On this, the most thankful of Thursdays, many of us here in the States celebrate Thanksgiving.

This one is bittersweet for me, as it’s the first without my Dad. We didn’t actually spend many Thanksgivings together, but still, the first holiday without a parent is hard.

Also, my oldest son got an invite to spend the holiday with his best friend’s family out of state, so he left for that adventure Tuesday. My youngest son and his gf didn’t care to do a big dinner, so I got off easy on that! Considering I leave for work here soon, it’s been a pretty non-holiday holiday so far. I am excited to get started on Christmas plans, though!

And above all, I am beyond thankful for all I have. I hope you and yours are having a blessed holiday!

Goals for the day

Goals for the day

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I don’t have many goals for today, but here they are:

  • Get to work on time.
  • Ask if I can work Saturday since I missed yesterday

After work…

  • Get to Huntsville utilities to take care of several important things.
  • Once that is done, get to the tax assessor’s office to take care of another important thing (as it turns out, my property wasn’t homesteaded. Gah.).
  • Pick up dinner for the evening and what I can for Thanksgiving brunch. Oh, and do not forget bath tissue and dog food!

After errands…

  • Take dogs out after getting home
  • Spend about an hour returning blog visits and hopefully preparing tomorrow’s post.
  • Do dishes. Fix dinner. Do dishes again. Do laundry. Watch This Is Us. Cry.
  • Prepare my clothes and lunch and snack for tomorrow’s double
  • Fall into bed exhausted, yet unable to sleep after all the caffeine consumption it’ll take to power through this day, plus the nervous energy from having to do time-sensitive errands for which I need to visit the utility office, insurance office, and tax assessor’s office.
  • Pray I don’t relapse.

How’s your Tuesday looking?

Update from the isolation chamber

Update from the isolation chamber

Today brought a new twist to my misery. Apparently, all of the meds I’ve been taking and the air I’ve been gulping through my mouth haven’t been playing nicely together in my tummy. I’m sure some bad news received yesterday didn’t help, but I was already pretty much down for the count.

After feeling pretty decent last night, I woke up to sweats and horrible stomach pain this morning. As in, I couldn’t stand or even sit upright for very long without sweating and feeling faint. I’m feeling okay for now, but I’ve spent literally all day in bed. In fact, I’m blogging on my phone in bed. I haven’t been able to shower or wash work clothes, and I dread waking up to whatever fresh hell awaits tomorrow.

#sorrynotsorry for being dramatic. I usually don’t get hit with both a sinus infection and a stomach catastrophe at the same time.

On the bright side? I got to indulge my Jason Momoa obsession just a bit more by watching Bad Batch on Netflix!

Meanwhile, in the isolation chamber

Meanwhile, in the isolation chamber

I mean, my bedroom, I slept most of the day away. As some of you know, I’m dealing with my annual Thanksgiving Sinus Infection this week (because of course! it’s not like I need to be in top shape and functional during the busiest shopping week of the year!). I spent most of the day in bed resting and decongesting and trying to make myself better. And watching music documentaries on Netflix.

One of the docs was Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and that reminded me that I said something at the first of NaBloPoMo about a recap of the Birmingham, Alabama show from October 26. Since it’s a bit too late for an actual review at this point, I figured I’d share some pictures and a few thoughts.

This was my third time seeing them.

The first time was way back in 2000 at Memphis’s Beale Street Music Festival. They closed out Saturday night, by which time my friend and I had consumed many drinks. We didn’t want to get into the throng of people in front of the stage, so we climbed what must have been a 55-degree embankment – in the mud – so we’d have a birds-eye view of the show. I don’t remember a whole lot about the show, just that we stayed for all of it, and at one point Dave Grohl climbed the lighting rig above the stage. Good times.

The second time was in 2011 in Atlanta with my good friend Spank. I was particularly excited for this show because a band on my Bucket List of Bands was opening – Social Distortion. Imagine my dismay when we got to our seats just in time to see Social D closing out their set. We got to see two songs, but as it turns out, they only played four. I still count this as having seen them in concert, though! The Foos played literally all night. They played all their songs. They played a lot of covers. I was beyond impressed. It’s not often that a band that age (my age) powers through what I estimate to be close to four hours with such energy.

I was supposed to go back to Atlanta to see them at Music Midtown a few years ago, but sadly, didn’t make it.

Nevertheless, I was thrilled to be able to see them for a third time, a little bit closer to home in Birmingham. Again with Spank, and her husband Mr. S. The Struts opened, and were fantastic! If you don’t know who they are, you should familiarize yourself with them posthaste!

@thestruts #birmingham #alabama #livemusic @justlaurahere

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I never got around to Instagramming photos of the Foo Fighters, but here are a few from the evening:

The set wasn’t as long this time around, but just as energetic and exciting! My favorite part of the evening was when this video was taken (not my video – I wasn’t able to get the whole thing. But sharing wasn’t disabled, so thank you Cameron Bennefield!). It’s got a fan performance, a birthday serenade, some dancing, and crass language. It’s still my favorite Foo song after all these years. Enjoy!

Song For Saturday: Foo Fighters (with Jeremy) – “Big Me”

Like clockwork…

Like clockwork…

Twilight. Huntsville, AL. November 2017.

I have what I like to call an annual Thanksgiving sinus infection. Every year, around and through Thanksgiving, without fail, there is a nasty sinus infection to deal with. I thought this year I had escaped the curse, because I had no symptoms leading up to this catastrophe (except unexplained exhaustion). But no. Last night, out of nowhere, my allergies exploded with an intensity I couldn’t deal with on my own.

I was forced to take allergy meds, and I hate to do that close to bedtime. Anytime I take allergy meds close to bedtime means I wake up stopped up beyond belief, which is exactly what happened. AND my throat is on fire, which does not bode well for me speaking to people today. And me speaking to people today does not bode well for me being able to medicate and heal from this crud before my busiest work week of the year.


At least I do have the weekend off to try to get better.

Songs for the day and photographs will return when I can think straight.

If you’re ready for Thanksgiving, raise your hand!

If you’re ready for Thanksgiving, raise your hand!

Y’all! Thanksgiving is exactly ONE WEEK away! Are you ready? I guess I’m as ready as I’m going to get. My household consists of me, my two sons, and this year, the girlfriend of my youngest son, and I think I can pull off a small, non-traditional celebration without too much work or expense. I managed last year, and actually thought it turned out rather nice.

This year, I’ll be working Thanksgiving from 5:30-midnight, then coming back for a daytime shift the next day. This can be potentially brutal because I worked till midnight last year, but the place was so trashed it took me 45 minutes to get it cleaned up. I’m not sure if I’ll have help the entire time we’re open or not. Thank goodness I had Friday off, because I was exhausted, feeling under the weather, and more importantly, had told them not to schedule me so I could watch Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life:

What? You don’t use your son’s teeth mold as decor on your tv stand? You are really missing out!

So far for food I’m thinking of both traditional (but served up non-traditionally) and finger foods for Friday evening after work when I (attempt to) start decorating for the holidays.

Last year’s Thanksgiving meal, on an adorable, unidentified vintage plate. Simple, but delicious!

I didn’t do turkey last year (and won’t this year, but more on that in a future post), but we had ham and traditional sides. This year I’m thinking ham (and maybe turkey if I can find prepared turkey) slices on King’s Hawaiian rolls, with traditional sides of dressing, potatoes, and veggies. Chocolate cake and cheesecake for dessert. Cream cheese wonton, sausage balls, macaroni bites or mozzarella sticks, and possibly cocktail sausages with spiked Egg Nog for Friday’s decorating.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Will you be out shopping?

Song For Thursday: coming later

“A” for effort?

“A” for effort?

I totally didn’t want to wake up today. I’m not sure why. I’m not depressed or anxious, and I got a good night’s sleep. But I *AM* extremely tired. And it dawned on me this morning as I was updating iOS on my phone and frantically trying to figure out how to stop Spotify from automatically launching at startup on my laptop that I have got to come up with a better game plan.

I think a mishmash of posts is okay for this month since it’s NaBloPoMo and all, but I really do need to start thinking of the future and figure out a way to keep readers once all the reciprocal visiting is finished. I have projects planned, but projects take time and a little bit of money. Reviews take time. And time is something I either waste or spend doing other things once anxiety hits, and it often does.

Today I am falling back on an old standby: declaring intentions for the blog.

Over in the sidebar, I’ve stated that I’d like for this to eventually become a combination of personal journal/lifestyle blog, but with my twist. That means including my favorite things, music and old stuff. To that end, here are some things to get there (some I’m doing; some I’m not):

  • Songs every day. I currently do this, but only recently started. I wanted to find a way to tie the day’s song into the post subject, but that can’t always be done. Besides, I think that would make the posts too contrived and “theme”-y.
  • Feature a different vintage dinnerware/glassware/barware/flatware item of mine at least weekly.
  • Find fun vintage workouts to try while trying to get in shape, then blog about progress or lack thereof?
  • Get going on those DIY and MIY posts. I actually do have a few; it’s just taking me some time to get the photos the way I want them.
  • Re-invent recipes and try reinvented recipes to better assist me with getting healthier.
  • Reviews. Music (albums; concerts). Books. Appliances. Products. Etc.
  • Money gods willing, start doing some necessary home improvements so that I can finally blog about my house and show it off. Er…show it’s transformation off.

It’s a lot, but that’s been my plan for years now. Yes, years.

Here’s to hoping I can make an honest go of it.

Song for Tuesday: Goo Goo Dolls – “Long Way Down”