Hello and happy Friday.
Who else is looking for the good out there? We have to look a little deeper, a little harder, but it IS there if we want to see it. I have my baby blues wide open, and I hope you do too.
The big question of our weeknight routine came earlier this week when we couldn’t figure out why the heck Survivor didn’t record. We checked all the buttons, searched the schedule. We got nothing. We didn’t watch the show for years, but then probably 2 seasons ago, we picked it back up and started following again. It’s kind of nice to have something to look forward to watching, a program we have to wait for rather than consuming the whole series in one gulp.
Anyhoo, this week’s episode of Survivor didn’t record and it dashed our Tuesday night plans. That should have been the clue to the mystery right there. Because it was TUESDAY not Wednesday, when Survivor actually airs. Duh.
Both my husband and I were shocked at the fact we had moved a full day ahead and didn’t realize it was Tuesday, not Wednesday. Worse, it took us ’til way later that night to even put it all together, and then he had to prove it to me by showing me the date on his phone! Even yesterday, AliSmudge couldn’t believe it was already Thursday. She was stuck back on Tuesday too :).
So that leads to my question…what are you guys doing under QT so your days don’t blend into one another?
Here’s a few ideas I’m going to try to keep better track of my days:
- Map out the week. This isn’t a schedule, just a loose guide of what I want to accomplish, and work toward completing one thing every day.
- Keep a 5-minute journal. Before I go to bed, make a note of what happened that day in just a few sentences. Or more if I feel like really venting.
- Take a memory photo each day. It might be really therapeutic to visually reflect on the highlights of our monotonous days later.
- Make a date. Instead of letting the nights just “show up” make plans so they’re a little different from one to the other. Themed cuisine nights (Italian, Thai, etc.), game night, make a date to talk to a friend, or make a family date for surprise deliveries of cinnamon rolls to friends or neighbors come weekend mornings (who wants to be on my list??!).
- Meal plan. Plan out what’s on the dinner menu for the week to limit trips to the grocery store and stretch the ingredients you already have.
- Order in. Choose one night a week that’s order in night to break up the cooking routine.
- Make a bucket list of stuff I want to get done around the house on the weekend, to create a sense of purpose and separate it from my work week. Organize my cookbooks and move perennials from the front yard to back are two things on my list.
- Read this article for more ideas.
But really, I’m okay with things staying mundane and days flowing nice and easy, drama-free into the next. I’m actually hoping and counting on them to do so. I want EVERYONE’s days to stay mundane for now, and out of the danger zone, because none of us wish for more drama right now.
But enough of all this, let’s look for the happy, and dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
Some things that made me smile on Instagram this week:
- This account ALWAYS brings a smile to my face, and this dog video made me wish I could go out and touch someone too :) I bet I’ve watched it a dozen times.
- Watch Portia learn to cook. She’s adorable. This one you need to scroll through all of the posts and feel the love.
- I LOVE this writing challenge to send a friend some love.
- Amy Schumer now has the time to do it all…I think we all can relate…
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Cinnamon sugar pretzel bites have me craving a snack right now.
Make room sourdough, this buttermilk sandwich bread is ready to take over.
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Beauty DIYs because some things gotta keep on keeping on:
- No surprise this is the most popular post on Allure.com right now: The best root touch up kits to DIY your dye, according to the experts.
- How to safely remove your acrylics at home.
- How to get the best home manicure (from the founder of OPI.)
- Tracy Anderson’s 15-minute full body workout.
- Since nobody’s going to be seeing my feet for a while, now’s the time for my Korean exfoliating foot mask.
Time to take a style lesson: 11 stylish women over 50 you should be following now.
Something to look forward to: This Law & Order favorite character is getting a new spin off series! piano clangs DUH DUH!
And finally, 25 things to do with the kiddos when you’re stuck at home.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Stay safe, stay in place, and look for the happy. XOXO
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