Food and a Good TV Series

Sometimes when it’s mid 70’s out, clear skies, and payroll is over – you just can NOT sit at your desk or a break room and eat the cardboard tasting chicken and rice microwavable meal you brought. Sometimes I just get into the car and start driving and see where I end up. Likely it will be in Donelson, and usually Taco Bell. But I found something a little fresher and somewhat authentic – but on the Tex Mex side. I got a veggie taco since it came with three to get the meal. All of that was $8. But the other two tacos were Pork and Nashville Hot Chicken (wasn’t). The Pork was the best one by far. I couldn’t eat all the tortilla wraps, and it got messy, but I kept thinking about how messy things are usually always the best. I had to save the beans for later and only ate about 1/4 of them. But hey, best of all I sat outside and ate – no bugs, clear skies, and a happy me!

And yesterday I got out again to just be away from the office and out into the pretty weather. I tried to order from Cracker Barrel on line but their site kept malfunctioning. After like 5 tries I realized it wasn’t me! And so a Logan’s salad it was. And it was a great salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I ate it under a shade tree in their parking lot.

George has fed us well at night.

Flounder, egg roll with Chinese Mustard dip, peas and potato soup. That was a lot.

And a chili dog burrito. Sounds weird but was out of this world. And the MUST HAVE here is NATHAN’s beef Hot dogs. Oh my heavens. We had the regular hot dog as well. I just noticed there is pepper on my knife there. Ha. Or some kind of spice George put on them.

So I’m not sure I mentioned or not, but we began watching Yellowstone with Kevin Costner. It’s not free. We had to buy the 1st and 2nd Season. But all in all it was not expensive and we’ll get a chunk of our money back when we resell it at McKaye’s and George will get books, CD’s, games, or movies out his credits.

Anyway, we try to get in a couple of shows a week. It’s very interesting. They will do anything to keep the ranch. Constant battles with the Indians and Developers over the land. And there is a lot of mob like, cartel like stuff happening. I say mob like – there is a loyalty there and a lot of things happen and get covered up. Let’s just say it’s kinda like “Breaking Bad”. You don’t want to mess with them.

Well, I’ve not dived into it. But from the looks of that top News Block there our President and First Lady have tested positive for Corona Virus? I’m sure the Dems love that. I was thinking that in the past most of the presidents were well respected but there’s a chunk of folk out there who will be happy he is sick and that is just fouling out wrong. I hate to hear that and I hope it turns out well. What a year.

Well it’s Friday and October already as of yesterday. Just Wow.

So the video is up and I appreciate all of your positive comments. And I am up a few more subscribers. They say the first 100 are the hardest ever to get. But I appreciate all who have liked and subscribed, gave it a thumbs up and took the time to watch it. It means so much. It takes time for your “people” and “your tribe” to find you. In looking for other vloggers like myself – they are hard to find on YouTube. I was hoping to find a group of us like we did on the blogs. You found your “camp” and could collaborate on things and support and help one another. And subscribe to one another. I’ve searched but I guess I’m not using the proper search words.

So I have to leave early today to go get my sunglasses and get fitted for those where they had to correct the lenses so I could see properly while driving.

So I better scoot on in. We are also going out to eat tonight. I think we are going to start doing an eat out on Friday nights to get in all the restaurants we’ve missed lately.

Ya’ll have a great day!

New Video Uploaded and My Thoughts on Getting Rid of a Funky Mood

Here it is! My Social Media Experiment and Sharing Clay Pot Cooking. This one is shorter, has some good music, pretty scenery, our fur babes and a few fun clips.

If you like it, give it a thumbs up on You Tube and if you want to see more, please subscribe. My first goal is to get to 100 subscribers. I think I’m at 17 right now. And that is better than 4! I am enjoying learning how to create these videos and have a series of goals in mind as it progresses. I’m looking forward to being able to share more as we get to do more and travel more. For now most of these are simply shot at home. And while I will often have office shots, I long to get out and see some things and have some new experiences once this COVID thing is over!

Feeling a Little Sad and Lost

And I’m sitting here staring at the computer not sure what to say next! When does that EVER happen? I have just been at complete relax mode. And the result is that I am wanting to write in bullet points instead of complete paragraphs.

I’ve noticed, quite surprisingly, this weekend, if I’m honest, that I have been a little sad, a little lost, a little unsure, a little disconnected. My normal “drive” to work on things is just not there. I am pleased as punch that we are going to be grandparents so complete happiness there! But I have been a little lost with my time this weekend. I am disappointed when I don’t make the most of the time I have to “get things done”. But when I look at the list, there is just not much of anything that I need to be in a hurry to GET DONE! However, I’ve enjoyed doing what I wanted to do, which was “not much”.

Impromptu Evening with Family

But we did have a fun impromptu evening yesterday when Susan, my SIL called and said they were at the airport flying in from a trip. I asked if they wanted to come over for a happy hour cocktail on the way home. Yes they did. And we enticed them to eat dinner, which was Pheasant, home fries (potato wedges), salad, green beans, and pistachio pudding for dessert. And look at this, not even a photo of the food to show for it. As you can see that is quite unlike me. I’ve just let everything go by the wayside this weekend I suppose. But we had a great time hearing about their trip and talking. It totally made my day!

I had asked Mom if she wanted to come up for the weekend. I asked too late really. I knew we’d be going down there to see her in a couple of weeks. But at the last minute, once I knew due to the rise in COVID that we would be staying home all weekend with no outings, on a whim I asked if she would like to come. Mom has to have more notice though as she already had her own vision of enjoying the 4th at her house! I think she is like me and likes to plan and have a mindset sometimes before just taking off to go somewhere for a couple of days. Who wouldn’t?

Although impromptu is great sometimes, and it was fun and much needed when Susan and Kevin came over last night. We had a lot of fun. We also talked about camping. And you know I want to do some RV camping (no tent camping) but….I just don’t know where to start honestly b/c I don’t think George will want to just dive into this with me. Renting is a big deal usually requiring 3 nights and no dogs – at least the ones around here have not been easy for us to do. I have my heart set on something like a Leisure Van one day. George doesn’t want to pull anything but I’m still kinda thinking about a little mini something or other we could pull with my SUV as it would be less expensive. It would have to be small though. I just don’t know. There is also the thought that I might be able to trade mine in for something that would pull more. My wheels are turning on this and have been for a while. It would really set my heart in motion to be able to camp some of these COVID weekends. Take a book, cook our meal, go for a hike, or a walk, take a drive in the area. Meet some other folks in the process. Maybe one day.

Neighborhood Fireworks

Last night, once the fireworks on TV started from neighboring firework displays, we began hearing fireworks being shot in our neighborhood and decided to look. Never ever have I heard so many fireworks going off at once in a neighborhood area. And they were beautiful. People had the good kind. We stood in the middle of the front yard and twirled from side to side in a circle in awe as we saw the lights or heard the crackling sounds across the sky. It was amazing to hear so many going off at once and seeing them all around us in every direction. I started to take pics but it’s just never the same. And we have trees so sometimes it was hard to see many of them clearly.

Random Thoughts

OK, so we head back to work tomorrow. There will be plenty there to deal with. I also have to call my dentist and get rebooked and call my Physician and see if I need to do a virtual visit to get renewed for my BP Rx or if I have to go in. I really don’t want to go in with COVID all blown up as it is. But I have to have my blood pressure meds, so go figure.

I spent time yesterday getting my LessHustleMoreCoffee accounts (Instagram and Twitter) like I want them. I think I plan to just use those from now on but won’t remove my other one. It makes sense to have this one as my main one since it is a Blog/Vlog of my life anyway.

I’m making Enchilada Casserole tonight for dinner. I figured George could use a break. I also hear it thundering outside. We have some pop up storms coming I think. I guess we should take the dogs out before it gets bad. But they are sleeping good.

Getting rid of the Funky Mood:

I seem to remember that July and January always seems to bring a funk with it. That is totally what is going on. I’m in a funk! Do you ever get in a funk? I wonder what the key is to getting out of a funk? I think the key for me is to:

  1. Take a step back and look at everything and refocus on what is important.
  2. Make sure I’m taking vitamins and supplements because sometimes you just need a more balanced diet to be your best self.
  3. Plan something fun.
  4. Just get up and start moving.
  5. Set specific goals of what you need/want to do and then go do it.
  6. Talk with another human about any subject, lol.
  7. Journal like I’m doing now.
  8. Ask God what He needs you to do and are you Realigned. I guess that should be #1 huh?
  9. Hug your pet or your human?
  10. Drink coffee/wine depending what day it is and play a game, watch a show, read or create a diversion for yourself!
  11. Go shopping if it is not in the middle of a COVID pandemic! That always lifts my mood, lol.
  12. Change up the day somehow or try something new.

And I will leave it at that!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July Weekend! I’d love to hear what you enjoyed best about your weekend. I hope you all are not in a funky mood like I am! Ha! But I’ll be fine!

Mood and Morale Much Better Today

Well, when I woke up yesterday, I was in a HORRIBLE mood. It seemed like every where I looked there was chaos. Last checked there was no full moon. I never was able to put a defining reason for my bad mood other than NOTHING was in my control. And everything just compounded upon itself. And EVERYTHING frustrated me.

There were so many things I wanted to do but didn’t have the time. There were so many things I wanted to say, but no one to talk to really. I just needed time to absorb everything that was going on I guess. So many good things happening but I think I was just on sensory overload.

Of course when the washer is not working – that kinda sets a precursor for my mood and morale right there. The one thing I usually can control is the laundry. And it’s now removed from my control by it’s chainsaw sounding noises. George was having trouble finding someone so it’s been 5 days we have been without it and we won’t have it until at least next Monday, IF the guy even fixes it Monday, has any parts or whatever. So that tanked my mood from day 1.

As per my entry yesterday I also began feeling this week that my flooring and kitchen upgrades were out the window for a long time. I can assure you THAT has done NOTHING to upgrade my morale. And it also brings back a flood of memories of my dreams of RV’ing/exploring being squashed as well. And so yesterday I began to feel my life was just in a box. Not able to make many plans and would all be out of my control anyway. I’m something of a free spirit and I just felt like I was contained, deflated, and mashed into a tight box with lid going on and strings tied all around. So repair people everywhere, family in town and we don’t get a lot of time with them, Maisy going through some stuff (but better). And on top of everything going on around here, we have to work.

At work you think you will calm down and be a little less frustrated. But still nothing goes as planned. One of our pet peeves is not being able to access something with you need it. Only one at time can be in certain things. I have to fight every Thursday morning to get the garn checks run. Often you get one out and have to chase people across the country begging for 5 min to do my little 8 checks. lol. This also did nothing for my mood.

While waiting for my turn at the system, and ready to pounce on it before someone else jumped in, I decided to find a theme for my computer that gave me some “peace” in my day. This helped.

I also had my “Ionix Tea” and that helped. It’s not really the fault of any one person or any one thing. I think I was just tired, had a lot on my mind, had sensory overload, the list of to do’s were not working, and my mind began to dig up everything I could think of that irritated me. EVERYTHING!!! And to top it off my nails were HORRID and the pants were tight.

So I ordered Cracker Barrel – a good healthy meal. Grilled chicken, carrots, broccoli, and pinto beans. I checked “No Bread” on my order. I was sorry I did that though because I really really wanted a buttered up biscuit for dessert, but that is why I didn’t order it. The pants are tighter and I have to curb it! So I ate a couple of crackers instead.

So I will say that today I woke up on the better side of life this morning. My hope and patience have returned. My ability to be happy in most any circumstance has returned. And I can tell you that it being Friday has a lot to do with it. I realize though that even though it is the weekend, and the COVID mess is still going on, we are busy. I have a virtual shower to “go to” Saturday, we hang out with Katy and Cody on Sunday and I have a shower of my own to plan and do the invites for and a video to create (yessss). And all sorts of things to do. I won’t be doing laundry so I’ll have extra time there.

George send me this pic yesterday of all the dogs sitting by him in the dining room while he worked. He said Findlay “REALLY LOVES” her bed. I mean REALLY loves on it!!!!! Like very intimately loves it. lol lol lol She’s a mess. Poor Maisy she just prefers the regular floor and leaning against the wall. I fix her beds but she usually avoids them.

Oh and I need to cut my hair and the dogs need trimming. I’m going to call the groomer and see if we can get an earlier appointment somehow. Maybe I can take them and George could get them picked up at lunch.

So many things on my to do list. So many things not meeting my standards. And so much to do. And working FT on top of so much going on. No wonder my mood was charred yesterday.

I’m better today. I have hope that all things will work out and I will do the best I can at getting some things accomplished this weekend with the little time I have.

It didn’t help to remember I was supposed to be leaving for Florida this weekend. Boy did those plans change. We probably would have been alright to go as things are opening back up again, but I’m not sure we would have been totally ok with a FULL ON vacay at this point. I need to plan out my PTO time for the rest of the year and into next year.

One of the bad things about my job is that quarter end takes up nearly all of a month after a true quarter ends. So July, October, January, and April are all stupid busy. None of those months are good vacation time, but there may have to be exceptions based on what is going on. And payroll has it’s certain days of the week that have to be avoided. The problem is, LIFE does not stop for payroll. As Mom needs me, or other things going on – I’m afraid there will be more people inconvenienced other than me. Family has come last in many instances over the years, but with life altering things happening here and there, there will have to be times when it’s WORK’s turn to be inconvenienced. I try very hard – even to family’s disliking at times – to be conscious of my responsibilities. So much so it drives me crazy too. But yeah – I realize with the new job and some planning things that are going on or will happen – there are going to have to be some compromises because I can see it now – LIFE and WORK are probably going to clash.

Yes, I worry too much and I need to get off of here and get to work before I stir up more crises as I think aloud on the screen. Happy Friday, Happy Snooping and Sniffing if you are one of those, and Happy Everything b/c we probably missed your birthday, your anniversary, your graduation, your ______________. But it’s Friday and we are happy to celebrate it all right now! lol

And off to work we go!