Errands, Supplements, and AutoImmune Issues

With warmer weather, I find I’m enjoying the shakes again. I added a few strawberries in the blender with this one and it was really good. This is a high protein shake. It’s pretty filling. I only needed a handful of nuts for snack until lunch.

Yesterday was highly productive at work. I’m all caught up from snow days except for one thing I’ll be doing this morning. The snow days did cause some extra work this week though in several areas, but I think I worked through it all quickly enough that I managed to get most of my normal Wednesday things moved. My brain was fizzled by day’s end as the past 2 nights I’d not had enough sleep.

Errands Run – Getting things DONE!

After work, with warm temps, and sun still hanging in the sky, I found it was a good time to stop and do an Amazon return at the UPS store. That was easy, well all except finding their location. Waze is not very good at maneuvering you through shopping mall areas. It leaves you dropped off at the street, so I had to drive around looking for it. I was about to call them and looked up and saw their store sign. Then I stopped and got my glasses fixed as the screw was loose and it kept trying to work its way out. Lenscrafters has been excellent. I did not even buy my glasses there. The place I bought them from closes at 4:30 or 5:00 and closed on Saturday as it’s a doc office, so it’s impossible to get in without taking off from work. But Lenscrafters will adjust your glasses and fix simple repairs – free of charge, even when not theirs. It astounds me. I’m so grateful for them. I will probably get my next pair from them now b/c of their kind services. Most places would be like – no if you didn’t buy it here we don’t want to touch it. Or would at least charge you and make you sign a waiver, lol. No paperwork, complete smiles, and even cleaned my glasses after tightening the screw!

I loved how the light reflected and made a circle here of orange. I took this pic several ways. As I left Lenscrafters, the sun was going down and it made beautiful pink clouds for my drive home. Here’s another shot.

The Providence area was VERY busy with traffic – just people trying to get home and get about from their work day or doing things out in the area. The traffic is just so much more intense than when we moved here. I had to take back roads to get around and hit traffic lights b/c I could not get over into the lanes I needed from the main road. Just skirting around and getting to the lights so I could get into position to go where I needed, took forever as the lights are timed to give the main roads a first chance at clearing. Ughhhh. But finally made it in and out. This is why I hardly head that direction anymore. It’s just too congested. Used to love the area. Well I do love shopping there but just really do most of my shopping on Amazon now. I used to look forward to a March or April shopping excursion, looking for sale items, but nehhh, probably have what I need for now. Probably just stick with Amazon – old faithful.

Change of Weekend Plans and Autoimmune Issues

Well, talked to Mom and she said it is supposed to rain this weekend, like NOT just a few showers, but a LOT! Sometimes we get some pretty big rains in the March/April time frames – along about prom season. I always feel so bad when it gushes water on prom nights, ruining hair dos, make up, and dresses before the party even starts. It seems to do it every time. So our time will be postponed. Mom said she didn’t want me driving in it. I don’t want to drive in that either. Quite frankly I could use Saturday home since I worked Sunday. I’m ready for some down time already. We would have fun, but I’ve always had to have some down time to recharge and rejuvenate. If I miss my normal down time I get anxious to get it back. So today I’m on my 5th day to work and tomorrow will be my 6th. Saturday would have been not a work day at Mom’s but certainly would have been away from home for 7 days. Our laundry piles up, the house gets gnarly and needs to be re-blessed, and my own personal batteries need to be plugged in and charged. Yes, that is it. Think of me like a battery that has to be recharged. My battery wears out a lot sooner than most. Why? I figured it has to do with being an introvert but I think it also has to do with my physical/mental make up. I’m sure I have some type of undiagnosed autoimmune thing going on but have really stayed away from testing and from pushing for a diagnosis. Docs are just bound by the insurance and pharmacy industry telling them what to do so I would only be given meds, maybe some guidance on lifestyle, but as most of my life, I have figured things out on my own. I’ve found with rest, eating better, getting the right nutrients in – I manage over whatever it is that takes away my stamina. Most of my symptoms range from: extreme fatigue, brain fog or slight depression, sleep issues, random pains all over, low grade fever in p.m. hours when tired, inner ear issues, sometimes feel like I can’t swallow properly if I sleep in a weird position (happened like 3 times over several years), jelly legs, and recently a new symptom that feels like something drilling in my left foot. I’d say I noticed a lot of these things from the age of 30. Often would just have days where I flat couldn’t do much but lay around. I had one of those days two weeks ago.

Don’t try to diagnose me. It’s ok. Won’t make a difference really. I’ve lived with whatever it is for so long that I just know once I fill myself with green foods, fruits, remember my supplements, reduce my stress, stay away from hot temps, and get rest and sleep, I do ok and rejuvenate. The cause of this is likely mono or some type of virus that has lingered, in which stress, heat, lack of sleep/rest, and not eating right can ignite my body into a series of reactions. Once I see the signs I do all I can to rectify it and manage to turn it around.

So all that said in defense of my having Saturday and Sunday. I have one day to clean, do laundry, and get ready for the work week, and another day to get personal things done and rest. And being gone 7 days in a row without my personal down time was taxing me a bit. I was getting a little anxious about it. But I’m looking forward to the weekend with Mom as we are postponing it until better weather. And we’ll have a great time NOT driving around in the rain. And I will not have been busy for 7 days in a row and worn down!

Ahhhh, well I need to go and get ready for work. I am cooking my red beans and rice tonight, along with smoked sausage or kielbasa as I like to call it. Not exactly a healthy meat, but the kidney beans and rice will be good for us. I tend to go for the starches, lol. So I’m going to drink my “greens” today as it’s been a while.

Changing the Supplements Around

Oh and I should say that last night I made the decision to ditch the vitamin packs I’ve been taking and convert to individual supplements on line. I’m NOT getting enough B12 in them. So I ordered a B Complex. With all the other drinks I do from the system that have a LOT of vitamins in them (Ionix stress formula, greens, fruits, hydrate drinks, collagen elixir, protein shakes) – all those are filled with vitamins and nutrients. So I think I can drop these packets as a lot of the ingredients are in other things as long as I DO those other things often. I just don’t think the food we eat gives us enough vitamins and our bodies have a hard time absorbing things.

OK off to the work zone. It feels like Friday but it’s NOT! :-O Six day work week here. Getting pretty tired! Five was always hard but ugh. Six. Anyway hopefully will get through the two days quickly and on to that big to do list! Closer to making more videos!

Why are We so Busy?

Morning! The coffee sure is good as I sit here and sip and type. It feels busy around here! We keep ourselves busy even when we are NOT busy, so it’s just always busy. I think perhaps it has been so busy at work and personally with so much going on and not enough brain time to soak everything in. I end up waking up at 1:30 and not able to go back to sleep because my body and brain is using that time as “think time”. So the last two nights I’ve woken up at 1:30 and not gone back until 3 or 3:30. Alarm goes off around 4:20 – I hit snooze – go back to deep sleep and it goes off again and again until I’m finally so irritated I get up. LOL! I also have a tendency to do this around a full moon.

It is definitely a full moon. It amazes me how some full moon’s don’t pull the energy around as much as others. I don’t know about tidal flows and such. I wonder if different moons bring in varying tidal flows at sea. See….look at my brain go. I’m way too curious about things for my own good and I’ll probably google that by days end. If I can find time. In all my lists, I need a “google list” as my curiosities are outweighing my time to google. Also on that list would be “how do the French stay so slim when they have such good bread?” I heard a couple discussing that on a recent video I watch and it’s perplexed me since. More than one person has said to lose weight eat like the French. I’m not eating snails – I mean, no wonder!

So Today is technically my Thursday – even though it is Wednesday! I’m feeling it. Normally on Thursday’s I’m counting the days til my free day. My free day is not til Sunday! Well I’m going to Mom’s Friday night, and we will be doing girls time. It’ll be fun time but no “free” time until Sunday. When Sunday gets here, I’ll be doing my normal “weekend thang” and trying to gnaw down my list some. Lord please help me to make some progress! These things are keeping me from making more videos! The sooner I knock them out, the sooner I can get back at it.

Most of these things won’t take long but just finding the minute to do something, AnYtHiNg! It seems every minute of my day is filled with something else.

The less urgent things are here. Many have been on the list for some time. The last two lists have not changed much and I’m not going to post those as I have posted all of these not long ago. Only the first two lists change. I do not plan to do this 2nd list before getting back to making the videos. But the many things on the first list just need to happen before I set in to having personal creativity time.

Colorful Car Wash

So last night after work I went “grocerying” after taking the car through the car wash. It needed it so bad. The birds are finally migrated from our parking lot at work and then with all the salt and snow and ice I had to get it washed. Also yesterday my mirrors were so dirty I could hardly see traffic. When it’s a safety issue – it has to be done. So I stopped on the way to the grocery as it was still light out. The line was long but it moved fairly quickly. I paid for the big wash! Wheels and all!

I love our little car wash with the colors. I’m like a kid every time I go through. Here is a video. LOL

Grocery Run Fun

Going to the grocery was fun. It had been a while. I was out of all my favorite things! So I’m good for about another two weeks I think. George will likely go again and if I need something he can get the urgent needs. I won’t have time again for awhile. I loaded up on some frozen entries for work. But also bought some fresh items, fresh salsa and hummus too, for healthier snack options. I allow myself to eat the tortilla chips. I try to buy a healthier version if I can, but at the end of the day, I usually just grab and go. I forgot the avocado though! I wanted to have avocado toast with a bit of fresh salsa atop! Also the salsa is good on eggs. So at least I have that. Anyway I bought fresh strawberries and plant to slice a few fresh ones for my shake this morning.

Get out the Cameras, I’m cooking tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night I’m cooking in the Instant Pot for the first time ever! Can you believe it? I’ve had a mental block against it. I felt the directions were just too specific. But all in all, what could be better? I was thinking it was going to be complicated. But so many people use them and love it and say that they are so glad they have it and couldn’t do without it. So I am “making myself” try it Thurs night (tomorrow night). I’m making a red beans and rice recipe. It just sounds good. And looks easy. The meat (smoked sausage) I’m cooking separate in the air fryer. And will toss the sausage slices in on top of the red beans and rice! So I’m excited to cook tomorrow. Also will have to pack for Mom’s. I will have a “few minutes” to do some things tonight after I get off of work and before dinner. George is cooking tonight. I’ll have to see what is on the menu board.

And so I need to get going! Can you believe it’s in the 60’s here this week? Gotta love weather in Tennessee, going from a Polar Vortex to the tropics in just a couple of days!

Catch 22, a Skunk, and My Maintenance Period

It’s not always easy to be me… and I seem to have more Grit than Grace but I got through Monday! It was Monday on Steroids for sure. Very glad to have come in Sunday. I think we all looked like one of those really fast old movies where everyone is running around really fast. We all had so much to do and I’m sure no one needed to be bothered, but yet there we were all needing things from one another, and bothering one another for what we needed. It was quite the day. I made it through knowing we’d be having dinner with Kevin and Susan later (BIL and SIL).

How appropriate to eat dinner at place called Catch 22 as that seemed to be a theme of the day, LOL. One I won’t go into here but it did strike a funny chord within me.

Catch 22, Mount Juliet, TN

That is not our car, by the way, but I took a pic of the restaurant for you. I ate lighter yesterday for breakfast and lunch so I could eat better for dinner. Catch 22 has a few salads for those low cal options but I wanted more than just a salad. I had been craving a burger, and they have one of the best burgers around!

The BA Burger with Bacon, Swiss, and Avocado, & Arugula with a side of Potato Salad

I got a flight, of course. You know I love to do the flights of little beers to see what different ones on tap taste like. I was thrilled that Czann’s had one on tap there. I’m so glad he’s in Mount Juliet now.

Calendar of Last Week’s Plans During Snow Week, LOL!

I opened my calendar yesterday to be able to make some plans in it and write things down as I thought of it. I didn’t have a lot of success (no time for planning, only doing). My mind was all over the place on the way to work and I could not wait to sit down and capture it all with pencil and paper, but when I unlocked and set up the work day, and transitioned to all I had to do there, everything left my mind before I could write it all down. Oh well. It will all come back to me in time. But, as I opened my calendar, I had to laugh at last week and how busy it was. Do you want to see for yourself? Here ya go!

Well yeah, I did more than that obviously, but I didn’t need to write anything down! There were no appointments, no grocery lists, and any to do lists were on my Focus Matrix app. Most of the to do lists were things at home anyway. Work has it’s own list on my PC. I don’t really use this calendar here for work – it’s my personal one. But I think we should thank the Lord for such a quiet week. No fuss, no pomp, no circumstances – well not many anyway.

Skunk Visit

On the way to the restaurant we saw a skunk. It was weird. I didn’t really see much of a stripe. I had the window rolled down but these things can spray 10 to 15 feet, so I didn’t want to make a splash or get his attention! In the video below you can hear us chatting about how close to get and how far he sprays. I rolled up the window!

When Will there Be another Video on the YouTube Channel?

Ok well I am going to wrap this up and get ready for work! It’s my 3rd day in the week to work. It’s payroll closing day. That’s all I know for today. But I’m very excited that soon it will be March. We will have more chances for spring weather. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s today I think. I’m also looking forward to having some more personal time to get things done. But…will not be until Sunday, or after work maybe. I kinda need to go to the store and get a few snack items. And of course, you know I have a whole list of things I want to do always. I really want to get this long list of things done so I can get back in the rhythm of making videos. So much has postponed it with Christmas, working and doing year end stuff, going to Texas, catching up from all that, upgrading Big Sur, getting the back up drive set up, setting up my video files on the external disc, and just trying to get critical things done around the house, etc.

It’s hard to have a consistent YouTube Channel when you work FT. But I’m slowly working through the maze of things blocking me from making progress. I know you are probably tired of me talking about it, but I have had to do some “must dos” before I can go any further. It’s kinda like sailing in a way. You are anxious to get back at it but you got to stop for repairs and then provisions and get ready for the long haul. For now the channel is a hobby, it’s not monetized, and I don’t want the pressure of having a set schedule yet. I can probably manage one every month, but that would have backfired coming out of the end of the year with all we’ve done and had to do in 2021, so it’s been longer. The longer I wait the harder it is to get back going. But I have made myself wait. I am determined to get some of these things done that I needed to stop and do before getting back to my creativity zones. Let’s just call it a “maintenance period”. That’s pretty much what it is!

Anyway ya’ll take care!