Friday, Sleeping in the Guest Room, and Battling the Blues

Ahhhh yes, the week progresses and Friday is here at last. It’s hard to describe this week. Despite my trying to keep positive and keep grasping at “happy”, I can feel this tug downward. I think I go through this EVERY year about this time. The days have been dark and dreary, if sunny at all they have been cold. The sleep on the minimal side as well – and does not help AT ALL. I try to look forward to things, but find I just trend downward in my mood. Are any of you doing this too? I have not lost hope though. I keep grasping and finding myself on middle ground somehow. And the fact that it is Friday helps a lot to keep my chin up, and while the rosy glasses are still around here somewhere -I’m looking for them, the dark glasses are not being worn just yet. I have on the light grey fuzzy pair, the white cloudy ones that keep the future out – the ones that can’t see past winter.

I feel like I’m way behind on everything I want to do here at home, but yet where is the hurry or the WHY behind the hurry? It’ll happen when it does. And yet all the things I’ve talked about for months I can finally do this weekend, so at least that is progress.

Christmas, the Texas trip, Year End, all threw me behind a bit. That’s ok. Those were important, Christmas and Texas was fun and the Year End necessary. This week I’ve enjoyed working less – leaving on a better schedule (leaving on time) and that has made the evenings a bit more restful and made a few evening projects possible. Such projects this week: getting through the remaining 800 emails and doing my nails and watching a couple of YouTubers that I’m behind on.

As far as work goes? Well, I am down to only one state of reporting w-2’s and that state gives you until the end of February. So I’ve made progress already in my “February” processing of things. This last state left is one of the bigger projects with its requirement of entering – I think it’s like 188 or so w-2’s manually as for some reason we don’t have what it takes to do a file upload. It may be more than 188 but it’s something like that. I’m breaking them up into like groups of 20 and at least you can SAVE it. So I’ll do a few at a time and take breaks. Once that is finished my year end projects are over. And there is a LOT to catch up on after that. I have to box up some cabinets for storage pick up, move over some 2020 files to make room for 2021, and yes – believe it or not – start preparing for the next quarter, making worksheets, make payroll labels and so forth. Lots to work on there. Before long – just a few weeks and it’ll be quarter end again. And I have a couple of month ends too before then.

Watching Yellowstone Series

Photo from CANVA, Yellowstone area

We’ve been watching “Yellowstone” some this week and we only have ONE show left in season 3. I wonder if there will be another season. I hope so. We’ve really enjoyed this show. We wanted to watch the final one last night but we watched two shows last night and it was time to go to bed.

Bedtime Decisions

Speaking of BED. Roger began whimpering at 10:00 p.m. starting the disturbances way earlier than normal and waking me up just after being asleep for half an hour. Without even hesitating, I grabbed my pillows, and favorite warm throw, and took them with me to the guest bedroom (my beach bedroom), for a night of better sleep. This pic below is just a canned photo from Pexels through WordPress, but I do like the pic!

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After several nights in a row of spotty sleep, I decided that last night I’d do myself a favor and just move. And that decision was on a whim, but likely a good one for a time. While I cannot claim that I got MORE sleep, I can say that the sleep I had between wake up sessions was a deeper and more restful sleep. I woke up a few times between 1:30 and 4:00 hearing Roger’s whimpers and putting him back in bed, from where George had taken care of the opposite and put him down from the bed. I think it’s worth it to maybe move into the guest bedroom for a while. Maybe we can both get some rest that way. I could still hear snoring but it was not as loud as it was not right in my ear, and I wasn’t having to deal with BOTH dog waking me up as well as snores.

Once I’m awake around 1:30 my night is pretty much shot from there and I sleep light the rest of the night. Dog whimpers and snoring make me wake up repeatedly IF I get the luxury of going back to sleep in our bed. And worse, is when I’m in a deep sleep and get woken up – and my dreams are weird and all that, plus the drowsiness you feel all day from being woken up in a deep sleep. I am just so tired of it all and at wit’s end. I even have wanted to go stay in a hotel for a night or two to just catch up on sleep. But I’m getting to where I cannot function properly from lack of sleep now. I need sleep – whatever it takes. So it’s time. Roger will have to just stay down from the bed. I’m going to put the sound machine on in the guest bedroom and hopefully it will drown it out. It’s just all so sad. I hate to hear him whine but we have to have sleep.

The Dreams

I like remembering the dreams – even if they are odd – but they are definitely weird. Like adventurous weird. I’m always traveling somewhere, going somewhere, with a big group usually, most of whom I do not know- but sometimes I lose my purse. I hate that one. I think that dream happens when life is unorganized and untidy and chaotic, and I start to feel anxious about it. I no longer dream much about work now that I’ve moved from HR. I used to have chaotic work dreams during my HR Career. Some seemed prophetic. I once dreamed I walked into a bathroom stall and there was a person (coworker) sitting on the toilet. Who dreams that??? I do for some reason. I mean YUK! The next week this person was “flushed from our system” and no longer working with us. Things like that happen a lot.

Like one night this week in my dreams I flew around (that part was really fun) and landed in some strange folks kitchen at a family gathering and was just like “well hello, how ya’ll been?” What???? lol The flying around was fun of course. But what weird dreams. I remember in my dream thinking “wow, this is great I want to keep going and I flew until I saw something interesting, which was someone cooking dinner in their kitchen – how appropriate is that? It may sound like a weird dream but that is SOO me to stop flying to go eat! LOL

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So last night’s “no brainer” decision was a good one I think. I’m going to sleep in there for a while and see if it doesn’t help me out. No doubt I also keep George awake some when I’m in bed as I toss and turn so much. We’ll see how it goes. It’s kinda sad in a way and I’ve said NO to moving to the other bedroom for weeks. But I’m going to do it now and see if it doesn’t help, or at least until Roger is no longer with us. I just can’t do this anymore of the up and downs all night and no sleep. I think Roger is just going to have to whine and our sound machines will have to drown him out. Doggie Alzheimers and he just doesn’t want to do anything but drink water and pee, drink water and pee, and then finally sleep while we are awake. It’s not my decision to make as far as “when it’s time”. It’s George’s decision as it’s his buddy dog. Does Roger still have joy? Yes. Does he have pain? Not actively showing signs of pain. Is he struggling? Yes. Are his systems failing? Likely yes, in the stages of it.

These times are tough. But it’s Friday! Yes it is. We will hold on to that and get through the day with our Friday tasks and our w-2 reporting. And we will come home and dive into the weekend projects. All those projects that I have talked about since October! I won’t list them for the 40th or 60th time. But I will come back in and let you know how things are progressing!

Happy Sleeps to all! And Happy Friday as well. Will Spring ever get here? I’m so ready for it. But we have colder temps coming ahead! I’ve not really checked the weather much but I heard we have a cold trend coming. I’m so dang tired of being COLD! OK it will get better! I’ll find the Rosy Glasses and it’ll all be ok.

Happy Friday, Tex Mex Food, and Weekend Plans

All we have done this week is WORK and EAT! So enjoy – this is about all I have for you today!

For TWO weeks in a row we’ve eaten at Chuy’s Tex Mex. Oh my gosh it’s so good. I love the enchiladas! I did not eat the rice nor the sour cream but I had plenty of the creamy jalapeño sauce.

I was ON for cooking dinner last night and fixed my friend Mia’s White Chicken Chili. It’s the easiest thing ever to throw together. I mixed the following together in a big soup pan and let it heat and then dinner is ready, served with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.

  • 2 cans navy beans
  • pkg of chili seasoning mix
  • 1 can rotel
  • 3 cans shoepeg corn
  • 2 (12.5 oz) cans of premium chicken breast
  • About a 1/2 carton of broth – enough to make it a soup!

I really like this soup! However, I was so full from lunch I only had one cup! But guess what is for lunch?

So, I slept in the other room last night. I went to bed earlier. I was fizzled out. I wanted uninterrupted sleep. I probably slept a little bit better as I went to bed earlier and was not met with loud snores during the night, but I still woke up and was awake for an hour and my arm was aching in two places. I had to get up and put what I call the “ICE cream” on it. LOL. It’s really “Icy Hot” cream. After that I went on to sleep. May have tossed and turned a few times. So sleep was not THAT much better in the other bed, but it was a little bit. I’m starting to think our previous bed in the guest room is more comfortable though as our bed gets hard by morning. I noticed it about two months in that our body impressions settled in at that point, but we’d already spent so much on it and it was a beast to get in the house. But one day we may have to have an upgrade. But I can tell you right now it won’t be through a discount from my work – sadly – as we just don’t have the ability anymore to pick it up and lift it and all that. So we’ll have to get it from a store that has delivery. But that is waaaaay down the road b/c we are getting the floors done first and then the kitchen upgrade is next! Life’s too short and we love to cook too much to have a kitchen from the 70’s. Come to think of it, life’s too short not to sleep good too. I think we just need an overhaul on the house altogether. We rarely upgrade anything unless it breaks, leaving us behind the times. Oh well I should finish the blog post before I get to the bathrooms, eh?

Ya’ll have a great weekend! I have a weekend at home planned. Things I want to do and work on in the office and around the house. George may have plans for us this weekend but I may not go. He is wanting to go hang with some people from his work. We were planning a weekend at home all along since we are gone next week. So if happens I have to decide whether to go or not. Frankly not even sure I’m invited. Several of them supposedly ordered some hot chip in a coffin and they were going to eat them together and watch each other and laugh? I think I’d rather make a video and be geeky. I really wasn’t planning on getting out this weekend but – who knows. If he goes, and I stay home – I may go do a quick shopping excursion and hit my favorite chicken place – since the opportunity would present itself.

Anyway, we’ll see what the weekend brings. Better go. I have a few things to do before I go in that I’ve not been able to do the last two evenings since I was cooking.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Wildfires, Friday, Canva, and Pedicure

Well it seems that the whole Western US is on fire. But I think MOST are smaller contained ones. However some in California are poised to burn a lot of populated areas. Many are evacuating. So I hope this comes under control. Ironically thunderstorms set a lot of them off due to the lightning but they need to rain to quench the fires. So prayers for those out west dealing with that. I notice a lot in Texas too. It is VERY dry in the areas where we were. The grass crunches under your feet. Fire and wind is no match. So I always worry about that this time of year for Katy and Cody. I think they do have fire fighting capabilities and protocols in place but they can get out of hand fast when it’s windy.

So glad it is Friday. Just need the down time in a big way. Yesterday was very busy and I didn’t get all done that I needed/wanted to as we had some extra things thrown our way which delayed the other needs but it is what it is. I’m one person doing two weeks worth of a day and I was getting caught up but now I’m behind again. Oh well. It’s Friday and I’m ready for a break anyway. I will do what I can today and that should do the trick unless there are more surprises. It’s all good. I’m not THAT behind. I have the ability to catch up quickly in this job since I’m not usually interrupted and actually get time to do the job. The last job was just constant interruptions and you had to fight to get time to actually work on anything. Let’s not even go there. I’m so glad to be where I am.

After work I headed to get my Pedi done. Most people were at the nail center in back of where I took this photo. But this is my shop. I have not been there in a while. I think I may have gone in May or June once. And had decided once we were back from Texas that I would go. So last night was the night. Hardly anyone was there getting toes done. Lucky me.

The protocol was very safe. We had to wear a mask. We had to sanitize upon entering. We had to take our temp. We had to sign in and say we didn’t have a temp and then sanitize again and then go to our seat where they led us. The workers wore masks/shields.

It was wonderful. I sat and caught up on social media, texted with a friend, and just enjoyed the pampering.

Upon getting home, I texted with Katy some. Being pregnant, her feet are hurting. I remember those days. She was on line looking at Crocs! They have some cute ones now.

I made a new Facebook cover for the Less Hustle More Coffee Facebook page. I may use it on my own page for a while too to let folks know it’s out there. But I may wait a bit until the next video is ready. We’ll see how it goes. I did this above using CANVA. Things have a tendency to work out. I guess this is replacing the other graphic program. Now I can use this and layer things and do a lot of what I could with Paint Shop Pro. I did the premium upgrade to be able to have access to all the photos, fonts, and be able to remove backgrounds. So much easier.

WordPress Comments

I have had two people in the last two days say they lost their comments. I checked with the WordPress Help Center and they looked at my blog and said they couldn’t find anything wrong. They said if I could get more specifics they could look deeper. I suspect that if you are going through a program or app (email, facebook – whatever) it may be that you are not signed in through that app and you will lose your comment if you are not signed in. That is how it’s happened to me. So always make sure you are signed in.

If I comment using my computer I can comment all day long. If I try to comment through aol email on my phone that has alerted me of someone’s new post and I go through that and read it and comment – it’s lost it before b/c I wasn’t signed in on my phone. So try making sure you are logged in. I was disappointed b/c I love hearing from you guys. But instead of the actual comment I was getting “argh sorry lost the comment” b/c who likes to retype things twice? I get it. But I think this will solve the issue to make sure you are logged in before you try to leave a comment. But please comment. They are little golden nuggets left for me during the day! It says “someone cares about me and my words enough to reply”. ;-). Most people just read and act like they didn’t. LOL

So. Off to work I go. And then we will be into the weekend! I’ve just about got all the vacay stuff up. Will have more pics coming on the weekend though with the transfer of pics from camera!