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Distractions or Procrastination

I can waste hours upon hours of each day by logging on to social media. I have liked so many pages from books to health that reading the articles takes my entire day once I get started.  

Sigh.  

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Each day I try not to. I make lists, I make schedule times, and I still log in and browse around endlessly. I have also set timing on my phone, while it helps to a certain point, I still go on.  

I do not have a timer on the desktop, so I browse the internet A LOT!  

I say every day that I am going to do better tomorrow and then I repeat the mistakes of the day before. I am a creature of habit. I need to figure out how to stop the repetition.  

I want to get back to reading books, drawing, drafting my stories, and exercising. Oh, I love to learn as well. I used to watch videos and take free courses. I miss all that. 

Got to break the habits!

I need to practice in Word! OMG, I have screwed this up several times.  

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I decided to do Word because I miss the spelling check and the grammar check in WordPress. I will then copy it over to my blog. I hate the writing tool there anymore.  

My editor score right now is 69%  Crap!  

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I keep changing this article even after pasting it over here.

Shaking my head.

I hate this block crap.

Today I did go through my many emails of blogs I follow. I am going to put on my list to read them more often than every few months. Lists again! LOL

How many of you do lists? Do you follow? I think I just like making them. 🙂

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The Combatbarbie365_Shop is Up!

My daughter’s shop. Look around please. 🙂

Lights, Camera, Action

I am so unbelievably excited to share this news with you guys! I have been working hard & staying up late to get this Project up & running! Several years ago, I had this idea to start up my own business. In all truth, I kept making excuses any time I pondered starting. I wanted to create a brand, Forte By Farra, that empowered women with positive vibes & kindness. I wanted to create this platform for women of ALL ages & walks of life to come together & seek comfort; a place where they could laugh, tease, cry, share, & uplift their spirits. Forte means loud & strong or a niché. It was a play on words I wanted to incorporate into the very soul of my business. I’ve been posting random creatively under this idea for a couple years now, but I still haven’t made it come to…

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DIY Halloween Costumes – Quick, Easy, & Toddler-Mom Approved

So much creativity!

Lights, Camera, Action

The Voodoo Priestess

Key Ingredient – lots of dark eye shadows & liquid eyeliner!

The Not-So-Scary Scarecrow

Use any Fall color! Yellow, orange, red, or a shade of brown!

The Colored Clown

I chose Pink but you could EASILY do ANY color you want. I might do a Blue Clown next year.

Red Riding Hood the Werewolf

I did 2 versions – 1st is a half & half makeup to show Red Riding Hood & her other persona, the Werewolf. 2nd was the full blown Wolf coming to live, complete with claw slashes and fake blood!

Skeleton Head 💀

A simple and effective costume idea. So many different versions of Skulls & Skeletons out there!

Next year I’m thinking of doing a different theme each week (3-5 looks for each) . The Nightmare Before Christmas will be the first week! I have an Ooogie Boogie Idea I can’t wait to…

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Opening 11-5-2020 in Theaters: Let Him Go

I want to see this one. 🙂

Movies, Movies, Movies

Theaters: 11/5/2020

Wednesday,week #45 of 2020(11/5 – 11/8/2020)

The week following Halloween greets us with another new movie from Focus Features. They seem to be one of few studios taking advantage of all this cinematic spotlight. Hopefully soon others will join instead of going exclusively to streaming.

Let Him Go
[FIRST LOOK]

Don’t test the depths of a grandparent’s love for a grandchild. That seems to be the major conflict in this film starring two experienced, respected actors.

I’m ready to see what Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are up to in this film.

Anticipation: 6/10

Are you looking forward to seeing? Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

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Where Did October Go?

It’s a bit early in the morning but I really wanted to get a blog post out. I can’t believe I went almost all month without a post.

I even missed some posts that my daughter put on her blog. I did reblog them on here so please take a second to read them. She is a really good writer. Very creative. My daughter and granddaughter moved out last month.

I have had more time to write with the daughter and granddaughter not around, so I should have accomplished way more writing. Sigh. Procrastinating.

The last child in the family is a senior and unfortunately that has not been going well. He just isn’t feeling the school vibe with all the Covid guidelines. The school has been good though and they have let his many skips of school be excused. He is doing average work when he would be doing A-B work if the school year had ended normally and then begun normally. He shows a bit of depression. 😦

I feel for everyone that has had their life totally or mildly changed. It is so weird to think how life has changed this year. I am thankful all of us have been in good health and jobs have been decent. Slow at times but at least we have jobs.

I keep telling myself that I am not going to write anything about Covid since everyone is most likely tired of hearing about it but here I am. I don’t think it will ever go away. A virus is like a bad stain on your clothes, it can fade, but it’s not disappearing. At least, that’s my thoughts on it. I hope it will disappear. Will it?

The son has been quarantined once during the school year just out of caution. He didn’t go anywhere and was good about staying “6 feet” away from us. His niece didn’t understand why uncle would not pick her up. So then he would run around and she thought it was a game of chase. LOL He never had symptoms so we didn’t get him tested. He went back to school after the 14 days and 16 days for work.

I am keeping plenty of vitamin C around for everyone. Hubby and I are taking vitamin D because we both have had blood tests in the past that showed low. Mostly, just making sure our immune systems are in shape. We do that as much as we can every flu season. I think now it will be all year every year. I hope the four kids will keep their immune systems in good shape. I can at least nag them. 🙂

Sadly, this has prevented the oldest son, his wife, and son from being able to come visit. He is in the Navy and they keep denying him leave. He sounds like he needs a break. Of course, we miss them a lot. It has been over a year since we saw them.

The daughter and granddaughter are only a few hours away so we have seen them several times since they moved. Yay! 🙂

The 2020 graduate son is living with us. His plans are a bit on hold. I mean with the unknown of what the state government could do any day, it is better to stay with us. At least he has a roof over his head and food in his tummy. I’m sure he would rather be having adult life with his friends and not held up in his parents’ house. LOL 🙂 He is pondering joining the military just like his brother and sister. I’m not sure about that but it is his choice. 😦

The current senior has decided to graduate early in January, thanks to all the unsocial fun in school now. I have even heard him say maybe he will wait on college. I never thought I would hear that from him.

I think college is good if you really want it. I also think working a few years after high school is ok as well. I like the trade school option too. As you can see we have two already in the military. One joined during her senior year and then she went to school. She is in the Army Reserves and doing well. She has her Associates and a Bachelor’s Degree. The oldest son went a year of college, hated it. Worked for a few years and decided he wanted to do join the Navy. He got into the Nuclear Program, very intense school and made it through. Now, the third son is thinking Marines. I guess we might just have a kid in every branch. LOL The fourth child really wants college, or at least before all this ‘new normal’ happened. Time will tell.

I don’t know what I will do when they are all out of the house. Might start talking to the cats….wait, I already do that. 🙂

Have a great Halloween weekend!

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Riding Through the Jumanji Year — Lights, Camera, Action

The Year 2020, or The Jumanji Year, as I like to refer to it, has been full of unrelenting surprises & difficult conflictions. The Jumanji Year is the year of ridiculous twists & turns of suspense & unbelievable life situations. I think you all understand what I’m trying to say about 2020. Now I know […]

Riding Through the Jumanji Year — Lights, Camera, Action
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The Combatbarbie365_Shop is Up! — Lights, Camera, Action

I am so unbelievably excited to share this news with you guys! I have been working hard & staying up late to get this Project up & running! Several years ago, I had this idea to start up my own business. In all truth, I kept making excuses any time I pondered starting. I wanted […]

The Combatbarbie365_Shop is Up! — Lights, Camera, Action
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Lots of Changes

The senior son had his first full of week of school. It went well, no issues. It sucks though because he has to wear a mask there and then the days he goes to work. Makes for long days of covering the mouth. I’ve been getting him good drinks to make up for the fruits and veggies he won’t eat. Sigh. Hopefully, he will change that on his own because the other two older kids did. They like more veggies than I do.

I think I’m the bad influence.

I grew up eating simple veggies. My grandma was a cook for the old folks home and a school. We had all homemade food but it was simple and no seasonings. I liked it. I didn’t eat many veggies other than the basics but I was a fruit eater. I reached for fruit back then instead of junk food. Now, I tend to like the candy bars and other convenience items.

Bad mom.

It is sad that the school has to provide more bag lunch meals though. So he has been coming home to eat or eating out with his friends. I understand why they have to with guidelines. I would rather him be able to go to school.

The son that graduated or rather e-graduated lives with us, at least until the world is back to normal. I hope. We got him a new cellphone for his birthday and I am so over this closed store thing. We had to order through the phone and online. It also happened when the senior son’s phone completely broke and we needed to get him a new phone. I hate that, we miss our friendly store employee that always helps us. 🙂 The phone person was very nice but it just isn’t the same. The website was having problems as well. Just want the store completely open. Then they didn’t have the phone in stock so we couldn’t pick it up and now is being mailed.

Just one thing after another. It is easier to go to the store. I hope no other phones have issues for awhile. I swear the phones break when they are done being paid on. I usually get another year out of mine, as long as I don’t drop it. 🙂 I am going to go for hopefully a few years. I swear at times I would rather have a non-smartphone. Less distraction? I prefer using the internet on my computer and not the phone. I have a bad habit anymore checking my phone just because. Crazy. I need to keep my hands busy I guess. LOL

I hope everyone had a good last week! Sounds like some areas might get SNOW next week. WOW!

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Unhinged the Movie

The daughter and I went to the movies on Sunday early afternoon. We loved getting to watch a movie at a theater again! 🙂 Our theater is a family owned one, they do own several in our state, but still small. So since June they could only show old movies. I wanted to go to a few but didn’t work out. Summer time we don’t always get to the movies but do like going all the other months. We probably see one every month or two months. Love the theater and I really hope they survive this virus. I’m not one to download movies. We did watch one and can’t even remember the title, it was a Disney one. I would rather go to a big screen to watch a movie.

We watched Unhinged! Oh, it was good. All about road rage and it is a scary thought that it could and probably does happen. Russell Crowe was soooo good in it! He was evil to the core! If you like movies definitely see this one!

I loved eating popcorn from the theater! Yum. We had only 4 others in the theater so it was like having our own viewing. The older lady behind us yelled yes at one point of the movie and it was funny but we were thinking it too! 🙂

We are definitely going to go to more movies! The daughter and son are going to see one next week while I watch the granddaughter! 🙂

I do have to say it was strange not having more people in the theater including employees. Sad. But hopefully it will improve.

Save the theaters! 🙂

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My Shopping Is Changing

I don’t really shop a lot but it definitely has changed this year thanks to wearing the mask. I don’t like them. I swear I sweat and itch too much. I try that don’t think about it but it doesn’t work. So, no more grocery shopping but a week to every two weeks. I’m not an online shopper but now may have to do some that way. I do go through drive thrus a lot for food. I hope to go to the movies once new ones come out because I feel like this is going to ruin their business. 😦 I don’t have to wear it while watching because I can’t go without popcorn and a pop! 🙂

If anything, I should save money! Which that will be a great thing! 🙂 Just hope things go back to normal.

I feel sorry for the kids going to school. I do believe they need to, so mask it is. I have one left and he has been working all this time so he should be ok wearing the mask. But then again, he is a teenager. LOL I just see no fun going. I guess welcome to him on early adult life! Life isn’t always fun. LOL

I hope everyone stays healthy! 🙂