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My Favorite Things (today)…What do We Have in Common?

You know that song, My Favorite Things that Julie Andrews sang? (I sang it at my first audition in fifth grade…I thought I was good but only got the nonspeaking role of “Peablossom” in Midsummer Night’s Dream...guess I sucked it). Anyway, I decided I’d like to share some of my favorite things these days, maybe to inspire you to try them!

1. SHIZZLES. I can’t think of one thing!

I think I’m depressed. Well, no, it’s like a post-war malaise or something where this surge in COVID is legit taking an emo and physical toll. Physically, because I just wolfed down a Twix ice cream bar (so not in the diet–oh wait, I’m not on one); and mentally, because I feel sort of dulled. I tried to sharpen up and read a book on my Kindle, and I did some Words With Friends. This is also why I have not written my blog, or worked on my novel, in like a month! I am dead inside!!!

Well, that’s not true.

BUT, okay, so here are some of my favorite things lately:

1. TV. Yeah, I’m sorry for all y’all that extol the virtues of not owning a TV and not paying for cable (even though we know you stream…be honest!), because it’s legit fun to binge watch shows on Netflix, like The Fall (watching now,) or on HBO (The Undoing). I also still enjoy Housewives of NYC and Salt Lake City and OC. It’s like these people are my friends now that I don’t see other friends as often. #bravotv #netflix #cable #HBO

2. “Yasou” Greek salad dressing. I make a lot of salads. And I’m Greek. To my dismay, I think this salad dressing is the most I do with my Grecian heritage. I thought to join the Greek church here, and I went with good intentions, but I can’t speak Greek! I can, however, say “Yasou!” which means, “Hello!” in Greek. Maybe I can bring the dressing with me to church. #yasou #greek

3. Spotify. I basically crank music daily and the best part is that you can purchase a subscription and play whatever song you want whenever. It’s like having your own jukebox. I love me a good jukebox. My fave songs to play are Sweet Thing, by Van Morrison, One, by U2, and She Wouldn’t Be Gone, by Blake Shelton. #Spotify

4. Work. Yeah, I know that sounds basically cray, but at least it’s something to DO besides focus on myself, my kids and ruminating about things we can’t plan! “Make a plan, and God will change it for you,” is a quote I just heard on Real Housewives, actually. LOL Honestly? That fact that I am quoting from Bravo, instead of like Darwin or Plato, is kinda rotten–well, and funny at the same time. But, it’s good to have a sense of purpose and to get a paycheck after my summer off and my dwindling bank account. Oh, and RIP to my “Preferred” banking status at Bank of America. Apparently, I am officially too poor to maintain that privilege, since I kept withdrawing and not depositing for months. Whatevs. I never ASKED to join that club, m’kay, BOA? Ya’ shut it!

me at work

5. Coffee and Wine. Not together, but like as bookends to my days. Maybe I should mix them together and see if the day is all a hot mess and turned upside down! Or, maybe that is just another word for —“a problem.”

Well, what are your favorite things???? Please share!

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We’re Almost Free: And What Have I Accomplished??

It’s only 8:30 a.m., and I’m exhausted. I’ve already taught first grade, cleaned up the 50 dishes and glasses in the sink, walked the dogs, and started to work at my full-time job remotely. My son is not yet awake, and I have third grade teaching to anticipate.

I am wearing an office shirt, i.e. a pressed, buttoned-down oxford. Do people even actually know what that is anymore? I stood in front of my closet wondering what to put on: should I go with the old Martha’s Vineyard sweatshirt I’ve been donning about thrice weekly, or should I make an effort today? I decided to make an effort. I even put on makeup and pearl earrings.

Oh, here is something I am excited about: I am spending less than I am earning, according to my “budgeting tool” on my Bank of America app that congratulated me! HOORAY! I couldn’t even believe it! (Well, maybe ’cause I have not gone food shopping in like three weeks and we are existing on pasta and soda water?). So, I paid off my credit card debt. I was pumped! However, a mere 12 hours later, this elation turned to consternation when my card was declined by 1-800 JUNK, who came to pick up the three rugs that the puppy destroyed with pee. I was confused. “Hm, how could that be?” I wondered.

And then I found out.

My newly-paid credit card was declined because of suspicious charges, which were not all that suspicious after all. My daughter decided it was time to go on a Robucks shopping spree in the game “Adopt Me!” She bought $300 worth of animated pets. Yes! I now am in debt for buying cartoon pets that don’t exist. As if the two LIVE pets I have are not enough. I am so glad I bought a baby dragon for $39.99, and I have a newborn griffon that I can feed and fly on virtually. So awesome. Who doesn’t want a griffon??

Speaking of 1-800-JUNK, I have thrown away most of my house. I am now a minimalist and living like Christopher McCandles in Into the Wild: super-austere. I think this might be like a manifestation of a control issue. I probs could pack up and move in one day and fill a small budget rental truck. And I’m not done yet!

Now that the quarantine is sort of lifting, I realize I didn’t get done what I planned to do:

  1. Read more books: I think I read about two.
  2. Catch up on my DVR’ed shows: Okay, so I finished the latest Bachelor Listen to My Heart, but I have about 20 Dateline’s to watch and 15 Dr. Phil’s.
  3. Lose 10 pounds: Yeah…not so much. But my sweats fit nicely. They’re loose!
  4. Learn to play the piano: I downloaded the teaching app, played for like two days, and I think my fingers are not long enough. The chords were kinda tricky.
  5. Finish writing my book: Okay, I am nearing completion. But then I need to edit it. You guys, you are gonna like it!

What I have done, however, has been great:

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Me running!

  1. Reconnected with old friends on FaceTime and Zoom (I spend most nights on the FT with a glass of wine and an old pal. It’s been a lifesaver).
  2. Started jogging 7 miles three days a week.
  3. Done some YouTube video blogs and gotten subscribers! (#viral!)
  4. Spent copious amounts of time playing with my kids, which actually has been so nice!
  5. Planted a garden (actually, that’s kind of a lie–my friend brought over some Black Eyed Susans and Daisies, and she planted them while I watched. But I am watering them).

So, maybe that’s why I’m exhausted. Look how much I’ve accomplished! What have you done? Please comment!