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Lady Marmalade

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  1. I get it! I could have written almost exactly except that I've been with my DH for only 23 years. 🙂 I am 100% not the same person I was when I got married, and while DH isn't either, he is definitely more like that 26 year old kid than he probably should be. I expect reconnection and getting to know each other all over again will happen, but I might just want to take my time getting to that point. I'm sort of enjoying the idea of getting to know and be myself for a while. Since neither of us are near retirement age, I kind of feel like this empty nest time will be a series of many years of trying to figure out what we might want to do when retirement arrives. Or I'll just work for forever so that I can avoid spending time with him. 😛
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082R4ZBHT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These hair ties have been a game-changer for me! They work super well on my very thick, curly hair. They hold a pony nicely, and hold a bun in even better. I use one every day to bun my hair for work. I've been using the same package of them over and over for months and they never stretch out either!
  3. Flyswatter. Nail clippers. Expo markers. The expo markers are a work thing. We use them for everything and I've been personally buying jumbo packs and sharing with the other leaders, only they're terrible about putting them back when they leave for the day! I bought a pack of 21 two weeks ago and there are just two left. I'm going to have to go back to just buying them for myself and carrying two with me all day long.
  4. With just one at home full time looking at his senior year, other than helping guide him to the right choices for his future (whatever that is), we're practically at that stage now. I'm coping by throwing myself more into my work. I love my job and plan to give it my full attention once both kids are gone to college. I am really looking forward to it. I loved my time as a SAHM and wouldn't go back and change it for anything, but I also really love working and I'm happy to get back to it and really be able to give it my all.
  5. I planted a decent vegetable garden this year, but thus far it's been bringing me no joy to tend it. I'm so busy with work and other things that, while I have been harvesting a few things, I kinda sorta just wanted to let go of it this year and start over fresh next year when I might be better able to enjoy it. Long way to say, I'm not stocking up by buying, but I'm stocking up by forcing myself to the drudgery of garden tending. We might just need those green beans and tomatoes in the pantry, and I need to prep some space for a fall garden harvest too. I'm going in kicking and screaming, but... I think it's the right thing to do. If I'm stocking up on anything, every once in a while I'm finding canning lids, and I've bought the max allowed every time.
  6. We enjoyed Black Widow very much. DH immediately said it was right up there as one of his favorite Marvel movies and he's thinking about going to see it again. I was surprisingly able to avoid a lot of spoilers leading up to it, so I was surprised to learn where it fit in the MCU timeline. I thought it was going to take place much earlier. Loved the new characters we met and I hope that many of them will get to reprise their roles elsewhere in the universe. I was excited to see Yelena in the end credit scene setting up the Hawkeye series... until Valentina showed up. That lady needs to go, she's bad news!
  7. We now know what happened in Budapest.
  8. I just started listening to Maintenance Phase- these two are fantastic to listen to! Entertaining and informative all at the same time. Unorthodox was so good! I really wish there was more!
  9. Reading: Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden. For fiction I just finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah and have The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver on deck to begin. I loved The Four Winds. I keep wishing I hadn't read it so quickly because I want to go back and visit with those people. Music: Milk & Honey by Crowder Podcasts: I listen to a LOT, but these are some of my favorites. Whoa That's Good by Sadie Robertson Huff Dream Big with Bob Goff and Friends At The Table with Patrick Lencioni and the spin-off (on hiatus) The Working Genius Podcast The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast Watching: Re-watching Agents of Shield on Netflix. I'm on season 4 with Ghost Rider and enjoying it just as much as the first time. Also watching Uncharted with Gordon Ramsay on Nat Geo, Alaska: The Last Frontier on discovery+, Elementary on Hulu. I'll pick up the new season of Handmaid's Tale soon, as well as binging Loki.
  10. I stopped tucking my kids in when I started going to bed before them, which probably was when DD was16 and DS 13. It was never so much as "tuck" but just popping into their bedroom to say goodnight and give them a hug. It also gave them an opportunity to tell me or ask me anything that they wanted to about their day. Now, at 17 and 20, I still check in with them on my way to bed. I get up crazy early for my job, so I'm always the first one to turn in. Whoever is home gets a goodnight hug and a brief visit with Mom so I can ask about their plans for the next day.
  11. I think at this point, cancelling the games would be the most crushing blow to these athletes. I think they should probably have been cancelled- but months ago, not a few days/weeks before the games are scheduled to begin. So at this point they should carry on as best as possible. Television coverage of the Olympics has never been great. I wish I had hope that in the era of the pandemic there was going to be an amazing turnaround with that. I also wonder, how can any nation recover from this? Japan has put millions (probably billions) of dollars into hosting the Olympic games, counting on the revenue to come and now they've gone from reduced revenue to practically no revenue.
  12. Every year for Thanksgiving my brother asks if I can make a Cthulu Turkey. He's always kidding around, but I have thought more than once about trying one for fun.
  13. The kids at work are all about their fandom/funky prints. No shows because it's summer and they don't want tan lines with their shorts, but if they're going to be indoors or are wearing pants, they wear taller socks that are packed with prints or designs and show them off. Often mismatched.
  14. Not only does this sound amazing, but if you scroll down she's got a whole collection of pasta salad recipes.
  15. I like to use cheese tortellini, mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, black olives and hard salami. Make a dressing out of equal parts Italian dressing and basil pesto (purchased works great). Toss and eat! It's fantastic fresh or a few days old from the fridge. If you eat onions, red onions are a nice addition. Sometimes I'll add broccoli or red bell pepper.
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