Friday, December 18, 2020

Five Things for Friday

 Last post of 2020!

1. Our dishwasher died a week ago. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I'm really missing it. Washing dishes by hand is no fun, and one of our pretty little plates was a casualty. The new dishwasher should arrive and get installed next week. Merry Christmas to me!

2. Two days ago I went to the doctor's office to get my ears cleaned out. ๐Ÿ˜„ I've always had excellent hearing, but I haven't been hearing as well out of my right ear since this past summer when it got all clogged up after going swimming (yet another reason I don't like to get my head wet at the pool or the beach!). It turns out that there was a ton of wax in there--they couldn't even see my eardrum! I'm good about cleaning out my ears because I can't stand the feel of ear wax, but evidently I'm not as good as I thought because I was inadvertently pushing the wax down farther. No more Q-tip ear cleaning for me! In the meantime, it's great to have cleaned out ears and to be able to hear well again! ๐Ÿ‘‚ 

3. I have a new favorite thing at Panera. Their chicken frontega sandwiches are so good! How did I not know about these until recently?? Probably because I was always ordering my other favorites, ha ha! For a long time the Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken salad was my absolute favorite (and I still love it), and then I discovered their Mediterranean Chicken warm grain bowls and those took over the number one spot for awhile, and now it's these delicious chicken frontega sandwiches. Panera has such good food, I love it! 

4. If you've read my blog for awhile then you know that I don't watch the Hallmark Channel anymore because I disagree with the moral ethics of a programming decision they made earlier this year that I felt betrayed their core audience of people with traditional Christian values (๐Ÿ™‹) who have few other places to go anymore for wholesome entertainment that doesn't have things in it that we aren't comfortable seeing. I've thought a lot about this decision and whether or not it was an over-reaction, but I don't think it was, and I feel good about it.
Because of that, I'm really glad that for the past several years, I've saved my favorite Hallmark movies in the DVR, so I have a good selection of great-quality Hallmark Christmas movies to pick from from that were made before their disappointing decision. I'm loving it because I actually have the time to re-visit these old favorites since all of their new movies aren't competing for my attention anymore. I'd get overwhelmed trying to watch the new ones each year and never had time for my old favorites, which are much better than a lot of the new ones anyway. So that is one good thing that comes from an otherwise disappointing situation! #seethegood

5. I've been thinking about things to do to exorcise 2020, which was an overall awful year, and I say that as an eternal optimist. I decided to try something I've never done before but have heard about, a Native American tradition that I think is really cool. I bought a smudge stick and an abalone shell and I'm going to use it to clear my home and life of bad energy on the night of New Year's Eve. I don't know if there's anything to this but even if not, I like the symbolism of it. 

I'm done blogging for the year and am so glad to be all caught up and current with things on here. I plan to be back at it the first week of January. In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year! Good riddance to 2020! We'll see what kind of good/crazy/unpredictable things 2021 brings!