Hi friends! How are you all managing? Are you slowly going insane, like me, or are you already there? As most of you know, I work from home, so I thought I was prepared for a quarantine – in fact I thought I would thrive in a quarantine. But, knowing that I can’t leave my house (only for necessities) is starting to get to me. I’ve allowed myself to go out once a day on a walk to the mailbox. 🙂 All I want to do is go to the grocery store, but I’m trying to challenge myself to eat everything in my fridge, freezer, & pantry before I go to the grocery store. Try is the operative word.
I find something everyday to make me laugh, and found this yesterday.
Despite all that is going on in the world, I have five favorite things from the week.
One: Ashley Spivey
So, most of you may not know who Ashley Spivey is. She is my very favorite contestant ever from The Bachelor franchise. We met her on Brad Womack’s second season as The Bachelor…you know the one where he only paid attention to Emily.
I started following Ashley on Twitter, then also followed her on IG. I promise I’m not a stalker. What I really enjoy about Ashley, is that she is not a traditional influencer. She is constantly posting stories on politics & interesting articles, spot-on book reviews, clean beauty products, the occasional recipe, & so much more.
In this pandemic, Ashley is doing such a service by sharing any & all ways to help small businesses, people, etc. in these crazy times. She is just a really good person.
Two: Bad on Paper
Every week I listen to the Bad on Paper podcast. I’m fairly new to this podcast; I’ve been listening for 6-ish months. I started listening because Ashley Spivey was a guest, & stayed because I really like the hosts – Grace & Becca.
My favorite episodes are the ones that don’t have guests. Is that bad, seeing as how I found the podcast because of a guest? I really love their weekly recommendations, so much so that I tend to screenshot the show notes so I can refer back to them as needed.
This week I started the book Our Stop due to Becca’s recommendation – she’s my romcom girl.
Three: Clare Crawley’s Dudes
Earlier this week we learned that Clare Crawley’s season was halted due to Coronavirus. You can read about it here. Well, yesterday Mama J sent me an article that Clare’s season was being recasted. This is unprecedented! I think this is the right move.
So, this is what I think happened. Last Friday was supposed to be Night One where Clare should have met all the guys. At this point she would not have had access to the outside world, her phone, the internet, etc.
Now, if you read my post from Monday regarding Clare’s guys, then you know that I think ABC casted the vast majority of these guys without knowing who The Bachelorette would be; only 9 out of 32 were age appropriate.
That being said, I think that when they stopped production & sent everyone home, Clare regained access to her phone & the internet. I think she started looking up her guys & told ABC to go back to the drawing board. Smart move for all involved. Clare has always maintained that she is looking for love, not Instagram followers. She is one of the few contestants that has kept her job (a real job). Clare knew that she wouldn’t find love with a 23yo. At this point we do not know if all 32 men are being recasted, or if it will be a small number of new guys to mix in with a part of the original cast.
I fully co-sign this move.
Four: The Popcast
If you need a podcast to make you laugh, The Popcast is the one. This is a pop culture podcast. I have maintained that this is my GOAT for the last 2 or 3 years. Come for Jamie’s sass & stay for Knox’s wheeze-y laugh.
This week’s episode was called “The No’s of Sickness.” Y’all, I laughed out load for pretty much the whole hour. I also uttered “Yikers” several times. If you know, you know.
In Texas we have a beloved grocery store chain called H-E-B. I want to shout them out this week because they have been the backbone for Texans during this pandemic. The workers have been tirelessly restocking the shelves. They are currently hiring, so if any Texans that recently lost a job & are worried – please apply at H-E-B. They have also given their employees a raise during this time. H-E-B is now offering special delivery options for senior citizens in our communities. H-E-B has always come to the aid of Texans, Hurricane Harvey comes to mind for me. They are good in the best of times, but they really shine a bright light in times of need. H-E-B is a really good company & I’m proud to support them.
I will say that Trader Joe’s is also giving their employees bonuses. Target & Whole Foods are giving special hours for senior citizens only so they can shop with less fear. Lots of companies are doing right by their people & the collective “us” as well.
What have been your favorite things this week? Any bright lights in this time of uncertainty. While writing this post, the place where I get monthly facials called to confirm my appointment for tomorrow. They have sent several emails regarding their strict cleaning practices, etc. However, I cancelled my facial but told them to go ahead & charge me so this small business & my aesthetician would still get paid. It seemed like the right thing to do.
Everyone hang in there. We are all in this together.