Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday Mishmash

Puzzles puzzles puzzles!  To give my hands a break from knitting quite so much - I'm still knitting but my thumb joints hurt if I knit for several hours every day - I've been doing jigsaw puzzles to pass the time.  At first I did a 500 piece one, which was fun and completed fairly quickly.  Then I opened a 1,000 piece one.  Holy cats that was hard.  So many pieces had the same colors throughout the puzzle, and the pieces were small and sometimes fit just enough in spots to cause make it even more tricky.  It took me well over a week to complete:
Mother Nature.  Beautiful but a beast to finish.

Then I decided to rebuild my puzzle confidence by doing a 500 piece puzzle:
Larger pieces made for a much more fun time with this one.

Now I'm doing another 1,000 piece puzzle, sorting the pieces by color, and it's already coming together easier:
Jane Austen's Book Club.  I moved my puzzle to the coffee table because the glare on the dining table was really bad.

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While I'm doing the puzzles, I've been listening to a new podcast that I really enjoy - it's called Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald.  You might remember them better as J.D. and Turk from the TV show Scrubs.  I loved Scrubs back in the day, and it's really cool to hear about each episode with all of the little back stories.  Once I started listening, I caught up on the particular episodes on Hulu and am watching for all of the things they referenced in the podcast.

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I believe I've mentioned a time or two that I am a bit of a Chapstick fanatic.  Wearing a mask makes the mask stick to my lips, which is kinda gross.  Of course I forget that I have Chapstick on when I put on my mask - I'd wipe it off if I could remember.  Small annoyance in the time of Covid-19, I know.  Here's our new masks, sewn by my childhood friend Russell:
If we can't go to Hawaii, at least we can wear Hawaiian-print masks!  Russell ordered the fabric from a shop in Honolulu, so the masks are totally authentic, LOL.

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I am still so thrilled with how well Bobo Corona is doing.  He's getting so big and draping beautifully over the table - I wish I could go to the cute nursery we discovered last summer and get one of their interesting plant stands for him, as he's going to be touching the ground pretty soon.  Also I want that table back for setting drinks on, but I'll gladly let Bobo live on it right now:
Sometimes I go outside just to admire ol' Bobo.

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Diane is back in town after having been gone for more than two months.  She came over so we could have a socially-distant visit:
It's a lot like our post run visits, when we'd all sit in lawn chairs on the clubhouse driveway.  Of course back then we were a lot closer, but hey, this worked quite well.

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We have, not surprisingly, nothing on our agenda for the weekend other than me running a little bit, and hopefully Jeff will be able to run as well.  That is it.  As it has been for the last eight weeks now.  Hope you all are staying safe and well - have a great weekend!

15 comments:

  1. I went back to work this week. They make us wear the surgical masks--duh--but my lips were raw by the end of the day! Ugh...

    Enjoy the weekend! <3

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    1. I can't imagine having to wear a mask all day long. I know you do what you have to do, but dang. I feel like I should send you some Chapstick!

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  2. You just reminded me. Jason and I bought a new puzzle after Christmas! Maybe I’ll pull it out....oh wait, I have a dollhouse on the dining room table and my work set up is on the card table....ugh no space. Drat...because now I want to do a puzzle!!!

    Your plant is doing soooo well!!!

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    1. I'm lucky that our dining table is really long so I could have a puzzle on both ends and still eat in the center. But I get a little tired of puzzle clutter, so after this one I'll hold off on doing more for a bit.

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  3. Boy those puzzles look hard! And your plant is AMAZING!

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    1. They seem hard! Or else I've lost my puzzle skills, LOL.

      As far as the plant, I have NEVER had such good luck with one like this. Super thrilled doesn't really describe it! :)

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  4. Aww, how is Diane doing?! So glad you got to see her!

    Your masks look great. I never thought of the chapstick issue. Good thing only you are using it LOL ;)

    I love sorting puzzle pieces by color and pattern. I wonder if that makes it take longer when I do one, but it gives me so much joy.

    Have a fab weekend! My mom asked me what our weekend plans were last night and I said "we're going out to dinner then seeing a movie in a theater!" as a joke, but she was like, all excited "your state reopened?!" Ha, I felt bad. ;)

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    1. Diane's doing well! :)

      Oh yeah, wouldn't that be gross to accidentally switch masks with Jeff? Probably more gross for him, but still...blech.

      Your mom. There's always hope, right?

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  5. Ok, that Mother Nature puzzle is gorgeous and should be framed. Also, I have lipsticked a couple masks.

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    1. That's why I chose the puzzle, but oh lordy it was hard!

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  6. That you're running and feeling better and social-distance visiting...I'm so happy for you! It's been an f of year for you. Corona candies, I get that. You "sound" happier". I wonder what a word cloud would look like now as opposed to a blog post six months ago?

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    1. Thank you for noticing, I definitely am happier. :)

      A word cloud would be very interesting. Probably less cuss words now vs back then!

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  7. You running a little bit. That is happy news!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  8. I love all your beautiful puzzles! Everyone is doing puzzles in quarantine and I'm over hear doing online lesson plans in all my "free time". This time off hasn't been to relaxing for me...lol!

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