The Daily: October 20th, 2020

At the moment my darlings I am feeling quite proud of myself. While procrastination is something I am very much prone to, this time not procrastinating actually helped me out. On Friday I did my voting early figuring the lines were going to be bad no matter when I went so I might as well get it over with.

And the lines were long.

And it took more time than I wanted to spend in line.

But i did it.

Today, my babydoll took some time off work to go and vote since the early voting is still open (its a two week window here in case you were wondering.)

The lines were long.

In fact longer.

It took him twice as long to vote today as it did for me to vote on Friday.

So even though I skipped my Friday Face mask I am so pleased that I ended up going as early as i could.

Beyond feeling tickled pink with myself for not procrastinating, did manage to get a walk in. Apparently my pleasure at voting early caused the sky to rain on my parade, literally.

well literal rain. Not literal parade. I think even my neighbors might take issue if I marched along with a band leaders baton down the walking trail. Of course as long as i didn’t have the band and the elephants following me, they might not, who knows.

The air felt humid but didn’t look like it was going to rain, so i went on my walk. I reached the furthest point of my walk, turned around to head back and that’s when the skies opened up. Rain ga-loushed (and yes I said Ga-loushed. Take that spell check.) out of the sky in buckets. And it lasted until I was about forty feet from my house. Then it tapered off. When I put my hand on my front door to open it, the rain came to a stop and the sun peeked back out.

I know it’s just the weather, but it’s hard not to take that personally.

Luckily my baby doll finished voting by then and so I was the only one soaked. The whole voting thing sort of stressed him (the line was not terribly well managed and I think he was worried he wouldn’t make it in to vote on time and have to go through the whole thing again) out, so I’m making him consolation deviled eggs.

I know he likes deviled eggs, but I really think he likes when they are put on the old cut glass egg platter. Whenever he has felt stressed, he likes when he gets something fancy to make up for it. And to his credit as soon as I told him I would make the eggs for him, he got the platter out of the back of the cabinet and washed it. It was my grandmothers and we only use it once every couple of years at best. I think he just didn’t want to risk me just putting them on a plate. So dinner tonight is a large spinach salad with a side of deviled eggs, on a fancy cut glass platter. Luckily, most of the eggs will be going towards someone else’s belly.


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The Daily: October 19th, 2020

Today was one of those beautiful fall days. Sun shining, air slightly crisp but not cold, humidity low. Everyone and their dog was at the walking trail today. Especially if they had dogs. I have to admit, I felt a little bad for the dogs.

The weather was fine enough to bring out a bunch of disc golfers to the course that criss crosses the walking trail. Discs were flying through the air and you could see the eyes of every single dog follow their arcs.

The words “Not your Frisbee,” came out of nearly every dog owners mouth more times than I could count. When one disc landed in the creek that runs parallel to the trail one lovely Newfoundland (maybe a year or two old at best) decided he just couldn’t take it any more. There was a cry of “Bernie, No” as a large black mound of fur sprinted past me and took a gleeful, flying leap into the water.

I was luckily out of the splash zone. The disc golfers were happy to have him retrieve it. Less happy when he returned to shore and they realized Bernie had no intention of giving it back. I walked on as Bernie created mayhem.

I have no idea who won, but I seriously hope it is Bernie.

So I got my walk in, plus a pretty good laugh. Overall, not too bad for a Monday.

The Daily: October 15th, 2020

Today certainly started with the sizzle pop of excitement at my house. Mostly because my graphics card in my computer overheated and fried. which was all sorts of fun. But somehow it managed not to take anything else down with it. So only minor replacements were needed, no work was lost and fearing to leave my computer alone too long lest anything else happen, I got a lot of work done.

I remain hopeful that all issues are complete, I can replace what needs to be replaced quickly and all will be well. It does mean that tomorrow’s schedule is more variable than usual. I think things are steady but if tomorrow’s posts get delayed then you know I’m seeing the techno doc and will catch up later.

But that is a just in case issue. I’m about 90% sure all is steady now.

My break from my desk today netted me a walk and a much better chance to test my Native deodorant. Temps rose near me enough that I ended up very sweaty. Although I’m pretty sure it is more humidity rising than the heat. All of my shirt was wet, not just the underarms. It went directly to the washer. But I did a sniff test first.

There is a strange odor left behind on the shirt. It isn’t a sweat stink and it isn’t the cucumber mint, or any real combination of the two. It is an odd sour smell that I sort of remember from my Speak deodorant test. Although not nearly as bad. The last time I smelled this it was at the beginning of the first Natural deodorant trial and as near as I could figure out it was my body purging toxins. I can only guess that this is the same, but it isn’t nearly as strong as it was last time (which is nice) and I didn’t have the scent on light sweat days, just when I sweat buckets. Maybe I didn’t have as many toxins so they didn’t feel the need to flee my body in such large and immediate quantities.

Either way I put the shirt in the wash, took a shower and now smell delightfully of cucumbers and mint. Mostly mint to be honest, but it is a nice scent. It will be interesting to see how the grand toxin purge progresses. But for now I am pleased with the deodorant. and my on going trials. And I promise I will stop talking about my underarms until I make a final decision about how I feel about the product (in a few weeks), i just wanted to give a bit of an update since, I reported no initial odor. I didn’t want anyone to try it and be surprised.

So what it boils down to is I got my walk in and am monitoring my computer closely. I’ve also shifted a lot to the cloud and transferred reams of information to USB drives. You know just to be prepared.

Tonight is a crisp cool salad which will probably be accompanied by a nice glass of Riesling. I will sip and try not to think of french fried electro bits. And because there is only one glass left and the bottle has been in the fridge for a while. Fingers crossed it isn’t vinegar.

The Daily: October 13th, 2020

Well I won’t go as far as to call this afternoon sunny, but at least it isn’t raining and the walking path dried up enough that I could actually get a walk in. Yup, the floods receded, leaving scads of dead crawfish and flogs scattered across the walk way. The midges swarmed, the scavengers swooped and I managed to avoid sliding down the hill on my butt as my foot hit a patch of still slick mud.

It was a near thing though.

But I triumphed.

Well I got my walk in anyway.

It is still humid so I returned soaked in my own sweat and smelling vaguely of bad shellfish. Mostly from what the cuffs of my jeans picked up. They (and everything else I was wearing) went straight into the washing machine and i went straight into the shower.

I will say though, it was a nice test for the new deodorant. My stash of Dove powder scented solids finally ran out so I decided to give a new deodorant a try for a while. I tried a natural deodorant from Speak for a while (mostly because it came in my Petit Vour Box) and I really liked it, other than the fact that it came in a can and I had to apply it with my fingers. It performed better than I expected. I know they are planning to have the same product out in a stick form soon and I keep looking out for it, but haven’t seen it yet.

I still had my stash of regular deodorants to get through so I there was no rush. But now I have cleared out my stock pile (there was a two for one sale of two packs around the time the pandemic started causing people to stock up and self isolate so I picked up two two packs) so instead of just replacing as usual, I decided to give the brand Native a try. I picked up the Cucumber and Mint. I wanted to try the seasonal blood orange and clove but it is only available online. If the cucumber and mint turns out okay then I may have to place an order for some backups.

I picked it up last week, but with the rain cancelling most of my walking time it didn’t get a really good workout until today. While the cucumber mint scent fades pretty quickly, when I got back from my walk my underarms were actually less stinky than the rest of my clothes. In a few days, when the scavengers have cleared away the sun aired creek bed smorgasbord I will try again and see how it fares without the external stench to compete with. But so far, so good. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes in case any of you are looking into all natural deodorant. I also saw when at the store they had versions with no plastic as an alternative. so if i do decide this works for me there are plenty of routes to take. which i find fun and fabulous.

Other than the deodorant test it has been pretty quiet. Which is nice. A good solid workday without massive excitement is rather appreciated. i am quite happy to have the most exciting part of the day my deodorant test.I know the quiet won’t last, it never does. So I enjoy it while i can. And I happily got my walk in – fish guts and all. And as a bonus, at least this time, no startled birds dropped any fish on me from above. Once was more than enough for that.

I hope you got whatever sort of day you most needed today as well.

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The Daily: October 12, 2020

I know it is super early for the daily post but it is a strange day. Today is a holiday for my babydoll and it is pouring down buckets of rain. So all of the things he planned to do have gone by the wayside and he has asked if I wanted to play hooky and join him in a movie marathon.

And yes, yes I do.

Plus he made the puppy dog eyes which I can’t resist.

This morning I spent some time with the Wii Fit since I knew that even if the rain stopped the park would be flooded and thwart any attempt at using the walking trail. I am also monitoring my calories to make certain I don’t go over the non-walking day calorie count. It is kind of the best I can hope for fitness wise today.

So I will very shortly be turning off my computer for the day and taking advantage of the holiday. Partially, because I want to spend time with my baby and partially because he has already been in my office every twenty minutes with a new comment or question because he just doesn’t know what to do with himself. So the odds of me getting any work done this afternoon even if I decline the movie marathon are slim to none.

Sometimes it is just best to lean into the distractions and accept it.

And I don’t mind spending time with my baby.

I just need to resist the snacking. As long as there is no snacking, I shall be fine. Since I am preparing a big lunch salad which always fills me up just before we start our movie marathon, I should be okay. Plus there are almost no snacks in the house. I made certain not to pick them up last time we went shopping so they wouldn’t be here when the inclination to snack struck. And I know for a fact that yesterday my babydoll polished off his bag of emergency doritos. which he would only do if there was nothing left. I think my current snack foods include a small container of grapes (all that’s left of the bunch) and a kiwi fruit. So I should be well able to stay within my calories.

Its sort of like planning.

Oh and for those looking into more at home fitness, Prosource fit has restocked their Kettlebells. For a long time they were having trouble keeping them stocked because everyone was trying to build their own home gym (and they are affordably priced and high quality). But they have finally restocked and have all the sizes you could possibly desire in store. I mostly mention this because I have been planning on picking up some of their kettlebells for my own use and have thus far been thwarted by out of stock items. So they are now instock for those who, like me may have been previously thwarted.

And on that note, I am off, first to make a large lunch salad and then to indulge in a movie marathon with my baby. It feels quite decadent for a rainy Monday afternoon. But I am okay with the occasional decadence. For once I am not only caught up on my work, but actually ahead of schedule. And so I am off to enjoy. I’ll be back in the morning.

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Weekly Weight: 218.2 lbs

The Scale, October 9th, 2020

I know I am running a little behind today, but this morning has been a little surreal. I got up and stripped down to step on the scale. I stepped on the scale, took the picture and wiggled in a little happy dance. I may not believe that the scale’s numbers are the end all be all of my life but it is nice to have some validation of my efforts.

However as I reached for my clothes and began to dress, still bobbing my head to an impromptu happy dance. To the tune of “two pounds gone, oh yeah, two pounds gone, the sweat was worth it.”

Okay calling it a tune might be stretching the truth and possibly be an insult to music in general. But I was dancing to it nonetheless. When suddenly my bedroom was filled with flashing blue lights.

Sadly my first thought was “My dancing’s not that bad”.

I then realized I was still half naked and that if the police were indeed hunting me down for some unknown misdeed then I wanted to be fully clothed. So I finished dressing very quickly.

Turns out the police did not want to take me in for crimes against music. They were here for one of my neighbors. Incidentally the neighbor whose radio caused me to think i was going insane earlier in the week.

I have no idea what is up. In general I live in a pretty quiet neighborhood. Its one of those neighborhoods that is in the process of transitioning. We have a lot of folks who have lived here for fifty years and if they leave they are either going to an assisted living facility or the funeral home. Then we have a couple of young families with really little kids. Excitement in my neighborhood generally means an ambulance and the start of the house finding a new owner or my neighbor with dementia accusing one of the other neighbors of stealing her fudge pops.

For diabolical purposes I’m certain.

But I’m sure later I will find out what is going on with the neighbor and the police. with everyone working from home more (at least those that aren’t retired) gossip spreads along the walking trail even with everyone more than six feet away. which also means it is spread loudly to over come both distance and masks so you get to hear everything. I now know gossip about people I’ve never met. it’s kind of fun.

Anyway, that is for later. At the moment, I am happy my sweat paid off and my weight is going back down. Two pounds is a great loss for me this week and quite frankly provided me with the encouragement I needed to keep going. The weight gain from the month without a scale really got me down. this makes me want to continue. So to the new and improved stats!

Starting weight: 246 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 220.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 218.2 lbs

Lost this week: 2 lbs

Lost in total: 27.8 lbs

I am no longer putting a goal weight as I am just going to work at chipping away the excess until I feel healthy and am in a healthy weight range according to my doctor. I can use the scale as a tool without being ruled by it. And I can still enjoy the two lbs loss happy dance. It is not even illegal, as far as I know.

The Daily: October 8th, 2020

Sleep. Such a beautiful thing. And last night, I managed to find it. So too, apparently did my neighbor. Or if he didn’t then at least his late night driving around the neighborhood was sans radio.

It was bliss.

Actually I was tired enough that I woke up feeling like someone hit me with a brick in the middle of the night. I also woke up in the same position as when I went to sleep, which almost never happens. I think I just conked out.

But I felt a lot better. My walk today did not feel as though my feet were made of lead. Which I consider a bonus for my workouts.

Less appealing was the humidity. The temps may still be low but the humidity went sky high today so I was sweating buckets. I kept telling myself it was good for the skin and that sweating purges toxins. I think I might have tried telling myself I was getting that post exercise glow. That lie didn’t last as I looked in the mirror when I got back to the house. There was no post work out glow. I just looked like a drowned rat.

So I cooled off, took a shower and decided I earned the trip to the drug store to look for replacement e.l.f. foundations. It turned into a bit more of a saga than I anticipated. I struck out at three drug stores and ended up at Target. But I found one of the products I was looking for. I also found out the one I loved has been discontinued. This week I’ll have to see if the new one stacks up against the replacement. They aren’t the same. One was a tinted moisturizer and the other is an acne fighting foundation. The link will take you to it if you want specifics early. I’ll spend some time poking around on the elf site later and see if I missed anything. At the moment elf has free shipping with orders over $15 in case you are looking to shop. I have to say it was really hard not to pick up other products while I was at Target. It is one of my downfalls. I tend to pick up an item when I see it or need it and then when I go onto the site to take advantage of the sales I realize I have already picked up all I wanted. So I’m trying to control the impulse buying and the need for the immediate so that i can just add in my wishlist when I do bulk orders for the holidays. I already know I will be ordering at lest three of the Bite sized palettes this holiday season. Seriously, good eyeshadow for $3, can we say stocking stuffers for thirteen year olds? I think we can.

Its actually amazing. I started adding things up and then I had to call parents to double check my ages because I thought I might have gotten them wrong. There are a surprising number of twelve and thirteen year olds on my list this year. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised as everyone starting having kids at the same time. I just didn’t realize that we were entering the land of the teenager.

Fun stuff, and a not to bad day in total. I slept, I walked, I recorded my calories and I am maintaining the stance that I sweated out toxins. I don’t know what those toxins would be but I feel confident I sewated them out. I may not be able to convince myself of the post work out glow thanks to the mirror, but I am sticking with the toxin removal. It makes me feel better about the sweat fest. Now I am off to rehydrate and to finish out the last of my day. Tomorrow morning I am back on the scale and we will see if I managed to take a step forward.

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The Daily: October 6th, 2020

I know my daily afternoon post is coming a little early today.  That is because over the weekend my pumpkin plans were derailed.  On Saturday, my baby and I drove past the Pumpkin Patch.

(And yes that is capitalized because the place near me is actually called The Pumpkin Patch.  There is also Pumpkin Hollow, and The Great Pumpkin Cart located relatively close for all of your pumpkin buying needs. Well, close if you live near me.  I will also say that The Pumpkin Cart which is a wagon placed in front of a field, has begun loading in Christmas trees into the field, which I think is way too early, but that is a whole other issue.)

The plan over the weekend was to pick up pumpkins, carve said pumpkins, place them on the front stairs and enjoy them all month long or until the rot and decay that inevitably follows destroyed them, turning them more into a biological hazard than a decoration.

But The Pumpkin Patch itself looked like a biological hazard.  Apparently everyone had the first weekend in October pumpkin buying urge and descended. They brought their kids, and pets, sometimes even their grandparents. Social distance protocols were forgotten and a large percentage of them however forgot their masks or took them off to ensure the perfect selfie. So we decided that we could wait for our pumpkins. 

I’m also certain that if any crime went down in or around the area, the police could probably get a pretty good picture of it happening as there were enough selfies and family pics being taken that they could probably get a kind of stop motion animation view of anything that went down.  On the other hand nefarious deeds elsewhere would have gone undocumented.

Not that I was committing any nefarious deeds.

Honest.

Well at least not any that anyone could prove.

So we decided to wait to pick up a couple of pumpkins. Today, attempt number two will be made to secure a pumpkin. (Plus, we are going to the Asian grocery store –which is actually located in a nearby town instead of in our town and an hour and a half drive away – to stock up on some ingredients that the regular grocery store doesn’t carry.)

So I will be away from my computer the rest of the afternoon (3 hrs of it in a car and singing along with the radio).  Exercise-wise, I got my walk in early, may take a walk around a pumpkin field and if this afternoon is successful may spend the evening wielding a knife in the attempt to create a jack ‘o lantern. I’m not sure how many calories the pumpkin stabbing actually burns though so I probab;y won’t count that as exercise. 

There will also be roasted pumpkin seeds.  Because if I am carving a pumpkin, I am roasting the seeds. I love dusting them in a kind of spicy curry powder mix, roasting them until they are crisp and eating them while they are still warm.  I’ll still eat them when they’ve cooled off, but there is something about the still warm roasted pumpkin seeds I just adore. Yum. I suspect it will throw my salt level a bit higher than normal, but as it is a once a year treat that is otherwise healthy, I can live with a little extra salt for the day.

So masks at the ready, Asian grocery store list in hand and off we go to secure our Halloween décor and to replenish the non neighborhood grocery store themed section of the pantry.  Wish me luck.

The Daily: October 5th, 2020

Good afternoon my darlings. I know I got my scale back but I kind of enjoy the afternoon waffle. So for now I am going to keep it up. Today, I feel really good about myself. I didn’t overindulge this weekend, which is always key. And I remembered to log in my calories.

On weekends especially I really forget to do that. It’s not like I don’t think calories count on the weekends (although really how awesome would that be?) I just tend to be away from my desk on the weekends and it doesn’t always occur to me to write them down when I am not at my desk for long stretches of time.

But if Friday’s weigh in taught me anything it was that I need to be more vigilant.

I suspect my vigilance will fade after the shock wears off (maybe two weeks) but hopefully by then I will be back on track. Friday I painted my nails for the first time in a few weeks and despite no garden work this weekend they already look beat down.

It’s this polish. I love the color. It is this reddish brown color that looks better in person than on camera. It has a slight sheen and sparkle to it without actually being glitter. I break it out every fall. And every fall I apply it, it looks fantastic on the day I apply it and then the next day it goes down hill fast. I either need to find a top coat that can seal it in or I need to find this color in a more reliable formula.

Every year I try it, and every year I am disappointed.

Seriously, I just painted them Friday afternoon

But seriously, I always get excited by the color. If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

But as disappointing as the nails were (and most of them broke off this weekend to which was sad), I did find out something fabulous. Glossy Box had a sneak peek released.Well two actually. They are for the October box. The first item they had a sneak peek of was the Generation Skin Ultra Violet Purple Brightening mask. That’s right, one of my favorite masks is going to be in the October box. And Sneak peek number two? Translucent powder from Ciate London.

I know, it’s like they peeked into my empties bin and asked themselves, what is it Mimsy likes? So that was fun to find out. If you aren’t a member of Glossy Box, you can get a discount on your first box with the code BEAUTYTALES. With that you get your first box for $16. And it is going to be a good one this month. They also have a Rodial Limited Edition Box set to be available October 22nd so if you are a fan of the brand and interested, you can go to the Glossy site and get put on the notification list for that. I’ve tried a sheet mask from them which I liked, but I have to confess, I don’t actually know all that much about Rodial. Although I have to say the fact that it is the Dragon’s Blood collection does make me curious. I know, my fantasy roots are showing.

But I was super excited for the Generation Clay Mask. Now if only I could work out this nail polish issue. Do you think if I put it in the empties bin the powers that be will notice? Possibly not. I already got two items I used up and want to use again coming in a box this month and that may be the limit. Maybe I’ll just call that plan B and when I take my car for it’s weekly spin around town to make sure everything is still working I’ll stop in at the drug store and see what there seasonal selections look like. Surely someone has this color or something to help this color.

The Daily: October 1st, 2020

It has returned.

Mere moments ago, my scale was brought back into the house. I agreed to a month long separation, but now it is back in my bathroom.

I have to say i was ready to face it again. I was ready to find out if I did gain weight or not and I was ready to restart my weekly weigh ins. I felt confident and secure.

And then the scale arrived.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the number it projects is not the end all be all of my existence. I just sort of feel like I am about to take a test i forgot to study for. Suddenly I’m realizing how many exemptions I either talked myself into or let myself be talked into by my baby.

And I can’t blame him, I went along with him when he suggested take out.

I know he is only going to be as healthy as I make him be. If he suggested take out and I suggested a healthier at home alternative he would have sighed a long suffering sigh of a man who really wants to eat his weight in burritos, but he’d go along with my alternative.

Which means as the one with veto power where meals are concerned any exemptions are squarely on my shoulders. And while I did get my walks in when it wasn’t raining, I started skipping my morning you tube workouts. Mostly because I have been fighting insomnia and mornings are not my happy time. I need to either figure out a way to get myself up, or schedule those workouts for later in the day. I’m guessing the latter is going to be my best option. Although with the upcoming time change I might be able to turn that to my advantage. Even though the clock changes to give me an extra hour of sleep, I might change my alarm to sound an hour earlier so my body feels like it is getting up at its normal time. I just might be able to trick myself into getting into that habit. The Spring time change would kill me, but the Fall one I might be able to pull off. Until then, an afternoon workout may be my best alternative.

But good bad or indifferent, tomorrow morning I am stepping on the scale.

Nothing to be scared of at all.

Its just a scale.

Yeah…

Wish me luck.