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Using the Power of Your Mind: Virtual Vacations in the Time of COVID-19

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It's now July. The heat of summer is SIZZLING!! I don't know about where you live, but it's been in the high 90s here in Pittsburgh! I feel like I could fry an egg and bacon on the sidewalk and no one would bat an eyelash.
Typically I'd be down south by now, spending some time with my parents near the North Carolina beaches, enjoying a mix of high heat and humidity juxtaposed with ocean breezes and gentle evenings listening to the peepers.
But then COVID-19 happened, messing up vacation plans the world over.
I could sit here and be upset that I can't travel right now. I could feel bad for myself, even though I really have nothing to feel bad about. After all, I'm healthy and employed...I don't really have anything to complain about, except for general worry for the world, which sometimes lends to unhappiness and a feeling of helplessness…

On Pandemics and Productivity

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I can't believe we are already halfway through June, and I've only made one substantive post and two announcements here in 2020, so last week I sent my mailing list a message explaining my absence these past few months.
While I may not have any kind of viral following, the following I do have is steady, and people noticed I wasn't writing. Some asked me why. I gave them the basic answer but didn't really get into any negative things, because I'm not much of a complainer, and other people were going through so much more than I was — I didn't want to pile on.
I've been wanting to write here, but just...couldn't. And now I feel like I can again, but it seems weird to just resume writing without acknowledging that something happened. So let's get into the WHY of my absence. 
Between a deadly pandemic, natural disasters, racial injust…

And...we're back!

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So if you caught my last post, I had taken some time out (between new job and pandemic and current events and life stuff and and and and...) to try to spiff up this website. 
Long story short: I've decided to stay on the Blogger platform for the time being, after all. It looks like they've actually made some improvements to the tools, so I'm going to give them a chance. Sorry for the change in plans, but I'm no web master, and I'm choosing my battles, LOL.
I did some meditations on acceptance recently, and I accept that I can just stay here!  
Look for a post next week. I've got a lot rattling around in this ole' noggin of mine, and this is my favorite place to put those thoughts.
Thanks for your patience during the downtime. :) 
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BRB - Renovations Underway

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Hello, I hope you are all well during the COVID-19 pandemic! We are doing fine here in Pittsburgh. We are sheltering in place and, so far, staying healthy.

I've been doing some work behind the scenes to make positively b.e.e. a better site. Since I work full time and also take on freelance work nights and weekends, this has been a slow-going process for me, but the blog WILL be back! 
Stay safe out there, and we'll see you soon! 






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Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

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***Disclaimer: The following, as with any article on this website, is not to be construed as medical advice. It is simply my own exploration of a topic with links to additional information. Please consult with a medical professional for this and any health concern.

Hello everyone! I hope your new year is off to a good start!

For this month's post, I'd like to focus on something that affects many people this time of year: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D. I call it the "winter blues."

This syndrome seems common among people I know (including myself). How many memes have I seen on social media about how January is unendingly dreary, long, and awful? Perhaps talking about it will help us disrupt some negativity!


What is seasonal affective disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder is type of mood disorder where specific symptoms are wor…

My 2020 Resolution: Going Within and Listening

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Greetings, all, and Happy Holidays! I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season. 


We have had a nice set of holidays here at Chez Bee. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas were simple and lovely. My husband and I took time to cook together (though he treated me by doing most of the cooking on Christmas day; I was sous chef), and I've been rediscovering how much I enjoy baking. 

Since we downsized into this smaller house many years ago, I really haven't been doing that much baking due to our small and, frankly, terrible oven. We have one of those apartment-sized stoves (it came with the place), and we haven't replaced it yet. It doesn't bake evenly, and it doesn't have a light, and I'd just kind of lost my enthusiasm for baking. 

But then I discovered just how good my toaster oven is. Indeed, the manual gives instructions for baking sev…

Happy Halloween!

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Hello everyone! I can't believe October is just about over! 

Things have been really hopping over here at Chez Bee.  I finished my course, and then started another. Workflow has been steady, and I joined a gym! 

So now it's Halloween, and my biggest challenge today is not to eat all the candy before the kiddos show up tonight in all their Halloween finery. 

If you know me at all, you know that Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! 🎃👻🕷


Why?

Well... 

Costumes are fun! My mom made my costumes when I was a kid, and there were some great ones! I still love getting into a costume for Halloween if I have an event to go to. At the very least, I don a witch's hat and cloak and pet my talking raven when I answer the door to trick-or-treaters, and this year I'm wearing fuzzy, sparkly ghost socks. I really enjoy seeing the creativity and imagination of kids who dre…