Well that sure was a week. It's a good thing I "get by with a little help from my friends." If I don't say it enough, please know I really appreciate the comments, virtual hugs, and sharing by all of you via the comments. Once again we have reached Friday. I've been capturing all the little things that surround my life in questions each week and invite you to play along.
What's top of mind: Ugh-another ball got dropped back in June that is biting me in the work butt this morning. It's resolvable, but I just spent an extra two and 1/2 hours, from 7:30 until 10:00 resolving, or at least getting work around fix in place until it is fully resolved. The whole project has been a project from hell-someone's pet project, created on the fly, had to be executed in an incredibly short time period, and is not getting the intended results (which I could have said from the beginning it was not going to do due to the timing.) The funding my team received to carry it our has been helpful as my other budgets were tight, but then yesterday, a finance person was ready to grab the funds and divert them elsewhere. Umm-no! We need them to cover our costs, thank you very much.
The other thing weighing on my mind is also work-yet another leadership change as my boss is going back to her old job, and I have concerns as to who might be stepping into her role. Neither I or my colleague that took the duties for year prior do not want it, so I guess we get what we ask for. I do well with change, but not with change, and change again, and then yet more change, while in the middle of uncertainty.
Where I've been: I went to Trivia, and had fun even though I was not in happy spirits. It was a mellow night and one of my friends brought along someone who used to come to trivia nights when we first started playing a few years ago. It was nice to see her and get caught up on her life. I've already shared about Veg Fest, and Monday's movie. Other than those outings I've mostly just been on walks in the neighborhood.
Where I'm going: Some light grocery shopping. Even with DH's rogue shopping, I think I can meet my challenge. I want the control. I won't meet the H&B/Household goal, but stayed on budget. I have a stack of coupons that would make Sluggy proud to use on assorted toiletries and they expire tomorrow so I want to use them. Tomorrow is supposed to be quintessential fall-65 degrees and sunny. I'm planning to go to my nephews morning football game, and maybe I can talk DH into dinner outside, or a walk along the river, or maybe even to one of the regional or county parks.
What I'm reading: Nothing really other than the Sunday paper and a magazine. But, we have selected a book for the October 16th book club meeting, I think it's Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens. A few have read, but I have not, and those that have didn't mind revisiting.
What I'm listening to: After my daughter and I saw the movie on Tuesday, I've steamed some clips from some other musicals made into films as mood lifters.
What I've been watching: We had football on over the weekend of course. I watched a couple travel vlogs-just to get in the mood. Surprisingly, I find some of them calming, and a nod to normalcy.
What I'm eating: See below to what makes me smile this week-DH made supper. Other wise, I made comfort food-my favorite hot dish, chicken rice, broccoli and cheese, and a lot of leftovers and bits of stuff from the freezer. I have not had cooking mojo working for me this week.
Who I'm paying attention to: My son is a amateur stock market follower, light investor, but pretty savvy about these things. If he had some real money to invest, look out! He also is follows the market in relation to politics in the world. He sent me several texts and email links yesterday morning/or late his time Wednesday night. He has me paying attention to the Chinese real estate market and the potential collapse that looks a lot like 2008.
What I'm planning: Still thinking of fall get aways. I loved reading about Vix packing and getting ready for Greece. While no foreign travel is in my future, a weekend up on the North Shore or possibly tagging along with my daughters on a NYC trip might be in the cards. Somehow reading Vix post, while of course a bit of envy, I actually felt encouraged and hopeful that I too will be able to resume visiting some of the places I've dreamed about.
Who needs to be (figuratively) slapped: Well, in a mood like I have been, the better question might be who does not need to be slapped! Actually, no one has done anything egregious or head shaking directly. I will though give a figurative slap to thems on the road that tail gate on highways, and zip in and out of traffic, causing stress for the rest of us sharing the road with them. My daughter drive home Sunday and we experienced a few ass hats doing this, even though it wasn't even that busy and no one was impeding the flow of traffic.
What's Making Me Smile: Grocery challenge be damned (though I still might make it) DH wanted to cook supper last night and bought assorted ingredients, but wouldn't tell me what he was making. Later, he made probably his most favorite meal, Philly cheese steak sandwiches. He did well-the steak was nice and tender. I'm not a big steak eater, but as he was very proud of his achievement and I didn't have to think about making anything, those together made the sandwich especially delicious. Never mind that he didn't really get all the skin off the onions, lol.
Knowing it is Friday and I have two and 1/2 days to claim, if I knock off work mid-day is a good feeling. I've time to relax and time to work on things in the house that with little ticks next to a list of "to do's" I hope to feel a little less chaos. I've made a decision that I will do a good enough for now bathroom update-paint the vanity and mirror, and perhaps invest in a tall and narrow cupboard with doors. It's time for new shower curtains and a rug. I haven't even done a spiff up since before my daughters confirmation in 2016. I'll add that to my list of want to accomplish, though a full overhaul stays on the list as well. I'll hit publish and get back to work. What are W's of your week?