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?

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Seventeen

I’m enjoying the calm before the storm – open enrollment kicks off a week from Monday and it will be crazypants until the end of June. And in the midst of that we’re still working on our new operating system that supposed to go live July 1st. Some days (like today) I think it’s going to be fine. Other days I’m wondering if 60 is too early to retire and can I just go ahead & do it now.
Sunday, April 21st                 
I went to church and then had lunch with Dad & Sue. Meanwhile, Dr. M checked out our rain-drenched geraniums. Ms. Rita is loving life outside. Miss Pinky is having her annual snit. She likes it hot and we’re not there yet.

Monday, April 22nd    
Morning Dana really appreciates that Evening Dana (most of the time) packs her lunch, picks out what she’s going to wear, & lays out jewelry & toppers.

Tuesday, April 23rd                             
The conditions were hazy, but Dr. M got what he could of the Pink Moon.

Wednesday, April 24th     
No photo.
Thursday, April 25th                                
I wanted a new profile picture.

Friday, April 26th            
Took a photo of dad’s other azalea. It’s not as ginormous as the one I posted last week, but still lovely.

Saturday, April 27th                               
I was nervous crocheting during hockey & finished sleeve island!

I think I’ve run out of words. Do you have anything interesting to say?

Sunday, April 21, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Sixteen

It’s “cold” (53 degrees) and rainy and I am in my sheep pajamas with a warm laptop on my lap. I’m not mad about that.
Sunday, April 14th                
The phoebes are on the nest!

Monday, April 15th   
In my never ending quest to make my breakfast routine simpler, I bought yet another pan. I love it!

Meanwhile, the azalea at Dr. M’s dad’s house is gorgeous!

Tuesday, April 16th                            
Dad and Sue have been singing with a group for a number of years now, but this is the first time I’ve attended one of their performances. This one was at a church near where I work. I’m going to try to embed a video of my dad telling a joke, but if it doesn’t work you can go here to watch it. I actually genuinely laughed (twice) when he told it, so it’s worth checking out.

Wednesday, April 17th     
No photo.
Thursday, April 18th                                
I was walking out to my car & caught a glimpse of my shadow and wondered if maybe I was growing horns.

Friday, April 20th            
Went by Dad & Sue’s on the way home and was greeted by this bundle of fluffy joy. Meet the newest addition to my brother and sister-in-law’s family, Willow the Goldendoodle!

Also, my dad’s azalea is pretty amazing.

Saturday, April 21st                              
Dr. M was surprised to see blossoms on the Dr. Van Fleet rose at his dad’s house. So delicate and lovely.

I’m heading into my busiest season at work. I’m relieved that it’s here so it will soon be behind me. Well, I say soon, but this year because of a lot of factors it’s going to be busy and crazy until July. So what I’m saying is that I’ll have to devote my brain cells elsewhere for a while. Oh I’ll still post, but it might be gibberish. Something to look forward to!

Sunday, April 14, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Fifteen

The world seems to be coming apart at the seams, and here I am, writing my little posts…
Sunday, April 7th                
Another completed puzzle. I also took a picture of my salad, but deemed that too unexciting for this post.  

Monday, April 8th   
I took a salad to work & when I opened my mini-fridge I saw that there was already another salad in there. Oops.

Tuesday, April 9th                            
Chipping sparrow which of course we call Larry Wayne Birb, in honor of Chipper Jones. (That's a little inside baseball. Heh.)

Wednesday, April 10th     
My cousin posted this on my wall. He did it as a challenge, but you know I would totally try it.

Thursday, April 11th                                
No photo. It was the 3rd day of what I’m now calling world building at work – we’re creating a new operating system from the ground up and this week we were testing things. It wasn’t pretty, but it WAS instructive. And I was toast.

Friday, April 12th            
Our Carolina Allspice, or Sweet Bubby bush, is blooming. It smells divine!

This was my second attempt to park in this space. I was thrown off because I went to pull into a space, but someone was getting out of their car so I had to go one space down. That’s my story anyway.

Saturday, April 13th                             
Dr. M’s Pop’s old gray cat living its best life.

This week was my sister-in-law’s birthday (hey Bren) & I ordered an eyeglass topper for her. She’s the one who got me addicted so it seems appropriate that I also ordered one for me. That will make number 19. How many is too many, do you reckon?

Sunday, April 7, 2024

2024 Project 365 – Week Fourteen

My brain doesn’t want to brain today, so just imagine that I wrote something witty here.
Sunday, March 31st               
Easter! Also included, a photo of a completed puzzle at my dad's house.

Our phlox has just been so lovely.  

Monday, April 1st  
A new month! Also, Adam is the worst.

Tuesday, April 2nd                           
Dad & Sue weren't home when I stopped by during lunch, but that didn't stop me from finishing another puzzle. 

Dr. M says: 🎶
This is the blooming of the Asian Wisterias, Asian Wisterias, Wisterias!🎵 This looks to be Wisteria Sinensis (Chinese Wisteria), and it has been growing in Laboratory for many decades. Asian Wisterias bloom in Spring. Japanese Wisteria, when viewed from above, climbs in spirals that run clockwise. These spirals run counterclockwise, indicating that this is Chinese Wisteria.

Look what Dr. M brought home for me!

Wednesday, April 3rd    
Dr. M’s mom’s azalea is always gorgeous around the time of The Masters golf tournament.

This is posted specifically for Ellen Abbott who seems to frequently find weird flavors of familiar things. You know I’d try it. I’m a little surprised Dr. M didn’t bring a bag home for me!

Thursday, April 4th                                
That puddle in my salad is me “using up the last bit of dressing in the bottle.”

Friday, April 5th            
Wore my D.J. Burns NC State shirt to work. They played in the final four on Saturday, but alas were defeated by Purdue. It was a great run!

Saturday, April 6th                             
Dr. M says that there’s nothing so verdant in spring as a field of wheat.

My little life seems to be rolling along without too much drama, but when I look at the wider world I feel hope and despair and rage and joy. It’s all so big and I feel ill equipped to handle it. So I concentrate on what’s right in front of me. And vote.

2024 Project 365 – Week Twenty

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