Sunday Post with Berls | COVID Quarantine Week 24

Posted August 30, 2020 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 23 Comments


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!

Blog News

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

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

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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23 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | COVID Quarantine Week 24

  1. Jen

    Now that you are a mom of a large (but normally large) kiddo – let me tell you the opposite… my daughter didn’t hit 20 lbs until she was three! She’s 14 now and we joke that she’ll need a booster seat to drive… she’s 4’9″ (and will top out at 4’10”) and my son is 6’2″ Talk about opposites!!

  2. I think trying to corral babies and cats has got to be one of the biggest challenges in life. LOL Glad you were able to figure out a solution for the baby prison and your work space.

    I have had to order many a lunch order for the office but NEVER have I had to order 6 individual lunches to go to 6 individual addresses. Ohmyword…I think I would cry. I think if I was the boss I would have everyone order their own Grubhub delivery and then submit their receipt for reimbursement by the company. I hope all goes well and everyone gets exactly what they ordered and ON TIME and that if anything goes wrong they don’t blame you. Good luck!!!!

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    • LOL yes, corralling babies is like my #1 daily challenge. But it’s working 🙂

      Lunch went well thank you! She wanted to have everyone place their own orders, but we had to have it all through the department card for expense report purposes so this was the way to do it. And it was 15 orders actually (I just got locked out after 6 lol). It was a lot to coordinate but it was a success (and a relief).

      Have a great week 🙂

  3. That sounds like a WEEK never mind just a Monday… I’m tired just reading it all! 🙂

    My commenting has taken a massive hit over the summer too… Time just isn’t my friend at the moment but now autumn is on the horizon I’ll hopefully settle back down into a rhythm… I love autumn. Good luck with the in-person work days!

  4. Good luck with the food! I hope it all goes well tomorrow. that would be stressful. And you’ve been busy! Sorry to hear about losing the data- that sucks. That’s happened to me before and I was NOT a fan lol.

    I thought this week went by as a blur too. August FLEW.

    Anyway take care and be well this week!

  5. I’m right there with you! This week has been long but not memorable. I loved getting to chat with you at book club!

    I hope this work week is kind to you. I’m right there with you! This week I’m focusing on blogging because I so want to feel like a real blogger again. I figure once I have my schedule under control I can start branching out and visiting again.

    Here’s to hoping we have a great week!

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  6. Oh my gosh I would have cried for at least 20 min after losing all the files! And it seems so funny to think you haven’t seen your work place or met your coworkers! What a strange time we live in!
    Maybe you will have to put the baby prison around you and give Dante the rest! Hahaha!
    Hope you have a great week!

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  7. My long weeks tend to be heat and humidity related. Bummer about the files not saving for you and I do know that feeling when the battery is dead, dead, dead, LOL. Crossing my fingers that your lunch orders go according to plan. Neat that you got so much done including the new home arrangement. I think you do great balancing all that you have going on so don’t sell yourself short on your blogging. Cheering you on with your new series challenge pick.

    Have a good week, Berls!

    • I feel like our current generation – dare we call them the COVID generation? – are going to be very independent kiddos because they had to deal with working parents trying to take care of them at the same time. And we have to do what we have to do to make it! Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

  8. That sounds like a long, busy week but a great one. You are really a rock star! You are totally a real blogger. I have done a bit of office reorg myself and it has much improved things. My laptop has also been hovering at 10-15% charged and so I have plugged it into a different outlet and it is already up to 23% in like 5 minutes. I hope the Grubhub goes well and you have a good week ahead! I live for these updates – I want to know what’s happening with you.

    Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Sunday Post – 30 August 2020
  9. It sounds like you had a very busy week, Berls! and good that you were able to reorganize Dante’s playpen so that you can see him everywhere he goes. Do you think he might have been stung by a bee or something? That might not leave a real mark, but would still hurt enough for him to need you…
    I went back to teaching this week and it was great meeting all my new students, and setting things up with them for the semester. It is just so nice to be back to ‘school’ for me – I love it!
    I miss you very much! I am so sad I didn’t get to see you earlier in August. *BIG HUGS*

    • Oh now that’s something I hadn’t considered, but would be very possible, especially since it was a pretty day and I had the balcony door open.

      How great to be back at school! I miss it so much – the start of the school year has been hard for me. I know I’m in the right place for my family right now, but I’m a teacher and really want to return some day. I hope week 2 is going great! Miss you ** HUGS**