toccata and fugue in d minor with Vanessa Mae

Starting out the morning with Grand Drama and a “giddy up- get it together” prod.

Happy Saturday!


Reason for the Rhyme

biker image in the rain

Rain, rain, go awayCome again some other dayWe want to go outside and playCome again some other day

The rhyme remembers the fiasco of the Armada from the English point of view. A version very like the one we know was written about by a famous diarist called John Aubrey in 1687. He said little children used it to charm away rain so they could play outdoors.

Its thought the song dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, over 450 years ago. At the time, there was a rivalry between England and Spain, and the Spanish planned to invade England with an enormous fleet of ships.

In 1588, the Spanish set off with over 130 huge ships called galleons. Each galleon needed 2,000 oak trees to build, cost the equivalent of several million pounds and needed a crew of more than 200 men. It was a huge investment for Spain.
The Armada ran into the English, who had faster ships, and then a terrible storm that scattered the galleons. Only 65 made it home. The rhyme remembers the fiasco of the Armada from the English point of view.

dievca just has to get through the workday and PT – the rain is going to be a pain-in-the neck…will it please go away?!?!


Killed it!

boom-anna-kendrick

dievca had a project and it blew up larger than expected!
She hit it out of the ballpark.
That doesn’t always happen.
Shazam!
Enjoying a glass of wine to celebrate.
dievca hopes you have had something good happen, too. XO

Holmegaard 'Canada' cocktail glasses by Per Lutken 3


Here comes the Michelin Lady!

Michelin Lady It’s windy and dievca will be walking to work in temperatures below freezing  she is not worried about looks, she wants to stay warm for a long day and make it home, again, without a chilled body.

Gameplan:

Uniqlo: Marni Collaboration Down Coat, Brown Fleece, Brown Heattech Turtleneck, Brown Faux Fur Neck Warmer, Brown Cashmere Beanie, Black Heattech Leggings

Handmade Down Pants black

Smartwool Socks multi

Cougar Boots black

Outdoor Research Down Mittens black

Should be ok!

Stay warm…XO


Other people’s energy and a long Thursday

Sexy Woman in Heels

Did dievca in…

How was your Thursday? 
How does it look for today?

Go get’em Tiger. XO


Pushing Through!

Calvin Hobbes crabby

dievca is running in to quite a few people who are having this moment in their lives…


If I’m up, everyone is up!

Calvin Saturday


Marshmallow Fluff Fudge

dievca’s Mom was a HUGE fan of Marshmallow Fluff or anything marshmallow. dievca used the “Fluff” recipe for Fudge when she asked what baking people wanted for the Holidays – they requested fudge.  Argh! dievca is really out of practice and doesn’t have the correct size pans.  Whatever, she made do~ it tastes fantastic, but a little goes a loooong way.

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Photo: dievca plain fudge on the left, walnut fudge on the right. 12/2022

Never Fail Fudge

  • 7½ oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ stick butter or margarine
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz (~2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan combine first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Increase heat to medium and bring to a full-rolling boil being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly, 3½ – 5 minutes to the soft ball stage*. Remove from heat, stir in semi-sweet chocolate pieces until they are melted.  Stir in vanilla. Add nuts. Turn into greased pan and cool. Makes 2½ pounds.

*The soft ball stage is a test to see if the fudge has been cooked to the proper stage. Before you start cooking, fill a small dish with ice water and set aside. After you have brought the recipe to a full boil for 3½ minutes, dribble a few drops of the mixture into the ice water from a wooden spoon. After it cools in the water (about 10 seconds), you should be able to roll it into small ball with your finger tips. If you put it in your mouth, it will be slightly chewy. If it passes these tests, you are done and should remove the mixture from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Otherwise, cook for another 30 seconds and try the test again. Most of the time, cooking time will not exceed 5 minutes.

Hint: As with all fudge recipes, cooking time will vary depending on factors such as humidity, altitude, and cooktop temperature.


17:37 minutes of Disco Drama to start a Tuesday

A little Disco Instrumental build up goes a long way in the morning to help you wake up and shove yourself out the door in 20 minutes. If you know the words – bonus! XO


Always on your busy day…

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Bike to work, bike home.
Shower.
Bike to PT, bike home.
Formal Dinner.
All while navigating the Rain and the Wind….

 


dievca’s brain was a bit full, today.

entrepreneurship-definition

Considering a “Start Up” – brainstorming – looking at Life “wants and needs”.

Your dievca fried out a bit. XO


A bit crabby this morning…

have-to-work-saturday

Hope your day is better than dievca’s.


Not my obligation

AnnoyedJust because you want me to help you with your Work Orphans
does not mean I am obligated to do it.
Please stop asking.

dievca works with an 82 year old colleague who is doing well,
but is starting to ask for too much assistance for sh*t clients
and is getting demanding about it.

Its not a matter of money, its time.

dievca will give assistance to Age,
but not interested in holding them up.


Recombobulation

John was bck from extended leave, but he hadn't quite got in the swing of things yet.

dievca is working this Saturday – just a little bit… she’ll be going full blast in September and expects to be a little discombobulated.

She’ll need this in her Life:

Recombobulation Area

Here’s what it means:

Recombobulation


A moment with New Jersey

dievca runs to New Jersey every couple of months to hit Wal-Mart for staples (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) Her early morning trip is taking place after a long weekend of work – she survived.

To celebrate her time heading to NJ (and dealing with crazy drivers) plus surviving work, dievca invites you to join her with Jersey Girl, Gloria Gayner (Newark, NJ) in singing a fabulous disco-era anthem.

Good Morning! XO


Still working on a Saturday

Sometimes you need MJ and Soul Train to get you going in the morning!


People can be stupid.

Nobody calls when its quiet. Everyone calls when you are in the middle of Life. It doesn’t take 11 e-mails to get one item completed.  Why can’t newcasters tie their own shoes without a teleprompter?  Add that you are missing sleep and trying to function in a Public World. dievca is a crab who is trying to be very nice at this moment – when she really just wants to snap everyone’s head off with her claws…

Sorry about the whigning – dievca really needs sleep.


Cheap Date~(closure of Elderly Parents)

Airport lounge champagnedievca lost those 8 hours of work on Friday with travel debacles, she made them up by starting at 4:00 am and plowing through the house. Her brother, Sister-in-Law, Nephew and Niece-in-Law + the three older kids (10, 9, 7) were amazing. 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths, full basement, full attic, 3 stall garage – sorted, packed, Goodwilled, Seniors Elderly Center, Animal Shelter and the house staged with furniture wanted by the buyer and left with some accessories/decent linens.

Dinners were nice affairs – Pizza on late arrival with Red wine. Caregivers and everyone shared a lovely meal with Seafood/Italian to honor Mom and Dad amidst the house chaos + the chocolates Mom loved, Wild Rice Chicken and Mushroom Soup + fresh baked bread the next evening at dievca’s Nephew/Nieces’ house. After the dinners, back to work for dievca for an hour or so.  Then, early to bed, early to rise.

At the Airport, dievca was handed a flute of champagne and started buzzing immediate due to exhaustion and lack of food.  she went for a second glass and overheard the bartender say that the “premium” champagne was being served because the inexpensive one ran out. So, when her elbow knocked over 1/3 of the flute of champage, dievca ponder getting a third flute – but getting bombed before a flight was not on the agenda.

Caregivers are cleaning the house today, dievca’s brother will do a walk-thru with realtor on Weds – closing on Friday if all goes well.

dievca’s Brother was on a mission to get the house sold. she would not recommend this timeline to anyone, but it is possible with many hands working together. XO

Side note: Mom and Dad’s ashes were in the Laundry Room, side by side.  Mom obviously weighed a lot less than Dad did at the end – we think it was the osteoperosis. The 1st night dievca needed water at 3 am and she ran into the laundry room to grab a bottle – the light over Mom and Dad was flickering.  Then she found a $100 bill in a card that her Dad had written, “Happy Birthday” with no name on it. Used the money to pay for the babysitter watching the 3 younger kids (5, 3, 1.5) – Dad would have been happy.


Dress the Part

Dress the  Partdievca has a Navy Blue Silk Dress that makes her feel amazing. Its’s not the most expensive dress nor the most fashionable, but she likes to wear it whenever she needs to clean up and present to humans. she can dress the outfit up or down with shoes/boots and accessories – any way it goes on it – she feels great.

dievca stands taller.

A lot of people argue that what you wear isn’t important, or that it is unfair to suggest that people should buy clothes to boost their self-esteem. If we are being realistic about the working world or IRL, we have to point out the truth: How you present yourself is important. You don’t need to have a closet full of expensive clothes to get ahead, but you will feel a lot better if you have one or two outfits you absolutely love that you can wear whenever you need a pick-me-up.

dievca doesn’t wear the silk dress because it will impress other people — she wears it because it makes her feel ready to take on the world!

(roll over a photo to see the item description)


Better for survivors or better for the person dying?

deivca is pondering a question this morning… please let her explain the scenario, 1st:

Inline & Roller Skating - Amazon_comA work friend died yesterday. she was a few years older than dievca. The friend worked at a different location, so dievca didn’t see her all the time.  dievca did see the friend in the summer and she looked a bit tired and thin, but her friend was thin to begin with. The friend was moving well and rollerblading consistently to work.

In September the friend asked dievca for a favor and it was to be turned back over in November. Not anymore.

No one knew the friend was sick, she just died.

It was cancer.

The workplace is reeling because this person was kind, happy, and caring. Lovely to everyone.

No one knows what happened.  Was it diagnosed Stage 4? did she decide to pass on chemo? was it so aggressive there was no time? had she been battling it for a while and told no one but her family?

Back to dievca’s pondering…

Is it better to let people know about your illness or say nothing?

A quick death might be better for the terminally ill person, but doesn’t allow people to say Good-Bye.
(You don’t have to explain your condition, your treatment plans, deal with everyone feeling sorry for you, etc.)

A longer process allows people to connect with the terminally ill person but extends their trauma.
(People will keep asking what is going on, what the treatment plan is, ask how you are feeling, maybe offer pity, etc.)

OK, multiple questions. Tough questions.

No matter what the answers, it does bring to mind the phrase, “My Body – My Choice.”


Disconnection

2-Dreamlike-underwater-photography

A day of little sleep.
A day of barely functioning.
A day of minimal production.
A day of of waste?
Or was it a day of healing?

~putting one foot in front of the other~

Photo: Lane Coder - Underwater Photography

Trying to catch up

Vintage photo woman runningAbsolutely not complaining – dievca is grateful.
Just a little behind…ok, a lot behind.
What was added:

  • Back to work the afternoon of the “Red Eye” flight, thought there would be three days grace.
  • Caught up with Master – always an important Joy
  • Sold three eBay items while traveling, needed to ship immediately and the printer is out of ink
  • Sold four more items last night, again, no ink.
  • Co-workers begging to cram in meetings before Labor Day.
  • Most important, trying to get to Mom

How is your weekend shaping up?

 


Working on a new position…

1966_Vargas girl red nylons yoga

Well, my boss said that if I didn’t like working under him, I should look for another position.”

Hmm~ not exactly appropriate for many reasons from a boss, but appropriate if it was your Sir/Madame.


A grueling week has ended.


Something to beat the Slush on a Saturday!

dievca is off to work.
Here’s a little Sunshine for your day.
XO


For that Secret Santa gift….

So, your workgroup decided to do a gift exchange and the limit is $20 – dievca found the gift:

BeautyBlender Zodiac Make-up Sponge $20

dievca really hopes someone gets her one because the reviews on the BeautyBlender Sponge are phenomenal and with the zodiac sign it will make the gift “hers”. XO

Zodiac Collection

OK, so your giftee is male.  He might like the make-up sponge, but in case he flows away from make-up, perhaps a Swiss Army Walker kit will do it:

Swiss Army Walker

 


The look for less?

A vs. B

A:  Rag & Bone:
100% Cashmere Mock Neck Top $495
100% Cashmere Sweatpants $425
Total Cost = $920.00

B:  Winnifred Grace:
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatshirt $62
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatpants $58
Total Cost = $120.00

It would be lovely to have either set.

But the green color, stars, and cost have bumped dievca into the ‘Look for Less’ choice.

Which option would you choose?


“If you can, do. If you can’t, improvise.”

A Gentleman stopped dievca in the back hallway of her building, she was walking her bike to hang it up in the bike room.

“Do you work in fashion?”
“No”
“You always have the greatest clothes and accessories!”
(WHAT?!?!?)
“Uhh, Thank you. Maybe I’m just trying to hide my short self in fine feathers.”
(Heh,heh)
“No – when I see you, you look great and always have fun things.”
(OK-Wow, Thanks.)

Let’s analyze what dievca had on (click photos for larger image):

 

Fun, right? Hmm~
dievca is not tall and elegant.
she’s not a model and won’t be in a street style photoshoot anytime soon.
But, she does do a lot of improvising!
XO

Note: The Zadig & Voltaire Sweatshirt is available and on sale, the Urban Outfitters socks are available, and the RE/done mask is available. Shoes, Backpack, Sunglasses, Tee, Pants, and J Crew Anorak might be on eBay.


Masked and ready

dievca’s schedule has shifted and at this moment she is back to work on Saturdays – masked and ready.
Here’s hoping that others are masked and regaining employment, too.
Thinking of everyone with positive wishes.
d.

Comic: Gary Varvel 2020

Lookin’ for inspiration & Takin’ Care of Business

Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Reminding dievca of her older brother
And getting some giddy-up to get moving to work on a Saturday.
Enjoy your day off…😘