Monday, October 14, 2019

Days Three and Four

I head back to Day Job at noon today.

That's all I'm going to say about that.

In brighter news, the past two days were filled with friends, family, fun, and photos, not necassarily in that order.

Saturday morning, I went about my preparations to depart for Mayberry, only to be felled by a migraine. Luckily, once my meds kicked in, I was able to make the drive without losing too much time. I had initially planned to leave Petticoat Junction at 8:00, but ended up leaving closer to 10:00. I finally pulled into Mom's driveway at around 1:00, and, had time for a brief nap before Phoebe and her hubby and son picked me up for Round Two of Senior pictures.

We drove about an hour and a half, toward their family cabin, stopping at an old mining site for the first set of photos...




...and ending at the cabin for the second set.


Afterwards, we stopped at a restaurant that we frequent whenever we spend our Girls Weekend at the cabin; Phoebe and I had margaritas and enjoyed the time together before they dropped me back at Mom's.


Sunday morning, Mom and I grabbed breakfast burittos at a diner in Mayberry before Boomer and I got back on the road. It was a quick visit, but, enough time to catch up with Mom a bit as well as to conduct a group text messaging thread wherein we drew names for Christmas gifts with the whole family.

The drive home was uneventful, although, once we got home, Boomer made a mad dash for his water bowl, slurping up half the contents and then promptly barfing his way across the living room.

That was fun.

Later, I met Mama ill, Beth, Anthony, and Baby Cooper at the local park for an attempt at family photos. At first, Baby Cooper was having no part in it.


He did eventually decide to grace us with a few smiles, so all was not lost.



And, that brings me back to today....and work...

Here's hoping for a much less stressful week, because, I don't think I can make a habit of these four-day weekends. Although, I wish.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday Favorites,

Welcome to Day Two of my four-day weekend! I started the day off with a giant cup of coffee and a massage, and, if those two things aren't favorites, I don't know what is.


I had planned to drive to Mayberry after the massage, but, I got caught up in some things that needed to be done for the hardware store, and, by the time I was finished, I just didn't feel like making the three hour drive. So, instead, I puttered around the house, took Boomer to the park, and enjoyed the scent of one of my new, custom-made candles.


I chose Book Club, and, as I had hoped when I was mixing it; the scent evokes a feeling of relaxing in a comfortable club chair in a fine old library- think Scottish castle or English manor- with a good book, a glass of fine red wine, and a tray of the darkest, most decadent chocolate Bon Bons. All of which are favorites, come to think of it. Except for the castle or fancy manor; I wouldn't know about either of those, although, I'm totally up for trying either one...

Just sayin'.

As an aside, the plates that the candle is sitting on in the photo above are a new purchase, and, I love them.


After The Purge, I told myself that I wasn't going to buy any new holiday stuff; clearly, Myself needs to tell I that she is a lying, liar who lies.

In my defense, when Michaels is having a half-off sale on all their Halloween stuff, how could I possibly not purchase stone eyeballs to glue into gorgeous, albeit creepy flowers? Hmmm?


And, you know, if Michaels is having a sale, then Hobby Lobby can't be left out, so, it was only right to spend half the regular price there, in order to bring home this adorable witch's hat..


.....I mean, right?

Right?

Crap. Hugh may be right; I really do have a problem (please don't tell him I said that). On the bright side, another of today's favorites didn't cost a dime. I mean, not recently. It did cost more than a dime when I bought it while on one of my various thrifting trips, but, that was a while ago, so it doesn't really count. Right?

Right!

Anyhoodle, the artwork I did on my old chalkboard is a favorite...


And, my last favorites really didn't cost a dime...



...because they were all three rescued, and, were therefore, free.

(We will not discuss the care and feeding of above mentioned free pets)

And, that's it for today's favorites. Tomorrow, Boomer Dog and I are hitting the open road, destination: Mayberry! Y'all know going home is a favorite, right?

Right!



Thursday, October 10, 2019

I've Had a Scent-sational and Illuminating Day

Guess who started her weekend two days early? This girl! All of the overtime hours that I banked last weekend and throughout the first three days of the week, combined, have allowed me to take off today, tomorrow, and most of Monday. To say that I am happy about this would be a vastly understating the obvious.

So, how have I spent the first day of my four-and-a-half-day weekend? Hanging out with Queen B and her friend, Mia. We did some shopping, ate lunch, browsed the craft stores, and, spent the better part of the morning in a store in Neighboring City, where you make your own custom candles. It was awesome!

The store, called The Candle Kitchen, is really cool, with both homey and industrial vibes, which, combine for a unique setting. When you enter the store, you pick up a blank "recipe card, and, then you sample the large selection of scents, noting which you find the most appealing.





The variety of scents was amazing, with sections of florals, fruits, herbs, foods, spices, fall scents, nature scents, and everything in between, including some really interesting and unique scents, like campfire and old books.





It took me and the girls a while to narrow down our favorites, and, once we did, we were met at the mixing counter by one of the professional scentologists (I totally made up that word, but, it accurately describes the job!), who instructed us in the fine art of smelling for undertones and how best to layer and combine the scents on each of our lists.




From my favorites, I chose three with which to make my first candle (the store was having a buy-three-get-one-free sale, so, since I was paying, I got the free candle). The scents were Bordeaux, Dark Chocolate, and Old Books, which, combined to make a scent that reminds me of drinking wine in a library.



The scents, in the form of essential oils, are mixed, drop-by-drop, until the desired smell is reached, at which point, you combine them with a natural soy wax, in a container that you have picked from the selection offered by the shop.



The candles have to sit for several hours, until they solidify, but, in the meantime, you make a label, with the name of your unique creation. I called my first candle Book Club, and my second candle, which was a combination of fig, champagne, mulled cider, and nutmeg, Holiday Cocktail, (as I was mixing it, I kept saying "I'd drink that!").


I just realized I spelled cocktail wrong on my label. Awesome

The girls and I left to go shopping while the candles set, picking them up later in the day. I can't wait to burn mine and I'm sure Queen B and Mia feel the same way. Queen B's candle was a very fall-like scent, with notes of cranberry and flannel, while Mia's creation included campfire and pine; it smelled a lot like Christmas, actually.


Speaking of Christmas, what a great idea it would be to have a holiday party at The Candle Kitchen; I'll definitely have to keep that in mind.

Anyhoodle, it was a lot of fun and a great way to spend some quality time with my girl while kicking off the weekend, and, it damn straight beat dealing with crap at the office.

Let the weekend commence!


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Halloween Care Package 2019

The Man-Cub got his Halloween care package today, and, I got to "experience" him opening it while on the phone with him. He was seriously excited about the general theme of the package...


... and, couldn't stop raving about how much he loves the contents, which, followed the theme pretty well, if I do say so, myself. I chose this particular theme because there is nothing scarier to me than the realization that my baby is now a legal drinker.

Shudder









I topped the contents off with some artificial spiderweb and a rubber bat, which provided both insulation for the breakable items inside the box and additional Halloween decorating supplies, in the event that the Cub wants to decorate for the holiday, which, let's get real; this is my son we're talking about.


Halloween is in our blood (I have the DNA to prove it).

In the box:
Pennywise coffee cup
Ouija Board shot glasses
Skull Beer Bong (Yes, really)
Halloween beer koozies
Nutella
Vanilla Bean Latte mix
Werther's Caramel Apple Caramels
Little Debbie's Fall Snack Cakes
Trolli Sour Gummies
Monster Trail Mix
Decorative Caution Tape and Elm Street decorative sign
Motion-activated Jason (plays the classic Friday the 13th ch,ch,ch,ch,hah.hah.hah.hah sounds)
Ouija planchette bottle opener
Jeepers Creepers DVD set


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

When Life Gets Too Crazy, Go Get Buzzed

So, work continues to be an exercise in frustration; the issues that plagued my weekend have more than extended into the work week, which, while totally sucky and exhausting, is at least being contained to appropriate working hours, so...there's that.

Bleh, infinity.

On a happier note, Jana invited me over this evening, to watch her and Chris harvesting the honey from their hives, and, friends? That absolutely made my day! Maybe my week!

The whole process was fascinating, and, seeing Jana in her bee suit was worth twice the price of admission, which, admittedly, was zero dollars, but, still; you get my drift.


The first step in the process is removing the comb frames from the hives, which requires the hives to be smoked, resulting in less angry bees who are less likely to want to sting you in the eyeball, although, today, that didn't work out so well for Jana's brother Phil, who did get stung in the eyeball. Rookie mistake, according to Jana.







Once the frames are removed from the hives, each one has to be scraped with a comb brush, which peels away the first layer beeswax that is sealing the honey in the comb that has formed on the frame.



Then, a hot knife is used to melt away the remaining wax...



...after which, the frames are placed in a spinner, where, utilizing heat and centrifugal force, the honey is extracted from the comb and distributed to the bottom of the spinner, where it can be drained into a honey bucket, via a spout.



Each honey bucket has a strainer, which catches the honey, straining out larger particles of wax, as well as any errant bees who happened to get stuck in the extractor.


Then, the strained honey is decanted into jars, for distribution to family and, in my case, friends who are super excited about getting to watch their bestie don a bee suit just because she knows that you have had a rough few days and are in need of some entertainment.



Jana is the best, honey is medicinal, and, anytime I get to spend an evening at Granny's (Jana's, now, but, it will always be Granny's Place to us), I will always leave 100% more relaxed than when I got there, because, I mean...it's like stepping back into my childhood...



...so, thanks to Jana, I almost feel mentally and emotionally prepared to go back to work tomorrow!

And, just to be on the safe side, I'm taking my new jar of medicinal honey with me.