News at Home: COVID Quarantine Week 24
This was a looooooong week. Not bad. Not good. Just long.
Monday was a MONDAY. I had left “work” Friday with some documents open on my laptop. I saved them, but I didn’t ensure they were backed up because it was Friday and I was already working late so I just let my laptop open and figured I’d pick up with the Monday morning. Ya’ll know where this is going, right? My laptop charger wasn’t getting power and I didn’t know it, since I only use it for work. And when I went “to” work Monday, it was dead. Files lost. Everything I had done Friday gone. And because I’m remote, the way our systems work, no backup. So yeah, not a great start to the day. But on the plus, I manged to recreate everything really well. It was just WORK.
Then, as I’m working and watching Dante he goes into one of my blind spots, but in his “baby safe prison zone.” Well, even in the baby safe zone, he can hurt himself. And I hear the cry that is the “I hurt myself and need mommy” cry. And I had NO IDEA what happened. Still don’t. Saw no bruises, scratches, bumps, etc. But having a 10% bit of his space that was in a blind spot was no longer acceptable to me. I mean, it’s hard enough working from home and watching Dante, to add the stress of him hurting himself. So Monday night – during my normal unwind, take a walk and shower time – I completely reorganized the living room. It was lots of work, but he ha a much bigger play space AND I can see him 100% of the time. My space is very small. Kinda like he has a play area and I’m in the “not baby safe mommy office prison zone” lol! The biggest challenge was once again that damn doggy door, but I found a way.
When I finished that, we put Dante to bed and then Kiko had some work shirts I had promised I’d help him with. Basically they give him shirts, but they don’t breathe well. And he spends a lot of time working outside. So he bought some new shirts. But they needed to say “staff” on the front and “maintenance” on the back. So I bought some iron on letters for him. We did 5 shirts and finished around 10. Y’all I usually am in bed at 9:30 AND I hadn’t cleaned (I pick up toys and vacuum every night), plus I had reorganized the space, but I didn’t have my desktop setup and there was this whole space behind the gate where I’d just shoved everything not baby safe. I said fuck it and went to bed.
Tuesday was a better day. My laptop was working at my desk where I could watch Dante. During the day Kiko came to move my monitor for me (I have it wall mounted). While Dante napped and after work (he goes down around 2pm now and I finish work at 3:30), I cleaned up the space where I had shoved everything not baby safe. When he woke up, he played and had snack while I setup my desktop and desk space. So by time Kiko came home from work I was done and was able to enjoy my evening walk and shower, etc. I had a headache all day, but I think it was just exhaustion because I slept really well Tuesday night and woke up feeling good.
The rest of the week is kind of a blur. Work, taking care of Dante, cooking, cleaning, gardening, working out, taking walks, and repeat. On Monday we have an employee appreciation lunch that I had to organize Friday. Since we are doing it remote, everyone sent me their orders and then I used the department credit card to schedule them for Monday delivery on GrubHub. After 6 orders to 6 different locations, with 6 different names and phone numbers, GrubHub locked me out of the account. It took an hour to get back in and finish the orders. I basically was placing orders from 11 am – 3:30 pm Friday. I did a few other things, but that was my main task for the day. Please cross your fingers for me that everyone’s food shows up correctly on Monday. I had a couple false starts where the delivery time reset to ASAP instead of Monday at 11:30 am and I had to panic call and cancel the orders. So jury’s out on how this will go.
Oh and I found out Thursday that I will have to go in to the office for a few hours this upcoming week, on Thursday, to a do a dry run of our Stroke Survey. And then sometime after September 20th I’ll have to go in for 2 days for the real event. So Kiko will be taking off work to watch Dante. It’s stressful to have to go in, but also kind of exciting. I’m finally going to meet some of my coworkers! And see where I work LOL!
Saturday I was able to do my step aerobics class via live streaming for the second week in a row and it was great. Then Kiko woke up and I took a bubble bath <3. I also bought a home waxing kit because I haven’t been able to go in since March and everything else I’ve tried for my face has resulted in breaking out. Well, I LOVED it and it was just like the wax they use. I did get strings of wax everywhere, but it was just kinda funny. So by time COVID Quarantine is over, I’ll no longer need my manicures, pedicures or waxes. Getting cheaper by the month 😉
Oh and Dante’s new car seat arrived Saturday. I had thought he’d be in his infant carrier at least a year and a half, since I bought one that goes to 30 lbs and 30 inches tall. Well, Dante is 29 inches tall, 26 lbs and looks like a sausage in it. And since he’s more torso than legs, he actually is already too tall for it based on where his head falls. So that strategy didn’t work. We made it almost a year! We bought a convertible care seat – the Graco Extend2Fit 3 in 1 Car Seat. I like it because it’s one of the few that lets them rear face until 50 pounds instead of 40 (the safest way) and it has good height extenders on both the head support and the legs to keep him rear facing as long as possible. Then it goes front facing and then it converts to a booster seat. It will hold him until he’s 100 lbs, so it should be the last car seat we need (although we may have to buy a second when I go back to work so that we have 1 for both cars with daycare).
Whew that was a lot! Quite a week!
With the exception of Friday, I did manage to blog everyday in some way. In fact, I have posts scheduled all the way into the 2nd week of September! Whew! It feels good to be a “real blogger” again. Almost. My visiting still could improve.
Don’t forget we have 2 challenges kicking off September 1st :
I’m not doing the fall semester actually of #2020hw. But I’m really looking forward to reading my series. I just made a last minute switch in my series though. Yesterday I finished My Beautiful Suicide and I enjoyed it so much that I want to binge the remaining 3 books. So yeah, sorry to my Lauren Blakely series, I’ll be back 🙂 Are you joining in?
Last Week on the Blog
- [24 Aug] Let’s Talk Podcasts ~ Crime Junkie Podcast
- [25 Aug] Tell Me Something Tuesday: Book Worlds Part 2
- [26 Aug] Waiting on Wednesday ~ The one about Watching #wow #booklover
- [27 Aug] Just a Few Mercy Thompson books I read #review
- [27 Aug] Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs ★★★★
- [27 Aug] Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs ★★★★
- [28 Aug] #FitReaders ~ Update for August 15 – 21
- [29 Aug] Ghostland by Duncan Ralston ★★★½
- [30 Aug] Sunday Post with Berls | COVID Quarantine Week 24
- [30 Aug] The Sunday Post ~ I really need to name posts better ~ Week in READview!
Coming Next Week From Me
Sunday Post with Berls
Fit Readers Goals for September
Tell Me Something Tuesday: Newbie Blogging Mistakes
Berls Reviews My Beautiful Suicide
Fit Readers ~ Update August 22 – 28