Just three short bullet items that I’ve been thinking about lately:

1. I have the tendency to crinkle my nose whenever I see Pinterest projects using empty toilet paper rolls. One, are the empty toilet paper rolls really sanitary? If not, how would one sanitize a roll? With air freshener? Two, do I really want to touch an empty toilet paper roll? I hope I don’t sound critical, but I guess I associate toilet paper roll with unclean or unsanitary. Given that, I have no desire to work with empty rolls whether I’m bending, cutting, painting, or whatever — I prefer not to make my art with empty toilet paper rolls.

That’s my preference. However, I have to admit that some of the projects I’ve seen look interesting and pretty, but not enough to make me think, “Hey, I should do that!” The most basic ideas are bending the ends into a shape and using it as a stamp outline or cutting and bending the rolls to make flowers. One crafter painted two rolls to look like Wonder Woman’s bracelets. Creative, but once again, something I wouldn’t do. I can’t bring myself to wear paint empty toilet paper rolls on my wrists. Nope. I just can’t do it.


2. As I’ve been messing around with my scarves and trying to make my own infinity scarf, I realized something. I don’t know how to knot a tie. I think it’s kind of weird because my dad wore a tie every day to school when I was younger. He has a massive tie collection. That was always the great thing about buying something for Dad because my sisters and I could always fall back on buying him a tie. He didn’t care about the style, fabric, color, or pattern of the tie because for the longest time he wore simple white button down shirts.

He didn’t care if the ties were ugly, he would still wear it. Anyway, to this day, I don’t know how to knot a tie. I was no help to Charlie when he needed to knot his tie for a internship interview. He knows the basic knot — I don’t even know that — but anything beyond that, he will refer to the web for help. Not to mention, I love a man in a good tie. OK, before the year is over, I will learn how to knot a tie. Someday, that knowledge and skill will come in handy, right? Just say yes.


3. I’m still getting used to the CPAP mask. I miss sleeping on my tummy, but when I’m super tired, sleeping on my side isn’t that bad or a big issue. I don’t feel as tired and exhausted in the morning, but I’m still not a morning person. I still doodle around when getting ready for work, meaning I’ll browse the web on my phone or cuddle with a kitty before actually getting out of bed. Even after my shower, I’m not about to break into song about a brand new day or how the sun will shine. Nope. I look longingly at my beautiful bed and wish I could sleep in a bit.

Like in the picture above, I wear a basic face mask since I breathe through my mouth when I sleep. The only issue is when I toss a bit in the middle of the night, the mask needs to be readjusted a bit. When the mask is slightly off, it leaks air which wakes up me or Charlie. And I’m not a big fan of the clear tube connecting the mask to the machine. It’s large and bulky and tangles me up when I’m tossing and turning in the middle of the night. But for all the minor quibbles I have, I love getting a good night’s rest. I like my sweet dreams.

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