Sunday, June 9, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty-three

As I had hoped, this week was a bit less chaotic – I worked a lot of hours, but they were orderly and I made headway on some of the tasks on my list. I did still have to meet with a lot of employees (retirements, exit interviews, benefit questions, discussions about how things would be better if we were in charge – you know, the usual). What I didn’t do was take very many pictures. Thank goodness Dr. M was on the case!
Sunday, June 2nd                   
Lunch with Dad and Sue. I only ate half of my excellent blueberry/cherry/pecan waffle so I had the other half as a snack later in the week. Woo hoo!

Monday, June 3rd     
I started this series of photos where I took pictures of my work outfits so I’d remember what I wore that week. It lasted a whole two days. Ha!

Tuesday, June 4th
I love that the hydrangea at Dr. M’s dad’s house is two-toned – it’s so pretty!

Wednesday, June 5th        
Last year’s mum is blooming again! Not pictured – it’s super tall!

Thursday, June 6th                                    
Assembly line! I ate one for dinner & the other one for lunch the next day.

Friday, June 7th               
The wildflowers are waking up – it’s all very exciting!

Peep the bumblebutt in the day lily!

Saturday, June 8th                                  
I went to work for a few hours in the morning, and then I went to a very special someone’s 1st birthday party! He was content to be passed from person to person and had lots of smiles, until you pointed the camera at him. Silly boy. He does this sort of swimming maneuver to get from point A to point B – it was so cute. Happy birthday Elliott! (Photos stolen from his mother's FB page.)

I brought my laptop home & worked again for a couple of hours. What I’m doing right now is auditing the information that’s been put into the new system compared to what’s in our old system (making sure everyone’s deductions will be correct) and it’s weirdly satisfying. I enter into a zone where I could just do it for hours, but alas there are social obligations and sleep that must interrupt. What kind of work puts you in the zone?

Sunday, June 2, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty-two

It was another weird week (minus the tooth pain – yay!), but I made it out to the other side & now it’s JUNE! Rude! May used to be my favorite month, but open enrollment ruined it, so here’s hoping May Part II will be a good one.
Sunday, May 26th                  
Dr. M found some fireworks for the Memorial Day weekend.

Meanwhile, I worked a solid 5 hours and got shit done! (Which reinforces my belief that work would be much better without people.)

Monday, May 27th     

I stayed home most of the day, but my dearest heart in all the land went to get lunch for him & his Pop and brought some for me before he headed over to his dad’s. He’s a keeper.

Tuesday, May 28th                              
Super stressful crazy day at work and no photo.
Wednesday, May 29th        
Took a stupid little walk for my stupid mental health. (Inexplicably, it sort of worked.)

Thursday, May 30th                                    
The forsythia is out of control, but have I taken the 5 minutes to get the clippers and trim it? No I have not.

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Friday, May 31st              
My cousin’s family now has a pontoon boat and I got to go out on the water after work! It was lovely and I’m ready to do it again. Thanks guys!

Video of Bruno living his best life – he was so adorable! 

Saturday, June 1st                                 
We’re going to have a sea of bee balm, but also some of these lovelies in the wildflower bed.

I worked for a few hours yesterday & got a lot done so hopefully this coming week won’t be too crazy. Well, it will be, but now it won’t be as crazy. What have you done lately to make your life easier?

Saturday, May 25, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty-one

I’ve had a weird week. I got drugs for my tooth (it’s so much better!), worked long hours at the office, and I can tell I’ve been stressed because I started rereading one of my favorite Nora Roberts trilogies. Another couple of weeks of intense work, followed by some more weeks of intense work, and then maybe some time off. Woot?
Sunday, May 19th                  
Pentecost! This first picture makes me laugh – Jeanette & Carole had a little war with the microphone. It’s been fun to (occasionally) sing with the choir this spring.

Monday, May 20th     
Two of our favorite pastoral scenes. I love how Dr. M always gets these photos for me every season.

Speaking of seasons – it’s daylily season!

Tuesday, May 21st                             
My conditioner smells like grapefruit. My body wash smells like strawberries. And my lotion smells like oranges. Hope the office is ready for this fruit salad today!

 Wednesday, May 22nd        
Ooookkkaaayyyy – I guess my crochet book is some sort of threat? (Note: it’s been released & should arrive Wednesday.)

Thursday, May 23rd                                   
It’s Dr. M’s Pop’s birthday! It’s number 92. He had a great day.

Friday, May 24th             
Spent some time in the shower this morning trying to remember why Santa Claus was on trial in The Miracle on 34th Street. And in related news, I wonder if Justice Alito has a granddaughter.

Saturday, May 25th                                
Hydrangeas at Dr. M’s dad’s house. They’re always so pretty (and their coloring reminds me of the blueberries to come!

I took today “off” – stayed home to do some housework & decompress a little. I plan to work tomorrow and Monday so that I’m as ready as possible for next week. How’s your spring looking?

Sunday, May 19, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty

Did you know that there are people everywhere? Work, church, parties, my dad’s house, my very own home?? I don’t know man. That seems like a lot.
Sunday, May 12th                  
Dr. Van Fleet says Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 13th     
We only had three peonies this year. Dr. M snipped the third and last ahead of some expected storms and I’m so glad he did! Isn’t it glorious?

Tuesday, May 14th                             
From the socials: Wherein sleeping beauty has to get up and go to work. While my rage at gen0cide simmers on the back burner. While holding joy that my Hurricanes won last night. While also wishing I could just go back to bed.

Wednesday, May 15th       
I told my dad that I was a puzzle hussy.

Thursday, May 16th                                  
Sulfur Cosmos and purple Verbena volunteers.

Went shopping for a friend’s birthday present and bought myself something too. Can you guess which one I kept?

Friday, May 17th             
I had also purchased a new top (you can see it in the pictures from Saturday) and all it had on it was this tag in French. I ran it through google translate and was delighted by the results.

Saturday, May 18th                                
It was my college roommate Sherri’s birthday & her husband organized a surprise party for her. It was so much fun to be a part of it! They live about an hour and forty minutes away so I rode up with Kim and Jenny. It was nice to have the four musketeers together again.

Our Hurricanes fell short of making it to the next level in the playoffs. And my tooth hurts AGAIN. And work continues to be very busy. Also, the world seems to be going to hell. Tune in next week for even more inspirational remarks!

Saturday, May 11, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Nineteen

Open enrollment has launched and now I have a couple of weeks to get things organized before the big push to get all the paperwork turned in and the changes entered into the system. There are complications this year (due to the aforementioned world building project, and changes to some payroll schedules) and I’m having some middle of the night worry sessions about those. I just have to make it to the middle of July and it might calm down. Maybe. Anyway, another couple of months of complaining to you.
Sunday, May 5th                  
I was already in bed & remembered we hadn’t taken a photo, so here is one of me laughing at something Dr. M said. I wish I could remember what it was so I could tell you, but we laugh a lot.

Monday, May 6th     
If it’s Monday it must be Peaches.

Tuesday, May 7th                             
It’s an arpeggio of birbs! The fledged over Dr. M’s head the next day.

Went on a walk with Kim & she brought her latest child, Teddy. He is adorable.

Wednesday, May 8th       
We aren’t getting many peonies this year, but what we have are lovely.  

It was my boss's birthday & I had some of the devil’s most excellent lemonade. I never go there, but we get Chick Fil A frequently at work because it’s one of his favorite places to eat. My principles are no match for for free food.

Thursday, May 9th                                  
You may recall that I ordered this cutting board after I saw it at my sister-in-law’s house. This was exactly how I envisioned it being used. Dr. M chopped up all these peppers to put in the freezer & then cut up veggies for the stir fry he made later in the day.  

Friday, May 10th             
No photo.
Saturday, May 11th                                
Dr. M’s dad’s blueberry bush – I’m going to be busy later!

Tonight may or may not be the last game of the season for my Carolina Hurricanes. They have to win to continue their playoff run. Win or lose it has been a GREAT season. Do you have anything ending or beginning?

Saturday, May 4, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Eighteen

Dr. M and I have been busy busy, so this selection of photos is…interesting.
Sunday, April 28th                  
Dr. M & went to a Celebration of Life service for his Aunt Judy (and about 180 other people). It was hosted by Atrium Health and was a lovely service. If you look closely you can see Dr. M getting ready to light a candle for Judy.

Monday, April 29th     
Peaches is making her debut for the summer. Pretty!

Tuesday, April 30th                             
Dr. M’s dad got new glasses. He was so glad – he’d broken his other ones and really missed them!

Wednesday, May 1st      
My doctor had asked me to monitor my blood pressure (she’s thinking of adjusting my meds). Think she should?

Thursday, May 2nd                                 
TBT – my brother and me with my Aunt Lila. Aren’t we adorable? We were putting money in the jar for the NC Baptist Children’s Home offering. That photo was on the cover of their publication that month.

Friday, May 3rd             
I was shocked! Shocked I say!

Late afternoon snack. There’s oatmeal somewhere under there.

Saturday, May 4th                                
The recycle bin under my desk (I worked for a while today.) I don’t have a Sundrop problem. Why do you ask?

I worked late almost every day last week (and skipped lunch most days). We have a coworker out and it’s open enrollment and there’s that new system we’ve been working on. It’s a little intense. My coworkers are already being extra nice around me because they don’t want to see Scary Dana. Ha! What’s going on in your world?

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty-three

As I had hoped, this week was a bit less chaotic – I worked a lot of hours, but they were orderly and I made headway on some of the tasks on...