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Whatnot – Week 5/6

With the holidays coming in like a freight train, I missed a “Whatnot” post so this counts for two weeks of random thoughts.

First off, wasn’t New Year’s Eve odd this year? I kind of liked it. I watched the Dick Clark / Seacrest countdown and I must say, I liked how toned down it was. No loud TV personalities screaming over a large crowd and even the musical performances were toned down. Very little noise in my neighborhood too. Some fireworks but only for a few minutes and not the large ones we normally have to deal with. The pup pipped and then went to bed. She does this “pip” thing like a yippy bark when she wants us to take notice but only a couple of pips and then she was off to dream land.

The Otter Pup
The Otter Pup all ready for bed.

I took this week off to relax and rid myself of a little anxiety but it looks like I will be spending my time organizing things. I DO love to organize and I find it to be pretty enjoyable as long as I have something good to watch or listen to. I especially enjoy the more organized space afterward. Early in the week I tackled my walk-in closet and my loft bookshelves are next.   I have NO clothes to wear. That is what I’ve discovered.

Side note, all I want to wear are sweatshirts and jeans anyway. Working from home has its advantages. Jeans, haha. Sometimes just sweatpants if I am being honest. Jeans don’t give like a pair of well-loved sweatpants do. 

Cleaning and purging pile

When I am not organizing I will plop myself on the couch with a book and a blanket. It’s been chilly and the pup likes to read with me so it’s a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

How is your first week of January going? I know some of you returned to work. I hope your return is going well and for those who physically returned to a building, stay safe my friends.


Whatnot – Week 4

Reading at the Park

Hello!! I hope this week’s “Whatnot” post finds you well. As you can see from the photo above, I have been spending much of my time outside. Our cold, windy weather turned into early summer weather with temps between 75-82 degrees. It’s been glorious.

My daughter and I pack lunches and head to the park. Different parks depending on mood. I pack Pride and Prejudice and she packs her acting books or her laptop if she needs to review scenes/music for an audition. I love to read at the park. Sure, there are kids making all those happy sounds and lots of pups that distract me but the fresh air has done wonders for my mood.

On the way back from the park yesterday, I stopped at the market to get a rib roast. Since my son is not coming home for Christmas, I was having trouble finding just the right size. The butcher, who resembled Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live motioned to me to follow him behind the counter. It all felt very secretive but he produced for me the most beautiful standing rib roast, cut just perfectly for three people. It was a Christmas miracle! Haha. Nice guy. Told him so. You know you are old when you get excited about a rib roast.

For the meal, since people like to meal plan, we will be having a standing rib roast with rosemary, garlic, peppercorn crust, brown sugared carrots, cream of spinach, garlic mashed potatoes and rolls. I am going to make a pie for dessert. We still don’t know when we will eat this meal. Either Christmas Eve or Christmas. Depends on whether we try to see my son on Christmas day or not.

My house is feeling a little cluttered lately so I may throw a movie on and just sift through junk drawers and organize a bit. There is nothing more relaxing to me than organizing things and we can’t really do much else with the COVID numbers as high as they are so might as well tidy up a bit.

Are you doing okay? I know some of you are already seeing snow but please go outside to get some fresh air. I know many who are struggling with being cooped up inside. It’s so important for your mental health to get fresh air and sunlight (if possible).

In case we do not connect again this week, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that. Take care of yourselves!!