Shampoo Games and Christmas Items

Over the years with all the travel I’ve been blessed to do – even with work – I have a collection of little shampoos, conditioners, and lotions from the hotels I’ve stayed. I have them separated into little bins in the closet shelf. I have used these through the years when going to Mom’s house or friends houses at overnights and it’s been nice, but the bins are overflowing and hardly getting used. So I decided during these Pandemic times, that I would start using them up. I mean maybe I should wait for retirement or perhaps RV’ng if I am ever lucky enough to get to do this in my life. But life has no guarantees, so I decided to just start using them.

Much of everything I do in life has a “game” about it or at least a “game plan”. Or an order. I’m methodical about most things. It’s why sometimes I have a hard time deciding something or answering a question because I go through a list of pros/cons through my head and decide if there’s something I need to do first, last, or instead, LOL.

So here’s my Shampoo Rule. I keep 3 varying shampoos in the shower. I think your hair does better when it has more than one type of shampoo. One is always my Suave Rosemary Mint shampoo or the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo from Trader Joe’s but we rarely get there. The 2nd shampoo has always been an Herbal Essence shampoo because my hair has always done well with it, and usually it was a color one or the original one. But I’ve gone natural now and my color one is almost gone. I’ll replace it with the original most likely as it’s done best with that.

The third shampoo has always been the WILD CARD – it’s the one when getting low, I’ll pick any shampoo I want to try. This has been a fun system as I have my favorites plus getting to try other ones too.

As for conditioners – well, I mainly use VO5 Kiwi Lime as it is easy to wash out. I have deeper ones for the weekends but find I’m impatient with them. So I bought a spray on conditioner to use and like that from time to time when I remember to use it. I recently bought some shampoo and conditioner bundles to try and so the game is – if you use the shampoo you use the corresponding conditioner that goes with it so that I won’t just wimp out and use the VO5 and never use them. That’s the rule. Or I can just use none or the spray on if in a hurry.

Back to the shampoo. So….I have decided my little travel shampoos will become my 3rd shampoo until they are gone. I have made some little shampoo travel containers out of my system’s little cleansing bottles. They are a little bigger than these and I can use the shampoo from the big bottles to fill them if I ever need a smaller travel size.

So….game on. My 3rd bottle of full shampoo (the wild card) is almost gone so I’ll start using these up. I figure I’ll keep a start of about 5 little bottles so I won’t have to keep digging into the closet bin to get them every day. That will at least be about 2 to 3 weeks worth since I’m also using the other two bottles (Rosemary mint and Herbal Essence). I could also use the closet space for toilet paper! We ALL will be hoarding TP now until we die. LOL

Publix had their candy on sale for half price. Probably will have that all across the other stores? Maybe? Just letting you know. Quite a deal I’d say. I did not partake but it’s tempting.

I have a little Christmas pile started. Well there is that little turkey back there in the back. Doesn’t he look lonely. Actually he looks scared. As he should be. The holidays are coming around. Aren’t the elves cute. That came from the Dollar Store. I had been wanting some Christmas trees. And these are candles. I’ll be using them for decor. We will use them on our Christmas table.

I’m looking forward to the holidays this year. Except we won’t get to see our daughter though. That part makes me sad. I think George is sad because of it too because he keeps saying how different it will be. He kept saying that when his parents were gone. It’s sad. I am excited about it because Mom and my Aunt and Uncle are coming. And WE are here and alive and I feel we should make it as special as we can. We are not guaranteed any time at all. With Covid around, and us being heavy set – ok fat – we will have the harder time with heart disease or stroke or other issues looming about over our heads. So it makes me think we should enjoy the holidays regardless of the situation. But I guess it is really sad for him with no family from his side of the family at Christmas Day. As for our daughter, she is growing our grandson and it’s NOT the time to travel that close in. So we will miss seeing them. And I thought maybe we’d still get to do Christmas but we are shipping the gifts this year. In future years we can hopefully plan to eventually have a gift opening at some point. But I think we should plan to have a great holiday season this year and try to make it special to overcome what we will be missing.

I even ordered a pack of Christmas “Red Truck” socks. Mine have dwindled over the years and so as a sock lover anyway, these made me happy! You can see them barely in the pic above.

And so I’m off to do a few things. It’s payroll closing day. So an important day. Yesterday was a busy Monday as the plants had a lot of stuff they were holding on to, to send. Hardly had any emails all week then Monday BAM! It wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. But wish that procrastination was not the name of the game. Nevertheless, I still had a bit of time to work on the quarter end yesterday and of course did not find the $1700 ish dollars. So…I’m not sure how to find this. Everyone’s numbers seemed correct. I’ll have to defer to the experts til I learn what rocks you look under. Last conversation I had with my boss she wasn’t sure either. So I don’t know – maybe we need to look at the spreadsheet again. Maybe it’s just a simple thing we’ve missed. Usually something that makes you go “DUH”.

Onto more coffee….I like to hit publish and then go get a 2nd cup and read what I wrote. Secretly, I don’t even spell check until after I’ve posted. I’m sure it’s not a secret as you probably see my spelling errors. It’s usually a missing word where the computer is saving as I’m typing and missed a beat or it’s a word like “cents” where my brain has misfired and used “sense”. I know which one it is but my fingers sometimes have a misfire from the brain. I try to have time to spell correct. Honestly sometimes I just barely get through getting my ideas on the pallet here. Some days there is not time for spell check so I apologize for that. I don’t claim to be a Pro. Just raw and real as I can be without getting into trouble. If I could say what I thought I’d be forever alone and fired as no one likes to see the truth in black and white, LOL. So I keep some of my reality to myself but most of it. I’d say 95 percent of it is raw and real. The other 5 percent that is missing is me being nice and not mentioning the flaws and rudeness in others. I have them too. I mention my own quite frequently.

Ya’ll have a good one. Coffee here I come.

Tropical Storm is Coming, Plus Flooring Likes vs Dislikes

I guess we will be getting some rain and wind from Hurricane Delta. It will still be a tropical storm when it gets to Nashville. This was as of yesterday afternoon. I’ve not listened to forecast today. We have a few shopping errands to run Saturday and I’m rethinking it. George says “nehh just take an umbrella”. Supposedly there is a window of time Saturday morning until Noon. I just really enjoy my Saturday mornings at home but maybe we can reverse it if it means beating the rain, wind, and storms – some could be severe.

Someone asked yesterday what flooring I was interested in. Probably something that is good for pets – like vinyl flooring. This is the look I’m going for:

Smooth, natural, long clean lines. I’m happy with either a light grey or a grey oak look. I don’t want a dark wood or really light – but something in between. This above is perfect as it has enough grey in it for me. Matter of fact, I like that a lot.

This is what I DO NOT WANT:

This looks choppy, busy, and just too much going on. It does not look natural and this would truly drive me crazy – ok crazier – hush up now! lol

So, it’ll be 2021 before we can get time to do it. But I’m looking forward to it for sure.

This is all I have time for this morning. Not sure where the time went. Must have been when cutting my hair. I chopped some off of the bottom. I’m going to see what one layer looks like if I can.

Gotta finish getting ready and go to work.

Home Office Time, Organizing, and Planning

Monday was special. You know how Geeky you are when you say you GOT to spend most of the day in your home office! ;-). I did run through some things on my list like finding my tube files for making graphics. I don’t really use PSP much anymore now that I have Canva. But I wanted to make sure I had them and a back up of them. I do. I did.

I deleted photos off my phone/icloud and placed them in another place on my iMac which I believe is backed up also on the cloud but they are not in my sync folder at least. This has been the most confusing thing. I have to order a back up drive or an external hard drive. I don’t even know if they are the same thing or different. But I know enough to know I need one to work with the back up that the mac already has. And something to store photos and movies on. I’ve watched just enough videos to confuse me more, lol. Then I’ll forget and have to watch them again. lol. I love my mac but wish I’d converted over when I was a lot younger. The learning curve in your late 50’s is fun, lol.

I cleaned up my office by “doing the projects” that were sitting around in it. I had a lot to do on line on researching some things, redoing my order on the system that I do. And I spent a chunk of time thinking about the decor in the bathroom. I made an accidental discovery while working in there. I had a placemat in my hands that I was going to put up in the closet that were summer Tuscany with lots of greens and blues and a touch of rust. I then realized I needed those colors in the bathroom as it would brighten things up. So tried to find a similar photo and came up with this one.

However, I certainly can’t afford the real thing, but there are varied prices of this in a canvas print. Even embellished canvas prints with dabs of paint placed on it. That would have been my preference but I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money on this project. I wasn’t even expecting this project but once I had the idea in my head it was persistent. So found a screen copy for $14.99 and it may look horrible when it comes in, or it may have a surface that reflects light. It is thru Amazon so if it doesn’t work, I’ll return it and maybe order the more textured one. We’ll see. I ordered the cheapest one but it won’t arrive until the first of November. So, dang it. I tried looking again, but just decided to go with it.

I DO hate that in the description on Amazon it says “ships within a week” and then you go to the cart after making your final long hard decisions and it pops up – ships in November. Drives me nuts! Then you have to start all over if that doesn’t meet your needs. Oh well. We’ll see but I spent a chunk of time on that.

I know that this doesn’t mean anything to you and it doesn’t look snazzy, but I managed to organize my bathroom drawers into something more functional. Yesterday was my first day trying it out and it’s great!

These bathroom cabinets are really old I guess but they are sturdy and hefty. These are the top two drawers above.

The next drawer is my make up drawer. I had all this on the counter in another container for quick access but it drove me crazy. I cleaned out this drawer and put my cosmetics in it. Now it’s still a little messy but I mainly needed to be able to find the smaller things in the white container and then I pick out my eye shadow and that is easy to get to as I just don’t wear a lot of make up now due to the masks. It’s pointless and it just gets all over the mask. So while we wear masks people will have to look at the real me. Especially at times when the mask comes off. Sorry!

Then the next drawer down is my brush and my curling brush blow dryer thingie. And other hair styling things like my regular blow dryer and curling iron which I rarely used. And flat iron which I used once and looked like Phyliss Diller. Bless her.

Anyway, I’m happy to have the counter back to looking “guest worthy”. I already posted this pic below but I’ll post again since I’m blogging about it.

It made getting ready a little more fun yesterday. And soon — no sorry —later – I’ll be getting the new art work in there. I also ordered word art for the other side. And I have another wall also that could use some love and something different and I’ve not figured that one out yet. After these two are up, I’ll figure out what’s next.

George fixed Coconut Rice for dinner with Cold Noodle and we once again sat in the Sun room to eat it. It was a little warm in there but not bad.

Dinner was amazing. Not shown were the wonderful rice wrapped veggies and imitation crab. He used butter lettuce this time, carrots, and the imitation crab sadly was much better than the real crab last time. ha. We had left overs for lunch and that was good.

So I was pleased with our weekend and our Holiday. I got a lot cleaned and organized and a few things planned and ordered. Computer organization done. Soon will be ready to dive into the next video. We’ll see how it goes. I do need to get into my email next as it’s 1,130 now and I just need to spend a couple of hours getting that back down and making sure nothing is important there.

A lot left on the to do list though even after my successful weekend. Once it’s done I always fill it up with more! Love learning and love being creative.

Anyway, so yesterday – back at work. Payroll went just ok. I had one plant that had not done their time edits and that threw my plans off for about an hour. And another plant had some piecework issues that needed fixing which caused some delays and a few wacky things happened also and I confused myself when I found an error after I was too far in to fix it. It did not help that I had not slept but half the night, the night before. For whatever reason I couldn’t sleep between 1:30 and 4. There were some cat nap snoozes and drift offs here and there but only around 4 when it was time to get up. So that did not help me any. I DID sleep last night though. And I DID manage to rush the payroll through to get 2 days (Mon and Tues) in one. Well, I say that. I had to go in early so I left the house at 6 and got home from work at 5:30 so yeah, a day and a half worked yesterday. But payroll is done. Lots to do today but I am pretty much back on the normal weekly schedule at this point. I don’t like rushing or being rushed. Greater chances of errors and things going wrong but I also didn’t want to work on a holiday either. So there’s that.

Anyway here’s little Roger, helping me some on Monday. He loves to lay in the bed in my office IF his Daddy is not available. lol. He’s just the sweetest little old man. He loses his balance a lot when he walks and gets up from a nap but then other times he’ll tear off down the hall like he’s a puppy. He can’t hear, but much like Tugie did (our former poodle that went deaf), he understands some sign language. Especially the “come on, let’s go” signal. He runs toward you! He knows he is either going out or getting a treat!

I better get going. Was just in the mood to give a mid week update. Even though it’s not much. Nothing exciting, but it was a great long weekend!

I can’t believe it is September and already plans for the month, for Oct and Nov and some in Dec and Jan are starting to book. It will be a busy and fun few months. A lot of things up in the air.

Eye appointment coming, financial planning appointment coming, anniversary plans coming, Katy’s showers are getting booked. Plans to go see Mom taking shape.

Yeah, I better go. Do you have any fun plans forming in these COVID ladened fall months?