Quarantine Quotes – 7 Quotes in 70 Days

Well, it has been 70 days since I last went to work and since we have been on quarantine here in New Jersey. I think the official edict came a few days later, but for me, I have been home for 70 straight days now. Don’t get me wrong, I have gone out to the store here and there, but for the most part, I have been home like everyone else. Every. Single. Day.

However, I am very fortunate. I am getting paid through the end of the school year and my husband still has a job, unlike so many others. Most importantly, we and our families and friends have not been afflicted with the virus, other than my great uncle (rest in peace, Uncle Bob.)

One of the many things I have been doing at home is reading a lot. I am currently reading the Bible, rereading the entire Little House on the Prairie Series with some friends in a book club and checking out some random books I have found around my house that I have not read yet. I have also been watching some TV, but not much, and listening to a great podcast called “Unashamed.” Finally, I realized I have actually talked to my friends and family to check in on them and catch up a little more than usual.

I have always loved quotes. I used to put up a quote a week for my students when I was teaching. I think that words are very powerful and can be quite inspirational.

Here are seven quotes that have had an impact on me over the past 70 days from various sources. I did not elaborate on them, for I think it is best when words can resonate with the person reading it better than by someone expanding on it. Plus, these quotes pretty much stand on their own. I hope they have an impact on you as well and make your day a little brighter!

“Practice God reliance, not government reliance.” – from Phil Robertson on his “Unashamed Podcast”

“It is not good to speak of things you have not seen.” – from “Dan” a character in Neither Wolf Nor Dog one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is by Kent Nerburn if you are interested!

“Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’re supposed to do, not what you want to do.” – from Grover, character in Neither Wolf, Nor Dog.

“Well, Caroline, it is pleasant to be with a crowd of people all trying to do the right thing, same as we are.” – from Pa Ingalls from On the Banks of Plum Creek

“Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of Christ.” -Philippians 1:27.

“God needs you elsewhere.” – from my dear friend, Melanie, supporting me when I found out that I lost my job for next year.

“I like being quarantined with you.” – from my sweet husband. I know I married the right person since we are still enjoying each other’s company after 70 straight days!

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For the Girls…

Today, I am thinking of all the wonderful women I have in my life from my mother and mother-in-law to my aunts, nieces, cousins and friends.  While I am not an expert on life or have a degree in philosophy, I do have some tips that I hope will make their day a little brighter. I am very blessed to have such strong and amazing females around me.  Taking the words of Martina McBride…”This one’s for the girls.”

Ladies,

1.  Don’t settle for ANYTHING or ANYONE.

2.  Do what makes you happy.

3.  Believe in yourself and you will be successful.

4.  Love yourself and your body just the way it is.  Do not compare yourself to the altered images of models in magazines and on TV.  They are altered. You are real!

5.  Cry. When you need to and when you want to.  It is not a sign of weakness.

6.  Take time for yourself, especially those of you who are mothers with careers.  I admire working moms more than any other group of people.  You are my heroes!

7.  Find something to smile about each and every day.  Hopefully, you won’t have to look too far!

8.  Do not waste your time with a person who puts you down – be it a boyfriend, friend, relative or husband.  People treat you the way you LET them treat you.  If a person is always negative or makes you feel badly about yourself, end that relationship and move on.  You deserve better!

9.  Enjoy the company of other women.  When a bunch of women get together, there is always laughter, smiles and great times!  GIRL POWER!

10.  Ask for help when you need it.  Women today are expected to do it all from being mothers and wives to having successful careers and running a household. When you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. It’s OKAY!!

 

 

 

A Fun List for Today

I had an interview yesterday and it looks like I might be going back to work if I do well on the final interview which will be on Monday.

While I am very excited to be returning to the work force, there are a few things I will miss about being home.  I thought I would share them with you:

1.  Getting dressed whenever I want

2.  Working out at my leisure

3.  Watching those  “Law and Order: SVU” marathons (they get me every time!)

4.  Reading and writing anytime I get inspired

5.  Meeting up with my friends who are off/home

6.  Shopping early in the morning to avoid the traffic and crowds

7.  Cleaning the house when the mood strikes me

8.  Making my husband breakfast before he goes to work

9.  Having plenty of time to decide what to make for dinner and get the ingredients

10.  Doing what I want, when I want

However, there are things I am looking forward to as well (if I get the job). They are as follows:

1.  Being back in a routine

2.  Not being able to graze on snacks throughout the day

3.  Getting dressed up and wearing my nice jewelry to work

4.  Not watching as much TV

5.  Feeling more productive

6.  Earning a steady paycheck

7.  Being challenged

8.  Contributing to our bank account (especially our new house fund!)

9.  Sharing my knowledge (it’s a consulting position)

10.  Meeting new people

Well, there you have it. I guess it’s good that I was able to come up with an even amount for each side.  Now, to nail that final interview…

My Addiction to Pinterest

My cousin introduced me to Pinterest about three months ago.  I kept hearing people talking about how great it was for sharing all kinds of ideas.  If you are not familiar with it, it is “an online pin board” where you basically browse a category and when you find something you like, you “pin” it to a board and then you’ll have it for later to do or make or see. For example, if you see a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, you can pin it to a board called, “Desserts” and when you want to make it, you pull it up and voila!  There’s the recipe for you to follow.  I absolutely LOVE IT.

Introducing me to Pinterest, however, proved to be a bit of a mistake for me.  Ever since, I have been addicted to all the “Pinteresting” things that people do, make, say and want to achieve.  Once I started with Pinterest, I was obsessed.  The food, drinks, crafts, pictures of places I’d like to visit, fashion ideas, make up tips, shoes…I was in heaven!! What  great ideas!! I can do that! I can make that! I can look like that!

I even had a routine with Pinterest.  After logging in, I would search the categories in this order:

1.  Popular

2.  Food and Drink

3. DIY and Crafts

4. Hair and Beauty

5. Women’s Fashion

I was creating boards and pinning ideas like a crazy woman. I made a few wreaths for myself and others after seeing some ideas and made some new desserts and main meals.  It was wonderful!  But then, I began to think I had a slight problem.  An hour or two would pass and I would realize that I was on Pinterest the entire time.  Anytime I made a new dish or did a craft people started saying, “Pinterest, right?”  If my husband could not find me, he would call out, “Pinterest?” and come towards our office where the computer was to find me staring at the screen. I would talk about things I saw on Pinterest.  To everyone.  Non-stop.   I am sure I was annoying to some. (sorry!)

What was happening? I decided to look up some questions that possible addicts should ask themselves.  And I got some disturbing answers.  It went as follows:

1.  Do you wake up in the morning and think about Pinterest?

Answer – YES

2. Do you feel the need to go on Pinterest every day?

Answer – YES

3. Do your thoughts and actions revolve around Pinterest?

Answer – YES

4. Have people started to associate you with Pinterest?

Answer – YES

5. Do you spend more than 30 minutes a day on Pinterest?

Answer – YES

6. Can you go one day without checking Pinterest?

Answer – NO!

Well, that’s it. I decided that I am officially addicted to Pinterest.  Since there is no treatment center that I know of, I figured I had better come up with my own recovery plan. It is a three-step program and is as follows:

1.  I will go on Pinterest every other day for no more than 30 minutes.

2.  I will only pin things I will  actually make, do, see, etc.

3. Since my food boards contain the most pins, I will use them.  I will make a minimum of one new dish a week  and not just let the pictures  sit on the boards looking pretty. And yummy.

And there it is. My new recovery plan.  I will start this tomorrow.   Or maybe Monday. I like to start things on Mondays.  Let’s see…that means I have three days to binge on Pinterest…have to go.  I am feeling crafty and need some more ideas…