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Weirdness to My Days

What a weird morning! I woke up from weird (but strangely compelling) dreams. My day feels off because I said I would’ve closing manager for a coworker (I hope I can get my stuff done before she leaves around 5pm). I am back at 6:30am tomorrow so I won’t get much sleep tonight. So I feel off not being at work at this hour. Then I turned on my laptop. It sort of hooked up to the internet but then failed completely. I have no idea why. I tried to reconnect and all it did was give me the message “Connecting…”. Everything else hooks up fine. So I am writing this on my phone.

It is cool, almost cold, this morning. Stella just got up and wants to play. Little goose.❤️🐾 I just threw her ball for her. I am a bit achy from yesterday. I spent pretty much my whole shift stocking liquor. Wednesday I got a double order so 5 full what we call u-boats. They are carts on wheels about 6ft (182cm) by about 2ft (60cm) wide. They were piled higher than I am tall and I am 5’7 (170cm). Liquor is not light in mass quantities! But it felt good to have stock filled almost completely in. I hated all those empty shelves!

I find myself struggling to find myself in my days. I sort of have a set schedule but any variance throws me off. I did get my car in yesterday. My tire sensors are wonky. I had a low rear tire but the brakes are fine. I was embarrassed as I made it a point to look the warning symbol from my dashboard up in my manual for the car. It said brakes were the issue. Not tire pressure. I could’ve checked the tire pressure and filled it here at the house. But Stella got a walk and a ride out of it. I was leery about taking her on the roads (I don’t want her to think that it is something she can do… especially on her own) but I kept telling her that she could only walk on roads with me on her lead. But she was a very good girl. She even laid down while we were talking.

I guess I ought to wrap this up and get myself together. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Weirdness to My Days

What a weird morning! I woke up from weird (but strangely compelling) dreams. My day feels off because I said I would’ve closing manager for a coworker (I hope I can get my stuff done before she leaves around 5pm). I am back at 6:30am tomorrow so I won’t get much sleep tonight. So I feel off not being at work at this hour. Then I turned on my laptop. It sort of hooked up to the internet but then failed completely. I have no idea why. I tried to reconnect and all it did was give me the message “Connecting…”. Everything else hooks up fine. So I am writing this on my phone.

It is cool, almost cold, this morning. Stella just got up and wants to play. Little goose.❤️🐾 I just threw her ball for her. I am a bit achy from yesterday. I spent pretty much my whole shift stocking liquor. Wednesday I got a double order so 5 full what we call u-boats. They are carts on wheels about 6ft (182cm) by about 2ft (60cm) wide. They were piled higher than I am tall and I am 5’7 (170cm). Liquor is not light in mass quantities! But it felt good to have stock filled almost completely in. I hated all those empty shelves!

I find myself struggling to find myself in my days. I sort of have a set schedule but any variance throws me off. I did get my car in yesterday. My tire sensors are wonky. I had a low rear tire but the brakes are fine. I was embarrassed as I made it a point to look the warning symbol from my dashboard up in my manual for the car. It said brakes were the issue. Not tire pressure. I could’ve checked the tire pressure and filled it here at the house. But Stella got a walk and a ride out of it. I was leery about taking her on the roads (I don’t want her to think that it is something she can do… especially on her own) but I kept telling her that she could only walk on roads with me on her lead. But she was a very good girl. She even laid down while we were talking.

I guess I ought to wrap this up and get myself together. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Slow But Focused

This morning I am in a bit better headspace. I hope the day goes well. I think I will be busy today as my liquor order should be waiting for me. With the locks changed I don’t know as anyone else will make the effort. I could be wrong. We shall see.

I still haven’t gotten my car in about my brakes. No answer from my mechanic yesterday. I can limp the car to and from work but more than that and I have to borrow Chris’s truck. Poor Stella has not been for a walk all week.

I did my best to try to relax yesterday. I did notice my anxiety still kicking in. I don’t think my mind will do a shut down like Tuesday. I don’t know what everyone will say either. Speaking of which I need to get myself together and head out the door for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Enough Is Enough

I find that I continue to take on more than I should so that people need me. In some situations, it is because I enjoy it (my article writing started out that way). Or to prove to everyone (including myself) that I can do all of it. But there comes a breaking point. Yesterday was that for me. By 9am I just couldn’t do it anymore. Between the brake issues with my car, two meetings on Monday (on the way to the first meeting is when the brake issue started) when Monday was my day off from my main job, the crazy day that was Sunday (being at work by 5:30am to do my liquor order, going home for a few hours after my shift then heading to the tattoo parlor to get my ink fixed), my first inventory where I have to count all my backstock myself for two departments by myself, my plans for teaching cooking classes at work this Fall, my birthday…. too much going on in my head and just as much going on outside of my head. Everything just shut down. My coworkers are awesome and they stepped up to the plate for me so I could go home early. I intended to get my groceries and leave but it turned out that the store owner was in his office as I was heading out. He asked if I was sick so I poured it all out to him. Instead of saying something negative he encouraged be to go home and get some much-needed rest. He also said that I probably was in need of a vacation. I mentioned that Chris wanted to take the week of Memeorial Day off and his response” “Let’s make it happen!” You know you work for a good company when that happens. So I came home with the Boss’s blessing and tried to relax.

I guess this is me trying to step back from things. I need to show someone else how to order cigarettes for when I am gone. As I type this I see the potential issues with doing that. I have to choose someone. There are two people I can choose. Either one would be good. However… the one not chosen will be angry and hurt. GAH! The easiest thing will be to just put it in the lap of my boss. I will give him my choices and let him make the decision. It might be cowardly, but I am close to both of them.

I am thinking of pulling out one of my three classes on dvd and doing that as a relaxation thing. I have creative writing, guitar and photography to choose from. At this point I think the photography is the only one I wouldn’t have to restart. Maybe the creative writing one would be ok. I don’t want to put more on my plate (thus doing the dvd verses going to an actual class class) but I want something that is out of my norm. Something I can focus on that I won’t just drift through because I know it.

I feel a stress headache moving in. It happens when I think too much about too much. So I will wrap this up and try to figure myself out some more. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Anyone Know What Time It Is?

It is a little after 5am. I have been awake since 4am. Stella has come out here as well. She started in Chris’s office, moved to the hallway for a bit and now is hunkered in on the couch. I’m not sure why I am up this early. I decided to get up instead of trying to fake it and not wake anyone else.

Yesterday was a bit crazy. I have been so tired I’ve not known what day it is. I find myself setting alarms to remind me to do things. I’m pretty sure that it is Monday. Which means a meeting at 9am and another at 7pm. Sorry, 6:30pm. I forgot they changed the time on the Harbor Commission meetings. Work was a bit nuts. It was storming when I left. Stella tried to bolt through the door when I was trying to leave she was so scared. I felt guilty leaving her. It rained most of the day. Everyone was just so tired. So tired that I almost forgot my tattoo appointment. So I set an alarm to remind me. Sad, I know.

I am happy to say that I am over the moon about how the tattoo turned out! I will try to share a photo if I can (space constraints on my blog). I have to say by the time we were getting to the end I was in some serious pain. But it was worth it! I even tagged Kane Hodder in it! I hope he sees it! Both the artists were very fun to be with yesterday. I think I am still welcome. We’ll see. I know I should probably find someone else but…

I opened the sliding glass door when I got up to find a huge dragonfly hanging out right at eye level. I did get a photo of that to share. It is the first dragonfly this year. Normally we see quite a few. Same with hummingbirds. I’ve had maybe two this year. Last year we had several. I’m not sure why. Oh, and Monarch butterflies. I have a ton of milkweed and not a single Monarch. I am a bit hurt but there it is.

I am going to wrap this up for now. Otherwise I will go on and on. I may read on my Kindle. I won’t try writing until the sun comes up. My pens that have the light at the end are honestly too bright. Especially on white paper! And I’m not sure where they are. Beside the bed probably. Anyway (see how I go on?), I hope you have an amazing day! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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Rains and Pibbles

We awoke to thunder and lightening in the distance. Stella is pacing between me and Chris’s office. I am so very tired. I cannot get the phone to charge either. I’m not sure what to do.

Part way through my day yesterday I was told that someone hit my car. Damage was minimal (he essentially rubbed my front bumper). I should be able to buff it out. But still.

The rain has stated and the thunder is rumbling. Stella won’t leave Chris’s office. That was a BIG flash of lightening! Stella needs a light on during storms. That seems to help calm her. She wants me to come in the office with her.

I have a meeting tomorrow morning and another tomorrow night. I am back at work early Tuesday morning so I am not sure when I will get the article written. When I get home from the meeting is when I should be going to bed. And I really don’t want to get up in the wee hours to write it before work. Hopefully after work is soon enough.

I am going to wrap this up and get going. Thanks for reading! Stay safe.

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Scatterings

I slept in hard today. Dreams, dreams, dreams all night. I feel very thick headed. My goal is to be to work by 10am which means I will need to cut this a bit short. I have a lot to do. When I get home tonight I hope to work on the novel. Even if it is while I am in bed. I have ideas that are swirling around in my head that I need to write down. Today is a day I would like to spend the morning working on my novel. But I don’t want to be at work all night so I need to get in earlier.

My meeting was changed to next Thursday. The gal that called said that it was on their web site but I kept getting an error message when I tried to go there. Oh well, atleast I found out before I got there. That makes next week a busy week for me. And that is ok. It will keep my mind off things. I have to remember that I have a wedding on the 20th! So I know that it will be one of my days off. So much going on this month!

Ok, I need to wrap this up if I am going to work by 10am. Sorry it is so short and a bit scattered. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Quick Ramble

My hope was to get to work early and go over my cigarette order. But I didn’t want to get up any earlier since I need to catch up on the sleep I lost the night before. I have a meeting tonight that I need to remember as well. I wrote some brief notes on what I needed to do today when I woke up. I think I got it all.

I have my time off request for next week’s schedule all written down. I still feel as though I am missing something. I’m glad I checked. I looked at the wrong week. I need to also point out my liquor delivery is rather large on Wednesday. Sorry, I’m thinking out loud.

I am really letting myself relax on my days off. But the flip side is I am more intent on the days I work. Which may or may not be a good thing. My mind will be going a million miles an hour trying to juggle everything I need to take care of.

I did more research and some writing on my novel. I am focusing on the Norwegian side of my main character’s family. I am pulling together the werewolf lore as well. I have the tattoo that they each get when they turn. Aaaaaand I am kinda thinking I might get it myself. I really do like it. If I were on better terms with my artist I might ask him to do it. But I am pretty sure I am persona non grata at the shop. Oh well.

I just glanced at the clock and it is much later than I thought. So I will wrap this up and share a few repeat photos. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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A Quick Ramble

My hope was to get to work early and go over my cigarette order. But I didn’t want to get up any earlier since I need to catch up on the sleep I lost the night before. I have a meeting tonight that I need to remember as well. I wrote some brief notes on what I needed to do today when I woke up. I think I got it all.

I have my time off request for next week’s schedule all written down. I still feel as though I am missing something. I’m glad I checked. I looked at the wrong week. I need to also point out my liquor delivery is rather large on Wednesday. Sorry, I’m thinking out loud.

I am really letting myself relax on my days off. But the flip side is I am more intent on the days I work. Which may or may not be a good thing. My mind will be going a million miles an hour trying to juggle everything I need to take care of.

I did more research and some writing on my novel. I am focusing on the Norwegian side of my main character’s family. I am pulling together the werewolf lore as well. I have the tattoo that they each get when they turn. Aaaaaand I am kinda thinking I might get it myself. I really do like it. If I were on better terms with my artist I might ask him to do it. But I am pretty sure I am persona non grata at the shop. Oh well.

I just glanced at the clock and it is much later than I thought. So I will wrap this up and share a few repeat photos. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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The Night That Wasn’t

Oof. I am wiped out. I got a few hours of sleep in, but most of my night was spent trying to comfort Stella. We had storms roll through overnight. She got bad enough that I finally gave her some medicine to calm her down. I think I got another hour nap in before something spooked her. We ended up on the couch in Chris’s office. He came to bed around 4am and that was about the time the storms started. I coaxed her out of bed and shut the door so Chris could get some sleep. I was about to convince her to leave the office around 8am. She is snoozing on the couch out here in the living room right now.

So here I am with my first cup of coffee for the day. Wondering what to do. Wondering because I would really like to be asleep right now. But if I do that I will throw off my sleep schedule even more. Ah well. I have phone calls that need to be made. I can also work on my writing. I have been working on my character development. I need to bring in characters from the Norwegian side of my main character’s family. I have the Italian side all covered. The Norwegian side just has a few names. I do have an uncle that I can see in my head, but there needs to be more.

Since our mower is down our awesome neighbor mowed his front yard then ours. Another reason I am glad it rained. The front yard was all dust and dried out mess when he mowed. I had to take allergy meds when he was done. But the yard looks a lot better. Meanwhile I have been on a documentary kick. Mostly about my horror movies. I am currently rewatching the one on the Friday the 13th series titled Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. It is over 400 minutes long soooo….over 4 hours? I watched part of it last night and I will probably finish it tonight. I have been bouncing around on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Shudder for my documentaries. I really enjoy the back stories. And my little heart goes pitter patter when I see my favorite actors/stuntman/fx pros (that I met) on screen (Kane Hodder and Tom Savini).

I guess I ought to get myself motivated and get my day going. I can make my phone calls in my office so I don’t wake Chris. I need to see if I can coax little miss outside to go potty before the next chunk of rain comes through. Oh and plant updates! My awesome banana tree now has 3 new leaves, my orange tree is well on his way to becoming a full-fledged tree (he is branching off in various directions and the main trunk is becoming a thick woody type trunk) and I am going to have to repot George (my succulent) as he is growing like some kind of super charged weed (he’s probably 4 inches (10cm) tall and still growing! On that note I bid you adieu! Thanks for reading and stay safe!