Fancy New Dentist Office, Sleep Issues, and Calm Before the Storms

I think I have figured out the “font” issue from previous post. I simply hit “control” and the “+” sign on the Mac and it increase the screen where I can see it but has the default where it won’t be font “72” (lol) when posted. That was the most bizarre thing. One day it is fine and the next day it is not functional.

I have been thinking about changing the theme, the blog look, or perhaps just the photo – was thinking about doing this after the first of the year in case something went “amiss” as Lord knows I don’t have time now to fool with things that don’t work appropriately. What do you think? Should I give the blog a new look? New theme? It’ll still be the same name and same website.

So I went to the Dentist this morning. It was a new one. “Dr Danny” retired at the other place I went to near Hermitage and I really just was not wanting to drive over there with a new dentist there in his place. It had a different feel. So I decided it was time to find a new dentist closer to home. And they start earlier in the day too so it won’t impact work as much. My appt today was at 8 b/c I took the best one I could find several months out. But my next one is at 7.

So I was greatly impressed with the decor. I’m thinking man – I bet they charge a big amount for a crown! lol lol. But there are 4 dentists in one place pooling together. And it’s right snazzy. I got to watch HGTV on the ceiling! They are keepers. Everything was fine but there is a place we are watching on my upper right, which I’ve had some sensitivity and pain in – a filling is cracking and he said I might consider a crown before it splits and has a nerve issue or needs root canal. I will look at doing this next year. As you know my schedule and my health has been put on a back burner – I have to do a gyn (ovary) check, and colonoscopy, and now a crown next year. Some things you are happy to put off, lol. I did get mine and Mom’s mammograms scheduled for December.

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So, what have I been up to since Wed? Not much. But I will tell you that this week has been a little trying as far as getting sleep. I had some allergy issues that also kept me from sleeping – nothing major but sitting in the sun room every night with screens open impacted me as it sometimes does in change of seasons. So sleeping was just “fitful” as I’ve described it. It has really made the afternoons (sometimes the mornings too) difficult. I get really really sleepy. I even (barely) nodded off once at my desk while signing a huge stack of checks. It was quiet, monotonous, and my head nodded off and it scared me so bad. I’ve never done that with my head just sitting up straight, lol. I had to go get coffee and move around and then put my ear plugs in and listen to “feel good” (rock, disco, whatever) music to wake me up.

But finally last night I was able to sleep many hours straight through. I’m always up once or twice but all week long it was every hour on the hour – just not comfortable. At one point I had a vision or hallucination that George came and hugged me and said “I’m sorry you are having a rough time, but it’s time for you go to bed”. He also had some humorous moves too which made me laugh and giggle. But I woke up and realized it was a dream even though I seemed very awake at the time. And I went back to bed.

So it’s been a struggle this week. I’ve not had a lot of “to do” items that I have pressed forward for this week. So anything I’ve done has been minimal. That said, I’ve been able to get some of my to do list done anyway just on the fly. Mainly computer related – ordered a Thred Up shirt with my credit, got the next iMovie started, deleted the old off the timeline and out of my media and scooted my files over to the LaCie drive with the video for storage. I also deleted all the footage used off my iPhone as it’s no longer needed on there and I really needed the space.

As always I was glad today was Friday. And I’m pleased to be able to do a proper blog entry. I DID change the name of the font, but the size should be the same – other than the type of font might change it’s size. If that makes sense.

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The challenge is going well. I have missed a check mark or two here and there but I count it a blessing to have done as well as I have having not had much sleep. I might have had Mac and cheese the last two days as I needed comfort. And we did have pizza one day. lol But for the most part I’ve been meeting all the check marks regardless as to how busy I’ve been. And honestly the Mac and cheese has made me feel a bit miserable so I’m taking note of that. It has felt good to eat better, drink more water, and move my body. I do need to get my 20 min walk in this week though. I think that is important. I have had several chances and always said “later”. So that’s what we are trying to change. lol Baby steps. I feel so good after the walk though. I just always talk myself into doing other things on the to do list, or not taking a proper lunch at work and sitting at the desk eating my lunch and working or checking email.

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Katy and Cody are leaning toward coming home for Christmas now. We are waiting to see before we shop so we know what to do with gifts. But I was excited to hear of the possibility. Katy had told me she wasn’t sure which I took as a sign she was letting me down easy. I will be thrilled if they can. They can see Mom’s new place too.

Mom’s house is on schedule, we think. It is hard to believe that closing is just around the corner. It’s Nov 5th but the walk through is Nov 1.

Mom’s heart doc told her her heart was not pumping correctly and he gave her some more meds to try and help with it. They have another virtual appt in 4 weeks. I was glad not to have to get off yesterday and be gone part of today too – it’s quarter end and I was able to get a lot done yesterday afternoon toward my reconciliation spreadsheet. He mentioned if the meds didn’t work they may need to do another arteriogram and may have to go in and fix. Mom says she is doing nothing until she moves in to her place and gets settled. She doesn’t seem to feel bad or doesn’t seem to be swelling up. But she gets winded quickly. I hear her making “whew” noises when she moves around. She doesn’t want to have surgery again, so I’m not sure what the deal is. She is overweight as is all of us, and the more overweight we are the harder it is on us with these heart conditions. She is excited about her house so she doesn’t want to hear anything about heart surgery. She coughs some but says she feels fine otherwise unless she is not telling us something. She is often very quiet and that is unlike her.

Work is going ok. I think they will be concentrating soon on our “move”. Supposedly we have to be out of the place we are in – in March or something like that. But I’m told the offices are not up to snuff yet in the new place. I have mixed feelings about the move. I don’t really like the area it is in. It’s going to be further from my house. I do like change though. I don’t know if this will be a good change or not. All we can do is try it and see. I’ve put up with a lot in my life, unhappy work situations included. I like the job and the people so that’s 2/3’s of the issue. I’m not one for long commutes but with a good book and some adjusted hours, I could “be game” for it. I have no plan to lose any more time from my personal schedule so….something will have to be adjusted somewhere if it takes longer to get there and back. Even if I have to totally forego lunch. Some dude came through with a moving shirt on taking estimates on our move – I could be wrong – but I heard him say “does the lamps go too?”. I thought well – we’ll probably get notice on a Friday afternoon that we’ll be moved the following week. About how it works, lol. Everything is always a secret – so they think. lol

So I’ve blogged on enough. I feel one sided over here again, just me writing – no one listening. I’d really like to build up a community here. Happens with the season changes and also the holidays, just people popping in and no comments. I live for the comments but don’t get fulfilled very often. It’s been quiet lately. It’s ok. It’s fine. I keep telling myself I’m just here for me anyway. A place to park my life. My thoughts. My dreams. My what happened yesterday. I’ve had to curtail it a lot because of the sniffers. lol Those sniffing you out hoping to rat you out. People just love to try to start something. I would hate to be that type of person. But they exist. I’ll simply just pray for them.

Maybe I will private blog again sometime. But tonight it is a Friday night. Storms are looming, dinner is almost ready. I’m good for more wine, more water, and some Candy Crush.

This weekend’s outlook: Going to Hendersonville for a meeting with our financial advisor. Going to Sam’s – probably hit a lunch spot or a brewery. Who knows. I figured George would have been all over it with all sorts of plans so I didn’t look yet, but he hadn’t. I guess he’s been busy with work and other thoughts. It’s fine. We’ll figure it out.

It feels like the calm before the storm. I plan to also order some Christmas items this week. I’ve got to get some of it out of the way. I also want to start working on the Roger tribute file to which I’ll create a video from. I may have to do this on my own. George doesn’t feel like he will be composed enough to do a video section on him. ;-( He loved him so.

Lots of exciting times ahead and things we are looking forward to. So tonight I’m hoping for another night of good rest. I’m tired after this long week. I’m so tired I am not even caring whether I meet the challenge for the day or not. That’s bad but just resting and not giving a damn (oops) darn works for me tonight.

You doing anything fun this weekend?

You want to see something different with this blog?

Do you like the content or what would you like to hear about the most?

Do you prefer hearing about my life or my opinion on certain topics or just articles from me on certain things?

Or just say hi. lol

What happened to WordPress Font? Ugh! Just NO!

I cannot blog like this. I’m really struggling here with this ultra tiny font. Something has changed since Wednesday when I last blogged. It never used to be this little. This is just small. I think when it saves it will be bigger font. We shall see, but in draft mode as I type it is so incredibly small and honestly, I really just can’t stand it at all. I imagine if it is going to be like this, I’ll have to adjust it or I’ll just flat quit blogging. I tried to adjust it and it only stays adjusted for the paragraph or block then you have to reset it again for the next block (paragraph). Ughhh. Yeah, I’ll NOT be blogging until I get a fix for this. This is not enjoyable. I can barely see what I’m typing. No – just no. Come on Word Press what are you doing to us?

Anyway I can’t blog like this ya’ll. It may look normal to you when it’s saved but I’ll be back when I can figure this out. Just no – unh unh. I can’t concentrate on what I’m saying with it this little trying to type it out. I can hardly see it. You can see how tiny it is above in this pic. Geeesh.

I’ll be back if I can figure this out. I’m not putting up with this though. NO way. I guess some millennial played with the settings? lol. This ain’t happening! Over and Out. Not blogging if it is going to be like this.

Trying to Discover the Art of Getting Things Done with the Time We Have

I’m really trying hard to do several things, mainly these things, and it really doesn’t seem like it should be too hard to manage them. But these seem to usurp most of my time:

  • Keep up with Mom’s doc appts, keeping her happy, meeting her needs
  • Keep up with my own doc appts (what few I’ve allowed myself to have this year)
  • Participate in helping cook (some)- finding recipes, getting the ingredients, carving out the time
  • Keeping bathrooms clean, sheets washed, laundry done, fall decor done, minor vacuuming and dusting here and there
  • Keeping up with family birthdays (I pretty much fail on the friend ones and is a point of improvement)
  • Attempting to do all my little projects (lose weight X failure, become healthier X failure, exercise more X failure, camera lessons X failure, develop a better beauty routine X failure, You Tube vlog videos, some social media presence, blog–enhhhh).
  • Working Full time, trying to fit everything in around work and around everything else

It amazes me how so many little things eat up your time. I’ve read books on being focused, managing your time, and “just doing it” and you name it. I’ve done all these things. I just need more time. No more motivational books. I couldn’t be more motivated. I’d really be frustrated if I was more motivated! lol None of those books will give me more time. I’m tired of people saying “You have the same 24 hours everyone else does”. Heard that a lot in Network Marketing when the “uppers” wanted more work outta ya! Enhhhh, that doesn’t work with me. It may be true we have the same 24 hours but we don’t have the same circumstances, the same personas or situations, and our desires are different and our goals different. Some of us are thorough and precise and some just slam into whatever they do without thinking. Or could care less.

So this blog entry is not to seek advice, nor slam advice (although I kinda just did), but just a recognition entry of “I’m feeling frustrated with myself that I’ve not done more”. Time just moves so fast. Every weekend I think “yay it’s the weekend and I can knock a few things out”. And I do but I add more on and there is just more I want to do. I usually get my rest in and relaxation – some – but it frustrates me sometimes on Sunday night that I have to get up and go to work for another 5 days and try to sneak in time during the week to work on my goals.

I also just need a spot to complain I guess, lol. Just park my frustrations here and be done with it til next Saturday and try again. I’ll keep trying. I’m not discouraged, just frustrated. Most weeks I just accept it as “part of the life game”, but I had to spend my precious Saturday morning at the police station b/c me (and a few others) had their identities stolen, as I was notified last week at work about that. I get strongly irritated when I lose my Saturday mornings. So forgive me I mention this forty eleven times before the year is out. As I sit here this Monday morning and remember what I didn’t do Saturday morning rolled into Sunday or didn’t get done at all. What I normally would do on Sunday some of that is rolling into the after work zone this week where I get about 30 minutes to an hour free where I have to choose between doing something fun and relaxing or working toward goals. I do a mix of both. But quite frankly after being up for 14 hours at that point and having a work day – my mind is zonked as far as productivity and creativeness. So you guessed it. I usually choose a few moments to wind down.

I did get to some things last week on this list. I keep this project list going on Focus Matrix app b/c I can reorganize it by order of importance and can use the various quadrants as I wish. I usually don’t put all the weekly to do’s on it. But sometimes I do.

Most everything on my calendar list at the top of this blog got marked off. Those are little things to do after work. They build up as the week goes.

Items Accomplished Last Week: Big and Small

I guess I should marvel though at what I DID accomplish instead of rolling myself in mud at what I didn’t. I guess that is pretty good considering I work FT and all that went on.

  • Checked out my test results on line for my bone density test (need to take calcium)
  • Ordered my calcium on Amazon
  • Ordered a bridal shower gift
  • Bought a birthday gift card for family member
  • Worked on George’s anniversary card and his 30 reasons I love him.
  • Made pedi appointments for Mom and myself for this week ahead
  • Found recipes for the upcoming week
  • Fixed two meatloafs this week (and dinner) one night
  • Cancelled AARP as I’m just not using it and don’t have time to read the magazines
  • iPhone update, Mac update, and iPad update due to scams/security updates
  • Started KYD55’s program (late and not through the whole starter programs but several days in)
  • Ordered pictures of River (5X7) for our work
  • Brought some things out of storage I needed from downstairs
  • Going in early to work some to make up for doc appointments
  • Took Mom to eye appointment
  • Celebrated 30th Anniversary
  • Took Mom to Slim Chickens so she could buy us dinner. Nice!
  • Got several loads of laundry done – not all folded but washed – still need to do another load.
  • Changed George’s sheets out.
  • Reloaded my vitamins for the week
  • Did a Target order b/c I’m tired of hauling in groceries – that’ll help with some of the household supplies.
  • Did an Amazon order for something yesterday – oh yeah – make up. More of a choice on Amazon than in the stores.

The Week Ahead

**We have Pedi’s after work today. That will be relaxing. I can go through personal emails. Behind on that.

**I have a 7:40 eye appt for myself on Wednesday morning – my annual to check and make sure I don’t have what Mom has – macular degeneration.

**I have to iron as I didn’t get to to that yesterday.

**I cook Teriyaki steak and spinach Orzo on Thursday night. Will have to get ingredients but I think George is going to the store again so have to give him my ingredient list and study on what all I need to do.

**Need to update to iOS 15 which is out today I think. More updates on all devices I guess.

**Need to prep for a coworker’s birthday

**Need to update my Isagenix autoship

**Need to be specific about my KYD55 goals, watch the rest of the prep videos and print off the tracker. (I’ll have to explain more on this later, but it’s about setting and reaching goals for health, mind, helping others, and improving self. Yes I didn’t need any more projects I said, but I do. This is about habits. I’ve got to force it til I figure it out. I’ll explain later. But no more motivational books, I’m so motivated I could jump over the moon! But this is just mapping it out and working it in! lol. More on that later.

And that’s about it for now – not to mention trying to work in some things on the other list, trying to finish some of the bucket list items, and also doing some office work on things I need to do at home.

I know, I know, get rid of the lists? Then I’d be going crazier in my head and a list is a way I can remember the important things and park the ones that are less important. And I guess those are the ones I’m really wanting to get to. I didn’t even get to work on the video any for the next vlog.

I need another day off! 😉 But here we go into the work week and will see how we do.

End of rant, end of dumping my frustrations here. I’m really motivated to try again. Each day is a new day and I really DO get a lot done in the week. I’ll keep working at it. And trying to work in some personal goals to tweak my routine a bit. And that is what it boils down to is getting the most important things done, trying to be healthy, help others, be a better person. And If we didn’t have things we wanted to do —we’d be bored with life. I’m far from that. My lists keep me going and keep me living so I’m thankful for them, wanting more time to do them, but grateful! It’ll be ok.