Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Secret Santa, Christmas Meals, and Busy Days


My Secret Santa left me the cutest gift.  First of all, I love the blue and silver paper.  You know I don't really like Christmas colors lol. So this was perfect!   OF course when getting a gift, the color of the wrapping paper doesn't matter. lol

The gift was so nice.  Cactus ornaments to remind me of Katy and Cody in Texas.  Not that I'd ever forget them.  But it reminds me of our trip and memories of being there.  And a pretty 2019 calendar with pretty scenes and Psalms.


I've been adding Christmas cards to the tree in my office. 


Here is the break room tree from the plant below.  Our meal at the plant went very well.  The food was wonderful.  We helped  get the tables set up and filled in the food when needed and helped serve it and put ice in cups and poured the drinks and cleaned up afterward so it was ready for 2nd shift.  And that shift is much smaller and is not as big of a process.  They can handle the small crew.   The catering folks set it up always. So that part no one has to worry about.  Anyway all went well.  Since we were there, and there was left overs, we decided to eat ourselves instead of grabbing lunch out. It was heavenly.  And we get the same meal today at Corporate.  It's our turn.


My world was crazy yesterday.  Everyone has something they need for me to do for them.  But I had a conf call at 9 and left for the plant at 10 and back at our place at 1:30 where I had orientation and following up making sure that our sales folks are on boarded.  And then on to a project for my boss which took the remainder of the afternoon.  I stayed til our offices close.  We are supposed to be out by 6:00 but I know some folks stay as late as 8:00.  I don't like to stay that late by myself.  So I left at 6 when another person encouraged me to go home and finish tomorrow.  So here we are in tomorrow and I am hurrying with this so I can get in early.  

I want to take Friday off to finish with our Christmas wrapping.  But if I do I have to get a lot done today and tomorrow.  

Last night we invited our neighbor to come over for wine and dinner - she had already eaten but we gave her a glass of wine and paid her for taking care of Little Bit and looking out over things while we were gone.  

And we had the best time talking!  I fixed dinner after she left.  It was 9 or close to it when I began cooking dinner I think.  I was fixing spaghetti so it didn't take long.  We ate and I was in bed by 10.  Surprised I was able to get up this morning!  

Katy texted us to let us know that they were leaving Texas on the 22nd and so Findlay will be arriving at our house that night and they will be here for Christmas and have to leave on the 27th.  George and I have to work on the 26th now.  I was off but my assistant needed the day off for something important she needs to do and so I will work b/c someone needs to be there.   But we'll get to see her at least some during the 23rd, 24th or 25th while they are in town.  They will be staying with Cody's parents this trip while we keep the doggy. 

Anyway, I need to go so I can *try* to get there earlier.   Traffic has been hideous anyway.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Time Fun and a Few Christmas Woes


My Secret Santa was nice to me today.  Lots of favorite goodies.  


Yesterday was very busy.  Started with 227 emails which kept coming.  Most were resumes from two office positions listed.  We have enough resumes that I put the jobs on hold for now as that many emails are just disruptive to deal with.  IF we need more again, I'll switch it back to active.  We'll weed through what we have first. We need a full time recruiting person just to do ads, forward emails/resumes to the hiring manager after screening them, help interview and so forth, and coordinate all the hiring portion then I can concentrate on everything else.  It's getting way too busy for just two people in HR.  

It was announced yesterday that we are taking over a new plant near Portland, Oregon.  I've checked.  It's over an hour to the beach I think.  lol  So as you can imagine our world is going to get even crazier as we add anywhere from 40 to 60 people. 

My assistant and I went to buy the drinks and desserts and some back up supplies for the plant and office meals.  I took her to lunch for helping me do this.  I paid for it - not the company.  It took two buggies of food to get it all.  We had it separated out by facility to make it an easier process.  You know us women, most of us like to be organized.  We have our process.  

So we go through the line and the cashier, who also has her process, you gotta love it - was like "oh no, I must have all the paper goods first out of all the buggies, and we'll do it like that".  I was like "no we have a process; it goes to several locations and has to be bagged a certain way".  She insisted and said "let me ring all the like things together as it'll be easier"  I said "but then we will have to separate it all out again and count it in certain quantities".   She was nice but persistent so I finally said "Let's just do this, it's three separate orders".  I had to do it that way so she would give it up already.   I mean good grief.  I think she finally "got it" what we were trying to do.  She lightened up and then bragged on us for having two buggies of stuff but the cost was minimal.  She said "ya'll did good".  I laughed at how us women are so organized at how we want to do things in certain orders.  She just didn't understand what was going on.  But we got it done.  

The funniest thing about the Kroger experience was that my cart made noises - not just any noise, but like a wild hiena on a rampage kind of noise.  Like some kind of flock of birds on steroids.  People stared and laughed or tried not to laugh.  If they smiled at me I would say "we have arrived" and "we're here".  Christina followed way behind me as if "I do not know this person".  I haven't had that much fun in a long time.  Next time you want to laugh, grab the squeakiest cart.  Here's a clip: 




I also got Aunt Martha's gifts sent via UPS.  George wanted me to use the Postal Service as it would be cheaper but their line was 15 to 20 deep.  I didn't have that kind of time.  The UPS store two miles away had ZERO people in line. 

And we heard from Katy and they began opening their 12 days of Christmas box we gave them.  They opened one of the days.  They get to pick which "day" they want.  There is two gifts in each day, one for each of them.  Here's pics.  They are sometimes silly gifts.  Cody loves dinosaurs so George bought this memo holder to be funny mainly.  And Katy's gift in the box was a pig in the blanket. 


We howled at the pic that came next. 


The pig had been added to the Manger Scene!  lol

Awww how funny. 

Anyway, George fixed pork chops for dinner and hominy and there was a third thing which I cannot recall at this point.  We watched Mr. Robot.

 And then my sister called and Christmas is up in the air again but I think we got it worked out.  My sister had asked me a while back if we could eat early so the guys could watch the Alabama game on the 29th while we did presents and desserts after dinner out.  George was happy with that.  Normally we watch the Hallmark or Lifetime Channel in the background.  Didn't bother me which one it was but we had one in the family that doesn't want the game on in the background while opening gifts.  Everyone else is fine with it.  But the one family member is so upset that we discussed whether to change it to another channel or change the date to a date in January on a non-game day when everyone is available.  But that seemed sillier than fussing over what was on TV.  So we decided to keep the date and please 86% of those present.   Sometimes you just want to do the John Grisham thing and skip Christmas.  It's hard to please everyone!  It was hard enough to get a date agreeable to 2 of the 3 families that even sortof worked.  So let's take it for what it's worth and move on!  I wish life could be perfect for everyone but sometimes you gotta give a little.  To me what is on TV in the background is no big deal.  What is important to one person is not to another.  If someone is willing to host the party they get to pick what is on TV at the time.  That only makes sense to me.  At this point, we should be glad we are all going to be in the same room b/c the TV thing is only a small wave compared to some really big waves in the past.  Life is so stressful.  Especially when trying to get family together.  It's always something! Always!

Anyway I'm off to get the day going.  Much to do with the holiday meal at the Nashville plant today.  They are always short staffed and needy so off to help them with their meal for the employees so they get a good meal from the Company.  And then back to the office to do an orientation with two sales folks. 

And then maybe hopefully I can have an hour or two get something ---anything done!!

I'm off Friday and have cancelled my day after Christmas vacation day, to let my assistant have the day.  She decided she needed the time off so I'll work and let her have it.  I was going to enjoy the day at home in coffee and PJ's.  But I'll switch to another day, I guess. If I can take it.  I'll get the day one way or another!  I do not loose vac time!  They are too precious and we work too much in life in my opinion as it is with no time to take care of our families and homes. 

So I need to go.  I'm like 20 min behind. Yikes.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Santa's Workshop is OPEN and a Laundry Room Clean UP!


Well, George's vendors have been so nice to him.  After almost 30 years of doing business with him, they developed relationships and have been so kind to us this year.  This one, sent a nice Harry and David basket.  Gave us a thrill yesterday!  

We had a very productive day yesterday.  I was on my feet ALL day.  But the day started at 7 as I had some pretty good sleep the night before and got to sleep in.  

If you have read my blog very long, about my days off, you know I usually kick the day off with laundry.  I spent a lot of time in that room.  If I ever build a house, I'll have a "kick a$$" laundry room.  I won't ever build a house though.  It needs to be a big room with a TV and a table for folding.  It would have shelves of storage for kitchen appliances and big cookware and crock poks and woks and such.  Off the kitchen is a perfect place to have the laundry and pantry and storage.  Shoot - I'd even have my desk in there.  It'd be home base including gift wrap center.  Gifts can be wrapped on the same table as the laundry.  ha.  I guess it'd be my Woman Heaven.  If a guy can have a man cave, a woman can have a woman heaven. lol  I'm just using my imagination.  I can deal with what I have.  After all my dream is to be wondering around in a RV one day and that means laundry mat.  lol

Anyway back to my day.  I have noticed lately that I detested being in the laundry room and normally it's where I enjoy being.  It was becoming nasty on the floor and also jammed up as my Isagenix products build up.  It's where we house the pet food and treats and this room was just exploding and getting filthy.  

So I had to do a "time out" on life and get it cleaned and better organized.  I mopped the floor.  And my Swiffer Wetjet had quit working and the batteries were old and rotting in there and George had to get them out.  Perhaps it's been a while since I cleaned, lol.  Anyway, I had this mint and cucumber like floor cleaner as I can't seem to find the Armstrong that I loved.  I loved the smell of this one.  I'm not sure it has much cleaner in it - lol, but the smell was wonderful.  

My laundry room is so clean now and organized.  So I turned life OFF of it's pause button and continued on with the day.  

The presents for my Aunt and Uncle in Florida are wrapped and almost ready for shipment.  They are in the box now and we just have to tape it up.  And then I have to get it to a UPS store.  Hopefully I can lift the box, if not we'll have to see if we can find one open on a Saturday so he can lift it.  I don't think it will be too heavy though.  


So Aunt Martha, if you are reading - you have more gifts to open but Uncle Ken has one that all the $$ was concentrated in one gift, lol.  

So I did get quite a good start on the wrapping yesterday.  Santa's work shop is open.  George wrapped some too.  But there is still a lot to go.  I'll be taking this Friday to wrap George's gifts and to finish the wrapping.  I will try to wrap a couple of things each night also.  And Friday I will test the stocking for George but I need to get a few more things for that.  I might go out and do that Friday or one day coming home from work.


Tugie wanted to be with us and so we found her under the tree.  

All the doggies go for their trim and spa day this upcoming Saturday.  It is coinciding with a party.  But we'll have to deal with it.  We can ask if she can have them ready by noon, but we are likely going to be late to our party which starts at 1- usually the dogs are ready by 1 or 2.  It has to be done and we are trying to fit everything in.  

I made guacamole for lunch and put some salsa and chips out.  We munched on that.  

Late afternoon we had an appetizer of smoked salmon and horseradish on whole grain crackers.

We had salad and baked potato for dinner a couple of hours later.  For dinner I caught up on my You Tube shows watching KYD, Gone with the Wynns, MJ Sailing, and Have Wind Will Travel. It was nice to sit.  That was about 7:30 and I stayed seated and played Candy Crush and went to bed after taking dogs out and still played Candy Crush.  There is a new King game out by the same people called Diamond Diaries - that is really what I was playing - not Candy Crush but I still call it Candy Crush - you are knocking beads together.  It's quite a cute little game.  

Sleep was excellent and sweet last night.  Hunkered down in flannel sheets on a cold night.  Melatonin sprayed under the tongue.  Or whatever is in that sleep spray (natural ingredients).  Two squirts and it relaxes you!  

The spider bite is healing a little better every day.  It's itching and healing over.  What a scare though.  

Well, today's to do list is getting the package mailed off, getting drinks and desserts and table covers for this week's holiday meals.  My assistant is going to help me with that.  I have to figure out what is close.  I think Kroger.  I'm not doing Publix b/c when you have a lot to buy that can be expensive.  I think Kroger will be cheaper.  While out I'll mail the package off.  And I'm buying my assistant's lunch.  I also have to make one more stop for the Secret Santa as well, lol.  Anyway it'll be a busy day and we'll be out running these errands around lunch time.  

So I need to get off of here and get ready.  I don't think we have ice on the roads.  I guess I need to check. Most of it sounds like was east of us.  

Ya'll have a great day! 

  

Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Italian Christmas Meal with Friends


Yesterday we went to the Farmer's Market downtown Nashville.  A few brave souls joined us but not many.  The vendors were wrapped up warmly and ready to go for anyone who wanted to venture out.  The temps a little above freezing.  A lot of cute Christmas ornaments and decorations in the green house section.   We went down to get a couple of gifts from a vendor that is set up there.

On the way out I snapped a pic of our capital.  



Arriving at Lisa's with our salad, Italian Bread, and Shrimp and gifts, we came into a lovely decorated, cozy, and warm house.  The table was beautiful.


Pretty decor. 


A fireplace and Ms. Gigi who has trouble with her hips and has a hard time walking now.  



Lisa's tree was beautiful.


Lisa and Don went to Ireland not long ago and they wanted to share their experiences with us.  So they created an 8 course meal as they do in Italy.  As American's though we tend to eat a lot when we do, lol so there was a lot of food and we ate all day.  lol 

An Italian Meal course is this: 

  1. Apertivo - The meal starter and similar to an appetizer. 
  2. Antipasto.  A slightly heavier starter - olives, anchovies, cheeses, meats such as prosciutto, salami's etc. 
  3. Primo.  The first course - a pasta or rice
  4. Secondo e contorno is next.  Usually meat or fish. Sometimes soup.
  5. Insalata - salad
  6. Formaggi e frutta - Cheese, Fruit, wine
  7. Dolce - sweet foods
  8. Digestivo con caffe - Coffee and Grappa or limoncello.  


Lisa set up the Apertivo and of course with six of us, this became a buffet!  lol
George's shrimp added to the table and my salad was saved for course 5 since it was a salad.  However, we did have a wonderful bean dish mixed with arugula, sprouts, parsley, and I think it had figs or something in it.  Lisa had George to add some of his shrimp on top.



The Appertivo table centerpiece.


George's shrimp.  He made 3 kinds.




The antipasto course was added to the table as well.  




And here is my plate of the first two courses.  Of which was so good, I had to go back for seconds as did everyone.  


The next course was the Primo, and was a baked pasta with meatballs.  We each had small bowls b/c it's not served in a huge portion like we do at the US.  So what'd we do?  Go back for second's again!  lol  We don't get to eat like this every day!  lol


Seconda was our soup.  We had big bowls but we put smaller portions of soup in it.  Along with Italian bread. 


Oh this was so good on a cold winter day.   So good.  

And you guessed it.  We were stuffed.  We did Christmas presents swap.  And then Lisa said we had to do the salad course b/c I made it so we have to have it.  She brought out little bowls.  We ate it.  Somehow.  


After some point in time and after sharing pics and catching up on our trips and our children with football on the big tv above the fireplace, Don brought out the cheese and fruit course.


Three different cheeses with fruit. 


And then the cannoli which Amber worked so hard to make.  It was not easy.  



Don gave each of us a Limoncello.



Not pictured was the Coffee and the Grappa.  Then we packed up and came home.  What a wonderful meal.  It broadened my horizons a bit and made me think a little differently about meal time.  ;-)  I don't intend to have 8 course meals every day.  But - just something to think about.  I think what I do want to do is make the Canelli beans dish and also a similar spinach and arugula salad.  And also the prosciutto and cheeses skewers are great for a party.  The cheese with fruit added, was quite good.  It was fig.

All such a lovely day and we enjoyed each other so much.  George wanted to get in the hot tub but it was really raining so we didn't.  It was funny though as George went to change to his swim trunks.  We ended up not going outside but he wore them the rest of the night (with shirt on of course) and even wore them home.  lol lol

Anyway, what a great time.  We got home about 8 last night (I think) and took doggies out.  And then I played candy crush in my jammies til sleep came.  About 10 I got in bed and slept til 7 this morning.  I did have to get up a couple of times though in the night b/c I took my BP med before bed which has a water pill in it.

Anyway the spider bite is healing it looks like.  Not as red, not as swollen, skin around the site is healing - no blistering.   I think we are good.  I will keep watch on it.

Today we "plan" to stay home I think.  Threats of ice and such - and we will wrap.

I need to get Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken's finished and also get my Secret Pal's daily stash figured out.  Need to iron of course and get the work week's clothes figured out.  Needs to be warm I think.  I don't really have a lot of warm clothes anymore.  We don't have a ton of weather.  I do have layers I do and scarves that I pile on as needed and have coats of course.  So I make it work.  I do have a wool coat that I bought and that helps with wearing my year round clothes.  I have a lot of thin sleeved shirts so that helps with that.  For the most part though the short sleeve shirts are put up.  It seems lately a lot of my clothes are longer in the sleeves 3/4 and can go year round. So I have to figure out what to wear according to the weather this week.  I have a lot of laundry to do.  And need to do a Target order.

I will then attempt to go into the REST of the wrapping.  George bought the stamps so we'll get the Christmas cards sent out this week.

A little planning to the work week so I have my "to do's" in order, have some meals planned and I'm not sure where the cleanse day will land.  I was going to do it on Monday but that is not going to work as I'm buying my assistant's lunch as we head out and get drinks and desserts for both the plant and corporate offices.  And then we have the plant meal to help with on Tuesday and then our meal at Corporate on Wednesday.  I may not eat the plant meal but I know it will be hard not to eat something if I'm helping serve it or prepping it for them.  So Thursday might be a good day - I can't remember if we have anything going on that day.  Friday is George's company taking his department out and spouses get to go.  Saturday is the Topham's Annual Ornament Party.

So "Tis the Season" to have a problem finding a cleanse day, lol.  I do better when it's a work day.

So I will get on with the day.  Despite all we had yesterday I'm a little hungry this morning.  So off to find something. Not sure what.

Oh George asked me if I wanted to move to Canada where there is an opening.  It got my attention.  He said you had to take a puddle jumper to get there from some major city and then a puddle jumper the rest of the way.  I said "nope" you lost me a "puddle jumper".  Nope with a capital N.

Ya'll be good.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Shopping and a Spider Bite


Sharing some pics from the last few days.  I am just enamored by the pretty scenes on some of the themes in outlook.  It makes working more fun to see the scenes periodically.  I change my theme around according to the seasons and the mood.  

I had the fixin's for salads all week to make up for all we ate on vacation.  


I had told you yesterday about our adventure out with a friend to the MoCara restaurant.  Oh so good.  



Here is a pic of that wonderful cheesecake we split and then waddled out!  

And the menu front of Thursday's night's menu at Saigon Basil when we went out for a bit of Christmas shopping and Grocery Shopping.


I plan to go back here often.  They have wonderful hot tea in cute mugs. 


Everyone got their seafood shipments this week.  Katy posted hers on Facebook.  We also sent my Aunt and Uncle some.  We sent it to those we knew loved seafood and would enjoy cooking it.  


Katy and Cody's freezer with their seafood arrival.  Merry Christmas.  They seemed excited.  I talked to her yesterday and Cody was disappointed she was fixing pork chops for dinner instead of scallops.  She already had it thawing.  lol  She said he was looking at recipes.  Ahhh, I love it.  And we love them.  Feels good to make them happy.  I can remember Granny and Granda, Mom and Dad, and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken delighting us with shipments of Omaha Steaks.  A full freezer delights the soul and and it is a true blessing from God. I think they have some room left -ha!  We usually fill ours up with sale meats, but now it has cow and pig and seafood and not much room for anything else. As we eat it down we'll add chicken.


Amidst all the good eating, I've had a lot of salads, shakes, and more splurges but I'm trying to sneak in my nutrition instead of cokes.  Here is my glass of fruits.  I took some time to look at the ingredients.  It has every fruit imaginable in here.  A blend of all of them I think.  


Has a taste I enjoy as well. 

I'm not as good about my "greens".  I've finally ordered some in a package form that I can take to go so I can put it in bottled water w/o a mess.  

Anyway, now I'm down to yesterday.  I slept late yesterday so my day got a late start.  I didn't get out shopping until about 11:30.  I went to several stores including Walgreens, Tuesday Morning, Target, Dick's, and Home Goods.  I bought stuff for my Secret Santa.  And George's Stocking.  And a couple of surprises for him.  I was really having a hard time shopping though.  I kinda felt like it was hard to breathe and like I was going to pass out.  It may be that my BP meds are too much for me now? As it wears off it seems to get better.  I guess we are going to have to splurge into a BP machine so I can keep up.  Anyway I went and ate at Moe's Southwest Grill so get something extra on my tummy.  It was really good and hit the spot.  

I've made it a goal in the last few weeks to try to speak up more with people that are checking me out.  After reading Candace Bure's "Kind is the New Classy", it made me think about how important it is to speak more.  I guess somewhere along the way I began thinking that no one really wants to hear what I have to say.  It's kinda a long story how that came to be, but I have enjoyed this Christmas season, opening up and talking to those checking me out, sharing smiles with total strangers, and even opening up about what I'm buying for.  People are responding positively.  They are really are seemingly interested in what I have to say.  And sometimes people are not but it is the rare occasion and you can tell they are preoccupied with something and it's not me!  So that is a side note for you.  I say that b/c I had a good time connecting yesterday.  

So I forgot to go get my nail done that I cracked.  But I was ready to get home by 3:30.  The area at Providence was waaaaay busy in the afternoon with various folk out shopping getting a start to their weekend.  So it was time to go and traffic was bad so WAZE took me some back streets home that I'd never taken before.  I told George when he got home, we should go that way every time. It was longer but there was hardly any traffic and therefore it took less time.  More highways have been built since we have lived here so these are new routes we didn't know about. 

So I was a little frustrated though that it was 4 when I got home and I still had to make a salad and wrap gifts.  These off days are just so short.  So we had a very late dinner but a light one.  
We had cod in aluminum foil baked - it was good.  And a salad I made for us while making one for tomorrow.  Lots of chopping.  I still need to make the dressing this morning real quick.  I'm about to run out of time this morning too.  We leave in a few minutes and I have a lot to do. 

So, while putting jammies on last night I felt a lump while taking off my bra.  Good news it wasn't a lump like a cancer thing, but bad news it looked like spider bite.  I pressed on the lump earlier b/c I was making sure it was not cancerous type of thing.  But what I did was mess with the poison or whatever was in there and it all spread out and began to swell.  Yikes.  I showed George and the bite site had already tried to heal it looked like.  So I sat with a glass of wine and tried to remember the day last week that I had felt a pinch there and thought "wow that hurt - like a bite".  I went to bathroom and checked to see what it was and saw nothing.  I think that was last Monday.  

I am happy that I remembered that incident and that it looked like it was drying up at the bite site, but I was concerned at the recent swelling since I had discovered and messed with it.  George had a bite that looked the same way and says it'll be gone and not to worry that we'll watch it.  He made me feel better.  So it does look a little better this morning.  It doesn't hurt.  It's not really very sore.  Only a little.  So I'm not rushing off to the walk in center but we'll keep an eye on it.  So pray for me with that - that it goes away.  
There is always something ailing me it seems.  If not one thing - it's another. 

The other issues are not cleared up either.  I've just accepted it as a fact of life.  And we will take it from there. 

Anyway I'm running late.  WE have to be out of here soon before the Christmas parade blocks our street!  Going to our friends today for an Italian Christmas and gift swap.  Lisa texted their menu and it looks heavenly.  

All the salad is made now and gifts wrapped so we'll be heading out for our excursion today. 
Ya'l have a blessed Saturday!


Friday, December 7, 2018

A Day off In the Midst of the Madness


Good morning!  Didn't blog yesterday as I slept in a bit since we were out past bedtime Wednesday night.  We went to a wonderful restaurant in Lebanon called Mo'Cara's and what a wonderful treat it was.  We went out with a former vendor/friend.  And ubered back and forth.  
The dinner was smoked prime rib, salad, and you got it - a LOADED baked potato and pecan cheese cake.  Going to MoCara's, it being "during the holidays", us being with a good friend and having good conversation - I gave myself permission to splurge.  I even had ranch dressing on my salad.  ;-)
We were not fond of the appetizer list, so we ordered another entree and all three split it - what was it?  Chicken Fried Chicken and Mac and Cheese.  lol


WE.  WADDLED.  OUT.   

And bed never felt so good.  But I was an hour late getting to bed and so I hit snooze like 8 times.  So I drank coffee and played candy crush to wake up and then headed in to work.

The interstates are nutzoid these days.  Normally coming home is busy but yet pretty quick.  Depending on when I leave.  Anywhere from 35 to 40 is the norm going home.  Getting there and coming home has been more like an hour lately.  Of course I have to take the dogs out in the morning and that delays my routine some  or quite a bit if there are any hiccups at all - like when it's cold and the cat comes in the house and hides and I have to hunt him down.  It may sound easy enough just to hook 3 dogs up and take them out for a business walk and back in again - but there are challenges: 

*All three dogs want to go in a different direction
*The leashes get tangled up
*Tugie's getting so thin that her collar comes off
*Roger pulls hard to go the direction he wants to
*Maisy gets wrapped around a tree and doesn't understand to go the other direction she goes the opposite way and makes it worse and when I try to unravel us she follows making it wrap around again, lol. 
*The cat tries to annihilate the dogs when they come in and so the dogs are moving the whole time while I try to get their leashes unhooked.  It's like trying to get a flopping fish off the hook.
*Roger is scared of the cat and won't come in.

 So I straddle the front door with one dog out and two dogs in while cat is messing with the dogs that are inside and I fumble to get leashes off.  I have to completely unhook the two that are in and go back out to Roger who is dangling around outside and refusing to budge and I have to entice him to come in.  Begging and sometimes even having to go and pick him up and he's heavy.  So the front door has to be closed so he cannot see the cat who is inside.  When I open the door I have to put my foot in front of the cat to keep him back and Roger will finally come in but tries to run before I can bend down and unhook the leash.  Then I quickly reach for the cat treats to entice the cat out before he decides to run and hide.  I try to make sure all the bedroom doors are shut before we start the process so if the cat comes in he has less places to hide.

It's a song and dance we do every morning.  It can be a pleasurable experience to be with your doggies outside by the woods out back watching nature.  Or it can be an experience that leaves you cursing and swearing like you never thought you would!

So yeah, it's been cold this week and stupid heavy traffic and so WAZE app has been taking me through some twists and turns to get places in 50 minutes instead of what probably would have been an hour and 15.  Because if it's 40 to an hour normally that time a day and there is a lane closure or an accident - it's easy turned into double time.  I've learned some back streets this week I didn't know existed. 

Anyway, last night George and I went to a new place that is open called Saigon Basil and it's a Vietnamese and Thai place.  We ate for $21 - which was el cheapo for us but we had hot tea instead of a beer or wine.  It was delicious and cozy and service was great.  We'll be back there!  WE went to Bath and Body works and then to Kroger and then back home.

I couldn't wait to get in Jammies.  And it was heavenly to sit and play candy crush past my bedtime b/c I didn't have to get up this morning.  I'm on vacation today. It's a vacay day but it's a working day regardless but perhaps an enjoyable one.  Working in the way that I'm going to be running some errands, doing some shopping, and so forth.

Today's goals:

___Shop some for George - mainly stocking stuffers
___Secret Santa stuff for next week
___Wrap our gifts for tomorrow
___Wrap Aunt Martha's and Uncle Ken's gifts
___Maybe wrap George's if I have time
___Prep my salad for tomorrow

So we'll see how much I can get done.  A head start on the wrapping will be good.  I have a day also scheduled for next Friday.  I always save 3 vac days for Dec and about 4 to 5 days to roll into January.  I've not taken a lot of vacation this year until the August and November and December.  So it's this time of year that I look forward to taking it.  But it's always so busy.  I don't want to lose it either.  Usually the 1st vacay day in Dec is to shop for George b/c otherwise I'm always with him.  And the 2nd one is to wrap.  And the 3rd one is the day after Christmas to just slow down and enjoy it.  There's an unusual lot of things going on at work though so once again vacay could be threatened.  Normally I worry about it.  Now I'm just going with the flow.  1.  I am not in the mood to worry and God said not to and I trust Him with my life and how it will go.  2.  I understand what is going on and understand why I would need to be there if needed.  Would not be anyone's fault.  3.  I do want to help if needed.  4.  I truly believe that it would all work out in the wash anyway.  So I'm not going to sit and worry over "having things my way".  My way will be God's and however he chooses it to be will be.  Now if it was after I'm already off and had to be called in while out shopping or something, I think that would be an issue - with most anyone.  That WOULD be a hard one.  I think I would be doing an angry dance and shouting holy molasses to the masses right there in Macy's!  lol    Just kiddin' I'm not going to Macy's.  It just sounded all Christmas like.  I wish there was a Dillard's close to us though!  Love Dillards.  Used to work there.  Loved the Dillard family as well. What I knew of them.  I got to meet THE Mr. Dillard once. 

That said, I'm going to hop into my day which is going to start with shower, laundry, kitchen (it's not bad but needs some attention), opening packages that came in.  May wrap a few real quick and then I'll head out. 

I'm thinking I'll catch lunch out somewhere as a treat to myself.  A salad?  Not sure but I'll find a little place to get something.  I don't want a major shopping day as I'd rather be home. I'm just going to pray that God leads me to the right gifts so I can make the best use of my time and then head home. 

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.  But I woke up this morning at 3.  Couldn't sleep so I played Candy Crush in bed til about 4 - hiding the phone behind a pillow so the light wouldn't bother George.  The dogs barked a lot after I went back to sleep and slept til 7.  I don't think George said goodbye but I wouldn't know it if he did.  The dogs just barked a lot and then they barked when they wanted back up in bed with me.  I awoke again when I heard the garage door opening and closing.  I got up b/c I'd caught up on sleep at that point.  I made coffee and played Candy Crush some more. 

I suppose there is some nervous energy in me somewhere making me want to play Candy Crush.  It relaxes me during busy times.  Anyway better get off and get started.  Dogs are sleeping good right now! I hear snores all around! lol  Have a grand day!  I'll enjoy mine off in the Midst of the Madness.

Thanks.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Accomplishing a Little Every Day


Love this artist's work and would love to be there at this house today getting ready for Christmas and wrapping and looking outside at the snow.  You can see some animal prints and I bet there are kids b/c of the sled and snowman.  It looks as though it might be in East Tennessee or perhaps Virginia as snow might be there.  We don't get a lot of snow in TN, lol.  Have to laugh at those animal prints.  It must be one legged! lol 

Anyway Christmas cards were done yesterday - started yesterday morning and finished last night.  I didn't make it in to work early since I was working on that but I felt good getting that done.  I collected the gifts that I need to wrap this week.  Some arrive today.  I will wrap those on Friday for what we need Saturday at our gathering with our friends and then wrap Aunt Martha's and Uncle Ken's on Friday as well and then George will get a box and ship them.  

Got the Christmas dinner planned with my sister and Mom in Columbia for the season.  We will be going after Christmas around the 29th and out to eat and then to my sister's house.  I'm doing desserts and my sister I've asked to make coffee and have the space for us to open gifts after we eat.  So that seems to work with all.  We have no idea what Katy and Cody's plans are and may not know til last minute so we just steered away from the 24, 25, 26 and that week so we'll be here for them.  And we are keeping their dog Findlay. 

I'm happy to get those things worked out. 

Also tonight we are going out to eat with one of George's prior vendors.  He is coming here for cocktails and then we'll Uber to a restaurant and back.

Tomorrow night we are going to use a gift card we have and then go to a specialty store to get a couple of gifts and then going to the grocery store for our dishes for our get together with friends Saturday.  

Friday I'll be on vacation and doing George's stocking stuffer shopping, and wrapping as mentioned above.  And will prep the salad I'm taking. 

Anyway, I need to get going and get started on my day.  I have a new flavor of shake to try this morning, Vanilla Chai - it's dairy free so we'll see if I like it.  I'd just never tried it so I thought I would.  Ya'll take care!