3.31.2020

For those who've somehow missed it - Family's lockdown adaptation of Les Misérables song goes viral - SO AWESOME! Gotta share.


I'm a fan - so needless to say this family from the UK (Kent) who spent some of their quarantined time making a fun rendition of the song  ---- OMGosh it's just awesome. Yay to them for such creativity!


Family's lockdown adaptation of 

Les Misérables song













Some love it, some hated it; but I am one of those who loved the 2012 version!  I cannot watch Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed a Dream without crying.  I loved this version (but then again, I love pretty much all versions!  Even high school drama versions....  but this one, oh this one... it makes me sob into multiple tissues.

Les Miserables (2012)




 The recordings... these songs will forever have a place in my heart.
 

  Les Misérables (Original Broadway Cast Recording)



The book.
Where it all begins and it comes alive in your own imagination!
 

  

Rambling Over Coffee: Dreading this morning - gotta make a run to Walmart

Good Morning Coffee Friends!


I was kind of hoping after last week's shopping trip, I might be able to stay away from Walmart for at least 3-4 weeks as I feel like it's a hotbed right now.  But... I'm doing shopping for 2 families.  For both our family and our daughter and son-in-law as they are pregnant with their first child and she is due in a few weeks so we (her husband and I) are keeping her out of the public as much as possible.

I wasn't as bothered by my Walmart trips up to this point, but for whatever reason, this one has been weighing heavy on my mind.  Because more people are sick now, probably.  Luckily the list isn't big, and is mostly things 'other' than groceries, but I'll be relieved when this trip is over.  I haven't really had anxiety about it until now but I'd like to stay completely away for a month if possible.

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Last night I went into the laundry room for something and happened to glance into the 'utility' sink where I keep large empty milk jugs to water plants, a glass jar of paint brush cleaner, some cans of spray paint and a couple other odd, weird 'where do I keep these?' items.

Surprisingly I saw... two new cans of Lysol!  


I had THOUGHT I had bought Lysol about 6 weeks ago but I didn't see it under the kitchen sink, which is where I normally keep it.  So I figured I must have used them or didn't buy them after all.  But the under-sink area was full and there was no room (which I recall now) and so while putting away groceries and household items I impulsively decided to put them into the sink-storage with the cans of spray paint, etc.  

This is such a blessing!  I haven't been able to find Lysol in almost 3 weeks and we were on our last 2 cans.  (If you've read previous posts you know my husband is an essential worker who is working among the public - upwards of 1000 people a day - and I'm trying to keep our home as virus free as I can in these circumstances.)

Liquid gold.



 











3.30.2020

British boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders is a punk-ass dick.



What a punk-ass dick!!!!

British boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders was indefinitely suspended Monday after a video appeared to show him giving instructions on how to deal with women during the lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

“If your old woman is giving you mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the sixth day you're just about to explode," Saunders said, later showing how the viewers should hit women.

He then proceeded to throw a wicked right hand at the punching bag.


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So, apparently I must really be worried about our current Lysol situation....

This morning, just before I woke up, I was dreaming I was in a store and came upon a can of Lysol someone had put in the wrong place; I grabbed it up, so happy I found a can of Lysol to buy!

True story.  Sad, yes.  But true.  LOL.








3.29.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: What my retail manager husband goes through every single day to try to keep his family safe during this COVID-19 pandemic

The longer this pandemic goes on, the more our family's safety is in jeopardy. 
The longer my husband is literally face to face with upwards of 1000 people a day.
No masks.
No gowns.
No gloves.
No shoe covers. 

We are risking almost certain illness and contamination and the odds go up every single day.

Many people fret about having to go out amid the public one day a week to do a grocery or household item run or to a store to get a part for something that just broke down in their home.

  • They have to leave the house for the first time that week so they don their gloves.
  • Maybe even a mask or some put a scarf over their face.
  • Even with gloves, they wipe down the cart or basket handle.
  • They carefully avoid walking near people or talking to others.
  • Their plan is to 'get in and get out'.
  • They try to only touch the things they particular want or need.
  • They don't touch certain 'open air' items like fresh produce.
  • They don't like that the person behind them in line is ignoring the 6 foot safety space and is almost breathing down their back.
  • They pull back because a random customer, ignoring the pandemic, got right in their face to make a not-even-funny comment about shopping that day.
  • They cringe that they have to touch the buttons on the credit card reader to pay for their item. 
  • Grab their bags, get out to their car quickly and pull off their gloves.
  • They use hand sanitizer and rub it all over their hands, the steering wheel.
  • They rush home... whew.
  • They spent 42 minutes out of their house, among the public.

They wonder what their chances of catching the virus in the air or surface might have been.


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Now imagine you are going out into the public every day.
Imagine you worked 13 days in a row without a day off.
You are working 12 hours a day among that same public.
And not just talking to one or two people but you have to talk to hundreds.
Hundreds of people a day.
And you have to come into contact with upwards of 1000 people a day, having to be near them, walk by them, touch the same items they are touching, breathe the same air of those 1000 people.
You get coughed on.
Touched.
Sneezed on.
People reach out and grab your arm to get your attention.


And after 12 hours dealing with the public without the benefit of any safety measures, you try to sanitize your work keys, phones and ipad.
You try not to touch anything as you leave your workplace and walk quickly with your head down to avoid having to talk to anyone before you can leave.
Out to your car you immediately use hand sanitizer.
You rub it all over your steering wheel as well.
You drive home to your family.

  • Park in the garage.
  • Shoes off at the door, outside the house.
  • Sprayed down with Lysol.
  • Into the house you have to avoid contact with the pets and family.
  • Go straight to the laundry room and strip off your work clothes.
  • Toss them straight into the open washing machine, not in the laundry basket with the rest of the family clothing.
  • Walk to the kitchen sink and wash your hands.
  • Now, give kisses hello to your wife, pet the dogs.
  • Re-wash your hands after petting the dogs.
  • Go into the bedroom to get new, fresh clothes on.
  • Either that night or early the next morning, your spouse sprays down the door knobs and cupboard knobs, bathroom fixtures, refrigerator door handle and shower door handle with Lysol.


Every.
Day.

And you've done this for 3 weeks, trying to avoid getting sick when you are out helping the public 12 hours a day, every day. 













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3.28.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: We're not that different, you and me. Central California and Little Podunk town America and COVID-19

Good Morning!


Last night between dinner and bed I watched more 'Friends' (You can get the Complete Series here) episodes, texted a few friends (Ha - I didn't even do that on purpose) and colored (adult coloring books). One of the friends I texted a bit with was a friend from California.

We used to live in Southern California, so I often keep an eye on their news and happenings, not only as it was our old stomping grounds, but we still have family and friends 'out there'.  The greater L.A. area (where we lived) and all around San Francisco. It's been interesting to do some comparison to to what life during the COVID-19 pandemic is like there compared to where we currently live (and where our family 'up North' live as well).

Our friends on the West coast were hit far earlier than we were.  They've been under self-isolation longer as well.  Talking with a very good friend who lives in a suburb just northeast of SF, it was very interesting to me to hear that life is very similar to ours... in tiny little podunk town in the middle of nowhere.

If I was to only get my news from... well, the news, I'd have this huge gloom and doom, the world is in chaos, everyone is dying in the streets and the coyotes are eating their bodies type view of life where he lives.

I was worried about our friends.
Ends up I need not be.

Instead, he and his wife are working from home.
They're keeping busy.  Life is fairly quiet.
She teaches her classes online.
He fixes and maintains medical software computer systems around the world.
He goes outside to run laps around the cul-de-sac to relax and run off energy.
They play a lot of board games (fanatics before this all came down).
She is painting tiny figurines to a board game they bought before the pandemic.
They have a 'shelter-in place' type mandate starting instead of just self-isolate.
Once a week he heads to the grocery store to buy groceries for them both.
She has a weakened immune system so she doesn't go out.
He said most everything in the store is in stock except eggs.  Eggs are always sold out.



I told him it's very similar here.  Right down to the eggs always being sold out.
 

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I mentioned I was watching Friends.  I own the Friends full series set as well as the Big Bang Theory full series.  You can purchase either the DVD's or the streaming versions of almost any movie or tv series - here are some links to a few on Amazon if you are interested.


 


The Office: The Complete Series
Friends: The Complete Series
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series Blu-ray
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray + Digital)
The Sopranos: The Complete Series (Blu-ray + Digital HD)
The Cosby Show - The Complete Series
Married with Children: The Complete Series
Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: The Complete Series (DVD)
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] [Region-Free]
The Tudors: The Royal Collection - The Complete Series Uncut
Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series [Deluxe Remastered Edition]
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series
Frasier: The Complete Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series Box Set- Season 1-7 [Blu-ray]
Californication: The Complete Series

... and more.







 

3.27.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: Social Distancing? I practiced that long before it was a 'thing'. I don't hate people, I just feel better when they aren't around.



I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee but I've also gotten a few things off my "do this" list; and I'll find plenty more to keep me occupied.  I always do.

Since I'm mostly a solitary person who really enjoys being by myself, as long as I have sunshine for the day, I'm in a pretty good place.  Social distancing is something I was pretty happy with long before it became a catch-phrase for everyone during this current COVID-19 pandemic.

So how is this social distancing going for you?  

I'm noticing that the neighbors on either side of me are spending an awful lot of time having "play dates" for their kids.  Every. Day.

I also saw Moms traipsing through Walmart on my last "grocery run" with their kids.  I think they are more noticeable now since most people are trying to only send one person per family and in many cases, like ours, one person to shop for two or more families.  Less people out and about to potentially pick up the virus.

I know we don't have a mandatory quarantine in place here but we have social-distancing, self-isolation, school has been canceled for the year for a REASON.  But... I saw 2 Moms browsing around Walmart with kids that were actually old enough to have been left alone long enough for her to run to the store (approximately 14 and 11).   I wonder if she gave any thought at all to the fact that by bringing two more people with her, she just increased her odds of picking up the virus.  One person 'out' verses three people 'out' means 3 people breathing the same air, touching the same surfaces, the products, getting coughed on.

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Random Chit Chat

One of my daughters was excited to start a 1000 piece puzzle.  She had envisioned it being a week long project to do here and there while in isolation.

She finished it in one day.  "Welp, that didn't take as long as I thought." she said.  LOL.


3.26.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: Tiny little things that irritate you....? (Irk you or annoy you?)


I do not own this image. Found on google search.



Sipping coffee, skimming over a couple of websites I like to read and then I see it.
She used that word again.
'Brekky'
It makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.
I cringe.
I have a reaction to that word.
I hate that word and I hate when people use it instead of the correct word.
It's breakfast.
You eat breakfast in the morning.
BREAKFAST.
Not 'brekky'.
Blech.  My stomach clenches up a little when I read or hear that word.

So that is what is leading to this post.

Writing or saying "brekky' instead of calling it breakfast is one of those little irritating things to me. I don't get angry about it, I'm not ranting or raving about it.  It just... irks me.  Irritates me.

I'm sure I do things, say things or use my own version of words or phrases that irritate people as well!

I even have things I do that irritate myself!

Sitting here with my coffee in hand I think I'll just quickly brainstorm a few things that irk me.  Irritate me, if you will.
But I'll try to keep it light-hearted.  Because there are a lot of things or people that irritate me that are bigger posts or topics (like Nancy Pelosi...) but I'll just try to keep my morning list more fun.

Little things that irritate me.

  • Using the words 'brekky' and 'sammich' or 'sammy' instead of breakfast and sandwich.
  • People who constantly finish my sentences or interrupt to hijack the end of my sentences and say them first. (I caught myself doing this a few years ago!  Eek! I am a 'fast' talker and I knew what they were saying... I was impatient for them to spit it out and be done with it I guess!)
  • People who don't understand/get sarcasm.
  • Budging in line.
  • That one person in the crowd that won't stop asking question after question after question; some of which was already gone over, some the speaker is going to get to if they would just shut up and let them speak!
  • People who are butt-kissers and people who are mindless sheep.
  • "do-gooders" that are really just nosey busy-bodies.
  • Other peoples children. Most of them anyway.
  • Other peoples parenting skills.  Or, lack of.
  • Neighbors who let their dogs run all over without a leash. In my yard. Every freakin' day. 
  • Procrastination!  Just DO IT. There will always be more to do later, so just do it now!
  • Black Forest Cake.  Cherries and chocolate ruin both the cherries and the chocolate.
  • People who choose to serve "marbled" cake because 'some people don't like chocolate and some people don't like white cake".  HOW THE HELL DOES MARBLED CHOCOLATE AND YELLOW CAKE SOLVE THIS ISSUE? Think about it.
  • Slow computer browsers or internet connections.  OMG.
  • People who start their sentence with the words, "Am I the only one who....."  Yes. 7.8 BILLION people in the world and you are the ONLY ONE who is thinking/doing/wanting/liking/notliking something.
  • Calling into a call center for help and hearing the person on the other end can barely speak or understand English and can only (barely) read a script in front of them but has zero communication (or help) skills.
  • People who hit 'reply all' to group text messages with a text that is NOT pertinent info for the whole group. Especially when you don't even know the people and it was a general "FYI" text or email needing no response.
  • People who have the keyboard 'click' sound on their cellphones! WHY does this feature even exist?
  • Pen-clickers. 
  • People who type or text ALL IN CAPS. ALWAYS. FOR EVERYTHING. AND NOT JUST FOR WHEN THEY WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ONE WORD OR PHRASE.
  • Also the people Who Capitalize Every Word They Type In A Sentence On FaceBook Or Emails. 
  • Coexist bumper stickers. 
  • People wearing 'mobile headsets' and talking loudly and non-stop through their little mouth microphones while shopping, standing in line, etc. Mobile headsets in general irritate me.
  • Committees. Especially committees of 3+ women. Lots of drama, babble, droning on and on. Slow decisions, a lot of overthinking, usually a bunch of waffling and very little fast action.
  • Sidewalk blockers.
  • News sources quoting information they found on Reddit as if it was a real situation.
  • Guys that stand too close to me in the check-out lines. (Far worse than women at respecting that personal space bubble!)
  • Not opening or answering my snapchat or text message right away (when I know you got it).
  • Stripper heels.  

Wow... I could go on and on!  LOL.
I better stop here.

I'll turn on comments below (where it currently says 'no comments') if you want to join in with your own little irritating something or other!  :)





Rambling Over Coffee: Adults Coloring Through the Pandemic (I watched Friends yesterday while coloring)

The first thing I've colored in years...


Over the past few years I've bought colored pencils and adult color books for two of my young adult kids (one loves everything 'art' and loves to draw, the other needed some stress relief at college)  but I've never cared to purchase any for myself.

Although I've always loved arts, crafts, creativity; it seems my interest and patience rises and falls throughout life and sometimes things are a passion for weeks or even years; other times I can't imagine having to do something I previously enjoyed, and I avoid it like the plague... or a pandemic?  Ha ha. 

It's been years... years!... since I've enjoyed coloring in any way, shape or form.  

But a couple days ago when I hit up the local Walmart for a grocery run, I made an impromptu right turn down the kids 'crafts' aisle when I caught the words CRAYOLA and saw the wall of crayons and colored pencils.  It was a spur-of-the-moment decision but getting ready to self-isolate in the house again, I just a had urge to pick up colored pencils and see if they had any 'adult' color books on the shelf.

I have seen the adult color books over in the 'book' department of Walmart but I wasn't going to trek all the way back across the store.  No, this was just a spur-of-the-moment thing and I turned into the kids crafts aisle that held glue, crayons, children's crafts, poster board, etc. 

There is a very small display of little children's color books and sticker books, which were highly picked over as parents had scrambled to stock up on such while they are sheltering in place with their kiddos right now but sure enough, someone had either put down or left one adult color book there, stuck right in the middle of all the little Paw Patrol and Frozen color books. 

While my personality would have loved to find something more akin to this one I saw on Amazon...

"Fuckity fuck fuck fuck" (which is something I've been known to mutter here in real life at the Coffee Haus), for some reason Walmart didn't stock this one in the children's department... go figure!?  Ha ha.

But the one lone little adult color book on the shelf was butterflies (which I hate) and dragonflies (which I used to like until I studied the life cycles of a dragon fly and they totally grossed me out) but that's ok.

Butterflies and dragonflies and birds it is....  so I bought it.

And yesterday, after I finished tasks for the day and had nothing pressing for my attention, I popped in a DVD of Friends (I've posted about them many times since I bought the entire set a couple years ago) and I colored.

Mindlessly colored.  I didn't overthink it.  I watched my laptop playing disk 3 of the 6th season of Friends and just grabbed colored pencils and colored and colored....

At first it was hard.
I've not colored in so many years and I had lost my interest or patience.
I had to make myself to continue to color the first flower and dragonfly but then something happened.
I went into a zone and the coloring became more relaxing instead of stressing.

As Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Joey and Pheebs entertained me and made me smile and chuckle, my fingers and hands colored....

It was nice.
Relaxation set in.
Along with a little finger cramping as they hadn't done this in a long time!  Ha ha.
But yeah, so apparently I've taken up adult coloring now.
At least during this pandemic.



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I found these adult color books on Amazon;  you might be interested in checking some of them out - and I included a link to a search for colored pencils and gel pens as well. 

  Mandalas II Adult Coloring Book - Features 50 Original Hand Drawn Designs Printed on Artist Quality Paper with Hardback Covers, Top Spiral Binding, Perforated Pages, and Bonus Blotter by ColorIt

  "The Psalms in Color" Coloring Book

  A Swear Word Coloring Book for Adults: Sweary AF: F*ckity F*ck F*ck F*ck

  Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs

  Tanmit 240 Gel Pens Set 120 Colored Gel Pen plus 120 Refills for Adults Coloring Books Drawing Art Markers (No Duplicates)

  Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, Pack of 50 Assorted Colors