It's the end of the year and since there's a pretty good chance this post won't be seen, there is also a pretty good chance you'll find it regurgitated sometime in 2020. If you are here reading, though, I'll get right to it as I don't want to take up too much of your time. Here are five of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow (in no particular order):
(NaBloPoMo Day 15) Edit: I've failed at NaBloPoMo. This was sitting in my drafts folder until I realized on Thanksgiving that I didn't have a post for last Friday. I'm still posting it, because I wrote the post on time, I just apparently didn't make sure it was scheduled.
The highlights of my week:
I’ve been longing to travel for SO LONG now, and other than road trips to visit family and heading to Atlanta a few times a year for concerts and to visit friends, I just don’t get to. I am hoping to change all that in the coming year, and these are some nearby cities that I’d love to explore over a long weekend:
- New Orleans – I haven’t been in over twenty years, and I would love to revisit. And if the Voodoo lineup is good, it would be fun to do Halloween down there.
- Destin/Ft. Walton/Panama City/Pensacola – I’m really, really needing a trip to the beach. It’s been nearly a dozen years; it’s past time.
- Nashville – Just up the road, and I go every now and then for day trips. It would be nice to get a hotel, spend a few days, and do more exploring, though.
- Boone, NC – I have a friend in the area who insists I would love it, and I know she’s right. Maybe one of these days I can make it up there!
- Galveston, TX – I’ve never visited this city before, but have wanted to move there, sight unseen, for years now. I figure I could at least vacation there and see what the place is actually like!
Where will YOU be traveling this year?
I’ve been really lax about pushing myself to do “Five for Friday” posts here lately because they’ve all been in bullet form and since I don’t always follow a particular theme and it’s not an actual hop (YET?), I don’t always feel all that compelled to post. Then I feel bad that they’re usually just random things, though not always. But then I realized that it’s totally okay to post five random things, or five similar things, and that it’s okay that they’re in bullet form, and it’s totally okay that the posts are usually pretty short and sweet.
And just like that, the block lifted, and I’m no longer over-thinking it.
My Five for Friday: Life from Friday – Monday.
- There will
possiblyprobably be radio silence here on the blog till Monday, maybe longer if I don’t get a post finished and scheduled to go up Monday. So basically? The same any other week.
- Heading out of town to visit family. I should probably be focusing on my podcasts and a playlist.
- Heading up to Memphis to do some more work on my aunt’s house, then hopefully back up to The Lookout at the Pyramid, but this time at sunset/early evening. I still haven’t posted my pics from my birthday trip, but why not go back and take more anyway?
- I’ll have lots of tv-watching to do when I get back on Sunday.
- It’s inventory at work Monday, so I’m scheduled for a rare closing shift + later hours.
For today’s Rocktober Music Fest selection, here’s one for the road:
The Glorious Sons – “Panic Attack”
What are YOU up to this weekend?
Five for Friday, in which I choose and share five things I’ve enjoyed/are on my mind/I need to do/I’m listening to/watching/etc., is first. My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today, in case that’s what you’re here for, is toward the bottom of the post!
Late last night I got comfy in my bed with every intention of watching Hawaii Five-O till I fell asleep, and I was almost there…so close…when my dog jumped down and went to investigate something in the floor at the upper corner of the bed. This is where I stop and give you a bit of backstory: this time of year, all kinds of critters attempt to run me out of my home. Everything from mice to ladybugs to camel crickets. I live in the country in the middle of two cotton fields next to an empty house with a now overgrown, wooded lot, and critters (and getting rid of them) are just part of living here.
So what had my dog discovered? A baby rat snake. It came in with the recent dip in temperatures, after our most recent influx of mice no doubt. It was curious about Ari, and Ari was curious about it and sniffed it a bit before he decided it wasn’t worth killing and didn’t present danger. I didn’t even bat an eye, because this is about the dozenth time I’ve seen one of these snakes in my house. I usually have my sons remove them to the yard, and if I’m here by myself and can’t round them up, I let them go. As I mentioned, mice can be a problem here, and these rat snakes? They take care of that problem. Sure, I’d rather have them in the crawlspace or completely outside, but they tend to find their own way out.
I was reminded of a few summers ago when I saw my last snake in here. My sons were gone, the snake went out, and I promptly went to the Home Depot to get some Snake Defense spray. I sprayed it all around my house, indoors and out, because it’s all-natural and completely safe for children and pets. And? It smelled sooooo good! Come to find out, many natural snake repellents are made with cinnamon oil and clove oil. I had just made a batch of fall cleaning vinegar, which has an oil blend with cinnamon and clove oils, so last night I grabbed the spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner I’d made from it and sprayed around my bed. I watched the snake for a while, and the snake didn’t cross the area where I’d sprayed. So I thought this weekend, I’d make a stronger homemade version of Snake Defense. Here’s my Five For Friday, and what I plan on putting in it:
- Cinnamon Oil
- Clove oil
- Black Pepper oil
- Anise Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
I’m hoping those scents will also repel the mice – and I’ll be spending all weekend spraying it around the exterior of the house, anywhere mice/snakes can get in (and stuffing those places with steel wool), and maybe diffusing the “snake oil”. Rat snakes are one thing, but poisonous snakes can get in just as easily, and I can not have that.
On to the MUSIC! My Rocktober Music Fest selection for today is the latest from a band who finally released some new music after ten long years.
Tool – “Fear Inoculum”
It is long, but fantastic. Chances are you’ve already heard this if you’re a Tool fan, but if you are a Tool fan and haven’t heard it yet? Pretty sure you’ll love it!
What are YOU listening to this week? What about five things? Five fave new songs, tv shows, books, podcasts, hacks/tips? Let me know!