Sunday, February 25, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Eight

There are five photos of me this week (I’m counting Sunday as one photo) and in each one I’m wearing a different glasses topper. But I’m not obsessed.
Sunday, February 18th           
I got to spend time with my great-nephews (and some other people) Sunday evening! Gray is SO ACTIVE and adorable, and Eli is not quite as active (being an infant) but also adorable. Not pictured: Eli chewing my fingers vigorously.

     

 
Monday, February 19th
Sent Dr. M this photo of me eating a protein bar on my way to mall walk with my bestie.
 

Tuesday, February 20th                          
A coworker saw this sweater at Goodwill and thought it looked like something I needed. She was RIGHT!
 

Wednesday, February 21st
No photo.
 
Thursday, February 22nd                              
Dr. M got to watch the first spring training game of the season. Woo hoo!
 

Friday, February 23rd                              
I voted in the primary. I was very excited to vote for Jeff Jackson for Attorney General – hopefully he makes it through the primary and then wins in the general election.
 

After work I “had” to stay at Dad & Sue’s house until I finished the puzzle. Hard times. Ha!
 

Saturday, February 24th                          
I thought my samurai housewife look was hilarious.
 

My Valentine tulips have been looking amazing. I’m sure you agree! (Full disclosure – in the process of dusting the table I knocked the remaining petals off. Oops.)
 



February is almost over and my birthday month is beginning. I have to say that if my birthday wasn’t in March I would not be a fan. It’s so deceptive. I mean, it’s when spring “officially” starts, but does it seem springish? No it does not. Although maybe the problem is what I think spring is supposed to be like. What are your thoughts about March?  
 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Seven

I’ve got nothing – let’s just dive into the week.
Sunday, February 11th           
We had Souper Bowl Sunday! Dr. M did an amazing job as always. He wore his UC shirt in honor of Taylor’s boyfriend. I was in bed before the end of the game (it went into OT), but when Dr. M started getting excited I came out to watch the replay of the end.


Monday, February 12th
Dr. M says, dreary day surprise!
 

Tuesday, February 13th                          
No photo.
  
Wednesday, February 14th - VaLENTine’s Day
I went to the Ash Wednesday service at church.
 

Dr. M got me some funky tulips (& fudge Nekots!). He told the cashier that he buys me tulips every year so I can watch them die. What can I say? Just call me Morticia Addams.
 

The caption for this photo is “Get you someone who makes you cackle on the regular!” Dr. M is hilarious.
 

Thursday, February 15th                             
Went to Dad & Sue’s during lunch to, guess what? Work a puzzle!
 

Then came home from work to happy mail!
 

Friday, February 16th                             
No photo.
 
Saturday, February 17th                          
More daffodils – we gets our joy where we can.
 


Last night we watched the Stadium Series hockey game in New Jersey (where they create an ice rink at a football stadium to have an outdoor game). So fun! Lots of fans, good hockey, & they all looked very cold. It was nice to watch from the warmth of my living room. They’re having another game there this afternoon and we’ll watch it and then I’m going to go see Elliott & Grayson! Well, and their parents too. Do you have something you’re looking forward to?

Sunday, February 11, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Six

Everything is extra exhausting because it’s February. Work was really busy and there was far too much peopling (which I know can happen in a Human Resources department, but still…). I stayed up later than I should have almost every night. And on top of that it’s only February & I am already (still? Ever & always?) so tired of hearing about politics. Especially because I really care and it feels like none of it matters. It’s just because it’s winter, right?
Sunday, February 4th           
Look! I don’t know why I’m in such a deep well of despair when we have daffodils coming up!
   

Monday, February 5th
Kicking back at work waiting for the day to be over (note: this look of relaxation is a scam).
 

Tuesday, February 6th                          
My sister-in-law gave us this ginormous Mexican casserole and Dr. M got it reheated to perfection. It was excellent!
 

Wednesday, February 7th                                   
New profile picture. There’s something wrong with my “selfie” camera on my phone (I think my screen protector is interfering with it), but I like the more flattering blurry shot anyway. Ha!
 

Thursday, February 8th                             
No photo.
 
Friday, February 9th                             
I am no man!
 

Saturday, February 10th                          
Random food: my breakfast of Country Bacon grits, eggs, and raisins; leftovers (sausages and this Birds Eye quinoa & spinach frozen side dish – so very yummy!); & Dr. M’s extra fancy Funyuns.
 


Taylor Swift’s football game is on later today. We don’t really watch football except for this time of year & I don’t have strong feelings about who wins the game. I hope the commercials are good. But mostly I hope that everything is over at a reasonable hour and that I ACTUALLY GO TO BED. Oh! And once I’m in bed I hope I put my phone down, turn the light out, and go to sleep! I know I know – that’s a lot to expect. But I have faith that one day I’ll actually accomplish my goals. How about you? Do you care who wins? Do you have any bedtime goals?

Sunday, February 4, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week five

It’s February now. Did you know?
Sunday, January 28th           
We had a baptism (plus someone else joined the church). I had an excellent waffle at my dad’s house. I went by my brother & his wife’s house & got cutting board envy (yes, I ordered one for us & we already have it). AND my sister-in-law gave me a topper organizer! Look how pitiful my 12 toppers look. So lonely. So I ordered some more. Oof.


Then later Dr. M & I worked hard to make sure Taylor’s team won their game.
  

Monday, January 29th
I had the day off from work and was mildly productive. AND I ate a vegetable!
 

Tuesday, January 30th                          
Dr. M & Pop sitting in the sun.
 

Wednesday, January 31st                                  
Miss Pinky & Ms. Rita seem to be enjoying their winter quarters.
 

Thursday, February 1st                            
From the socials: People it’s hot. I mean it’s 56 degrees (& sunny) & ordinarily that would be sweater weather but apparently not today. Oof.
 

I decided to get myself a big gift for my 60th birthday (yes, I know it’s more than a month away). This is an Apple Watch, which I said I would never get (in fact, the first time the Apple Watch app showed up on my phone I deleted it). Never say never people! Anyway, I was thrilled to order it with this band which is supposed to symbolize Black unity. For now I’m using the Snoopy watch face because it makes me laugh. It’s animated and changes frequently. So far I’m loving the watch!
 


Friday, February 2nd                            
So apparently I just decided to skip January in calendar-land?
 

Saturday, February 3rd                         
Dr. M & I watched the hockey all-star game (it was excellent), but the only photo I took was of this commercial for a “60 second shower” wipe called Skunky. It made us laugh and laugh. And also, maybe I should order it?
 


February is a conundrum to me. It’s still the womb of the year, and the weather is not ideal. But there are daffodils coming up behind the house, and my birthday is next month. What are your thoughts about the shortest month?
 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week four

I’d like to start off by apologizing for the number of selfies in this post. Sometimes that’s just how the week rolls.
Sunday, January 21st          
Went by dad’s for lunch and a puzzle – and more turtle pie. That stuff is the devil amazing.


Monday, January 22nd
Sent this photo of my office poinsettia to Dr. M letting him know I was bringing it home. It’s huge!
 

Tuesday, January 23rd                         
Jillian’s twin sister Jackie made the artwork. We are still so sad. Her dad shared a story about her that made me smile. She was trying out softball when she was 11 and all the girls were wearing masks. She came over to where the parents were sitting to get water & was wondering why all the masks. One of the moms said that it was so they don’t get hit in the face. Jillian (under her breath) said, “Well I just catch it.” She went back to baseball after that.
 


Wednesday, January 24th                                 
Didn’t feel well, but looked cute. (Well at least until I tried to do a pouty face.)
 

Thursday, January 25th                             
Walked into work this morning with my skirt tucked into my underwear. I was informed that the duster hid the horror, but since a (very kind female) coworker is the one who noticed I’m not convinced.
 

Dr. M celebrated Burns Night by having a wee dram of his favorite single malt, a gift from one of my nephews & his lady. He also watched the American Rogues perform The Gael from Last of the Mohicans. The female drummer goes by the nickname “hammer of the gods” btw. She is fabulous!


Friday, January 26th                           

I’ve been feeling run down so I took the day off from work. I had texted a coworker about some work I did & she said I hope that at least you’re in your recliner so I sent her this.
 

Saturday, January 27th                        
I’m on church council again this year & we had our annual working retreat today. Our opening meditation was about disco balls & I put this headband on. I forgot I was a wearing it & wore it into Dominos later. I also saw a very cool bird feeder.
 


I’m taking Monday off from work too because the next 6 months or so are going to be crazypants at work. I guess that’s one way to make the winter (and spring) fly by. Do you have anything challenging coming up?
 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week three

While other parts of the country have been socked in by snow and ice and frigid temps, we here in the foothills of NC have had relatively milder weather. Not milder by our standards, but it hardly bears mentioning to anyone outside of the state. Of course that won’t stop me from mentioning it. After all, my cousin told me that she saw about 4 flakes of snow one day!
Sunday, January 14th         
From the socials: My [Enneagram] 1 wing won’t let this song go without editing. Nonsensical? Perhaps. But at least it doesn’t make me grind my teeth. (Yes I’m still listening to Christmas music).

I wonder as I wander out under the sky
That Jesus my Savior did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like me
I wonder as I wander out under the sea
 

Am I right that the line "
For poor on'ry people like you and like I" is grammatically incorrect? Because it hurts my soul to sing it. (Dramatic Much Bug?)

Other things from Sunday: I was lector, the heat wasn’t working in the sanctuary so we met in the fellowship hall & the music director had to pull out his accordion, we had a visit from our newest member (the cutest little squish nugget), and I got a word for the year. My word made me a little weepy because that’s what the world is all about, right?
 

Monday, January 15th
The Rhyne boys do Lincolnton. Party animals!
 

Tuesday, January 16th                        
My two chins and I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning. They checked out the problem area but didn’t see anything of concern. If it flares up again I’ll go back.
 

Dr. M needed an incandescent bulb for his father’s water system (to keep the switch from freezing), but those are very hard to find these days. Turns out he just needed to look at the pet store!
 

Wednesday, January 17th                                 
You know, people think southerners are wimpy in the cold. It was 14 degrees when I left my house so I dressed like I would have in Ohio. And then got laughed at by my coworkers in their cardigans & blazers. Hmph. 😣
 

Thursday, January 18th                             
Had a little oatmeal as a snacky snack. Which reminds me that I need to make some more!
 

Friday, January 19th                           
I’m part of poet Lori Heteen’s Patreon community. Two years ago she designed calendar pages for us to print out. She’s also the one who came up with the little booklet idea that I used for Thanksgiving. Anyway, this year she’s going to try to give us a print a week that we can use as we see fit. I printed out two of them because they really struck me. The one on the left says, “Sift through these ashes, warm with possibility. Life remains. It waits.” The one on the right says, “I, for one, would like less blatant stupidity and more quaint nonsense.”
 

The Soup King strikes again with a variation on the jambalaya theme! People, this was REALLY good soup.
 

Saturday, January 20th                        
It was a Very Cold Day and I had tuna melt for lunch.
 


This morning I learned that my friend’s 16 year daughter passed away (I wrote about her last week). She was very proud to be an organ donor, and her family is honoring her wishes, so she’s still on life support until that process is complete. This has been grueling for all of them, and I am full of so much sadness. This year has just not been going well for so many folks around me. How about you tell me something good from your corner of the world?
 

2024 Project 365 – Week Eight

There are five photos of me this week (I’m counting Sunday as one photo) and in each one I’m wearing a different glasses topper. But I’m not...