Wednesday, February 28, 2024

What's Up Wednesday, February 2024 Edition


Happy almost Leap Day! And, if you are a Leap Year baby; happy-it-only-happens-once-every-four-years- birthday! I'm sure you don't feel slighted, at all

Even with an extra day, February has gone by way too fast. This brings us to yet another What's Up Wednesday, courtesy of Sheaffer and Shay; be sure to tip them on your way out!

                                           What I'm Eating

It seems like I eat out a lot. Since the nest emptied out and I'm no longer cooking for a family of four; it just seems like the right thing to do. Anyhoodle, this month's restaurant offerings include a Caprese salad that was delicious...

...chicken enchiladas suizas that were amazing...

...a turkey sandwich from the local deli...

 ...and a bacon breakfast burrito, smothered in green chili.

When I did make something at home, it was a grilled ham and cheese that I made in the air fryer. Will I ever make a grilled sandwich any other way, now? No. No, I will not.

What I'm Reminiscing About

I'm not really reminiscing about anything, currently.

What I'm Loving

I tried a DIY candle project that I have seen floating around on social media for a couple of years and I nailed it. I'll do a post on it at some point. Probably. Maybe.

I tried a new shade of OPI on my toes; it is definitely a spring color, which gets me in the mood for warmer weather, tulips, and Easter baskets.

Polly Want A Lacquer?

What I've Been Up To

I've been practicing a lot of self care, including massages, reflexology, and facials. It's been money well spent.

I also went ahead and decorated my house for Easter. It seems early, but so is Easter this year, and, if I'm going to go to all the trouble of unwrapping my vast collection of ceramic bunnies, I'm going to enjoy them for as long as I can.

Queen B flew home last weekend to celebrate both her birthday and the birthday of her God Daughter. We spent a lot of quality time together, including getting pedicures (more self-care).

She was excited to spend time with the rest of the family, too.

What I'm Working On

The 10 year old son of one of my staff members was just diagnosed with leukemia, so the rest of the staff and I have been working on managing her duties while she is away with him, receiving care. We are also working on a fundraiser that we are hoping will help to alleviate some of the financial burden that comes along with that care.

What I'm Dreading

Boomer Dog was recently diagnosed with an tumor that is almost always malignant. We have a consultation with a vet in Neighboring City later today to find out what our next steps are. The dread is a rock in the pit of my stomach.

What I'm Excited About

I have a fun event coming up a week from Friday; it will present an opportunity for my whole family to get dressed up, which doesn't happen very frequently. I'm excited!

What I'm Watching

My Mom, sisters, daughter, niece, and pretty much everyone I know back home are watching the new season of Farmer Wants a Wife along with me. Why? Because Farmer Brandon is a friend of my niece. She graduated from High School with him. I know his sister, step-mom and step-sister, but have never met him. I'm still pulling for him to find his perfect match (on a reality television series, as if). It's also really nice to see footage of my hometown area, and the show is doing a amazing job of showcasing its natural beauty. I may be a wee bit homesick, actually.

Farmer Brandon

I'm also watching the newest season of Love is Blind, because, who doesn't want to watch a shitshow?

What I'm Listening To

I recently purchased a new Fleetwood Mac album from an antique store in Hooterville. Mom and I were there looking for milk glass vases for the Man-Cub's wedding when we happened upon the record selection. I made it out with just the one album, but Mom may have to pawn a kidney to pay for the giant stack of records she carted out of the place.

What I'm Reading

I'm working on The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. It's a great story and I am enjoying it so far.

What I'm Wearing

I have nothing of interest to report on. You know, like usual.

What I'm Doing This Weekend

I may be headed to Neighboring City to purchase a dress for the event I mentioned earlier. Or, tending to the Boomer Dog if things go badly. Guess which one I would vastly prefer?

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

I am looking forward to longer days! While I'm not a fan of the time change, I do appreciate having extra daylight hours after work.

Favorite Amazon Find This Month

I purchased this comforter set for Hugh and my bedroom and I love it. It's incredibly soft, light, but warm, and it looks great on our bed.

Monday, February 26, 2024

We Ate a Lot of Cake This Weekend

This weekend we celebrated birthdays for both Queen B and her God Daughter.

Queen B flew into town on Thursday and Mom picked her up at the airport since both Hugh and I were working. They went to visit Oscar and Emily, as well as Hugh's sister, who was in town assisting with Oscar's care (he had back surgery the week prior and is doing really well). 

I picked her up at Mom's house when I got off work and we went home to settle in for the next few days.

Friday morning, we started the day with breakfast at the Mexican restaurant in Petticoat Junction; Queen B loves smothered breakfast burritos, and she can't find them in Texas.

After breakfast, we went into Hooterville for pedicures and some shopping.

Then we spent the rest of the day lounging around the house, until Queen B left for Neighboring City with friends.

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early to travel to a ski town a couple of hours away, where we joined Queen B's bestie for her daughter's Toy Story themed birthday party. She turns three today!

The cake that her mom bought for the party was adorable. It wasn't as tasty as everyone hoped, but cake is cake, and it would have to be pretty bad for me to turn it down; it was not that bad. A tad dense, perhaps, but not that bad.

Later that night, we met with twenty of Queen B's other friends at a bar in Pixler. We enjoyed dinner, dancing, and watching the Man-Cub and Daughter-in-Love play pool (Shanti is a shark; who knew?).

Sunday evening, Mom, Oscar, and Emily joined the four of us for more cake. This time, it was an ice cream cake that Hugh picked up. We only had twelve candles, so we made Queen B blow them out twice, which was close enough to 28 for us.

As an aside, how is my baby 28? Inconceivable!

And, that was our weekend. It was the most social I have been in a while and I think I needed that; I tend to hibernate this time of year, which isn't always the healthiest thing for me. Luckily, the days are getting longer, so I hope I venture out more.

Monday, February 19, 2024

A Day in the Life, Faux Spring Edition

Sooooo, it appears that the groundhog may have been accurate in his prediction of an early spring. I mean, I'm not 100% convinced, but, I am slightly optimistic. That being said; a blizzard will probably blow into town any second now.

Anyhoodle, in light of the fact that the temperatures have been in the 50's and that I have witnessed spring flower bulbs starting to push their way up through the earth; I made the decision to spend Saturday decorating the house for Easter.

As I unwrapped my multitude of ceramic bunnies, it occurred to me that I could start a black market business for the sale of single-use plastic bags and I would make a fortune (our idiot governor banned them. Ask him how well that went for California). Also, can they truly be considered single use, when I have been wrapping these bunnies in them for years? Discuss.

Anyhoodle, while I was crafting bunny tableaus throughout my home, I was burning my favorite candle. It's a scent I created at the DIY candle store in Neighboring City several years ago and I burn it sparingly, because I'm not sure I could recreate it.

Once the house was worthy of a visit from the Easter Bunny, I ran into Hooterville to pick up Mom for an impromptu afternoon of antiquing. I am still on the hunt for milk glass vases for the wedding, but I also enjoy a good treasure hunt. Here are a few items I loved, but ultimately left on the shelves.

This vintage lozenge tin...

...these adorable cows...

...and these German spice containers. This one was haaaaard to walk away from, but I don't have anywhere to display them and they deserve to be the center of attention.

You know who didn't walk away from making a large purchase? This lady, right here.

She found a large stack of vintage records that she could not leave behind. I may, or may not, have encouraged this purchase, but, in our defense, the sale on the house in Mayberry is set to close on the 27th, and she deserves a little treat after the stress of dealing with all that.

We finished the day with an early dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

And I went home, where I took a quick inventory of the milk glass that I have managed to procure so far.

Then, I hit the (new!) sheets.

As an aside; is there anything better than climbing into a freshly made bed?

And, that's what my early spring day looked like.

Won't You Be My Valentine?

As is often the case this time of year; Hugh was out of town for the Hallmark holiday. Since he was in Denver, officiating the State wrestling tournament, I celebrated with Mom. We showed our age by hitting a favorite Italian restaurant during the early bird hour, which let us avoid the crowds. I joke about becoming a senior citizen, but the AARP discounts can't be beat, according to Mom. I should probably look into a membership...and I digress.

Anyhoodle, dinner was delicious; I had the Caprese salad, which was light and refreshing (heartburn following heavy meals appears to be a big part of this old age thing, which I find quite annoying). Mom had a large mushroom calzone (so, the heartburn is either a passing phase or you simply toughen up as you age; I'll keep you updated), because it was Ash Wednesday and she was abstaining from meat.

As an aside, how cute is she?

In addition to dinner, I treated myself to a massage and facial at the day spa in Hooterville...

...and Hugh gave me roses before he hit the road for Denver.

All in all, it was a nice way to spend a commercialized holiday. No complaints.

Lean Into the Hard

Recently, one of my team members at Not So New Job has had her world rocked in ways that I still cannot believe. 

On Thursday, February 8th, her father-in-law died, unexpectedly. Two days later, her ten year old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The family is now in Denver for what will be a long course of treatment, and they didn't even have the chance to properly mourn their loss.

I have faith that the treatment will be successful, but, while he is in treatment, life back home must still go on. The family also has an eight year old son, who is currently staying with his grandparents, as well as several dogs and a handful of chickens. Our work team is working with other friends and family to make sure that the all of their needs are covered, as well as making sure that there is a plan in place for financial assistance for the family.

It's a tough time, but we will all get them through it. If you are the praying type, I would ask for prayers for Jeremy and for his family. Cancer is an asshole. That is all.

Monday, February 05, 2024

The Weekend That Was

I have a dentist appointment today; I am having a small cavity filled. This is not my favorite way to start the week, but I really didn't have much of a choice.

Knowing that this was looming on the horizon could have easily clouded my weekend, but I had planned ahead by scheduling some time at the day spa on Friday morning. I started by sweating out toxins in the sauna. I also scheduled a facial, so, after the sauna, I hopped into a cool shower and then wrapped up in the spa robe for some time in the quiet room before my treatment. It was a fabulous morning.

When I left the spa, I ran a few errands, including picking up a package of diapers for a party that Hugh and I were invited to on Saturday night, it was a beer and diapers shower for a father-to-be, who is the son-in-law of one of Hugh's officiating buddies. I had never heard of a shower for the dad-to-be, so I was intrigued.

While I was perusing the Huggies section of the local Hellmouth, I was chatting with Jules, who called from the road; her daughter required her assistance in moving this weekend, so she was headed to the Front Range. I love talking to my friends, and it was especially good to spend some time in conversation with Jules.

Saturday, I puttered around the house before heading out to the shower that I mentioned earlier. It was a surprise for the guest of honor, and I would say that it was a successful one. His wife and in-laws were very proud of themselves for pulling it off, and the couple will be set on diapers for quite some time. The party was held in a room in the back of Hooterville's newest brewery, which was a great venue for a beer and diaper shower.

After the shower, Hugh and I grabbed a quick dinner, which will have to suffice for our Valentines Day celebration this year, as Hugh heads for the State wrestling tournament on the 14th.

Sunday, I caught up with work at the hardware store before taking Boomer to the park for some fetch. The weather was really nice, so maybe that stupid rodent's prediction of an early spring will be accurate (I'm not holding my breath).

We finished the day with dinner at Mom's with the Man-Cub and Daughter-in-Love. We chatted all things Wedding, including the centerpieces. I have managed to scavenge eleven milk glass vases locally and am waiting for delivery of four more from various vendors on Mercari. I haven't been to the neighboring towns to check out the antique stores, consignment shops, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc., so I am confident that I will manage to gather all of the vases that we need well before August.

And, that's about it for my weekend. This morning, the sunrise is putting on quite a colorful show and I'm sure it's going to be a beautiful day, regardless of the fact that my face will be numb.

Focusing on the bright side can't hurt, right?