“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…come further up, come further in!” ― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
July 2nd we left IN at 5:30am EST. We arrived in Willow Lake, SD after 14+ hrs of driving. We met my parents, my brothers, and Lizzy at ‘the farm.’ (Pam & Denny’s farm in Willow Lake, SD)
July 3rd was the family fish fry. It was good to see some people I haven’t seen in 10+ years. We also drove to Watertown, SD for a fireworks show. Didn’t get to bed until late but it was fun!
July 4th included ATVs, side by sides, smoked sausage & smoked chicken, plus some kid friendly fire works.
July 5th Josh and I went to Sioux falls for a day of friends. I had breakfast with some female pastors– we chat weekly on zoom. Then we met for lunch with our South Dakota friends: Zach, Andrew, Alex, Mike, Deandra (And her corgie puppy), Sam, Jesse, & little Ellie.
July 6th we slept in then did some shopping before having Chislic for lunch. We picked up my parents for more shopping and then a delicious dinner at Minerva’s.
July 7th left SD at 5:30am CST and arrived home 8pm EST. Oof! Long drive but great time with family and friends.
I saw this little TV survey while wandering the interwebs. I thought I would check it out and reflect on it.
How LOW can you go? Lower than me???
My score is : ___ out of 100🤦🏼♀️
You never realize how much/little TV you watch until you fill out a list. Put a 💜 by the shows of which you have watched MORE than ⭐10⭐ episodes.
**I’m adding a ⏱️by the ones I plan to watch some day.
1A. Gen Hospital: 1. Grey’s Anatomy: 💜 2. Stranger Things: 💜 (ALL OF IT!) 3. The Vampire Diaries: 4. The Walking Dead: 5. Fear The Walking Dead: 6. Dexter: 7. American Horror Story: 8. Orange is the New Black: 9. A Million Little Things: : 10. This is Us: 11. The Simpsons: 12. New Amsterdam: 13. Manifest: 14. How To Get Away With Murder: 15. Breaking Bad: 16. SOA: 17. Scandal: 18. Riverdale: 19. The Good Doctor: 20. House of Cards: 21. Once Upon a Time: 💜 I got distracted, may rewatch 22. House: 💜💜💜💜 23. True Detective: 24. Dr. Pimple Popper: 25. Power: 26. Empire: 27. One Tree Hill: 28. Supernatural: 29. Family Guy: 30. Santa Clarita Diet: 31. Shameless: 32. Pretty Little Liars: 33. Secret Life/AmericanTeenager: 34. Bones: 35. Criminal Minds: 36. The 100: 37. Chicago Fire: 38. Chicago Med: 39. The Resident: : 40. Game of Thrones: 💜 (let’s ignore season 8, shall we?) 41. The Big Bang Theory: 💜 I used to love this show, not so sure now 42. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 43. Lost: 44. The Sopranos: 45. NCIS: 46. NCIS Los Angeles: 47. NCIS New Orleans: 48. Law & Order SVU: 49. Gossip Girl: 50. How I Met Your Mother: 51. Blue Bloods: ⏱️I’ve seen a few, it’s on my list to watch 52. Two Broke Girls: ⏱️ 53. The Office: 💜 (I’m just meh about the US office) 54. Blacklist: 55. Full House: 💜 56. Fuller House: meh 57. Downton Abbey:💜💜💜 58. Hawaii Five O: 59. Big Mouth: 60. Last Man Standing: 61. Six Feet Under: 62. Wentworth: 63. Friends: 💜meh 64. That 70s Show 65. Girlfriends Guide to Divorce: 66. Heartland: 67. All-American: 68. Greek: 69. Yellowstone: 70. Better Call Saul: 71. You: 72. Rescue Me: 73. Scrubs: 74. Community: 75. Letterkenny: I’ve seen 5 episodes, not for me 76. Kitchen Nightmares: 77. The Masked Singer: 78. Robot Chicken: 79. Vikings: ⏱️I’ve seen a few episodes and want to watch more. 80. Mind Hunter: 81. New Girl: 💜I used to love this, I don’t know if I would anymore if I revisited it. 82. The Good Place: 83. Black Mirror:⏱️ only 3episodes. 83. Lucifer: ⏱️ 84. Peaky Blinders:⏱️ 85. iZombie: 86. Parks and Rec:⏱️ 87. Brooklyn 99: 88. Handmaid’s Tale: ⏱️ 89. Modern Family: 90. Smallville: 91. Seinfeld: 92. Gilmore Girls: 💜 loved it but also can’t think too hard about it or I’ll hate it. 93. Charmed: 94. Private Practice: 95. Lost Girl: 96. True Blood: 97. Roswell: 98. Haven: 99. Mad Men: 100. Arrow:
Tv shows not listed that I love:
BBC Sherlock 💜💜
BBC Doctor Who💜💜
Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles (anime)💜
Avatar The Last Airbender💜💜
The Great British Bake off💜
The Umbrella Academy💜
Salt fat acid heat💜
Star Trek (original)💜
Dr Quinn Medicine woman💜
The Mandalorian 💜💜💜💜💜💜
The falcon and the winter soldier ⏱️
Good eats 💜
Once upon a time 💜
What we do in shadows 💜
Tv shows not listed with mixed opinions indicated by emoji
Cobra kai 😱
Arrested development 😴😴😴
Anne with an E 🤔🧐😤
Honestly, I don’t watch much tv any more. I spend most of time watching YouTube videos while working.
I catch myself quite particular about my entertainment. I don’t like violence or excessive gore. I don’t like horror, suspense, or jump scares. I naturally gravitate towards rewatching my favorites rather than trying new things.
This silly adventure in a survey may show how much of a predictable creature of habit I am.
We all did something weird to our hair in 2020. Some skipped haircuts. Some grew out their body hair. Others did home haircuts or funny facial hair.
I tried Overtone.
I bought the Ginger overtone last spring and was excited to try a washout color depositing conditioner.
I am SUPER blonde. I have only once before done an all over color on my hair. That was a washout in 2006 and… I looked like little mermaid!
This “washout” faded to a rose pink colored and stuck with me for 6+ months.
The only thing that helped was old school “Sun In”
I had experimented with my hairstylist and permanent dies on the under part of my hair but never did a full on color.
We got married January of 2020 and I wanted my hair ‘normal’ for our big day.
2020 was starting out to be an awesome year. We stared it with our commitment to each other and were planning an awesome honeymoon to England…. and then COVID hit.
But this is about hair. Not our lack of honeymoon. Just before COVID really rocked our world my husband and I got haircuts.
I am not sure what convinced me to finally try Overtone but I had been snooping on their website and reading reviews and getting ads for a while.
I bit the bullet and bought their Ginger kit. My paternal grandmother was a red head and I thought I would channel her with this color adventure.
Most of the reviews I read said to keep the color mask on for a long time. The box says 10-15 minutes. Other people were saying 1-2 hrs.
So naturally I listened to the internet & not the box. 2 hrs & 1 movie later, I was GINGER.
I LOVED it! It was beautiful, looked like what I was hoping for and it was way cheaper than going to a salon.
I maintained this color through Overtone products from May 2020- October 2020.
The last three times I refreshed my hair I used the golden brown with an attempt to darken my hair a little for a friends wedding.
The ‘golden brown’ didn’t really change the GINGER at all.
If I’m honest, I’m a lazy person when it comes to hair and general appearance efforts. I love sleep way too much to get up early. Also night showers are the bomb.
I maintained Overtone from May 2020 to October 2020. And then I stopped.
But the color didn’t go away.
I finally accepted my fate. This color wasn’t coming out on its own. So I sheepishly contacted my hairstylist and confessed my hair transgressions.
We set up a 2 – 3 step plan of bringing my hair back to blonde… Mostly so I can be lazy again.
Yesterday was step 1.
After 3.5 hrs and trial and error about what method would remove the Overtone color, we had to bleach it and tone it. The orange-y look is gone. It’s now somewhere between a light brown and strawberry blonde.
This is only step 1. We will repeat the bleach & tone steps over a span of time.
Reflection: while I LOVED my ginger look at the height of my maintenance, I hated maintaining it. When I wanted to move on, my hair was stained with color that wouldn’t fade out. Perhaps this would be different on a brunette? But I’m going to be more gunshy with washout hair color in the future.
Recommendation: Blondes, if you plan on making a permanent change to your hair Overtone is cost effective and easy to do at home. However don’t expect a quick change to be available.
Who can really cook? No boxed Mac N Cheese or Stouffer’s lasagna. I know there are several of you that can really cook. I look forward to seeing your surveys. Who can cook real food, not stuff prepackaged or in a box?
HAVE YOU EVER? 1. Made biscuits from scratch? 🤔🤔I do t think so 2. Fried fresh okra? No 3. Made sourdough bread? I’ve made Amish friendship bread, which is a fermented bread. 4. Fried chicken? No, but I’ve fried tofu 5. Made spaghetti sauce from scratch? No 6. Made any kind of yeast bread? Yes 7. Baked a cake from scratch? Yes 8. Made icing from scratch? Yes 9. Cooked a pot roast with all the veggies? No 10. Made chili from scratch? Yes 11. Made a meatloaf? No 12. Made scalloped potatoes? No 13. Made mac/cheese from scratch? Yes 14. Made a jello salad? Yes 15. Made peanut brittle? No but I’ve made toffee 16. Made fudge? Bo 17. Made cookies from scratch? Yes 18. Cooked a pot of beans from dried beans? No 19. Cooked a pot of greens? No 20. Made cornbread from scratch? Yes 21. Make a pie dough from scratch? Yes 22. Cooked a whole turkey? Yes 23. Snapped green beans and cooked them? Yes 24. Made mashed potatoes from scratch? Yes 25. What’s the most people you have prepared a whole meal for? I’ve helped prep a meal for 60+ 26. Poached an egg? No 27. Made pancakes from scratch? Yes 28. Roasted vegetables in the oven instead of boiling them? Yes 29. Made fresh pasta? Yes 30. Made croissants from scratch? No 31. Made tuna salad? Yes 32. Fried fish? No 33. Made baked beans? No 34. Made ice cream from scratch? Yes 35. Made jam or jelly? No 36. Zested an orange or lemon? Yes (and have scars to prove it) 37. Made grits from scratch? No 38. Made an omelet? Yes 39. Lived in a house without a dishwasher? Yes, now 40. Eaten a bowl of cereal for supper? Yes
I would love to see your answers.
Reflection: honestly, a lot of my “no’s” are because I don’t prefer that thing, so I’ve never tried. We also eat more ethnic food than classic American soul food.
I can cook a lot of items that are not on this list. Mexican, japanese, chinese, italian, or french are my go to flavors. Very rarely do I leave the recipe as is, typically I take a recipe and modify it for our preferences.
This list is also quite skimpy on other things that are my skills. A baking list would be much better for me. Donuts, japanese taiyaki, japanese mochi, truffles (including keto fat bombs), shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, molasses cookies, oatmeal cookies, brownie cookies, cake mix cookies, brownies from scratch (and terrible diet brownies), hard candies, home made caramels, caramel sauce, and more.
Also I’ve tried making recipes for special diets. I’ve adapted tons recipes for keto, weight watchers, and vegetarian. I’ve used instapots, air fryers, crock pots, deep friers, george foreman grills, cast iron and more.
I’m grateful for today because it marks the day I married the most amazing person in the world. Joshua King is the best partner a girl could ask for. He’s kind and loving. He’s tough and strong. He’s smart and creative. He’s a dreamer. He’s funny and vulnerable. He’s the balance to my crazy and I’m the balance to his. He’s the justice to my mercy. He keeps me balanced and nurtured.I genuinely love this man. Alexanda Fitterer, I finally understand why you always want to be around Mike. Happy anniversary to my husband, my best friend, my partner. 1 year went by in the blink of an eye…. Course it could have been a few other things distracting us (like a pandemic and holidays and murder hornets).I love you, Joshua Lee.