Friday, November 30, 2018


Posting every day went by the way side with what can only be termed the illness from hell. All I have managed to do is sleep & go to work. Attempt to eat. Take a shower. Repeat. I *finally* am starting to feel a little more human. I had today off & I was able to get all the laundry done & make some headway into arranging my bedroom. We've lived here for 2 months & it's still not completely done the way I want it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The heating pad & ibuprofen have been my best friends today. I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my lower back & in my shoulder. (It may or may not have had a lot to do with lifting some boxes incorrectly.)

I go back to work tomorrow for a 7 day stretch & then have next weekend off. Since our inspection happened on Wednesday I no longer have to be concerned with that. At least until after the first of the year. We passed which is all that ultimately matters.

I think I am going to read a few chapters while I wait for the nighttime meds to kick in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Odds & ends


  • It was brought to my attention a few days ago that my daughter will be graduating high school next year. It's not as if I wasn't already aware of this; after all, I gave birth to the child & know full well how old she is... haha but it really hit home that ohmygoodness she's going to graduate high school soon & this is impossible because she was just born. *slow blink*

  • I have a friend who is like a daughter to me that is going to be having baby any minute now & I can not wait. As much as I am excited, she is completely ready to be done. The last month of pregnancy feels like 10 years.

  • I have another friend whose daughter is getting married this Saturday. Mother of the bride jitters have taken over & she's a bundle of sunshine & stress which is an interesting combination. Also, how are we all old enough now to have grown & almost grown children?

Monday, November 12, 2018


It rained all day long today which made for a rather dreary, depressing day. I'm pretty sure my blah mood had more to do with the weather than anything actually being wrong. Hoping for some sunshine tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 174

Things I am grateful for today:

1. A quiet night at work.

2. Finishing 3 books this week. In addition to everything else, I have managed to do quite a bit of reading.

3. Having a date night this past week. We had a really good time which was something we both needed.

4. Things are finally looking brighter.

5. Fun things planned for my days off this coming week. Something to look forward to.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


My friend & her children buried her husband/their father's ashes today & her resilience through this whole trauma has been awe inspiring and also, tear inducing. I am amazed at not only her strength but also the strength of her children as they move through this challenging time.

Hug your people. Let them know you love them. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Avoiding the election news

At this precise moment, I have 37 minutes of work left & I am avoiding Facebook & this news sites until I get home because I can't take another minute of news pundits blathering on with no concrete results. Things will be more settled in a few hours, at least locally.

I'm hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 173

Things I am grateful for today

1. Freshly brewed coffee waiting on me when I woke up this morning. Chris was up before me & made my coffee.

2. An impromptu trip with Beth downtown to do a few things & to give her some driving practice. She's at the point now that I would trust her to go places alone. Her driving has come a long way.

3. Taking the time today to completely clean out the truck. Having the day off & some spare energy made this possible. Also, I need to start adding this a weekly to do item. In my poor defense, the last few months have been overwhelming & I have been grateful just to continue breathing.

4. A meal being prepared by me is happening this evening. I don't get to cook like this nearly as much as I would like.

5. Things are changing for the better.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


I *finally* finished reading the 2nd Game of Thrones book and then immediately started the 3rd one because apparently I am a glutton for punishment. I like the books, truly, but I am not a fan of how each chapter is from a different point of view. When you can't read for extended periods of time, you can get lost with the back & forth. Also, George R. R. Martin is brilliant (& wordy).

Speaking of books, I was pretty sure the library had made a mistake when I went to pick up a book I had on hold. I requested Stephen King's Elevation & was surprised when it was a slim novel & not his normal break your arm to carry it book. ;-)

And... Leverage In Death by JD Robb was worth the wait. I finished it in one work shift which is rare these days. Now to wait until February until the next book comes out.

Always looking for book recommendations.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New month

After an extended absence, I have decided to dust off my brain cells & post every day this month.

The last few months have been stressful & tiring but also full of joy & promise. I'll write all about it in the weeks ahead.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...