Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekend Recap...

As promised, we are back to regular posts, beginning with this week's Weekend Recap.

Friday:  I started my cleaning job up again Friday evening.  It felt good to do something physical.  However, the couple I clean for keeps their huge house at around 78-80 degrees, so I was seriously sweating by the time I was done.  When I got home, I poured a big glass of wine and baked cookies for Saturday.  Thankfully, I remembered to make the dough on Thursday so it would be ready to go for Friday.

Saturday:  I got up really early (6 am!) for a Saturday and headed to a local park, where Melody and I competed in our first ever 5K!  The event was a pet expo that supported local no kill shelters and we had a blast.  Some friends joined us and we walked the 5K, but we finished.  Bonus--we didn't come in last!!  We were 6th from the last though.  :)  It was so exiting, I want to do more things like this.  Melody was such a trooper, I was so proud of her. 

In the evening, my family went to a BBQ, which is why I baked cookies on Friday.  The BBQ was so much fun!  We had a great time hanging out with great people, enjoyed delicious food, and awesome music.  There was a live one-man-band that did an excellent job.  I got home a little later than I wanted, but still had a good time.

Sunday:  I went in to work for a few hours at my part-time job.  It was my first time opening, and we had a really busy day.  I learned a lot of things and didn't sit down (or even lean) for over 4 hours.  Luckily, I didn't have to work the whole day, so I got to go to my parents' place to relax for a little while before going home.  When I did make it back home, I was immediately aggravated.  The air conditioner was set at 64 degrees when I left on Saturday and after a full 24+ hours of running with the blinds closed, it was still almost 80 degrees in my apartment.  Needless to say, I left a somewhat desperate message on the office answering machine.  This is the third time I've called them on this.  It needs to get fixed. 

After dinner, I worked on another craft project and have something else done for the wedding.  I'm getting things done and this makes me happy.  It felt really good to get my craft supplies picked up and put away for a little bit.  Although, soon, everything will be back out again.  At the end of the night, there was a big moment.  I tossed away all of my old bras that don't fit me anymore since my reduction surgery.  That was a very big moment and it felt really good to do that.  Now, I just need to replace them all.  :)

Friday, August 26, 2016

So Much Has Happened

So, I really didn't mean to stop writing for a month and a half.  I'm sorry about that, truly.  A lot has happened in that time.  Instead of doing a narrative that would take forever to read, I'm going to do brief points.  Enjoy!

Work has been very uninspiring recently, as is usual for summer.  However, there is a website project that has become so ridiculously tedious.  Seriously, I have to make minute changes every 2-3 days.

I'm 6 books ahead of schedule on my reading challenge.  This year seems to be the year of the series.  I'm trying to get my reading done because I am about to work on a lot of craft projects for the holidays and will not have a lot of time to read.

I took on a second part-time job that I am really enjoying so far.  The people are cool and the place is super cool.  I'm so glad it's working out.

My sister's wedding is in 29 days.  Crazy!  I can't believe it's almost time already.  My glue gun has gotten a lot of use lately.  You should see some Craft Project posts soon. 

I signed up for my first 5K this weekend.  I will be walking it though because I'm not quite able to run comfortably yet.  Here's why:

The day before my birthday, I had breast reduction surgery!  Having this done was something I had been thinking about for over 10 years.  It's because of my sister's wedding that I finally made the decision.  I'm sure I will write about it some more.  It's a 6 week healing process and I am at 5 weeks today!

Halloween is approaching and I have already started looking for new decoration ideas for my front door.  :)

I've also purchased my first Christmas present. 

My apartment hasn't been cleaned in over 8 weeks.  I'm embarrassed to share that, but it needs to be said.  It's not in hazardous shape, but it's dirty in my mind.  Thankfully, a super sweet gal I know is coming to clean for me while I work on other important projects that seem to be piling up.

This summer, I experienced audiobooks.  I never thought I would like them, but they've been great to listen to while I'm driving and walking my dog. 

The ideas are coming to me for my Harry Potter Christmas tree.  I think I will end up having two trees in my living room this year because Hobby Lobby has some awesome ornaments that would look spectacular on my nature theme tree.  :)

The students are back on campus.  Traffic has definitely picked up and now I really have to time my departure in the morning to avoid traffic and stop lights.

Speaking of which, I have been able to officially change my work hours so I get off at 4:30 pm instead of 5.  This change has been amazing!

I've discovered my new favorite pen.  If you've been around a while, you know I have an obsession with pens, among other office supplies.  My favorite thing about these is how quickly they dry, so I don't get left with smudges.

I got tickets to the symphony next month and I am beyond excited!!!

We will pick back up to normally scheduled posting starting Monday.  Thanks for sticking 'round!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekend Recap...

Boy, I really needed this weekend.  It was one of the best weekends ever, even if I did very little.

Friday:  I stayed up way too late trying to finish my book.  I finally finished the Wicked series and let's just say this:  I enjoyed the book and the series, but I hated how this book ended.  I also discovered a leak in my air conditioning unit.  And that was the extent of my Friday.

Saturday:  I got up early and went to my cleaning job.  At the end of the morning, we discussed my schedule for the future since I was only to fill in for a while.  She likes me enough (:)) to keep me around, but my hours will be sporadic.  That's okay with me.  When I got home, Melody and I enjoyed the nice weather with a walk and then I ended up taking a nap that lasted over an hour and a half.  It felt so good to get that extra sleep!  Then, I spent some quality time with my crochet project.  I'm only about 4 inched into a 6 foot project.  I've got a long way to go still.  It was nice to spend quality time with Melody and relax pretty much all day.

Sunday:  Along the lines of quality time, I spent about an hour and a half in the morning working on my plants.  Two of my plants have completely died.  I'm going to try and revive them.  My pepper plant FINALLY has peppers growing!!  My tomato plant is driving me crazy.  It produces tomatoes, but they rot out before they ripen.  So odd.  So, I spent a lot of time pruning and re-staking.  I'm hoping my plants do better after a healthy dose of Miracle Gro.  Note to self:  do not by the superbell plants again, unless you plan to plant them with other flowers in the same container.  Those things are so finicky and break off if you try to move the plant to prune it.

In the afternoon, my mom and I went to see The Secret Life of Pets.  It was super cute and definitely worth the visit to the theater.  For the rest of the day, I crocheted and rested.  It was such a great weekend and one I really needed.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ten on Tuesday (Thursday Edition)

1.  I don't care that it's Thursday and I'm writing a Ten on Tuesday post.

2.  Sometimes, I really can't stand high maintenance people.

3.  I made this recipe last night!  I can't wait to share it with you.

4.  Last week, I made a wreath for the 4th of July.  It will be shared with you soon.

5.  This week, I haven't been feeling 100%.  It comes in waves too, which is really annoying because I can be working on something, then have to pause and figure out if it will pass or if I need to run to the restroom.  Frustrating.

6.  This is for real.  Even though I put out a special bowl, they prefer to drink from my feeder.

7.  This movie is opening this weekend and I can't wait to go see it!  I've always wondered what my dog does when I'm not home.

8.  I'm almost caught up!!

9.  While in Joann's last week browsing, I came across a shelving unit right in the middle of all the summer supplies that was completely filled with Christmas stuff....

10.  Four-day work weeks when the holiday is on a Monday are very long weeks.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Weekend Recap...

Ok, so it's Wednesday and I am just now doing a weekend recap.  Why?  Because I had a 4 day weekend and it was awesome!  Although, I am fully exhausted.

Friday:  I took the day off of work and had a garage sale.  Considering the fact I didn't advertise, the sale went over a lot better than expected.  I couldn't have asked for more perfect weather either.  It was nice and sunny, in the 80s.  Low humidity.  Absolutely perfect!  The garage sale was open all day, so I finally shut it down at 6:30 and spent the rest of the night relaxing.  Another great thing about the garage sale?  I was able to finish one book and make a lot of headway on another!

Saturday:  I opened my garage sale again for a few hours in the morning, but it rained, so that wasn't a very successful day.  After getting all cleaned up, my mom and I went shopping to find her an outfit for my sister's wedding.  We found two really great outfits.  Then, my parents and I went out to dinner at the best restaurant in town and had the most amazing meal!  My pork chop was at least 3 inches thick and cooked to perfection!  Later that night, one neighbors' son's were shooting off so many of a certain firework, it sounded like they were declaring war on the neighborhood.  I hate those that sound like cannons.

Sunday:  I went to my cleaning job in the morning and ended up spending 3.5 hours there.  That's alright though, because I get paid for it.  However, it is very tiring work and I was ready for a nap when I got home.  Instead though, it was a quick lunch, then cleanup from the sale, returning tables to my grandma, and planning out a basement organization system.  This will require some very thought out plans.  The neighbors invited us over for fireworks that night and we had a nice little visit.

Monday:  The whole day was spent in St. Louis at the Cardinals game!  Mr. P (you know, Mrs. P's husband), got free box seats from work and they were nice enough to invite me and a guest.  My dad ended up going with me and we had a great day, even with Little A getting carsick on the way there.  It's too bad the team couldn't win, but I'm not complaining.  It was still fun and the seats and drinks were free!  After a great fireworks show downtown, I tried to read some that night, but after such a busy weekend, I was simply too tired to focus.  I think I read the same paragraph at least three times before shutting my book.

Now, it's back to work for a 4 day week.  It will be a slightly busy one for me because I have 2 big projects that need to get done, so it should be pretty productive.  Hopefully...