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Top Ten things I learned from 1 1/2 years of blogging

1.) Really enjoy it. For me, it’s a hobby. Would I love to make a full time salary off it and be able to do it full time? Of course! Will that happen for me? Probably not. In a year and a half I made a grand total of $8.00 off ads on my blog and $20.00 in book sales. I write because I love to and I found that since it is a favorite hobby, I want to keep in enjoyable.
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2.) Don’t test products unless you really want to promote them.
I did a review of a product and I had to promote it for 2 weeks. I loved getting the stuff and trying it out, I didn’t like promoting it so much all over. That’s just me though and probably why I haven’t looked for other things. Would I love to get free stuff?? Yeah! But I only would want to promote the stuff I really, really wanted to tell my readers about. In my case I signed a contract and then I was mad at myself.
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3.) Do not agree to guest blog on someone else’s blog UNLESS you REALLY want to.
A long time ago I was asked to participate in a travel blog collection. Someone was doing an all 50 states and where should you go type of collection. I thought it sounded really cool and I figured it would link back to my blog, so more traffic. I was asked to do my state and I wrote about all the places that we loved to visit, where to eat and all the fun things we liked to do.
Writing it wasn’t a problem, what sort of made me upset was I was asked to add a bunch of stuff and then I never really saw it promoted by the person once they posted it on their blog.
I ended up posting it to my blog after a couple months because I worked really hard on it. Probably harder than I worked on a lot of my previous blogs at that point. I was proud of it. It inspired me to write about a lot of our family vacations and where we go and what we do… I just started a virtual trip weekly since I can’t plan real vacations right now.
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4.) Support other blogs and you will see it returned. Even if you don’t get supported back, support other blogs anyway. I love finding good people to follow and even though I don’t read every single week, I try to stop by at least once a month to see what they are up too. Like, follow, comment, participate.
11 Fantastic Ways to Help and Support Bloggers You Love
5.) Set goals but don’t beat yourself up about not hitting them.
In the beginning I was all about views. All about it. I counted them and loved seeing the daily and monthly views grow. And then they didn’t for a while. They just stayed around the same and I really got discouraged. I promised myself I would give it a good year and I did. Some months are better, some months are not that great. Any views are better than no views.
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6.) Take a break if you need too.
I really burned out last summer. My initial goal was to post one blog every day that I went to my real job. Like it wouldn’t be hard. I was such a fool. I found myself repeating myself throughout the blog posts because I was burning out.
It started to feel like a job some days just to come up with something new to write. I stopped forcing it. I now write a couple times a week, I promote each post for a few hours across twitter, pintrest and facebook and then I let it go.
I want to build content and I want it to be interesting.
Take a Break – Lionel Sneed Ministries
7.) Do not compare yourself to other people and their blogs.
There was one person who started around the same time as me and she was making money within months. I honestly felt like I wasn’t doing enough, like I should be doing more and like I was failing. When I asked, she said she would help me, if I took her course. I declined.
I am not a sales person, I have never been a good one. If you ask me what I think, I’ll tell you the truth. Do you need this? Probably not. Why?  Because if you asked my advice I would give it to you for free. I wouldn’t think of putting a course together and selling it. Because then I would have to sell it, and I am not a good sales person. But that’s how she’s making money. Great for her, not what I want to do.
I personally don’t have a lot of money to invest in this. I realized this is something I enjoy doing on the side of my work and family and that’s just the way it is for me, for now. The point is, don’t compare yourself to other people. Just do you.
Don't compare yourself to others - LJ Nissen's blog
8.) There is so much to learn and so much that goes into blogging. Writing is just the tip of it. Promoting, marketing and growing takes a lot of time. I joined other blogging sites, I cross post to a lot of places and I have finally given up on even looking at instagram. How to people blog on instagram?
I haven’t even scratched the surface of SEO, I don’t even really know what that means. But I try to pick good key words and pray for the best. If you’re in this to win, there is a lot to know.
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9.) Write what works for you. Write what you know. It’s easier.
I read a lot about how you need to pick a niche to be successful in blogging. That wasn’t for me. I’m not a niche writer. One day I feel like traveling and the next I want to review a movie. The next day I’m feeling kind of shitty and want to talk about that. I write what I want and that’s what works for me.
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10.) Don’t give up! Keep writing. Keep doing it because you love it. Be proud of yourself and be proud of your work. You got this!
Don't Give Up on Your Writing - Dianne Jacob, Will Write For Food
After one and a half years, I will keep going. Lately, I have slowed down. Mostly because we aren’t going anywhere. I actually felt slightly depressed Monday about not having a BBQ and not being around my friends. It’s been almost 3 months now. So I didn’t even post a blog that day. I’m okay with that. After one and a half years I have sort of found my groove and I like my groove. It doesn’t make me money, but it does make me happy.
Happy Blogiversary!!!! – Mrs. Accountabilitee
What about you? What is something blogging really taught you? Why do you blog? Any advice for other bloggers?
Here’s to another year!

SCOOB!- A Family Review

 We love going to the movies and if all this weren’t going on right now, we would have gone to see this in the theater. Instead, we rented it, had a drink made some snacks and settled in with pillows and covers and puppies.
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First up, snacks! My son loves only 2 kinds of popcorn, Act 2 Extreme butter from the microwave and movie theater popcorn. So he made his own bag of popcorn and chocolate milk.
My daughter is all about the snack trays when we watch movies at home. She usually throws a soft pretzel on there and some kind of fruit, usually strawberries.
I made stove top popcorn for my husband, daughter and me. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of kernels once the oil is hot. Cover and let it pop. We drizzle melted butter and salt on ours. Delish.
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My son: Yes. It was really good. Except for the part where he died. I liked the super caveman guy. I would recommend everyone see this. I liked that we watched it at home but I would have seen it in the theaters if we could have.
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My daughter: I liked it. I liked Scooby and Shaggy. I thought it was funny and fun. I would recommend for you to see it.
When SHAGGY Met SCOOBY in SCOOB! First Trailer
Me: I liked it. There were some cheesy parts but it’s a kids movie. I thought it was fun. I would watch it again. I thought it was worth the $20.00 fee and liked that we were home and comfy. Even though I really do miss going to the theaters, I think this was a good home rental.
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I really enjoyed the movie. I didn’t know much about it going in. I didn’t even really know who was in it until I saw the opening cast credits.
Spoiler-free review: I really enjoyed the movie (repetitive, I know). It did a good job exploring the relationship between Shaggy and Scooby. I’d have liked a bit more of the rest of the Mystery Inc team for more of the movie, but the movie is named Scoob and it’s REALLY focused hardcore on Shaggy and Scooby. The rest of the cast is great though, and the vast majority of the jokes are hilarious. I thought a few of the reference jokes are going to age poorly and really date the film; but overall we had a real laugh out loud experience and a lot of fun.
Scoob! to arrive on VOD and digital in May
Now for the spoiler-laden review: Last chance to cut out.
The introduction of Scooby and Shaggy was really cute. Simon Cowell showing up was a funny surprise. The team making fun of pop culture references actually got funnier as the movie went on. Especially when Velma delivered a joke about Shaggy’s characterization. At least I think it was Velma. The movie needs a rewatch. It was funny enough that it deserves a rewatch.
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So there’s a lot of callbacks to older Hanna Barbera cartoons. They’re not really blink and you’ll miss them. Captain Caveman features for part of the movie and Tracy Morgan has a really good time playing him. Early on you get DinoMutt and Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon Jr. Mark Wahlberg is absolutely hilarious. DinoMutt and DeeDee (yes, one of the Teen Angels) are clearly the competent members of the team, and they absolutely suffer for their competence the entire movie. Which means Mark Wahlberg is having a blast, and so we were while watching it.
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But why is Blue Falcon Jr here anyway? Why are the usually kinda, sorta fairly-grounded Scooby Team involved with BF in this adventure? Now full-stop. I say kinda grounded because in the original series, the hijinks were always a result of the villain using some sort of smoke and mirrors. You don’t get supernatural elements until you venture outside of the original series, especially in the standalone movies and the absolutely fantastic Mystery Incorporated series. But here? The team starts by dealing with rather mundane smoke and mirrors type stuff. And here’s the actual spoiler: Dick Dastardly is hunting down Scooby because he’s the last remaining descendant of Alexander the Great’s dog and the key to unlocking the gate to the Underworld where he kept his treasure.
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So the movie jumps the shark fairly early, then the Mystery Inc team become background players while Shaggy and Scooby gallivant around with BF and his team (mind you, this is actually properly setup in the plot). Scoob and Shaggy’s relationship starts to have issues because Scoob is absolutely integral to the villain’s scheme and Shaggy is told he’s nobody. DeeDee and DinoMutt continue to try to teach BF Jr. how to be a hero, but it turns out that besides being incompetent, he’s scared of the role.
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The resolution for that situation which ends in BF becoming a hero? Satisfying. The resolution for Scoob and Shaggy’s flagging relationship? Absolutely falls flat. Much like the climax of the third act. Now the reunion of everyone on the way there, the b plots with the team escaping Dick Dastardly, Dick Dastardly being a master of disguise, and even Muttley’s appearance are all excellent. It’s just that the ending builds up to this real “one must sacrifice everything” situation that seems really stupid. I get that it’s now a Hanna Barbera Shared Universe. But you’ve already established a bunch of stuff. Cerebrus, the Underworld, Supernatural elements, the rest of the Laff-A-Lympics crew existing to some degree in the same world. The last swerve at the end of a kids movie being one of the heroes having to sacrifice themselves to forever lock the gate to the Underworld is not only ham-fisted, you know they’re going to reverse it.
Dick Dastardly (Scoob!) | Villains Wiki | Fandom
The payoff of the plot is my real issue with the movie. Everything else was very enjoyable, downright hilarious, great casting for the most part, lots of nostalgic callbacks, and very, very well executed.
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Would I see it in theaters? Well thanks to COVID-19 our house is now the theater so yeah, I’d upgrade what we have to rewatch it. It was honestly a really good movie.
Did you see this movie yet? What did you think?

Virtual Road Trip – Philly, PA

This week I am (virtual) traveling to Philly (Philadelphia, PA) . I always wanted to go here for a Philly Cheese steak, climb the “Rocky” Steps and just to visit.Pictures USA Philadelphia Bridges Rivers Evening 1600x1200
First, Where are we staying?
I picked
AKA- University City the 2 bedroom penthouse suite… Because we’re fancy and this is a pretend weekend. 🙂

Hotel AKA University City, Philadelphia, PA - Booking.comFirst thing first, the Philly food tour. I am all about food tours after our trip to San Diego. I love spending a day walking around and trying different places.

This tour sounds good and the reviews are pretty positive. Plus, we get to explore little and get to do a little local shopping after.

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Next up, we’re taking a BYOB trolly ride. I get to see lots of sights AND enjoy wine on the way? Sign me up!

This one has 4 stops and it drives by a ton of places.Tripadvisor | BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of ...
On the day we’re leaving I want to swing by the Franklin Institute. It looks like fun.The Philadelphia Science Festival 2014 Photo Gallery

And stopping by Pat’s to try the Philly Cheesesteak. Whiz wit. Cheese and onions…Yes, please.'s King of Steaks Now Delivers Cheesesteaks Nationwide - Eater ...
That’s our weekend trip to Philadelphia, PA. Have you been? Where would you go? Where would you recommend?

Personal Check in – Week 9

Hey Everyone! I haven’t been able to really come up with anything good to write lately. I have a few idea for later in the week. It just feels like everyday is the same. We have zero outdoor plans besides house and yard work, and I’ve already written about that.
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The kids are home schooling and have 4 weeks left. My husband and I are both lucky enough to be able to work from home. Both our jobs are in no rush to get people back in the office because we actually are able to operate just fine with everyone working from home. We’re settling in and have a little routine going now. I have started to learn better balance and am now not answering work emails outside of a normal work day. That was a little overwhelming for me at first. Also, taking breaks helps too.
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We have decided that we are not sending the kids to camp this year. One, they cancelled the town camp. Two, I heard the camp that we usually send them to is already filled since they lowered the amount of kids they can take. Three, and my main reason is, there is a new terrible thing happening to some kids that get Covid-19 and we are just not comfortable sending them if we don’t have to. We don’t have to. IF our jobs start cycling people into the office over the summer, they still need to maintain the 6 foot rule and it’s really not possible in either of our jobs to have everyone in at the same time. So we’ll just figure it out when we get to that bridge.
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I haven’t heard anything about school next year. A few things floating around about less hours, smaller classes, really just ideas people are throwing out at the moment and nothing decided on yet. I don’t expect to hear anything really until August.
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The state is going to start opening a few things on 5/20/2020. Like the beaches, a couple parks and a few businesses. Half capacity they say, I hope people listen. I would love to start walking at the beach this year. My daughter and I have started walking at the cemetery my Dad is buried in. It’s really a beautiful cemetery, but also a little weird when my daughter is reading all the headstones as we pass. There are usually a couple other people walking there too, but far enough away.
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I’m still getting Instacart delivered once a week from the grocery store but I did go shopping at Stew Leonard’s for the first time in a month and a half today. My friend was joking about PTSD after that woman fainted in front of me, but that is really why I don’t want to go back yet. I am still nervous to go back to Shoprite. Plus, honestly everything still feels so weird. The lines, the masks and gloves and sanitizer. I get it and I’ll follow the rules, but it’s just so unnatural to me still. I’ll get used to it, baby steps. So I’ll continue the Instacart deliveries from there for a little while longer.
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This morning was alright. I choose to start here because this store is basically a one way store already and it feels like the layout isn’t that much different. People were for the most part keeping distance and waiting. Except a few people who just walked back and forth and got really close to other people. Some people really are assholes and only seem to think of themselves. I felt comfortable enough that I will go back next week.
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And that’s pretty much it for us. The weather is getting nicer, the trees are filing in, it’s spring in Connecticut. I hope you are safe and well and I am really looking forward to summer.
Connecticut Gardens, public gardens, rose gardens, garden shows
How about you? How are you doing?

Virtual Road Trip – 5.7.2020 – Portland, Maine.

I went out to the post office today for work and decided to get gas since I was out and it’s been a while… $1.95 per gallon! $15.00 to fill up! So cheap it made me wish I could come home and pack the family up and take a quick road trip. I felt sad for a bit about not being able to really go anywhere and then I thought, Fuck it! I’m taking a virtual road trip today. Where would I go if I could?
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Portland, Maine, USA cause I am in the mood to see some moose, eat some lobster and walk around looking at cool lighthouses.
Portland, ME
First where would I stay?
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My pick today:
The Press Hotel Penthouse Suite… Cause why the heck not? It would fit all four of us and it looks cool. Plus, I could write my next best seller on the Royal Typewriter. We’re staying for a long weekend because I’m not actually paying for it.
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What are we going to do?
A little shopping in Old Port.
old port - Portland Downtown

Doesn’t it just look cool?

Portland Museum of Art:
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I love me some art.
See some light houses in Cape Elizabeth:
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Go Hiking on the Casci Bay Islands – Great Diamond Island:
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I can smell the salty air.

Take a Walking Food Tour:
Portland Old Port Culinary Walking Tour | Maine Foodie Tours
Before we leave, I want to swing by the Portland Observatory. It just looks like a cool stop.
The Portland Observatory — Greater Portland Landmarks
Where would you go for a weekend getaway?
This was actually kind of fun! And maybe once this is all calmed down I can actually plan a real road trip here.
I think I am going to take another Virtual Road Trip next week…. Maybe I’ll ask the kids and husband where they want to go.😉

InstaCart Price Mark ups- Is it worth it?

I have been getting 2 carts every week for the past 2 weeks and I scheduled for 2 more weeks. I have loved it. I know that they mark things up a little but but I am willing to let that slide a little bit for the convenience of not going to the store and freaking out. The last time I went to the store someone fainted in front of me and I cried all the way home because I was so scared.
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I live in Connecticut. More specifically Fairfield county. Which is the hardest hit county in this State so far. That’s us, all the dark green at the bottom.
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Saturday my husband suggested that I try to get a Costco cart because our son will only eat the chicken nuggets from Costco. So I logged in, saw that there was a cart available within 5 hours and I signed up! I threw the chicken nuggets, chicken breast, some wings, goat cheese and ziplocks in the cart and checked out.
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The one thing they couldn’t find was the one reason why we ordered from there in the first place. No Chicken nuggets. 😞 I did get my chicken breast, frozen wings, goat cheese and ziplocks. The guy came and dropped it off and left the receipt in my box. The actual cost of my Costco cart with tax was $69.64. Instacart charged me $99.77.
Why Does Instacart Charge More Than the Store? (or do they?)
I was kind of shocked honestly. This is a breakdown of my Items:
Boneless Chicken Breast:
Instacart: $31.40, Actual: $25.44. – $5.96 more
Frozen wings:
Instacart : $26.89 , Actual : $21.99. – $4.90 more
Zip locks:
Instacart: $17.99   , Actual $ 14.69 – $3.30 more
Goat Cheese:
Instacart: $8.09    , Actual $ 6.59. – $1.50 more
Instacart $1.14. , Actual $0.93.
Instacart $12.66 (%15)
Service Fee:
Instacart : $1.60 (what is this even?)
Instacart $99.77. Actual: $69.64 Difference $30.13
I am not disputing the tax or tip or service fee … It’s the huge mark up on the actual products that really struck me! I just felt really taken advantage of.
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I looked online and got on a chat with someone at Instacart. I got disconnected. Then I got on another chat with Fernando, who left me waiting for so long that the chat timed out. Then I got another lady who said the receipt in the system was there… That’s not what I was asking. I was asking why there is an additional $15.66 added to the food? She sent me to someone else. I was put on hold for a long time and then told that Costco marked up the price because the stores pay a fee to use the instacart service platform and mark up the items to cover parts of the fee, Instacart has no control over it.
But Instacart also charges a Service fee. Why so many additional fees Instacart?
Instacart Delivery Reviews 2020
I have used this service for Shop Rite and Stew Leonards and I know they mark up prices but it’s not so much per item. Now that I think about it, it probably does add up over 20 items!
This mark up just seems really excessive to me. Has anyone else noticed this?
I think I am going to be looking a little more closely at the receipts but also, I think after the next 2 weeks I am going to start going shopping by myself again and cancel my membership to Instacart.
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The customer service was terrible. Being passed from one person to the next and taking over 1 1/2 hours to answer a question is a little ridiculous.
What are your thoughts? Have you used Instacart or something like it?

Birthday Celebrations and Lock down

Today is my friends 39th Birthday! Happy Birthday to Jenny!
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I had a dream last night it was my birthday (which is in September) and my husband was like “Happy 40th!” And I was like, “What? No! I’m 39…” And then he told me to do the math and I was actually 40. I had to check with him this morning that we are in fact 38 turning 39 this year, that’s how real it felt. Stupid dreams.
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Today since we can’t celebrate in person we are going to do a birthday parade drive-by. Honking and singing. My sister bought a cupcake making kit from the grocery store. It’s really cute! It’s got 3 icing bags, 12 cupcakes and sprinkles. We’re dropping this off with some balloons. That way she can have something fun to do with her kids too. Then later tonight, after the kids go to bed, we are going to meet on the App Houseparty and have a drink and hang out with a bunch of people. It should be fun! Not as much fun as hanging out together but better than nothing. I’m going to have a delicious dry martini with extra olives, yum.
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Sunday we are having a Zoom book club again. The second one now. We’re probably going to have to have at least two or three more of these. It’s sad because I miss my friends but I am also happy that we are all (or most of us) taking this seriously and being safe. I am happy that these apps exist and they make it easier for us all to get together.
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Could you imagine having to 3 way call, like when I was a kid? Someone would start off calling two people and then they would call and link the next person with 3 way, and they would call and link someone else until there were like 10 people on the phone.
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So that’s how we’re celebrating this year so that hopefully next year we can all be together to celebrate our 40th year.
Oh yeah, and it’s May 1st tomorrow!
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How are you celebrating birthdays during the lock downs?

Weekend – Lock Down Style

This weekend was alright. I ended up drinking a couple bottles of wine over the course of it and now I am going to lay off the sauce for another week. I was just bored. But I did notice that I got a terrible nights sleep last night and I really do blame that on the delicious wine.
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Friday night my kids and I laid in bed and watched part of Toy Story 4 on my laptop. I got my mothers day gift early (I’m inpatient and I saw the box). It’s a tray table for bed and I love it. I wanted it for reading or just hanging out and we have been putting it to good use lately. | Breakfast ...
Saturday I needed to get out. I was going a little stir crazy from not going anywhere so I took my daughter and we went to go visit my dad’s grave at the cemetery. It was such a beautiful day that we ended up walking around a little bit. I know this might sound really crazy but the cemetery is beautiful. I was actually surprised by how many people were there walking and running. My daughter was reading all the head stones while we passed them. It was kind of creepy but also really nice to be outside on a gorgeous spring day walking.
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When we got home my husband took our daughter out while he cleaned up the backyard and I just chilled. Then we watched the rest of Toy Story 4 and started a new movie.
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Sunday we chilled most of the day. It was really crappy out. My friend stopped by and dropped off some Ribs they had smoked. My mother in law stopped and dropped off some food she had picked up too. So we didn’t have to cook at all! I ate all day, drank wine and read my book club book. We have book club this coming Sunday and I usually have already finished the book but this time… I just haven’t been in the mood to read. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because we picked one on the iPad and I prefer to read a book. Maybe cause I am not really into this book. Probably a combination of both, but I am getting through it alright. I’ll finish by Sunday. I’ll probably finish tonight.
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Other than that, nothing really fabulous. I think that’s just how most of our weekends are going to be for a while. I do miss my friends though. I miss hanging out together.
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How about you? How was your weekend?

Sweatpants all day

Yes please, and thank you. I have been flat out comfy for the past 6 weeks. I never knew how many stretch pants and sweatpants, not jeans or work pants, I owned. Answer, a lot.
When you work from home, every day is (very) casual Friday
I also have a ton of tank tops in much more colors than my usual black or white. I have been trying to work my way through them and I find that I’m still picking the ones on top. Wear, wash, repeat. So I think this weekend I am going to actually go through my drawers.
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I’ve been trying to hold off in hopes the no drinking/ yoga/ eating better might ignite my metabolism and I would drop those 30 lbs I’ve been meaning to… Until pizza and wine gets brought up and then I think I’m fine as I am.
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Anyway, I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to do anything except switch from wine to water and it would melt off. Surprise, it hasn’t. Apparently you have to stop eating ice cream too. Shocking, I know. Still, I’ve somehow managed to lose 5 lbs. which is great. I get so happy in the morning  thinking I must be down,  I blame my loose pants. Like I feeeelll like I’m down a pound. Then I get on the scale and nope. I’m actually up a pound…
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 I hope to keep going down but I think it’s time to go through my stuff again and finally get rid of the stuff I hoped to get back into. It ain’t happening. Even if it does, at this rate, it won’t ever fit the same again. Soo I’ll be cleaning out the closet and drawers this weekend.
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I did have a call with my job this morning. They are talking about how to get everyone back in to work and they are thinking a staggered entry would be best to start. Maybe half the department 3 times a week and the other half twice, and everyone will have to wear masks. But it’s all talk right now and they aren’t even sure if June is an option yet, maybe later at this point. As of now, I’ll stick to my sweatpants and work from home.
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How are you doing?

Covid-19 Spring Cleaning

Since we are stuck in the house until further notice, my husband and I have started to tackle the to do projects we have been putting off. This is our list of current house projects that we are finally getting to!
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Ring Security System.
We bought the ring door bell a couple months ago and we like it so much that we went and purchased the security system. We were able to get a discount using the Amex card, and since we already had a membership for our doorbell, we got an additional 10% off. Nice, right?
I didn’t realize that you have to register with the police department, which makes sense when you think about it. Once we registered we were able to submit and get a discount on our home owners insurance… Even nicer!
I feel safer even though I didn’t really feel not safe to begin with. We have 3 huge dogs and my answer to my daughters monster question is always ” The dogs bark at the wind, you don’t think they would bark at a monster?” It seems to be a satisfactory answer.
I will be doing a review on the security system in a couple months, after we use it a bit. Since we have been home, I haven’t really had to arm or disarm it much so I will have to get use to it once we can go out. – We also bought a back door camera, driveway camera and a couple spot lights. Next on the list are the solar path lights for the front. If we’re doing this, we’re doing it all.
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Tiller, backyard maintenance.
We fenced in the back yard last year because 3 big dogs need out door space. They like to run and play and since it rained instead of snowed here all winter, our backyard turned into a giant mud puddle. We have to till and re seed about half of it. This past week the tiller arrived and this past weekend my husband started to prep the backyard. I can’t wait for the grass to grow back. We ordered seed that has deeper roots in hopes that it will withstand the dogs. We’ll find out! We plant this coming weekend.
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Front yard flowers-
I ordered two new knock out rose bushes for the front yard. We have 2 rose bushes out front now and I love them. Low maintenance (good for me because I tend to kill everything), they bloom all summer and they look pretty. I can’t wait for these to get here so I can plant and fertilize.
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Inside cleaning-
Besides our usual every other week deep cleaning, we’re cleaning out the closets and getting rid of things we don’t need or use anymore. I am super excited about this. The other thing we have to do is thaw out the deep freezer so we can clean that. I am working on using everything in it since we are home and cooking all the time now. A few more weeks and we should be good.
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How about you? Are you Spring Cleaning? What’s on your to do lists?