Vietnamese Pho, Hurricane Laura Remnants, Shopping, and Sleep

Miss Laura will be passing over us today. Gusts of 20 to 30 supposedly from The Weather Channel at last night’s forecast. Already we have had a wave of storms roll through as we went to Walmart last evening.

We went to eat Pho last night before shopping and it was really good. We got fresh spring rolls. We are going to try to make these at home. We had a nice time. It was nice and healthy except for maybe a lot of starch in the rice noodles, lol. I think it needed a few more veggies! We talked to the owners a bit. They are really nice and hanging on during the Pandemic.

We got in the parking lot of Walmart (after we ate) and the lightning was unreal with the storms approaching. We got the groceries in the car just in time. I was thinking how glad I was to be so close to home and we’d be there pretty quick and then George said he had to go pay the water bill which meant we would be caught up in the storm. ::sigh:: but it is what it was. It wasn’t too bad and mainly sprinkled. So I think it skirted us. If it rained much I didn’t know it. George took dogs out and I unloaded the groceries. We both rebooted the dishwasher (clean out/dirty in) and I washed some other dishes.

After that, I poured a glass of Pinot Noir and turned on The Weather Channel and put my feet up. A very productive day and enjoyed our dinner but hauling two loads of groceries up the stairs (George got the 3rd load) kinda wore me out. We had been out of a lot. My muscles have been very weak this week. Scarily so. So I’m really going to have to focus on fixing that. I think it’s been the way we’ve been eating from vacation and maybe I need more D, more fruits and greens. It’s always THAT I think. I have to really focus to make sure I get in what the body needs because the normal way we try to eat does not get us there. George rarely infuses greens or fruits in the meal without my push for it. He prefers the beans and rice and taters. I do too but that doesn’t cut the mustard. lol

So last night Maisy had to go out about 1 in the morning. The deer was in the front yard. Got back in bed and almost asleep and then Roger had to go out. Darn it! He takes his sweet time. So by the time we got back in I was fully awake. I had to drink Sleepy Time tea and play Candy Crush and wait for it to kick in. I think I went to bed again about 3:00 or 3:30 and didn’t get to sleep until probably 4. I could not get comfortable. George was snoring loudly and had been all night. I am getting very close to moving myself into another bedroom. Seriously. It has been hard to sleep for a while. I think I may just need to for a night or two to get caught up on sleep anyway. I don’t always have this problem. But it’s a problem right now. IF I wake up in the middle of the night I can’t go back to sleep until it’s almost time to get up. But I worry if I go sleep in the guest bed, then Roger may try to jump out of the bed without me to catch him. Maisy will often wake me up if Roger is getting to the end of the bed. She looks out after him. Bless her. I would have slept in the guest room some before now but hadn’t because of Roger. But I may need to sleep in a couple of days this weekend.

I will try to be a good person today despite my lack of sleep when I was already tired out from the week. I am caught up on most of my weekly tasks at work – I had been a day behind, then half day behind and yesterday I caught up with myself, lol. I do have a lot of extra things people have been needing from me. But extras take a back seat until the main stuff with payroll and taxes and fixing all the payroll mistakes that people forgot to turn in. So now I can work on Friday’s stuff and if I get through with that, then I can work on the extras. That said, I am trying to go in early and leave early. Not sure if that can happen with me sitting her blogging, lol. If it looks like it is going to be pouring rain later in the day, I may leave early to miss it. After all I’ve NOT taken much of a lunch all week long. Have worked longer days and made up my dental appointment time. It’s hard to drive in pouring tropical rains. So if I feel like I need to, I’ll leave a bit early. With the way people drive in Nashville, they’ll try to go 70 in one of these downpours – they pass you and then you pass them later upside down in the median or slid off the road in the trees. I drive slow in the rain and if no one else does that puts us all in danger. So I try to NOT be on the road when it rains a stupid heavy rain.

OK off to pack lunch and scoot myself in. I’m so glad it is Friday. I hope I don’t nose dive on my desk this afternoon. I’m about ready for a nap already! Will Laura be impacting you? Or has she?

Ya’ll have a good one.

Battery Died, But I Had a Ride

There is no need to make the statement at how weird and odd this year is. I guess 2020 will go down in the books as the year everything tanked. Normally I’d be all over the weather channel, keeping tabs on Isaias. And even though no doubt it as impacted a lot of people, we have been focused on everything going haywire around us while attempting to get ready for vacay. But my heart goes to those that have been impacted and I am sorry I’ve not been able to watch the news on it. Prayers for all!

Yesterday morning, I was determined to get the video out. It’s out. Not sure anyone saw it, or cares, but a few did and I appreciated those that commented as it made my day. I worked hard on it. But I do realize the following:

  1. It’s not going to be my family and friends that will follow, subscribe, and watch. Sure there are a few of you.
  2. It’s not going to be noticeable on Facebook as it might have a few years ago. FB has probably moved certain video platforms to lower viewing status in their efforts to control what’s being said that is doesn’t fit their plans/model (or political status, lol). I say that b/c I can tell which types of posts I get comments on and which ones I do not.
  3. It’s not going to get a lot of recognition on YouTube itself as there is too much competition.
  4. I’m new at it. And don’t really have a lot of skill yet and have basically been doing iPhone videos.
  5. It’ll be a constant improvement – that was the plan all along.
  6. I’m not sure I want masses of people watching it right now anyway, LOL.
  7. And I realize that the vlog watchers are really not even going to be you all that are here. Some of you will, most won’t.
  8. And this is the biggest one: My camp of Vlogger people IS OUT THERE somewhere. I just have to tap into them. And I will. Just not today. I won’t let the stats get me down. For each video I did, I have less views. They are going down and not up, but I just have to find my “Vlogger People” – lol.

So yeah, that took some time getting the Thumbnail up and getting it published. Was determined. And it’s done.

And then I do the dishes b/c I wanted to as they had piled up. George was staying home but I didn’t want him to have to do them. So I rushed through that and barely had time to get down to the car and head out for work so I’d be there early. Burning the candle at the top of the morning to try to get in to work and get extra hours in so no one complains Thursday at our leaving early so we don’t have to be driving late at night.

So I go to start the car and it won’t work. It was the battery. Thank goodness George was working from home for the dishwasher repair guy. So he was able to go and buy a battery at lunch and get the old one out which took coca cola poured on it as the battery was in bad shape and hard to get loose. He got the new one in.

The dishwasher repair guy didn’t come til late in the afternoon. They refused to let George know when they would be there. The guy came and the dishwasher started right up. Apparently something had blocked the thing that spins that allows the water to flow, back when that last load wasn’t done. Geez. All this time we washed dishes by hand and nothing was really wrong with the dishwasher.

So anyway, I had to take this guy into work yesterday. I noticed that George did not offer for me to use his new ride. LOL Naw….I was given the keys to the old Flinstone Mobile.

And yes, I was in a hurry and went to work with it on E. This is after I got to work so it was above the E when I left. Then yesterday when I left work, I forgot to stop at the station near me but luckily made it to Donelson at the Shell. This car is not very good for the interstate. Sometimes you need to be able to go fast to get out of a situation and this car will not provide that service, lol. And it’s a little wobbly. Easy to go left or right. It’s like an old man out of balance. But thankfully it did get me there and back.

I got there and got the payroll done. It was kind of an interruptive and aggravating day yesterday for a payroll day but it finally got done.

By the time I got home I was just spent. But I was relieved that everything was back to normal. Well, as normal as anything can be this year.

I was glad to see my doggies.

We ate something for dinner and I should have been doing the many things I’d planned to do, but I just couldn’t. I hung out on the Mac and social media for some “time off”. And then after dinner I did a few things. The rest I have to do tonight. A lot more has to be done tonight. Tonight’s the final packing night. Tomorrow’s the day. After work. George is off though but I told him I needed to work a few hours. It’s not a vacay day for me but I will have worked my hours for the week and then some Mon thru Thurs morning.

So off of here to get going. I don’t know if I will be posting again tomorrow. Likely not. It may be while we are on the road. I can blog from my phone. But we’ll see. I may be the one driving.

Prayer requests for safe travels, a safe trip all the way around – no Corona virus, no wrecks, a fun time, no car issues. I kinda won’t believe that this vacation will happen until I see us actually arrive in Texas. Not many plans have made it this year. So I’m kindof expecting something will happen to destroy our trip. Yes I’m a realist. This year has show us that plans are useless, but yet we still try. God says always just say Lord Willing. So that is what I will say. We will soon be in Texas, Lord Willing.

It wasn’t just Maisy that crashed hard at bed time. I joined her, then Roger and George. The sleep was good and much needed.

Now off for another day. Wondering what it will bring. I’m scared to ask.