Thursday, August 05, 2021

Thankful Thursday #320

 


Joining with Leslie at Once Upon a time & Happily Ever After & Jennifer from Overflowing with Thankfulness to host all the gratitude.  Where we find joy in the every day & little things.

This week I am Thankful for:


Break from Summer
Last week was just torture with the heat.  We were near 100 degrees for the normal temp - not including the humidity, making it feel like 932 degrees.  But a front came through & on Friday & through the weekend, it was wonderful.  None of the gasping for air when you step outside or the instant sweats. We even left our back door open for fresh air most of the weekend.

Safe Girls
I have to laugh that boys get all padded up for football games but girls playing a Powderpuff/Turkey Bowl just go out in cute tees & extra short shorts.  I know they dont tackle..... or they're not SUPPOSED to anyways. But these girls were playing HARD last week. & one of them got hurt. Enough that the game had to be halted & an ambulance called. Made me anxious for the rest of the game too. Glad everyone made it through the game unscathed ...  & I heard the girl that was hospital bound is doing ok as well.

That's never a good thing on a football field


Look at these girls go!!!!
No dainty pinkies up plays here
& there's #34 - my niece - one tough chic!

There's Sophia with the ball.
POWER HOUSE!

New Work Hours
OK... I am more tired & I'm going to bed around 9:30 - 10 at the latest... but its helping me miss a lot of traffic coming across that bridge being repaired with shut down lanes.  Going home earlier doesn't really help because it apparently starts back up HOURS before I get off... but I'll take the easy drive INTO work any day.  Plus, it gets me home a half hour earlier where I can get a work out in & then get dinner going the normal time I had been doing it anyways. 

Sweet 16
I cant believe our little Zoe is 16 years old. We found her walking down a winter road, covered in snow in January 2006 & she was ours. The vet said she was about 5 months old when we took her to get checked - so we put her birthday on Brunos so we could celebrate both our little dogs together.  She doesn't seem16 to me. She is totally deaf, & I think her eyes are getting a little foggy - she needs & prefers to be carried around instead of walking... but from a bed, she likes to watch the dogs. She hates to be alone & will find her way to be where everyone else is.  She has such a sensitive digestive system so she didn't get anything different to celebrate - but she did get MORE of her treats. She got even more hugs & kisses on her birthday too. When they get this old - every day is celebrated.

Bonnie & Clyde's Pizza
You know its our favorite.  Hubby ran down to pick one up on Saturday when I went to go see mom. Just the yummiest!!!!


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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

One Sentence a Day {July 2021}

 


1 - Thurs / Finished the latest season of Lucifer 

2 - Fri / We finally got the news of the return to the office #CueTheDepression

3 - Sat /  We got a break in the heat & I took full advantage by reading one of my favorite books of the year #CouldntPutitDown


4 - Sun / Happy Birthday America!!!

5 - Mon  / So excited to see our family & the twins before they make a move down to Florida & going to be further away #boysgrowingupsofast

6 - Tues / Mondays that are really Tuesday mess me up #stilllovealongweekend

7 - Wed /  Back to the Endodontist & confirming we have to do the THIRD root canal on the same tooth. #MISERY


8 - Thurs / Mom got moved to rehab & they have opened visitation at the facility so I was able to take her things to her #LordBeNear

9 - Fri / I finally finished & got caught up with Real Housewives of Potomac just in time for the next season to start next week. #MoniquetookATurn

10 - Sat / Played some card games with mom while visiting her in rehab #shelookedgood


11 - Sun / Laid in bed for 3 hours watching men's final for Wimbledon #GoDjokovic


12 - Mon /  I found out I'm a Passion Planner Ambassador for the next  year! #excitingtome


13 - Tues /  Made my first recipe since joining Plate Joy & really excited about it #tryingtomealplan

14  - Wed / One of those days that I was so busy, I didnt even get to take a lunch or get out of my chair #mentallyexhausted

15 - Thurs / HORRIFYING when Ozzie got a potato chip bag stuck on his head & nearly died #NOMOREBAGS

16 - Fri / Closed up my computer & cleaned out my home office #itsbeenfun

17 - Sat / Happy 80th birthday with a surprise party for my awesome MIL!!! #gottoseefamily


18 - Sun / This would have been my parents 56th wedding anniversary. #wow

19 - Mon / Welcome back to the office #Imayhavecried #alot

My Calendar when I was last there - March 2020

20 - Tues / Well, that's encouraging to see on the news that the J&J shot is basically trash with the new Delta variant #myluck

21 - Wed / Happy 8th Birthday to my Harvey Dent!!! #stillmybaby


22 - Thurs / Tell me WHY on the first week back into the office, they shut the bridge for to start construction #YouHadOverAYearPeople!!!

23 - Fri / 2020 Olympics FINALLY begins #CovidStillRaging

24 - Sat / I think I found the best grocery shopping time for an empty store! #BoringPersonHours

25 - Sun / It was so nice to see my Uncle's family & get to go through old pictures & memories together. #familyfirst



26 - Mon / Made my first trip to the only Starbucks that's left downtown #everythingiscloseddowntown

27 - Tues / HAIR DAY!!!! #byeGray



28 - Wed / Always fun to come home to see what Ozzie has tore up #HeHatesIAmBackAtWork



29 - Thurs / Started my new hours at work to avoid traffic #oldtimeIusedtowork #upearlier #yawn

30 - Fri / Went to cheer on my niece at her first Turkey Bowl. #Receiver #RunWithThatBall



31 - Sat / Finally a break in the temps!!!! #summerhalfwayover


What was the best thing about your July?


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Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday Favorites

 

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Favorite Hair Clip


A classy way to do those big hair clips

Favorite Fake Tattoos


I love the look of some tattoos - I'm also too scared to ever get one
I love fake tattoos because their fun - & rub off in a few days for a new look
No commitment necessary - & this comes with 49 sheets for under $10.00!!! 
HOLY TATTOO BATMAN! All different sizes. This would be so fun for a girl's weekend.

Favorite Pencils


Because I never get tired of cute pens & pencils

Favorite Sticker


I love Hydration trackers - perfect for your planner or journal for the week

Favorite Dryer Balls


Favorite Fun Game


You can make a little course around your yard...
Or better yet - in your home!
This would be a fun game for your girls birthday parties or even a good adult challenge game.

Favorite Disney Mug


Favorite Funnies

























... Ozzie when he does something cute for a treat


... every time Hubby & I say something & the other didnt hear it that way & we have to play back our Nest Cameras to prove the point

(We've done this more than anyone should have to)

.... me at 4:00pm today


Have a great weekend!!!!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thankful Thursday #319

 



Joining with Leslie at Once Upon a time & Happily Ever After & Jennifer from Overflowing with Thankfulness to host all the gratitude.  Where we find joy in the every day & little things.

 
                                                     This week I am Thankful for:

Empty Office
If we have to be back, I'm so glad that 85% of our floor is still working from home. One would think you could be jealous (maybe a little) but honestly, if I HAVE to be in, I'm glad everyone else is not.  It makes the floor so quiet - keeps the kitchen empty (which  is small to begin with) - keeps the line short to the microwave - & the best part, keeps the bathroom empty. #priorities  I hope they keep everyone else at home as long as possible.  

Treat Pouch
My coworker who is amazing behind the sewing machine has come up with the coolest creation for Hubby.  He can clip this onto his pants & put dog treats in it for when he's working with them to train, or even to go on walks.  Hubby says he's going to use it at work to put his OWN treats in it - LOL - hey, whatever works!


Humidity Break
Its back this week.... ughhhh... but last week, it was really a nice break in that type of air that you feel like you cant inhale.  We're half way through summer so its exciting to get a few days where you dont have to worry about breaking out in an instant sweat when your skin touches the air.

Time with Family
I so enjoyed seeing my aunt & my cousins this weekend.  I honestly can sit & listen to my aunt tell stories all day long. She can read the dictionary & make it interesting. & my baby cousin (who is in her 30's BTW - always my baby cousin though), I just love seeing her.  When she was born, I was in middle school & I was so excited to get to the hospital the moment she was born. I just took her as my own little baby doll. Love that lady!

Empty Grocery
It really is the little things... but man, I really get thankful when the grocery store is empty & I dont have to dodge a dozen people with baskets down an aisle or even worse, wait in line for 30 minutes to check out. #firstworldproblem (I know)

Harvey Dent 8 years old
Our big love bug is 8 years old. He is our biggest dog, & our biggest baby. He just wants to be held & will snuggle with you all night long & not move & is just the best boy.  I cant believe he's 8.  I feel like we just got him a year or two ago.  

Play time on Harvey's birthday... I GOT ALL 4 DOGS IN HERE!!!!


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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

What's Up Wednesday



 What We're Eating This Week
I'm excited over dinner lately. I joined PlateJoy & it's helping me get out of the "what's for dinner?" slump - especially starting back at work. One less thing to worry about. They give you recipes for each meal of the day & you can pick what special diet needs you want... its really nice. I've done EMealz for awhile & they were really boring recipes & a lot of repeats - & it was for dinner only.  This, you get breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack/desserts & even batch cooking meal that will cover some other days.  So far, so good.  This isn't sponsored at all - I signed up on my own & enjoying it - Here's the LINK if you want to check it out. I think you get a 10 day free period - so basically you can try a few recipes for free to see how you like it.



What I'm Reminiscing About
After looking at family pictures this past weekend, I've been thinking about all my family that has passed on. Grandparents, aunts & uncles, of course, my daddy.


What I'm Loving
The one good thing about being back at work - I have two monitors again.
WHEW... what a game changer.  Working for a year & a half on a little laptop has made my eyes strain. 




What We've Been Up To
This past month, we got to see more of family than we have since March of 2020.
Got to see all our grandkiddos, & cousins, my inlaws. 
It's been a crazy busy month actually.

What I'm Dreading
All the traffic ahead with the work on the bridge I have to cross to go to work.
It was shut down a few years back & why they couldnt have done ALL the work when it was shut for 9 months then, I'll never know... but here we go with 3 years of traffic & hair pulling & car honking. ... I want to cry....

What I'm Working On
Trying to get back into the swing of things.
Believe me... its work.
Trying to get my morning & nightly schedule figured out - 
There's just not enough time in a day. There really isn't.




What I'm Excited About
I got lost on my weeks with going back in the office & didnt get a planner post up for the month ... I was going to share there, but I'll go ahead & share here too.  
I get to be a Passion Planner Ambassador this year!! WHOO HOO!!

Gets me sneak peeks on future products, lets me share my love of all the Pash Love.. & I can give you a discount for 10% off.
If you order anything from Passion Planner - just use REBECCAJO10 - it gives me some credit back too - which I've already had 2 people use it & it just started 2 weeks go - that's exciting.  




If you have any questions about their planners or notebooks, just let me know.


What I'm Watching / Reading
I had this on my list but when my friend Meranda told me to pick it up, I made sure to make it my next read... I'm already diving in & enjoying it.



I'm all about Big Brother this time of year...

& of course, I'm watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to watch what happens with Erika Jane/Girardi to see how all that played out.  Give me the pop corn & let's dish!




What I'm Listening To
Right this minute, I'm listening to Eyes on Gilead: A Handmaid's Tale Podcast
I watched it as it came out each week but it was a lot to process - & I always love hearing other's thought & opinions. I like these ladies. & its been good to pass the hours at work.

Tell me what Podcast I need to be listening to being back in the office.


What I'm Wearing
Real clothes... can you believe it.
Things with ACTUAL buttons & snaps & zippers.

What I'm doing this Weekend
No plans this weekend & I'm good with that.
The past few weekends have had something going on... I'm really looking forward to relaxing.


What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
August 1st... our baby girl, Zoe turns 16!!! 
Can you believe it?
Wonder if she'll try to bypass Bruno who was just shy a few months of turning 20!
We love our little Princess

Monday, July 26, 2021

The weekend we ventured to the past

 Happy Monday!

Is it me or is it really unbelievable that this is the last week in July.... next week is AUGUST! That is just blowing my mind.  Hubby mentioned something about how many weeks it is till Thanksgiving. I nearly choked on my iced coffee.  These long days of summer, it feels like forever though till the cool days are ahead... but they'll be here before we know it.

Weekend - I forgot how much I loved weekends. Being back in the office though, man oh man. Did I ever appreciate the time at home... though, I didnt spend much time at home.  Its like life was Pre-2020... weird.

Friday, I headed home... which now, its super fun because the bridge I cross is NOW closing down lanes to prep for 3 YEARS of work. Are you kidding me? You wait till the week I start back to work after a year & a half, & THEN you shut down lanes.  It's a chore to get home. Takes nearly an hour with traffic. Oh joy!... anyhoo.... got home on Friday & Hubby was beat down with the heat & was in the basement cooling off from working & falling asleep... & I ended up going back to my room that I worked out of for a year & a half & ended up turning on the TV back there & ended up falling asleep myself.  The week must have kicked us both in the rear.  


I woke up just in time to start watching the Olympics' Opening Ceremonies... which... STRANGE is the only word I can think of. The whole time I'm watching it, I'm like, why didnt they just cancel it.  I know there's a group of athletes that have dedicated their life to that moment so I get it... but how bizarre is the whole thing. I wasn't overly impressed with the ceremonies either.

I will say - its well known I'm not a big sports person, besides tennis - but the Olympics comes on & I'll watch every sport I have zero idea about & cheer people on I've never heard of. The magic of the Olympics I guess....

Saturday, I ended up waking up at 5:45am ... because I guess my body is like, "you want to wake me up for 5 days at 5:30 - I'm going to not let you sleep in on the day you can"... geez.

It ended up feeling so lovely out early before the sun came up, so I grabbed an ice coffee & sat on the back porch & finished the book I was reading.


Side note - this book... I just loved it. Adorable.  ALL THE FEELS.

I finished up the book & came in & made some breakfast & then I had some things to do around the house, all the fun chores that I couldnt get to during the week.

I headed to see mom & got to spend a few hours with her.  She's still doing really well & telling me all the stories of the people in there that she talks to every day & I even got to meet one of the ladies showing me her new "tattoo" - LOL... Yep, Friday, they had a Tattoo & Booze day - LOL!!! Seriously.  They got to have a pick of a glass of beer or wine -& they got a choice of a temporary tattoo.  How fun is that!  & the ladies I saw, & the stories mom told me - they loved it.  The one lady showing me her blue butterfly tattoo was so proud of it & wanted it to last. Just precious.

Mom walking me to the door when I was leaving....GO MOM!

I ended up going to the grocery around 6pm on Saturday & I think I've found the primo time to go because it was EMPTY. No lines - no traffic in the aisles... This may be my new grocery time. I mean, most people are getting ready to go out & do fun things on Saturday evening - I'm going grocery shopping ... tell me how old & boring I am. Geez. But empty grocery stores do bring me joy - so hey - to each his own. 

Sunday, I once again woke up at 6am & I was like, enough!!!! I laid in bed & snuggled up with Harvey Dent & ended up falling back asleep. & did I ever!!! I slept like a teenager until mid morning. GLORIOUS!!!!

I watched church online & had an apple fritter I got at the grocery the night before for breakfast & watched me some Making It ... anyone else love that show??? I'm so excited it back for a 3rd season.


I headed over to my brother's in the afternoon because my aunt & my cousin & her daughter were going over to swim & hang out.  My aunt brought over pictures & things she had from my grandparent's house & we went back through some of them & talked about the family history... it was so fun & interesting.

It's quite amazing some of the things that still exist. Papers from the 1800's with GORGEOUS handwriting on them....

These were poems written by my great great aunt - I believe...
They were poems... but the handwriting on these things - my goodness - GORGEOUS


Pictures from so long ago...

& I got to keep 2 Bibles from my great great grandma & another family member that I'm not sure who it was - I was struggling keeping it all straight. But it was just amazing to see think of family so many years, decades, CENTURIES before... & here we are.  I'm not someone who is really into looking back into Ancestry - but man, when I hear it & see it, especially people's faces... it really does blow your mind.


That top left pic is my dad & his brother... they look like characters from a 70's movie - 2 cops on a beat taking down the bad guys.... I still cant believe they passed away within months of each other.

The top right, that's my grandpa when he was a little boy. I have always loved that pic of him. I really see him in that small face.

The bottom left is my grandmother... She looks so much like that even when she passed away. Its funny how I see family members in her face. Genetics are incredible.

& the Bottom right is the tank my grandpa drove in WWII ... I saw it & was like, what was he, Captain America! Look at that logo!!! 

So many pictures... so much history. It's crazy to think that we these generations now do everything digital & we were talking about how there's something special in holding these things. Knowing they were once in my family members hands so long ago.  Who really prints pictures anymore unless they go in a frame.  We take more pictures than ever - but what will become of them when you have your great great grandchildren?  Hard to wrap my brain around.

But it was nice to see my family because its been some time - between life & distance & then of course, COVID... this little sweetie was just like 3 years old last time I saw her... 


I want to just bottle her infectious joy up & drink it every day.  We lost one of the twins during the later part of the day because girlfriend has a J-O-B & had to leave to get to work... so minus one of the twins.

It was especially nice to see family &spend time with them because this weekend were big days... Saturday would have been my dad's 77th Birthday - which is crazy to think... & Sunday was my grandpa's birthday. Yep, my dad & his dad were one day apart in birthdays.  It was 2 days of ice cream cake for me growing up. Good memories.  .... miss you dad.

The rest of Sunday was taking care of cats, horses & dogs.  My wild & crazy life.

How was your weekend?

Did you watch the Olympics at all?

Do you keep family pictures?

When is your best time for grocery shopping?

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