#WeekendCoffeeShare – It’s been a week, alright


Hello and welcome to another #weekendcoffeeshare! Please come in, grab yourself something hot to drink, and let’s chat.

If you want, I can pluck a few tender spinach leaves from my indoor garden and make an omelet. My veggies are needing a trim again. It’s barely been a week since their last trim. The one growing the fastest is the mustard green, which was originally an experiment. I dropped 2 seeds into the lettuce planter early December. Only one of the seeds germinated and now, it’s nearly taking over the planter with its giant leaves.

Now I can see why it’s called “Southern Giant” Mustard Green.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I sowed some perennial seeds last Thursday (January 13th) and was surprised to see most of them germinated. The fastest was the chamomile (left tray, second row from the back), followed by lemon balm (right tray, back row), salvia, foxgloves (right tray, third row from the back), Penstemon (right tray, second row from the back), and I was surprised by the echinacea, which germinated yesterday. The only thing that hasn’t germinated is the spearmint (left tray, back row).

I’m waiting until they get a little bigger before dividing them. I’m nervous about this part because I recently divided 2 lemon balm plants and killed both of them. I also divided 4 thyme plants, 3 died, 1 survived (barely).

Maybe I don’t have a green thumb, after all.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went for a walk in the park yesterday after work. It was a beautiful day. In my honest opinion, the day after a snowstorm is always beautiful despite minimal accumulation.

Mom was surprised. She asked me why. “I need the exercise,” I told her. I can’t exercise at home with mom constantly hogging the treadmill and I needed the fresh air.

It’s also my chance to be alone with my thoughts and music.

Mom still has shingles and still bugs me about it, no matter the number of times I tell her I’m not a doctor and she should go see a real doctor. Still, she kept bringing up the excuse that she did see a doctor. You know what? Urgent care doesn’t really count. She saw a random doctor, someone who was available at the time, not a specialist.

These days, she’s having me apply crushed aspirin mixed in rubbing alcohol on her back multiple times every day while complaining of the pain and itchiness. I shake my head each time I think about it. And you know what’s the worse part, she waits until I’m in the middle of something like yesterday, I was about to head into virtual meeting at work.

Speaking of work, I have a feeling this upcoming week will be an extra long week for me. I spent the first half of January catching on December stuff that I didn’t get to start on January stuff until this week. Well, next week is the last week of January and I’m still on the first week.

Crossing fingers I survive next week with less than 60 hours.

Thank you for joining me for this #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we will both return next weekend.

16 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – It’s been a week, alright

  1. Hi YingLan,
    Gracious lady. Has your management every thought of hiring someone to share your work load.
    They would likely save money on all that OT and lose the risk of burning you out so badly that you leave to find a less stressful way to earn a living.
    I hope things settle down soon. Working at this tempo is exhausting.

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    1. Unfortunately not. I hope I wouldn’t be working like this for long. We had a meeting yesterday where the CFO mentioned IT is working on connecting the systems so part of my job will become automatic again. Then, all I have to do is quality control but then that’s a job on itself. They’re thinking by the end of February though I doubt it. I would be grateful if they have it done by April. Anyway, crossing my fingers.

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  2. Ugh, it sucks that your Mom is still being a pain in your behind with her constant nagging. I know shingles is no fun, but if she won’t see a doctor, then how does she expect you to make her feel better?

    I envy your herbs. I’d love to grow some on my balcony, but I’m pretty sure I have the exact opposite of a green thumb.

    Thanks for the coffee share. Have a nice weekend.

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