Five Things Friday: The Solar Eclipse

The excitement is mounting as the Great American Solar Eclipse draws near. It’s an event that you don’t want to miss! I’ve been planning and anticipating the solar eclipse for the last year. Everyone in the continental USA will be able to see at least a partial eclipse and many people are traveling to the path of totality, myself included.


I have two requests:
-Go outside and see this amazing occurrence, it could be the only time in your life that you’ll get the chance.
-Wear eye protection! Never stare directly at the sun. Obtain a pair of solar lenses for viewing the solar eclipse.

Five Facts About the Solar Eclipse

1. 12 States Are In the Path of Totality


2. NEVER look directly at the Sun!
ALWAYS wear Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses


Do you want to go blind? Of course not! Only when the moon has completely covered the sun is it safe to view the eclipse. If you can’t get the glasses, here’s another way to watch: How to make a pin hole viewer.

3. Total Complete Coverage is 2 minutes and 40 seconds.


2 minutes and 40 seconds of the moon completely covering the sun. The is the longest time frame you’ll have if you live in the southeastern states. In the west you only have 2 minutes. The whole eclipse, from the time the moon starts covering the sun to when it ends, will be around 2 hours long.

4. An Unforgettable Experience


Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so. –


5. The Next American Eclipse is in 2024


Where will you be in 6 years? That’s a fun question. I definitely want to see the next eclipse in 2024. That’s probably the last chance I’ll get. The next American solar eclipses are in 2044, 2045 and 2078.


Time for me to start packing my bags. It’s at least an 8 hour drive from where I live in Michigan to where we’re heading for the Solar Eclipse. Here we come St. Louis!

Enjoy the Great American Solar Eclipse and stay safe!

-Kristina Wise



Five Things Friday: Five Things I Hate about Summer

Let’s be honest here, it’s hard to enjoy summer when you don’t have Air Conditioning. Or if your AC sucks. There’s only so much a cold glass of water and a fan can do. I’ve used ice-packs, peppermint oil, taken cold showers, and I’m still sweating away.

I used to love summer. The hotter it got, the happier I was. I’d soak in the sun, ride my bike, keep the windows open.

No more.

Five Things I Hate About Summer

1. Difficulty Sleeping


Pictured above is this nifty fan that keeps you cool under the covers. I kind of want to try it, but I also don’t want to pay three digits for it.

2. Unable to Enjoy Hot Chocolate or Coffee


What I wouldn’t give for a nice, hot latte. Instead, because I’m not great at making my own iced coffee, I’ve just been doing without.

3. Constantly Sweating


My pores have never been cleaner.

4. Cuddling is Uncomfortable


I can’t stand the touch of skin on skin when I’m already burning up. It also doesn’t help that my cats are so cute and I can’t love them and squeeze them to show my affections.

5. Eczema


It has been so hard to keep my eczema in check this summer. It’s hot, humid, and I’m stressed because it’s hot and humid. That makes me itchy all over. Thank goodness for the portable air conditioner in the bedroom. We can close the door and enjoy an oasis.

I’m going to enjoy an ice cold beverage now. Have a great weekend!

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Improvement Goals

Summer is so great. The days are longer, outside is beautiful, and there’s so much to do. I always make at least one trip to Lake Michigan to enjoy the beach. Ice-Cream and Root-Beer Floats are amazing. Walking, running, riding a bike or swimming – there’s a lot to choose from.

I love summer.

Except that I don’t.

It’s always hot, even at night. There’s not enough ice-cubes in this world. Fans don’t blow strong enough for me. My skin has swollen. I sweat 24/7, it’s gross, but my pores have never been cleaner. The best part about my job right now is the heaven that is air conditioning. My boss won’t notice if I sleep under my desk, will he?

I want to love summer.

But I’m really looking forward to cooler weather. Blankets, hot chocolate and cuddling. That sounds amazing.

Okay, I’m coming back to reality.

I love to-do lists and I’m starting to do more things with my bullet journal. One of my life quotes is: Never stop learning! I want to do more and make a difference. Of course, that starts at home and it starts with me.

I need projects and goals to stay motivated and optimistic. That is why I’ll be discussing the improvement goals that I enjoy the most.

Five Things Friday: Improvement Goals

1. Higher Step Count Goals

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20,000 steps is the most I’ve ever done in a day and I don’t plan on beating that goal any time soon. I still remember the blisters. However, the heat makes it hard to move around a lot and I’ve been struggling just to hit my 5k step goal on a daily basis.


2. Keeping in Contact with Family and Friends


Even with social media, I find it can be challenging to keep up with my family and friends. Sure, I know what they’re posting online, but when was the last time we talked? Being a good friend is something that this introvert is always working on.


3. Better Housekeeping

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“If you take something out, don’t forget to put it away.” Wise words from my mother. The cat helped put away that can of tuna in the picture, but I had to deal with the rest. Cleaning up after myself is a life-long struggle. You do NOT want to see my hotel room when I travel! Towels everywhere!


4. Cook More

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There gets to a point when pizza, pasta, and frozen food start getting old. Thankfully, my social media pages are filled with lots of good ideas for dinner. I’ve made a great homemade chicken pot pie, chicken soup, and beef patties because of recipes I’ve stumbled across.


5. More Reading Time

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Believe it or not, Whose Butt is a real book!

I told myself that if I was going to buy a Kindle, I’d better use it to read more, and not just watch Netflix. I loaded it up with a couple dozen books and so far I’ve been reading a little bit more than usual. The problem is that I want to have read, not read. Just like I want to have written, not write. I want laundry to be done, and not have to do it. Okay, okay, you get my point.

Have a great weekend!

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Fast Food Restaurants


Oh, FINALLY! What a long week it has been and I’m so ready for a couple of days to relax. I just want an iced coffee, a book and a kitty to cuddle with. That’s it, all weekend.

My husband and I do have plans that will take us to the east side of the state, Michigan, and I hope we can find one of my favorite fast food restaurants to eat at. Preferably Fazoli’s, since it’s been almost two years since I’ve ate there.


Five Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

1. Chick-fil-A


You and everyone else I know have probably already heard an earful from me about the glorious food that is available at Chick-fil-A. Ever since one moved in to the general area, I tend to gravitate towards it whenever I can.

2. Culver’s


My husband was telling a co-worker about Culver’s being confirmed and scheduled to break ground next month in our small city. Her response: “Do we really need another burger joint?” I was flabbergasted. Speechless. Culver’s is far more than a mere burger joint! It’s home of the butter burger and concrete mixers! Do take my word for it, you can’t find anything to compete with a Culver’s butter burger.

3. Biggby Coffee


If you’re looking for a good latte and don’t mind spending a fistful of dollars on one, then Biggby is for you. They’re like Starbucks, but not yet national. You can find locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. They have a large coffee menu with the options of hot, iced or frozen. Or save a few bucks and opt for a regular brew of Biggby Best. That’s what I do. Also, the iced coffee is my summertime favorite.

4. Fazoli’s


I can’t be too mad that I don’t have access to a Fazoli’s because it was Chick-fil-A that bought the property I went to in Lansing, MI. The food is alright, but it’s the breadsticks that are to die for.

5. Taco Bell


Here’s where I’ve stumbled and gained a few pounds recently. I try to stay away from too many popular fast food places, but Taco Bell got their hooks in me. The $5 Double Chalupa Box. GIVE IT TO ME!

Enjoy your weekend!

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Favorite Comics

I grew up with a decent collection of comics to read on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Now, there’s an app for that. To me, reading comics instead of books is like coloring pages instead of drawing them. It’s cheating, but it feels so good!

Five Favorite Comics

1. Garfield


Monday’s are the worst. Lasagna is the best. Diets are terrible. The refrigerator is heaven. Cats rule, dogs drool.

2. Get Fuzzy


A snarky cat, a dumb dog, and their poor sap of an owner who tries to keep the peace.

3. Calvin and Hobbes


A classic about a boy and his super-sized imagination.

4. Unshelved


This is a great series about a diverse group of people, centered on the librarians who work in a small town. It’s hilarious and anyone who’s worked for a library, bookstore, or has customer service experience will get a laugh out of this.

5. The Awkward Yeti


Shockingly relatable tid-bits that we all go through. Like how active your brain is when you want to sleep. Or wanting to chase butterflies instead of working. This is like a comic that I could see Pixar making into a movie. Your internal organs have feelings!

What are some great comics that I didn’t list?

-Kristina Wise