Backyard delivery.

Today, we got a delivery of stuff to start working on our backyard from Lowes…

We got twenty bags of rocks, ten bags of pea gravel and ten bags of river rocks…

We also got landscaping timbers…

We’re going to try to line the bottom of our fence with the timbers and filled with rocks…

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And… we’re done with work.

We walked down to watch the sunrise…

And good morning from Northside…

Today was day 22 of my Lego City Advent Calendar…

We powered through our last work day before Christmas. And finished up our projects for the week.

Then it was time to take the dogs on their evening walk around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

For dinner tonight, we had another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meals. This one was Stroganoff Beef Meatloaf with green beans…

And it was another really delicious dinner. Those little meatloaves were just out of this world. I love anything beef stroganoff. I think it’s my favorite gravy. We really like the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot.

We received a card in the mail from Skyline today…

During one of the Xavier basketball games a while back, I won a $15 gift card during their Skyline Chili virtual parachute drop on Twitter

And today, our gift card showed up in the mail…

Thanks, Xavier and Skyline! That’s pretty dang cool. We’re looking forward to having some Skyline very soon and cruising into the long holiday weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿงงโค๏ธ

Special deliveries!

When we woke up this morning, we found Northside got a dusting of snow…

But there wasn’t much snow on the hill at the end of our street…

Time for Lego City Advent Calendar day 15…

Genifer ordered Chipotle delivery for lunch….

Chipotle was delicious. I hadn’t had Chipotle in forever.

Both Arsenal and Leicester played at the same time this afternoon. I kept an eye on both of the matches while I was working…

And both of my teams lost. Arsenal is really in a death spiral right now.

We got a couple of special deliveries today. The first package was from my parents…

And there was a wonderful box of Christmas cookies in their package…

There were so many delicious cookies in that box. We cant wait to try them all. And now we also have presents under our tree…

Thanks, mom & dad! Our second package was from TastesOfChicago.com

And inside were two Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas…

And two huuuuge chocolate chip cookies…

Thanks, JJVE! We can’t wait to try our pizzas and those cookies look terrific!

Later, we took the dogs around the block. It was kind of misty outside this evening…

We couldn’t even see the hill across the way on the other side of the highway…

The hill was just barely visible…

Good evening from Northside…

Today is my Timehop was this photo…

It’s interesting that when I saw this photo my mind went to a completely different place when I saw animal mask than when I saw this originally. And there was this one too…

That would have been the best white elephant gift ever. To this day, I still kick myself for not buying it.

Hi Oscar. He’s so fuzzy!

We had a great Wednesday. Thank you again for the wonderful Christmas gifts.
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Thanks, USPS.

Back on November 27th, I mailed a package from the post office in St. Bernard. I was sending two Lego City Advent Calendars out to our niece and nephew in Boston. I sent it Two-Day Priority Mail because I forgot about the box that was sitting on the sofa in our studio office…

It was expensive but that’s fine. It was still expected to arrive on November 30th…

If figured even if it was late, the package would still arrive on December 1st or 2nd. And everything would be just fine. I started tracking the package online because that’s the fun part of sending packages, tracking their journey. My package disappeared twice with no updates, once for four days and then for another eight days…

On December 2nd, the package was still in Cincinnati. When I checked the tracking number this morning, it looks like my package is finally going to be delivered today… SEVENTEEN DAYS LATER.

And our package was delivered today, December 14th at 5:26pm…

At least, the package finally arrived, and we’re really happy about that. But still… Seventeen. Days. Thanks, USPS. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿ“ญ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ

Our new sofa arrived. Finally.

It was a very rainy morning…

In fact, it was raining so much that the dogs didn’t even want to go on a walk. We basically dragged them down to the end of the street to potty.

This morning our new sofa was finally supposed to be delivered. I think we ordered it all the way back at the beginning of August. So long ago in fact, that I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to look like or even what color we ended up choosing. We had the space in our living room all ready…

And then it was here…

And our new sofa is just perfectly splendid…

It’s so nice and stylish and very, very comfortable to sit on. Maybe we’ll actually start watching TV is our living room instead of always retreating upstairs to our bedroom. We’ll see. But we’re very happy with our new sofa.

Today was the start of the college basketball season. I watched Xavier just destroy Oakland. And Michigan hold off a very good Bowling Green team. It’s terrific to have college basketball back in our quarantine lives.

I finished up my projects for the week. And it was time for the long four-day holiday weekend. It was also time to take the dogs on the evening walk around the block…

We clouds didn’t even look real this evening. They looked like a painting…

Good evening from Northside…

Genifer ordered holiday sweaters for Oscar and Mack…

They’re a little snug. But still very festive. Mack didn’t seem to mind his. But you could tell Oscar was mad while he had his sweater on.

We had a few drinks this evening to celebrate our new sofa and because it was the biggest going out night of the year.

But we were still in bed before eleven o’clock. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

And this photo of Mack showed up in my Timehop today…

Inside my Birchbox: June.

My June Birchbox showed up in the mail today…

It had some face wipes, a couple of face cleansers, a moisturizer and some hair molding cream. Getting Birchbox isย always really fun, and this was another good one!ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽโค๏ธ

FabFitFun.

Genifer ordered another FabFitFun for me. And today, it arrived in the mail…

Look at all the fun stuff that was in my box…

Genifer got herself a FabFitFun for herself too…

FabFitFun definitely lives up to its name. Itโ€™s really fun.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽโค๏ธ

My April Stitchfix.

My StitchFix for Aprilย arrived in the mail today. I opened it up to find this bag…

Inside the bag were these great Sperry’s…

There was this great long-sleeve button-up…

Another sharp polo shirt…

A pair of navy shorts…

And another great pair of denim…

Pretty nice stuff. For the first time, I decided to keep everything in the box. Between my new job and our upcoming road trip, I can really see myself wearing all this stuff. A lot. And this box was pretty reasonable. I really like my StitchFix. I canโ€™t wait to see what is in my next box in June!ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“จโค๏ธ

Special delivery: Octonauts.

I got a package in the mail from JJVE this evening…

And there were these awesome plush Octonauts inside…

Captain Barnacles the bear, Kwazii the kitten and Peso the penguin…

They’re sooo awesome! Thanks, JJVE!ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

My March StitchFix.

My StitchFix for March arrived in the mail today. There was this pink polo…

And this light blue/grey polo…

There was this red t-shirt…

This grey lightweight hoodie…

And this dark denim…

Pretty nice stuff. I decided to keep just the light blue/grey polo shirt. The other stuff was really nice but it was a little on the expensive side. I really like my StitchFix. I canโ€™t wait to see what is in my next box! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“จโค๏ธ