Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Itching Powder: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super? 

Can I answer that without sounding braggadocios?  Or worse?  Besides, I can't really think of anything I've done that qualifies as that spectacular.

The last thing you ate that tasted superb? 

The Voodoo Pasta I ate at Effina's at Christmastime.

Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. 

Superfluous, as in unnecessary.  My life seems that way sometimes.  I want to live an authentic life that means something to someone.  All I seem to create right now are messy patches on an otherwise beautiful tapestry. And, yes, I've already read Purpose Driven Life three times, but still haven't found exactly why I'm here.

Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is. 

It depends on the object of my affection.  Jesus?  Yes, He's done too much for me not to love him (I John 4:19).  I try not to love material objects, but I thoroughly enjoy them.  Others?  I make a valiant attempt to.  There are people who feel their main purpose in life is to make themselves as unlovable as possible.  I've been that person myself, so I know it's a cover up for pain.  Sometimes I can get involved and freely love, sometimes, I have to just say "bless your heart" and move on.  Myself?  Now there's a different story.  I still don't freely love myself.  Rather sad since I'm always with me.  If only I could make myself more loveable...

Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? 

Valentine's day makes me miss my days at the preschool.  It was so easy and fun to celebrate with my babies.  Candy, gifts, good food, playing all day, and the biggest bonus of all, no nap time that day, make for a wonderful celebration.  I have no idea how to celebrate the day with other adults.  I want to do something for my coworkers and customers, but I'm not sure what is appropriate.  Looks like a job for Pinterest.

What's something you are loving right now? 

My reading chair.  My CEO was replacing his office furniture and gave me one of his old armchairs.  I'd had it sitting in front of my vanity table, but the table is uncomfortably tall for the chair.  Plus, the chair seemed to swallow all the space in my bedroom.  Simply moving a few things over and sitting the chair to face the rest of the room with a reading lamp makes it a comfy spot to read.  With my footstool, it creates a perfect angle for writing at my laptop.  Comfy, cozy. 

My plan for the chair is to have it reupholstered when I have my own digs to put it in.  I want it to look like this...


My chair isn't exactly like this one, but their shapes are similar.  Of course, I will not be doing the upholstering like this person did; I am not that talented.  Hopefully I can afford to get my friends at Rochester's to do it.  Something else for the dream book.

Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  

To steal a line from Whose Line is it Anyway?:  "I've always faked it."  OK, that's four words.  Lemmie try again...

"Love me do...or don't."  Dang, that's still too many words...
"Put the lotion in the basket."  Nope...

"I tolerate you."
"No touchy."
"I'm broke."
"Valentine's day sucks."
"Goin' Stag Rules."
"Party 'till 8pm."
"Cupid's a dork."
"Because I'm tacky."
"Where's your mama?"
"Get a job."
"Jungle love."
"Beer & Pizza"
"Sorry, I'm drunk."
"No, seriously..."
"Bite me."
"Cheap date."
"Wash my car."

Yeah, I know it's not a phrase.
If you wanted me to be serious,
you should have said so.


Insert your own random thought here. 
As if the heart quotes weren't random enough...
Team No Sleep keeps trying to come back to my house.  The past two nights have been horrid.  I think I've discovered part of the problem.  A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a different variety of laundry detergent because it was on sale (You're welcome, Mr. Ramsey).  Not being one to have sensitive skin issues, brands normally don't matter.  Well, I'd used this brand for years, but not this particular scent.  For several days now, I've been feeling itchy--at night it's much worse.  I'm going to have to chunk it and go back to what I was using.  I plan to redo my laundry and see if that gets rid of the problem.  That's not the only insomnia variable, but it's a big one.  Can't sleep and scratch.


  1. Your chair sounds like a perfect comfy place to read and work at the laptop. I used to have a chair in our bedroom and really liked it, but ended up needing to move it.

    I had a similar problem with itching and tracked it down finally to the detergent. Like you, it was the same one I often used, but different scent. I switched to a free and clear type and that did the trick.

    1. The only thing is that those free and clear type soaps are so much more expensive. The soap I normally use that doesn't cause the itching doesn't cost much. That's what I get for trying something new. Sometimes same and boring is good. :)

  2. Not being able to get a good night's sleep is simply the worst. Melatonin has helped me so much...I take it every night at bedtime. Maybe changing your laundry detergent back will help some.

    1. Changing the detergent helped tremendously. I thought about taking melatonin, but I'll have to try it over a weekend to see how it affects me.

  3. Nothing is worse than not getting enough sleep. Here's my suggestion: 2 bottles of wine and 2 Tylenol PMs. If that doesn't work, add two more bottles of vino. Have a great week!

    1. I wish I could take the PM type meds, but they all have antihistamines in them--I can't take antihistamines. Two bottles of wine? Honey, I said sleep, not a coma. ;)

  4. Any holiday is a joy with preschoolers. I loved the art my daughter would bring home with thumbprints or footprints or little cards. There would be theme days based on the color of the holiday - so much fun. That houndstooth fabric is gorgeous. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Pamela. Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  5. I loved working with preschoolers too. And I hear you on Pinterest : ) I'm planning a baby shower and am overwhelmed by all the cute and fun ideas out there. I am having a hard time picking and choosing. I'm with Katie...try Tylenol PM to break the no-sleep cycle. Wine works for me too : )

    1. That's right, Joyce is going to be a granny! :)

  6. I sympathize with you on the Alabama loss. That had to be tough to take. Perhaps the Braves can help ease your pain. Also, you can take comfort in the fact that "Bama will probably be back next year.
    I hope you get a hold on your itching issues. They are terrible and unbearable. Have a blessed week.

    1. Changing back to my regular detergent did the trick.

      Thanks so much for reading...and ROLL TIDE! :)