Friday, June 5, 2020

What I'm Reading This Week #23

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope the week has treated you well and you've got a little mischief planned for the weekend.  We made it to Trader Joe's for the first time in over a month since we were running low on some stuff that is TJ specific.  We spent about $300 so that we wouldn't have to go back for 4-6 weeks if we don't have to.  In addition to a few supps and hand sanitizer spray that we don't usually get that jacked up the price, I threw in $30 in some good lookin' filet mignons because, why not?  I also grabbed some peonies and we got like six jars of peanut butter between smooth and crunchy and 3 bottles of the Mr's favorite low cal lemonade.  I just hate going there because it's so small but thankfully 30 minutes before they close on a Wednesday seems to be a good time to go. 

But enough of our TJ's adventures, let's get into...

“Pandemic Fatigue” Takes a Toll on Relationships  (#1 is basically me staring off into space when we're on the patio because I'm just tired of talking about things that have no immediate solution.)

32 Mental Health Resources to Help You Get Through Stressful Times  (Good places to start.)

32 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Stay Motivated When You’re Feeling ‘Meh’   (I wonder if even 20% of these are attributed to the right people.)

15 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before  (Never thought about the sinus thing.)

7 Simple Storage Hacks That Cost $0  (A few slick ideas!)

11 Ways to Create Shade for Your Deck or Patio   (We all need a little shelter.)

How to Clean Throw Pillows Because Yours Could Use Some TLC  (I think it's time to steam clean ours and break out the ticking pillows that came with the couches.)

Guy Finds A Brilliant Yet Simple Way To Prevent His Girlfriend’s Panic Attacks  (I'll have to remember this the next time I get one.)

Here’s What Happens to Your Dog’s Brain When You’re Home All the Time  (For the most part, it's a squee-fest in there.)

'The Empire Strikes Back' at 40: What the 'Star Wars' sequel's iconic special effects owe to Ray Harryhausen  (For the Mr.)

35 Fox Pics That Show What Wonderful Creatures They Are   (Mr....birthday idea.  Start saving up.  All of them but particularly #3 and 6 please.)

Pac-Man at 40: How the little yellow fellow inspired one of the greatest novelty songs of all time  (Still have the album)

We don't really have anything planned for the weekend.  One of my favorite stores is re-opening but I'm going to give her two weeks because I know she's really scared because she's immune compromised and I don't want to contribute in overwhelming her.  She's taking a ton of precautions and I can't wait to get a small taste of normalcy.  (Plus I'm hoping waiting a few weeks means her pup will be back in the shop for snuggles.)   I'm pretty sure some patio time is on tap.

Whatchu up to this weekend?

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  1. It's pretty funny how dogs are compared to cats when people are staying home every day. But it's going to be pretty hard on those dogs when people start heading back out again. Might be time to buy stock in those thundershirts for dog anxiety. Have a great weekend everybody!

    1. Most of our friends with cats just walk across the laptop and sit down like "you're in my spot."

  2. Happy Friday!
    My sons are here for the weekend! First time I have seen them since Christmas. They got here late last night. Was sad because no hugs! They've been locked in for 3 months just like Mom and I. But still cautious for my Mom's sake. They will be doing yardwork and installing a 'reverse osmosis' water filtering system they bought me for Mother's day! Goodbye plastic water bottles! No lugging, tugging or creating all that recycling material. I know, I'm way too excited about this. Hopefully they will distract me from the current dumpster fire we call the USA. Been on am emotional escalator going down only, at least a coaster has upward points. Have a great weekend!

    1. That's something to be majorly excited about! That's awesome and so nice of them to do some work/installation! That will certainly be a welcome distraction from everything else going on right now! Enjoy!

  3. My hubs has wanted reverse osmosis water system for a long time since where we used to vacation had one and he loved it. Pretty typical weekend for us. We cut the lawn yesterday and were done by 11am which was great. I did laundry and ordered the hubs another pair of shorts that he liked from Kohl's. We'll grocery shop tomorrow and probably cut the lawn again on Sunday if the humidity makes it grow faster. I work the weekend so I'll need to figure out some sleeping time in there as well. I have quite a few things to watch that I've recorded over the past couple of weeks and tonight will be my only night to watch a few of them until next week. Chances are I'll fall asleep around 9pm though. LOL
    Have a fantastic weekend!!

    1. Sounds like you got a jump on some of the chores and hopefully you won't have to mow again Sunday. Enjoy catching up on the DVR!

  4. My cats actually love having us home all the time. I think maybe they have to turn in their "aloof feline" cards.

    No big plans for the weekend. My folks were here last weekend, and with company here for the first time in a long time I was really out of sorts. I wish I'd read your pandemic fatigue article first. Hosting company, working to their schedule, having in person conversations... it was exhausting and I was on edge all weekend. I was so relieved when they left, but then I felt so guilty to feel that way. This article made me feel better about it all, so thank you for posting.

    Some housework, a grocery run, start my summer deep cleaning project. That's about it.

    1. LOL...they just needed more mama time. ;-)

      So glad the article was helpful, I know it helped me too. No guilt, this is a new situation for all of us and pre-wired survival instincts just kind of kick in without us knowing it.

      Have fun with your chores! (Have they said anything about if they're going ahead with school for you or still distance learning?)

  5. There's a whole lot of "stuff" floating around out there. Lots of ideas/suggestions, but nothing concrete. I'm in a small rural district so our return will probably look different than larger urban districts. My admin basically has said they don't know what we're doing, probably a return to school with some kind of distancing and masks, but beyond that they are waiting for guidance from the state and county health departments.


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