The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday

Sammi puppy taking a break from driving.

Sammi taking a break from driving.

Sammi puppy in the driver's seat, looking at the camera

Let’s roll!

I’m tired! Dog tired! hahaha (Sammi is not amused by my jokes.)

Why so tired? I’ve been getting quite a bit of freelance work. This is great, because extra money. My boyfriend wants to travel so this is definitely helpful, but oof. This week I’m feeling burned out. It’s hard going to the day job and then essentially working a second job.

Adding to my overall tiredness, last weekend was my brother’s wedding/vow renewal ceremony. In the weeks prior to that were three graduations, two of which were out of town. I had fun at all of them, but my goodness am I ever glad to have some quieter weekends coming up. Again, I enjoyed the family time, but it can be really draining. I’m still processing it. It’s weird, as I’ve gotten older, to see how the family dynamics change. Maybe it’s that they were always that way and as we get older people put on fewer airs? Regardless, it reinforces (to me, at least) how important chosen family is. 🙂

Now I’ve got to prep for an eight-hour meeting. Ahhh!!

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Monday mind dump

Do you ever feel like you’ve been busy but you’re not exactly sure with what? That’s been me lately. I’m having a hard time realizing it’s already May June. (Can you tell I had this in my drafts folder for a while?)

What have I been up to? (ETA: Keep in mind some of these things are old projects.)

Working. Been doing some freelance consistently lately, which is nice. It can be a lot, but I figure as long as it’s here, I may as well take it.

Knitting. I finished my second sweater sleeve and now I need to finish the back and sides. I’m trying to figure out some strange instructions for under the sleeve, but I know I’ll get there. (Update: I’m stopping by the yarn shop after work!)

Spring cleaning. I moved a little over a year ago now, but I still need to sort through things. On top of that, which I moved into a bigger space, I’m sharing that space with another person and said space has fewer closets. Ergo, time to sort. Update: Which I’ve been doing. The thrift stores have been getting quite a few items from me. It feels really good, though; better than I thought. That is, I’ve always found satisfaction in purging things I don’t need and having a good clean-through. But this time, I feel a sense of lightness.

For example, in the mornings I’m better able to picture my closet and figure out outfits because I don’t have to sift through a bunch of pieces that aren’t my style or taste anymore. I didn’t realize all that stuff was weighing on me so much. Maybe it sounds silly, but I think I’ve had so much going on this year, so many things taking up mental and emotional space, that adding something as simple as “What should I wear today?” was a huge burden.

Also on decluttering note, I stumbled across this make-your-own bingo card site: http://an.owomoyela.net/fun/bingo_generator. My goal is to complete one square a week through the end of the year.

Wedding and graduations. It’s that time of year, and this year I’ve got a lot. So far I’ve been to one graduation (out of town) and I have two more graduations (one out of town, one in town) and one wedding coming up. (Two graduations were knocked out this weekend, yahoo.)


Overall this year has been pretty…I don’t think the right word is “stressful,” but it has been a lot to process with family and family health issues. That’s taken up a lot of time, but also a lot of mental and emotional space, which I didn’t realize until recently. There’s also been a big work project going on. As a result, I feel like I inadvertently holed up for a time. :/ But things are calming down, and the decluttering has helped, so hopefully this upward trend will continue.


But what about the kittehs?

On a kitty note, shedding time is here! I should have taken a picture of the bin where I’ve put Sophie’s extra floof. I’ve never seen so much! She loves to lay atop the dryer while I brush her, while Grizzy likes to lay on his cat tree as I brush him. We’ve had some super-hot days lately, so I think they are both very happy to shed their winter coats.

sophie lounging on the big chair with grizzy beside her

I love how peaceful she looks. 🙂

Sophie has also become really demanding lately. She was always the one to wake me up bright and early, but lately she cries and runs around me until I follow her into the basement…where she proceeds to have a very loud, lively conversation. She doesn’t seem distressed, more like she wants me to pet or brush her.

I think that’s long enough for now. Hard to believe the year is almost halfway over, but time marches on…!

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Wordless Wednesday: Sleepy Sammi

Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 1

Snuggled up on Daddy’s lap.

Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 2

Peeking out just a bit.

Sammi puppy under the green and white fleece blanket 3

‘Sup?

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We’re still here!

Work has been pretty intense, given a big project I’m working on in additional to my regular duties. Home has been intense given my parents have been either ill or going through some procedures. (My dad had cataract surgery, which normally is a fairly easy thing but because his are *really* bad and he’s had some eye issues, it’s a bit more of a to-do.)

The stress has been getting to me a bit. I worry about my parents, naturally, and I’m also the child who seems to be taking on a lot of the responsiblities. I’m totally fine with this–I’m happy to help–but it is an extra layer of stress/worry/what-have-you.

That said, I know I need an outlet and I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers and I’ve been leaving this space empty. :/ So I’m trying to get up at at ’em again.
The cats have been really wonderful, as has Sammi (puppy). It always warms my heart to see these two snuggled up together.

Sophie and Gcat snuggled up on the green blanket on the big chair

We’re still here!

So…a quick note to say I’m still here!

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Wondering Wednesday

I am trying to do more with analytics, add them to the site so I can learn for work.

I’m also trying to do more with blogging, but I think I’d like to chat more about thrifting, share my projects (like the sweater I’m knitting), while also chatting about the cats (of course!) and Sammi, too. That seems to be where I’m going lately, and honesty I think if I give myself that leeway I’m more likely to blog.

I have a non-wordpress URL for The Rosie Bee. I’ve tried to move all my files over and I seem to get them there but then it kind of…stops. I must be missing a step, even though it appears I’m following directions to a T.

What do y’all think?

Do I start fresh with therosiebee.com OR do I try and move everything over? This site would still stay up, just inactive.

Bonus question: Would you be interested if I talked about things I’ve done and am doing (like knitting, thrifting), in addition to pics and stories about the cats and Sammi? Or would you be “eh.”

G looking serious right up in my face.

Serious G needs to know.

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The G and his chair

I snapped these pics of Grizzy a few weeks ago. He was in his usual spot on the chair that looks out the window. He sits there so often the cushion has a permanent butt-groove! 😀

Grizzy sitting in his butt-groove chair

You can see the “V” indent he’s made.

The G definitely chills out a lot, but he has very concentrated bursts of fiestiness. Like, he will tear after Sophie for a good half hour! Sophie seems to have smaller, more frequent bursts of playfulness and energy, whereas G powers up for some super intense play sessions. It’s so interesting, how their personalities are different!

Grizzy with a big yawn showing teeth.

Look at those teeth! 😀

And on a different note…
In my last post I mentioned “project paralysis” and this weird low-grade anxiety. Well, guess what? It turns out I’ve been on the wrong dose of thyroid medication. The pharmacy filled the wrong dose (from a now-outdated prescription) and I didn’t check it (I only checked that I had the right kind of medication).

I’ve had a bunch of other symptoms that I’ve brushed off as stress-related, seasonal, etc., etc., but now it all makes sense. So here is my PSA: Check your medication! Not just that you have the correct type, but also the correct dosage.

Fingers crossed that I feel like my old self soon!

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Mind-dump March!

Sophie on the dresser looking down at me.

My view as I try to meditate.

I feel like this is Sophie looming over me, saying, “You haven’t blogged lately…”.

I do have a ton of picutres to upload, I just haven’t gotten around to it. February was such a whirlwind and so far March has been, too. Lots going on at work, so I get home and flop on the couch. I think it’s one of those seasons of life. I have energy, but I feel like I have no time. I think I have this low-grade anxiety that came out of nowhere. Maybe because of some family stuff?

This all makes me feel really lonely, too. :/ But I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s how we choose to spend it, so I’m trying to change this.

Anyhow…some random thoughts:

  • I got up a little earlier than usual today. I’d like to continue getting up earlier. An extra 15 minutes in the morning seems to make the entire day go better for me.
  • I had an awful dream that I lost a loved one last night. It’s hard to be at the age when you have to start having serious talks with aging loved ones. Who is your power of attorney? Do you have a Five Wishes document? Where are your health insurance documents in case I or someone else needs them? What happens when the person is gone and I miss them so very much?
  • Along those lines, I’ve been thinking about people I used to be close with but have drifted from. What happened? Was it me? Will I ever talk with them again? It’s especially odd in a world of social media where you can see people posting and them interacting with others but your messages to them get no response. (It’s also awkward when you know you will see at least one of these people in the relatively near future…what do you say then?)
  • I seem to be having this project paralysis of sorts. For example, I’m taking a sweater knitting class and I started the arms but I had to miss the last class and now I’m paralyzed. I’m scared to start them again because what if I screw up the arms? The arms are done by knitting in the round, which is awkward no matter what and it’s a completely new-to-me technique so ahh! I freeze. I need to get over this fear but how? (Also, how annoying is this fear and where did it come from?!)
  • To end on a positive note, it’s March! My goals for March are to wake up a little earlier than usual during the week (15 minutes earlier, to be exact) and meditate daily. So far I’ve missed two days, but hey, it’s a work in progress. I’m trying out a few meditation apps to see which one I like best. Let me know if you have a favorite you’d recommend!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    Tidying up and mystery kitty

    I think a theme for this month will be “Waaaait! Slooow dowwwwn!” Work is really busy right now and so are things at home. (Lots of birthdays and some upcoming travel.) Still, I’m trying to focus on my goal of getting organized. I haven’t make that my official goal this year, but now I have. 2018: The Year I Get Organized (hahaha).

    Anyhow, I’ve mentioned before that the spare bedroom is the catch-all room. Countless times I’ve said “I’m going to clean it this weekend!” and I don’t. It struck me that instead of saying I’m going to clean it–the whole thing–I need to break it down into tasks: cleaning off the dresser, cleaning off the desk, cleaning off the bed. It seems when I tackle one thing, like the dresser, it stays clean.

    Last night I cleaned off the bed, which has previously been home to a few piles of clothes, and you wouldn’t believe how much lighter and how accomplished I feel. It feels good to be more organized (although that room is definitely a work in progress).

    And now for something totally different…

    Last week my mom told me a new cat came up to her back patio. She said it was a sweet orange tabby with a partially black ear. She gave him some food and said if he came back she’d take him to the humane society. He was so friendly, he needed a home.

    A few days later I scrolled through Facebook and saw him!

    Orange tabby from my parents' house

    The mystery kitty from my parents’ house.

    The local humane society posted he was found on my parents’ street, was scared but very friendly, and “If you know me, call…”. I hope he get adopted soon. The funny part it, he looks so much like our now-passed cat Bob (or “Loo,” as I called him). Bob had frostbitten ears, too, so the resemblance is striking.

    It makes me happy that my parents were able to get him and take him to the humane society, where he had a chance of finding a happy forever home. In fact, I wonder if my parents will adopt him…

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    January recap

    Here we are, another month has gotten away from me. I’m trying to do a summary of “what I did this month” to keep me on track, so without further ado:

  • I didn’t spend a lot. My ultimate goal was to have a “no spend” month. I want to save some money, travel a bit, and be more conscious of what I purchase (and what I use). I’m tired of feeling like I have so much but yet I have nothing to wear. :p

    So…this month I bought a going-out/work top, a cardigan sweater, and a pair of boots. All were on sale or clearance and two were tried and tries–essentially pieces that I wear a LOT and love, just in different colors, so I know I’ll get a good amount of use out of them. It feels really good to step back and be more aware of what I’m purchasing. I think I enjoy the stuff more, too.

  • I also bought a yoga ball chair for home. Again, a tried and true because I’ve an identical one at work. I love them.

  • I got sick. The good news is, I was only sick for about two weeks, as opposed to last year when I was sick for about six weeks. I think my small changes are adding up!
  • I started limiting inflammatory foods. Ever since I was a kid I would have these patches of dermatitis. They would come and go seemingly at random and sometimes they would get pretty big and/bleed. It was gross. Well, now they are popping up in greater numbers. Normally this isn’t a big deal; it’s winter and I have dry skin so I expect it. But lately they’re beyond a little dry skin patch. They’re cracking and the cream I have isn’t working so well. I got a new prescription–$96 with insurance!–and was told my other option was steroid shots that stay in the body three months.

    Steroid shots!! For dry skin!!

    That’s when I decided a dietary change is in order. My derm said that like gluten and other inflammatory foods can trigger this, especially if people have autoimmune issues (like hypothyroid). So, I’m cutting out gluten and incorporating more greens, veggies, and things like coconut oil. We’ll see how things are at the end of this month.

  • I started knitting my first sweater! I am taking a sweater knitting class. It’s a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve been worried about the cats trying to play with the yarn but they’ve been really good, just sitting next to me or sleeping nearby while I knit.

  • Been picking up more freelance. I can’t wait to pay off my final student loan this year, yahoooo!

    In other news, last night I cleaned off my desk so once again I have a dedicated writing spot! ::throws confetti:: Meanwhile, here is a picture of Sophie chilling out as a knit:

    Sophie kitty relaxing on the back of couch with a Christmas blanket under her

    Sophie watching me as I knit. I haven’t wanted to put away the Christmas throw blankets yet. 🙂

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    The last few weeks have just “flu” by, har, har

    I’ve been meaning to post for ages. Honestly, I’ve got this 2017 retrospective in my drafts folder, and I am planning on posting about my new desk set-up (once I get my chair full assembled, I’ll finally have an actual workspace again), and blah, blah, blah. But as life would have it, I’ve been sick. I got sick the other weekend with what was either a super-short-lived-but-violent case of food poisoning or a super-short-lived-but-violent case of the stomach flu. Literally, within 24 hours I was weak, but up and somewhat mobile.

    Then yesterday I woke up feeling fairly OK but within an hour or two I had a fever and a massive headache and joint aches. I took some NyQuil* last night and while I am not 100% today, I’m much better. But still, it’s such a pain because I’ve planned these bigger house projects on the weekend and when you’re pretty much down for the count, you have to catch up during the week and honestly, do you really want to do all this work after working 8 hours? Not me.

    Still, I wanted to get a post in. I did have an awkward photo showing Grizzy, Sophie, and Sammi (puppy) on the bed with me! Despite the fact that I was pinned down on three sides, it was very sweet. 🙂 However, it looked like a war zone due to a ton of blankets being on the bed (Sammi had an accident on our comforter, so that was thrown over the closet door. Taking that to the cleaners.) So here are a few separate pictures of my furry nurses:

    Sammi puppy bundled up under the comforter

    Sammi is unimpressed.

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams on the chair in the living room

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams.

    Thermometer showing my temperature of 100.8

    Finally going down a bit.

    In Summary:
    The bad news? I have been getting sick. Not a huge suprise, given a lot of bugs are going around.

    The good news? It appears I’m not getting *as* sick. I’m going to tentatively chalk this up to taking vitamins (fish oil, vitamins d and c) regularly. I’ve also been eating fewer inflammatory foods and more whole foods, and consciously doing more relaxing things (walking, reading, knitting), which helps keep the stress down. I’m also pumped because I just brewed a fresh batch of kombucha! My last scoby got moldy, so I held off brewing for a while. Then my lovely boyfriend bought me a kombucha heater so I decided it was time to start brewing again.

    I really believe these small, all-over-the-map changes are making a difference. I want 2018 to be the year I don’t get knocked down completely by every virus that goes around.

    I hope you are staying healthy, and that your 2018 is off to a good start. 🙂

    Do you have any tips on staying healthy? I’m all ears.

    *OMG NyQuil. I was scared to take it, but it was all we had in the house, so I went for it. The last couple times I’ve taken NyQuil I’ve had such horrible nightmares I swore it off. Last night I had some mildly unsettling dreams, which is better than the alternative, but right now I don’t think I’ll need it tonight and I am so glad!

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