Well, hello there! Seems like it's been forever since I've checked in with a good ol' nattering post. I *think* things might be slowing down and mellowing out for me. Finally! I've had a couple days now where I've just chilled and did whatever lazy and unproductive things I felt like doing, and it's done wonders for my moral. My mom is doing much better, is talking like she wants to start getting out by herself, and has an appointment to see about getting on some medication for osteoarthritis (or porosis?) that might help her hips feel better. I still go one day a week and do her laundry, and take her grocery shopping every other week, but I don't stop by much in between now. That's a huge relief to me.
Work is slowing down a bit and mellowing out as well too. I work every other weekend, but in November my lines will be down three weekends, and every Sunday. Then, going into December, I work a partial day on December 19 and then will be off the rest of the year. Yesssss!! I'm hoping for some nice, quiet, stay at home holidays this year. I'm going to try keeping Christmas shopping simple this year too. I get so stressed out about shopping! Some people can just buy whatever and give it to whoever, but I'm always stressing about how they'll like it and if there is something better. As my menfolk constantly tell me, I think too much.
Sometimes I think I'm bipolar . . . lol . . . or at least clinically depressed. I go through such peaks and valleys these days. I have made the connection that the lows usually come when I'm tired and frazzled from work, but it seems like things bother me at those times much more than they should for just being tired. *shrug* I need to remember to give myself some lazy time, some down time, and think more about the good things. This blog is usually my first target when I'm in a low mood. I almost always consider dumping it, and blame it for sucking so much of my time. It really does take a good chunk of time, what with taking pictures, editing, writing, and trying to respond to all comments. It might not seem like much, but you try it! But then when my mood swings back up, I absolutely love blogging and want to pour everything I have into it. Sometimes I feel like my blog is just a rinky dink mishmash of crap, like it's a thrift store next to the Macy's type blogs out there. People tell me they like it though, so I guess I'll plug on for a while yet.
This past weekend was my nephew's 1st birthday party on Saturday . . .
. . . and his baptism on Sunday.
My sister and her hubby live in Ohio now but were raised here in this area of Wisconsin. This is were the families on both sides are, so they planned the events so it could all be done in one weekend trip back home and everyone could be there. I am also Julius's godmother. Yay! Spoil the baby!
They used to live in Illinois, and asked a friend of theirs to be godfather, so he and his wife came all the way up here for the occasion.
I didn't stay long at the little party after church because I had to get home to watch the Vikings WIN.
Because I've been feeling better about things and feeling better in general (quit drinking soda about three weeks ago!), it's like emerging from a dark tunnel or a deep sleep. I'm feeling like I need to quit limiting myself in so many things. I'm feeling like 'We're not getting any younger!' and it's time to allow little treats and stop *wanting* to do things and just *do* them. Sooooooo . . .
I painted my nails today! It looks totally noobish and messy but at least I went ahead and did it. And I've kept it on all day and allowed others to see me with it on! Huge!
I hauled out some fall colored clothes that have been stashed for far too long, and because of that I also dug out a super cute fall pin that I've had for years but have probably never actually worn. I bought this waaaaay back when I first discovered Etsy, and it was made by someone from my hometown. This is a crappy pic, but it's two leaves and acorn, if you can't tell.
I also smacked myself around in a "Just do it!" sort of way and dug out this fall-ish looking purse that I also bought way back in my early Etsy days but have never been brave enough to use. I've just never been a purse carrying person. I do love this one though. Handmade, quilted and clothy . . . I just need to get used to lugging a purse around.
My day off earlier this week was spent addictively watching dollar store hauls on YouTube. Some things in those stores make me cringe but really, you can find some real gems there sometimes. I'm itching to get back to the Dollar Tree store near my Walmart and see what Christmas things jump into my basket. (Ya know, for Ty . . . ) But today I went to a Dollar General store that is close to me. My mom tagged along and ended up getting more stuff than me.
This is the main reason I went to Dollar General. Someone had mentioned here on the blog that this particular Glade Christmas scent was a DG exclusive and sure enough, there it was. This is the Mocha & Chestnuts scent. It's very warm and nutty and reminds me a lot of one from last year, but I don't remember offhand what it was called. This was only $3.00 there at Dollar General.
I also ended up getting a bag of cat food because I want to switch Lynx and Minion back to this. I've tried different foods for them over the past year or so, and the most recent one seems to be the worst, so I'm going back to this Purina Indoor formula.
Grabbed that pack of molasses cookies too because I love molasses cookies and really miss the Archway ones.
While browsing around, of course I was drawn to the wax section. I'm always curious to see what scents different stores have but I usually don't buy any because they usually don't compare to the good ol' Better Homes & Garden tarts at Walmart. Also, I certainly don't need more wax right now! But then I decided to just go ahead and try some. This Candied Maple Sugar one smells so. freakin. good!! Ohhh, it's just so sweet and warm and delicious smelling. This was in the small section of remaining fall stuff.
Over in the Christmas section I found another variety of tarts and candles. Again, I was hesitant to even get any because I'm convinced they'll be duds and because I just don't need any more wax. But again, I reconsidered and grabbed a couple. This Holly Berry one is pine-y and kinda of sweet. If it's light, that might be good because I can only tolerate a little bit of pine every now and then during the Christmas season, just a whiff to put me back in the holiday mood. And if I really don't like this, hubby can melt them while I'm at work. As you can see, these are 3-cube packs and cost only $1.00.
They did have some other scents but they were bleah to me, except for this one. I passed it by at first because I always think this will be something like the wildberry mousse scents that I don't like. But no, this one surprised me. It's a deep, rich, dark berry scent with a noticeable crust scent mixed in, and maybe even the tiniest hint of spice. I think I'm most anxious to try this one.
They had different types and sizes of candles in all the same Christmas scents, but I could not find any of this Peppermint Bark scent in tart form. I've been getting more into small candles lately anyway, so I thought this would be a cute little one to melt here on my desk while I 'work.' It's only 2.46 oz., in a festive tin. This is a sweet mint scent, not overly chocolatey, which is good because I'm not a chocolate scent fan.
And that is my haul dorky Dollar General haul. I really do prefer Dollar Tree after being in this DG store. Dollar Tree has soooo much more in the seasonal decorations section. Oh, I also got a few Thanksgiving cards but forgot about them when I was taking pictures for this post. Oops! Oh well, the people who will get them don't need to see them yet. =P
So how have YOU been lately? Getting excited for the holidays? Doing anything Halloween-y? We live out in the country so we don't get trick-or-treaters. My kids never really got into trick-or-treating either. I'm almost 48 years old and I still have very fond memories of Halloweens of my childhood.
I guess I'll stop nattering for now and get to work on some upcoming posts!