day long to do on your own... so you can do 365 new workouts a year!! How cool is that?  .... Of course, with the virus going on, they dont have new workouts happening because social distancing... but they are planning on using videos from another year - which its all still new to me. 

If anything, its free for the next 2 months - it'll be a good trial... I'll let you know how it works for me & what I think about it.

The rest of the Sunday was just lazy - trying to soak up the sunshine & fresh air - even made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, because hey, I did work out earlier!!!.... trying to gear up for another week that I'm sure is going to be full of news, more anxiety & a lot more frustration.   But we've got this, right?

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So how was your weekend... did you even KNOW it was the weekend?

Have you been out or are you doing life as normal?
(if you are - why????)

Have you ever used Daily Burn?

Did you get storms this weekend?
& do you have pets that are terrified of it?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Towel Rack

Bamboo Towel Rack

I love that you can put your house shoes on the bottom too
I LOATHE walking on the floor when I get out of the shower & my feet are damp.

Favorite Drink

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I fell into the Whipped Coffee videos on Tik Tok - 
& Yeah - I think I've gotta try it 
& yes, it has A LOT of sugar in it - but for a quartentine, TREAT YO SELF world we need to be in right now, ENJOY!

Favorite Fun Item

Chair Sock Set

Because why shouldnt your chair have socks?
& yes, you get 4 of them

Favorite Printer

Fujifilm Mini Link Smartphone Printer

I've been wanting to find a little printer to print out phone pics for my planner!!!
I've got my eye on this one - anyone have it? Tell me what you think.

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

They make all sorts of stories - but come on... I feel like I need to buy a ton of these & just pass out - share the Beauty & the Beast love!!

Favorite Coloring Book

I could get into this baby for hours!!!

Favorite Practical Book

I mean... I know its a downer... but this would have made life so much easier when my dad passed away unexpectedly.  This would be something to just fill out & let your family know where it is for when the time comes.  It'd also be a good reference for family members for down the road  - health conditions & contacts.

Favorite Dog Selfie Help

I've seen ones with treats... this is funny with a ball.
Now, to make sure the dogs dont attack my phone :)

Favorite Food Storage

Kai Bamboo Melamine Bento Box

I'm not sure how well these keep things contained - but these Bento Boxes are GORGEOUS!!!

Favorite Funnies

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... 2020 work place

GIPHY! ( November 8, 2015 at 03:12PM

... me leaving the office not sure when I'll see my coworkers again

GIPHY! ( September 5, 2019 at 12:28AM

... me trying to get through every day of 2020 so far

GIPHY! ( February 25, 2017 at 10:48AM

... when someone tells me how their weekend went & it involved going out & hanging with a bunch of people

GIPHY! ( March 20, 2020 at 02:45PM

... when someone wants to get near me me during this COVID-19 season

GIPHY! ( February 15, 2014 at 08:25PM at 4:30pm today making it through another week

GIPHY! ( November 9, 2017 at 05:23PM

Happy Friday Y'all!!!

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