A Fairly Free Day

9:00 AM

Happy Thursday!

I honestly don’t know how today is going to go.  My company’s website isn’t working again, ugh.  If this keeps up, I’m going to have to request switching to a different project because I need more consistent money than this.

I don’t need to work on any articles today, and all my work for class is done.  So…I guess today is whatever I make it?!  I never have this much freedom, lol, it feels so strange.

I did text a friend of mine to see if she wants to come over this afternoon, so I guess we will see what she says.  I haven’t seen her in forever and she’s moving out of state, so I’d really like to catch up with her before they move.  I have a feeling she might not be able to, though, since they are crazy busy with packing and closing on their house, I’m sure.

If my work doesn’t start up and if she doesn’t come over, then I guess today is a day for catching up on all the stuff I never have time to do…like some cleaning and reading. 😉

Right now, I’m off to create our meal plan for the week.

Zelda & Kona are cuddling again! ❤

2:21 PM

I think my new favorite phrase is “Shut the front door!”  It is just so unexpected and makes me laugh every time I hear it. XD

Anyway, work turned out just fine this morning, I just had to wait a bit, but then the website was up and running.  Also, my friend is coming down with a cold, so she won’t be able to make it today and she’s getting her wisdom teeth out tomorrow, so it’s lots packing for her today.  Hopefully we can catch up (and say goodbye 😦 ) next week.

I finished my morning work and got busy right away getting dinner in the Crock Pot.  I don’t usually plan two slow cooker meals in a row, but that’s how it turned out this week and I’m totally down with it.  Tonight’s is BBQ Apricot Chicken Drumsticks and it sounds amazing!  I don’t know how well it will actually turn out because it was rather difficult to cover the drumsticks with the sauce in the slow cooker, but I guess we will see!

I went ahead and prepared the meal plan for next week already, and I’m definitely looking forward to those meals!  Hopefully our grocery bill won’t add up to too much since we’ll have to get quite a bit of produce, but it’ll be worth it.

Now I’m just eating my lunch of apples & peanut butter (shocker, lol) and updating this post.  I basically have the whole afternoon free for once in a lifetime and I really don’t know what to do with myself.  I feel like I should be doing something productive, but then again, I also feel like I should just take advantage of the rare time and let myself enjoy it.  Obviously it’s healthy to let yourself relax when the opportunities arise, it’s just hard for me to allow myself to do it.  I always struggle with feeling like my value is tied to my productivity, and thus I easily run myself into the ground with too much work.

Apparently the music on the TV was very interesting to Zelda. XD

Friday morning, 7:39 AM

I really don’t have an excuse for not publishing this last night.  In all honestly, I forgot about it.  I feel like I remember to blog when I am doing more things during the day, but yesterday was a super chill day, so blogging just slipped my mind.  To recap: after getting dinner in the Crock Pot, I decided to write up the apartment improvements blog post that I’ve been meaning to get up for awhile.  It was 3:30 when I finished, and after that, I just grabbed my Nook and read until Joshua called me to say he was on his way home.  I really like the book I’m reading, it’s “Highly Illogical Behavior,” even though I feel like I’ve been working through it for forever.  It’s not the book, though, it’s just that I had to put it aside while I conducted research for my final paper this semester.

Joshua came home later than usual since he had to proctor standardized testing today at the school.  When he got home, we walked down to the office together to pick up Kona’s package of heavy dog food.  Our evening was all about watching “The Last Jedi,” though we had to pause an hour in to finish preparing dinner.  Basically, I just took the wings from the slow cooker and broiled them with more sauce. 🙂  The recipe was amazingly good, and I will definitely be making it again!

That was about it for  my night! 🙂

-Tialla ❤

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Feeling like Summer

8:20 PM

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  I’m rather relieved that it’s Wednesday because by the end of today, we’ll be closer to Saturday than Monday, and that thought is just so needed today.  It’s been a bit of a rough start to the week.

Work started out as normal this morning, which I’m super happy about.  Even though it’s work, when you need the money, it’s a relief to be able to just work without any issues.  I’m such a creature of habit as well, so when I get out of my routine, my day just feels topsy-turvy, lol.

Coffee is SO needed this morning.

Also, something funny: our apartment complex still hasn’t billed our pet rent for April & May.  Like, we went in and told them in April and they were surprised and grateful for our honesty.  They expressed the same surprise and gratefulness last week when we told them again, and yet, they still haven’t billed it.  XD  It cracks me up because we are literally reminding them that they haven’t taken our money, and they still haven’t.

Speaking of pets…Zelda was being super cute and holding Kona’s tail, just before Kona decided she didn’t like it and tried to sit on Zelda.  Oh, these two.

5:42 PM

Today has been a rather busy day!  It’s been a good day though, full of productivity and accomplishments and very minimal stress.  These are my favorite types of days. 🙂

I finished my morning work at around 12:30, I believe, and quickly got to work on an article for my client.  The article was due by 2:30, and I still needed to edit and polish it, so I wanted to give myself plenty of time.  It went super smoothly, actually, and I had it done and submitted by 1:20.

Zelda cuddled again this morning ❤

At that point, I put dinner in the Crock Pot.  We are having taco casserole, which I’ve never made before, but it looks pretty good, so I’m looking forward to it.  Once dinner was set to cook, I threw some clothes in the washer, sliced an apple to go with peanut butter for lunch, and began working on my research paper.  The final is due by Saturday, and after my work on it today, I think it’s basically good to go.

Joshua has been home since about 4:30, which was basically fifteen minutes after I finished up all my stuff.  It was honestly perfect timing!  It’s been getting uncomfortably hot in our apartment this week, so we got our pedestal fan out of the closet and assembled it to blow in cool air from our bedroom window.  It’s surprising to me how hot it has become already, but I guess it’s just that time of year.  We thankfully have air conditioning at this apartment, but we’re trying to go as long as we can without turning it on to avoid racking up our bill.  I’m sure it’ll be on daily by the end of the month, though.  We do, after all, live in Arizona.

Zelda and Kona have been the funniest since we turned on the fan, though.  Kona immediately settled down on the bed to enjoy the cool breeze, and even though Zelda doesn’t like the fan, she is still catching the breeze by laying on the desk, lol.

We’ve realized that we just can’t keep up with trying to water our grass seed.  Apparently, it needs to be constantly moist until it grows, and even when we pour sixteen gallons of water on it daily, it’s dry again within four hours.  We simply can’t afford to keep dumping all the water on it, so I guess grass seed was a fail.  :/  Oh well, our yard still looks better than it did, and we’ll figure out something else to do with it.  We should probably stick to watering something on a smaller scale, like flowers or a couple of vegetable plants, haha.

After catching up for the day, we just sat down to watch “The Force Awakens”!  We only have two Star Wars movies left to complete our Star Wars week, so tonight is dedicated to Episode VII.  In half an hour or so, dinner should be ready to eat and it smells amazing!  I absolutely adore Crock Pot meals!  It’s simply the best to put them together earlier and then just go on with my day knowing that dinner will be ready when we want it.

9:30 PM

We made it through “The Force Awakens”!  Now we only have one episode left, and that should be easy enough to watch tomorrow night.  Since we finished the movie about an hour ago, we just decided to binge the rest of New Girl Season 6.

I hope you all had a great Wednesday!  We are officially closer to Saturday now!

Until tomorrow,

-Tialla ❤

Catching Up

8:23 AM

Yesterday was the craziest stressful day.  Whenever I went to start a blog post, something came up that needed to be taken care of.  The first chance I had to really write a post was last night during Dancing with the Stars, and at that point I was just too exhausted to recount the whole day.

I looked tired in every picture I tried to take, so this is what I ended up with, lol. 😉

In a “nutshell”: work still wasn’t letting me in yesterday morning, so I spent the morning finishing & submitting my large article.  Once I was finished, work finally let me in, so I started on that just after tossing some clothes in the washer.  About thirty minutes into work, the washer flooded my laundry room & kitchen.  -_-

I was panicked and stressed because my job requires me to be on a timer, so even though I work from home, unless I’m working on one of my articles (and even then, not trying to beat a deadline), I’m not exactly available to take care of things.  I’m actually working, imagine that.  (It’s kind of a touchy subject for me because all through my work-from-home experience, I’ve had numerous people treat me like I’m not really working since I’m home and that I’m apparently available to take care of everything since I’m home.)

I called Joshua and explained that I just started work (and with my company, I can’t make up hours if I miss them during a day, and I hadn’t been able to work since Tuesday, so I felt like it was important to at least get some money) and how I was freaking out about the flooding, so he clocked out and came home to take care of it.  I felt bad because I’m already home, but then I realized, both of us work all day, so if something goes wrong, one of us will always have to take off work to take care of it.  And that person is me 95% of the time, so I shouldn’t feel bad.  It sucks either way, and sometimes things like this is just going to happen.  Joshua is the best. ❤  He views my work as just as important as his, which I appreciate so much since most people don’t have that perspective.

Anyway, every towel in our house was sopping wet in the end because it was literally a pool of water.  There was even water pooled outside the apartment in the hallway!  I didn’t realize water could just flow right through the wall.  Maintenance came by and thinks it was the drain hose that apparently just “came loose.”  I would kinda like to know how it just came loose, but here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen again!  Thankfully, the maintenance guy also brought in a Shop Vac to suck up the rest of the water.  We were out of towels by then, so that was fantastic!

Even after that, though, my afternoon continued to be stressful because work kept glitching in and out, randomly kicking me off and telling me that there wasn’t anymore work.  By about 8:30 last night, I checked my hours and realized it only recorded 3 hours, 44 minutes, when I had actually worked 4 hours, 13 minutes.  So I logged on and put in 19 more minutes of work to get over the 4 hour mark.

Anyway, that’s the “nutshell” of my day yesterday and why I didn’t get a post published.

Zelda was just the cutest this morning! ❤

This morning, work is still glitching and telling me that there isn’t any more work available.  I have an article order to work on that a client sent me Friday night, and I also need to finish my final research paper for class.  Who knows what today holds!  I probably sound like I’m in a bad mood, but I’m really not.  Just irritated that I can’t work like I should.

Also, I’m not sure if I will keep up with the daily blogging.  It’s a little exhausting, lol.  I figured I would give it another week before making a decision. 😉

5:00 PM

My work issues finally cleared up today, so I’m pretty excited about that!  I hope it doesn’t have those issues again for a while!  Also, just like I thought, they never responded to my questions about compensation, only sent an email saying, “You can make up your hours over the weekend…”   Basically, permission to give up my weekend since they don’t want to compensate me, thanks guys.

Anyway, I’m just glad it’s fixed.  Today I worked a bit on the final draft of my research paper due by Saturday, and then I worked on an article for my client the rest of the day.  Around 4 PM, the issues with my company were finally fixed, so I have been finishing up the last hour of my day with them.

Lemonade is my favorite! The perfect drink can help me power through articles.

Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday, so we are planning on picking up her present and heading over to their house after dinner.  Currently, I’m about to put together a chicken pot pie, which I haven’t done for several years, so we will see how that goes!  Joshua is being awesome and cooking up the diced chicken while I finished working. ❤

11:00 PM

As dinner was baking, Joshua and I watered our grass seed.  I have a feeling it won’t grow since we can’t afford to keep the soil wet 24/7, which is apparently what it needs, lol.

After that, Joshua got out his trumpet and played for the first time in probably a year!  It’s really fun to hear him play, and I can tell it makes him so happy.  The only problem is that trumpets are really quite loud.  Kona was freaking out the whole time.

The chicken pot pie turned out all right.  It was nothing special, unfortunately, but I feel like if I tweak a few ingredients and add more seasonings, it’ll be pretty good.  It called for frozen vegetables, but they seemed too crispy, so next time I will steam them ahead of time.  Also, the sauce was a little bland even with salt, but I think that’s an easy fix with some extra seasonings.  Finally, it called for milk, but I will probably use heavy cream in the future for a creamier sauce.  The recipe was really easy, though, which I appreciate.  It certainly has the potential to be great with a few additions and changes!

I baked it in our toaster oven because it was pretty hot in our apartment already and I didn’t want to heat the whole oven.

Not the prettiest crust, but I’m the queen of over-baking, so I’m very proud of how perfectly golden this is!

After dinner, we got Kona in the car and headed to Walmart to pick up ice cream sandwiches.  We put Kona in a cart at Walmart because that’s so much easier than walking Miss Skittish through the store.  She has a habit of trying to bolt and pull against her collar when people freak her out, so the cart eliminated that possibility.  She was honestly the cutest and I wish I thought about taking a picture.  I’m still learning to remember to take pictures.  #DoItForTheBlog

We had a wonderful time with my mother-in-law for her birthday.  We just ate the ice cream, chatted, and had a grand time with Kona playing with a new toy they bought for her.  The toy is supposed to be great for tough chewers, and she only barely started tearing into after a solid forty-five minutes of chewing on it, so that’s a great sign!

I hope you all had a great Tuesday!

Until tomorrow,

-Tialla ❤

Star Wars Day! (May the 4th Be With You)

8:22 AM

Happy Friday!!  We made it to the weekend!

Today is an especially exciting Friday because it is Star Wars Day (May 4th: May the 4th be with you)!  Joshua and I are huge Star Wars nerds.  It’s actually one of the first things that we bonded over, lol.  We’ve made a tradition out of Star Wars Day by turning it into Star Wars week!  Tonight kicks off with us watching Episode I, and we will work through the whole series this week.  It’ll be hard on the week nights, but with caffeine, we should be able to do it.  Also, it will be so much fun! 🙂

Snapchat knows what’s up 😉

You want to know how much we love Star Wars?  We never go to the movie theaters since it’s so freaking expensive, but we refuse to miss a Star Wars movie in theaters! 😉

Tomorrow is also Comic Book Day, and while that’s not really my thing, Joshua loves his comic books.  (And has made sure many times to specify there is a huge difference between “comics” and “comic books” haha.)  If we go to our local comic book store (which admittedly, I did not even know existed before I met him), they have free comic books with the donation of a canned good at their food drive.  He also has a gift certificate from Christmas, so I’m sure he will have quite the blast tomorrow.  And who knows, maybe he will convince me to try a graphic novel. XD

Work still isn’t available today so I’m hoping and praying they have it fixed by Monday because I NEED to work.  I only got two days this week and that sucks!  That like $150 I missed out on, because I seriously doubt they will compensate me. 😡

There is a silver lining, though.  Joshua is out of hours today since he had to work so late every night this week, which means we will get to start our weekend early.  He got cleared by his boss to get overtime hours this morning for a few things that need to be taken care of, but he’ll be home by afternoon.  I’m hoping to get my classwork done by then and preferably some editing on my article as well.  I’ll be free to spend time with him when he’s home early, which I’m very excited about.

Since Joshua will be off-work early,  I think he will finally be able to pick up top soil, like we’ve been trying all week, lol.  As long as I’m free this afternoon, we’ll put it in our yard and hopefully take Kona for a nice long walk to get her energy out before we head over to my in-law’s house tonight.

Kona and Zelda are both cuddling with me right now, and it’s the most adorable thing ever!  Before we adopted Kona, Zelda used to cuddle with me every day when I worked.  She stopped because Kona bullies her way around and Zelda isn’t comfortable with that.  But today, she came back and I’m living for it!  I miss cuddles with my kitty. ❤

11:35 AM

I’m pretty sure Joshua is going to be home in a bit, so I’m trying to get all my stuff done too.  I think we’ll be able to enjoy a 2 1/2 day weekend, and that sounds amazing!

So far today I’ve created our grocery list for the week, caught up on our budgeting, ordered more dog food for Kona (and opted in for the “Subscribe & Save” feature on Amazon Prime because why not??  We are ordering it about every month anyway…), and finished my homework for today.  It was only hardly anything for school because I just had to review a peer’s essay draft in our discussion, type up some of my notes, and then create my schedule for next week: finals week!  I’m so so excited to almost be done.

I also panicked because I realized that my brother’s birthday is on Sunday and I completely spaced it. :O So guess what we’ll be looking for on Amazon Prime later today?!  Even with two-day shipping, the gift will probably still be late, but it’ll be close and that’s what matters.  (My brother doesn’t live in the same town as me, so it must be shipped to him.)

Somewhat cuddling, lol

Once Mister gets home, we will be walking down to our apartment’s complex office for a number of things.  1. We need to drop off a check for the utilities billed through them.  2. We need to verify that our payment was received for our rent because they haven’t deposited THAT check yet and it says it was delivered.  Our complex doesn’t offer automatic withdrawals for who knows why.  3. Finally, they haven’t been billing our pet rent, so we need to let them know.  They didn’t bill it in April, so we walked in and told them about it.  And yet, they still haven’t billed it for April or May yet.  I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I don’t want to somehow get in trouble for not paying pet rent.  Apartment offices are pretty much the worst with legalities and fees, so I don’t want to risk it!

Once that is all covered and we walk Kona, if we have time left before going over to my in-laws, perhaps we will start watching Star Wars!! 😀 ❤

4:50 PM

Joshua picked up top soil on his way home and walked in the door at about 1 PM.  We chatted a bit at the table while I had leftover beef stroganoff for lunch.  Afterwards, we spread the four bags of top soil in our yard, but it turned out we needed two more bags.  Since we had the time, we decided to just go get them, and took Kona with us.  Home Depot is super dog-friendly, so it was pretty fun to take her in with us.

Once we were back, we quickly spread those bags to cover the rest of our yard, watered the seed, and then headed down to the office.  Joshua made me laugh afterward since he wanted to walk through the Clubhouse, and we noticed a vending machine in there, out of which he was determined to get us sodas.  Everything went just fine with my soda, but as is typical for vending machines, it ate our quarters when we tried to get his.  He used the coin return and tried over and over and over before we finally got the drink.  I’m pretty sure he tried at least ten times, lol.  I would have given up, but he was so determined to get that Arnold Palmer!

We had planned on walking Kona this afternoon, but it was ridiculously hot.  We knew we were going to be miserable if we tried to walk her and even though Joshua mentioned we could change into shorts, to be honest, I just knew my thighs would chaff if I did. >.<  Most of the time, we like walking her in the evening when it’s cooler, and I’m pretty sure that’s necessary now as the weather gets warmer.

Since we counted out walking her, we came back home, made some popcorn, and started our Star Wars week!  We’re about halfway through The Phantom Menace right now, and even though we are going over to my in-law’s, we’ll finish watching it tonight when we come back.  We are such nerds, but it’s the best. 😉 ❤

11:38 PM

We got back home from my in-laws about thirty minutes ago, and now we are settling down on the couch to finish The Phantom Menace.  There’s a possibility that I may fall asleep since I’m always exhausted on Friday nights, but I’ve seen this movie hundreds of times, so it’s not a big deal.

Joshua and I grabbed Subway tonight for dinner and it was the worst experience I’ve ever had with Subway.  We went to one of the Subways in town specifically because it has a drive-thru, and we’ve never been to a drive-thru Subway before.  It turns out, that was a very bad choice.  The guy who was making our sandwich completely botched it and it was gross.  It was supposed to be a Chicken Caesar Melt, with provolone on half of the footlong, and pepper jack cheese on the other half.  We didn’t taste any Caesar dressing at all, the bread was soggy (grossss), and I didn’t see or taste the cheese on either half of the bread.  And yet, it was somehow spicy even though we didn’t order anything else with spice.  It was honestly disgusting and nothing like we ordered.  Never going through a drive-thru Subway again!

At my in-laws, Kona was better behaved tonight than last week, thank goodness.  They rented the movie, “Hostiles” from Redbox and you guys…that movie was rough.  It was so ridiculously sad and shockingly intense.  Not a film I’d recommend.

As a typical American with the desire to celebrate every holiday I can, I’m looking forward to Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!  I have a meal plan of fully Mexican food for the day, starting with huevos rancheros for breakfast, chicken enchilada casserole for dinner, and guacamole to snack on.  I was going to make tres leches cake as well, but we didn’t have the money for those ingredients, and I’m pretty sure we would be too full to eat it anyway.  It’ll already be a lot of filling food tomorrow as it is!  Are you doing anything fun for Cinco de Mayo?

Gotta love Liam Neeson 😉

I think that’s about it for our day!  I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Ours will likely be full of Star Wars, comic books, and Mexican food, lol.

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

A Day of Writing

8:35 AM

Today started out bright and early, which is actually something that I love about our new apartment.  Since we have infinitely more privacy at this apartment, we can leave our blackout curtains open, so the sunlight is nice and bright in the morning when it filters through the white blinds.  Our last apartment had ZERO privacy (our neighbor walked right by our bedroom window every half hour or so to smoke from about 5 AM-8 PM), which meant having the blackout curtains closed all the time.  It was very dark and suffocating in that apartment, so I absolutely love how light and airy our new apartment is!  The bright sunlight makes it so much easier to wake up at 6:30 in the morning.

I’m busy working on my large article again this morning because the issue still isn’t resolved with my company.  I’m pretty pissed about it, but I’m trying to not think about it and just take advantage of really working on this article and my research paper instead.  Here’s to hoping it clears up today so I can get back to work like normal.  In the meantime, coffee is my saving grace. ❤

My mug says: “Perkatory. (pur kah tawr e) n. the anguished, prolonged period spent waiting for a fresh pot of coffee to be ready.”

1:00 PM

This morning was quite productive with typing away at my large article due by Monday night.  I’m about 3/4 of the way through drafting it, which is pretty good if you ask me!  My goal is to finish drafting it today so I can begin editing it tomorrow and then finish editing and submit it on Monday.

I took a break from writing the article to edit my research paper and submit it.  Everything today has been writing-focused and I love it!  It’s my happy place, lol.  The rough draft submission is actually for a group discussion and I’m the first student in my class to submit mine.  That actually happens quite often but it always makes me a little anxious because I’m braving the unknown, haha.

On another note, Zelda scratched my wrist on Sunday and I can’t seem to get the infection out.  I almost always get infected with every cut, despite washing them with soap and hot water right away.  I don’t know why I’m prone to wound infections.  Anyway, a couple days ago, I noticed the scratch started to feel infected, so I treated it with hydrogen peroxide and Polysporin as I always do.  However, when I woke up today, I realized it still feels pretty infected.  I gave it a deeper treatment of hydrogen peroxide and so far today I’ve applied Polysporin twice.  I hope that this does the trick but it still seems pretty inflamed.  Do you guys have any other suggestions for treating an infected scratch?  I have some leftover prescription antibiotic ointment from late last summer that I’ll probably use tonight instead of Polysporin if it still bothers me.

Anyway, now I’m going to put dinner in the Crock Pot and then grab some lunch before I get back to working on my article.  Dinner is slow cooker beef stroganoff!  I’ve made this recipe before and we loved it, so I wanted to make it again.  We haven’t actually had it for probably a year, so it’ll be nice to have again. (Note: this recipe calls for beef stew meat, but I use ground beef.)

Lunch will be leftover baked spaghetti from last night!

I’m not sure if there is an appetizing way to photograph spaghetti, but this is what I ended up with.

Putting dinner in the slow cooker created a ridiculous amount of dishes!  Our sink is literally full of dishes.  I’m so thankful we have a dishwasher now. ❤

5:30 PM

Joshua was supposed to by home by 4:30 this afternoon since the senior research projects are over, but then they last-minute dropped preparing laptops for testing on him, so he’s still at work.  I actually had planned for dinner to be done at around 5:45, so now I’m trying to make sure it doesn’t burn since the plans didn’t quite work out, lol.

I finished drafting that huge article, which is such a relief to me!  Now I just have to edit it and polish it up with all the little details.  Once I finished the article, I hurried out to the kitchen to make sure I could get the dishes taken care of before Joshua got home.  He’s sweet and always does the dishes, and he doesn’t mind when there’s dishes because he knows that I’m working all day as well, but I wanted to surprise him.  As much as he doesn’t want me to have to do the work, I know it would be a little disheartening to walk in and see a sink full of dishes. 😉

When I finished cleaning up the kitchen, I sat down to create our meal plan for this week.  I’m excited to try some new recipes!  Speaking of new recipes, yesterday afternoon we had some overly ripe bananas, so I mashed them up in a bowl, tossed in a couple handfuls of chocolate chips, and froze them as “bites” in our muffin tin.  I don’t know if they will actually be good or not, but it sounds like a nice treat!

10:16 PM

Joshua got home at about 6 PM and we pretty much sat down for dinner right away since it was done.  After dinner and cleanup, we walked Kona down to get the mail, and since it was pretty chilly, we came right back to the apartment, haha.  I took my shower and then we settled onto the couch to watch a few episodes of “New Girl” with some lemon cake Joshua brought home from the senior celebrations at school.

That’s about it and we’re pretty much calling it a day now.  I’m so excited that tomorrow is Friday!  Also, it’s May 4th, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you know that’s a big deal!  May the Fourth be with you! 😉

Until tomorrow,

-Tialla ❤

Waking up to Snow!

8:05 AM

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  Wednesdays always give me pretty good vibes because I know by tonight, it’ll be closer to Saturday than Monday!  I don’t really feel the “hump day” excitement until evening, but I know it’s coming in a matter of hours, and that itself is enough to put me in a fairly good mood.

It’s a good thing I woke up on the right side of the bed today, because my company’s website is glitching again and I can’t access my work.  I’ve been working for this company for over a year, and haven’t had any of these problems until they switched me to a new project at the beginning of March.  Now it seems like it’s problems one after another!  Hopefully the glitch clears up soon so I can begin working because I don’t have time to just sit around waiting to work, lol.  I submitted a support ticket, and all I can do now is wait for it to be fixed.  It’s also too early for my brain to function for homework, so…I need to work haha.

Last night,  it rained enough for huge puddles to collect in our yard.  That’s a lot for Arizona!  Then, before we turned the TV off for the night, we changed the channel to ABC and the weather was on, forecasting snow in our area overnight.  We couldn’t believe it, but sure enough, we woke up to a light dusting of snow.  I don’t even know if it was enough to reach 1/2 inch, but, the fact remains that it snowed on May 1st in the southwest.

This morning, the weather is kind of drizzly and overcast, which makes me happy.

If my work doesn’t load soon, I guess I will try to see if my brain will cooperate for homework because I want to take advantage of the morning hours.  Joshua still has to work late tonight for the senior research projects, but if I finish everything at normal time, then I will have a couple hours to read before he gets home. ❤

8:32 AM

It is snowing again.  This is just crazy to me since we didn’t get hardly any snow all winter, and now it’s May 2nd and it’s snowing. O.O  I’m starting to think all our hard work was a waste for our grass seed because I’m pretty sure it’s not going to grow now.  I hope it will, but I have a feeling the ground is too cold.

11:37 AM

I just finished all of my homework for the day, which means my research paper draft is pretty much ready to be submitted tomorrow.  All I have left is just proofreading, which I can easily do before submitting it!  I’m pretty excited about this because this time last week I was rather anxious about this paper and unsure how to write it.

Two things: it’s still snowing, and my company’s website still won’t let me access work.  I’m rather upset about the work because I’m concerned that it won’t be fixed until later this afternoon, and I’ll have to be working even after Joshua is home.  This is by far the worst issue that has happened in my work-from-home experience to date.

The snow is kind of insane.  It’s piled up now and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon.  I’m disappointed about the grass, but I’m also thankful because we’ve had a pretty high fire danger in Arizona recently, so getting this moisture will be very helpful for that.  The grass seed was cheap, so we can always try again in a few weeks.

Since my morning work is still unavailable and I finished my homework, I suppose I will start working on my articles while constantly refreshing my company’s website to make sure I can get in the moment it’s available.

Kona has been sleeping beside me all morning. ❤ She loves when I decide to work on the bed.

1:40 PM

I’m starting to think my company isn’t going to fix the problem today.  I’m not going to work when Joshua is home, which means I will either not get paid for today or I’ll have to make it up on the weekend, which isn’t right because it’s not my fault their website isn’t working.  :/  Working from home is great, but right now this sucks!  I’ve never dealt with anything like this before.  The worst part is that they haven’t sent out any notices or anything and I’ve now submitted two support requests.

In other news, I had received another article order from my new client this morning, so I went ahead and wrote & submitted that.  I’m going to get some lunch now and I guess work more on my other client’s large article while refreshing my company’s website to see if I can access work before it’s too late.

On the bright side, Kona has been cuddling with me all day. ❤  She’s just such a sweetheart.

4:00 PM

I sliced up an apple and peanut butter for lunch again since it was so satisfying yesterday.  It was just as good today, so I’m anticipating that this will be a new go-to for me.  I’m not usually a repeat eater as I tend to get bored and would rather have variety, so I guess we’ll see how long this lasts, lol.

After getting my lunch, I tossed some towels in the washer and called back my dentist who left me a voicemail earlier.  I had to reschedule the appointment for my 6-month cleaning I made back in December since my hygienist will be out of the office.

After that, I read a couple of blogs while munching on my apple, and then got to work on my client’s large article.  That’s basically what I’ve been doing since then.  I did take a break at one point to catch up on my devotions that I missed earlier this week, but otherwise, I’ve been writing.  This article is actually a lot easier than I expected and I’m really enjoying it so far, but I can see it getting repetitive after a while since it’s a list-style article.

My company didn’t fix the problem today, but they did email about it saying that we won’t get penalized or anything which, you know, is great since it’s not my fault anyway, lol.  I was ready to work at 7:30 AM, haha.  I emailed to ask if we will still get compensated, but I’m seriously doubting it because that would be too good. 😉

8:34 PM

When Joshua came home tonight, I suddenly realized how cold it has been all day with the drizzly weather.  We were both freezing, lol.

I just put together baked spaghetti for dinner and it’s currently in the oven.  I don’t like how late our dinners are this week, but it is what it is with Joshua’s work schedule right now.  I also have two slices of buttered bread topped with garlic seasoning and cheese ready to broil in the toaster oven when dinner is almost done.  We haven’t had garlic bread in forever, so I’m looking forward to it!

Today feels so incomplete since I never had the opportunity my morning work.  I still had a full day with working on my research paper this morning and then working on articles for my clients all afternoon.  Still, it just feels off because it wasn’t my usual routine, so my day doesn’t feel complete.  Oh well, it’s not my fault, and I still made use of the hours with getting tons of work done on my articles. 😉

Tonight, we are going to watch New Girl, which we are absolutely ecstatic about!  We’ve only watched through Season 5, because that is all that Netflix had for the longest time.  They finally got the sixth season, like a year after it aired, lol.  We adore this show, so I can’t wait to watch more of it.  I’m wondering if this is the last season since I haven’t heard anything else about more New Girl episodes.

I think that’s about it!  Joshua didn’t get top soil because the ground is way too muddy, but I guess we will get that some other time this week.  Hopefully it won’t be too late for our grass.

Oh, I forgot to mention it yesterday, but Joshua was so sweet last night.  He knew I was just so stressed out during the day, so he brought me home hot butter rum chai.  It’s my favorite kind of chai and it was perfect with the rainy weather!  He always does whatever he can to show me how much he cares and to make me feel better.  ❤  I wish I had taken a picture of yesterday’s but here is a pic I grabbed from a few weeks ago:

Anyway, I think I’ll wrap this up for today!  I hope you all had a great Wednesday!  We made it over the hump!!  Only two days ’til the weekend!

Until tomorrow,

-Tialla ❤

An Intimidating Tuesday

10:00 AM

Good morning and happy Tuesday, friends. 🙂  Additionally, happy May 1st!

Kona came up and cuddled right on my shoulder this morning, so I had to take photos. ❤

Today is an intimidating Tuesday because I have two orders from clients waiting for me today, and one is the biggest articles I’ll have ever attempted.  It clocks in at 4200 words and that is rather intimidating when it all needs to be high-quality content, engaging, solid, informational, fun, compliant with SEO, non-repetitive, etc…  I’m reminding myself that I’m a writer and I can do this, but it’s always a little overwhelming going into it.  The other order is from a relatively new client, so I don’t know what to expect from them yet since I’ve only written one other order for them.  I’m fairly certain it will be short, but I still have a little anxiety about it.

Today I was able to wake up later because Joshua works later tonight for senior research projects at the school.  That gives me more time to get all of my work done, so I took advantage of the opportunity for more sleep. #neveramorningperson  This morning has started out with cuddles with Kona, coffee, Good Morning America, and work.

Kona isn’t a morning person either 😉

We did end up planting grass seed on Saturday, but I think we are going to buy a few bags of top soil tonight when Joshua gets home to make sure it’s adequately covered.  We did it all by hand with a cultivator, so I’m concerned that it’s not in the ground enough.

Did anyone watch the DWTS premiere last night?  This season is so different!  It’s kind of neat, but also totally throwing me off with how condensed it is.  I don’t know who to vote for yet; so many of them are fantastic!

3:08 PM

Today has been difficult.  It seems like lots of things are going wrong and even the little things add up after a bit.  I’m trying to just breathe and not get overwhelmed.

My timer for work is having issues again and I really wish they’d just fix it so I wouldn’t have to feel worried or paranoid that it didn’t track my hours correctly.  They are also convinced it’s “100% accurate,” so if it doesn’t track them right, they just try to say it’s because I wasn’t active enough.  Which totally isn’t true when I’m active the whole time.

*breathe*

I just finished up an apple & peanut butter for lunch, which was SO refreshing!  For the first year or so of our marriage, we rarely bought fresh fruits and veggies because for some reason we thought they were too expensive.  Only this year did we realize it’s actually just the organic produce that is expensive, so we’ve been on a fresh fruit and veggie kick lately.  It’s just so satisfying and helps us feel really good about our diets as well.  I feel way less “bleh” when I get a good helping of fresh fruit or veggies.  No wonder health professionals always recommend eating more of them, lol.

I forgot to take a picture, but here’s a pretty one from Google Images. 😉

Before I sat down to work, I also put dinner in the Crock Pot.  Tonight we’re having Creamy Ranch Chicken over rice.  I haven’t made this recipe before, but hopefully it turns out  pretty good!  It was really easy so far with just putting the chicken in the slow cooker with butter, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning.  Dump-and-go recipes are my favorite!

Now, onto my afternoon work.  I was going to work on my research paper as well, but with how stressed I’ve been today, I think I’ll wait until tomorrow.  The draft isn’t due until Thursday anyway, and I’m certain I can finish it between Wednesday & Thursday.

5:40 PM

Work wasn’t as stressful as I thought it was going to be, yay!  Honestly, it typically turns out that way.  I psych myself up, and then realize that it’s not bad like I had expected.  I wrote and submitted that article for my new client, which was super easy and fun.  Then, my other client messaged me to clarify a few things for their huge article, and it took so much of my anxiety away when I realized what they were actually wanting.  Since Joshua is working late again tonight, I had extra time so I started on that article.  I just got to a good stopping point for the night, so I’m calling it a day!

It’s raining outside, which is always peaceful to me and has put me in a nice mood.  When you live in dry Arizona, rain is always a wonderful thing. ❤

Dinner is bubbling away in the slow cooker, and you guys, it smells amazing!  Our entire apartment is filled with Ranch scent and I can’t wait to eat dinner.

Now I have some vacuuming to do and I have a feeling Joshua will text me that he’s coming home by the time I’m done with that.  Once he’s on his way, I’ll be starting our rice to go with the chicken!

On another note, I’m looking forward to watching Roseanne tonight!  Have any of you been watching it?  We’ve missed a few episodes, but so far it seems pretty great.  I never watched the original, so I can’t compare it to that, but I think they are doing a good job introducing it to new viewers.

9:04 PM

Joshua called me to let me know he was on his way home as soon as I finished vacuuming, just like I predicted!  I think it’s pretty fun how that worked out.  He ended up not purchasing top soil tonight since it was raining rather hard and we realized it would be too muddy to lay it down anyway.  Hopefully we can get it tomorrow to help our grass seed!

Dinner was quite tasty!  We both enjoyed the shredded chicken over rice and I believe I’ll be saving the recipe to make again another time.  I have three criteria for saving a recipe: Is it easy enough to make?  Does it taste pretty good?  Does it make us feel slightly sick after dinner?  Sometimes, a meal will be easy to make and taste great, but then we feel slightly nauseous afterward because it’s too rich or just doesn’t sit right with us.  If a meal doesn’t positively hit all of these marks, I don’t keep it.  This one, however, is a keeper!

After dinner, I jumped in the shower and now I’m writing this up before we watch our recorded episode of Roseanne for the night.  I’m going to end this here and enjoy the rest of the night with Joshua.

Until tomorrow,

-Tialla ❤