I went and got my fingerprints taken today and this will start the process for the background check I need to get the new job. The lady said it should take about two weeks. I guess I’m a supposed to wait until they are done and they will email me to let me know what the next step will be.

So far this year, there’s a few goals I have either accomplished or am in the process of accomplishing for myself, and there are still more goals I want to complete before the end of the year. One of them is get some tattoos removed. I have some pretty old visible tattoos on my ankles and wrists, and I’ve decided they need to go. I have some faint ones on my left hand that have already been through a laser treatment session years ago. I suppose one more session would get rid of those. Not only do those tattoos represent a past life I’m not a part of, but I want the option to look more professional and be able to hide tattoos if I want. Freeing up my ankles and wrists give me some more clothing options.

Speaking of clothing, I need to buy some “business casual” clothes. And I have no business casual style at all. All my previous casino jobs required uniforms, and the job I’ve worked at for the last 13+ years allows me to wear a t-shirt and leggings. So I’m going to have to wear business casual clothes and I am not used to that at all. I normally wear leggings and tank tops. And all the thrift stores near me are still closed due to Coronavirus! Damn.

Quarantine, still.

So it is now May and we are still in quarantine. When I think about how often I stay home, it’s honestly not too different from how it normally is. I’m pretty good about having enough hobbies and things to do to keep me busy at home without ever getting bored. There is always something I could be doing.

One thing that has been driving me crazy is not being able to go to the gym. I’ve been taking workout classes, and there is a few dumbbells and a barbell. The barbell has 46 pounds on it and the clips to hold the plates on are kind of stuck on there. I’m sure they could come off, but it’s a little bit too much effort for me to want to mess around with. I’m just going to have to make it work until the gyms open up again.

I have been looking after my house plants and I do believe I am at my maximum capacity. I barely have any room, and I should also just really take care of what I have. There is an exception, I do want to buy some outdoor plants to decorate the yard. I have been thinking about roses.

I finally started planting some vegetables outside. Hopefully they will do really well with the new soil that I bought. Here are the seedlings I have…I’ve planted about half of them and I still have more to go.

I think I’m going to save up for a down payment on a car. I could use credit card, but I would rather just save the money and put some money down. My car has been a little bit sketchy as of recently. I took it in to get some work done, but it seems like my check engine light randomly turns on and I hate wondering if it’s something serious or if it’s just being sensitive and turning on for any stupid reason. I got a new tire today in the stupid light turned on when I started my car. That doesn’t even make any sense. I might just except having a car payment to get something newer that I don’t have to worry about for a long time to come. So that some thing I’m definitely going to be working towards.

Another quarantine weekend

Another weekend indoors due to the whole Coronavirus thing. It’s rainy weather today, so I’ve been relaxing and amusing myself.

I went out front to get a little fresh air and I think I will go get some outside tomorrow. 

Things seemed a bit more stable at work this week. I worked most of my hours, and the hours I missed out on were made up with some extra commission, which was pretty sweet. I hope things continue to improve with work. Not only for myself, but for the rest of the world. 


Quarantine weekend

Well…with all the things I mentioned I could possibly do this weekend to fill time in, I didn’t actually do most of those. I kind of just loafed around and passed time away. I messed with my plants, spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I have been drinking tea with ginger and lemon, and it’s pretty tasty!

We went for a quiet walk in the neighborhood today because the weather is exceptionally wonderful. I kept looking out the window and seeing people running, walking, with or without their dogs. And it’s just so nice outside. I told my boyfriend I am going for a walk. He said he’d join but suggested we take the dogs. We walked the two Boston Terriers, dropped them off, then took Woody for a walk. It was really nice outside, and I know I keep saying that, but honesty, it was perfect.

I spent some more time indoors but I am back outside again, writing this, drinking hot tea. It’s nice to just sit here. Why do I not spend time on the porch like this? I mean, I can understand if it is mosquito weather. I can’t be around mosquitoes. But aside from that, while the weather stays this way, I need to go outside more often.

Tomorrow I am supposed to go to work and I am unsure how this week will play out. I should have plenty of work to do tomorrow and hopefully get eight hours. Things are still really uncertain with the whole virus thing. Right now there’s no estimated time for things to return to some sort of normalcy, not yet. At this point, I am not sure things will be normal again. At least not the lasting effect this will have on people. People are now seeing all the things we take for granted. And in my 47 years, I have never experienced anything like this. I suppose every one has thought about encountering some form of state of emergency, but hypothetically. But look at us now.

As I’m typing this, I still see people cycling by, walking by. I am pretty sure everyone is concerned, if not scared, and I am sure a lot of these walkers are enjoying their time out in this good weather. Probably trying to get some stress out of their system. What sounds good right now is a picnic on the lawn. Invite your friends over and let them lay their blanket out six feet away, laugh and snack from a distance. There’s a lot of poppies growing on the front lawn and I don’t want my boyfriend to mow them.

Oh, one thing I must mention is I have been listening to a lot of live streams by Marc Rebillet, who I only discovered on New Years Eve. I have seen around 6000-10,000 people watching his his live streams, commenting from all over the world. His stuff is always hilarious and mood-boosting.

Okay I am sitting on the concrete porch and my ass hurts. I should find something soft to sit on. I wish I could do some yoga out here but people will see me and I don’t want that. And the back yard is too gross to do yoga. Did I just see a mosquito? My laptop battery is getting low and I am just rambling at this point. I think I will take that apple pie from the freezer and pop it in the oven.


Coronavirus 2020!

Just last Wednesday, we went to a Kings game, only to get informed it was being cancelled when it was supposed to start. It was unbelievable. Most people were just sitting down in their seats with food and drinks only to find out there would be no game. We’d been hearing there is thing Coronavirus going around due to kids not being allowed to go to school, but this was the first day it really started hitting home.

Then the weekend came and I started learning events were getting cancelled to avoid spreading the virus. And people started buying all the toilet paper in mass hysteria. I had to take my car into the shop and new it would be expensive to get fixed, so I was fine with staying home and saving money. Plus, it also decided to act like Winter again, which I wasn’t expecting because it was already getting hot outside.

Bars started closing, and little by little, I started hearing about other businesses closing. Cafes and restaurants only making food for take out. I was reading things on social media about paranoia, but also a lot of memes. Only some of the memes were funny. Some people feel others are blowing things out of proportion, some are scared. I feel like actions made in a paranoid state have caused more of a ruckus than necessary. I think the overspending and hoarding might be a bit much, but of course if time proves it was the right thing to do, I will learn I was wrong. It’s too early to tell now and it’s making everyone a little anxious. And then gyms started closing, so there went that.

But I went to work Monday and there was a meeting that hours will be cut. Certain businesses are closing, there was talk about “staying in place”, and managers anticipate sales will drop. So I only worked five hours the next day. Yesterday I worked seven hours and there was only four of us there. I got all my work done in five hours today and left afterwards. I am lucky I get to go in at all because most of the other people that work there aren’t able to come in. I found out work is going to be closed tomorrow because Fedex isn’t stopping by to pick up any deliveries, so I am getting a three day weekend.

Currently, everyone is supposed to be staying indoors unless they have “essential” things to do, like going to work, going to the store, going to the doctor, stuff like that. We’ve been staying indoors all week after work. I don’t want to risk getting sick because I will lose work, and I’m not trying to do that. As much as I would like to spend three days off doing things like going to the gym or checking out some nature, I will be staying indoors. I originally had events I was supposed to go to this weekend, but everything got cancelled. I do like amusing myself indoors, so I am going to make the best of it.

Let’s see, indoor things:

  • I can tend to my plants. I have squash seeds I never planted because the weather has been weird. I know March is almost over. I can look over my houseplants and see if any of them need to be re-potted.
  • There’s a shit ton of drawing, painting, or crafting I can be doing. I am sure I could fill in all three days off with that alone, but I won’t. But I can invest some of my time in that, for sure.
  • Photography. Yes, I can play with my camera. Digital, film. I cam do it. I’d really like to do some film and develop it. The lighting in the house isn’t great. I can go in the front yard or the back yard. But what to take a picture of? Hmm. Maybe I can sucker my boyfriend into modeling something weird for me.
  • Video games. It’s been a while since I’ve dabbled in that. I’ve wanted to revisit Final Fantasy 9, but I never finished Legend of Dragoon. I probably won’t play video games because I will just lay in bed all day and night.
  • Exercise. I can’t go to the gym, but I can do my own workouts. But…there’s not much space. Plus there are dogs, and my cat won’t stop demanding attention unless he is sleeping. The back yard isn’t a good idea, dog shit city. Maybe I can go for a run in the neighborhood. I’ll figure something out. I did some dumbbell workouts when I got home today.
  • Reading! I have a book I need to finish that I have been lagging on. I kinda just want to set it to the side and start another book. I’ve been listening to Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley novel audio books, but that is a whole blog topic on it’s own.
  • Clean my room and get rid of things. I still need to get rid of more things I don’t use that take up space I need.
  • Fill out postcards. I have stamps and friends to send my postcards to.

That’s all I can think of for now and it’s hard to type because my cat is demanding attention now and my laptop is in the way. I guess lets see how this weekend goes with this whole quarantine and virus shit. I want a normal work week.