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So delicious it can’t be true. Or could it?

Covid-19 & Mental Health C&M Edition

Mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a hot topic everywhere, why not here too?

Yesterday I woke up and I just HAD to go do something outside that didn’t involve my yard. I had the realization that I haven’t been more than 5 places since quarantine began, including my house and work. I’m not whining by any means. Whatever needs to be done to get this thing over with, I am down to do. I just really wanted to get out in nature and absorb some sun rays.

Mr. C&M and I loaded up the kayaks and hit the river mere minutes from our house and it was exactly what we needed. We had just got our kayaks 2 weeks before so we had not tried this trail yet. It was really boring at first but after porting at a mid-way point, the river picked up and we had a lot of fun trying not to crash into banks and trees.

It was also really good to see some wildlife besides the squirrels in my backyard.

On top of a couple hour break from monotony, I’ve decided that I really have to cut back on my phone screen time. Social media is really good for no one these days. I’ve decided to split that time between reading and catching up on movies/documentaries.

Ignited Moth and I haven’t seen each other in 5 months so we decided that Friday nights are now for drinking and FaceTime. I can’t wait to start that this Friday. We’ve also decided to do a buddy read of Gideon the Ninth starting August 1st since our book club has died off during the pandemic.

I am hoping that starting all of this will make me less grumpy. Especially since Mr. C&M wants to start a low carb, low sugar diet this week. I’ll need the extra attitude boost lol.

What are you doing to keep yourself from becoming a Grumpy Gus??

Wood Projects June 2020

Hey everyone! Hopefully you didn’t melt during those few weeks of extreme heat. I don’t think our AC shut off for 2 weeks straight. It just could not get the temp in the house to less than 80 no matter how hard it tried.

Beginning during my staycation and ending the very first few days of July, I completed not one but two wood projects before it became too hot to hang out in the garage.

The first was a Father’s Day present for my dad. He hunts and he requested that I make him a gun rack a few weeks before. I thought he was just kidding but decided to do it anyway. Turns out he wasn’t and he had full confidence that I could do it. That was not something I shared in during the process. There was a hell of a lot of swearing involved but in the end, I like how it turned out.

I probably looked like a bit of a psycho to my neighbors walking around my driveway and garage with my husband’s shotgun under my arm. :3

The second was just a little pallet wood project I decided to fiddle around with. One of those projects where I didn’t particularly care if I screwed up because I had plenty of back up material. I kept the first results since they didn’t turn out too shabby. Mr. C&M hung them in his office and they’re now used to display some sweet candle holders my aunt and uncle gave me years ago.

What do you think?

Coffee & A Chat – Staycation

Good morning you beautiful sirens and stud muffins! What has me in such a good mood? I haven’t worked in a week!

As an essential employee (pharmacy), I only quarantined on my days off and on one of those days, I always had to grocery shop. Luckily, I haven’t gotten sick (yet anyway). But as time wore on, customers became less and less nice. At first, people thanked us left and right for working through this pandemic and then gradually, they got pissed off that they still couldn’t come inside. You see, in Michigan, as soon as the governor lifted the stay at home order, people thought that that meant the virus no longer exists. It’s been real fun.

That all brings us to ME, and how I told my boss that I HATE the general public and needed a vacation, even if I couldn’t go anywhere and he happily agreed. In fact, he said, “Why not take it sooner rather than later?” So I did. I have a great boss and in the entire 8.5 years I’ve worked for him, I’ve never once told him I hated the public. I think he took that very seriously.

So, what does a C&M do on a staycation? Well the intent was a whole hell of a lot more than I actually got done. We had a very nasty storm last week that brought down very large branches out of our ancient maple trees. That made a lot of the week doing clean up. Not so bad since it’s been fairly nice outside and the pups have loved the hell out of it.

One other major project happened. Two weeks ago today, our roommate moved out. Amicable and long overdue. So we turned his old bedroom into Mr. C&M’s new home office to work and game out of. Since he works at home, I can officially be inside now without worrying about making too much noise or the dogs barking in the background of his calls. 😀

The roommate chose this color, which I was fine with BUT he painted the damn ceiling!
That ceiling took THREE coats of paint WITH primer to cover up.

Why black and white? Because why the hell not? We’ve both wanted a black room since we were teenagers and were always told no by our parents. NOW WE OWN THE PLACE AND NO ONE CAN STOP US!

I’ve also been working on some wood projects that I’ll post in the future when they’re done. The toughest one being a Father’s Day present I’m working on. I’m a perfectionist but I don’t have the wood working stills to back it up yet and it’s frustrating the hell out of me.

What big projects have you accomplished recently?? It can be anything!

I Lied.

That’s probably pretty obvious after a two month hiatus. Sorry about that. I’m not here to promise that I’m going to be active again, but to explain why.

It’s going to be a little TMI:

The first and foremost reason behind my disappearance was a change in birth control. Sounds weird right? But, after reading reviews of the birth control I was using at the time, I found a lot of reviews complaining of depression and brain fog. I had never considered that my brain fog and sometimes bouts of mild depression might be caused by my birth control. I always thought it was an issue stemming from my grandfather passing away, which was about the same time that I started BC and I never put the two together. So, I decided to switch drugs and see if I had different results. It has very much turned my life around. I feel like my old, happy, creative self again.

Second, my husband had lost his job due to corporate restructuring. A lot of stress there. He was re-employed again in just a few weeks thankfully.

Third, Coronavirus hit. Being a pharmacy technician, work got crazy (still is). Plus, we live in Michigan, one of the hardest hit states. So obviously, life has been very different and my attentions have been else where.

On top of all that, I decided that I wasn’t reviewing books anymore. It was becoming a bit of a chore and since quitting, I’ve been enjoying reading more.

Where does all this leave my blog? Honestly, on the back burner.

I want to try to post at least once a month BUT I’m not going to pressure myself.

I am however, off to catch up on some of my favorite blogs while the mood has struck me!

Stay safe everyone. ❤

Salad & A Chat – Look Who’s Back

Yes, you read that right.SALAD and a chat. Because it is the evening and I can’t have caffeine after 5 pm or I don’t sleep at night.

Secret things that happen over my shoulder when she thinks I’m not looking.

I’m not 100% sure that I’m out of my blogging/reading funk but I’m here anyway! My little cousin made it through his surgery great and is home resting, but that was an intense 4 days. I took time off of work since I have a ton of vacation hours and no vacations planned, so that I could help my aunt and uncle as needed. I tried to make sure they ate and tried to get some sleep and didn’t burn themselves out.

On top of all that, there was a job change for Mr. C&M that was/is a bit stressful so all-in-all, it was probably a good thing that I took some time away.

This also means that I have a few things to post from my backlog. I’ll be reviewing the book that I did not finish, still debating reviewing The Chamber of Secrets and a baking recipe.

I bought two books in February: Master Assassins and The Kingdom of Copper. They were $1.99 each on the Kindle. Did I just ruin my New Year’s Resolution? NOPE. I have a $20 Amazon gift card that I’m working off of, so technically, I’ve still spent $0 of my own money on new books. ^.^

In review, hopefully March is a much better month.

I’ve been trying to catch up on everyone’s blogs, but going days at a time between logins makes that very difficult. If I’ve missed anything of yours that you think I would be interested in, please feel free to link it in the comments!

Coffee & A Chat – Cat Butt

I don’t get no respect.

Hello my favorite little weirdos! It’s the first Coffee & A Chat of 2020. A post where I just ramble about whatever I feel like because I can and I will.

First and foremost – I HAVE BOUGHT ZERO BOOKS IN JANUARY. I didn’t think I could do it but I did. I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick as of late and I own quite a few of those. I’m also working on a controversial non-fiction read. I take my time with non-fiction though or I don’t enjoy it as much. I have to finish it by March 3rd as that is when my Kindle Unlimited ends and I do not plan to renew it. I find I can read most of what I want that’s available on Unlimited within a month or two.

I’ve decided to not stress myself about posting on the blog so there may some weeks where I post frequently enough and others where I only post once. That does not mean however that I’m not going to keep up on YOUR blog posts. It’s a part of my morning coffee-before-work routine to see what everyone else is up to.

It hasn’t been a REAL winter here in my part of Michigan. All rain and ice and very little snow. Why am I complaining about this? Because it means I have little excuse not to go out when people ask us to and I was really looking forward to using that excuse to stay home more.

Mr. C&M and I have a lot of metal concerts planned this year. With no vacation to save up for, we’ll be doing more fun little things.

Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, which in general, I don’t care about BUT my boss has a crazy party every year so either I need to run out to buy a snack to bring or find an easy baked good to make, so ta-ta for now!

How has 2020 treated you thus far and what are you looking forward to the most???

Wizard and the Bruiser + Page 7 Live

At this point, you’ve heard me mention Last Podcast on the Left, several times. What you haven’t heard me mention, is that they have a whole podcast network. While not every podcast is my jam, the two mentioned in the title are a couple of my other favorites. Their subject matter is completely different than their parent podcast.

Wizard and the Bruiser is hosted by Holden and Jake. They take deep dives into various subjects in nerd culture. For example some of their episodes have included; Invader Zim, Smash Brothers, Junji Ito and Zelda. It’s a different form of edu-tainment than the true crime series. Informational and fun.

Page 7 is your pop culture fun zone. Hosted by Jackie, Molly and Holden, they discuss the latest celebrity gossip and deep dives into pop culture subjects. While pop culture is not one of my favorite subjects, the hosts are so damn funny that I don’t care what subject they talk about, I’ll listen.

Which brings me to to their live show that we attended last night in Pontiac, MI. I’ve never laughed so hard. While LPOTL is great, I definitely laughed harder at this show. Their energy was great and they fed off of the crowd. It was a smaller venue so we easily had great seats.

Jackie, queen of the stage.

After the show, my husband spoke with Jake and Holden briefly. Me? I lurked in the shadows. I never know what to say to people that they don’t hear a million times. My resort is just telling them that I love them and to thank them for coming to our area. My anxiety level sky rockets at even this amount of interaction.

Then, we waited to meet the queen herself, Jackie Zebrowski. There may not be a funnier, nicer person on the planet. By the time it was our turn to meet her, my anxiety dissipated and sank into Mr. C&M. So for once, he was the awkward one and I was fine. Lmao. She’s seriously such a warm person and has no problem striking up a conversation with anyone. We chatted for a few minutes,she graciously took a picture with us, hugged us super hard and thanked us for making it out to the show and showing our support.

If you haven’t checked out either of these podcasts and one or both appeal to you, I highly recommend that you give them a try. And if they tour anywhere near you, check out their live show. Your cheeks will hurt from laughing after.

2020 Bookish Resolutions

Good morning one and all! It’s the time of year, quite literally the very day, that one chooses what changes they want to make in the new year. But before I get into that, let’s recap how I did with 2019’s resolutions.

Begin re-reading the Harry Potter series: I did read the first book, so that’s one bookish resolution down.

Read fat, epic fantasy novels: Semi-successful? I read four, what I consider fat, novels. I had hoped to get to a lot more but it just didn’t happen.

Like I said last year, some progress is better than no progress. 🙂

2020 RESOLUTIONS

Spend the minimum amount on books as possible. I have over 100 books at home and it’s time I made my way through a large chunk of them. This means no buying books, with some few exceptions: If I must buy a book for book club because it is unavailable anywhere else or it’s such a good deal that it would be stupid to pass it up. (Less than $5 and I desperately want it.) Library and borrowing from Ms. Moth and my little bookworm cousin are 100% acceptable.

Read more non-fiction. I’d really like to get back into true crime reads and other things to grow my knowledge base.

Build a bookshelf. I wanted to do this in 2019 but it never happened so I’m making it an actual goal in 2020.

That’s it for bookish resolutions.

I don’t usually do resolutions outside of books but Mr. C&M and I are making a point to change some things this year.

  1. Get in shape. It might seem cliche but we could both really be healthier.
  2. Pay off medical bills.
  3. Pay down credit cards.

To sum it up, basically our goals are to get ahead in life in 2020. We’re not doing bad by any means but we both want to be sitting comfortably in the future.

What are your resolutions for 2020?

Last Podcast on the Left – Detroit

Mr. C&M and I simply refer to our favorite podcasters ever as, The Boys. The boys came to Michigan for the first time December 6th and despite already seeing the show for this tour back in March, we had to represent for our state so that they would keep coming back.

Totally worth it. It may have been the same show but the jokes were 20 times better. We were laughing our asses off the whole way through.

If you’ve never attended one of their shows, first, fix that. Second, here’s their formula for success:

Henry dons his Mufon gear and tells us about some alien encounters:

Marcus covers crytids. This year’s was most special as it’s a legend for our state, the Dogman:

Ben gives us some professional wrestling stories which I do not have pictures of.

To round up a quality show, there has to be a little conspiracy theory action. This year’s involving Mama Cass of The Mamas & The Papas.

We also had much better seats at this show since we bought them the day they were released. I’m fairly certain that the show sold out, so hopefully they hit Michigan on their next tour too.

If you need a new podcast to edu-tain you, then I highly recommend the boys.

Fa-La-La-La Chaos

I survived my holiday trip north but I also survived……my first ever Black Friday shopping!

I’ve only ever worked on the dreaded craziest retail day of the year. I took it off for our trip north this year so I thought I’d revive the Black Friday tradition that my aunt had with my grandmother before she passed away.

Well folks….I don’t think I ever need to do it again. Lol. Once was enough, curiosity sated.

The plus side is that I did make some head way with shopping for people, including Mr. C&M. Now, I have to get the house clean so I can decorate. (Also, we have to buy a new fake tree.) The way my brain works, everything must be clean before the decorations go up. We’ve barely been home lately, so I’ve got some work cut out of me.

I love Christmas. It’s second only to Halloween for me. I just love getting gifts for the people in my life that matter the most.

Hopefully, I will squeeze in some holiday baking as well.

I haven’t finished Red Mars yet, it’s just so slow going, but I’m really looking forward to no more themed reading. I’m not a Christmas book person so it’s a free for all on what I read next.

Do you enjoy Christmas or are you a Scrooge?