Friday, March 5, 2021

5 Things on Friday 3/5/21

Good morning! I'm sitting here with a cup of joe and reflecting on the week. I really enjoy this time with you, and it gives me a chance to be grateful.
What I've been up to:
1. My best bud and I hit Ann Arbor, and we went blowouts at Dry Bar. I went with the old-fashion style. At first, I didn't like it, but I loved it once the curls fell out a bit. I never make it one week. I think I made it 4 days before I washed it. We then had lunch at Bobcat Bonnie's in Ypsilanti. It was a good day.
2. I've been reading the Galveston Diet. Well, it's a series of videos and lectures. I'm rounding 46 and have noticed that I gain belly fat which I never did before. I started studying why this happens when we age. On top of counting my macros which I've been doing for years, I added intermittent fasting and made sure I was under my sugar goal. Plus, I started paying attention to make sure I received 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Whoa, I've been shocked by the results. I'm already down to my goal, plus my belly is back down to being almost flat. Shocked!!!
3. As many of you know, I've been selling Scentsy since September, and I've been pretty successful. Last week was pretty exciting because I gained my first recruit. Yay!!!!
4. Yesterday, I toyed around going back to school for a second degree as an ultrasound tech. They make good money (not that I need money), and it's a low-stress job. I'm the co-owner of a mobile home park; I own a beach rental and do all of the cleaning, plus my little Scentsy business. Honestly, I do not do much at the mobile home park. I tried to take over the billing a few times and butted heads with my spouse. I need to know this place inside and out just in case something happens to my husband. So, I've decided to dig in again. I guess it's not like I don't do anything here. Last summer, I had all new addresses made for our residents. I had no idea where to start, but I did it. Also, nailed reading meters. So exciting, LOL.
5. The girls bought a silk to hang in one of our barns. It's been getting them out of the house and out for some exercise. Yay!

Friday, February 26, 2021

5 Things on Friday 2/26/21


Good morning, friends! It's been a pretty uneventful week, but sometimes those are a blessing. Let me fill you in on the latest happenings.

What I've been up to:

1. Last week we had some friends over. It was one family; we're super cautious. We had a great time. Matt made his huge monster cookies and his chocolate mousse. The kids even came out of their dungeons to play games and be social. I kicked butt at Catan but the 4 kids kicked our butts at Code Names. I think as adults, we overthink things. I even managed to make it to midnight, which was shocking considering I'm usually out by 9 pm. 

2. I found out that I have soft tissue damage on top of my sciatica. So, that means a longer recovery period. I'm at a month now and possibly need one more month to heal. Working out is my sanity. I've been doing very gentle exercises for my sciatica and walking an hour a day. I was told I could walk as long as I heated my injury first. I am healing. I can now sleep for a little bit on my side.

3. My parents are fully vaccinated, so my mom has walked over just about every day this week. It's been really nice. 

4. Scary basement is progressing. The scary basement is a lifetime of other people's things that was just thrown down there for sixty years. It's been really hard moving into a house that's not empty. The basement makes me sick if I'm down there for more than a few minutes. Plus, every time I look at it, I get overwhelmed and shutdown. We have a full-time employee that is amazing. He's cleaned out one room and is getting ready to build me shelves to store all of my seasonal items. 

5. My hair transformation has fully started. I picked up Olaplex shampoo, conditioner, and bonding to get my dyed part of my hair ready for bleach. I'm about 6 months into letting my hair go gray. My husband really loves gray hair. That and I'm tired of spending $200 every six weeks, and my roots are showing two weeks later. I love that I'm joining a group of brave women that are showing society who's boss. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

5 Things on Friday 2/19/21

My days kind of blur together right now. I bet it's the same for a bunch of people right now. So, grab a cup of joe, and let's catch up.

What I've been up to this week:

1. I finished reading the book When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It's about a girl that is born with fetal alcohol syndrome. I really enjoyed the story that was told in her voice—also, all of the challenges she faced and what she overcame. There is lots of bad language and some uncomfortable topics, but it was good, and I loved the story's moral.

2. I've had to stop weight lifting and focus on healing my body. It sucks, and it's driving me nutty. I have been doing yoga and getting massages to heal my lower back and hamstrings. Also, I've had to learn to sleep on my back to relieve the pressure. I'm a side sleeper, so it hasn't been easy.

3. The girls have been taking silks lessons at Aerial Dragonfly in Ferndale. I've been so happy to get them out of the house and doing something good for them mentally and physically. They're so strong. I can't believe how well they do. The very first class, they both were flipping upside down and letting go.

4. I booked my long-awaited hair appointment this week. I've been giving gray hair a try. I made it nine months the first time before I messed it up with Overtone and ended up dying it. This time I'm about 6 months in. I've been waiting for my hair to grow so my hairstylist can see my natural hair pattern and match it to the rest of my hair. I know it won't be exact, but it will make my hair grow out so much easier. Right now, my hair is about 1/3 grown out. My natural hair color is a metal color. I sure hope I like it.

5. Last weekend Matt and I went up north for Valentine's weekend. We met up with some friends and had dinner at the Cadillac House. The Cadillac House was beautiful, but the food was just okay. I'm not sure I would go back.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

One Year of Pandemic Life

I don't even know where to start, but I haven't written anything in three months. Pandemic life has been odd, and I can't believe we're coming up on a year. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to be living it up. If you could whisper to yourself a month before this hit, what would you say to yourself? 

  • Get on a plane right now and go someplace warm. Make sure to eat out as much as possible.
  • Spend time with your friends. You won't be seeing some people for quite a while.
  • Go see your parents as much as possible because you will become super cautious around them.
  • Allow your kids more freedom; they're about to go through something traumatic. 
  • Go to so many movies that you start to tire of going.
  • Invest in Pfizer and Moderna.
  • Also, stock up on toilet paper!!!
I guess I'm over the part where I'm counting down the days to the end. It's just becoming a way of life at this point. New habits and lifestyles have been created. Would I go back to the way I was living before? I guess yes and no.

My life before the pandemic was non-stop; I was here and there and everywhere. When this first started, my stress level went way down, and my skin cleared up. I guess I didn't realize how much stress I was carrying around. 

Here's what I miss! I miss going out to dinner with a group of friends, the movies, having parties, laughing over cocktails, not constantly worrying about someone getting sick, traveling without a ton of restrictions, and going on girl trips.

I mean, flat out, it's sucky. I've moved my Hawaii trip, canceled my Florida trip (well, we did take a mini trip). What sucks is it's my oldest daughter's senior year. She will never go to prom, nor did she get to go to homecoming. Am I bitter? No, just a little sad for my kids, but they're dealing with it the best that they can.

As I'm writing this, I'm so thankful that we've all been healthy. I know so many families that have lost a parent, a sibling, or they're dealing with complications from Covid-19. So, many people are hurting in so many ways.

I pray that an end is near. I also hope that there have been many blessings even in these dark times. They're always there. Just look around you.

Friday, November 13, 2020

5 Things on Friday 11/13/2020

 Happy Friday! I usually write in the morning, so this feels odd to be sending this out in the evening. So, grab a martini, and let's catch up.

1. I've been working hard on changing my mindset on negative thoughts. I can seriously say it's made a difference all week. I've been combining this with using the "Secret" method. The Secret method is just pretty much-pretending something you want already exists. 

2. Back in September, I started a Scentsy business. I decided I need something else besides the rental house that was just mine. Honestly, I've made direct sales before with no luck. This time, it's working really well. To the point that I'm almost shocked. Anyway, I'm glad that I have my own jobs to keep me busy. This girl is not about working outside with her husband, especially when it's cold. Brr!

3. I've spent many of my weekends in Lexington for the last month, getting my new beach house ready for rentals. I LOVE that this house is so much bigger and cozy. I also have storage space with a garage and two sheds, so I won't be lugging tons of stuff when I clean. Did I mention I finally have a washer/dryer and a dishwasher? So, much better. This house and area have a totally different vibe, though. I went from a house with an awesome water view, quiet, and the party street to something completely different. The Nauti House is closer to the road, but the beach is so much better. I will have insulation blown in and new windows to help soundproof in the next week or two.

4. Girl days are the best! Earlier this week, I went out to lunch and shopping with one of my besties. We had such a fabulous day!!!

5. I had a busy week. I put my youngest daughter back into public school. The paperwork and the running consumed most of my days this week. She seems so happy to be back. The homeschool program just wasn't working for her.