My apologies for being lost in action the past few days. Truth be told, I’ve been stressed.
How stressed was I? I ate five Kit Kat bars and four Heath Bars from the stash of Halloween candy. I gained 5 pounds, which I thought was going to be more. So now I’m back to counting points and being choosy about carbs and dairy.
Those Heath Bars–I ate more than I stated. Kit Kats too. I’m now back to counting points and calories. I need to cut on the carbs too! But, I’ll admit. Halloween candy is the best for stress-eating!
Being out of work basically, sucks. It sucks not because I don’t have a current job, but it sucks because I have no steady income.
Buh bye money honey. I miss you–but that’s about all I miss!
And the worst part is that I told the boys and Oona that it would be a good idea if we didn’t exchange Christmas gifts this year because I just can’t afford to do so. With no disposable income, everything is going toward the mortgage, car payments, my affordable health care, utility bills, insurance for the automobiles, and food.
Actually, the worst part of that was the fact that all three kids were fine with it. All three said there wasn’t anything they wanted except to be together during the Holidays. I’m blessed.
Add to that, I’m not networking very well. I haven’t as much as wrote a sentence for my book, my YouTube channel is absolutely horrific because I lack the skills to edit and script, and my lack of subscribers makes marketing the blog very difficult.
What’s a deeply shallow individual supposed to do when the unsuccessful life she leads makes her stressed?
Yeah, well, besides a nap I need a good weekend of binge-watching TV!!! Get the tee shirt and jeans off and get the PJ’s on!
Why—she watches TV!!! That’s what she does I did I’ve been doing!!!
And my new favorite TV show is “At Home With Amy Sedaris”. It’s only three episodes in and already it’s a bag of chips and more!
Amy is the perfect next door neighbor. She can do EVERYTHING!!!!!
I love Amy Sedaris. (Did I mention that her brother, David is my favorite author?)
Amy, a cute elfin sprite of a woman, had a show some years back. The show was “Strangers With Candy”. In a nutshell, the show was about a woman, Jerri Blank. Jerri was a runaway. An ex-con and drug addict, if you will. She returns home to Flatpoint at the age of 47 and returns to high school—as a Freshman. The show was hysterically funny—or at least it hit my humor button. And I was hooked and watched every episode. I also love the fact that Sedaris isn’t afraid to make herself look less than beautiful.
Sedaris as Jerri Blank in the show “Strangers With Candy”. I need to binge watch this again!
I can’t WAIT for Amy’s Christmas Crafting! Look! Jane Krakowski is helping her. Amy has such cool friends!
She cooks—just like The Barefoot Contessa and Martha Stewart.
Dare I attempt to make this Shrimp and Olive tree the next times we have guests? Amy has the happiest kitchen!
She has “friends” who stop by—like Stephen Colbert and Paul Giamatti. (My favorite one, though is Nick Kroll—playing the creepiest but funniest guy trying to get into Amy’s pants).
That Amy, she gifted Stephen Colbert with a raisin necklace and an ice cream she made–all because he sat her turtle!!
Nick Kroll is so hip. Does this scene look familiar? Amy is teaching Nick how to make an ice cream cake. Things are getting awfully hot–hope that ice cream doesn’t melt!!
Paul Giamatti was a very naughty businessman who stayed beyond dinner time at Amy’s house! Ohlala!!!
She is bubbly and effervescent and always positive. And that is why I love this show so much. It makes me laugh at my own lack of perfection and my attempts to be the perfect hostess/crafter/cook.
She even covers skin care–just like you-know-who!!!
And sometimes things go wrong–but look at that chair. I want it!
Overall, she’s a cross between Donna Reed and June Cleaver! Sort of….
I wish Amy Sedaris was my friend! And thanks to Amy, I channeled her and made a five-minute Christmas wreath that is now ready to be hung in the house! I hope Bonaparte likes it!
Before…a twig wreath, cranberry embellishments and plaid ribbon. All less than $12!
After. My five-minute wreath. No hot glue needed either! Easy Peasy. I can’t wait to hang this up!
And I’ve binged on Fuller House. YES!!! I did! I spent last Sunday in bed. All day. Watching Seasons Two and the first half of Season Three.
There is a special place in my heart for “Fuller House”. This is a continuation of the wonderful “Full House”. It takes place where Full House left off—only years later.
Just when you think TV can’t get any cornier–it does! But in the best way!
And Fuller House is even more corny than the original. There are “ohhhhhs” and “awwwws” and enough canned laughter to last through a nuclear holocaust. It is rife with dopey innuendo and the most cloyingly precocious children. Danny Tanner, Uncle Joey, Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky make appearances. And Aunt Becky looks fabulous. It’s not fair.
Oh yes. The New Kids On The Block choreography as well as NKOTB are back this season!
The same ridiculous catchphrases are back. “Oh Mylanta!” “How Rude!” “You Got It Dude!” Thirty years later, it warms my innards when I hear those words.
Kimmy Gibbler is back and she should be a guest on Amy Sedaris’ show. They would make a great pair. This time around she is engaged to her Latino ex-husband (don’t even). Stephanie Tanner is coupled with Kimmy’s brother Jimmy.
My favorite subplot is the romance between Stephanie Tanner and Jimmy Gibbler!!
The story lines are just as convoluted as the old ones. With one twist that is really starting to get on my nerves. DJ Tanner, now a widowed DJ Fuller, is in the middle of a love triangle. Her old high school boyfriend Steve or the handsome vet she works with, Matt. Just for the record, I’m team Matt.
And my least favorite subplot is DJ’s indecisiveness with Matt…or Steve? TEAM MATT!!!
But silly storylines aside. The reason that this show calms down my stress level is because the show is about family. Extended family. And no matter how crazy things get, you always have your loved ones to make you whole.
In the end, it’s about family; no matter how corny!
DJ Tanner-Fuller has always been that organized, well-grounded big sister. She plans. She has it under control. And I’m now channeling my inner DJ by making another attempt at Bullet Journaling.
My third attempt this year. Let’s hope third time’s a charm thanks to DJ!!
I need to get organized—about my blog, my book and my channel. With the holidays coming I need to get prepared and seeing visual lists and making entries of what needs to be done and what I have done will only help that. Thank you, DJ!!
My last binge is a series on Netflix. It is a remake of a movie from 1986. The movie was a TV one. The Worst Witch. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched this with my kids when they were younger. We had the VHS tape and DVD! The movie was based on the series of books by Jill Murphy.
My favorite version of The Worst Witch! Charlotte Rae, Diana Rigg, Tim Curry and Fairuza Balk. This movie was epic!
The original cast stars Charlotte Rae is Miss Cackle, Diana Rigg as Miss Hardbroom, Fairuza Balk as Mildred Hubble and the amazing Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard!
It was everything I needed to help me forget about my worries, anxieties, and stress. And instead, I remembered watching the adventures of Mildred Hubble with Jake when he was three years old—and then Roman and then Oona. And for two Halloweens in a row, Oona was Mildred Hubble for Halloween.
I wish I could find the photos of Oona dressed like Mildred Hubble!!
Naturally, I was very intrigued when surfing the Netflix choices and came upon the new Worst Witch series. And since I had no plans to get out of bed on Saturday, except to cook dinner, I decided to have a go at binge-watching.
I felt extra-special about binge-watching this series because my son Jake now works for Netflix!
And I’ve always loved the idea of having magic powers and being able to cast spells. And the great thing is that the witches of Miss Cackle’s Academy ultimately learn that it is better to follow the Witches Code and to use your powers for good over evil.
Perhaps I’m drawn to this show because of the uniforms! I can’t help it!
And the newest Miss Cackle is so sweet and nice!!
There’s a little of Mildred Hubble in us all. We are Mildred when we make mistakes. We are Mildred when others make fun and even despise us. But in the end, we Mildred’s are the winners when we are able to bypass how others see us and we remain strong and positive.
Mildred screws up flying the way I screw up driving. But it’s cool!
Today is Wednesday. I’ve had my few days of rest and I’ve de-stressed a bit. I’m ready to move onward and upward. The weather is where it should be on this November first. There is a crisp chill in the air. It is time to get the scarfs and boots out of hibernation.
It was so exciting to get dressed in jeans and boots, a blazer and a SCARF today!!!!!
It is time to start the big clean for Christmas. It is also time to plan the desserts that I will be bringing over to my sister’s in-law’s after Thanksgiving Dinner.
Every now and then we need to take a step back. We need to stay in bed for a day. We need to relax either by reading or watching silly tv shows. It’s time to rewind.
So, tell me, how do you rewind when you are stressed? Do you give yourself a pajama weekend? Stay in bed? Sit on the sofa all day with a big comfy blanket around your body? It’s a good time to talk about this because many of us will be a bit stressed or depressed around the Holidays and we need to have support so let’s support each other!!!
And sticking to the Fuller House theme, Jodie Sweetin, who plays Stephanie Tanner is a very gifted singer. I can’t get this song out of my head!