Wilted Flowers and a Couple of Goals

Now that it’s September, I thought it would be a good time to write about some of my 2021 goals, LOL. I meant to do this back in January/February/March, but sh*t life happened. I love setting goals and I think I started doing a 19 in 2019 list, then 20 in 2020, and 21 in 2021. I heard about this on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin Podcast. I like it because you can put major things on it (like plan a 40th birthday trip with my sister) or just stuff you want to get done (complete Singapore photo album).

Every year I have a reading goal. I kept my goal the same this year as last (30 books). I think I may have read 32 or 33 books last year – go me! So far this year, I think I’m one book behind, but having the goal keeps me reading, which I love. I usually have some sort health goals like swimming or walking a certain number of times each week, and I usually have a goal related to playing the harp. I also change my goals if needed, which is nice. One of my goals this year was to take some sort of class with J. Well, that’s not going to happen. So now my replacement goal is to NOT get married in 2021. This should be an easy one considering I’m still married to J (and I’m not into polygamy and can’t even handle having one husband) and I’m not dating. Wish me luck!

The other thing I wanted to write about today was this magic I came across. I’ve been buying fresh flowers about every other week and I love them. Except last week I bought hydrangeas and like a day later, they were all wilted! I was pissed. Then I decided to talk to my friend, Google, to see if I could do something to save them. And I found magic. Here’s what I did:

The wilted one:

I filled my bathroom sink with cool water, trimmed the stem, and submerged the entire bloom into the water (I use a bowl to hold the stem down so the bloom stays submerged):

And left it for a few hours. Here’s what I came back to:

F*cking magic! I’ve done it twice now with the same blooms and it keeps working. Maybe everyone already knows this trick, but I thought it was pretty cool.

And when I’m not goal-setting or saving the planet a flower, I’m usually a dog bed:

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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New Digs and Palm Springs

First, a few things about my new place (that I just love). Not only is living by myself a dream, but this is the first time I’ve lived in an apartment that’s not a sh*thole a “luxury apartment.” It’s brand new and has a lot of amenities. This is one of the best amenities (that I never thought I’d use):

The pet spa! I didn’t realize how nice it would be to be able to throw Tot in the big tub and hose him down. Not having to deal with him f*cking up my bathroom? So very, very nice. He’s not a big dog so it’s not like it’s hard to wash him in the bathtub, but this is so much easier. I may need to put one of these in my next home.

I also had a Samsung Frame TV installed and I love it. They are smart tvs that “turn into art” when you’re not watching it. There are a ton of artwork options, but this is my current favorite:

If you didn’t know, I love dogs and surfing. And don’t worry, this idiot likes my place too:

LOL! Yep, G comes over to hang out in the a/c, do his laundry, and watch tv. Oh and he’s madly in love with Tot, of course. No, we’re not getting back together, but thanks for asking. Just BFFs for life and that works pretty well for us. #heissingle #probablynotreadytomingle #idontreallyknowthough 🙂

About a week and a half ago, I took a last minute trip to Palm Springs to see my dad. I hadn’t been on a plane since February 2020 and I hadn’t seen my dad since November 2019. Fortunately, I was able to work from there, but unfortunately, it was about 4,000 degrees.

I had to walk early in the mornings or risk bursting into flames if I walked later. It was beautiful, though.

And swimming at night when it’s 85 degrees out is kind of awesome.

I also did this fun puzzle and wouldn’t let my dad take it apart before I left! Thanks for the puzzle, Jon! While I’m so happy I saw my dad, and my flights were not full, it still freaked me out being around all those people (especially in big airports – I’m talking about you LAX). I don’t know when I’ll feel comfortable traveling again…

Which is fine because I’m madly in love with this creature and missed him like crazy!

#loveofmylife #sorryGandJ

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Catching Up

Now that I ripped that band-aid off, it’s time to catch up on other sh*t going on in my life. In April, the wonderful G (and ex-husband #1!) turned 60! To celebrate, I took him skydiving! I surprised him with a skydiving trip when he turned 50 and he was totally into doing it again. Go George! Also, I love giving a gift that I get as well. Go Marni!

It was my 3rd jump and it’s so much fun every time. I also realized that I’ve gone skydiving every ten years, at ages 21, 31, and 41! Definitely going to keep doing it.

And in the last few months I was able to see two of my favorite people in the entire world, Uncle Daniel and Candi Coe!

I’ve known them since birth (they went to college with my dad), but haven’t seen them in forever. It was so good to catch up with both of them. Side note: they are probably 50% of the reason I don’t have kids. As a kid, I thought they were so cool (I still think they are so cool, btw) and living the best lives because they didn’t have kids. I was like, “f*ck yeah, these two have it figured out” and also I don’t like kids. Thanks for being the most awesome role models.

We’ve been working hard on my sister’s nonprofit and recently did a “Pints and Paint” afternoon that was so much fun! Per usual, I was the greeter:

If you’re in the Portland area and want to join, sign up on EventBrite for the next events on September 19 and October 17, 2021! Fingers crossed the entire world doesn’t shut down again. #getvaccinated #wearamask

Speaking of the world possibly shutting down, I’m pretty much isolating at home these days, except to go for walks and swims. And so…I’m back to puzzling!

This was a fun one, except someone thought it would be a good idea to eat some of the pieces. Ugh:

I’m not going to name any names, but I think the culprit looks like this:

LOL, he makes me laugh all the time. Tot’s 8 months old today and is still the cutest-cutest.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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