Does anybody else feel the same way about stress eating during the holidays?
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Thanks so much to the more than 200 people who came out to enjoy an evening of theatre and comedy. It felt soooo good to be back on stage! Your laughter was music to my ears!
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CLOSE UP SHOT OF A WOMAN SILENTLY SCREAMING AND PULLING HER HAIR OUT. THE CAMERA PULLS BACK AND WE REALIZE THAT IT IS OUR HEROINE, SUNNY BROWN. SHE IS HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
THE CAMERA CONTINUES TO PULL BACK AND WE SEE THAT SHE HAS BEEN WRITING IN HER DIARY. CLOSE-UP SHOT OF HER DIARY. WE SEE HER ENTRY:
Dear, Diary ~
*I feel more and more certain every day that my husband is slamming every door, cabinet, and drawer just to drive me insane. Am I becoming paranoid? Or just shell shocked? Is his plan working? #amplottingmyrevenge
*Dog absolutely refuses to go for another walk. She has whittled down to 10 lbs. I have gained the 10 lbs. #shesabitch
*Am trying to retain/find some humor in the situation ~ in Life. Husband refuses to listen to any more of my jokes. #hesnotmyaudienceanyway
*Watched 3 hours of workout videos to try and get motivated. It worked ~ thinking of joining in next time!
*Lost my glasses. It was a good 30-minute reprieve from being in quarantine as I spent the next half-hour looking for them and nothing else in life mattered ~ I completely and totally forgot anything else was going on in the world! Thinking of how to turn this into a game and how to monetize it!? #sunnyneedsajob
*Decide to use this time constructively and learn some things that I have always been interested in learning; Decide to learn how to play the piano – fast! For free!
*Since I have started practicing the piano, husband has asked me to go back to telling him more jokes. Maybe I am beginning to annoy him back? (laughing maniacally.)
*Decide that spending hours on end, day after day, practicing “Learning to Play the Piano in Four Minutes” is too fast! #next
*Thank God for Turner Classic Movies. #thankful
*Begin learning to speak French.
*Husband claims he can’t understand anything I am saying. #whatsnew
*Decide drinking in French is easier than speaking it. Did someone say #champagnecocktail ? Oh yes, I did!
*Resolve to let us run out of food so I can lose weight. Must try and flatten my curves. #flattenthecurve
*Tried a new recipe: Added Chambord to my Champagne ~ delish! #success
*Husband went to store for food. He has lost 8 lbs. #@%$!
*Husband does not realize how safe he is only because I might need him to be around to help me color my hair. #doessheordoesntshe ?
*Watched 3 more hours of people working out. Decided now was not the time to become a joiner.
*Suddenly everyone in my family wants to Facetime with me. It makes me suspicious. Why now?! Why?!
*I am glad that we must now wear face masks in public. Since I keep gaining all the weight everyone around here is losing, no one will be able to recognize me along with my hat and oversize sunglasses.
*The most pressing question is: Should I get out my summer clothes? Or are we going to have to “Stay Home” until fall/winter? In which case I will just be in the same pj’s I am in now. Also, it’s always cold in here. I must drink on this. #imeanthinkonthis
*Screen time continues to go up. Bank account continues to go down.
*Have decided to spend some time learning to cook.
*Is it really “cooking” if I am just following directions? #askingforafriend
*Have just heard that they are beginning to re-open society. PANIC! I still have so much that I wanted to do! So much to learn! If I only had the time! #somuchtodosolittletime
FADE TO BLACK.
When I first heard that we were being asked to practice Social Distancing, by not gathering in large groups or going to parties, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, it had no effect on me whatsoever. I, being an introvert and mostly working from home anyway, have always practiced keeping my distance socially although I just thought of it as needing my own space. I absolutely avoid parties and people if at all possible. So it was all fine with me, no problem.
And, then when I heard that they were closing all the schools, it still didn’t bother me because my children are grown and on their own. And, when they started closing all of the businesses and asked people to work from home I didn’t think anything of it. Since I already did that it would not impact me. However, what I did not anticipate was that my husband would suddenly find himself at home, our home, the one we share, with me. What is an introvert supposed to do when everyone is staying at home with you?
Well, here are some of my journal entries for a little insight into into how I have been handling the days of captivity.
*Have realized that hubs is going to be spending a lot more time here with me. Have sent him out to buy milk and bread.
*Ordered Chinese food. It’s always enough for three meals.
*Realize that I am already eating poorly so I go for a power walk. Everyone in my neighborhood is out walking, the sidewalks are shoulder-to-shoulder. Need more distance ~ thinking of going to the mall.
*I keep seeing my husband in the bathroom mirror. His new home routine is in conflict with my well established routine. Must set us a schedule.
*Husband’s music is beginning to invade my quiet space. I realize that I am grinding my teeth. Must start using my mouth guard during the day.
*Heard about a panic on toilet paper. Maybe I underestimated this virus. Send hubby out to scavenge for some. That should keep him out of the house for at least a few hours. #smartblonde
*Made a mistake and watched the news. Realize that I need a long term plan for being stuck at home together. #thinksunnythink
*Baked a pie. #sunnyssweettooth
*What’s for dinner?
*My Fitbit shows my activity level is down. Gym is closed. Parks and sidewalks are crowded. #sunnythesloth
*My phone shows that my screen time is way up. Am now addicted to social media @itsreallysunny
*Decide to eat healthy. Add lots of fruit, spinach and veggies to the grocery list. And, chocolate bars. And, T.P..
*Son shows up with friend. They have escaped New York. Realize we need more T.P. Send hubby to the store. #dontcomebackwithoutit
*Trying to write. Son’s music is too loud. Wishing for husband’s music again. #allmanbrotherswhereareyou
*Made a list of inspiring books to read, funny movies to watch and motivating podcasts to listen to.
*Watched CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg and FOX news. Feeling down. Have sworn off news.
*Decide to get productive. Make a list: Clean out closet, organize pantry, spring clean the patio.
*Spend the day taking pictures of my dog. #lovemelovemydog
*Daughter came by. Accidentally gave her a hug and she freaked. #sunnyandsad
*What’s for lunch?
*What’s for dinner? #allithinkaboutisfood
*Ate all the chocolate bars. #mustgetmore
*Looking for toilet paper and Clorox wipes on the dark web. #willpaytopdollar
*Forget about T.P., I am out of lip balm! Must venture out alone. #priorities
*Hubby and I wave to each other across the room. Agree to kiss again on June 23rd. #fingerscrossed
*Wishing I smoked.
*What’s for dinner?
*Wondering why I couldn’t be quarantined with my hair colorist?!
*Need a drink. Send hubby to the liquor store. Wondering what is taking him so long. Wish he would hurry back, already!!
I don’t trust this warm weather we are having. It’s just like a lover that shows up unexpectedly and leaves just as abruptly, leaving you feeling colder than ever. Read all about it in this classic column of mine from B-Metro Magazine.
In honor of my most recent birthday I shared some thoughts on being a “Woman of a Certain Age” in my latest column for B-Metro Magazine.
In just about every area of life from media, entertainment, fashion, beauty, music, you name it, once a woman reaches the age of fifty she seems to completely disappear from society. Only the advertisers seem to be able to find me! They are constantly letting me know that they have the remedy to my “aging problem”. And, of course I fall for it every time! I’m always trying every product they pitch. No matter what, though, I still seem to get another year older. And, for that I am grateful. So, here’s my “Testimonial of a Woman Over 50”. I hope it gives you a laugh line! ~ And happy birthday to all the women turning invisible this year! Welcome to the club! #aninvisiblewoman ~ Sunny
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In honor of National Martini Day I have cooked up something extra special and serving up some fun wearing my fun, new apron that I created for the dish that doesn’t cook, but still likes the dressing! 😉 You can get your very own by clicking the apron link below. I hope you enjoy the video ~ and the apron! ~ Cheers! Sunny xo
P.S. I have lots of other fun products available featuring the same design so make sure to browse around while you’re shopping at my Zazzle boutique:) Thank you so much, Sunny!
Funny Retro Pin-up Girl Style Apron
My love has given me the cold shoulder this morning and I thought my column in this month’s B-Metro Magazine was perfect timing! I hope you enjoy it. And, cuddle up and stay warm out there ~ don’t come out until after Easter! ~ Sunny 🙂
Here’s a little laugh for your Sunday afternoon reading pleasure……since you’re all ready for Thanksgiving with nothing else to do ! 😉
I’m very thankful for all of you ~ Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. Check out my Instagram page for photos of the new girl! 😉