Five Things Friday: Weekend Activities

One of the absolute best things about working an office job: the guaranteed weekend off! Not to mention paid holidays. When the two come together you get a three day weekend. If your boss is especially kind, what with Independence Day falling on Tuesday this year, you might get a four day weekend!

What to do, what to do? I have some ideas…

Five Favorite Weekend Activities

1. Watch a Movie

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I love sitting back on the couch and watching movies with my husband. We make popcorn, cuddle, and a cat or two joins us for attention. Or if it’s something new that we’re dying to see, ie Despicable Me 3, we brave the crowds, the screaming children and cell phone lights in the theater.

2. Eat Out

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After a long week of half-hearted cooking and “Forget it, we’re having pizza rolls” for dinner, it’s nice to go out and have a nice meal prepared for you. Even if it’s just pizza. Also, it means you don’t have extra dishes to clean.

3. Local Shopping

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I love pursuing local shops with items made locally. If that includes chocolate, then I might just have to indulge a little.

4. Fun Exercise

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Back in high school I played lots of sports, all the time, and I miss that. There’s an elementary school near where I live that has a basketball court and a huge lawn. I love going there with my husband to shoot hoops or kick around the soccer ball.

On a side note, I would love to own one of these giant balloons. How much fun would that be?!!!

5. Exploring New Places

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Nothing gives me so much joy as finding a new place place to visit. I can’t believe how many great cities Michigan has! A couple of weeks ago, I went to Rockford with my family. We ate pizza at a strange little place called Fatzo’s, walked around their start of the summer festival, sampled olive oils, and got some chocolate as pictured in #3.

It’s going to be a long weekend, have fun and stay safe.

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Favorite Dog Breeds

In honor of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, I’m going to narrow down my favorite dog breeds. It’s hard because they’re all so darn cute! Well, except for the Chinese Crested, that poor ugly thing.

Five Things Friday: Favorite Dog Breeds

1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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If you knew me at all, this one is a no brainer. I’ve had a few corgis over the years and I dream of one day owning triplet corgis: R2, 3PO and BB8.

Some of my favorite corgis that I follow on Facebook:

Sneakers, Drewbert, Knives, Ernie and Ozzy, and Topi.

 

2. Rough Collie

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What a beautiful coat, and those pointy ears!

3. Dachshund

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These little wiener dogs are so awesome! Sure, they can be bitey, but look at those tiny legs! I once met a dachshund that lived to be twenty years old! WOW!

4. Siberian Husky

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Big, fluffy marshmellow! Plus, they can talk to you and say “I wove you!”

5. Newfoundland

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Back in my days of working at a pet store, I had a regular customer come in with two Newfie’s. They could barely make it through the doorway together. Their names: Polar and Bear. They were white. Big, white, happy, and fluffy dogs.

Honorable Mentions:

Pekingese

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Pug

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Jack Russel Terrier

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Chow Chow

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Shar Pei

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There are so many dog breeds these days that it’s hard to narrow it down. One thing is for sure, no one can change my mind about my love of corgis. They’re the best.

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Staying Cool during the Summer

Can you believe that summer has barely started and it feels like it’s dragging on? So. Hot! So. Humid. Can’t breathe. Sun…too bright. Walls closing in.

Thank goodness there are things that I can do about this heat. Living on the top floor of an apartment with one small air conditioning unit is challenging. 85 degrees of “holy heck, how are we going to make it?!” There are ways, so easy and yet overlooked, that make the heat a lot more bearable.

Five Favorite Ways to Stay Cool During the Summer

1. Fans

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Close the curtains to keep the heat out, turn on the fans and create a nice cross-breeze.

2. Iced Drinks

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Water is obviously the best choice. Lemonade is also a summer favorite of mine.

3. Peppermint Oil

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I love to use peppermint oil on the back on my neck to help cool down.

4. Cooler Showers

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You’d be surprised how easily you adapt to taking cooler showers. It’s so good for you and helps to lower your body temperature.

5. Indoor Window Shopping

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Sometimes it’s just too hot and too much work to stay cool at home. That’s when I head out to the library, the grocery store, or have dinner out. I can enjoy their air conditioning while the sun goes down and the temperatures start to drop.

I see that ice-cream bars are on sale this week at the local grocery store. We’ll definitely use them this weekend!

-Kristina Wise

The Death of Chevron

I’ve seen this coming over the last few months, but it’s all but official now. The fad of Chevron is done. For the most part I’ve been in denial. I LOVE my teal and white chevron blog header, and I’ve even scooped up a few household items of the same color combination.

Now I have to come to terms with this.

A favorite website of mine, Apartment Therapy, just posted an article about trends specifically targeting chevron. Read it HERE.

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Thanks a LOT, Listerine! *Sarcasm.*

So, what’s the next popular pattern idea? Personally, I’ve had my eye on Moroccan Trellis patterns.

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In the meantime, I’m going to snuggle with my classically beautiful, not to mention homemade, chevron afghan.

-Kristina

Five Things Friday: Missing Retail

I’ve been trying to come up with five things that I miss about retail and it’s harder than I thought. That’s probably because my new job is going so well. The funniest part is that for every one thing I miss about retail, there’s three things that I don’t.

Things I hate about retail:
When a customer puts their money on the counter or belt.
Screaming children
Customers who decide at check-out that they don’t want half the stuff.
Friday means nothing
Random shifts, always different
People in pajamas
Christmas music
Complaints about prices
Customers mentioning the nice weather outside

Specific to my last job:
It was always hot inside
Some people would talk your ears off
The carpet was stained and gross to look at
I spent too much money

Now I’m working full-time. I have to get up at a respectable hour, put my big girl pants on, and head out the door with a coffee that’s not quite strong enough for the whole day. So far, I’m enjoying learning how to use new programs and problem solve issues that arise.

Five Things I Miss About Retail

1. Co-Workers

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I worked with a surprisingly decent amount of good people. Most didn’t talk to me much (I don’t mind, I’m interesting enough inside my own head.) When my co-workers did talk to me, at least they had something interesting to say. Sure, there was some drama, but I enjoy hearing about people’s lives in small doses. Going on for ten minutes about negative family drama: boo! A few minutes of planning your Disney vacation: TELL ME MORE!

2. Regular Customers

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It means a lot to me when other people understand certain quirks about retail. You hand me your money, awesome. You count out 24 pennies, not so much. You carefully empty the contents of your cart on the belt, cool. You place the basket on the belt and expect me to empty it, grr! You smile, ask about my day, say please and thank you, and I’m going to look forward to you coming back. Come in wearing pajamas, smell awful, and start demanding things, I’m not going to be motivated to helping you much. Be polite, people!

3. Knowing Where Products Are Located

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This is a refined skill that you have to learn at every new retail job. What does the store sell? Where is it? Of course, it doesn’t help if the product is moved around from display to different display twice a week. Bonus, it helps if you can tell people where they can find fidget spinners (no, the dollar store doesn’t have them.)

4. Clearance Items

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There was never a whole lot on clearance at the dollar store, but it’s something I’m always on the lookout for.

5. Limited Edition Items

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I remember when the store got in Jell-O Creations. Oh. My. Yummy! There were some things that would come in and they would cost so much more elsewhere. Star Wars micro machines for $1, but $5 at KMart. Sweet! I’ll miss seeing all the great things that came in and got snatched up right away.

All in all, I don’t miss working in retail as much as I thought I would.

-Kristina Wise