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578.1 – Time off, August 2020

Staycation is coming up. Wednesday through next week. I will be taking the time off from blogging as well but I will be back with new end of summer and early fall posts.🙂
I know I haven’t been on that much lately, but I really needed the break. Besides, there really isn’t much going on with me.
nooshloves: Lazy summer days
We decided that since we don’t have to go back to the office for work yet, we are keeping the kids home and opting to do remote learning when school starts in a few weeks. We have that option and we are going to take it. I’m not comfortable sending the kids yet. I am going to be looking into a tutor too.
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My garden on the deck is in full bloom right now. The huge storm last week knocked over some of my flowers (I have replanted and I am hoping they come back) and my veggies are doing well. This year I am determined to use as much of the garden as possible.
How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots — Even Without a Garden
Last week I made pickles (https://www.thechunkychef.com/refrigerator-pickles/) , candied jalapenos (https://www.thechunkychef.com/candied-jalapenos/) from https://www.thechunkychef.com/. I love that lady. Her recipes are really good. My husband loves the jalapenos, he’s been adding them to his omelets in the morning.
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I used the eggplants and made Trini Stewed eggplants. It was pretty good.
and this Citrus Chicken Thigh:
The chicken recipe is a keeper for us, we really liked it.
Ultimate Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Thighs
I don’t even know what peppers are growing in some of my pots. My friend just gave me a bunch of his different super hot pepper plants. So I threw all the ones I haven’t dried yet in a container and pickled them. That smells dangerous but we have not tasted it yet. I used this recipe:
Pickled chili peppers, jarred and ready for consumption.
I haven’t had any big tomatoes yet. The Squirrels have. Maybe I’ll get one at some point.🙂 I have some grape and cherry tomatoes that are delicious. I have thrown those into my salads. One of my favorite memories from childhood is picking tomatoes out of my dads garden and eating them like an apple with a little sprinkle of salt. So good. Or making a tomato sandwich with some mayo and salt and pepper.
Kitchen Sink Tomato Sandwich: gluten free style – Life on the Farmlet
My rent the runway subscription is going well. I am enjoying trying dresses and skirts this summer although my go to is still pants. I doubt that is going to change although I have found a few skirts and dresses that I have loved. At least there is that. I am thinking about pausing this membership again. It’s just a lot of money to rent something to wear for what? To water my plants? To run to the grocery store? I mean, nothing is going on right now. We’ll see though.
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That’s pretty much it for me. I was thinking about trying to charter a boat to go fishing on Staycation. We’ll see about that. I imagine I am not the only one with such a brilliant idea. Haha.
THE 10 BEST Long Island Fishing Charters & Tours (with Photos) - Tripadvisor
How are you ladies and men doing? How is your summer going?

Sleepovers and Summer Update

Hey Everyone! The annual party went great. Even though it was hot as hell, everyone seemed to have fun. I didn’t even think to take pictures honestly. I was just trying to get everything out and ready. We did buy misters for the deck and that did help during the day. Towards the end of the night it was more like a sprinkler system though. Between the misters and the 2 1/2 foot pool, it seems like no one over heated and everyone had fun. Till next year!
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My 7 year old daughter had her first sleep over at a friends house last night. I was honestly a little sad. I missed her in the evening but she did call and she seemed to be having so much fun, so I was happy for her. According to my friend it did take her a while to fall asleep, but she did and slept through the night. So that’s good. My 10 year old son has had sleepovers at our house but he hasn’t actually slept out yet so this was really the first time I didn’t have the children home at night. It was weird for me, I think I’ll be okay. Haha.
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I booked my birthday trip to Cape Cod in September. I love going to the cape in September. It’s right after the summer season and it’s usually not that busy but still  beautiful and fun. This year my sister, niece and mom are coming too. This will be our 3rd trip there and their first. I can’t wait to just walk on the beach and look in the tide pools.
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My mom came down from Cooperstown, NY for the summer party this past weekend. It was really good to see her. We talk most weeks but I haven’t seen her since March.  We went to visit my dad’s grave on Sunday before she left to head back home. I cried in bed before we met up. I miss him. I missed him at the party. I miss him a lot. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of his death and we have a department meeting at work. I just hope I’m not an emotional mess.
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That’s where we are at for the Summer right now! Half way through and one more vacation to Virginia in a few weeks. I am looking forward to that. Tonight we are going to see the new Lion King movie. I will have a family review tomorrow.
How’s your summer going?

Personal Update

Hey everyone! I just thought I would check in on where I am at personally right now. The beginning of the year was a little rough for me but I finally got in to see a Psychiatrist in April (after a 4 month wait!) and we started a medication for depression. We also added a high dose of Vitamin D because I was deficient, and fish oil. I have been on it for a month and I honestly feel so much better.
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I don’t know if this makes sense or not but I feel good different. Like I have more energy, getting out of bed in the morning isn’t as hard as it use to be. I have no idea if this is related at all but a few days ago a song came on the radio. This was one of my favorite songs when I was in my early twenties and for some reason I couldn’t listen to it anymore because it always made me think about all the stupid shit I did at that time. Not the good times, the shit times. I would turn it down because I would feel embarrassed by 20 year old me. Anyway, the other day one of those songs came on and I turned it up and sang it and just enjoyed the song like I did back then. I am not sure if this has anything to do with anything. It was just the first time in a long time I was able to just brush the things I can not change aside and not dwell on something stupid I did or said or how I acted 17 years ago. I mean that was almost half my life ago and I have come a long way since then. You know? Plus, there were way more good times than bad times so I thought of those.
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I have also started to work out in the morning again… Just this past week, and I like it. We have machines in our family room, a rower and an elliptical. My husband and I go down in the morning and rotate who’s on which one each day and do 15 minutes. I downloaded an app on my phone for a 7 minute workout and I started doing that at 7 PM cause that’s when I am usually done with feeding the kids and whatever other chores I have after work. So far I am enjoying that too because it’s really only 7 minutes. You do 12 different exercise moves for 30 seconds each and rest for 10 seconds in between. It goes so fast it’s like, that’s it? But you know what? It’s something and I’ll keep doing it. I am going to try to start walking a mile during the day at work too but that’s not always possible. I would like to lose 30 pounds by September, that’s my goal. I am at 186 this morning, which is what I weighed when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter 8 years ago… So wish me luck and I will keep that posted on here too.
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Since we started the working out this week I have also started to monitor my food and portions again using another app called Lose it. I know everything I need to do to lose weight and I am motivated again to do it. I use the free version of both apps. Also, my cholesterol is high and I don’t want to start medication so I actually need to lose weight now. It’s my fault though. I knew that I was getting a little excessive a little to often with stuff so I guess this was my body checking me back into reality. That is where I am at right now. I’ll do a monthly post on my progress (hopefully) as what’s working and what’s not.
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This past weekend I had a town party to go to Saturday. Sunday was book club and we had a BBQ at one of the girls houses. Monday was memorial day and my other friend had a BBQ at her house. Summer activities are starting. I did eat whatever I wanted at these and tried to stay as healthy as possible. So it’s back to watching my intake now. I am trying the intermittent fasting. I usually have breakfast and lunch and try to make good choices and then don’t eat at night. I think that’s where I am getting into trouble with eating dinner and then snacking and going to bed. So we’ll see how this works.
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There is 2 1/2 weeks of school left and then it’s my son’s 10th birthday! We planned a vacation to California for a week. I can not wait. It’s supposed to be a surprise but  I think he knows that we are going away but I don’t think he knows we are going to stay at Lego land for 2 days and then stay in San Diego for 5 days and go to Universal, the zoo and then just explore. I am just super excited. I can’t wait to surprise him.
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Update on the the Teacher bully: My son was finally moved to a new classroom last week after his teacher wouldn’t let him go to the bathroom and he peed his pants in class. A 9 year old boy. I am still furious about this situation. If they had just changed his class back in JANUARY, when I asked, his 2nd half of school year would have been completely different. I wrote a blog about if teachers can be bullies, and guess what? They can. The change in his attitude in the morning is amazing. He actually wants to go to school now and he is back to enjoying math and doing that unprompted, on his own. The entire teacher bully and dealing with the school makes me feel terrible. I wish I didn’t let them try to work it out and keep him in that environment for so long. I am furious with the entire situation and if this ever happens again, I now know to push for a class change. I need to calm down before I go back and talk to them so I don’t say things I will regret. I plan on having this meeting before the end of this school year so we can discuss next year because I am not going through this shit again with them.
That’s pretty much where I am at right now. What are your plans and goals for the summer?