Thursday Things

Thursday Things

Yet another sleepless night in the hood. Every time I am about to finally drift off there is significant noise that wakes me right back up again. Sigh.

My brain thus far refuses to retain any information from my pharmacy tech class. Which is depressing and frustrating on many levels. Even when I’ve literally just read an assignment, when I get to the review questions I can not remember anything to be able to answer correctly. Not feeling too confident about this path I’m on right now… πŸ˜”

I’m trying hard to stay positive but like everything else right now I am failing miserably at it. Things just aren’t going well at all, I’m lonely and frustrated and just flat out miserable. I may take a break from blogging for a while, not sure. I have a few more Tuesday Tunes scheduled already but other than that… I dunno. We’ll see.

Until next time. xoxo

Tuesday Tunes

Tuesday Tunes

Yes this is Britney Spears’s little sister. I always preferred Jamie Lynn’s music once she had recorded a couple things, but she hasn’t recorded much. She said (many years ago) she didn’t want to encroach on her sister’s spotlight. Not to mention the few times she has released music people insist on comparing her to Britney which can’t be easy. She seems to be doing well in the (country) music industry in a more “behind the scenes” role though, writing songs that others pick up and record. So. There’s that. But I just love her voice and wish she herself would release a full album. Oh well. Maybe some day.

Until next time. xoxo

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday

I brought work home with me yesterday, I couldn’t help it. I work with cakes and cookies on a normal day and am not tempted by them (well, the cakes. Some of the cookies, however…) but put me in charge of making chocolate covered strawberries and not eating my work becomes a challenge.

Of course one of the biggest problems with this setup is that everyone assumes the tray of finished strawberries are for sampling. They’re not. They’re so I have some already made to package up and sell, since the chocolate needs to set a bit before packaging. So many people just reach right out to take one, without asking or waiting for me to tell them they’re not for sampling. One man in particular took one even after I had told him they were not for sampling. A few minutes later he snuck behind me while I was working on more and took a second. A short while later he did the same, taking a third. I had to tell him that was the last one. At that point he had taken nearly $5 worth of berries. Thankfully he didn’t take more after that, or I would have had to call for one of my managers. Even if they HAD been for sampling, ONE is plenty. I mean, they’re samples not a free meal. As in, if you don’t know if you like it you may try a small amount to find out before you purchase a larger amount.πŸ˜’

The girls and I have had a rough go lately. Ok, me moreso than them but my unease means their routine changes and that is hard on them. Y’all already know about the chihuahua from hell that the folks across the street own and let run freely around the neighborhood, and that every so often other bigger dogs roam into our yard as well. The chihuahua has always been the only loose dog consistently coming into our yard, and annoying as that is I know if push comes to shove my girls can deal with him. It’s the occasional bigger dogs that worry me. And recently a big German Shepherd has been making a habit of coming after us when we’re outside. He’s bigger than Princess, and has zero fear of getting close/coming at us. After three encounters of him popping up seemingly out of nowhere (then disappearing just as quickly once we are back inside so I can’t see where he goes to try to figure out who he may belong to) I have turned into a nervous wreck every time the girls have to potty. I don’t let them go too far from the door now, and am constantly scanning the perimeter of the yard for that dog, and the girls get hauled back inside within 5 minutes. I feel awful they don’t get to be outside more. I felt bad about that already when our outings would be 15 minutes or so at a time. But they are all I’ve got, they’re everything to me, and I can not risk one or both of them getting hurt or worse because neighbors can’t/don’t care to contain their animals. It’s going to take roughly $1,000 to fence the back yard though and I just don’t have that kind of money. πŸ˜•

I have a constantly growing list of things I want and need to do around here but never have the money for any of it. I’m doing the best I can right now but my best is proving to not be anywhere near enough. I need a sugar daddy, I swear… it’s the only way I’m going to be able to cross anything off this list…

Last week the girls knocked over a little stand I had in the living room, while I was away from home. (I suspect someone, or something, outside was agitating them but I will never know for sure.) The stand broke as did the flower pot that was sitting on it. I tried to fix the stand but it won’t hold. Sad, as I really liked it and had plans to do an epoxy top on it. Oh well. I have a new plan now of something I can do with it. I just need to figure out the parts and tools I will need, then try to actually get hold of all of it to do it. That will be a future post. Hopefully. The way things have been going for me I’m not sure I can get to it, not any time soon anyway.

I’ve got several pictures I want to frame and hang up around the house, but finding affordable frames in the sizes I need and styles I like is a challenge. What I really need to do is go back Pittsburgh to visit my dad, and go to my old favorite craft store there to get frames. They always have a great selection and often have great sales too. I haven’t found any such places here. There is a Hobby Lobby but honestly I’m underwhelmed by the store. I’d never been close to one before so had only ever heard about them but heard great things. Now that I’ve been to one a handful of times… it’s highly overrated in my opinion. Overpriced and overrated. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m spoiled by that store back in Pittsburgh…

Well I’ve only got a couple hours of free time left to my day and I would like to try to get some cleaning up done with it. I’m off. I hope y’all are having a good week.

Until next time. xoxo

Blogging For Books, Melting Pot

Book Review

Zen Camera by David Ulrich

I found the premise of this book interesting. It is meant to help guide you to develop your unique style and self expression through photography.

I love photography, but with big life changes and challenges, it’s fallen to the back burner and I haven’t been able to devote nearly as much time to it as I used to, and frankly I just don’t enjoy it like I once did. I had hoped this book might help get me back into the swing of things. I wanted to love it, but it fell short of my expectations.

There are some good nuggets of wisdom hidden throughout the chapters and some of the exercises suggested are compelling enough, but as a whole the book is much too verbose. I expected it to be more of a guided journal type of book, with more exercises and actual tasks to complete, but it’s essentially a very wordy sharing of the author’s opinions and a few ideas for you to try out thrown in for good measure.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Melting Pot, No Filter Friday

No Filter Friday

The one thing that bothers me is the handle on the smallest fry pan doesn’t match the rest of the set. WHY? I’m OCD about things matching, so this drives me bonkers!

Well I finally got myself a new set of cookware! It’s not the set I had been eyeing back in Pittsburgh before I moved – that set seems to have been a unicorn as I’ve never found that exact set in any other stores or online, not even on the manufacturer’s web site. Very odd indeed. But anyway the set I did end up getting is from that same brand, and is a turquoise color that coordinates nicely with my KitchenAid mixer which is the appliance I’m building the colors in my kitchen around. Having items from numerous brands means nothing actually matches – even within the KitchenAid brand the items with the same color don’t match exactly – but as long as I can stick with the general light turquoise/aqua color theme, I’m good.

Anyway I really shouldn’t have spent the money, this I know… but I really really wanted some good cookware. I have a small mish-mash of things I’ve been using but with literally only a handful of pots and pans I’ve often found myself feeling frustrated with the limited options I have had to work with. The set I picked up this week is an 18 piece set that includes a decent variety of sizes of pots and fry pans with lids, all of which will work very nicely for my needs; a steamer basket, two baking pans, and four heat-resistant plastic utensils. The sets were $60 (+ tax) and they had initially had about 20 in this color available but when I was last at the store there were just 3 sets left. I stood there for a solid five minutes debating, trying hard to talk myself OUT of spending the money. But I ended up talking myself IN to the purchase instead. I justified it by considering the baking pans which as y’all may recall I mentioned not all that long ago I still use my grandma’s bakeware and it’s so old and worn at this point it truly needs replaced, the inclusion of the steamer basket to help me make cooking fresh veggies a bit easier, and I had $10 saved up on Savings Catcher which no isn’t a lot (I’ve redeemed small amounts numerous times and larger amounts a couple times so had been working on trying to save up again) but I figured if I used thatΒ  I could consider that $10 “off” the price of the set and $50 for 18 pieces of pretty new cookware, bakeware, and a couple utensils to use with them… *shrug* I can find a way to justify damn near anything, a skill that’s sometimes good but usually bad… ^^’

I have only cooked with the new pans a couple times as of now, but so far I am super pleased with my purchase! I made some pancakes for breakfast this morning and without putting any butter or oil in the pan, none of them stuck to the pan at all. This is fascinating to me as my past experiences with other non-stick pans has been that especially for something like pancakes you still need to use a bit of butter or oil and even then stuff would still sometimes stick. To not use any butter or oil at all, and not have problems with the pancakes sticking, is amazing to me.

Anyway I’m off, I’ve got some cleaning up to tackle. I hope y’all have a great weekend!

Until next time. xoxo

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday

Had a customer yesterday who I would be thrilled to NEVER see again. Long story short, without getting into the details, we will leave it at he felt it was ok to make inaropriate comments and gestures. Yuck.

I see the latest WordPress app update had some decent changes to adjusting formatting in a post, though they STILL haven’t made an easy way to change the text justification. That’s such a simple thing, and something essential for a blogger to be able to change easily… why they can’t seem to add that functionality to the app I don’t think I will ever understand. It seems that using the html editor (or is it CSS? I honestly don’t know. For all intents and purposes I am going to call it html.) to adjust the text justification is not working – once I click to exit html mode the text is all still left justified rather than centered which I prefer. Maybe the change still applies even if it doesn’t show uo correctly in the editor. Maybe just a bug they’ll have to address in the next update.

I know I missed last week’s NFF. I have had a lot going on and have been super stressed out and just not in the mood to do NFF, honestly. I will still try to get those posts up each week but I don’t know if I’ll be sticking with it as well as I did last year.

I’d like to get an elliptical machine but so far have not had any luck finding a good one that I could even ever hope to afford some day. Amazon has some with good prices however they only have 12″-14″ stride lengths. The recommended stride length for my height is 16″-18″. I looked on Craigslist but folks on there don’t mention or know the stride length of their machines. Not to mention they all seem to want way too much money for USED machines. Especially the ones that are very clearly from the late 80s/early 90s. (Like clothing you can just tell by the styles lol) Hopefully at some point I can get one. I need to lose weight and elliptical machines are a way to exercise that I actually don’t hate. Treadmills are not awful except that they are so loud. So my preference lies with elliptical machines.

I’m off to tackle some housework. I hope y’all are having a good week thus far.

Until next time. xoxo