Casual Friday – 8/21/2015

Casual Friday BootsOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog here and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.

This was one of those weeks when I was reminded that no matter what is planned, there are times when you are just not going to get done what you intend. The week seemed to move very rapidly while I hopped from one task to another. Much got accomplished, fires were put out and all crises were averted. I am left exhausted and discombobulated.

Who even uses the word discombobulated? That is a word that sounds exactly like the way I felt and how my week went–addled, befuddled, rattled, in a tizzy, shook up, off-balance, at sixes and sevens, baffled, flummoxed, jumbled, muddled, and all such other ridiculous crazy synonyms. There were no really bad things that happened. We just kept running around dealing with issue after issue. Time flew by. Almost everything got dealt with but wow! I really need the reprieve that the weekend provides.

At work I had intended to spend much time preparing for a couple of important meetings that are coming up next week. I maybe managed an hour on those tasks. I have been at this job long enough that I know I will manage to do all right, but I won’t feel as prepared as I like to be.

At home, I had to finish up a project as a gift for my sister/roommate’s birthday which was today. I managed to get it done early this evening but I sure prefer to give myself more time to make sure I am doing a good job. At a different issue, I spent (wasted) a great deal of time looking for photos that where rather urgently requested. I, who am generally a well-organized person, have never done a good job in keeping snapshots in any kind of order. I have several shoe boxes with photos in no particular order. I am full of admiration for those people who have every picture labeled and dated and cataloged. I have never been that person so I end up wasting much time looking for exactly what was needed. For probably the 80th time in my life I vowed to get those pictures organized–and once again I will probably forget that vow until the next time that I am scrambling to come up with a picture.

I did not spend any time with my blog since last Friday night when I posted the previous Casual Friday post. I did not read any other blogs and made no comments. I did not respond to  any comments received from others. I did not manage to post even one of my regular posts. It makes me wonder what I possibly was thinking when I gave blogging a try. I do really enjoy it but there are times when it just not seem like a productive way to spend my time. I still am troubled with finding the right balance.

The one thing that I was able to do consistently was my early morning mile walk with my yellow lab. With everything seeming to be disrupted it is great to have one thing that I can be depended on to do. If you could see the look of sadness that my dog has on her face if she doesn’t get that walk, you would understand that I could not live with myself if I let her down. The bad part is that now it is dark when I start out for my walk at 5:45 and it is barely getting light by the time I get home. It feels a little eerie and I am not totally comfortable with that walk in the dark. I may have to adjust our walk.

I am hoping for a calm, quiet weekend so that I can face my rat race come Monday morning. I hope for all of you that your weekend will be all you want it to be.


Casual Friday – July 31, 2015

imageOn Fridays I join Aimee of Aimee Writes for Casual Friday, a post with “no structure, no prompts, no rules, anything goes.” Check out her blog here and join us in Casual Friday if you would like.

It’s the end of another week and unbelievably the end of another month. July is over. We look forward to August which is the month for back to school in many jurisdictions but more importantly for me, since I am well past school age, the start of football! I am a diehard football fan and am so very excited that NFL training camps are starting. That means that the football season cannot be far behind.

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Casual Friday – 5/8/15

Casual Friday Boots

On Fridays I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.” Check out her blog, and join us in observing Casual Friday if you would like.

The weeks fly by and I am faced with writing another Casual Friday post. This is not exactly a challenge. In some ways I like Casual Friday more than any other post I do because it is random and I can include whatever topics I would like.

We had wonderful rainy weather several days this week. I have mentioned that we have had a long term drought in New Mexico. This has made me really appreciate rain when we get it. I heard the first complaint this week when someone said they were tired of the rainy weather. I want to say, “Hush your mouth!” It has been quite cool this week. Many years we have to have our evaporative cooler hooked up in April. This year we have not had any days so far when the cooler might have been used. I much prefer cooler weather to the summer heat so I am fine with the current temperatures.

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Casual Friday – 3/13/15

Casual Friday BootsOn Friday I join Amie of Amie Writes for Casual Friday, a post “with no structure, no rules, anything goes.”  Enjoy this week’s version.

This is the week that was.

It was a full week at work trying to catch up on things that remained unfinished after two three-day work weeks.  One fantastic thing about my job is that I am never bored.  The work days fly by.

One of my colleagues from my previous work site before I was promoted was in town for meetings so she spent the night at our home.  It was great to catch up on old times.  And we played a good game of Mexican Train dominoes which has become a tradition for us.

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Bless This Mess – A Cross Stitch Project

imageToday on my Saturday Stitching Post (which I am considering naming this feature) I step away from the bigger pieces I have done and present a small project that I designed and stitched for my office.  My typical day at work consists of slogging through tons of paperwork.It has been a good day when I have less paperwork on my desk at the end of the day than I had at the start.  My desk looks very unorganized but amazingly enough I can almost always put my finger on anything I need.  I did this small design because the saying is very appropriate for my office.

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Casual Friday 2/20/2015

Casual Friday BootsThis is the week that was.

My laptop came home from the shop on Friday night.  I feel I have gained back some freedom. I don’t have to be sitting at my computer desk while blogging after spending most of the day sitting at a computer at work.  Instead I can sit back in a lounge chair and relax or work on my blog anywhere. How tied I am to technology!

The biggest family event of the week was that my precious baby girl turned 26.  The Affordable Care Act has made age 26 a new rite of passage.   The Act requires that if a plan provides coverage for children, the coverage must continue until the children are age 26. With this birthday, she can no longer be on my insurance as of the end of the month.   She spent hours over the last couple months researching the different plans available and made her choice a few weeks ago.   Once she enrolled in her new plan she instant messaged me and said, “Holy smokes.  I’m growing up!”  I have been painfully aware of that practically since she started kindergarten when she told me, her tearful mother, “You have to learn to let go.”

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Casual Friday 2/13/2015

I join Amie from the blog Amie Writes to celebrate Casual Fridays. As Amie explains:

Casual Fridays is going to be my (hopefully) weekly post and it is just that: casual. It is just a way for me to catch up from the week and chat about whatever is going on in my life. No daily posts, no fiction, no poetry, no structure or stress.  It will probably be pretty random and I’m okay with that.  I hope that you will join in too.  Chat me up in the comments or write your own post with a ping back to this post.  Here we go…

This is the week that was.

I celebrated another birthday.  At this age I would prefer that they not come around so quickly but I can’t control that.  It is ok with me if the day passes quietly.  However, people in my life have other ideas.  I got flowers, gifts, phone calls from family, a birthday cake, and many birthday messages on Facebook.  My birthday dinner was a shrimp and linguine stir fry that my sister makes for me every year.

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