COVID Quarantine Week 38
So I’ve started working on my Sunday Post every night. On one hand, it’s easier to remember the day rather than the week. On the other hand, I feel like this post is super long now. So I’m giving you a quick synopsis first and you can read the full story if you want by reading the full under each day. I’ll bold the items that make the synopsis.
News at Home
The short – Dante was really fussy this week (#TEETHING), work was good, I was lazy, tried to die my hair (#FAIL) and sliced my finger (#BLOOD #STITCHES?), lost an elephant and had a holiday party. Read below for the long.
I had to accept the grim reality that I’m going back to work tomorrow and get ready for the week. I did grocery shopping today and some meal prep. My new Rocketbook Panda Planner came today too and I’m super excited to see how that helps me streamline my morning routine. I did some blog visiting and I’m getting into my new blogging routine today. I really hope it helps me be more consistent on the blog. We also had COYER book club today and it was great – we had more people than we’ve ever had and I enjoyed chatting with everyone for a couple hours. Always a highlight of my month.
Considering that it was my first day back after 9 days off, today wasn’t bad. I guess my break left me refreshed and ready. I woke up with no problems – ahead of my alarm by 5 minutes! – worked out, did my miracle morning routine and was ready for work exactly on time. Dante slept in til 8:30, which made the morning easier. He did well, though he did get fussy around 12, tired of me not playing with him I think. Work was super busy – a week’s worth of work had piled up – but productive. Dante napped well and when he woke I had had time for a little break. We played and danced until Kiko got home. Then I started my new evening routine (complete with blogging) … I think it’s going to work out well. Dante through us for a loop with dinner though! He’s usually such a good eater. But tonight he cried at the top of his lungs and I thought for sure something was hurting him. It seems that he just was hungry and didn’t like what he’d been given. He gobbled up some rice and scrambled eggs – two favorites. But damn, I was not going to be that mom who let’s be kid dictate what they eat. 😂 🙄
Today was another pretty good day, but cold! I do my workouts on the balcony in the morning at 5:30 / 5:45 so that I won’t wake Dante or rudely bounce around on my neighbors (we’re 3rd floor). This morning, even with my weight lifting gloves, my hands were so cold it hurt. Thankfully a little bouncing around fixes it quick. Dante slept until almost 9 and took a 2 hour nap, so that’s a win for me! He did get fussy and have to come work on my lap for about 30 minutes. I’m starting to think that may just become a standard as lunch and nap time approach. Work was steady – not too crazy. This evening we’re doing our first ever advent calendar with Dante. I’m excited to start this tradition. We got one with a felt tree and pockets at the bottom for the ornaments that you stick on the tree – 1 ornament per day.
I did not sleep well last night. Kiko insists on still using the Owlet monitor for Dante even though he’s too big for it. The result is that the alarms go off all the time – either from the sock falling off or it saying low oxygen.Without going into tons of explanation, I woke up VERY tired. I ordered a different breathing monitor that isn’t dependent on size. Hopefully it will solve our problem. It doesn’t come until next week though 🙁
Then, today at lunch Dante had a complete melt down – eating some of his favorite food! He stuffed some rice in his mouth and then starting screaming inconsolably. Since he happily sucked on ice after that, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s teething. He did much better after some Motrin. So I’m going to keep it in him for the next couple days while I watch for a tooth to emerge.
I had such a headache, with all things considered that I was very lazy after work. And I ate like shit – just snacking and even a soda instead of lunch. Oh well, hoping for a better tomorrow.
Today was good, for the most part. Dante is still teething (of course), but since I’m aware I’ve been able to stay ahead of the fussiness. I have been giving him ice to chew on, which helps a lot. I have to cut the ice so that it will fit in this little silcone chewy he has. Well today I was rushing to cut the ice and cut myself really bad with the knife. As in their was blood all over the table. I was worried I needed stitches at first – I bled through 1 band-aid. But I seem to be okay now. Whoops. I ordered him a couple that will hopefully hold the ice without cutting lol!
He’s climbing everything these days, making everything a hazard. I turned around to see him standing ON the table today… He had pushed his ride on train to the table and used it to climb on up. And he climbs on the bench outside now too. So I’ve moved everything that could possibly be climbed away from tables. And I use tape to attach an extra baby cam onto my desk so that I can see on the balcony in my blind spot where he likes to climb. If I could only also get eyes in the back of my head that would help!
Dante put on some more food melodramatics today, but besides that, it was a good day. Work went smoothly and I feel like I finally caught up on some tasks that had been piling up. I did some blogging and had a nice chat with some friends – we try to “meet up” every Friday for a phone chat. I continued working on my Goodreads organization – adding books from Amazon. Then I got in a Tantor Audio and when I was setting it up for download on my phone I rediscovered all these books I had forgotten about. Ya’ll I have so many more books than I thought I did… which is bad, because I already knew I had too many. You know it’s too many when you can forget about an entire folder full of read & unread audios. Like almost 200 books y’all!
Whoa what a day! I’m going to try to not make this super long… but so much happened! My stepson’s family is moving and Kiko was supposed to be going over for a few hours to help move furniture. Long story short they were way behind and he’s been gone since 9 a.m. as I write this at 7:30 p.m. Last I checked, he was still helping them load. They have to b done by tomorrow, so who knows when he’ll be home.
So it was just me and Dante all day. Which is fine – but makes it hard to take care of weekend chores. And he’s been fussy this week – today was no exception. And then I got this brilliant idea to dye my hair. Today was probably not the right day, but I”m so sick of my hair. So I tried to dye it. Long story short, my hair has a few red highlights in the areas that were previously bleached, but otherwise it looks exactly the same. My scalp and ears, on the other hand, are red. Rubbing alcohol didn’t want to get it out.
Then it was time to put Dante down for nap and I couldn’t find elephant. Elephant is his stuffie that he always sleeps with. Looked everywhere and still cannot find elephant. He napped with sloth and it seemed to b fine. I’m hoping sloth will work tonight too because I don’t see elephant anywhere. Tomorrow I will buy a new one from Target, I already checked they have them in stock. I might buy two.
And my book club had their Christmas party (while Dante as napping thankfully) – some met in person, I joined virtually. It was nice to “see” everyone. We do a white elephant book exchange and someone nicely dropped a book off for me (see below).
Don’t forget to sign up for our Holiday Hop! With the way this year has been, we want to spread some cheer and we hope you’ll join us!
And COYER 2021 sign-ups are live! It’s our biggest COYER to date and I’m so excited. I think it’s going to be so much fun. Be sure to join us today at 12pm CST / 1 PM EST for a Facebook Live Preview and Q&A.
I decided that, in addition to COYER, in 2021 I’m going to participate in two more challenges. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve made Goodreads shelves to track the reads and will update my progress here.
I’m participating in the Library Love Challenge, hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Books of My Heart. Since I tend to read a decent number of library books, I’m going for Thrifty Reader Level – with the goal of reading 24 books.
I’m also participating in the New Release Challenge hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms. I’ve signed up for this one in the past and utterly failed to keep track. I don’t tend to read very many new releases so I’m going for New Release Newbie Level – reading between 1 and 30 books.
Added to My Shelf
I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?