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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
I’ve been trying to do a better job of keeping track of the books I read this year. As I finish each book, I post it with a few words of a review on my Instagram stories. Then on a monthly basis I update my “2020 Books” saved story with a running tally of all my tiny reviews so far. Earlier this week, I shared two TV shows I’m watching and loving, in case you are stuck at home within nothing to do. So now, I’m sharing my favorite books of 2020 out of the 20 that I’ve read so far!
I understand that borrowing books from your library may not be an option right now (ours is closed for the foreseeable future), so I’ve provided an Amazon Kindle link for each book. For anyone who doesn’t have a Kindle, you can read the book directly on your laptop. Or — of course — you can order a paperback/hardback version to be delivered to your door.
I’ve also decided at this point to only recommend books that didn’t bum me out – as we all need a little extra happiness right now.
Amazon synopsis: Kailyn Flowers was always calm,
rational, and controlled–until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes,
the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. Then she did the
unthinkable: She became a mortifying fangirl in five seconds flat, which may or
may not have included professing her undying love. And oddly, he didn’t run
away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship she never saw coming. Of
course, she never saw his betrayal coming, either… Now Dax needs her help. As
guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister, he’s in way over his head. And though
Kailyn hasn’t forgiven Dax, she isn’t heartless enough to make him fend for
himself, either. Soon their friendly meetings turn into flirty dinner dates,
and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she
possibly let down her guard again to a guy who has heartbreak written all over
Amazon synopsis: From a New York Times
best-selling author, psychotherapist, and national advice columnist, a
hilarious, thought-provoking, and surprising new book that takes us behind the
scenes of a therapist’s world—where her patients are looking for answers (and
so is she).
My tiny review: So, so, so good. And thought
provoking. I’d have to take a break every couple chapters to let it soak in.
This is the latest book in the Shelby Nichols series and I
can honestly say I’ve loved the whole series. Even better, if you are a Kindle
Unlimited subscriber all the books in the series can be read for FREE!
Amazon synopsis: Trouble follows Shelby Nichols. Why
wouldn’t it? She works for a mob boss. And the police. A desperate call from a
friend in need turns Shelby’s life upside down. Someone is out to prove that
Shelby is a fake, marking her for murder. How far will they go?
My tiny review: I love the Shelby Nichols series and
this one was great!
Amazon synopsis: Bailey Moore is finally getting to
live on her own terms. After a fierce battle with cancer, she’s ready to do all
the things she never dared to before, like sail the Greek Islands and explore
Europe’s castles. Her first new adventure brings her to Cedar Ridge Resort, a
ski lodge in the Colorado Rockies. Bailey quickly discovers that following her
No Regrets List won’t be easy. It doesn’t offer instructions for how to deal
with a suffocating mother or an ex-fiancé who doesn’t want to let her go. Her
list also doesn’t include falling for the lodge’s swoon-worthy head of ski
patrol, Hud Kincaid, and his boisterous, kindhearted family.
My tiny review: Loved it! Perfect romance with a bit
Amazon synopsis: Emily knew there would be strings
attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for
the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could
anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire
alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable
schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds
it impossible to stop thinking about him?
My tiny review: Loved it so much and it took me back
to my days working at the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
Amazon synopsis: Nashville Legends second baseman
Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a
humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his
cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained
relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride
and fear get the better of him. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help
from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top
alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting
the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a
lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find
his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
My tiny review: This is my favorite book of the year
so far. Super funny and touching and romantic and sexy!
Amazon synopsis: Rosie and Dominic Vega are the
perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well,
they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the
ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great
provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be
found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and
pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of
love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
My tiny review: A couple with a broken marriage
trying to find their way back together. And holy tamales is it spicy!
Amazon Synopsis: When freelance writer Nikole
Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his
bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the
hard part—they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her
name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed
fans… At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and
rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes
viral and Nik’s social media blows up—in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds
of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so
she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic
sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has
to be smart enough to put on the brakes.
My tiny review: LOVED IT! Great storyline and really
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