The Daily: October 22nd, 2020

I know today’s daily post is a little earlier than usual, but with the arrival of company imminent I’m not sure when i will get back to the computer. I have to say, I usually don’t stress this badly when people come to visit. Normally i look on it as an opportunity to try a recipe that I haven’t used in a while and to have fun with people I like.

Entertaining is usually fun at my place.

This time around, even though it is going to be a short visit I am disinfecting surfaces and stationing hand sanitizer in strategic locations like it is the boy in the bubble visiting for his first trip out of the bubble. It is less preparing for visitors than it is bracing to provide a non contaminated waystation. I’ve made several passes through the house, even areas I know no one will be visiting because I’m sure there is some surface that has not been clorox-ed to death.

I’m wearing the scent of bleach like a perfume at this point.

I seriously did not think it would be this stressful.

I think it is just the anticipation. The pre planning and the fact that I wasn’t given a lot of time to prepare. Although who knows, more time might have just driven me bonkers. I’m sure once the car pulls into the drive everything will be fine. It’s just the before that has me tangled up. I’ll be fine though. All will be well. I’ll be sane again tomorrow.

Well, at least back to my normal level of insanity.

For now, I’m going to double check the hand sanitizer.

And when the car pulls back out of the driveway again, I’m going on a really long walk in the sunshine.

The Daily: October 21st, 2020

Good afternoon my darlings and I hope you have had a good one. I have to admit, while the sun is shining and the weather is lovely, I have made it no where near the walking trail today. I had plans to, I really did. I was o pleased at being on track.

Then I got a phone call.Family is passing through my neck of the woods tomorrow/ Well not the whole family, just one person. I think it might be work related. There was not a lot of eagerness when talking about the unexpected road trip.

There also wasn’t a lot of pre-planning.

I’m sure I will get the details tomorrow. While a lot of planning didn’t go into it, there will be a brief stop over where travel coffee mugs will be filled, legs stretched, bathrooms used and packages no one wanted to risk shipping will be left. As my babydoll and I have been working from him, have no children, limit our exposure to the outside to once a month grocery shopping and the local walking trail, we are one of the safer houses to stop in. I think other family along the way are getting early holiday packages dropped off on back porches.

So I did a little early shopping, packed and wrapped some birthday presents and a few early christmas gifts. Then I cleaned the house, making sure the guest bathroom is spotless and every surface is disinfected, cleaned off the back porch so visiting can happen in the wide open out doors of the back yard and made a pound cake.

It will probably be the strangest family visit I have ever had. But as the last time i saw any of my family was last Christmas it will be a nice, if flying, visit. I also suspect due to masks, after the packages are exchanged and the restroom visited, the cake and coffee will be taken to go. Hence the reason I went with pound cake instead of something else. It wasn’t my actual plan for the day but as this is the first time I’ve gotten to sit down in several hours, I think it might actually be considered my exercise for the day. Plus, I feel strangely productive, even though the rest of the week will probably be spent making up the time i used for other things today. I’m not worried though. On most of my current projects I am actually ahead of schedule and I have a ways until my next deadline. And now I’m off to calculate how many calories are in my pound cake recipe to determine how big a slice I can actually eat. I really hope its a big one. Can you count pound cake as a meal?

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.

Something a little different…

Normally this would be where the Friday Face Mask post would go. I am afraid however that today, I must skip it. Early voting has opened up in my area and I figure the earlier I get that done the better. So I am off to my local library to stand in line.

It’s like taking a casual stroll with socially distanced strangers through a parking lot. But it must be done and I’m hoping that since I am going early enough, the lines won’t be too crazy.

I hope that whatever your political viewpoints are, if you can vote, I hope you do. As my grandfather always said, If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. and we all know I am not abdicating my right to complain.

So instead of destressing with a mask I am about to go vote. Which is kind of the reverse of destressing. But again, necessary. I have a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse, I brushed my teeth to remove the last vestiges of my coffee breath, popped in a breath mint for extra good breath and fastened my face mask into place. I am ready. Bring on the voting lines. It is time to uphold my civic responsibility. My moment of Friday afternoon zen will have to wait.

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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The Daily: October 7th, 2020

Good afternoon my darlings. I’ll admit that today, I am not feeling full of vim and vigor. I got my walk in so that is something, but I did not sleep well last night and am paying for it today.

Last night was one of those nights where I lay there and shut my eyes because they felt as though they were weighted, but still sleep didn’t come.

Then I’d open my eyes thinking surely I was asleep for just a little while and just didn’t realize it. After all when you are asleep you don’t realize time is passing, right? So I’d look at the clock and only two minutes had ticked by.

Then to top it all off I thought I was hearing voices. Seriously, I kept hearing a voice fading in and out. I could hear it when I rolled in one direction but not in the other so I kept thinking I might be imagining it. It was faint and intermittent so I couldn’t be sure it was there. I really began to think I was going crazy.

And my baby doll is a heavy sleeper so you could pretty much have a concert in the hallway and he wouldn’t even roll over. Although I’m not sure where in the hallway you would fit the drum kit.

This morning he told me I must be dreaming. Luckily when i went on my walk I ran into my neighbor who wanted to know if I heard one of the other neighbors last night. Apparently he was driving around last night with the radio on and the window down. With nowhere to go, he just sort of circled the neighborhood.

Yeah I wasn’t crazy. we live on a corner so he drove past two windows and so I heard intermittent radio as he passed by the house. While not thrilled with my neighbor, I am happy to have an explanation.

And so I had an extra benefit when I went on my walk. I burned a few calories and found out I wasn’t crazy.

Admittedly I have also felt like I was sleep walking through my day. I think I’ve read the same five pages several times. I think I am going to set them aside for the moment and get an extra cup of coffee. Then maybe I’ll have a hope of figuring out where the commas are missing and needed to be added instead of thinking that just adding fifteen extra to the top page making it a choose your own punctuation essay is a good idea.

Amusing to me, but probably not a terribly good plan. So I am off to caffeinate, finish out my day and hopefully manage an early night. Here’s hoping my neighbor doesn’t feel like taking another spin through the neighborhood tonight. If it becomes routine, I may have to look into some Holly Golightly style earplugs. Although even if he gives up his middle of the night run those might be fun to search out anyway. I wonder if they are found under ear plugs or jewelry?

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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 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.

The Daily: September 30th, 2020

I feel like I’ve been playing peek-a-boo with the sun this week. Today it has returned. It also brought temperatures that are about 15 degrees lower than they were before yesterday’s rain. Dare I hope that autumn is here to stay?

Yes I dare.

So today I walked and I started thinking about what needed to be switched before fall really sets in. This weekend, I’m flipping the wardrobe and putting the summer clothes away. Luckily this past weekend I did a grand purge and anything that won’t make it through another summer was removed. Oh the sweat stains. There are only so many times you can wash something before the white salt line becomes more or less permanent. Several of my garments reached that stage.

They will now find future use elsewhere, mostly for dusting and other cleaning purposes, but a few to be cut out and sent on as quilting squares to a friend who quilts. I cut them into flat more or less rectangular pieces and threw away the stained bits. So not all the cloth went to waste. None of the garments removed from the closet are donation worthy.

It’s sort of a strange game I’m playing. Its called “Will the garment wear out before I reach a smaller size.” I know not as catchy as Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, but I’m sure as soon as I get my own theme song it will really take off. This round, things wore out. I’m hopeful that the next time I play the size change will take the lead.

Today I remembered to write things down in my food journal. I also realized I needed to move the post it note reminding me to log into the food journal around so that it doesn’t just become part of the background and thus something i ignore.

Over all it has been a pretty quiet day. Tonight I start sorting my nail polish. I’ll be getting rid of any that are now past the age of usefulness (i.e. clumpy or dried out) and then figuring out what colors I need to pick up as replacements. The two things I always seem to get for the holidays are new nail polishes and at least one pair of fabulous shoes (usually debuted on New year’s Eve).

I might only pick up one new pair of shoes for the holiday season, but I will pick up a new nail polish for each major event from Halloween on. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years are guaranteed their own polishes. Sometimes holiday gatherings get there own, but that mostly depends on how full the one drawer I allow my nail polishes to fill is at the moment. It is surprisingly not a very big drawer.

Which is sort of by design. I also only really seem to buy nail polishes in mass once a year. The rest of the year I may pick up one for a special occasion if I have nothing that matches, but otherwise I go a bit nail polish crazy once my gardening is done for the summer and my hands start to recuperate.

A few years back I picked up an Autumn Spice scented nail polish from Revlon which smelled like allspice and nutmeg that I wore for thanksgiving. Thus far it has been one of my better holiday picks. I like the color and the scent is really nice. The polish only lasts about two days without chipping unless you get a really good top coat to go over it though.

This year a really good top coat is going on the top of my list. I tend to forget to put that on the list and now I am down to a clear gloss that has the tendency to peel off entirely and take the bottom color with it as my only top coat. I’d tell you what it was so you could avoid it but it had a run in with a spilled bottle of red a while ago and I can’t read the label any more. It is definitely time for it to go.

I somehow suspect I won’t be getting any additional colors this year beyond my four annual picks (and top coat) as there won’t be as many gatherings to attend in person. Still, even if New Year’s eve ends up being me and my baby splitting a bottle of champagne while sitting on the sofa in our pjs, New Years eve will have a fantastic nail polish and a great pair of shoes. They may not go with a t-shirt and pajama pants, but that is hardly the point.

So the weather has changed and cooler temperatures and more time indoors has started the holiday planning and list making process. For now it is under control but by mid October I will be in full holiday planning mode. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t decorate until it is holiday appropriate. As this weekend is the first weekend in October the Halloween decorations and pumpkin carving will be done. Mid- November brings out thanksgiving and then December 1st Starts the Christmas Decorations. I will not be rushed on my decorations.

My neighbors started decorating for halloween two weeks ago. Admittedly i think it was more an ‘if you build it they will come’ sort of moment as they seemed to hope if they put out the skeleton decals and hay bales than the heat would magically break.

But even though I don’t decorate just yet, I am beginning my shopping battle plans. This year I have to mail presents to fourteen different US states and three separate countries. So planning is a necessity. Surprisingly most of my gift lists are made, I just need to pair them with sales and scheduling as well as the things I usually pick up for either me or the house at this time of year. then i have to figure out the ordering schedule.

But scheduling shipping and purchasing is for another day. Tonight there is nail polish to contemplate and tomorrow begins the hunt for the New Year’s Eve Shoes.

So my darlings, that is a snapshot of my world today. I know i veered off of health and fitness there, but hopefully you didn’t find the side trip too onerous. As a further aside, Ole Henriksen is having a sale. You can find it by clicking the link. If you do and then buy something I make a very small commission. I am quite fond of their toners and I am currently liking their banana primer. It smells exactly like banana candy.

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