Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

It's Friday! It's Friday! - March 27, 2020

I've now been working from home for an entire week.

By noon today I was feeling really antsy - after checking in with coworkers, we found that we were ALL feeling antsy. It's strange working from home - it's like being in a candy shop while on a diet. You are surrounded by wonderfulness that you can't enjoy! I'm home, but not allowed to do homey things.

On the other hand, I am very grateful to be employed and getting a paycheck right now. :(

At 4:30pm sharp, I closed out my email, X-ed out Microsoft teams and got off of every website that had to do with work. I turned on my glue gun and worked a bit more on my flower ball.

This sucker is HUGE. I found some typing paper from decades ago - it's a beautiful texture, kinda scratchy and thick. It's a beautiful, creamy white color. I cut it into squares forever ago and had a huge stack that I thought would make a beautiful piece.

It's bigger than my head, bigger than a basketball, bigger than .... ?

Tomorrow Brian has to work on inventory - he is in the food/ag industry, so his manufacturing facility is considered "essential" - and Kiff and I will be alone again. But this time we're not doing schoolwork or work work.  (It's been strange this week - Kiff was given schoolwork that was just for "7th graders" - not kids in the GATE program. Naturally, he's breezing through it and running off to play video games. I promise I'm not the kind of mom who says my kids can play all day long, but when I'm working on WORK, I don't pay attention to him every moment and then I find that he's been off playing for hours before I realize he's hardly done anything! He's now got a ton of other extra things I'm choosing for him to do. He's been making the bread for two days now - I'm going to ensure he can always feed himself in the future. Then he'll learn how to mend a tear & sew on a button. After that, we've got language learning programs & LinkedIn Learning through work that he can do)

I just looked over and my cat is sitting on my mouse. She's so weird.


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