Thursday, October 29, 2020

Practically Magic

 Update 19 – 25


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My week started out with getting a notification from my bank that my debit card was being used without my knowledge at a Hampton Inn in Yonkers.  Good news is I have an alert on my phone so I caught it right away, but it is super annoying that something like this happens and the person who did it is never punished, but you have to go back and update all of your automatic payments.  And then on Friday, I was sitting on the couch, like I have been doing for the past five years, lalalala, when suddenly the mirror behind me dropped off the wall.  Luckily, it did not fall on me, nor did it break, and the wire snapped rather than the anchors on the wall breaking, but I am not going to lie, I am soooo tired of being positive when random crappy things happen.  I said this to my mom and she said, “It could have been worse.” And then, “This too shall pass.” To which I replied, “WHAT DID I JUST SAY!?”



I did some cleaning and organizing and prepping on Saturday.  I’m sure the hyper-organizing is just a function of controlling what I can control, but the results are AMAZING.  I also voted. 😊 And, I finally framed some cool princess stuff and hung it on my wall (including something that is technically Zach’s but he’s left it at my house for three years, so now it’s on my wall!)



To continue my excitement over everything Snoop Dogg, here is Snoop getting and wearing some of the King Ice Xbox jewelry that I worked on.



Going through the sunglass basket, Dawne pulls one out and says, “Look at these ones, these are really weird!” To which I replied, “Those are my cat sunglasses!!” 



And then we carved pumpkins while watching Hotel Transylvania and followed that up with a delightful showing of Practical Magic.  I think if I had realized how light on content this week was, maybe I would have gotten it done earlier!


In the meantime, these are things I thought were funny this week:



And this is my flashback:


Looking back at October in past years is so fun because it’s clearly where I pack in all my good times. 


Like last year, Ryan and I went to Hawaii!  First Class!  Woot!


Ryan: I’ve never been so excited about a 6 hour flight!


And then for at least the 12 hours I kept repeating, “I can’t believe my phone works here just like it’s America!”


And then while we were at the beach, Ryan says, “That guy is really digging (his ass crack) over there.  At least go into the water more.  Have a little shame! A little shame never hurt anyone!


Our co-worker friend sent us this amazing 20 page document of everything we needed to know about Hawaii.  We went to a cool beach, and learned about reef safe sunblock.  We went on a Catamaran tour, saw dolphins jumping along side us, and swam with sea turtles.  We went on an epic road trip with our friend Kayla who showed us cool spots at Pearl Harbor that aren’t open to the public, and private military beaches and basically gave us the most amazing tour.  And then we spent two days at the Disney resort eating all things shaped Mickey and floating in the lazy river all day.   I also LITERALLY got scared by Stich when I turned a corner and he popped out of a door.  We also went to a luau where the table mysteriously leaked on my for the entire hour.  It was weird.


2018 I was making everyone dress up alike at Disney


in 2017 I was also making everyone dress up alike at Disney:


I hope you found some amusing tidbits, and hopefully I can get this weeks written on Sunday! 😊


Much Love,


T O’B 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pants-less in Public


Update 10/12 – 10/18


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I got this amazing postcard from Kathi in the mail.  Sure it looks like pictures of a hospital, but it’s actually a note from Kathi’s “COVID Vacay” which was apparently splendid.  She proceeded to describe that she was living her “best holiday life.”  2020 has really made it possible for someone to describe a c-section in a jealous inducing way!  It’s a real trip!


I wrote to AAA and asked for guidance on my trip and not only did they send me pamphlets and guides, they sent me a spiral bound book with my name on it and a zoomed in part of the map which is highlighted with my route! Magical. When I sent the picture to my mom, she said, “I know! That’s what I told you would happen.” It must be really annoying to have a daughter that is surprised when your right every time, huh?  (I wasn’t really surprised, I just didn’t know about the spiral bound book made just for me.  That part was super duper cool.) #nerdalert


On Wednesday, I headed over to Dawne’s for Fran’s birthday dinner.  Zach decorated the whole kitchen a la a 5 year old’s princess party.  It was spectacular.  And then Fran and I dressed up as princesses (though Fran look like a spectacular Beauty, and I wore Ariel’s day clothes with my “everyday tiara.”)



Lucas: Remember the Saffron debacle of 2019?

Jordan: Remember when that qualified as a debacle?


Me: Oh man, I went to eat a piece of 2019 Halloween candy and it was stale.

Rach: I didn’t know that was possible.

Me: That candy went stale or that I could still have 2019 Halloween candy?

Rach: Both!

Me: I still have Christmas and Easter candy too – but I have some time for those. 



I actually went into the office for a lil bit on Friday so I can help organize and clean the product room.  I let Percy hang with me, and he just followed me back and forth wondering why we did this instead of going to the park.  When I got home there was a ginormous box labeled “Perishable.”  My first thought was, “Did I by myself something and forget, again!?” But no!  It was a surprise delivery from my niece Morgan – 5 half gallons of Penn State Creamery Ice Cream!  (Later, my Seattle family would ask why it’s the best ice cream.  I would tell them that it’s the best because there is only like 4 days between when the milk comes from the cow to when the ice cream is made.  I could also just let them try it? But that’s ridiculous.)   I also spent three days eating only Ice Cream – and lost a pound.  Yeah, buddy! 



On Saturday, we went to another corn maze.  This one was muddy.  Like a couple 2 or 3 inches of mud (and apparently the second half of the maze the mud was up to your ankles!) My pants were long, so they touched the ground a bit.  Unless you start walking through mud, and then they drag down under your shoe a couple of inches and you have to hold the map in one hand and your pants up in the other. 


And then, when we got back to the car, I legit took my pants and shoes off in the parking lot and then drove home pants-less. 


Saturday evening I went to Becky’s for a social distance hang (sure, it’s getting colder, but that’s what Minnie Mouse blanket ponchos were made for!)  Oh and Maureen found the original “Mo-Bile” license place frame and Doreen found “Mo’s Driving Mix” so guess who’s recreating this mix into a road-trip mix!?


I don’t really remember what else happened…so here’s some funny stuff I found this week. 😊




Much Love,



Thursday, October 15, 2020

Kharma Kharma Kharma


Update 10/5 – 10/11


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I’m definitely late getting this out, but I feel like 2 weeks of work has been shoved into a two day period so who knows when I’ll finish writing this! I like that sometimes my sister will be like, “you forgot about….” Only, I didn’t, I just took so long getting an update done that time has lost all meaning!


I was driving over to Ryan’s during my lunch hour to drop off a birthday present when I got pulled over for speeding.  I am pretty sure that is NOT how Karma is supposed to work.  It was so weird b/c I definitely was not going as fast as they said, and they didn’t actually give me a ticket, they just said it would be mailed to me, and now I’m waiting for a ticket so I can protest it – because get this, the officer was like “Yeah, I would definitely protest this.” Then why are you giving it to me?  And also, where is your mask, sir!?

(TBH though, I just said, “Thanks, have a great day!”  Typical. )


Watched American Murder despite it being against all self-care rules that I have created for myself.  I then had to watch 5 episodes of New Girl, and I still had nightmares.  What a totally messed up, awful monster of a human. 


Friday was a BIG day!


Kathi had a perfectly healthy and adorable baby girl Aurelia.  I feel like I just got another niece even though we’re totally not related. 😊


Me: She has the same birthday as Percy so I won’t forget!

Kathi: I was just going to look up if she shares a birthday with someone famous!



For Percy’s birthday I made sure Dawne and Nala could go for a walk with us at the park because that’s all he really wants in life.  He’s such a cool little dude.  I also had kind of a maniac day all together.  It started out at Les Schwab getting a pre-trip check and figuring out my tire situation.  I wanted to see if a needed winter tires (we deciding on siping my tires for extra gripping) and if I needed a spare tire (the guy was like “Boy! They really don’t give you any room in here for a tire!” and also, “You have special wheels so that’s going to be an extra $600) and I decided that the fix a flat device and AAA is going to be my life line instead.  All the prayers and good thoughts that this works out for me!  And then the walk, and then running over to Rick’s to drop off his 10 year workaversary present made my day totally cray cray. 


On Saturday, we headed down to the Carpinito Bros Farm for some corn maze fun.  It was super weird not doing the corn maze with Dr. Rach.  Oh, and Dawne looked at the map… for the first time ever.  Yeah, the first time ever.  I’m still reeling from this information.  We used to do corn maze races in the dark, and then we started doing races in the daylight.  But the last couple of years we’ve slowed down and walked through them as a group.  Do I sometimes yell when no one is paying attention to the map but me and then they start going down the wrong paths?  Maybe?  But this year I only yelled once, and I feel like that shows personal growth.


Then we went to the other side for some more Fall Fun, including roping the wooden cows. 

Jordan: It’s more humane if you rope ‘em by the ass.

Zach: Here, let me try.

Jordan: Get your own! (things that Jordan always wanted to be able to say to his kids, and now that he’s got a 31 year old, all bets are off!)


When we got back to the house we made a spreadsheet of Halloween movies to watch, then ignored all of them and watched true blood.  (Well, that’s not true, we watched Addams Family and Van Helsing first.)  And we played a scooby doo game.  Jordan “froze” Scooby Doo (my character) as his first action as the ghost.  Naturally, when he lost I told him it was because he thought it was a good idea to knock down a dog.  See! That’s how Karma is supposed to work!


Jordan: We should go an pull the buoys out.

Me: Why?  We have never done that before.

Jordan: Because we had to put new ones in this year and they were $600.

Me: I don’t think you’re going to be able to pull them out.

Jordan: I think we can, let’s go now before it rains.

Me: Okay, I’ll go just to take pictures of your struggle.


On Sunday we finished the last puzzle – and probably other stuff, but really the puzzle is the big news. 


Here are some amusing bits from last week:



Much love!