Big Blog Stat Hits, Work Efforts, Nail Salon Results, and Icy Weather

Wow, so the blog reached over 100,000 sometime during the day yesterday. So the blog has been viewed that many times since it’s beginning. I’m thinking it was some time in 2019 (but without looking – that is a guess). So thanks if you have in some way been a part of this number, whether you are a regular, an occasional fly by, a bystander, onlooker, stalker, troller, advertiser, curious coworker, bored personnel on a fault finding mission, lawyer (this is getting fun now), former boyfriend, or boyfriend wanna be’s (yeah we are getting in the weeds with a magnifying glass on that one), or just fantastically a friend, family, or one who cares! Thanks for bringing success to the numbers! It’s really just a milestone – not even one I was going for and there are no perks that I’m aware of except for maybe more SEO (search engine optimization) or something. It was a nice little surprise to see that this morning! There are also 600 of you that follow by WordPress Reader and 708 of you that have signed up for emails. I’m kinda astounded to realize that.

Dipping into Pink for Valentine’s Month

My nails are so much better – no cracks and no longer 3/4 up my nail bed with growth! Forgive my lack of lotion smooth skin. It’s winter and not much time given to making them soft – just pretty much ignored my hands for last month or two other than a quick pop in before Texas to get them done. This time with a pinkish tone and only the slightest of glitter. I wish the glitter showed more than it does. You can’t even see it in the photo. I’m not one to be big and flashy, but a little sparkle is fine. I keep them short for two reasons 1) I’m on the computer all day and 2) I don’t like anything getting under my nails and shorter nails just seem cleaner. I’m considering going back to my French nails but not there quite yet. I’m still enjoying the color. I’m actually thinking of going to a minty aqua color for the first time ever – for March. For the sake of explanation. This is color I’ll do next – along the lines of the colors of this wallpaper. lol. Snag it if you wish. That will also be my March wallpaper, most likely.

So the pedi was awesome as well. My feet really needed the attention. I did my own before Christmas as I just didn’t have the hour and a half to go and get it done. I just can’t do what they do though at home in keeping the nails from going into the toe and in keeping them soft. So my feet are pampered and happy and while it’s not quite time for flip flops – they are happy feet. I loved sitting in the massage chair soaking my feet in the water, getting a face time call from Katy – which I answered – not caring that people were all around. I turned the volume down some, right as she asked River “did you poopie?” lol

The massage of my legs and feet were wonderful except for that ONE toe that I must have broken or fractured and it kills me when they massage it. But I got the lady that does a good job on everything. So it was worth the walk in. And this also greatly lifted my mood. I had to leave work at 4 though to drop off our UPS as I’d heard they had not been stopping this week so there is a UPS kiosk I can drop them off to in Mount Juliet. So then I was on the way to Pedicure land and a happy girl. And one more item off the to do list.

Saturday is Feb 5th and Fancy Trim, momma’s out to eat day, errand/shopping day, and grocery day. So I won’t get any free time much til Sunday. And I’m so looking forward to it, of course we have laundry, George’s hair cut, housecleaning and our own grocery shopping so not much time to work on any personal things I’d like to do (meaning not much free time for me) but what free time I get will come Sunday in some format or it all just rolls into the nights of next week. ::sigh:: But better than last month I guess. I plan tomorrow to make some calls to set up doc appts and such and get that off my plate. One of which I’ve waited for 2 years to do as I didn’t get time last year to go.

Work Mode

I am still in w-2 reporting mode since I didn’t get the w-2 information until 1 business day before they were due, so obviously still data entering hundreds of w-2’s in various states. I will say that I am amazed at what all I accomplished at work this past month. I’m going to tabulate this up for you guys without giving too much info away which work people would be horrified over, lol. But if I give you the stats – there’s no harm in that (how many states and how many reports). Once I get finished I’ll figure up the recap. I kinda want to know myself so I can tell my grandchildren after I retire – lol lol lol. You know bragging rights and all. Of course people at work be like – you couldn’t have done more? <—This is humor ya’ll, so if you are a coworker or employer, I’m only kidding – or am I? I really don’t know what everyone else is thinking so it’s hard to say. But I can tell you that I’ve mostly been met in years past with “it has to be done” when asking about the time frame to accomplish said goals. This time it wasn’t humanly possible but I’m impressed much I got done in a short period of time even though I am pretty positive no one else was and I won’t be thanked for it. But if we improve a few things on everyone’s part, I might be able to finish on time at some point in future year ends if I am here for them. But don’t get me started here. This year end about made me show my rear end instead. But I’ve bit my lip, cried tears of frustration, and did what I could. Not much blood, but a few sweats and tears. All that said, I’m still glad I left HR. I don’t think I ever want to wear that hat again! And again, I love love love what I’m doing right now. I even like QE and YE processing – it’s the amount of work within a short time that I don’t like. I don’t like having the pressure of so much to do in so few time frames. Again, I’m moving on. I’m getting myself all worked up here. But yeah, all that to say – I’m still doing the YE processing! And it’s month end again and I’m going to have to stop to work on that so we don’t get behind in everything else too. Oh and I mention I do payroll processing, cut our garnishment checks weekly, and pay weekly taxes too? Oh ok. Well yeah, there’s the normal weekly processing that still has to be done. Ooops I was getting off the subject. Let’s move on.

New Roof

I am not sure I mentioned this as it’s something George has been handling for us, but we are getting a new roof. We had enough damage from the tornadoes that insurance is coming through for most of it. This is a blessing in a way because now it’ll be taken care of in our retirement. We are considering the gutters also as they kinda go hand in hand. So this morning at 5:30 a few minutes ago – I was picking out our shingles. Going with black. I think it has looked good black all these years.

Ice Storm

So Katy and Cody are getting what appears to be some serious ice, a couple of hours west of Dallas. I will check with them and see how they are doing. The same storm is approaching us but we are not supposed to have quite as much ice as them. We are still set for meeting neighbors tonight as I think the freezing rain will happen after then, but you bet I will be watching the temps just in case – ALL DAY! I’m taking my suit case with rollers to work so I can take stuff home in case it’s bad so I can still get work done tomorrow. I’d rather not have to worry about it and would rather be at the office to tell you the truth as it is easier. But God is in control. I have little to do with it other than trying to prep and prepare so life goes on as smoothly as it can.

And that is all for now. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes. Ya’ll take care if you are in this winter storm’s path or even the torrential rain or storms that are south of it and ahead of it. Ya’ll stay safe and warm. Prayers for all!

Humorous Blog Names I Could Have Used for this Blog

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Whether it’s worth reading or not is totally up to you. But let’s have a little fun here. If you have read my blogs long enough, you will probably have a few of your own, and you are welcome to share (be nice), lol.

  1. No Time to Piddle or Pee
  2. Project Momma Strikes Again
  3. Where Did All the Pets Go?
  4. Where Did the Sister Go?
  5. God’s Biggest Project
  6. What All I Bought on Amazon
  7. How to Wait For Flooring for 13 Years
  8. Talking On and On About Things I Know Nothing About
  9. Living with the Fear of Running Out of Time
  10. How I Planned My Life but Didn’t Get to do Half of it.
  11. How Not to EVER be Bored
  12. List Making 101
  13. How to Amuse People in the UK (Sybil, Mary)
  14. Undercover Writing: How to Say Everything You Need to Say without Really Saying it
  15. If You are Happy and You Know it Drink Your Wine
  16. If You are Sad and You Know it Drink Your Coffee
  17. If You are Mad and You Know it Let Everyone Else Know it Too
  18. Farting Away the Frustrations
  19. The Ditto Pages
  20. The Anxiety Archives
  21. This is Why I Need Less Hustle and More Coffee
  22. The Crazy Chronicles
  23. Sonya’s Sarcasm and Snafus
  24. The Coffee’s Hot But I’m Not
  25. Bless Everyone’s Heart (It’s a Southern Thang)

I had to think about those last two so I’d have a full 25. What would you add? Regardless of the humor, blogging has saved my soul (well not really, God did that) but he provided the avenue in which to release my feelings, frustrations, excitements, dreams, goals. A place to be heard in a world that is not usually listening otherwise. Or if they are, it’s for the wrong reasons.

Well, I feel like I don’t really need to go into work early this morning with all the hours I’ve put in over the weekend and over the last month. But I probably will go on in a bit earlier. I wasn’t going to deny myself the time to blog though, this morning.

We have a bit of snow and ice coming and I need to see the forecast to see when. I think it’s all rain tomorrow. Still hoping to get nails/toes done tomorrow and a quick outing with friends on Thursday – so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t want to be out and it get icy on me.

Mom had some really good chili last night. It was so good and hit the spot. I love to crawl into the recliner at her house after dinner and play Blokudoko. It’s so relaxing. Blokudoko is also very good and lowering anxiety and getting rid of nervous energy. I often do it while we are riding in the car on the interstate so I don’t get nervous. It’s a game where you place the shape of blocks they give you and you complete the squares (the larger square of 9 boxes) and complete the rows which clear them off. You get points if you complete more than one at a time such as a box and a row at the same time or two squares at the same time. And you get points if you clear off several in a row really fast. And the game is over if you can’t fit the piece anywhere again. I started a game below so you could see.

It’s a game you can do when you are tired, bored, or just needing to blow of steam. Don’t really have to think hard but yet you do have to think about where to place the next piece. I have a method I like to use and I think you have fun developing “your method”. Some games are over quickly and some you just have a lot of luck with. You get to take your time over where to place the piece. This is a free app but it comes with some annoying ads at times. lol

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February is here. Thank God. And I have! I still have a lot on my plate to finish up and do from year end of course. Just because it’s February doesn’t mean it went away but the deadline is gone so que sara sara. I will be providing a list of suggestions once I get time to work on it. Improvement is needed to avoid the Impossible Month so we can try to make things a little more Possible and Positive. There is no reason for anyone to have to dread a month so badly. I retire in 2.9 years. I’m sure I’ll probably want to leave on my exact birthday (Jan 3) so as to avoid at least one more year of going through a January. lol I had thought I’d probably wait and go in February out of loyalty but no as of right now, I think not. lol. Who knows AnYThInG can happen before then as life throws twists and turns and God leads our path. I just have to pray about the future and see what happens. I love my job as a whole, but I don’t mind saying that January is just too much for one person. The tribe has spoken again. The tribe is really smart.

But February is the love month. I am going to love my February – love my family, love getting some of my time back, and love all the things we are doing, George and I, both together and in doing our own creative things. I’m going to love letting God lead where he needs me, and love the love month.

Ya’ll have a good day!

Blogging in 2022: Your Opinion Matters and Will Shape any Changes Going Forward

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So today I wanted to POP IN and ask a few questions/opinions about my blog. This is important to me and to YOU if you read my blog regularly. So you don’t have to answer all questions of course but just the things that matter to you. My goal here, is to provide more of what you like to see, and less of what you don’t want to see in the blog. I’d like to grow the blog mainly to create more of a “community” here as we press on about our lives in support of one another. And also as a sort of entertainment to your day, or to meet needs that you have. Your answers will help set the tone as I EVOLVE in 2022. This is for the BLOG ONLY. And we will do another quiz for the VLOG later.

  • What would you like to see MORE OF?
  • What would you like to see LESS OF?
  • Would you like a different BLOG LOOK?
  • Would you like more video embeds from my day or you prefer pics only?
  • Since this is a “reality blog of sorts”. Do you prefer the nitty gritty details of my day/life, or just the highlights. MORE DETAIL or LESS DETAIL?
  • Would you rather have more practical articles about other things or continue to post mainly about my day/life/desires/travel/food/fam?
  • What questions or subjects would you like me to blog about specifically?
  • If I were to do a PODCAST one day, what are your feelings about that?
  • Do you want me to blog EVERY Day or good with Every Other day?

I guess that is all of the questions I have but REALLY need to know your feelings about the LOOK of the blog and the CONTENT of the blog. So answer any or all, lol. It will help me decide how to handle things in 2022. If I missed anything important, jump in there! Your opinion matters and will help shape how it goes!