Finding Time, Taking Time, Girls Nite Out, and Hair Cut Decisions

I realized last night, as I lay my head on my pillow that somehow, I was finding time to do things I wanted to do even with the elevated levels of our new “busy” this year in 2021. While 2020 had its own “NEW NORMAL”, I am realizing that 2021 will begin yet another chapter of a “NEW NORMAL”. I’ve prayed for God to help me to have strength and endurance for the new levels of busy and responsibility.

So as I fell asleep I recalled how I was able to work FT and get my work done, go pack up Mom, eat with friends, read a book, listen to a book, listen to music, download new music, grocery shop, clean on the house, run errands with George, exercise every day including a YouTube Work out, iron, sign up for a new dentist, cancelled an old one, do some shopping, paid for a foot massage, and even got to start working on the next video. A grand mix of work and fun and exercising and resting. All in the last four days. NOT BAD.

It’s all been broken up in little bits of time. I’ve discovered on the videos that if I blog every other day, I can get some video editing done on the alternate days.

Healthy Breakfast

Getting in Some Spring Walks While the Weather is Good

Breakfast was good yesterday. It certainly held me til lunch time. And I’ve been walking at lunch while it’s pretty. Instead of pushing the 30 minute rule, I’ve decided to be ok with 20 so I can have time to eat. I just bring the microwaved food back to my desk and eat.

As you can see, it’s been beautiful lately. Soon these flowers (pansies, I believe) will be replaced with a more summer hearty variety. These are cold weather flowers above/below. They can endure a lot of the cold air and near freezing temps. As the summer approaches they will replace them with flowers that can endure the heat.

Time with a Friend/Neighbor

So I was able to go walk with a friend after work yesterday. We did a 20 minute walk and then went to Oushi for a hibachi style dinner. It was great. George and I go a lot of times but we usually just do the restaurant part. I like both ways. I think the restaurant part is better for conversation and the Hibachi style is more for entertainment while you eat. I love the food and the meal you get for Hibachi style though.

Then, my friend Christy said we should go for a foot massage. I was thinking she meant along with a pedicure. lol. I didn’t realize you could go and just get a foot massage. I’d never done that. There is a massage place near Publix and near the Oishi place we ate at. We stopped in as their sign said OPEN. We got a foot soak and then a 30 minute foot/leg massage. I am going back in a month or so and getting the back massage. It’s the kind you sit in a chair and they massage your neck and shoulders. I think I may do this quarterly after quarter end! My shoulders and back always need it then. I’m excited to find this place. I have always thought you had to take your clothes off and wrap in a towel or sheet and I was never wanting to do that. It was so relaxing.

I did feel bad about spending a lot of money in one night though. But then again when you consider we didn’t get to do a whole lot last year, lol, I didn’t worry about it long. ha! Plus, the girls night outs are few and far between. But that was great! It so fun to get out.

Thinking of a New HairStyle – Well, an Old One Really

I want my hair to be shorter. I really kinda wanted that last time but it ended up being a little longer somehow.

I really just want the old Meg Ryan cut. But starting a bit shorter. (I remember this day above. I was at work and didn’t really want to be. I was trying to take a pic and smile but I just didn’t want to be there that day and all I could do was smirk, lol). But this above, is kinda what I want to go back to for the summer.

When the girl cut mine last time I ended up with this.

But the stylist couldn’t come to my house to style it like that every morning so it ended up like this the rest of the time and I’ve not been happy with it. So I guess I have to just go shorter all over? I was trying to stick with longer layers, but it is not working. I think I just don’t know what to ask for. I can only show them.

Dumpy Frumpy look must go!

I guess the main thing I want is to be able to style it quickly, have it have some body and a little bit of height, and look good as it grows out. Usually I’m happy as it grows in the various stages but this hair cut I’ve had, I liked for two days and then I was over it. It’s not meshed together as it has grown and I can’t deal with it. I’ve not been able to make it do it’s thing. I wonder if I need to go back to my other stylist or try a new one, but I’ll give this one another chance, because I’ve seen the work she does on others, it’s just this hair style didn’t work well with me and my life style. So we’ll try again. I think it’s 2 or 3 weeks away. I did go ahead and chop on it a week ago but it’s hard for me to get the back, so I’ll just let her do a good chopping on it. I guess I’ll go back to having it somewhat feathered! I don’t like a feathered look but maybe it’s just what I’m used to working with. My hair is thick in the back and thinning on the top, so it’s kinda weird to work with these days.

And ONCE WE CAN GET RID OF THESE DARN MASKS I WILL BEGIN TO WEAR MAKE UP AGAIN! BUT NOT ONE IOTA OF MAKE UP GOING ON MY FACE UNTIL THAT ENDS. Thankfully our mandate is OVER in Wilson Co. Some businesses are still requiring it upon entry but most places I’ve been lately have taken their mask requirement signs down. The restaurant last night no longer required it. The foot massage place did. I’m happy to see the signs come down. Supposedly 50% of Americans are vaccinated. The virus is still around but it seems to be spreading less. It’s not overtaking us anyway.

Meanwhile in Texas….

Dear Daughter and Little Roo!

Winnebago Minnie, Hair Cuts, Hair Styles, and Strawberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Here’s a phone screen shot of the Micro Minnie! This is what I’ve been calling the Minnie Winnie, although if you google Minnie Winnie you get a different pic entirely. So I figure I could probably drive and haul something like this. I’m not sure though about the hitches. Is this something a woman can do? lol I need to be able to do all this stuff myself and to learn to be able to fix things. I’m not sure George is on board so I have to be able to do it on my own. I also would most likely buy used, but who knows. By the time I want to buy one maybe this “pandemic RV boom” will be over and there will be some on the market as people come off the road and begin to live their lives again. To me, living my life, would be traveling and on the road seeing places. But I want a home base as there is too much stuff I would not want to part with. I’m ok with smaller trips and weekend jaunts for George’s sake. But I do want to do some long hauls out west and the Florida keys, and places like Jackson Hole, and Lake Tahoe, and – wherever we can think of we want to go that interests us. But I’m posting this because yesterday I signed up for the Winnebago website for emails and information. I figure I should learn about them and their packaging and know what the options are and styles and such so I know what I want. ;-). I can start planning ahead.

My Hair Cut and Let’s Talk about Hair Styles

BEFORE!

Yesterday’s “appointment” was getting my hair cut. It had been so long. It felt so good to have someone play with my hair. She did a wet cut first, then washed it, and dried and styled it. As most hairstylists do, she laughed at my attempt to cut my own during the pandemic but she was rescuing me from myself and fixing it. lol I reminded her I did get some compliments and got the closest to the hairstyle I wanted more than any stylist could but that no, it was not a scientific cut by any means and both sides of the head was different, lol. I told her I was also tired of my own cut, lol. I could not cut the back so I had to let it just grow. But she cut and carved and cut and carved. She was very nice and we talked the first half and was quiet the second half. I debated whether to set another appointment or not b/c if you set it you feel committed to a stylist and it’s hard “to break it off” later. But I was very happy with the experience and my hair grows pretty fast, so I set an 8 week appointment. At some point I may go 12 because some times it is good to let it grow out some and then go back for a good fresh cut and style, whereas every 6 to 8 weeks it gets too feathery and choppy for my liking.

I told you yesterday I believe or certainly a recent entry – I always come out with feathers, lol. And yesterday was no exception, but at least it’s long feathers here, lol. It is quite nice the way she styled it. I liked it very much. I know that I will not spend the time to make it that nice. I’ll dry/style quickly and go. Please excuse my no make up pandemic face below.

AFTER
AFTER
AFTER Looks the Same in Front

They way she cut it is more versatile than I imagined, because this morning I noticed that when it dried it was wavy and curly and I could put moose in it and just go. But I can style and make it straight or curly or choppy or not choppy. The front was a little longer than I wanted but it works with this style. I can always chop it off later if wanted, lol. And I can make it look more like a Meg Ryan cut at that point if I do. Mine right now is shorter in the back and longer in the front, which is something I have not really liked as a style, but it seemed to work on me the way she did it. Phone screen shots below:

This is the pic I showed her I really liked. But I don’t think we made it there yet. lol

So I may be able to get close to this look if I don’t feather it back. But we’ll try again next time.

She did however, cut it very similar to this.

And this but she put a few more layers and texturizing because my hair is so thick. That’s the reason I end up with more feathers lol and way more layers than I intended. She did cut the bottom more like this below.

So yes, I may sound picky, but it’s just a goal or a target. And they all get really close! I am happy with it though! She did a great job! And it’s always fun to keep trying til we hit the bulls eye. I’m going to enjoy playing with it the next few days. All in all, it doesn’t matter what cut you get. Within a couple of weeks it goes back to the shape it always does, LOL.

Here’s a pic of my hair in in college. This was a charcoal drawing my Mom had done and it’s in her Gone With the Wind room, which is fitting. I am a free spirit for sure. I guess this was the Farah Faucet days. I always liked having flipped up curls going down the back of my head. This is the look my hair was growing out into but I do NOT like it long anymore. It’s just not for me.

Anyway! I’m out of here. I have a dental appointment and need to dress and get ready and leave in an hour.

Getting all my appointments in before quarter end hits. Can’t do much of anything in April as far as appointments as I need all the time I can on both ends of the work day.

Strawberry Walnut Chicken Salad

I’m fixing my own version of this salad tonight as I want George to experience this Strawberry Walnut salad: I have chicken marinating in garlic, soy, honey, pepper flakes, and olive oil. I will add the strawberries, blue cheese, bacon, walnuts, and cranberries and balsamic glaze on top. I’m looking forward to cooking this up and sharing this with him tonight. It was so good. I guess I need to remember to make up a little balsamic dressing. Can’t forget that part. But I’ll pour the balsamic glaze over the chicken though. The glaze is a little thicker and lingers moreso than the vinegar itself.

Better go! Ya’ll have a good day! I have just enough time to get going. Boy these days sure go by fast. So much to do and I don’t get to work on my to do list much. It’s just been busy! Thinking about taking a vacation day just to give me some wiggle room to catch up. But I’m afraid I’ll need the days later. Then there could be some surprise days Mom might need me for so it’s hard to plan. Or I can plan them and just work a Saturday in it’s place or something, I guess it will all work out but planning PTO is on the to do list too! I can’t ever get there! lol.

Weekend Trip, Weather Station, RV Dream, and Picking the next Hair Style

Didn’t get the daily blog in the last couple of days. Left early Friday morning to get to work early so I could leave early. When I go to see Mom it’s good to get out before traffic is horrible around Nashville. It was already bad enough. But honestly other than Franklin traffic on I-65 South where three lanes come down to two, the only bad traffic was near Columbia (Tennessee) where I guess everyone was getting off work from Saturn (auto plant) or other factories and offices. I’ve never seen such traffic there accept for Mule Day weekend. And that is not until April.

Before leaving work though I had a productive day there. I have been trying for two months to get boxes packed but quarter end, year end, vacation week, snow weeks, and two month ends, kept me from finishing. I managed a box here and there. When all was said and done I had 34 boxes of 2018 and 2019. Now I should have room hopefully for all the 2020 and 2021 records. Everyone keeps commenting about how boxed in my office gets. Teasingly I tell them “I know I’m getting a little claustrophobic back here. lol”. I had to tag each box and label it and also keep a sticker for myself on another sheet with the description. I will turn that in to the master book and scan a copy for myself so if we have to ask for a box back at any time I will have the tracking number. Pretty neat system. I got all 34 boxes labeled and logged and scanned for my records! I was also tired and used muscles I’d forgotten I had.

I felt like the Cat’s Meow by the time I got the project finished!

That said it still felt like forever til “getting off time”. I watched the clock, ready for my escape into the weekend! But once there at Mom’s we left to go eat dinner. Mom chose Ruby Tuesday’s (in Columbia, TN). She knows I love to eat there and like their salad bar. We were not sure they would actually have a salad bar in the COVID world. But they did! However, upon a quick glance it did NOT look like it had been maintained. It did not look inviting. It looked picked over. It looked tainted. It even had big huge chunks of lettuce and salad ingredients lying about. So we turned down the salad bar. I was disappointed but I was not eating off of that. I was thinking that at dinner time they should definitely have the salad bar refreshed and ready to go for the evening meal. After all there would be a rush. But…ummm…look around. There was no rush. There was hardly even anyone else there. Maybe two other tables one on each side of the building and one lonely guy at the bar, lol. There seemed to be only two people working the restaurant and the bar itself. The person seating people and what looked like a manager type woman that was waitressing and doing bar. And believe me there was no rush there either. lol. The woman was busy but also managed to have conversations and such with others. Meanwhile our food came out by some dude from the back in the kitchen. It was lukewarm. It had been sitting back there. Even the cheese on my baked potato had gelled. We had waited a long while – maybe 45 min for our food, which is not usually that long. Or maybe it is and we just never noticed as we had salad bar first usually. But we were both so hungry we didn’t want to complain b/c they would take our food away to heat it up or bring new! We didn’t want to have to wait another 20 to 45 minutes for either option so we ate lukewarm food. The food was good – just not hot like it should have been. I guess it sat back in the kitchen while the one waitress flit about having her conversations with everyone, lol. Grrr. I’m surprised Mom didn’t say something. But we just ate, knowing we would not be back, and making comments under our breath no wonder those other Ruby Tuesday restaurants closed and Mom said that is the reason I wanted to come here and go ahead and use up my gift card, lol. So I guess we’ve had our last Ruby Tuesday meal there in Columbia. I won’t go back now. Unless Mom hears that something has changed. That is so sad as it has good potential. It needs a revival of some sort. I guess the Pandemic steam rolled what was probably already a weak link.

At Mom’s I was quite impressed with her weather station! I mean OMGosh! How cute and pretty is that. My colors too! ha. I may have to check that out. Like I need one. I have all that in my phone and on laptops. But the display is nice with date, time, inside/outside temp, moon phase, humidity, and you can see if pressure is falling or rising, indicative of storm prediction and systems coming through. I love it. I looked them up on Amazon and there are several ones. There is one with a WiFi app. And that one was twice the price at $82. But that one would be the one I’d want, of course, LOL. The others were around $40’s on Amazon. I need it like a hole in my head but it would make a nice gift for someone! (Moi! lol).

Anyway at Moms I slept in the Gone with the Wind Bedroom. IF you follow me on Instagram you got a little bit of a scene with that in my stories there. (My instagram is in my side bar – if on laptop and and scroll down if on iPad or phone. But it is: @lesshustlemorecoffee)

Mom’s bathroom also is very colorful.

It’ll wake you up in the mornings, lol!

Little Roo has had some really good smiling pics lately. I love the fact that he is starting to show personality. They love to make him laugh. Laughter is a happy thing! He laughed a lot after his bath time.

He is just the cutest little thing. I just want to hold him so bad! It hurts my heart that I cannot be there to hold him and love on him. I miss him deeply! And can you believe he is already 2 months old! I get to see him in June! His Momma goes back to work soon after their spring break there. She is going to miss this little guy during the day, but I’ve done it and many of us have done it – having careers and babies at the same time. WE used to be told in life it couldn’t and shouldn’t be done. We are doing it and while it might not always be ideal, it does provide more opportunity in many cases. We all have to make decisions. And well, it’s hard to have a lifestyle you want if you both don’t work. It just depends on what the situation is and whether one spouse can carry the load or two of you. We always needed both of us to be able to afford everything. We had grandparents though to help with child care. Day care called ALL the time to come get Katy. That will be the hard part is having no one to help out. Of course even if we were there or they were here, we work too still. But he’s my little cutie pie and I miss him and I can’t wait each day to see pics and videos. His Momma is good to share with us or post on Instagram. I got Momma set up on her new tablet so she could see him too. I tried to copy and send videos to her but it didn’t work. So now she can see the instagram ones. Is he not a little ham? I could stare at this pic all day and smile!

I did get to love on Mom’s dog Fancy some. She is due for her grooming. But she came to see me and sat in my lap for a few minutes and also gave me a hug and let me pet her tummy. Then she wanted to go back to her Momma. I told her, teasing Momma, I was going to sneak her home with me as I didn’t have a dog and needed company, and asked her if she thought her momma would notice, lol. Fancy is on heart meds now and it took a LOT of fluid off of her and she is now able to move about more and has more energy.

Spring rains brought greener grass in these parts. This was Mom’s backyard. I love the “Texas Star” as I call it.

Mom fixed breakfast for us of eggs and bacon and biscuits. It was so good. And then we went out to run some errands: Lowe’s to get grass seed booster and Mom had a return. We went to get her car washed and we vacuumed it out. We went to Sally Beauty supply and she bought shampoo and nail polish. I bought also an OPI brand of polish for $12. I have never in my life spent that much on polish but after everyone says it stays on longer, I thought I’d try it since I’m not getting my French nails done anymore. I will do an occasional manicure though and polish when my nails get in horrible shape. But I’ll try to keep them up myself and save money.

We went to Dollar Store and I bought 4 tops! All were $12.50 each or under. They were good brands and poly/cotton blend that won’t shrink. And made well. So why not. Not ALL of their clothes are made well, but I’ve found sometimes you can pick up a good find there. I mean two of the shirts were Bobbie Brooks. That used to be a brand we loved when I was a young girl, and sold in the dress shops as a high quality find. After we did all that we finally decided we were about ready for lunch. This time we picked Legend’s. Oh my gosh it has been renovated and it’s the bees knees now! I failed on getting proper pics on this restaurant. I find when I with Mom I’m less likely to be focused on taking pics and focusing on her needs. I was driving, parking, locking the car, making sure she sees steps, opening doors – all that is normally when I’m taking pics! I did get a pic of our food. The food was excellent, the wait staff superb and very friendly. I got the strawberry walnut salad and oh my gosh it was perfect! I may have to recreate this salad at home with it’s grilled chicken, walnuts, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and real bacon bits and fresh strawberries!

I left mid afternoon to come back home. Mom seemed happy to have gotten out. Here’s her Facebook post I noticed later.

That said, Mom does not want the vaccine. And we still need to be careful. But life seems to be heading back to normal. I’m not thinking I want the vaccine either. I don’t want the chemicals in my body. I am wary of so many things about all of it. And I’m not so sure we haven’t already had it. I mean they said that the antibodies don’t stay long and of course the thing morphs so I guess people will have to be revaccinated again in the future. I quit getting the regular flu shot because I intake pure ingredients with the system I use that expel toxins from the body and when I get a vaccine it tries to get rid of the mercury and other elements that are not supposed to be in your body. I understand that certain things have to be in it for it to take and be absorbed. But I’m not sure this is for me. It may be that we have to get it at some point to be able to have access to things. I don’t think it is the mark of the beast as some do b/c it is not a matter of worship or making of a spiritual choice. But I was already not wanting the regular flu shot. So it’s not to say my mind won’t be changed at some point, or changed for me, as I age and become even more at risk, but for now I’m saying no.

Anyway, on the way home, I saw an RV place on Nashville Highway that has some Minnie Winnies. It was all I could do to NOT stop. So I didn’t stop. I was curious how much it was though.

Mom had told me at her house she didn’t see how I could tow an RV with the truck I wanted. I asked her if she had done her research before declaring such. She knows I don’t want a big truck. But I do want a Ford truck for my next vehicle and that is half way to getting my dream set up. I have not done the exact research but know of others that are able to tow a small RV as I watch them on YouTube do it every week. lol Anyway, here is my dream set up. Don’t tell me I can’t do something or I will surely do it. Don’t be messing with one’s dreams! That makes for a dangerous lot! I just picked a ford – any ford any year. I don’t have to have a new truck. I will want a dependable one. One with a sun roof so it doesn’t feel closed in and lets sun through, one that has the closure top in the back for storage (this bed looks shorter than I’d want I think) and the twin cab so others can ride.

And I then I want to get a Micro Minnie. It also does not have to be a new one. But I want to be able to get some extras such as lithium batteries and solar panels so I can dry camp some when needed. Will also have to get a Mac laptop at that point too, lol. Might as well include that in the package. So I can make the videos from all the travel.

I professed my love for this again to George last night. I told him I wanted to go out in loops after we retire- it didn’t have to be full time. He does not want to be cramped to live in a small space even for a time. He didn’t say “no” but he didn’t say “yes”. I told him I’d worked too many years not to be able to do something like this at retirement and buy a small RV. No argument there. I mean I have worked too since age 15. So we’ll see. When I told him how I wanted to go out west and listed the places, I actually cried when I said “and see the redwoods – I’ve never ever even seen redwoods”. I was shocked that I had tears start to fall. I began realizing this dream after watching people on YouTube and I have a deep driven desire to do this. I’ve tried to overcome it and deny it as it is not George’s dream. It’s mine. But we are a marriage and marriage is compromise. I don’t have to travel full time or sell a house. But I feel I’ve chosen a way that is manageable, affordable, and doable – and if ever we can get to the point of traveling and monetizing our videos, it will help on the funding of the travel so we can do more when we go. We can do long loops and come back home. We can do long weekends. We can go see Katy and Cody on the ranch. We can go to the Keys. We can go up the coast to Maine. We can go up the west coast and go to Canada. We can do loops and come back home! Or I can go and he can fly out and meet me when he feels like it. lol

But, I need to go. It’s Sunday but it’s my Saturday of sorts. I have to do laundry, clean my house, run errands and try to get something done on my list today and try to relax too. Yeah, big week ahead with appointments. And I’ve also got a hair appointment. I picked out my possible hair styles. I’m wanting to get a “shaped short and sassy cut” to match my short and sassy self, lol. And I’ll let it grow out again as I enjoyed all the different stages last time. While we sat around at Mom’s yesterday some, I picked out some short styles that I can show my hair stylist. Of course we all know that I will end up with the same Laura Bush cut I always do. But I’m changing hair stylists to see if I can’t get more of what I want. But I think it’s not easy to for them to copy what is in a picture. They do the best they can. But here is a few:

I like the longer one there, but honestly I’ll go shorter and as it grows it will look more like that. But I don’t want it real short. But this is what I like longer layers at the top and willing to go shorter in the back. But not stupid short. This is what I mean when say “long layers”. I don’t want feathered hair like a bird and that is what I tend to get! This is feathered below. I don’t want that! When I say long layers I usually get some form of the below (a bit longer). So I’m taking a lot of pics of the right way and this pic of the wrong way! lol. Out of all the above cuts, my favorite is the blonde in the red shirt. But if she can do any of the above, I’ll be happy!

OK off to conquer this day!