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!

Christmas Stress and Holiday Distress

Good morning. Like my “rescue snowman”? Mom was tossing him out in the fall to give away and I always loved those snowmen. There are two. But one was in worse shape than the other. So this one found its way to our guest bedroom.

Santa found his way to our linen closet. I think he thought maybe we’d smile while reaching for a towel. Ooops that top towel got bleached and needs to go to the basement for a rag towel. Note to self: Get more white towels. I only want bleachable ones now. Hotel type towels.

So have been trying not to blog too much this week, but if I miss a morning it feels like forever. I have gone in early a couple of mornings, have eaten at desk, have stayed a few minutes over – trying to get in my work and get in the hours – although next week will all be really long days so I probably wouldn’t have had to do that, but I want the company to come out on top so no one thinks I’m slating anyone. The reason for working longer is that I’m leaving mid day today to take Mom to the eye doctor to get her monthly shot in the eye. It keeps her from going blind in that eye. The friend that takes her, her husband has the virus so I’m taking her. I’m leaving and going to Columbia to pick her up. We go to Spring Hill. Then back to Columbia, and then I’ll go back home to Mount Juliet.

Once back in Mount Juliet, George and I are doing a little Christmas prep run to help Santa tonight. I feel like I need another day off to get a few things done but there is not to be one. I used to have about 3 days off in the month of December and that went down to 2 at some point and now down to 1 of all things. Work is just so needy this time of year. It should be other way around. I should be taking more time off at the holidays and not less. Somethings wrong there about that. But that is my life I guess. This time of year just gets busier and busier on the work front.

They should have named me Jonni. Jonni on the Spot. Sonya on the Spot. Sonya is the Spot. Either that or Atlas. Here would you hold my world ball for a second? lol

Had to add the flower so no one would accuse me of having a porn site. lol Isn’t that the way the world works? Accusing everyone of everything? No tissue scars here of course. (Rolls eyes).

So yeah, would you hold my world ball for a second? I really need some time to do the following:

*Get those gift cards in the mail to my extended family.

*Test George’s stocking and wrap the rest

*Wrap his final presents I bought this week

*Wrap my work gifts that I bought the people I work closely with before I knew about the last minute Secret Santa.

*Oh yeah. I need to get my Secret Santa gift and wrap it. It’s due tomorrow.

*So yeah, more time to go shopping for said Secret Santa gift- didn’t even get a weekend for that one and no time for Amazon and how many times have we been to the store this week alone? Let’s go one more time? But when?

*Can I have some more time to grieve over my Maisy? I miss her so.

*I need time to clean up my house before company comes. Pretty please?

*Need to make those sausage balls and breakfast casseroles. In my sleep?

*Oh yeah, need to make that Christmas grocery store run. When again?

We can do these things this weekend you say? Yeah we can. Company is coming Saturday though! So need to do a lot by then.

*Need to prep a few surprises and help Santa with something else

*Need to wrap those gifts for friends that we will see probably in February but I want to put my gift wrapping paper up not to be seen again for a long time.

*Yep, and as said, I need time to put that said gift wrap paper up and get my office back to normal

I’ll take some time yes….any time I can get. At some point in my life I hope to actually GET TO ENJOY Christmas again. But until someone else holds the WORLD BALL. I guess I’m Sonni on the Spot soon to be Nonni on the Spot! 😉 And at that moment the WORLD BALL will drop and it will either bounce back or it won’t. Yes WOE is me. I know. Unclip those violin cases and gather about and play me a big whiney tune. But this is how I feel this morning. I have a lot to do, a lot to do, a lot to do, and next to zero time to do it in.

I guess all that to say this:

I’m tired. I’m really tired. I mean like really really tired. Even after sleeping all night.

I miss my Maisy. This morning it hit hard again.

I have things to do. Did I say that already?

Next to Zero time to do it in. I said that too? I must have meant that.

But soon it will be Christmas. We’ll have four days off. We have to work our buns off the days before to get there. Oh and after it too. Would you expect otherwise? But soon there will be a beloved 4 days off. In which we do not have to travel anywhere or go anywhere! Work 4 more days and have 3 days off. And again we go no where nor travel anywhere. And before too much longer a week off. And we will travel for that one.

In February – I’m hibernating and being a recluse except for working of course – which I will be a slave to for days until month end, quarter end, and year end duties are done. There will be no. time. to. breathe. But afterwards in February I’m getting a pedicure, a manicure, and a formal hair cut and continuing my hibernation. In March I’m coming out of my hibernation shell and going out and about in the world and living my life, COVID or not. And that is that. So world you better shape up! March Madness is all Mine this next year! And You don’t want to see me mad. ;-). March is Mine Baby! Look out!

Yep, I’m pretty tired right now. I’ve not really had a good rant lately. I always have a Christmas rant. So here it is this year. No one is going to take away my time to rant!

Yeah it’ll come together. It always does. But it’s 2020 so….we may be twirling our thumbs and looking at each other and it all for naught. But we gotta try to pull Christmas together. One year maybe we can actually enjoy it but we almost manage to stress ourselves to the point of sickness by the time it actually gets here. So who knows how it will all turn out.

Time Crunches and Health Providers not in the Network

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Happy……..geez it’s Thursday already? Wow! Happy Thursday that is! I was not going to do a blog post this morning as I was thinking that nothing was going on. Well, plenty is going on, but not much worth talking about.

The pic above, a reference to how fast things are suddenly moving. Things are picking up speed for sure —or needing to. Like me. I’m needing to speed up and catch up with everything blurring past me.

First things first, quarter end is finally done. The last bit included 2 hours worth of data entry, lost by the Oregon tax website as they have not included a “save” button on the transit tax portal. I guess most employers have the software to do an upload when they have to enter 59 employee’s socials, earnings and tax information. We do not according to my peeps. So I stopped to do a payroll function and it was gone. What’s 2 hours? A lot at quarter end. ::sigh:: This I am used to, so no surprises, no tears, no blood, no sweat…just another thing to have to do again. Another box to still be checked off. However, this next time I’d have to wait until 1) payroll was over 2) I had a stretch of about 3 hours in case something didn’t balance 3) I had recent trip to the girls room first 4) Wouldn’t take the BP meds with the water pill in it til after the report was done (LOL) 5) I’d have a cup of coffee or water in case I got thirsty as I’d be strapped to the chair til it was over. And while I dreaded it, and had rushed through payroll so I could do it, I was able to get this done yesterday with no issue. This completed quarter end. I’ve made a note that this is something I can be working on in the “lull” I have while waiting on other information. It’s always been done last I guess b/c it’s not as significant of a deal as opposed the other tax returns but I can put this ahead and do it in the middle of the month instead of waiting til the end. I think everyone waited on this part as Oregon was so odd and difficult to figure out. I am happy the tax return itself is not hard at all now that I know how it works.

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And so I have been trying all week to get some orders placed on line and things moving and shaking on the Christmas front. Some packages have to be shipped and also with the orders and shipping some times taking longer, I hate to wait. However, every night it has been busy with something. I did a store run one night, made our squash casserole and did some household chores, and then last night we had George’s benefit open enrollment meeting on zoom. We were very happy with the insurance costs and to have 3 plans to choose from. However, there is not a hospital near us that is in the network. They don’t accept Tri-Star. I think it took some of the hospitals about 45 min away in various areas. This is not going to work for me. I’m also not sure my doctor is on there and you can’t get online to see until you have a membership in the plan. And we need to know this information beforehand so we can decide if we want to do this or not. I’m not getting on a plan that can’t tell me that information. They said “oh if it’s an emergency, you can go anywhere”. Ummm no. I know how that works. That means that when it comes time to be focused on whatever emergency you and your family are dealing with – you will also be fighting with insurance companies and every little company that did anything to you for a very very very long time. Ummm not thank you. I’m not willing to have those battles and they are not going to be willing to hear me squawk if I have to. I’ve laid the line with George. Absolutely not going to take this plan if docs and hospitals are not on it. I want peace of mind.

They have filled the plans with all these ancillary benefits/voluntary benefits to fill the voids (extra insurance to patch the holes of the insurance you are already having to pay for). It all sounds good til the rubber meets the road and you get all the bills coming from that ambulance ride, that anethstesia service, that hospital that – ooops wasn’t on the plan – so sorry.

Even if it did cover the emergency after a fight you know you are going to have, then what if you have chest pain and it turned out to be an irritated muscle. Oh boy those test will be expensive at 100% as it turned out not to be an emergency after all and you just visited a hospital out of network. No ma’am. No sir. Not gonna happen. We need to be covered where we are and not drive miles for care or die in the process getting there. Not going to pay for insurance for coverage I won’t receive and have to pay full price for. Naw….

On top of everything else going on, I really don’t need the pressure of THIS now. But it is what it is and imagine I’ll be moving us to our work’s plans which will let us join since changes in spouses plan allows me to make a family status change at my own company. We don’t need this right now. But it is what it is. <—–I’ve said that so many times in my life I’m tired of that phrase.

George says he’s going to meet with them at work to understand more. I’m not going to be happy unless the names of our providers are in the network so it doesn’t really matter what they tell him. I’m not going to believe someone’s word. It needs to be in writing. Not in the network in black and white, not for me. I have to have peace of mind and that is the last thing we need to be worrying about when there is an emergency or NOT an emergency.

So maybe tonight we will look at my company’s insurance. I just don’t trust this one right now we are looking at with his company with all our favorites not in the network and having to drive miles for the cheapest service which was a feature they were encouraging. Inconvenience the employee so the company can pay less. We pay less too as claims are cheaper on the front end, but you may pay more in gas to get there or pay yourself as your provider may not be covered, or die b/c you had to drive to the other providers that were on the list, or just refuse to use the system b/c who the heck wants to drive to Egypt for coverage, LOL. Again. Naw. I’m not pleased. You are right. Ain’t nobody gonna be happy unless Mama is happy and Mama is not happy with this deal so Mama gonna do something else!

Also our calendar and to do’s are picking up and we have already kinda run out of very many Saturday’s to get shopping excursions done. We still have Sunday’s but this gal needs time to get household chores done and a bit of rest one day of the week at least. We have Katy’s shower this Saturday, we have dog grooms and friend get togethers and we are very much looking forward to all of it.

We are awaiting Aldi to get in the smoked turkey and have been working on the Thanksgiving meal a bit. I have to figure out the payroll week in that short of a time frame. Mom is coming. I will not get any EXTRA time off other than the company holidays (of course not) – due to the short week and payroll has to be done. So all the cooking will be done on Thanksgiving Day and not before. I will have to get Mom after work on Wednesday and while usually I try to go in early and get off early – that may or may not be possible to do that day. We’ll see.

So the time crunch is coming upon us along with everything else. But there are two of us to pull it all off. We may have to shop after work at night. I need to get my on line shopping done first. Crazy crunch time. I’m feeling it. Like I do every year. We’ll get through it. We will also have the December crunch and the January crunch. February will be our hibernation month this next year. Don’t anyone mess with it! I need to see but I think I may have a day of PTO I can take – maybe two and still have the 40 to roll over. I have to see. If I do then I can decide when is best to take it. Now or at gift wrapping time? Ahhh so much to do! And not much time to do it in.