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Friday, March 27, 2020

Five on Friday - March 27, 2020

We've made it to Friday!  What a week!  We are currently under order to shelter in place and all non-essential businesses are closed.  Eric is still working and I'm working from home.  What's your situation?  Whatever your situation is, I'm so glad you stopped by today to read my Five on Friday!  So with no further ado, here you go ~

1.  Ozark
Today's the day!  Season three of Ozark releases today and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time.  I'm so ready for something to binge this weekend as we shelter in place.  Eric and I both love this drama so it will be fun watching the 10 new episodes together.


2.  Concert Hosted by Elton John
Sunday night, March 29, Elton John will be entertaining us from his stay-at-home concert.  It's going to air commercial-free on Fox at 8 pm Central Time.  He'll be joined by Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and Tim McGraw.  All of them will be performing from their homes.  The artists will be encouraging us to donate to Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.  It sounds like a fun time!



3.  Walmart has new ice cream flavors!
If ice cream is one of your comfort foods, get ready to be comforted!  Walmart is introducing four new flavors for you to add to your cart:  Margarita Lemon-Lime Sherbet, Root Beer and Vanilla Float Ice Cream, Circus Cookie Ice Cream, and Mango Habanero Coconut Ice Cream.  Sounds pretty interesting, doesn't it?  Which one would you want to try?  For me, I wouldn't mind sampling the Root Beer and Vanilla Float one.



4.  A Year of Us
If you're stuck in your home sheltering at home with your significant other, conversation may be getting a bit underwhelming.  A Year of Us book could help you out.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Deepen your connection―daily questions to help couples explore each other
Whether you’ve been together a month or 25 years, there’s always something new to learn about each other. A Year of Us is the couples journal that helps the two of you grow your connection through 365 days of insightful questions that explore your hopes, dream, needs, wants, and more.
Covering everything from the lighthearted to the heartfelt, this couples journal makes it simple to start new conversations with each other―every day of the year. Strengthen your bond by examining questions of finance, sexuality, hopes, dreams, and even hobbies. This will improve your mutual understanding and create an even more solid foundation for your relationship.
A Year of Us: A Couples Journal features:
365 days, 365 questions―What makes it hard for you to apologize? What were some of the most romantic moments from when you first started dating? Each entry offers a new opportunity to learn about each other.
A shared exploration―Reflect on yourselves and your relationship as you write in answers that can easily grow into full-fledged conversations that reach outside this couples journal.
Guided growth―See how the two of you change during the year with the help of opening and closing reflections that show you how this couples journal has affected your lives.

Communication is the key to every successful relationship, and this couples journal will help you develop that skill every day.
                              

5.  Wardrobe necessity...
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This week I've had a couple Zoom chats with friends and have another one scheduled this weekend.  Really looking forward to seeing my friends' faces.  I might try a new recipe or two.  What's on your list to do the next couple of days?  Pop in next week to see what we were up to.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 26, 2020

Hello!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Yes, it's Thursday.  I've been working from home since Tuesday and it's been an interesting adjustment.  Today I'm thinking out loud about some of the things I've been doing.


Thank heavens for Zoom!  I've connected with my friend Linda a couple times on Zoom and it's just great to see her face.  Tonight a couple other friends and I had a chat and it's so refreshing to connect.  What are you doing to stay connected to friends?

Reality hit me today that I would not be seeing my family at Easter.  I did a little online shopping through Amazon to get a few things for the kids.  Then another reality hit - not all Amazon items are shipping or being delivered with their usual speed.  I'm not complaining - they are doing their very best to get essential items delivered promptly.  I'm just reminding you that if you're a procrastinator like me, you might need to plan ahead a bit more than you're used to.  :)

Speaking of the kids in my family, today I sent each of them a letter.  A real, snail mail, letter.


The letter was written on a piece of cardstock and then I ran it through my Silhouette making it into a puzzle.  In a few days, the kids will get their envelope full of pieces and when they put them together they will see the note from me.  I've requested a small favor from each of them - write me a letter, send me a picture of themselves, color me a picture.   Hope they enjoy getting them and doing the favor I've asked of them.

I filled out our census information online this week.  The paperwork had been traveling back and forth to work with me for a week or so.  It felt good to cross that task off my list.  Have you filled yours out yet?  

I'll be back tomorrow with Friday Favorites Linky Party and Five on Friday.  Friday Favorites Linky Party is always full of links that give you new recipes and craft projects to try.  If you're looking for some new things to try during this slowed down time, pop in and check out the links.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - March 25, 2020

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Weekending - March 20, 2020

In case you have been tucked inside for a few days and are losing track of what day it is - Today is Tuesday, March 24.  Hope you guys are all holding up okay under these different times.


Eric is still working at his work place and today I start working from home.  I'm so thankful that we have each other because I might drive myself crazy if I were doing this staying at home thing alone.  The weekend was actually fun because we rarely just hang out at home that much together.  I don't know if I'll be saying that after a few weeks! 

Here's how we spent the weekend ~

Friday night Eric had to work late.  I swung by my favorite sushi restaurant, Wasabi, and picked up dinner.  They happily delivered my order out to my car.


I was so excited to have my Sephora Play Box waiting for me when I got home.  For $10 a month, this little box of surprises shows up in my mailbox and brightens my day.   I was so glad to see a little can of dry shampoo in this month's box.  Believe it or not, I've never tried dry shampoo.  Now that I'll be spending some days at home, I'm going to give it a go. 


Saturday Eric was up bright and early to head to work.  I decided to make a quick trip to Sam's to stock up on a few things and get gas.  I was pleasantly surprised at the number of things they had on their shelves.  We are stocked and ready to hang at the house for a while!

When I got home, I couldn't resist watching a bit of the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas.  It was playing in the background as I worked around the kitchen.  Did you watch any of it?


In the afternoon, my friend Linda and I did a Zoom video chat.  I hadn't done one before and it was so easy!   It's a free service and lets you see who you're talking to.   This week I'm going to try to get my parents connected so we can have a video chat.

Saturday night we had one of our favorite comfort foods for dinner - Chicken Pot Pie.  After dinner, we started watching The Office.  It's so hilarious!  Years ago I watched every episode, but Eric hadn't seen them all.  It's been a great way to get some laughter in our lives.


Sunday we were both got to spend the day in the house.  The morning was cold and sleet was coming down.  What a perfect lounge-around-the-house day!  For the second week in a row, we enjoyed our church service online.   Then we got to work on a puzzle we had started.


I had a ham baking in the oven and the aroma wrapped around us like a big hug.  We turned the music up loud and had a dance party in the kitchen.  Highly recommend doing this!

Monday we both headed off to work.  Once there, it was decided that I'd finish the week working from home.  So today I start my new normal.  My computer is set up and I'm ready to go!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  Tomorrow I'll be hosting the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.  Pop in and see all the great recipes and ideas being shared!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Five on Friday - March 20, 2020

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is practicing social distancing so we can get this virus knocked out.  I know it will be a bigger challenge over the weekend, but hopefully, everyone will use judgment.  One thing that is safe is reading blogs, so let me share my five with you today ~

1.  Stay at Home Book Tour
One of the activities I know I'm going to miss is going to the library to see a couple authors that had planned stops.  Anne Bogel, the author of Don't Overthink It, is hosting a Stay at Home Book Tour.  Every day next week a different author will be hosting Zoom events to chat about their book.  Here's the schedule ~
All events to take place the week of March 23; all times EDT.
Monday: Patti Henry, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, noon
Tuesday: Leesa Cross-Smith, So We Can Glow, 7pm
Wednesday: Anne Bogel, Don’t Overthink It, noon
Thursday: Kimmery Martin, The Antidote for Everything, 7pm
Friday: Ariel Lawhon, Code Name Hélène, 11am
Visit Ann's Modern Mrs. Darcy blog (HERE) to sign up.  I'm excited to see how the first one goes on Monday!

Stay at Home Book Tour Modern Mrs Darcy Anne Bogel

My friend Linda, who is a retired teacher and instructional coach, added a fantastic blog post this week to her site that will help all the parents who are now facing homeschooling their children.  You can find it HERE.  It's packed full of resource links and helpful hints to make your experience good for both you and your children.  


3.  Hallmark Christmas Movie Marathon
The Hallmark Channel really stepping up and doing their best to keep everyone's spirits high.  This weekend they will be bringing back 27 of their "Countdown to Christmas" movies.  Starting Friday at noon and going until Sunday evening, you can curl up on the couch and veg on all the Christmas cheer you can stand.  Thanks Hallmark for doing the right thing!


Let's face it, the world is a little bit stressful right now.  I love starting my day in a relaxing way by popping an aromatherapy tablet in the shower.  As the tablet fizzes, a light scent fills the shower.  You will be able to feel the stress and tension melt away!  Grab some for yourself!  They come three to a box so you could also bust the pack up and give one to three of your friends.  
                       

5.  Don't do it....

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Be wise and safe out there!  We will get through this challenging time as we all work together to contain this crazy virus.  Remember to support the small businesses in your area.  I'll be back next week to share some fun stuff with you!

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