Summer Bucket List: Revisited

Well, we had quite a few things on the summer list and did a lot of them. Others were completely ignored. And a lot of my focus and goals began to change over the summer. But all in all, I’m thinking we had a good summer.

First let’s go with what we did! Not necessarily in order

  • UB40 Concert
  • Zaxby’s (if we had cards to use up we put it on the list
  • Katy came to visit and brought Shelby and we showed her around Nashville. We had a big weekend planned.
  • San Antonio – probably the highlight of my own summer was getting to see Kate and explore San Antonio with her and create a lot of memories – some better than others. (Bird incident, lol)
  • Got a long walk in. It must not have been too memorable but it was a walk so I checked it off the list. lol
  • Outback (we had a card)
  • We had friends over for a German dinner/evening (weekend) as they stayed over and we had breakfast and the girls shopped while the guys played Frisbee golf.
  • Father’s Day excursion – George had a list of places we went for this day tooling about doing all things George – I can’t remember what we did but pretty sure it involved a brewery and McKay’s and good food.
  • George’s Birthday excursions x 3. Thinking his birthday was going to be overshadowed by Global Celebration he scheduled 2 to 3 weekends of doing things – also including breweries, books, music, beer and expansion of my waistline
  • Global Celebration with Isagenix didn’t happen due to my changing jobs and not being able to be off, which actually was the straw that broke my already indecisiveness about pushing for my RV dreams, and decisions over my time and how much to donate to the cause. However, I did attend one thing, registration, so I could get my free products and backpack (:-P), so….I checked it off but also had an “x” through it.
  • Roger got his Rabies shot and it wasn’t time for Maisy’s yet
  • We went to Connor’s with our Crotchety Gourmet group. Our next outing is this weekend if I can find out information.
  • I made almond bread. It was ok. It wasn’t as good as the good/bad kind.
  • I tried Tai Chi. I liked it. I like the grace of it. I am not used to it so I haven’t migrated back. I’m not very graceful. I look like I’m trying to draw something in the air or reaching for things I can’t get on a shelf and toppling over rather than a person doing Tai Chi and seeming all balanced. I think yoga is more my style but I’m not giving up on it.
  • Although only 2 books are checked, I did reach my goal to do 3 books. And it might actually be more than that if you include all the audios. But I finished what I was calling my 3rd book this past weekend after this pic was taken.
  • We have indeed prepped for our yard sale. I didn’t check it off b/c it wasn’t finished.

And here are the things that were NOT accomplished (hanging my head in shame at some):

  • Candlelight Yoga – this seems so simple but the “candlelight” is what is holding me up. I keep thinking I need to do this at night and night is not convenient. So some Saturday morning I’m going to draw the blinds and do this, lol.
  • Centerville Wineries – We keep putting this on the list but never going. It is really something George wants to do but he plans a lot of our outings and it’s never mentioned so I think it’s not really a burning desire to do this. But perhaps we’ll take off and do it one day. Our fall is getting pretty booked though.
  • Implement Meditation. Well, I can’t say really that I didn’t do this. I could probably have checked it off as a yes, it’s done. I did check into meditation and I have “done it”, but really I think more than anything, I’ve created it as an option more so than a daily practice. I could do a mini blog entry but mainly just have learned two things: 1) that there are times we just need to sit and empty our minds and let the thoughts be felt and come and go 2) To let our minds do their own thing when waking up in the morning before grabbing the phone and seeings others agendas and thoughts b/c that gives us our own creative thought processes for the day. So in a way I’ve done this but it’s not like I’ve carved a time for meditation it’s just a method for getting up. Also prayer is another form of meditation in which I try to do each night in the deepest form. So “yes” but “no” – it’s just a way of life more than implementing a session.
  • Consultant. I did not enroll two consultants this summer. I did enroll a couple of people who wanted to improve their health. As mentioned the business goals to do this don’t have any fire anymore as there are no more dreams to fuel it. And no more time to fuel me with informational seminars in order to do it due to the job change so as mentioned that was the final event to knock this out completely but I was already on the fence. That said I’m still totally in love with these products and what they have done for me as far as energy and feeling better and the weight loss has been a plus. And I will be available for anyone interested and will still brag about these products and coach others if they are truly interested but I am not chasing after anyone trying to convince others to believe me. I’m just not into that. They can either seek me out and ask me questions or be without. I’m not chasing after folks. But I will share to those truly interested who are not afraid to spend a few bucks in the beginning to get started to build your inventory up. It’s kind of like getting married and setting up your kitchen groceries for the first time.
  • Weight loss goals. I really wanted to reach a certain point by now to keep losing. But I gave up cleansing during the payroll training b/c it was too much stress, plus all the eating we have done, plus my stress eating. I have to learn to not go all out on every excursion. My 25% eating bad and 75% good has turned in to 50/50 or 60/40. Not good. So I’m trying to reign it in a bit. We have had two much fun and I’ve let down my guard. My health numbers still not where I want them either. Working on cholesterol and bringing the sugar numbers down w/o the meds.
  • George didn’t get his wine kit – I don’t think. I think mainly is we have been buying some wines we like a various places reasonably and he probably just has wanted to spend his time doing other things. There is probably time to do a wine kit if he wants before the colder weather sets in, now that mowing will slow down for him. We’ll see, might put it on the fall list.

And that is all I have today, I will be working on our fall and holiday list to get us through Dec and then will do a winter list for Jan and Feb and March. I think it’s fun just to have a list to check off but we throw in a few other things as reminders – to use up gift cards or do things that we need to do sometimes that we don’t really want to do – like having a yard sale, lol. It just makes it a fun way to remember things or to look at when you have a free day and want to plan something.

So stay tuned for the Fall list. lol

Now to go get this payroll closed. Yesterday sure was a Monday in it’s truest form, but we got through it. At least with payroll there are definite answers and no “gray”. I’m a black and white person so that works for me. A bad day in payroll is better than a good day in some roles in my opinion, if you know what I mean. Let’s just say I was looking forward to going to work yesterday as I am today. When did that ever happen before?

Ya’ll have a good day. Maisy is much better but still not up to par. Considering vet. Tomorrow might be better than today though, but we’ll see. At least they are open after work. She is just not as excited and happy as she usually is.

Heavenly Three Day Weekend

The Makings of Chili Friday night

Well, what a weekend. A relaxing one but made a big dent in the “to do’s” while relaxing. Most weekends we relax too much trying to release from the work week. But I was able to get a lot of the errands done Friday and grocery shopping and house cleaning and even some laundry started so this weekend I’ve been able to do the following:

  • Worked on the Yard Sale, marking more items
  • Ordered a case of Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal to have for work. Yes I did! Can’t find them anywhere and it was cheaper to order thru Amazon than Mr. Bob himself.
  • Got all the events and tasks/reminders added to my phone so I can answer questions and plan “on the go”. George often asks me something and I say “I don’t know I have to wait til we get home and see the calendar”. My calendar is bulky so I rarely pack the paper one.
  • The shower gifts are wrapped for next weekend and we are ready to go for that.
  • I have marked my Spain Recipe and have that bookmarked in my Google – this is for our Spanish Themed dinner with Don and Lisa. My task is the desert.
  • I have ordered the Springform Baking Pan and matter of fact it comes as a set of three (sizes). I didn’t need three but it was just as cheap and decided perhaps I will make some things with the small one. And maybe even make a cheesecake one day. Or a flourless cake. So why not.
  • And I’ve read – matter of fact I’ve finished a book. Of course it was on RV’ing. About a couple who sold everything and bought an RV. I was glued. And I bought the next book after that. They are actually out there doing it. It’s “We’re the Russos” on YouTube (Joe Russo wrote the book.)
  • I reset a PW after getting a security message from my old email address. It was actually the 2nd message as someone also tried to get into my spiritual blog on there. So I changed the PW now on both.
  • Sheets are on the guest bed now if I hadn’t mentioned that already.
  • I downloaded the new iPhone software
  • I upgraded all my apps
  • I rearranged all my iPad apps so the most used were in the front. This was needing some attention and deleted things not using. I was having to look for things. I guess your needs change periodically and so did my apps. Different from ipad to phone. I use them for different purposes.
  • And I spent some time looking at the next few weeks/months. We really have a lot of our weekends booked up other than Sunday’s through Dec 1. It includes a couple of times with Mom in there as well. I’m thinking our shopping will have to be on the fly but then again we really don’t have many to buy for anymore. But I think we’ll want to get on it. We are booked for Christmas Village so I think we’ll plan to do a lot there. It’s worked out well last year.
  • George has booked our “Steam Cave” visit in Hot Springs and the Hot Springs pool is fine at any time when they are open. (That was on his list, but we spent time talking and being excited about it.)
  • And I have caught up on all my RV’ing and Sailing shows (I hate it when it’s over. lol I live my adventuring through them. It’s like all the books I used to read have come to life before my eyes.)
  • Also signed the docs for our Roth IRA’s.

All that doesn’t sound like much but I’ve done most of the cooking – ok all of the cooking until tonight. I made chili Friday night and I made salad, a pan full of roasted veggies (yum), alongside a cup of leftover chili last night. And laundry and ironing, and taking care of doggies. And doing dishes and being all techy/geeky.

I also spent about an hour being all geeky making my iPhone avatar after the upgrade. How’d I do? I still don’t think the shape of the face is right, but it was hard trying to make it look just like me. The nose options didn’t help – there were only a few choices and none looked like mine. I made it using my new glasses style.

Here’s the dessert I’ll be making for Spain night. Tarta de Santiago

So I will be making this little gem. And will need to make the design. I’ll sketch it out on the back of a card/note pad so it’ll be sturdy. I will also look up the history again on the cake and take notes on that so I can tell everyone at the little Spain dinner we will be having.

Might as well turn the dinner into a learning experience, lol.

So I feel good about the weekend. Monday and Tuesday I will spend my time on Spiritual podcasts for my worship time. If I had another day I’d be doing some writing. It’s just beyond my reach but it’s always out there. I don’t have a fierce desire to write a book – if I did I’d have conquered it by now. The blog solves my desire to write, but feel if writing is my talent that maybe God would prefer I do some writing for Him. So trying to figure out what that would look like. I have been talking about this with a friend/neighbor. She has actually started writing and I feel like I’ve left her hanging. I just have had to deal with all this job change stuff and it’s been almost more than I could handle, trying to learn the new while the old kept pulling at my coat tail like a child hungry for dinner. It’s just been heartbreaking not having time for both and having to “let it go” by default. But all that behind now, new job sortof under control (still a bit to learn on the quarterly and year end duties and unemployment taxes and such, but I’ll get there).

Aside from us having the busiest time of the year coming upon us personally – with shopping and the holidays (much like everyone else in the world), I should have some time to focus my thoughts on this. Maybe I just start typing. Or maybe I form my thoughts and start typing with the onset of my new computer in January during the hibernation months of Jan and Feb.

I definitely know that my focus will be shifting some toward some new things. No longer feeling the need to “grow a business to be able to afford an RV” so I’ll let that dream die for now. I reserve the right to resurrect it at any time. If given an opportunity and George would do it, I would so do it in a heartbeat. Even on the weekends. But it’s not something he wants so I’ll put that aside for now. For now. lol Should we win the lottery – that would be my pick. What we put aside and on hold for our spouses. It’ll be good. He loves to travel so if not by RV we’ll still get to do some of it as we retire if not before.

So I think the genre of the music I’m enjoying is “Alternative”. Of course that spans over so much. It’s almost like it ties folk with a heavy acoustic and clear sound – not pure acoustic but has that sound. It’s nice travel music, lol! 😉 Like the Hollow Coves I mention – in that has the “Woods” song. I told George we could listen to whatever the heck we wanted going on our trip to TX with the new iTunes I downloaded (3 months free then 9.99 per month.)

Well, I guess my blogging is ending up being a lot less these days. I think that the first part of the week I prefer to get to work earlier with the closing of payroll and all. The week is very serious for me on the work front so that all goes well and I meet deadlines. And I want my focus on point as I’m dealing with the paying of taxes and accounts and GL’s and it has to balance just right. I was worried that I might not be enough of a numbers person but there are check points in place. It’s still easy to make an honest mistake, so I check and double check. But I feel that I have found my niche here doing this. There are only a few things that could spoil it for me now and hopefully none will. I’m going to think positively on that note and hope for the best.

So George has asked that I pick out our Netflix pic. Something always pulling at me when I try to blog, lol. It’s either work, George needing me to do something else while I’m at the computer, like print something or sign something or do something. The universe seems to stand in the way of wanting me to blog, but I find a way – just less often than normally.

Lately it’s been about catching up, relaxing, chilling, and redesigning my life as to what it needs to look like at age 56. A calling to do something that has an impact on others, that has a definite “you did this” and not a grey area of not understanding whether your day positively impacts a greater cause or not and not even being in control over my day – just wasn’t working for me. I need to know I’m making an impact. So I will continue my quest for what God wants me to do now and what to do now that the career part is “somewhat” settled – if all goes well! I couldn’t do anything with my life in the other job. I was just not settled there at all. It did NOT suit my persona any more. It’s just not who I am anymore. I don’t work like that.

Maisy has been under the weather. She didn’t eat much yesterday and totally lethargic. But today she is eating. She still has low energy though. But we will see how she is in the upcoming days. I worry she has something wrong.

The photos just stole my heart. Roger leaning his head on Maisy as if to say “I love you and hope you feel better, Maisy”. They are so sweet.

So I’m off now to go pick a streaming Netflix movie for dinner!

See ya in a couple of days. I guess I’ll have a new revised “to do” list by then. lol

Big Night Out and a Vacay Day!

Cranes hovering over Nashville

The Anniversary evening, Wednesday, Sept 18th, began after work and our arrival downtown to enjoy a rooftop cocktail before our dinner reservations. For me, I love getting the photo ops! Above a view of Nashville with its cranes. The joke is that the crane is our state bird now. lol

The “Sticks” at the Roundabout in Nashville
At the bar of the Westin, Nashville rooftop bar area
Infinity Pool looking over Nashville, Westin Rooftop
JW Mariott Nashville
Look at that big “hole” under construction

It was fun looking out. Our cocktails were over quickly. A bar’s moneymaker cocktail drinks – small cups, large ice cubs, a big piece of fruit, lol. Not much room for anything else. $$ dropped and onto the next rooftop bar next door at the JW Marriott, which was my absolute favorite.

My cocktail looking out over Nashville
Figuring out where the elevator buttons are. (Screen)

Some of us might have been looking all day for the 34th floor button or the Lobby Button. Duh! Touch Screen. But of course. Then on to the Steak House for our reservations. On the way George admired the cars of those checking in at the Marriott.

George had to stop and stare a bit at this car!
He was pretty fond of this BMW too.

I said if he wanted something like that we should just get a Mercedes Wonder Leisure Travel Van! He said “oh I will just stick with a Honda”. lol

Oak Steak House, Nashville, TN
Anniversary Cards on the Table usually spell out for a free dessert
The free anniversary dessert came! A fist bump later, we inhaled it.
My view. The ceiling was very nice!
That’s a wine rack back there!
Valet Parking area, The OAK Steak House, Westin, Nashville, TN

So it was a wonderful evening and we enjoyed every minute of it. The food was awesome and the cocktails and rooftop bar hopping was great!

We ate like little pigs. And that was our excitement for the week!

The work week went well. I think the long hours are over now unless we have a quarter end or year end or weird weeks where holidays are messing up payroll processing time. Anything given to the former job now is mainly just about an hour and a half a day of answering questions, sending files etc. All working out fine and felt a flood of relief as the responsibility shifted. There is comfort in knowing that what I am setting out to do for the day will indeed be done. I like being being able to work on what is planned. I like how every day my job is still different though. Even though the next week repeats itself, it is still never completely just alike. There are various things that change up each week and I love the routine. You DO have to put a lot of thought into it and a lot of check points. And double check yourself again. So it is still challenging and I enjoyed each day last week. This next week or so is the big tax week in which I have about two weeks or so to get all the monthly taxes paid for states we are signed up for monthly and then there is the quarter end which I will be learning. I think you have to actually file in each state at the quarter end. I’ve not done this so I have to learn how to do that. I think Dec is both quarter end and year end and rather an exciting week. So I didn’t schedule a lot of vacay time for the Christmas week and New Year. Just have to deal with that the best way we can. That said I think I have some time for Christmas shopping and wrapping.

Anyway, it’s been a great week. And I’m off today. I didn’t get a lot of blog time though this week. But catching up today.

This morning’s vacation day led me to go and get my eyeglasses and my sunglasses picked out at my Provider. When I go pick those up I will leave them with my regular glasses so they can be turned into computer glasses.

My new eyeglasses
My new sunglasses.

Then I went on a huge grocery spree. I was glad the bill wasn’t huge though. I did get a lot of fresh veggies and so we will be forced to eat goodness this week. We’ll have to plan our meals so we don’t throw it all out in a week. I want to fix chopped baked veggies in the oven like Judy fixed. Oh it was so good.

Tonight we are having chili. I bought that stuff last week. I need to go get it started here in a few.

Today has really gone fast. I got up at 5 b/c Maisy let me know I’d overslept, lol. I fixed coffee and the dogs breakfast so George wouldn’t have to. I watched The Weather Channel, sipped coffee, and played Tropical Farmville. And washed a couple of loads, ironed some pants, packed my cleanse kit and IsaPaks for next week and went ahead and put fresh sheets on the bed.

I looked out the window and there were deer strolling through the yard, a neighbor through the trees had rolled his garage door back and was sitting in the chair obviously feeling the breeze, watching the stream down below, maybe there were deer down there too. Made me smile that in today’s world someone else had the day off and was enjoying it.

I took our doggies out and thought all the deer were gone at that point but Roger let me know there were deer there. He raced toward them. They are on a leash so he can’t get far. The deer know that. That look at him like “oh it’s just you”, lol. They just go on eating or sitting there. They are very curious about the doggies though. I have had the babies come close because they were curious. Today they were sitting around and didn’t budge, after their morning breakfast lol.

Roger is having trouble walking this week though. We are having to carry him down the stairs and back up again to help him out. His legs have never been strong. His body is heavy. So bless his heart. I hate to see him go down. I hope it’s not a permanent thing. He also is sleeping a lot but he always has. We love our Mr. Roger. So he is getting a lot of loving.

And I did get a few things done this week that was on my to do list: I transferred money over to cover my little shopping spree which was not required of me but I figured I would especially with these eye glasses coming up. Three pair at once – but they will last several years. I booked our hotel room as previously mentioned for our trip to Texas stopping on the way and on the way back in Hot Springs. oh the eyeglasses were on the list so that is all partially complete. I also did the vacuuming which was very necessary. I still have quite the line up of to do’s and surprised I did not get more of them done but I’m convinced you have to do about one or two a day. I just got so far behind the last few weeks with all the work hours.

So at least there is an opportunity to work on it this weekend.

  • Mom’s fit bit
  • Sheets on the guest bed (why is this so hard? lol)
  • Clear out iphone photos
  • Make mammogram appt
  • Finish marking yard sale items
  • Order Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal. Why doesn’t anyone carry these instant oatmeal cups anymore? Grrr
  • Do our Bucket List for Fall/Holidays
  • Put our events on my phone calendar
  • Meal planning
  • Plan seafood nite at Mom’s
  • Wrap Shower Gifts
  • Buy some birthday gifts
  • Book Maisy’s Rabies shots
  • Spain dessert recipe
  • Find Spring Form Pan
  • Read
  • Work on Blog
  • Work on some writing projects
  • Upgrade our drivers license
  • Figure out what to get people for Christmas
  • Exercise
  • Catch up on my shows

So I know it’s the same list I’ve been doing. Let’s see how many I get done before the weekend is over, lol

So I ended up doing the 3 month trial for iTunes and then it’s 9.99 a month after that and you still get to keep your old tunes in your library. I really think that is the way to go. I end up spending $ here and there buying songs and why not have access to all of them? I get tired of the same old songs anyway. Then I can use my phone to stream and I have unlimited wifi so – that is good. When we retire all that may change but still that is not much per month for someone that loves music! I like the mix it fixed for me. It was nice. So I just did that in the last hour – we’ll see how it goes but I’m thinking I will like it. I end up hearing all of these new songs on my You Tube shows and no one has heard of them yet. It’s almost a new genre and I don’t know how to find those types of songs. They just feel good and sing to my soul. Like “The Woods” by Hollow Coves. So I’m hoping to tap into some of these songs that I like. I’m looking forward to playing with it. Oops I stopped to play already! Yep love it. Well, off to cook chili while listening to iTunes and and hanging out when George gets home.

Glad to have two more days to the weekend. Every weekend should have three days to it to bring balance. What are you doing this weekend?