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Life Update

2 Apr

Okay, as I’m rounding in on day 13 of teleworking, I thought it was time for a Life Update. And to be honest, I had to count days on my calendar over and over, because even though this is day 13 of teleworking, out of the last 27 days I have spent 21 at home.

Which is 77.7% of my days.

I’m an introvert… but it is still a lot of time at home.

Since my last update, Maryland schools have extended their closure through April 24th. They implemented online schooling with Google Classroom on Monday, so now we have a new routine of printing off Jack’s assignments each morning and having him complete three sections each day: math, writing, and a bonus assignment (extra writing assignments, PE, art, etc). After each assignment is complete, I upload it to the Classroom for his teacher to review. Each assignment earns him screen time, so the complaining is bearable.

Here’s some Minecraft Yoga:

And yes, Jack does sometimes take off his robe so I can wash it. And he gets regular showers. But getting dressed each day… way down on the list of importance right now.

This week, the Governor of Maryland also announced a stay-at-home order, which means we are only supposed to leave our homes for necessary reasons such as essential work, grocery/medicine shopping, etc. This is pretty much how we’ve been living the last few weeks, so we didn’t have to do any big changes in order to comply.

I’m still teleworking each day, Monday – Friday. The marketing team is making it work with a daily morning phone call and using Slack to instant chat throughout the day. We got some secondhand good feedback at the end of last week, so I’m feeling confident that we are getting an acceptable amount of work done.

My husband has an essential job, so he’s been lucky enough to work most days. This week, he was home Monday and Wednesday due to lack of work… so that’s a little scary moving forward when it comes to his paycheck. However, we are spending less… so perhaps it will all come out even. I’m certainly saving on gas and public transportation costs. Not to mention the lack of Starbucks runs and lunches out with my work buddies.

We had a family Jackbox/Zoom party over the weekend and it was pretty fantastic. Basically, my mom, each of my siblings, and their spouses and called in with Zoom and we all played Jackbox together. There were silly hats and drinks and lots of laughs. It was an absolute highlight of our weekend, so I’m hoping to schedule another ‘get together’ soon!

It seems like we will be sticking with this schedule at least through the month of April. Which is fine and necessary. I fully support everyone hunkering down to help flatten the curve.

However, to be honest it is a bit exhausting.

Okay, it’s A LOT exhausting. I don’t know if it’s just the daily pressure/news cycle of coronavirus news, or that I’m juggling a full-time job, online schooling my son, the normal housework (cleaning, cooking, laundry), mom-ing and wife-ing. But I’m tired.

I’m also a little sad. Since January, we had been looking forward to a family vacation to Universal Studios Orlando at the end of April and I finally went ahead and cancelled it yesterday. I know the world won’t be back to normal in 3 weeks, but it just felt like giving up all hope to make those cancellation calls. As it is, we won’t get the money back from Universal for 3 – 5 business WEEKS and the plane fare will sit in the Southwest travel account until we book our next trip. I’m hoping we can schedule something for September or October, but I’ll wait a couple months to re-book anything.

I’m feeling a bit like Eeyore at the moment, but if I had to guess I bet a many of you are feeling the same way. So, let’s end today’s blog post on a positive note…

Some things that have been great about the last few weeks of staying home:

  • I haven’t worn makeup since March 18th and it feels pretty great.
  • I love being more involved with Jack’s daily classwork and it’s great to see how his brain works with his math and ELA lessons. I feel like his writing is getting better with all the one-on-one attention too.
  • Our dog, Ollie, has been enjoying all the extra attention. And pretzels. In fact, he might be getting a little fat.
  • We have been eating at home much, much more with just 2 carry-out purchases each weekend. This is much healthier for our waistlines and also nice for our money situation. Jack also informed me last night that I’m awesome at cooking… so I’ll take it!
  • After work each day, I sit down and enjoy a book for a bit. I’ve kept up with posting my tiny reviews on my Instagram stories and so far I’ve read 26 books in 2020.
  • My husband is cute and funny, so I’m happy to see more of him.
  • Jack is also cute and funny and I’ve been getting a huge number of hugs on a daily basis.

I hope you all are safe and healthy and happy!

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Loving Right Now: Brad Mondo Hair Videos

31 Mar

{Pssst, my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

I’m not sure how it happened, but clicking around Facebook I’ve started to see a few videos from Brad Mondo on the video tab. And then, once I watched a couple, now I see them ALL THE TIME. And I’m totally okay with it because I’m totally loving him and want to be his friend!

Here’s the premise: Brad is a hairstylist and watches people doing their own hair on YouTube and he comments on them.

I know, I know. It doesn’t sound super exciting. But I just LOVE Brad’s personality. He’s not a butthole at all and doesn’t roast the people. In fact, he’s pretty full of compliments for the most part.

I think this might have been the first video of his I watched… and it sucked me down the rabbit hole:

Isn’t he just the cutest thing?!

You can find his YouTube channel here. I did notice that when I watch his videos on Facebook they are much shorter than his YouTube channel version (basically the beginning and end are chopped off). I prefer the shorter versions, so I’ll keep checking him out on Facebook.

Have you been sucked down a video rabbit hole recently?

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Poll Results: Bring on the Comfies

24 Mar

As I’ve been on the internet 24/7 with the whole coronavirus-all-day-every-day newsfeed, there is one thing I see popping up again and again. Now that a bunch of people are suddenly working from home, I see lots of proclamations that people are still planning to get dressed up for work for mental health reasons.

And I find that super confusing. Because my mental health is really, really happy with this new no makeup, comfy clothes lifestyle.

I mean, I get up each morning and change out of my pajamas… but I change directly into my home leisurewear, which is typically joggers/sweatpants/leggings on the bottom and a t-shirt/comfy sweatshirt combo up top. And slippers.

So, I got to thinking and did a happy little Instagram poll to see what you all are doing. And I LOOOVED your answers (I edited out usernames for privacy). Here are a few of the responses I received:

So, it seems like the majority of us are Team Comfies.

But, if it makes you happy to put on actual clothing and makeup, you know what they say: You Be You! Every little bit of happiness is worth it!

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Life Right Now

23 Mar

You guys. I was planning to share a post I had written about my favorite booties being on super sale over on the Nordstrom website… but then overnight they went back to normal price. So, I’ll stick that post back in my drafts, maybe to be never seen again. But it does get me to thinking, what kind of posts would you like from me while we are living in this super weird Covid-19 world?

I mean, the world is weird. Really weird right now.

Thankfully we have a comfortable home, because we are spending the majority of our time either inside our house or playing outside in our yard. On weekdays I’m teleworking every day. My husband is still working like normal on weekdays – he is a business owner and drives a tractor trailer – so it’s pretty easy for him to socially distance while doing his job. Of course, that may come to an end soon as the Governor has an 11am press conference where many think he will be asking Marylanders to stay at home.

As for food, my husband packs his breakfast and lunch each weekday, Jack and I eat at home, and I have been making dinner every night (thanks to Home Chef for keeping it relatively fun). We did treat ourselves over the weekend by picking up carryout from 2 local restaurants. And yes, we ordered ahead, stayed socially distant, and washed our hands very well after doing the food exchange.

I’m currently teleworking every day, so I’m in full comfies for my clothing choices. I actually did a poll on Instagram stories recently about this, so I’ll be sharing my results here too.

As for what we’ve been doing, well a little bit of everything.

Over the weekend:

I tried a new mix of Overtone on my hair (see all the pics here)

I paid bills.

We had a family nerf gun battle in our yard. I’m not sure who won, but I did get a nerf bullet straight to the nose.

We watched Hook. Jack initially thought it was boring, but then decided he loved it.

We cleaned/bleached all bathrooms and vacuumed the house.

Jack and I made pancakes. They were delicious.

I finished “Love Lettering” by Kate Clayborn. I didn’t love it.

Jack and I made brownies. Travis didn’t help, but did eat more than his share.

We started watching Locke & Key on Netflix. Travis and I are more into it than Jack… but he still doesn’t want us to watch it without us.

We took a picnic blanket outside and laid down in the grass, snuggled and played word games.

We invented more nerf gun games, which included: “Found it” where we shoot the nerf bullets into the air and then had to find it, and pretending to try to hit the big birds flying overhead (which we were convinced were going to eat us because we laid on our blanket too long).

We learned how to play Mastermind (it was in the pile of board games we won in a raffle) and LOVED it!

I found a wood burning kit I’d thrifted where you can DIY your own cheeseboard. The wood burning thing was only successful in burning my finger and not the wood. Jack decorated his cheeseboard with sharpie instead and we called it a win.

I also found a cement stepping stone kit that I’d thrifted (note to self, keep thrifting random craft crap) and Jack made his own stepping stone. That project actually turned out pretty cool and we are waiting for it to dry.

And that’s it? Maybe. I don’t know. The last week has pretty much gone by in a blur. And I’m super off topic… but kind of on topic too. Anywhoo. Feel free to leave me a comment with what you’d like to see from me here! I’ll also throw the question up on my Instagram stories and Facebook page so you can choose the place you find easiest to answer.

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