A Musical Day

Like so many us, my mental health hasn’t been great lately.  I have generalized anxiety, among other things, so pretty much everything has the opportunity to make me anxious.  And lately, there’s been a lot to be anxious about.

So I decided to take a day for me.

That’s right, I’m taking a self-care day!

I know I’ve talked my friends and family to death about this on social media because it makes me happy, but this past Friday all the musical things came out.  There were two Disney musical experiences and Phantom of the Opera!  I also watched some Golden Girls in between my musicals.

Yup, my self-care day was full of musicals and the Golden Girls.

And also cake!

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I made a vegan chocolate cake the other day, so I can eat as much of it as I want and not upset my egg allergy! Mind you I only had one piece on my self-care day.  It’s a self-care day, not a make yourself sick on chocolate cake day.

Time for self-care has never been more important.  If you can’t break away for a whole day, try for an hour or two.  Just make some time for yourself.

You deserve it.

 

 

 

Social-Distancing as an Ambivert

I’m an ambivert.  It’s a fancy way of saying I am both an introvert and an extrovert.  Which is just a fancy way of saying that I am both comfortable at home with no friends to spend time with, or I am comfortable out with all the peoples!

And yes, the hubs and I are still very much into our social distance practicing.  And so should you.

I have to say, I miss the peoples.

But not hugely.

Not missing people, but still missing them, one of the joys of being an ambivert.

And, because I have anxiety, it is both a blessing and a curse.  Apparently, I get anxious when I don’t get to leave my house and do things like go to the movies by myself.  And my anxiousness expresses itself through restlessness, otherwise known as that feeling of “I don’t know what I want to do but I do know that it’s none of the things we have in the house and omg I’m gonna go crazy if I don’t figure it out”.

Those moments are usually accompanied by a lot of turning the tv on and back off again, picking up a book only to get bored of it two chapters in, followed up by moments of “I should bake something” only to realize I don’t actually want to bake anything.

Thankfully, I’m also perfectly happy just relaxing on my couch with my cup of tea, blanket, and a book.  I love being a walking contradiction.   It fills me with joy.

Are there any other ambiverts out there?  If so, how are you handling your time at home?

 

My Crafting Space

I built a dresser (pre-Covid-19).  Well, the hubs and I built the dresser.  Basically, I started it.  I did the body, he came in halfway, said “I want to help”, then built all the drawers cause he’s awesome like that.

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It’s like legos for adults.

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After many hours we got it finished!  Huzzah!  All is right with the world!

It is now in its proper place in my craft room!   See how nice it looks with my pegboard.

Why yes, I do have a ribbon habit.

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I’m really happy with how much storage this dresser has in it.  Right now I have one drawer empty.  I’m assuming that will get filled up with fabric.  Or, quite possibly, I just need to go through my fabric collection and donate what I never plan on using so that other drawers are freed up.

Nah.

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And with that, my craft room is mostly done!  I say mostly because whose craft room is ever actually finished.  I am patiently awaiting the day I want to add more stuff.  It’ll happen.  Just you wait and see.

 

I Feel the Need to Change a Thing!

I want to do a house project!

I get the urge every now and then.  Something has to give.

See, I have this wall.  And on this wall, there is a fireplace.

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It looks a little boring, don’t you think?  I mean, the ceiling is the same color as the walls.  In every room in the house!  And the fireplace is the same one in every house in our neighborhood.  But I can’t change the fireplace without contractors.

I don’t want to use contractors right now.  Also, the hubs won’t let me at this moment in time.  His logic is sound.

There is a plague happening right now.

But, I could paint the wall.  I even did a little mock-up from Sherwin Williams to see what it would look like.

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Of course, my painting job would be better than my artistic rendering of the paint I did here.  Accent walls for the win!

I tried a variety of different colors, dark browns, light blues, greens, oranges, even brick reds.  Nothing really worked with the wall color.  But I really like the one above.  It’s called Dark Night.

Of course, I have yet to actually see the color in person.  Again, because plague.  I’ll get there eventually.

Here’s hoping I get to paint this wall soon.

A Case for the Kindle

I know what your thinking.

Why do a post about something that tons of readers already own?  Or can use on their phones?

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Because quite a few don’t.

I used to be one of those people who thought that a Kindle (or any e-reader really) was useless.  Who could possibly want one of those?  Books are superior!  The smell of the pages.  The way a spine cracks on a new book.  Being able to pick a great bookmark.

All of these things are fantastic.  And don’t get me wrong, I have an entire library full of books to read.

But I also have a Kindle.

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My first Kindle was a gift from the hubs before he was the hubs!  He had given it to me right before we were going on our first beach trip together.  He wanted me to be able to take as many books as I could!

Yes, he is the sweetest.

But I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this new device.  I had always been firmly in the ‘books good, Kindle bad’ camp.  Because, to paraphrase Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, books should have a smell.

Suffice it to say, after not having to lug a week’s worth of reading materials to the beach and back, I was a convert.

Now I’m on my second Kindle, I wanted the one that lights up so I could read in bed while the hubs is sleeping without disturbing him.

One of the advantages to the Kindle are the great sales that Amazon regularly has.  You can often find books for $0.99 or higher, sometimes free, in the Kindle store.  New releases are also often cheaper in the Kindle store than they are in hardcover on release day.

You can even borrow library books on your Kindle, which is a great perk. You can also store hundreds of books on your device.  I love that it takes up less space in my purse than an actual book, so I have more room for important things, like receipts.

I also love the complete lack of glare you get when using it.  That’s something you don’t get when using the Kindle app on your phone.  It’s a huge plus when you are in the bright sun somewhere, say on the beach or at the park, and you don’t have to worry about the glare.  Stupid glare!

The real question is do I, a girl who is constantly buying new books to read in physical form because I just can’t help myself, like the Kindle more or less than actual books?

The answer is I like it the same.

 

 

Re-Starting Breath of the Wild

On what appeared later to be the 3rd anniversary of the release of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I decided to replay the game.

Completely start from scratch. From nothing.  All my found Korok seeds, gone.  All my progress, including having actually defeated Calamity Ganon, erased.

Hours and hours of gameplay wiped out with just one stroke.

Yes, I am glad I did it.

Breath of the Wild is my favorite game.  The game is so expansive!  And from the 120 shrines you can conquer to the 900 Korok seeds to find, there is no shortage of things to do.

And while I do enjoy playing other video games, I’m a Nintendo girl, this one holds my heart.

I’m not gonna lie,  just about any Zelda game is my jam, but this one, this one is super special.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have hours and hours of gameplay to lose myself in.

 

Self-Isolating

It seems like the world is ending, so the hubs and I are practicing social distancing, self-isolation, self quarantining.  However you want to say it.

We are staying our butts at home!

For the hubs, this means working from home.  For me, this means having the hubs home every day.  It also means I cook every day.   Luckily, we get Home Chef, I love them, so we can get some diverse meals that I don’t have to put any thought into.

I am glad I had the forethought to get out to the store before it got really bad and the stores sold out of all the things.   I bought things that freeze easily and last long in the pantry.  So basically, tacos, chili, and spaghetti.  Not to mention the lasagna and chicken bake I already had in the freezer.  And of course, all the snacks.

You can’t self-isolate without snacks.

Just not too many.

As for activities, I am still trying to figure those out.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’ve been exploring the massive video game library we have.  I downloaded Marco Polo (it was a friend’s idea) and have been encouraging friends and family to do the same.  It’s a fun app that allows you to send what are, essentially, video messages to each other.

I’ve also had a very cuddly cat this past week, where I go, she goes.  It’s been sweet. and I’ve also gotten covered in cat hair.  So, downside.

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I have a craft project I am going to start up again.  It’s pretty important to me.  I had started it back in November, then had gotten sick, and just hadn’t got back down to doing it.  I really need to finish it.  So I will be working on that.

What are you going to be doing while you are social distancing?

Something to Make You Smile

If you are feeling down right now here are some Facebook and/or Instagram pages to fill your feed and bring a smile to your face!

Bertie the Pom: Bertie is a Brown Pomeranian and is absolutely adorable. He looks like Paddington Bear!  Facebook  Instagram 

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The Awkward Yeti: It’s a series of comics about fun-loving Heart and serious Brain. Always good for a chuckle or a smile.  Facebook Instagram

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Lunarbaboon: Another comic series about a man and his mental health journey. It’s very positive and heartwarming as he goes about life with his family.  Facebook Instagram

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Norbert: Norbert is an adorable therapy dog (his little tongue sticks out!!!) who also happens to be very tiny! He’s very very cute. Facebook Instagram

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Nathan W. Pyle: He draws aliens doing human things. Need I say more.  Facebook Instagram

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Catana Comics: One last comic series. It’s all humorous little glimpses into the artist’s life with her fiance! The cartoons are adorably sweet.  Facebook Instagram

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And here you have it!  A few accounts I follow that make me smile in these troubling times.

Trying to Have a Green Thumb

I’m trying, desperately trying, to have a green thumb.

See, I have killed most of the plants I have had over the last few years.  Well, the hubs killed at least one.  It was an accident!  But still!  He killed it!  And it was the first one!  My first plant.  Well, the first indoor plant.  And the outdoor ones all seem to do fine.

So far.

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See that one plant?  the plant with all the dead leaves?  It was a gift and I’ve barely kept it going.  I’m splitting it up and re-potting some of it so that the rest survives.

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I found these cute little pots at Marshalls today to re-pot one of the plants with.  So naturally, since I only really needed the one pot, I had to find a new plant to go in the other pot.

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I’m hoping this little guy will survive a long time!

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He’s part of my collection!  Hopefully, they will all survive!

 

Re-Reading A Favorite

Why is it that re-reading a favorite book is like saying hello to a good friend you haven’t seen in a while?  It’s doesn’t matter how much time has passed, it’s like no time has passed at all.

I recently decided to re-read the Harry Potter series because I may be going to Universal Studios Orlando next year.  The idea of the trip sparked some nostalgia in me.  It made me want to revisit some old friends.

I haven’t picked these books up in at least ten years, being quite content to watch the movie adaptations.  This re-read made me smile at the favorite things I missed that weren’t in the movies, like Hermione trying to free all the Hogwarts house-elves.

I was in my twenties when I picked up my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I remember feeling baffled at all of these people, these grown folks, loving a children’s book series.

And then I became one of them.

I quickly went out and purchased the next three books in the series.  I was hooked.

And I never looked back.