THE CRAZY WISE WOMAN

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I Have To Wear Pants Today

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
no pants are the best pants:

I have to wear pants today. And tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. Except for a few interviews here and there over the last seven weeks but who's counting I have not worn pants for an entire day since July 1st! I wear that badge with honor as it is an ultimate life goal to be pantsless as often as possible. 

Anywho, in case you missed  it I am starting a new job today. I am nervous and excited and anticipating a very busy couple of weeks ahead. I don't always excel at change so I pray for smooth and easy transitions into this new role and company.  My oldest started her dual enrollment program this week too so we are all just in a tailspin over here. I have the fridge stocked, crockpot ready to go, schedules mapped out on who needs to be where and when. My planner is exploding with information! My outfits are at least planned in my head. Hoping to get to that before I go to sleep Monday night. I hope I can sleep.

I have been feeling a tad bittersweet about going back to work. Obviously I want and need to work but, every time I have been unemployed over the last several years I have really looked at it as an unplanned gift of precious time with my children. Having been a stay at home Mom first, then a working Mom, I can appreciate the joy of being there when they get off the bus every day. I love hearing about their days the minute it is fresh in their little minds. They are always, always the most excited to share in that moment over a snack and a drink. Advice to you future Moms out there! But, hopefully there will be some flex time in my future and I will get to enjoy that now and again!

I am also hoping to be here some but for obvious reasons I may not be. Last weekend I chose to spend my time out in the world with friends rather than in front of the computer preparing posts for this week. But then again, sometimes I find relaxation  in coming here and writing. So maybe I will, maybe I won't. I just wanted to throw it out there that I might appear to be MIA but most likely I will be snapping and instagramming away as that seems a little easier when I am super busy, so check me there... @crazywisewoman on both if ya miss me. 

Thanks to all of you for always being so supportive of my seemingly constant ups and downs! Looks like the roller coaster is on the way up again . Here's to hoping it will stay that way for awhile!


I wanna go back to Cedar Point amusement park off of Lake Erie, this ride is Top Thrill Dragster, SOOO MUCH FUN!! :D:

Cheers to new adventures!

Oh Hey Friday Is Here

on
Friday, August 19, 2016

meganhess_official: Friday.....so lovely to see you!:

Yay... it's finally here. The Weekend is upon us once again. I'm doing a little faves roundup just because. I have jam packed weekend again kicking it off last night with a wine tasting, always an excellent idea. I am not sure what is on tap for tonight but tomorrow is Yacht Rock Revival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta so I will be enjoying something like this set to some 70's soft rock. Pray I don't sweat to death before Juice Newton plays Queen of Hearts!



SONG

Love the Chainsmokers. Love Halsey. Win win.




SKIN CARE

Ok so I have done the activated charcoal for whitening/brushing teeth and it does work. Has anyone tried activated charcoal as a face and or body cleanser? It is supposed to help with acne, psoriasis and eczema as well as just moisturize skin. I am plagued with dry skin year round so I am going to give this one a shot and see what the deal is. I guess it will force me to clean my shower at the same time huh...

Activated Charcoal Soap Bar. Natural Detoxifying Body & Face Wash. Handmade. Certified Organic Ingredients. Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils of Lavender & Lemongrass. Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne Cleanser

CROCK POT MEAL

Every time I start a new job or change up the routine in some major way I haul out the crock pot and get busy. I don't want to have to think about what is for dinner when I get home at night until I get used to the new schedule. The last thing I want to hear at the end of the day is "what's for dinner". Answer: It's in the crock pot, eat it or make your own:) This is one I am going to be testing out next week... Easy Crock Pot Korean Beef... yum!  




FOOTBALL

Just 17 days kids until my Noles take the field against Ole Miss. The hype video is awesome. Is anyone else as excited about football season starting as I am? I literally can not wait!!! because also that means fall, pumpkin spice errythang, halloween, candy corn, boots and jeans. Yeah c'mon.





Linking up with those crazy farm gals Karli and Amy.




Tips For Getting Through Hard Times

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
If you are lonely, dim all lights and put on a horror movie - http://themindsjournal.com/if-you-are-lonely-dim-all-lights-and-put-on-a-horror-movie/:


So it happens to everyone, we all go through tough times. I am not going to say I have had more than my share but let's just say I think I  have acquired expert status in getting through the hard stuff. Anxiety, job loss, divorce, loneliness... you name it, I and I am sure many of you as well, have gone through it. I read an article about coping recently and I didn't save it but it got me to thinking about what my best advice would be to anyone going through something difficult. Just a few short years ago I landed myself right in the hospital because I wasn't managing the stress very well and that is not fun. Shit can kill you and make you sick in other ways. So here are some of the things that have worked for me and I think will work for just about anyone going through hard times.


Don't Let Yourself Get Down - Take a minute now and then if you need to and cry in the shower, scream (when you are alone), binge on Netflix,  but don't let that be your thing all day erryday. Staying positive even if you have to fake it is critical.

Treat Yoself - It sometimes seems counterintuitive when things are hard. We tend to think now is not the time for fun, celebration or pleasure but it is so necessary. I used to feel guilty about doing things for myself or that people might be judging me if I appeared to be having fun or happy when obviously I was going through something really crappy. So what, you need to smile even when life is shit.

Remember Everything Changes - My Dad told me this years ago and it has become my most valuable life lesson. Remember that time in your life when things were amazing before they turned to shit? Yeah... they will be amazing again. And they might be shit again too. Just embrace it, can't change a damn thing about it. The only guarantee is that things will change.

Don't Be Alone When You Feel Lonely - I really don't mind being alone but it is not good 24/7 especially when times are tough. If no one is around go out and eat in a restaurant around other people once in awhile. If you feel too conspicuous at a table by yourself sit at the bar. I do this regularly even now. No one looks twice at a person sans companion at the bar. Have  a glass of wine an order a nice meal, you deserve it.

Focus On What Is In Your Control - When you are going through something difficult only certain things will be in your control. You can drive yourself nutty obsessing over things that you really can't do anything about so figure that shit out and methodically work on what you can. Make lists and check things off. If you're getting a divorce for example or going through a breakup forget about the fact that your ex cheated or is an alcoholic or is just a dickhead. You can't change it. Work on your list.

Maintain Your Routine - Get up, get dressed, put your face on, whatever it is that you do everyday don't change it up too much. Routine breeds comfort for most of us so do what you can to keep as much of your world status quo when turmoil is around you.

Sleep - I can't say this enough. You can't focus on truly fixing things or just dealing when you are staying up all night drinking wine and watching Teen Mom OG marathons. You'll be worth shit the entire next day, or so I've heard. Try to get in bed at a reasonable time and if sleep is tough to come by read a book, take a hot shower, create a fake Tinder profile for your ex and start swiping right. Sleep is essential.

Take Care of Yourself But Don't Beat Yourself Up If You Don't - We all know how important fitness and healthy eating is. Try your best to stay on track especially with getting exercise, that goes hand in hand with the sleep thing. Sometimes you just need a pizza or a pint of Ben & Jerry's on the couch with a spoon. It's OK.

I have failed at all of these things over the years numerous times. The upside of going through a lot of crazy crap in your life is that at some point you get used to it and you just say oh well... here we go again and it will all be whatever it will be and before you know it you are at the top of the rollercoaster again.
  
What's your go to coping mechanism?

Weekend Celebrations and Big News

on
Monday, August 15, 2016
So I am writing this on Monday morning just because the last week really has been a blur of fun, good times and exciting stuff. First things first...

I GOT A JOB OFFER

I am always hesitant to say anything until my butt is actually in my seat in my new office but it looks like all remaining details will be worked out this week and my tentative start date is sometime next. Sigh.... can I breathe now? I am not sure but I think so! I am very excited, it's a wonderful opportunity with a very good firm!! And... it's permanent! No more contract work!!! Praise the Lord!

So my weekend shenanigans actually started on Thursday night with the Brad Paisley concert and he was awesome!! If you are a country fan you must go see him. He puts on a great show, we had so much fun even though it was about a thousand degrees and a million percent humidity. It was so gross I wore my hair up for the rest of the weekend because I just can't stand it touching me when it's like Hell hot out there. The best part was I bought the tickets through a Groupon months ago and they were $20 lawn seats. We got there early and they immediately upgraded us to Pavillion seats fo free!!! Oh yeah and we Uber-ed so we got dropped off at the door. I love Uber, if you need a free ride please use my code 8abui and enjoy!




My BFF's birthday was on Friday so the rest of the entire weekend was spent drinking wine, dinners out, brunch and maybe a few shots. Ugh... never a good idea. I did have the most amazing brunch on Sunday though... eggs, a pile of bacon, fried green tomatoes, bacon jam, toast and pimento cheese. Ahhhmazing! If you are local go check out Hop Alley, it's pretty awesome!



So I am all set to thoroughly enjoy my last week of vacay by getting lots of shit done because that brings me joy. That also includes some binge watching and book reading because unscheduled vacay also means treat yoself. I hope y'alls Mondays are off to a great start!

Cheers!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!