Thursday, December 31, 2020

100 things 2020

100 things from 2020

  1. Grocery was out of CABBAGE & BLACK EYE PEAS for New Year's day!!
  2. Australia on fire!
  3. Iranian General Soleimani killed in a drone strike
  4. Renasant continues to be a good move
  6. Boys went to Israel
  7. Pulled up the kitchen floor while they were gone
  8. Virus outbreak in China
  9.  Bernie Sanders
  10. Joe Biden
  11. Elizabeth Warren
  12. Trump
  13. Corona Virus spread from China to Italy and Europe.
  14. "my" room
  15. Corona Virus  - now "Covid 19"
  16. Corona virus believed to have started in a seafood market in Wuhan China
  17. Shingles on my face
  18. Jackson and Flowood MS flood from Pearl River. Highest flood stage since 'the easter flood"
  19. Corona Virus memes
  20. Megan Markle and Prince Harry leave the royal family to live "normal" lives
  21. Iran launches ballistic missiles at 2 military bases in Iraq, injuring American Soldiers
  22. Impeachment for Trump begins mid January
  23. Corona in USA - Washington State - January 20
  24. Jan 23 - Wuhan China on lockdown quarantine
  25. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gig killed in a helicopter crash - January 26
  26. United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union
  27. Iowa Caucus results delayed "quality control" issues - gonna be a crazy election year for sure!
  28. Tornado hits Nashville March 2
  29. Mary Higgins Clarke Died
  30. Boy Scouts file bankruptcy
  31. Paint Night benefit for Tayler Carpenter
  32. Beginning to see signs of menopause
  33. US Senate acquits Trump  on articles of impeachment
  34. Kirk Douglas Died
  35. HarveyWeinstein convicted of 3rd degree rape and 1st degree criminal sexual act! 
  36. Elizabeth Warren drops out of presidential race
  37. Italy shut down - like seriously SHUT DOWN! People cant leave their houses
  38. March 11 - WHO declares the Coronavirus a pandemic (more than 100 countries have the virus)
  39. Spring break road trip w Iz
  40. Giant City State Park, Il
  41. Fried Chicken! Oh my goodness!
  42. Reelfoot Lake
  43. March 13 - Trump declares National Emergency 
  44. College campuses closed - online classes only
  45. Schools closed for 2 weeks plus spring break (3 week total) mid- march
  46. NO TOILET PAPER - like seriously none... anywhere!
  47.  "Wash yo Hands"
  48. Empty grocery stores- really- they are EMPTY
  49. Spain on Lockdown quarantine
  50. March 16 Fed drops rate 2,997 points worst drop since 1987
  51. Earthquake in Salt Lake City UT
  52. Restrict gatherings to less than 250 people
  53. Corona Virus Mississippi
  54. March 24 - Summer Olympics (Tokyo) postponed until July 23 2021
  55. India on Lock down
  56. 1/3 of the worlds population has the virus
  57. Oil war between Russia and Saudi Arabia
  58. NBA Cancelled
  59. Pro baseball cancelled
  60. April 1 - first asymptomatic cases of the virus confirmed
  61. "Social Distancing"
  62. Churches opting to not meet
  63. restrict gatherings to less than 50 people
  64. EBOLA- - first new cases in the congo - major setback for efforts to end the outbreak started in August 2018
  65. 2020 Tour De France postponed until August
  66. Restrict gatherings to less than 10 people
  67. Business closing concrete and mortar stores (going to online only)
  68. Fed drops Rate another 1 full basis point
  69. Stock market volatility
  70. Bernie Sanders drops out of Presidential race
  71. Joe Biden the Democratic Nominee for 2020
  72. New York has the highest # of corona virus cases of any country in the world
  73. Schools out for the rest of the school year.
  74. Restaurants, Salons, Gyms, nail places closed
  75. Gov Tate Reeves mandates "Shelter in place" order. 
  76. Bankers are deemed "essential workers"
  77. Rumors of mandatory masks when in public
  78. PPP loans
  79. lots of overtime for bankers working thru the PPP loan program
  80. Unemployment bonus making it difficult for businesses to keep their staff on payroll
  81. 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in a single month due to Cocvid19 lockdowns - worst unemployment since the Great Depression
  82. Canada has mass shooting - kills 17
  83. Oil prices fall to NEGATIVE numbers!
  84. Rumors of mandatory vaccine
  85. Pentagon releases 3 videos of "unidentified aerial phenomena" seriously? UFOs now??? Are you KIDDING ME???
  86. Rumors of "ID 2020" 
  87. Facebook Live weeknight devotion/Bible studies
  88. ASTEROID 2 km wide makes close approach to earth. (UFO? and now ASTEROIDS?)
  89. "Drive in" church
  90. NASA selects companies to build next generation lunar lander to carry American Astronauts to the moon by 2024
  91. Rumors of meat shortage
  92. Murder hornets
  93. Virtual Paint class via Facebook Live
  94. Early start to Hurricane season
  95. Started meeting in the Fellowship Hall for church in June. Following Social Distancing Guidelines
  96. Keeping a list of church attendees so that we can contain an outbreak if someone in our church gets sick
  97. MAY 26 - protests and riots break out over the killing of GEORGE FLOYD by a police officer
  98. Black Lives Matter
  99. Derek Chauvin charged with 3rd degree murder in the death of George Floyd
  100. May 30- first crewed spacecraft to take off from american soil since 2011
  101. More Americans killed by Corona than died in the Vietnam Conflict - end of May
  102. June 1 - 6 new Ebola cases in the Congo - renewed outbreak - 5 deaths reported
  103. Trump labels ANTIFA a terrorist organization
  104. "Black out Tuesday" on social media - June 2
  105. June 6 - anti racism rallies and protests against police brutality in cities around the world
  106. Riots. looting, and all kinds of craziness in all the big cities
  107. Dems call for de-funding police
  108. some areas of large cities declared "no police zones"
  109. Camp Living Stones
  110. "CHAZ" in Seattle Washington - 
  111. Minneapolis City Council votes unanimously to disband the police department and replace it with a "community safety department" - was overturned by the city charter
  112. Protesters in Nashville declare a "Nashville autonomous zone" on capital grounds.
  113. face masks mandatory in some places, suggested in all places
  114. Sahara dust cloud reaches the Gulf of Mexico in June
  115. rumors of the Police Union calling a walk out in July
  116. some bank lobbies (including renasant) still closed in June
  117. Some restaurants still not opening their dining rooms in June. those that are must only seat 50% capacity
  118. 18-30 year olds  - drs finding blood clots in their lungs post Corona Virus 
  119. Trump admin requests that a federal judge block the release of the book "the room where it happened" a memoir of John Bolton's time as National Security Advisor in the trump white house
  120. its ONLY JUNE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Well Hello there!

I've taken a break from... lots of things so far in 2020... but i'm still around.
I'm trying to be more present in the moment... and this is harder than I expected.
I've cut out some things/tasks to make room for people and have found this to be quite enjoyable.
One of the things I cut was writing. To be fair, I miss it... but with the new job came more responsibility and less time to ponder... so I've had less time to think about things to write.
That being said... I really do miss it.
I miss the freedom that writing provides. I miss the forgiveness writing offers... even more so than painting,  writing offers me the chance to change things until I am satisfied that my words reflect exactly the thought/emotion/idea/feeling I want them to. I've missed the functionality of choosing the right word or phrase to construct a word picture of what's in my head and heart.  I've missed the release that vomiting words onto a page/screen offers. So many times...most times... I just spew words until I have no more words. Then I go back and clean it all up so that (hopefully) the words make sense. Sometimes I just delete everything... and that in itself is also very freeing.

So, here I am, back at the keyboard. It may take me a minute to get back in the groove of sharing my thoughts. They have been bottled up for 3 months now. This year's posts may take on a different feel... cause I FEEL things other than hurt, fear, and panic for the first time in a LONG time. i don't have a closet of internal baggage to unpack. I don't have any medical (or mental or emotional) issues that need sorting thru. Everything is quite bland and uneventful compared to the past 12 years. I actually feel GOOD... normal... stable... so rather than try to jump into something serious today, I'm just gonna share this year's resolutions.

Resolutions for 2020

  1. Be Adventurous
  2. Be more Rested, Relaxed and Restored
  3. Be Mentally and Emotionally Healthy
  4. Be a Thoughtful Gift Giver
  5. Be Financially Responsible
  6. Be a Great Housekeeper
  7. Be a Morning Person
  8. Be Physically toned and Strong
  9. Be Intentional

big hugs!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

100 Acts of Kindness 2019

In January, I committed to doing 100 acts of kindness this year. I dedicated Tuesday's Tips and Tricks to Acts of Kindness suggestions. It took me a whole month to get started, but on January 31, I made the choice to add the first act to my "completed" list. This brought me so much joy that I began to eagerly look for opportunities to perform acts of kindness and also to plan ways to add to my "completed" list.

Giving in to my natural tendency to think positive, I started my "Completed" list here back in January, believing that it would be a list 100 items long by December 31. Some acts, like praising a child to their parents so that the child can overhear, had such a great response and brought me so much joy that I tried to make it a habit. I learned that people need and appreciate encouragement and encouragement is easy to give if I only make the smallest effort to  look for opportunities to lift others up.

Other things, like collecting items for an animal shelter, having bags on hand to give to homeless/hungry folks and baking for my neighbors and co workers fell flat. Good intentions, but not very good follow thru. I really did have good intentions. 

My list didn't quite make 100. In complete transparency, while I did complete most, I did not complete every thing on the list below. Still, I like the list. I think it's full of good ideas and I think I'll try to complete it in 2020. Maybe I can even make it to 100. Maybe doing some things more than once... I suppose if its my list I can make the rules. We'll see how it turns out in 2020.

That being Said, here's my list

  1. Put a surprise note in loved ones’ lunch, bookbag, car, etc.
  2. Make care packages for homeless people and give them out.
  3. Bake cookies for the office
  4. Make breakfast for the office
  5. Stop at a kid’s lemonade stand and buy a drink
  6. Leave a 100% tip
  7. Donate a small sum of $$ to a charity
  8. Tweet or FB a genuine compliment to 3 people
  9. Complement a parent on how well-behaved their child is
  10. Cook a meal or do laundry for a friend who just had surgery
  11. Donate an old piece of clothing when you get a new one
  12. Write an old teacher to let them know they made a difference in your life
  13. Compliment someone to their boss
  14. Write someone a letter – on paper – and mail it
  15. Give someone a book you think they’d like
  16. Bring fun office supplies to liven up the the workday
  17. Sincerely compliment your boss
  18. Put a sticky note with a positive message on the restroom mirror
  19. Compliment someone in front of others
  20. Compliment your child in front of others.
  21. Compliment your spouse in front of others
  22. Frame a friend’s favorite quote and give it to them
  23. Take baked goods to your neighbors
  24. Compliment a stranger
  25. Praise a child to their parents where the child can hear it
  26. Give Chocolate
  27. Bake a cake for the birthday person
  28. Take coloring books and crayons to the pediatric wing
  29. Send a thank you note to the police station and Fire station
  30. Bake cookies and take them to the fire station and police station
  31. Leave compliments on sticky notes
  32. Leave a note on a public bathroom mirror that says “You’re Beautiful”
  33. Write a letter or send a card to a child who could use some extra attention
  34. Send a card to a friend
  35. Leave money in the vending machine for someone
  36. Give kid’s valentines cards to people in your office
  37. “Here’s $20 for the next person in line” at the grocery
  38.  Leave a positive sticky note on someone’s desk.
  39.  Tell your boss how much you like working for them and why
  40. Tell people how much you've learned from them
  41. Tell people what you appreciate about them
  42. Share overheard compliments
  43. Check in with friends who have lost their mom or dad on Mothers/Fathers day
  44. Cut out an article and share it with someone "I thought about you when I saw this"
  45. Make a prayer book for someone. Record your prayers for them for a year.
  46.  Check in with someone
  47.  Buy food for a homeless person
  48.  Involve your kids in community service
  49. watch for pet food sales and donate to a local shelter
  50. collect newspaper and used towels for an animal shelter