Celebrating Tonight, Sharing Thred Up, and an Upcoming Trip

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I have reason to celebrate tonight. Quarter end is over for me. “I fought the fight – but I didn’t keep the faith, lol”. I totally did not think I could do it. But I slayed it and finished it a day early. And guess what? Now it’s month end again, lol. But….that doesn’t take me long to do the month end returns and I have until the 15th of May.

Another reason to celebrate is that we will be on a little road trip soon. We will be headed to Knoxville to see my SIL and BIL (Susan and Kevin) and take them out to dinner to celebrate Kevin’s birthday which was in January. We ran out of time in January! Everyone did, and they moved and got set up in their condo there in Knoxville and have been fixing it up like they wanted. We are going to spend the night with them and catch up. I’m so excited. We have hardly even texted in all these busy months but each of us knows we are never far in thought. And so we will catch up and laugh and have a good time this weekend and my heart can be free and far from the work zone.

Thred Up

One of my blog readers wanted to know about Thred Up and how it worked. I love it. It has its ups and downs – well Covid got them really behind, then they ran out of bags, and now the bags are back and you can order them. So I’m excited to share with you that you can use Thred Up in various ways – it can be a donation or consignment situation and you can choose whether to get your stuff back or not and to even lower the price and there is a lot more than I even know. I’m just sharing my experience with them and what I’ve noticed.

First of all I downloaded the app. Then I signed up (free) and then I ordered a clean out kit. When the bag came, I tried to follow their rules for what to put inside. It’s mostly women’s and children’s clothes from what I have noticed. And accessories – shoes, bags, scarves, etc. I just did a search for jewelry and didn’t see that though. Below is a snap from their website and you can see how to order your clean out kit.

So you can keep the bag until you fill it up. Make sure you send nice stuff though. It should not show a lot of signs of wear. And the big perk! The shipping is free! Yes! It ends up being a heavy bag too. But it’s free! The bag has a shipping label on it and you just take it to the post office. Yeah, it’s too big to fit in the post office box so you usually have to go when they are open though, lol.

The next big perk is they get your bag and alert you through the app that they have received it. The wait times for processing can be long though, but if you are patient, can forget it about it for —yikes —maybe even 4 to 6 months –it’s getting better but Covid put them very behind. I had to wait a few months just recently. I was notified that my bag had been processed finally and before long my items were UP FOR SALE. I get notified when an item sells and it goes in my little piggy bank on their site. Right now I have $ TWENTY SOMETHING DOLLARS to spend. So I will go in an order a top or two. I already have them saved in my Favorites on their site and if my favorite picks have not sold I’ll pick from that.

The pay outs are not huge but they are way better than yard sale prices, or just giving them to Good Will. At least I get “something” out of it. If things don’t sell you can reduce the price (reduce your payout) and they will ask you if you want your stuff back or if you want to donate what doesn’t sell. I DO NOT WANT THE STUFF BACK!

So this weekend while we are on the road and George is driving I will order my Thred Up, check my personal email (I’m behind and hopefully nothing was urgent), work with my Focus settings on the iPhone (new iPhone updates made changes on that – much needed and I’ll do a blog entry later) and yes I will be working personally for myself all the way to Knoxville because I’m behind on all things “Sonya”! I have to go look at myself in the mirror these days just to make sure I still exist. lol lol lol

Mom…

She had us several days in the last two weeks – maybe 4 of the 5 days last week? Dog to vet, dog to spa day, eye doc, church, lunch, store and all that. So I had told her I needed this week for quarter end and then we go to Knoxville and then perhaps mid week we can go tend to her grocery needs and get her out of the house. Although I’ve not looked at the schedule to see if there are any doc appts so those RULE when those come about. My calendar is filled with both hers and mine. Last year I ignored a lot of mine and I have to remember self-care so I booked every one of them – well the GYN I probably need to do – as it’s been a while. How often do ya’ll do the GYN? Anyway, we’ll tend to Mom after Knoxville but will need a night or two to do laundry and weekend reboot stuff we didn’t get to do. George has work shirts he has to have and his undie stash is not as large as mine – lol lol lol. I have travel extras, but he doesn’t. Anyway we also will need a grocery reboot for the work week and restocking meds and vitamins. Then we can jump back and get out again.

Mom told me that Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken have a dog on reserve! They are getting a new puppy – just born. And will get it in eight weeks or so. If you remember they lost their sweet doggie while here on vacay and we buried her in the back yard. I am so jealous of their new purchase, lol! Why don’t they just buy two? Aww come on? Early Christmas gift? ha! Yeah I heard it was a pricy purchase and I know she reads the blog so I’m teasing her. A “big birdy” told us! Guess who?

Finished a Book

This was a sweet story of how they got started. I know it came out several years ago but I just now read it. I hope some day to get down to Waco and visit all things Chip and Jo Jo. But we can visit their store on line too at Magnolia.com.

I really enjoyed it the last few nights. I needed a wind down from the heavy work load this week. A chapter here and there helped.

I’ll be starting another soon.

Downton Abbey

We finally decided to watch it. Season 1. We have just started.

Oh bad thing about blogging in the evenings. Instead of having to go to work, it’s time to eat dinner.

Gotta go. Back maybe on the weekend. Not sure.

What you doing this weekend?

New Flowers, Fighting with Technology, and Books I’m Reading

New Bud Vase and New Flower Stems from Hobby Lobby

Work Zone: Fighting with the Devil over Nearly Everything

Good morning! At least I didn’t oversleep this morning and being on routine is certainly more calming. I was able to finish my month end process and get started on one of two states that are left for the w-2 processing. I’m hand entering a state that has 121 people. You have to enter most of the information on the w-2, except our address and state account number is already filled in. I was able to get about half of them entered. I figured up that it took about 2.5 minutes per person being that the website crashed on me 7 times. The 7th time I decided to give up and go home as I had errands to run anyway and was “done” at that point. Not really finished but “done”. It’s bad enough to have to enter that many by hand but for the site to crash that many times on you, on top of it is enough to send you through the building screaming, pulling your hair out and crying out to God to send his angels to slay the demons that reside that are always trying to wear you down. I didn’t do that by the way, but I did sit there and say “are you kidding me?” over and over and over again!

Did I mention my own computer at work wouldn’t even let me on the internet yesterday? Or that I’ve had a lot more interruptions than normal? Or that one of our states says we didn’t pay taxes in 2021 and we paid every dang one of them and on time and it even shows it in our account. (All I can say is “Wow and Why Me?”). The government is so behind on everything and they need to catch up with the rest of us. My heavens!

Oh and other interruptions! We had a company fire drill. It was kindof a fun interruption but still another time consuming thing. Yeah, the cards have been stacked up against me trying to get anything done as the devil tries every which way to make the day go south and thwart my plans to get this year end finished. But my God is bigger than the devils little evil flames trying to thwarthog my day, bigger than the computer gremlins, and bigger than all the time usurpers that the old red faced horned evildoer sends. With God on my side I will SMILE at the face of whatever road block comes. Get thee behind me Satan! Go goof off on something else.

Once this state lets me finish I have another big state to do and that should bring the end to the w-2 processing nightmare. I think I’m about 30% through with this last bit that was left. It just seems to go on forever since I still have payroll and other parts of the job too. I hate this phrase but it keeps coming to mind when things are seeming impossible. Que Sara Sara. It is what it is and will be what it will be. And recommendations will be made when this is over and I can breathe and catch up. I don’t think I’ll even have time to catch up on things much as the next quarter end will be here soon. But the things I need to catch up on at least don’t have time limits or deadlines so much.

Errands and Shopping

Mean time, I got Mom’s bath grab bar returned at the UPS store where I had bought a screw one instead of a suction cup one. These scare me though, I mean I’m not sure how strong they are but I hope they work. Nothing would be worse than being dependent upon a bar that comes loose while you hold it. But in her bath there is no way to put a bath bar in there.

After that I went to Hobby Lobby and bought stems for my little off white vases/jugs. One is pictured above. I lucked out and the flower arrangements were 50% off so I bought a few extra to change out. I came home and had to cut the stems though.

Added a Vase to the bathroom.
A bit of Flower Cheer Added to the Coffee Center

Being that we’ve run errands for Mom the last two nights, I’m kinda looking to having some time back tonight and tomorrow and REALLY hoping to get the final push and get the intro to the videos done. My main goal other than the company coming this weekend is to get this completed and begin working on the next video. I’ve noticed that in the last month, I’ve video’d very little. 1) We have been too busy to do much of anything fun 2) I was not in the mood anyway but totally stressed over trying to get everything done at work 3) Mom has kept us busy in any spare time we have had 4) Nothing exciting really happened and we’ve not had much time to make it exciting. So that is a good thing b/c it’ll give me some time to catch up the videos to a bit closer to time, eventually. lol.

Book Finished and Starting a New One

I’ve been most impressed with “The Road Back to You” and it’s Enneagram reveals. I took the test on line. I tried to find the picture of my results. It’s on my PC somewhere. I’m a six on the Enneagram scale. But I forgot my wings. I think it’s a 1 and 3 but not sure. I may have to take the test again because I’m intrigued by this Enneagram thing. Most of all it helps you in your relationships with others because you see that they are wired the way they are. It also can help you in your Christian walk and it helps YOURSELF understand why you are the way you are. It’s actually pretty mind blowing, helps you face up to a few things, understand a lot about yourself and also at the same time can bring relief. So yeah I am not finished with this topic!

And I’m enjoying this one now on the commute. Valerie, you gotta love her. The pic does not look like her at all here. But I’m loving every word from her and she has some really good take aways on life. I think her brain is kinda wired like my own. I can see a lot of likeness in how we approach life. I saw that in her last book. Only she can put on a bubbly front, and I cannot. lol With me, you pretty much get what you see, lol. I don’t hide much. But I’m loving this one.

And then this one is next. After that, I think most of my audible books that I want to read are done. I’ve cancelled the subscription and I will enjoy music, news, podcasts and so forth as there are a lot of freebie things to listen to on the way to work.

And from here on out I’ll be focusing on REAL books and not digital because I have a bookshelf full of them.

Next up is to talk to George about our cable. I personally mainly just watch YouTube and Netflix and sometimes Discovery Plus. We need to lower that cost. We are spending too much but that is for another day’s topic.

What is on your reading plate today? Or your to do plate?

I can’t believe it is Thursday already. And I’m kinda running late so I need to get a move on. I did some other things this morning besides blogged. Shopped on line for a pink jacket for spring (no find yet of one I like) but I want a cheery looking jacket now that I have grey hair, lol.

Geez, Lord give me more time to live my life, I just keep making such little progress each day. There is hardly any time to sneeze or piddle. lol

Coffee Malfunctions of the Third Degree and George’s Book Reading List

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Thank God for Saturdays! But how hard is it to make a cup of coffee? I’ve made coffee now for 40 years and only a very few mornings did it malfunction. George and I are 0 for 3 this morning!

  1. For whatever reason, I failed to put water in this morning. I know that coffee takes water. So it is Alzheimers? Did the cat distract me? Was I just so excited about having a weekend with no responsibilities so I could get my life together? Am I just too worried about quarter end? Or is it the excitement over the coming snow? Whatever the reason, I failed to put water in and just added coffee, hit the button, and began doing laundry.
  2. George comes in and says “what’s up with the coffee?”. I say “whaddya mean”? He says “it’s cold from yesterday”. Baffled, I realized I had put the coffee in but didn’t put water in so it was huffing and spitting and nothing was squeezing out. So George puts in water, hits the ON button and goes to the back of the house.
  3. I come out of the laundry room with clothes and discover coffee on the counter EVERYWHERE and shout “oh no” and throw the clothes over a chair and race for towels as the coffee reaches the edge. The coffee is squirting horizontally out of the top like someone shooting a water gun filled with coffee instead of going down into the pot! I hit the OFF button to stop the spraying. I realize that George had not put the pot in the proper position so coffee was squirting sideways. George races in and says “Oh good, it’s just the coffee, the cat didn’t poop in the house, so that is good!” We reposition the coffee pot and finish the clean up and each resume our tasks at hand as we await the wonderful hot morning brew. I murmer something about being 0 for 2.
  4. About 10 minutes passes, I’m changing the sheets on the bed when George comes in with a small white cup of coffee for each of us about half filled. He says, “well, I think we are 0 for 3” because we forgot to turn the coffee pot back ON so nothing else brewed. But this much had managed to get in the bottom of the pot from the squirting. So we are enjoying our little cup now. I suppose we will let the restaurant make the next cup when we do brunch today out, lol. Perhaps they will have a better hand at making it today.

All I can say is Wow. We manage to do so much in life. We have 4 degrees between us, have professional positions, have raised a wonderful daughter, consider ourselves to have fairly good noggins most of the time and have accomplished much in our lifetime, but between the two of us have proven today that it is a challenge for us to simply make a cup of coffee.

George’s Reading List

You asked for it and I’m providing! Someone wanted to know what all George is reading. So here is a list of recent books that he has read in the past few weeks OR is reading currently. I’m amazed he could list them off the top of his head. I would have to go look at my stack. However, I don’t have all the authors on these, but shouldn’t be hard to find or google if interested. I believe you will be amused at his eclectic interests. He often has 5 or 6 that he reads at once so that he picks the one that suits his mood.

  • Biography of Jerry West – about a basketball player
  • Talking Guitar
  • The Drinkable Globe (an alcohol book, lol)
  • Amazing Spiderman Omnibus (comic book)
  • Louis Grizzard’s “I haven’t understood Anything Since 1962”
  • A Stephen Coontz spy thriller – sorry no title – it’s in his car and he couldn’t remember

And drum roll…..the best saved for last:

  • “Who Cut the Cheese?: A Cultural History of Farts”

Aren’t you glad you asked? George is. He is thrilled you all wanted to know and doubly thrilled that he happened to be reading the “fart book” at the time!

Forecast Changes

So the forecast has now changed from 5-8 inches to 1-3 inches. lol. I have hauled half my office home to work for Monday. I was going to go ahead and set up the office and be ready to go for Monday. Right now I think I’ll just wait and see. I’d rather go in if I can, to work, because work is easier from there. It’s pain in the butt usually from home and everything takes twice as long. Mainly because I can’t print and partly because a lot of my files are at work.

This morning we are going to take neighbors for brunch and we are looking forward to that. Despite the coffee antics this morning, I have at least changed sheets and rebooted laundry, however, we have created even more laundry now, so coffee soaked towels are next on the laundry queue.

Excitement

Do you know how excited I am to have this day. I know that everyone that claws at my time would love to have a piece of my weekend, but everyone is going to have to be patient while I pull my life back together from the past month of __________________(fill in the blank here: FT work 9-10 hours a day plus commute, 2 travel trips, 3 sets of family in town, fun, shopping for/preparing for/and hosting Christmas, some surprise virus/flu like illness for both of us :-O, running Mom errands, New Year holiday, burying a family pet (that was so sad for all), work stress, time stress, “drama with ya mama stress”, and five family birthdays). I am sure I could go on, but that’ll do it. So YES, I NEED this mental health weekend. I’ll be able to come on strong, come Monday. When you feel OWNED by the world, it’s time to take a step back because YOU are NO good for NO one if you are not in a good spot yourself.

I don’t think that even our own family realizes the time pressures and stresses we have been under – even though we have had some fun times we have really been moving at lightning speed not getting time to do much more than sleep, eat, and do it all again. I know a lot of people go through this at the holidays. But it seemed to be on steroids this year. We did make it fun but it has been a busy wild ride of a month. We got through it. Not through Quarter End/Year End yet. Still undetermined how that will play out as next week have like zero time to work on it, so some weekend work for me next week. I’m just not set up at all for success next week. I’m busting my butt but even with weekends not quite sure how it will all play out. I will die trying. The January trip thing is just not a good month for me to travel. This job is never good for me to be off but January makes it very hard. We are shooting for Thanksgiving week again this year. It seemed to be perfect the time before. The lesser of evils.

Alright, so I’m off to get some things done in my life: Organization, going through mail, putting up things, cleaning things and getting things back to normal. Doing all these things that have been calling my name as I see them in my house. What a gift of time the Lord has given us in this weekend. Thank you Lord for this little hibernation weekend! Thank you again and again!