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Friday 5: How About a Knuckle Sandwich?

Happy Friday! It was a busy week, and blogging got away from me.

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I took Mom to the Phillies game. After an hour rain delay, the game started and was a lot of fun. And the Phillies won! They’re only a half-game out of first in the division.

Monday I had an eye appointment. I got new glasses. They’re purple. I’m on the fence. I was going for quirky and creative but I’m afraid I landed on old and eccentric.

This week: Mother’s Day Phillies game, Ollie walking, WM’s birthday, my new glasses.

Tuesday was WM’s birthday! We had pizza and cake at Mom’s, and I squeezed in some time with Nephew A and Nephew B.

Wednesday and Thursday I decompressed from being out the prior 3 nights. Which brings me to today. And tomorrow, which is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day and I am completely in for it. I’m setting my alarm for 5:45 to be on the sofa by 6. For Will and Kate’s wedding, I made a fascinator to wear to our Royal Wedding pot luck at work.

Max watched William and Kate’s wedding with me.

I still miss that dog.


It’s time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is How About a Knuckle Sandwich? Let’s get to it!

1. When did you last punch someone? Alternate question: When did someone last punch you?

I have never seriously punched someone with the intention of injuring them. But I’m still only half-way through life and this country is full of literal idiots so you never know!

2. How many of those frequent (whatever) stampcards/punchcards do you have, and which are you most likely to fill and redeem?

We only carry one physical punch card which is for the local frozen yogurt place. I wonder if they’ve moved to an app yet. We used to have one for watch batteries because WM was once really into watches, but since he bought an Apple Watch, no more battery changes.

Digitally, I get rewards on my Starbucks app and my Dunkin’ Donuts app.

3. When have you had a really good fruit punch?

I’m not sure the difference between fruit punch and fruit juice, but at ‘Ohana restaurant in Disney’s Polynesian Resort they have an AMAZING juice with their breakfast that is passionfruit, orange, and guava juices mixed together. It is heavenly.

4. What are your thoughts on boxing?

I think it’s barbaric and like horse racing, I’m shocked we haven’t evolved past it yet. And I watch pro wrestling, but to me that’s different because you’re just trying to pin someone for a 3-count, not beat them bloody and/or unconscious.

5. When do you usually punch in and punch out?
We don’t have a time clock. We are on the honor system which is a refreshingly adult way to handle things. If I come in 10 minutes late, I stay 10 minutes late. It’s nice.

I start at 8:30 and I prefer to walk into the office no later than 8:15. This gives me time to chat, get my computer booted up, and get some coffee before I dive in. My day ends at 4:30, but I usually don’t start logging out until 4:30 and that means I leave at 4:35.

Soon it’ll be summer Friday time again, and my days will start at 8 so I can bank time for every other Friday off. I can’t wait to hit the beach this summer.

If it ever stops raining.

Stupid beading tricks: Seahorse set

Happy Presidents Day!

Mom’s birthday was on Thursday, and unfortunately, our get-together was snowed out. (Surprise, surprise.) Instead we went out last night to Iron Hill Brewery. As part of her gift, I made her this bracelet/earrings set:


Seahorses! Because if I keep thinking about winter I’ll cry.

The cream beads came from Michaels, the small round ceramic washers from createyourbliss on Etsy, and the seahorses from Artbeads.com. I strung them with waxed linen cording. I usually use flexible beading wire, so working with the linen was new to me. But it seemed to go better with the natural look of the materials. It’ll probably fall apart in a day or two. Sorry, Mom!

I like this set I’m going to pin it. It is bad form to pin one’s one thing to one’s own board?

Since I created that set on approximately 4 square inches of clear space with my tools on my lap, I decided it was high time for me to tackle my bead table. After a few hours, here’s the result!

clean bead table

SO much better.

I have a white plastic set of drawers next to the table that houses all of my beads. I have 6 plastic bead trays. Five are filled to the brim and sorted by color. The sixth one is about a quarter full, and I’ve been using that to triage beads before I put them away. I. Have. Many. Many. Beads. I think I need a simple pegboard under that painting where I can hang finished bracelets and necklaces. If I do that, I’ll have a good idea of how much inventory I have in case I want to do something absolutely stupid like finally open an online store. (Tentatively named: Disney fund.)

Today I’m actually going to work from home for a few hours. The snow day snarled my schedule last week and I have a few tasks I want done before I go back in tomorrow. I hate feeling like I’m behind. This will set me up for a successful week.

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