Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week.
It was a busy week. But amazingly, this time around that didn’t translate to a bad week! I had a lot to do at work (we sent 6 emails to all of our members over the course of 9 days…) but everything was possible; my biggest challenge was time.
Monday was tough because my brain just didn’t want to work as fast as I needed it to, but I pushed through! And as soon as I finished up, I was excited to realize that I had made cookie dough on Sunday night, so I was able to recuperate from work by baking cookies. I made this batch and used chopped up Reese’s cups in place of about half of the chocolate chips, and then topped them with flaky salt. Highly recommend.
After the cookies were done, I started working on a blog post about my grandma’s funeral, which I’m going to publish later this week. Once I was done writing, I needed a mental break, so I started watching an episode of the new season of Queer Eye. That was a mistake—don’t start an episode of Queer Eye when you’re already super sad. So much crying.
On Tuesday I worked a lot. Literally 11 hours; 8:30 am through 9 pm with two 45 minute breaks: one for lunch and one for dinner. It was rough, but it was definitely the right call; by 3 pm I was getting really anxious about how much I still needed to do and how little time I had left. As soon as I committed to working in the evening, my anxiety tanked. Lesson learned: sometimes working longer hours is actually better for my anxiety!
On Wednesday I had a big presentation at work in the late morning, and was pretty much mentally done by lunch time. Video conference fatigue is real! But I powered through and (ironically) zenned out by FaceTiming Angela in the evening. It was so fun to catch up over the video instead of texts throughout the day.
By the end of the day Wednesday, I had worked 29 hours, and since I’m an hourly employee and overtime is not currently being approved, I only had 11 hours left to work between Thursday and Friday. I ended up taking a short day both days: I finished up work at 3 on Thursday and 12:30 on Friday. It was so nice! I played Animal Crossing guilt-free for a good chunk of time, and used the extra time both afternoons to continue Couch to 10K! I’ll start Week 7 this week, which means by the end of the week I’ll be halfway there!
Oh, and after my run on Thursday, we took Stanley for a walk, and I jokingly put one of his collars on the cat (it… kind of fit) and took her for “a walk” in our front yard. She loves going outside but doesn’t have front claws and has wandered off or gotten stuck enough times that she’s not allowed out. She hated the collar at first, but once she realized she could go outside with it on, she tolerated it. It might be time to get her a harness and leash…
Yesterday Sean and I went to a tree nursery to look at options for our front yard. We got a bit overwhelmed and left empty-handed, but now that we’ve had some time to process, I think we’ve picked out what we want! They have limited hours, so we probably won’t be able to go back until next Saturday, but once we do that, the front landscaping will be complete!