Weary of Ticking Boxes but Pressing On

Well, I had to research who Og Mandino was. lol. Apparently he wrote a book called “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. And apparently it was a very successful book with reviews like “he captured it all right here”. So if anyone is in sales go back in time and give it a read, I guess? Anyway, as for me, I’ll take the quote in itself. Determination is a strong suit! And I’ve been determined this week to get caught up. I believe I have! I am now where I normally am when closing a quarter. I’m to the point of waiting on others information. All my withholding returns are done. I’m ready to do the unemployment returns but will do them when the information packets come my way. There are other reports I can skip ahead and do in the interim that I had said last time I would do. So I will do those. I have a lot of payroll related things to do today like process garnishment checks and upload 401k but this afternoon I will about be caught up to where I normally am in a quarter end. I will come in this weekend if I have things to do, but won’t if I don’t.

I WILL say, that I am “weary” though and losing my spunk. I’ve pressed hard this week both at work and at home. I’ve ticked off boxes like mad. I can say already I’m ready for a down day. A day to just do whatever. I thought about getting a pedicure, mainly just for the soak and the soft feet and the massage, but I think I’ll just do them on my own one more time or two and then go in the spring. I’m on the fence, but perhaps I should go just for the morale of it.

The coffee is good this morning. And speaking of coffee, I got my 6 month subscription started, so my first shipment is on the way. The sample packet was shipment one. So this is shipment two. I’m unsure if I have to schedule each one or if they just ship a month apart. They had a nice website but that part was a bit unclear and confusing. It’s Driftaway coffee. A bit pricey, but makes a great gift! I think the pricing is about $17 per 11 oz. Not something we would pay for during the year. But George loved giving the gift of food items this year. And we enjoyed the “test kit”. We make it fun and only drink THIS coffee out of a china cup! 😉

The To Do List is below. It’s kindof an expensive to do list too. Which is another reason I kinda want to put my nails and toes on the back burner! I had though I was getting the back up drive and external hard drive for Christmas, but didn’t. So….it is something I need to have. I think I’ll order the back up drive first and then maybe in a month get the external Lacie to house the movies. But George wants me to go ahead and order the lens for my camera as that is my birthday present. He keeps asking if I have ordered it but have hardly had time. I need to get going on the Big Sur download but need to make sure I have some time to deal with it all. I just need TIME! And time is something that is luxurious right now. This below is only one of 4 project lists. lol I will have probably 5 more projects added to the first one in a day or two. Once my chair arrives, that will take precedence and I’ll be setting up my office corner and moving things around. I look forward to this and I’m going to be royally pissed when it comes in if I don’t have time to work on it. lol.

So yeah, I’m weary of working as fast as I can to tick off boxes, but I still keep going. I will have to stop and insert some morale boosting activities. At home that would be a show or just doing what I want to do for a few minutes. At work, that might mean a lunch out. Or leaving on time one day instead of staying over. Or perhaps not coming in on a Saturday. I probably still will though if there is work to do so that next week is not so stressed. The last week of the month following a quarter end is always stressful. I’m slumped over my desk, shoulders hurt, don’t drink enough water, don’t take enough breaks, don’t eat right, stomach distressed, and working like a slave trying to get it all done. It is usually the week in which I either get diverticulitis or that fever thing I get from being tired. I usually end up in tears before the week is out as the data always comes at the last minute and then bam it is all on me to finish! I do love my job but I will say I hate those weeks like that. And I dread next week and I will need all the morale boosting things I can come up with next week.

So there you have it. The state of my current being. I’m still positive, just weary, and trying to prevent being overly tired or allowing the negativity to creep in. I’m kinda sitting on the fence right now. LOL I do start to get a little rattled when I cannot get done things I need to get done. I’ve been able to get a lot done this week despite how busy it’s been so I’ve tried to be patient with myself and understand it is not all going to get done at once.

Notice cleaning house is not on the list. It should be! As well as putting up Christmas related things and getting my house back to order. I have to have a weekend off for that. If I’m working, not much of that will happen this weekend. In a way that makes me mad. But like I say, I’m trying to be positive. Maybe it is ok if the tree stays up til Valentine’s. Yes, my soul shuttered as I typed that. That is NOT OK!

Well I’m off of here before I convince myself that I’m in a bad mood. I’m not. I’m going for more coffee and it’s all going to be ok and we’ll work on ALL AGENDAS. Mine, yours, everyone’s until it’s all done!

Coffee, Shopping, a Hot Toddy, and a Hot Spot!

For the “Birthday Day” Meal we went to Olive Garden. We were going to do take out. But the day had its challenges (made me mad is what that means) so I asked if we could just eat in instead of toting food home and eating it half cold.

I decided on Chicken Parm. I ate half and took the rest for lunch on Monday. It was delish. I went for the birthday dessert. Another layered Cheesecake. The one we had at Hermitage Steakhouse was better but don’t let that sway you, as they were BOTH very good. The one below was very RICH in chocolate and that is not bad right? The one at Hermitage Steak House was lighter, and had a variety of flavor and texture and sat on a bed of very tasty raspberry which gave an explosion of flavor. I could be a cheesecake connoisseur? Looks like I already am, lol.

And for those of you not on Instagram, here was a story I posted. I video’d pouring my wine, thinking it would be a good B roll shot on a video but probably not. This is what George did……See if you notice. How can you miss it.

He’s a mess for sure.

Shopping Experience Not a Good One

Shopping in today’s world is not a very pleasant experience. I needed another pair or two of jeans for the Texas trip. I only have one pair of jeans that fit good. Let’s just say that the last year has been a good comfort food year making the pants quite the tight ones. I had given all mine to Good Will, not ever going back, but ennnnhhhhh, looks like we ate what we wanted, so I’m baaaaack at full size! lol. And now without proper clothes. I had ordered some tops recently mainly for home. The tops seem to be easier to deal with as I have always liked them oversized and baggy. But the jeans, after Thanksgiving and Christmas, are just not fitting anymore. So we went to Belk. I thought maybe things had relaxed a bit but no dressing rooms. So I had to buy 6 pair and take them home and try them. Costs a fortune to try on clothes. I told the lady ringing us up we’d be bringing most of them back. Bless the hearts of anyone needing those sizes for the period of time as I had them at home. (That seems more germy than just going in a dressing room, as now my germs from home are back in their store.) Maybe they store them somewhere to let the germs die? So bless the hearts of anyone needing close to my size b/c I had them all at home trying them on. You have to take out a small loan to go buy a pair of jeans so you can buy the whole lot, take them home and keep ones that fit and take them back. We just used the credit card. (Rolls eyes). Then when you wanted to pay for something – it was a cake walk – keep walking around and around until the music stops and there is your register where you can pay. Every register had a person there but they were “closed” – “keep walking”. I was thinking the stores are desperate but there all 12 of us people were there wanting to buy things and only one person ringing it up. I don’t know that I’ll ever go out shopping again! I’m sure I will but this was insane. We just didn’t have time to order them and them come in – in time.

Coffee Tasting Experiences Continue

Well, I’m not sure I have a lot to tell. But I’ll just start typing and we’ll see what comes out. First I need to go get more coffee. We are taste testing the coffee gift still. We like all the coffees so far. Today was the 4th and final one of the kit we have. It looks like we cannot go wrong. The quality of the coffee is exceptional. I am learning how to taste “the tones” of the coffees. Today is fruity. Not really, but there is a faint taste of peach when you first sip. Just slightly. It’s hard to describe. But it’s ever so slight but still very good dark coffee. Am I becoming a coffee connoisseur? Sounds like it. We have to go in and rank them on the website. That’ll be hard to do. Not that it means anything here, but for the sake of me remembering, I’m posting this so I can come back and look. We have to wait til we get back from Texas to order it.

My ranking:

  1. Profile 3 (Guatemala) – Tones of Tropical Fruit, Lemon, Brown Sugar
  2. Profile 2 (El Savador) – Fudge, Toast, and Molasses
  3. Profile 1 (Ethiopia) – Tones of Peach, Lemon, and Orange
  4. Profile 4 (Brazil) – Tones of Marzipan, Chocolate, and Earthy

I am shocked that Brazil made 4th. But it’s like the cheesecake. It’s all VERY GOOD COFFEE. How does it compare to Starbucks? Hmmmmm. This gets difficult to put into writing but I’ll do the very best I can.

Starbucks coffee is very strong in taste. VERY Strong. Lots of earthy and chocolate vibes. It’s almost as if it is roasted having in mind that flavors and creams will be added to it. In their store I have to add cinnamon to calm it as it is so bold and strong. At home we add more water to it and get it just like we like it. I like to grind the beans for a fresher taste and not allow any fillers, not that they would but it gives peace of mind. Still the flavor is very robust and earthy – which we like very much.

This coffee is different somehow. It’s still a very robust coffee – looking this up in the dictionary – meaning of strong and rich and sturdy. The beans are to be ground fine to get the most of the flavor. The body is lighter – and somehow drinking out of a china cup helps release the finer tones of the flavors – although I’ve not tried it in a regular cup so not sure how accurate that statement can be other than I know this to be true in the past when drinking coffee from a delicate cup.

So basically this is a good sturdy coffee in which you can taste the slightest tones of flavor. A very good pleasant experience on a higher end of the spectrum of this morning ritual of goodness we pour inside ourselves every morning. It’s been one of conversation and sometimes laughter when we compare by using numbers. It sounds like “who’s on first?” from a Saturday night live skit. Well the 3 is better than the 4, but I really like #2, which sends one into howls of laughter in the kitchen. You really like #2?

And to be honest, the ranking – they are all so close in comparison that whatever they send us and in what order, will be fine with me.

Getting Ahead Before I Get Behind

So a friend gave me this daily calendar at work. It has nice sayings on it. I will be taking lots of pics of them. And will put them on my blog here. A perfect saying. I went in to work yesterday early and stayed a bit over. Left at 5:45 a.m. -ish here at the house and got home about that time in the p.m. yesterday.

I made good headway into getting my monthly taxes by the 15th paid in case we dart out to Texas. That way that deadline won’t be missed. Now all the deadlines are at the end of the month. But it takes all month to get there. Except for that one week where I’m waiting on things from others and that is how I believe I’ll be able to make it by taking the week off to Texas. Looks like the timing will be perfect too. I got critical things done for the first week of January and the last week of the year. And then I’ll have the end of the month to crunch things up and catch things up.

Prepping for Texas and a Hot Toddy

We are mostly packed and gathered for the Texas trip. Dear Daughter’s doc appointment is today in Abilene and perhaps we’ll know something today if they are inducing and getting it on the schedule.

I had meant to change purses, do my nails and toes, and repack my vitamins last night but honestly all my good hours were spent at work. When you work 11.5 instead of 9, you have given up your spare time at home. So I will try again tonight. I’m NOT hopeful as it will likely be another long day. It’s a payroll day.

Yesterday my left ear went silent on me. It seems to be better this morning. I could not tell what was going on with it. Maybe water had gotten in my ear somehow from the shower? George fixed me a very small hot toddy. I held a hot compress to it and I tried googling how to unstop your ear. I could not tell the exact moment that it went back. I think either it was gradual, or I got used to it. It’s not as annoying anyway. But sleep helped I’m sure.

So my next To Do items Isome previously mentioned) are:

  • Change purses
  • Nails and Toes
  • Download Big Sur
  • Cancel Sophos
  • Find Security Replacement
  • Catch up on Email

Revamping the AT&T Cell Bill

Not sure I mentioned it but we stopped at AT&T to check on temporarily adding a line for my iPad. He asked if it was cellular ready. Duh…I seem to remember choosing one that was not, now that he mentioned it. It was cheaper and I didn’t need it at the time. But he upgraded our plan to allow for a Hot Spot. The plan actually costs the same but it switches us to paperless billing (dangnabbit). But we took the bait so I could have a Hot Spot. I’ve needed one a few times this year. So all is well and I can use my iPad while we travel.

I better get ready and go to work. Likely won’t get there early today. But I can’t give ALL my spare time to work just to have a week off. I mean if you work all the hours of your vacation the rest of the month, is it really a vacation? One could certainly argue you got time off in a row, but honestly, it’s never time off. The hours are going somewhere else in the month. You can betcha sweet dollah on that one!

Ya’ll have a beautiful Tuesday. And I’ll be back at some point with news on the plans. I am having a bit of blues that our holiday days are over. I wanted to get more done. But we did good I guess. We got enough done. I know there is another mis typing in this entry but I couldn’t find it, to fix it. And need to go to work, so just forgive me instead! We are REAL here!

Celebrating Friday with my Beloved Coffee

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Oh yeah! It’s Friday. Here I sit with a beloved cup of coffee and a few minutes at my hands to blog. Could it be any more wonderful? Well yeah, being in a forest in a RV with a day’s adventure ahead. Only maybe not right now – too many fires out west! Prayers for all impacted. Our world is just becoming something hard to survive these days. Is it me or is it getting more turbulent out there? Has it always been so eventful? Wow, I went down a rabbit hole fast there. I guess it only takes a few sips to wake up and see present reality across the globe. And good to consider all that everyone is going through to appreciate the mountains and valleys of life.

So back to how wonderful that it is Friday! Yes it is. It has been a tough week like some of them are, in the realm of sleep. It’s almost to the point of non-function at times, exhaustion, and just the need to sleep – especially between 1 and 3 p.m. Am I just getting old? I need a nap now after lunch! I struggle and pour coffee, e+shots, blow cold air from the fan in my face, until I come alive about 3:30 or 4:00.

Yesterday after work I went to Belk and got credit for the pants I bought online that did not fit. They were slimming jeans I guess so they were supposed to be tight, but I DO NOT LIKE tight fitting clothes. And of course we can’t try them on. I got so tired of holding them up in the store. That does not work! I can’t tell what will fit or not. I need to try them on. I gave up. Please give us our dressing rooms back!! We have our masks! I mean – now the jeans I brought back have been in my home and laid around for a week before taking it back to the store to be hung on the rack. How is that helping anyone? No I don’t have COVID. Well, I could have and not know it – as they always say. So give us our dressing rooms back please and boost the clothing economy – or at least the pants economy! We need our breeches bottoms! And our bottoms need their breeches! LOL We can’t just go bottomless or show our rears throughout life! Belk has so many returns right now they have assigned a complete return booth at the entrance to keep everyone from walking around the store with their bags. I was met at the door and immediately pointed to returns, LOL.

At this point it’s easier to just lose the weight and keep the jeans I have than to keep buying and returning. But I’ll try one more time I guess as I have to have some jeans that fit as fall comes on. I’m really only 1/2 size away from losing enough though where the current ones will be comfy. A few tuna meals and shakes and maybe I can get there!

I am between sizes thanks to all the comfort foods we’ve eaten on top of vacay. I’m trying to eat right but get side tracked. Like yesterday I didn’t want fast food and I thought fajitas would be good and healthy but when I got to Santa Fe I ended up ordering Quesadillas b/c they looked so good to be dipped in sour cream and salsa. Nothing else looked or sounded good to me. So I got it. It wasn’t going to be too bad except for the cheese and sour cream and I needed my dairy, LOL, I rationalized. But then the basket of rolls came…..HOT fresh from the oven….WITH the cinnamon butter.

Yeah, there’s THAT. And THAT has to STOP. I forget to say NO BREAD!

Coming home last night after the Belk run, I put up the clean dishes in the dishwasher and put the dirty in – aka “rebooting the dishwasher”. And George came home. I was about to start dinner but I was just absolutely flattened. Tired enough that I was almost sick at my stomach. So I told George I just didn’t feel like cooking. I needed sleep. So I laid down for about 20 minutes. Just total silence with me and my Maisy. I had to calm her down first and give her tummy rubs. LOL. But then we just laid there and rested for about 20 minutes and then I had my stamina back -well sortof. But we ended up having corn dogs. Yeah I know, THAT’s at the TOP of the health/wellness list of nutritional things to eat—-NOT!

Got a fairly good nights sleep. Tossed and turned between 2:30 and 4:00 and slapped alarms b/w 4 and 4:30. But at least enough hours of sleep to feel somewhat refreshed. Hoping to catch up on the sleep this weekend. It’s bad enough to have to get up early to shower and dress for work but when you also can’t sleep for 2 – 3 hours every night it adds up. And it HAS added up. So much so that by week’s end I cannot function. This happens a lot.

I don’t know what the problem is with the sleep so therefore it’s hard to fix. Am I comfortable – yes and no. Sometimes the bed we bought from work gets a little too firm. It’s firmer than it first was. But I don’t want to mention getting another bed right now. George worked so hard getting that King Size mattress in.

Is it quiet – definitely not quiet for the most part as George’s snores are increasingly loud and not consistent. Lots of varied noises and rhythms and gasps. It might be time for him to do that sleep study and get the sleep machine thing. But I don’t think he wants to do that. I think we’d both feel better the next day if he did. I’ve considered sleeping in the other room. That option keeps quickly moving further up the list of things to try. All I know is I can’t continue on with lack of sleep. But most of the time I can sleep eventually with his snoring. And that is why I’ve not given up trying. Or it could be the pillow. Sometimes just a different pillow can make a difference. Is it my shoulder? My right arm/shoulder has been hurting fiercely when the lack of sleep sets in. It’s better with vitamins, sleep, and nutrients from eating right but let any of those things slip and it’s aching. I don’t know what is wrong. It started about 2 years ago and it’s slowing increasingly worse. Rotater cuff? Cancer in my arm? Getting ALS? Arthritis? It’s anyone’s guess really. I brought it up to the doc a couple of times but since I could still move it I guess there is no cause for concern? lol I guess as long as it remains attached we are good! It’s increasingly bothering me at work too with typing and such.

Anyways thanks for listening to my laments of no sleep and the problems it spurs. I need to get ready and get on my way to the eye doc this morning. I noticed on vacay that I could not see the signs very well. So I’m hoping no changes. I need to have him check my sun glasses prescriptions b/c those are the ones I’m really having an issue with with driving. Maybe that is the problem.

And that is why I am intensely celebrating the fact that it is Friday, with my beloved coffee! The chance to sleep is coming and rest and rejoovy!