Day 26 – Shirts! Shirts! Shirts!

April 18th 2020

Woke up a little late but immediately threw my shoes on, hopped in the car, and drove to Caine and Molly!

Caine was not impressed to see me – he went over to the window to see if his actual owners were home to pet him. Molly was excited though – and she did such a good job in her crate! NO ACCIDENTS!!! YAYY!!!!

We took a long walk around the yard, had some breakfast, and played together for 45 minutes. They love to play with each other too – it’s cute to see them run after each other like a little game of tag. I was amused by their sibling love.

Breakfast and a few shirts to ship out that day. I put a post on facebook about the shipment and how thankful we were for everyone’s purchases. I was getting notifications left and right about how more people could buy! We did a special with free shipping so it was en fuego! I spent over 2 hours sifting texts and calls about who wants what and where it’s going. It was uplifting to have all the love shown from our family and friends who want to help us out.

I put together a worksheet for inventory and all the purchases from who and what sizes, and who paid or not, and if the product was shipped or not. 90% of the shirts were purchased by my dad’s side of the family! WAHOO!!!

NEW COLORS
Folding for faster grabbing of sizes and inventory checks

Since the morning flew by so fast – it was time to head to the post office to send out all the packages to everyone. I shipped 13 boxes that day! Wahwah WeeWah! I couldn’t get the self checkout to work so I had to get in the line for someone to help me. The worker in the post office was so patient and kind during all of it, especially since everything had to be individually weighed and measured. Everything is being shipped and should arrive to our customers in the next couple of days. Everyone also received extra koozies and Manservant shirts!

MOVIN MERCH!!!!

Caine was somewhat excited to see me – but still went to the window to see if the real owners were outside or not. Molly had a few accidents in the house, but at least they were in just one area!? We went for an hour long walk together and I sent LittleSister/Coworker PLENTY of videos and photos of them being good doggies. I finally was able to get Molly to go to the bathroom after a little hint from LittleSister/Coworker on her “special poop spot”.

Caine
Molly

They were ready to go back inside and relax after our long walk!

Once home my husband and the doggies were ready for me to go on a walk with THEM now!!

Greedy little B@$t@rds!

We went for an hour and 22 minutes! Our new little tradition is to stop at the park and relax for a little bit and enjoy a beverage.

We stopped at Ray’s and grabbed a few more items for our walk. Then proceeded to get home and make some dinner.

I showered and got ready for the night since we were invited to a bonfire with some of my husband’s wrestling buddies. Coincidentally he lived only 6 minutes from the doggies so we could let the dogs out and then head over to the social distancing bonfire.

I let out Caine and Molly one last time. They both did so well on the leashes and were even good for my husband since he was there with me. We said goodbye and gave them big hugs and kisses!!

We went to the bonfire and had a great time just hanging out with everyone. It was fun to see my husband enjoying himself with his friends! We ended up staying pretty late and drank too much – so we had to stay the night!

Any social distancing activities you like to do? Or are you doing actual distancing and staying home and away from everyone? What is something new you’ve done since COVID-19? Are you getting cabin fever yet?

Day 25 – Change of Scenery

April 17th 2020

Woke up multiple times during the night and it took forever for me to fall back asleep. Anxious with a handful of insomnia.

I finally was able to get back to bed for a couple of hours but didn’t wake up until 11:30am.

My husband was so sweet and made breakfast in bed for me – he even made cinnamon rolls!!! He overheard me saying the other day how badly I wanted some and when he went to the store a few days ago, he picked up a package of them.

I got my tuchus out of bed finally, and texted with the Slayers before I had to head over to LittleSister/Coworkers house.

The Slayers are still kickin @$$ and taking names. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

Got myself packed up and on my way to LittleSister/Coworkers house to go over the plans for the doggies!!! She had a list of the daily rundowns, and how much food/water to give, walks, potty breaks, playtime, and nighttime routines. It was a short visit but I was glad to see in person where everything was located and have the doggies sniff me so they knew who would be back later that night. LittleSister/Coworker gave me some of her homemade chili too!!! I couldn’t wait to try it. She instructed it must be eaten with a peanut butter sandwich. Hmm…. okay!!

Since I was out and about (with my mask and gloves on) I stopped at Walgreens to see if they had any thermometers (which they didn’t) or face masks (which they didn’t) or some gloves (which they didn’t). Instead I walked out with some white claws, water, and chips.

I was across the street from Target so I thought I’d try to see what they had there…. no thermometers or face masks, but they had plastic gloves! I was feeling extremely melancholy recently and since I was at Target I decided to take my time and roam around the aisles for a little bit. I found some paints for my “painting with friends” Zoom calls. I bought a little candle making kit to keep me occupied, and a few other random essentials (vitamins, TP,) before heading back home.

I had a call with a friend of my moms to go over a project she needs help with for her company and wants me to help with their social media accounts. Something to do!!

Time for a walk with the doggies – we went for 1 hour and 5 minutes. We stopped by the park to take a picture by the kickball field we used to play at.

OVERHEAT!!!!!!!

Time to try the Missouri chili with peanut butter sandwiches!!! I sincerely liked it, and will never have chili without a peanut butter sandwich again – my husband on the other hand said it wasn’t for him. Still proud of him for trying it!!!

It was so delicious and I was so full that I ended up passing out on the couch for a couple of hours!!!

When I woke up it was time to head over to take out the doggies! Caine and Molly ❤

We went for a little walk, but it was dark outside and there aren’t really any lights around the house outside and I felt a little creeped out! Then back inside for some kibbles and lovies. Played for a solid half hour and then went back outside for another walk. Caine and Molly are such good doggies. They both wanted to keep playing and it was difficult for me to put them away when I was leaving. I promised them I’d be back in the morning though to spend more time with them!

After I parked my car in the garage and headed to the house – a man came out of the shadows and it scared the crap out of me! I almost screamed too since why would someone be lurking around the alleyway like that?

Once inside I went over to my husband on the couch and instantly realized he had a few cocktails! Not mad – just hilarious. He was on a group call with his wrestling buddies and they were being a bunch of goofs. I loved it.

I headed upstairs for bed since I was going to have to get up early to let out Molly and Caine again!

How are your pets doing during quarantine? Do they love the attention? Or have you been at work and not been able to play with them all day? Do you pet your fish often?

Day 24 – Dog Days

April 16th 2020

Woke up to a text from Z to call him about possibly working on Monday…. ummmm YES! I called him to talk over the game plan. It would only be 2 days and it would mainly be to get out the rest of the orders that were due mid-late March. Nothing crazy right now- and it would be a very limited amount of people that would be going back. I said I would be fine with it as long as everyone would continue to keep their distance, and wear masks, and the place would be disinfected.

I called LittleSister/coworker to discuss her and I going in together. She was all for it! We do a lot of work collaboratively on the daily so it makes the most sense for us to be on the same shift. We discussed how the day would go, what our expectations were of us, and of course where we would be buying lunch for our break.

She also asked me if I would be okay watching her doggies this coming weekend for her while she went to Missouri with her boyfriend to go pickup some bees. I was 100% down for that. Her doggies are the cutest little naughters and I love giving them scratchies and lovies. Tomorrow I would meet at her house to go over everything that was needed for the pups while she would be out.

Slayers are ON FIRE today! Many texts about workouts, accomplishments, goals, and positive encouragement. I was loving the heightened push from within and onto each other. It’s motivating when you are surrounded with people who are constantly looking to achieve more. It was definitely an inspiring day from the Slayers.

I cannot thank these ladies enough for how much they keep me sane. I would totally be losing my $%&# if I didn’t have them to keep me focused. They are such strong women and I know that this world has big things coming for all of us.

My husband and I took an earlier walk with the dogs so that I could get back in time for a Zoom call with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and soon to be additional sister-in-law. We went for an hour and 20 minutes!!

On the walk we stopped at a park so sit on the swings and enjoy ourselves for a little bit. The dogs LOVED going on the playground!! Bernie especially loved going on the swings, and down the slide.

Home JUST IN TIME for the zoom call! It was a great time to chat with my ladies – especially since my sister-in-law and soon to be sister-in-law and I had a great talk about her wedding plans! We want everything to be awesome for her and whatever she needs help with, we’re going to do it for her 100%!!!!

After a 2 hour call it was time for some dinner and hangout with my boys. We had such a long eventful day with the park and walk that everyone was tuckered out.

My husband and I decided it was time to watch the movie OUTBREAK! Definitely topical to what is happening in the world today. Drinking game instructions below!!

During OUTBREAK the adult beverages were kicking in – and we were starting to get goofy! We didn’t end up going to bed until after 2am again!!!

My husband and I have been enjoying our daily walks with the doggies together. We have some sort of a routine with meals and the walks, but otherwise we are all over the place with time.

Are you working or at home? Is your spouse/significant other working or at home? If the both of you are home are you together constantly? Do you take your alone time?

Keep this momentum going team!!!

Day 23 – There are no rules

April 15th 2020

Woke up early and headed downstairs to try and make breakfast before my husband and the doggies got out of bed.

I always start the hashbrowns first since they take the longest – in the meantime I started the show “SEE” so that I could have material to discuss with the group on Sunday. I was about halfway down with the hashbrowns when I went into the fridge to get out the eggs and there weren’t any….

My husband wokeup and walked into the kitchen and I told him the terrible news. He told me not to fear, for he would go to the grocery store to pick up some eggs for us!

YAY!!!

I texted him photos a few of the essential items that I needed while he was out.

When he pulled into the driveway I went out to help him with carrying in a load – he was NOT happy. I stayed inside and sanitized everything while he continued to bring in more groceries.

I finished making breakfast while he relaxed on the couch after the horrible experience at the store. He said it was overcrowded – people were not social distancing – too many families complaining about stock issues – and grouchy drama starting patrons that tried to involve other people.

I started “SEE” on AppleTV for our “Series watching Club”. It was definitely a good pick. If you haven’t heard anything about it, I highly suggest reading about it on IMDb and start binging. Jason Momoa is in it and he’s phenomenal!

I received a text from my employer saying that we might be going back to work next week – even though the governor has not lifted the “Stay at home” yet. I was confused because the reason we closed was because we were told we’re “nonessential” but in fact we are – we decorate clothing for first responders, hospitals, and grocery stores. I was eager to get back to work of course – but I was unsure of how I was feeling with 100% going back.

Time for a walk with the dogs! We went for 1hour and 16 minutes! 4 and a half miles. When we stopped at Ray’s it was BUMPIN! A lot of people were looking to day drink I guess!! Took over a half hour. DANG!!

After we arrived home and had some food – it was time for a Zoom call “LADIES NIGHT” with my twin and AKA. I thought it would be fun to have some wine and chat and catch up a little bit. Per usual my husband wanted to come on the call and chat for a little bit.

I invited the ladies to my “series watching club” and they both are in! Time to start binging 🙂

I said goodnight to the ladies and went to the living room to see what my husband was up to. He was playing GTA and I wanted to hangout with him for a bit together on the couch. I downloaded a word game on my phone and kept playing levels until 2am!!! FACE PALM!

My sleep schedule is completely WACKO! I have no idea what day or time it is anymore. I’m starting to get nervous that I’ll never get back to 100% normalcy!!

Are you staying on a sleep schedule during quarantine? Is the family keeping up with the change? Or has your house gone to chaos? What are you doing each day to try and keep yourself sane???

Day 22 – Sciatic Bull$*%#

April 14th 2020

I did not sleep well. I was restless all night and could not get comfortable. My sciatic was not calming down, but getting exponentially worse. I stretched, I had my husband massage my legs, I went back and forth on the foam roller, I rubbed on icyhot – NOTHING WORKED.

On top of all that it was SNOWING!!!!

I took some melatonin to try and help me sleep for a couple of hours, but of course that did not work at all.

I looked up home remedies and what else could be done to remove the tension in my muscles just so I could have even a few minutes without agony in my legs up my back and my neck. The best one that I could do without having to leave the house was a hot bath with epsom salts.

I ran the bath and my husband helped bring in boiling water to keep the temperature up. My muscles were starting to relax. FINALLY! I was in the bath for over and hour just enjoying the time without strain on my sciatic. I did an intense hyaluronic acid face mask while I was in the tub to help with my skin. I also had about a gallon of water so help flush out any toxins that might be causing the inflammation in my nerves.

I eventually had to get out of the bath though… pruning was setting in.

I didn’t want to go on a walk because I was worried I would irritate my sciatic again.

Instead I decided to go to bed early and try to not think about the discomfort coming back.

I haven’t done anything so why would my sciatic be so inflamed?! Have you gone through any sort of pain or discomfort recently and you have used home remedies for it? What was it, and what did you use?

Day 21 – Happy Birthday Sister & Uncle Trig!

April 13th 2020

Had a video call with my sister!!! She is truly a phenomenal woman and I can’t believe how much she has accomplished!

For my sister on her birthday – here is my expression of my love for you!

Growing up all I wanted was to hangout with you – and I know I was your little sister “the pest”. Even as we got older, I still just wanted to be with you! Be your best friend, know what you were thinking, who you were dating, what you were studying, where you were traveling. I have always been drawn to you.

You are in the top 3 female role models in my life. Not just because you are my “older” sister, but because the specific type of woman you are. I know I can call you and talk to you about anything, and you will sometimes tell me “that sucks” or “it will be okay”, and sometimes you give me advice on how to move forward.

You are hilarious. And not just teehehe giggles- but boisterous laughter! Your jokes sometimes are puns, but you always know how to slip a zinger in there. I love hearing your laugh too. It reminds me that my loud laugh is okay, and that whatever laugh you possess you should let it roar.

You are a spectacular mother to my sobrina. You are constantly giving her love, encouraging her, redirecting her behavior, teaching her about strong females, speaking in Spanish to her, having her explore the yard, video call with her family that is in Wisconsin. I cannot tell you how many different instances I have jotted down notes for my future occurrences with my own children and the type of parent I want to be for them, because of you!

I remember when you played “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John for me in the car – and you told me that I was your tiny dancer. When I had my recital and they announced my name at the end of the production – you were the loudest clapper and you cheered my name! I’ll never forget that. I was so happy to find out that you were in the audience and that you had seen my dance. I was the only one who received a verbal applause “YEAH ALEX!”

Throughout my life with my sports teams, and my dance recitals, and my school projects you were my biggest fan. You always pushed me no matter what passion I was interested in at the time. If I wanted to run away to the circus and spin plates you would have helped me invest in the best platters that were fastest and sturdiest for spinning.

Everyday I remind myself how much I want to be like you. It’s hard to not compare myself to someone who is constantly accomplishing success after success! I always knew that you were mom and dad’s favorite and that NEVER bothered me, because you were my favorite too.

I know we always tell each other that we’re each other’s favorite sister – and yes maybe it’s just the 2 of us… but you really are my favorite. You are more than a sister to me, you are my ever-knowing book of wisdom that I know I can ask you anything, or approach you about anything.

After my call with my sister I did some writing and tidied up the office a little bit.

To my Uncle Trig on your birthday. I cannot tell you how much of an impact you’ve had on my life recently. You truly are a family man, and it lifts my heart with how much you’ve been helping my husband and I with his wrestling gear – and also trying to get the entire family to wear it too! Majority of our shirts and koozies have been bought out by that side of my family.

Growing up my Uncle Trig always scared me – and I think it was the mustache. Now I think his mustache is so $*%&ing badass. I love sharing a beer/growler with him. I love when he shows me the projects he’s working on. I love when he urges me to get a moped or motorcycle with less than 60cc because then I don’t need a motorcycle license to drive it. I love when he asks me about the same job I had over 8 years ago but I don’t care – I just remind him that I work for a place that decorates apparel now. I love when he wanted to be part of witnessing the signing of my marriage license with my husband on our wedding day. I love that he danced so hard all night at my wedding. I love that he made sure that he gave me a Swedish Cookbook when I visited him. I love that 4 sticks of butter in the stuffing still isn’t enough. I love his spritz cookies and that he always makes me take a full container of them home with me.

Uncle Trig – you are 1 of a kind. I can’t express enough how much I love you – and that you are OBVIOUSLY my favorite Uncle. CHEERS!

My husband and I were ready for an early walk since I had more calls later that day. We took the dogs on an hour and 14 minute walk with our usual stop at Ray’s.

When we arrived home I jumped on my Zoom call with my mom, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law! We had a great time talking about working and not working, unemployment, parks, walks, and when this is all over how we’re going to party in Milwaukee!

Both mom’s left the call and my sister-in-law and I stayed on a little bit longer to chat about more sisterly type of things 😉 – We also decided we were going to start a TV Show watching group! It would be a series or documentary or movie and we would have 1 week to watch it and then we would have a group Zoom discussion on what we liked/didn’t like/learned/felt after watching the show.

We decided on the AppleTV show “SEE”. Zoom meeting on Sunday!

After the Zoom call my husband and I meet on the couch and watched the movie “ONWARD”.

Let me tell you about this movie… if you have a sibling that is older than you and took care of you like a parent did (eh-hem… me…) be prepared to ball your eyes out. It was such a beautiful story about family and coming together and finding out who you are and what you want to be. I loved every minute of it!

My husband and I also did the drinking game to the movie… see below!!!

After the movie my husband played some video games and I went upstairs to bed.

Do you have siblings that you cherish? Do you have siblings that you don’t talk to? What relationship do you have with in-laws? Good/bad? Who else do you consider to be family even if not by blood?

Day 20 – Happy Easter(ish)

April 12th 2020

Rolled over in bed to look at a missed call, text, and facebook message from my mom. Today is the day my husband and I were going to go to the farm, sit on the porch, and have Easter dinner with my mom and dad.

CANCELED.

My husband wasn’t feeling well and we didn’t want to go to the farm and expose my parents to anything.

I called my mom and told her the situation – I told her how sad I was but that it was the better decision for everyone. She told me she would drop off a couple of plates of food for my husband and I – and that she wouldn’t even see us – just let us know when the food was dropped off. I told her that would be very considerate of her, and I would appreciate the dropoff.

*$#& no I’m not okay with this!!!!!

I miss my mom so much. The quarantine madness is setting into my emotions and I cannot believe I’m not going to see my family on Easter – especially my mom.

I couldn’t handle it anymore. I went back to my bed, sprawled out face down, and cried. I #&$^ing miss my mom. I want to hug her, see her face, laugh at stupid jokes, go golfing, embrace the sunshine, and have her fill my love tank with all her reasons she loves me.

I was texting friends and family during the day to try and cheer myself up. My twin was helping me feel better through text – she understood how much this is really affecting my social extrovert self.

I had been doing chores around the house when I had a craving for a mimosa. I told my husband I was going to go to Ray’s and grab ingredients for a mimosa, but also pick up my mom’s wine from Ray’s so that she wouldn’t stop by and try to get it herself.

I went to Ray’s with my bandanna face mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, and wipes. The workers were all super friendly and I thanked them all for their help with working on Easter Sunday. A woman even helped carry out my mom’s case of wine so that I could carry the rest of my beverages.

When I got home I wiped down all the wine bottles and box, and told my husband I was going to put it out on the front stoop for my mom when she “drove by” later in the afternoon.

He told me to go outside but to wait with the box because the Easter Bunny had stopped by while I was out.

When I went outside there was a lemon white claw and a bottle of Pineapple Mimosa on the porch with a note from my TWIN!!! She knew how sad I was feeling made me feel so much better just by dropping it off.

I started to cry.

It was such a beautiful gesture. I texted her and told her how much I appreciated it, and that she honestly is the bestest for trying to cheer me up.

I poured mimosas for my husband and I and we had a little Easter Cheers. I told my mom I bought stuff for mimosas and she asked if I wanted to do a cheers to her from our house and she was in the car. I told her that would really help with my sadness.

My husband and I moved a couple of chairs and a table outside – grabbed some blankets and hand wipes, and my parents pulled up as we were settling in outside.

My dad brought the tray of food/glasses and set it on our stoop. I put the case of wine in my moms trunk with no interaction.

We all grabbed a glass and “air cheers-ed” !

We sat and talked outside for over and hour. I couldn’t have been happier to have physically seen my mom and dad!

My mom even brought me chalk for the sidewalk and a SpongeBob deck of cards to play with.

After they left my husband and I heated up the ham and rolls, ate the big salad, and finished with chocolate chip cookies my mom baked.

The meal was so delicious and fulfilling. My husband and I were going to get the dogs and go for a walk! I got my items together and went to lay down while he finished getting ready and fell asleep!!

Whoops!

I woke up to my husband playing videos games and I was still incredibly groggy. My sciatic was also starting to irritate me and I couldn’t position my body in any way that would ease the pain.

I kissed him goodnight – got ready for bed – and went upstairs to lay down and relax without the dogs bothering me.

I messaged my twin again to let her know that I love her so much and was incredibly thankful for her kindness today.

How is everyone doing during the quarantine? Have you expressed to people if you are struggling? Have you been reaching out to others to give them strength in case they are struggling?

This is a difficult time – but we’re all going through it – we need to continue to show compassion towards each other.

Day 19 – All events Canceled

April 11th 2020

Today was when Twin and I had our 5k planned. CANCELED. Twin’s planned birthday party at Miller Park – tailgating, booze, grilling, koozies, giveaways, frisbee, bean bag toss, blaring music, random friends, 394 bathroom breaks. CANCELED. Sleepover with twin and dogs and kicking the boys out of our room to fall asleep together. CANCELED.

EVERYTHING IS CANCELED.

I didn’t wake up until about 12:30pm. Why? BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS CANCELED.

Only thing in the house that needed tending to was the laundry. So I did laundry. For about 3 hours.

I also reached out to a friend of mine that I had met at my husband’s holiday party in Boston back in December. KD from Dallas. She is the sweetest Texan ever – and I cannot believe what a great connection we had at the party. I wanted to check in with her and make sure that she knew that our friendship wasn’t a one weekend stand!! It was so nice talking to her, catching up, sharing stories of work, quarantine, boys, family, pets, and just about anything else we might have missed in the last couple of months!

It was such a beautiful day and it was starting to get close to missing our walk – so we leashed up the doggies and went out for an hour and 21 minutes! We stopped at Ray’s and the line was around the parking lot! With everyone having to stand 6ft apart we had to wait to get inside the store. Once we finally had our beverages we headed home. On the way home we saw a group of women walking and noticed they all had koozies with drinks in their hands…. interesting… so did we! As we passed them I raised my beverage yelled “Cheers! Happy Easter!” and they responded with laughter and raised their beverages too with a joyful “Cheers! Happy Easter!”

We were a little late to the call… but once we logged on, we saw that a majority of our family was wearing our shirts we had sent out! My Uncle Trig is such a caring person, and has really made an impact on my husband and my life recently. I cannot thank him enough for always promoting my husband and his wrestling. It’s so cool to have that connection with him.

The call was only about an hour long – but it was still nice to see everyone and a lot of my cousin’s had their children on the call too! I just love seeing all my cousins with their children and all the laughter and talking over each other. It’s truly one of my favorite calls.

After the call I talked with my mom and she invited me to her Zoom call for Happy Hour with her lady friends too!

I enjoy Zoom calls! They are very addicting. I had some white claw while my mom and her friends had wine, and my sister was on the call too and she had a moscow mule! We were on the call for about an hour talking about what we’ve been doing in quarantine, what we miss, what we want to do as soon as this is over, and encouraged each other that we’re all going to get out of this stronger friends than ever.

I had also received a message from my cousin and his wife out in Maine that they wanted to have a Zoom call as well!

I settled in on the couch and prepared myself for the Zoom call…. I knew what they wanted to talk about. We got on and said our pleasantries and they said they had something to discuss with my husband and I. I told them I already knew.

My sister and her husband, and my other cousin and his wife, and my husband and I were all planning on visiting them in Maine this summer.

CANCELED!

I &$*%ing knew it!!!

I told them I was sad, but that I completely understood where they were coming from. They are pregnant, and traveling, and finding places to stay, and flights, and all kinds of different factors played into COVID-19 and “postponing” the “MAINE EVENT”. My cousin assured me that it was not canceled, but in the spirit of Easter it will be later RESURRECTED.

After the call I sat on the couch with my husband for a little bit and had some beverages while he played NBA2K.

Everything is Canceled. 2020 is canceled.

The only thing not canceled is Zoom calls. I’ve attended all of those so far!

What recently has been canceled that you are bummed about? Even if it’s something that was this summer that was pushed back, or a trip, or a party? A sporting event?

Day 18 – #DontRush

April 10th 2020

As the day started my husband had reminded me of the request from a couple of days ago to help him make his video for wrestling associated with the #dontrush phenomenon.

I’M IN!!!

I LOVE making videos. I took a directing class in High School – at the time I thought I loved acting – but in reality, I LOVE directing/producing. The gratification I feel to bring the story together, find the right props, rearranged sentences with better verbiage, position people or things in a better light, doing multiple takes, editing the video, and to watch the final production.

Our entire day revolved around making this video. It wasn’t just 1 part of a video but it was 4 different parts. It also had transitions in the video that needed to be timed just right so that the next shot looked instant. The infatuation with this video was consuming. I needed this video to be the best. My husband also wanted it to be that way. We agreed that it didn’t matter how many takes we had to do – each section of the video needed to be 100.

I’m not saying it was easy – because my husband and I fought often over which part of the short videos we took were good or bad, what could be done better, how should this frame appear? It was endless back and forth. We were arguing, but only because both of us wanted this video to be superior to the other ones.

His wrestling crew was giving him a hard time making comments on how long it was taking for him to film a short 16 second video. HA! Jokes on them… ours turned out to be SUPREME! Everyone else in the video you could tell didn’t put enough time in the transitions or the story. We finally sent them the video when we were good and ready!!

One of my husband’s wrestling friends said “worth the wait”!!

Below is a link to the video on facebook – but also another video for TikTok for our portion of the video.

@baxterwrestles

My portion of the Dont Rush Challenge. Full one to come!

♬ Super Smash Bros Melee Remix (#chooseyourcharacter) – Jim Walter

After the videos it was time to enjoy a few drinks and relax!! We ate dinner, turned on the tv for some movies, and kept laughing at the video and continuously replaying it over and over and over….

As we were on the couch I received a message from my coworker/little sister that she was in need of a friend. 100% hands down no questions asked I told her to come over to my house. I told her that it’s okay and she will always have a safe haven in my home. She came over for a little bit and as we sat in the kitchen talking, I could tell she was starting to feel a little bit better. It’s important to sometimes put other’s needs before our own. It’s not always easy or comfortable, but it might just make a huge difference to someone, if you just listen.

What sort of inner creativeness is coming out of you during quarantine? Have you sparked up an interest you always enjoyed but it fell to the wayside? What are you going to do with it?

Day 17 – Cleaning our Taxes

April 9th 2020

Woke up with the urge to deep clean every room in the house.

I asked my husband if he would be willing to help me with the bathroom and the living room. He said “No problem!” – but there is a problem… his definition of clean the bathroom and my definition are very different. His “cleaning” consists of: he wipes off the counter and swishes the cleaner around the toilet. I asked him if he would be willing to clean the bathroom the way I usually clean it. He said he’d definitely give it a try.

Bathroom includes- toilet (bowl, lid, sides, top), sink, counter, floor, shower, mirror, lights, faucets, garbage can, towels, curtain, and window.

He went straight to work and warned me that it might not be as high quality as when I clean it, but he would “clean” all those things.

While he was assessing his first move, I went into the office to start the dreaded taxes. I know that with the pandemic everything was pushed back, but ALSO with the pandemic we’re tight on money and could really use the help with the bills.

After a couple of hours of sifting through papers, calculating expenses, trying to remember passwords to accounts barely used, twisting my husbands arm to get me his information, 4 cups of coffee, and too many phone calls to customer service; the taxes still weren’t done.

I needed to step away!

I checked to see how my husband was doing with the cleaning of the bathroom. His exact words were “I am never doing this ever again. I will do any other chore you prefer before I have to do this again. I will hire a cleaning lady, or Taren to do this. I am never doing this again.”

HAHAHAA!!! See?! Cleaning the bathroom is NOT that easy!!!

I told him I’m glad he now appreciates how hard I work to make sure that our bathroom is continuously sparkly!

He had to get ready to head over to a friends house to do an Instagram live video for wrestling fans. I made us some dinner and he headed out.

Time for painting with friends!!! I also found a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of wine so I decided to try that bad boy out on the call.

After painting with friends I chatted with Heather for a bit after the call and decided to try coloring.

As a person who has friends and families that know of my anxiety they feel the need to give me things they have read “work well for people with anxiety.” My loving sister decided to give me a Harry Potter adult coloring book.

Now, I know what works well for me and what doesn’t work well for me. This beautiful present was not a relaxing thing… this thing created more anxiety for me. I would look at it and start breathing heavy because all the intricate details need to be colored.

Whelp!!! I have also been reading a book that helps you work through a few different exercises with worrying and anxiety and one of them is to face the things that give you anxiety. For instance this coloring book. It’s time to face my fears and to attack the coloring book. It’s going to be okay if I don’t fil in each of the items or have the correct colors – isn’t that what coloring is supposed to be? You’re own interpretation of the colors of the scene?

Below is the progression so far of my coloring…..

After the call with Heather I continued to color but encouraged myself to enjoy it, instead of “forcing” myself to color.

I stayed up pretty late doing different snapchat videos and sending them out – my friend Annie told me to make my vidoes into TikToks? I had no idea my videos were that funny… but hey… what the hell! I told her I made it into a TikTok and she was excited to see how many views I got!!

My husband finally arrived home and he hung out on the bed in the office while I continued to color.

We finally drifted to sleep together while the music played in the background.

TikTok? What am I getting myself into?! Slowly becoming obsessed with the dumb videos!!!! Have you made any TikToks? Are you going to? What are you searching in the latest trends right now??