Journal Entry #314

April 18, 2020
04:52 PM

Hello, hello! It’s been nearly 3 weeks since I last wrote a Journal Entry but, I have still been taking photos of our dinners! πŸ˜›

So, let’s just catch up on those right away…

On April 2nd, we had frozen salmon fillets that boyfriend marinaded with a spicy Asian-inspired lime sauce. We had a cucumber salad, that he also put together himself, and some frozen popcorn shrimp.


On April 3rd, you guys heard from me via my Friday Faves! We had pan-fried beef with mushrooms and onions, some weird green bean knock off, and a cauliflower rice mix.


April 4th was my dad’s birthday. Last year, he was here visiting us. 😦

This year, boyfriend and I had chopped steak and eggs with cute little potatoes he diced up. I said, “try to make it as triangular as possible like the restaurants” lol and he really did. They turned out adorably!!


April 5th came around and we switched it up with some pork instead of beef.


We had quick microwave quinoa and green beans for our sides.

On April 6th, we had pasta with meat sauce.


I did a face mask before bed. It was a really nice one and will be featured in my upcoming Empties & Discards. Hopefully, I can get that done and published on Tuesday!


On the 7th, we ate leftovers of the “goulash” because we had a ton left.


April 8th, we had a lovely chicken sheet pan with boyfriend’s ginger bbq sauce concoction to dip.


On the 9th, we went back to beef and mushrooms with a frozen mix of veg.


If you’re wondering why we have so much beef, it’s because there was this sale on them where we bought 3 huge packs for the price of one at Albertsons. πŸ˜›

On the 10th, we finally had some chicken drummies and another frozen mix of cauliflower rice.


Boyfriend’s teriyaki glaze was probably one of the best ones we’ve ever had. It was SO good.

Here’s a photo of Sushi and me that night, too. He makes me hold him when I am on my computer chair because it’s really only big enough for one of us!!


April 11th, we had brats, baked beans, and corn.


We didn’t have buns so we improvised with regular bread and it turned out perfectly fine. I topped my brat with fried garlic and onions, sriracha, Annie’s ketchup, and stone ground mustard.

On the 12th, wow, boyfriend made an amazing chicken veggie soup with crispy bacon to top it with.


Theeeen, on the 13th, we had steak again. This time with just the bottled ginger sweet and sour sauce we have in the fridge and frozen mixed veg. Boyfriend definitely seasoned the meat somehow, too, because it had a nice bit of extra flavor.


On Tuesday, April 14th, we DID NOT receive our stimulus checks with the rest of America. Somehow, we both were part of the “glitch” in the system. I’m extremely annoyed but, so over worrying every single day.


We did have some DELICIOUS teriyaki chicken thighs with baked beans and frozen broccoli for dinner, though.

On April 15th, boyfriend made this tomatoey beef soup.


It was good but, a little sweet? We couldn’t figure out why when he listed all the ingredients he used…

On the 16th, we had a lovely chicken stir-fry with jasmine rice!! Boyfriend was so lucky to find some when he went shopping a couple days ago.

Yesterday, we had amazing top sirloin beef. He cooked it to absolute perfection, no sauce needed, and it melted in my mouth with every bite. Not chewy whatsoever!


The garlic (Earth Balance) “butter” pasta was freakin’ fantastic, too! The canned green beans and canned mushrooms weren’t so bad, either. πŸ™‚

5:20-5:40 PM dinner break

We just had a kielbasa sheet pan but, I’ll share a photo of that the next time I write a Journal Entry. We’ve still been keeping up with The Voice and Masked Singer and we’re also almost done watching American Horror Story S9.

Only boyfriend goes out nowadays and I’m just stuck, melting at home. I’ve been keeping myself occupied with The Sims 4 and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Honestly, I like the app better than the 3DS version.

I’m still waiting for our state’s government to figure out how to pay self-employed folks; it’s been a week since they updated us and boyfriend even tried to apply and work for Instacart but, hasn’t heard anything back. We are pretty much fucked in the financial department but, whatever, I guess. EVERYTHING is out of my control and what will worrying do anyways? Nothing besides take away the time I could be ENJOYING (it’s just so hard to enjoy anything when I’m always worried but, I’m working on it…).

Oh and my aunt FINALLY got her test results back and she was POSITIVE for COVID-19. She said it feels like there is glass in her chest when she breathes and that she can’t taste a single thing. She has been ordered by the docs to stay quarantined away from her family and have them drop things off for her at the door to her bedroom, no sharing plates or anything like that.

On the bright side, we ended up skipping Sushi’s follow-up appointment for his chin acne. It cleared up with just the wipes and some shampoo. The antibiotics started making him not eat and dazed so we just stopped giving them to him. Luckily, he was able to recover without it.

I know that tons and tons of us are all in the same rocky boat right now and I hope things will fix itself and everything will be better soon. Stay safe and healthy, that’s all that matters. FOR NOW, at least we have toilet paper, food, and our internet is still connected. These 3 things are complete luxuries to me at the moment.

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05:50 PM

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71 thoughts on “Journal Entry #314

  1. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a few worries, kitty cuddles will always help! ❀
    In regards to the sweetness of the soup maybe they were really sweet tomatoes, I find ketchup too sweet sometimes haha

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    1. Kitty cuddles do help β™‘ I’d think by now they’d be sick of us being home all the time but they only get more & more clingy lol. & we were thinking the brand of canned tomatoes he got could’ve been the reason why the soup was too sweet, too & I totally know what you mean about ketchup!

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      1. I agree about the clingy-ness, the first week or so we went into lockdown my cat didn’t care and acted like I wasn’t around but not she gets so excited I’m here – she’ll be heartbroken when I start leaving the house again. I’m not a big tomato lover haha

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        1. Oh my gosh, that’s so funny that your cat has started becoming more clingy, too! She’s gonna start doing the sad meows when you leave now. 😦 & tomatoes are ooookay to me, they’re not the worst but def not the best lol.

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  2. Celebrating bdays during this time is so weird. My dad’s bday was earlier in April too and I kept comparing to what we did the year before and I can’t help but feel sad. We literally had a huge party last year since it was his 60th. Did you get to at least FaceTime?

    Also I’m sorry your aunt got diagnosed positive :/ it can be really scary. Honestly though I think the news talks more about severe cases and deaths than the number of people who have recovered.

    I hope you’re taking care of yourself too!! Both physically and mentally. Sounds like the bf is working hard in the kitchen!! So that always helps ❀️

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    1. Oh! One thing I forgot to mention, I know your bf applied to work for instacart but hadn’t heard back yet. My friend started working for Shipt in our area and has had pretty good luck with that. I’ve never personally worked for either but it sounds like she’s made a good $100 every day or so depending on how much work she chooses to take on. I think she said it also took a few days for them to get back to her to confirm her eligibility though.

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      1. Wow, I had never heard of Shipt & 100 dollars a day sounds great right now lol. I’ll tell him to check it out. He’s *still* waiting on Instacart. Thank you for letting me know!! β™‘

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    2. Yeah, BF’s birthday was earlier during this lockdown, too. It’s so sad. I hope that this will all be over by June, when mine comes around & my dad’s due to visit. 😭 I don’t really like video chatting, or talking on the phone, to be honest so we didn’t do that either!

      I did see that there have been more recovered cases, right? That’s really good to know. I am worried about her & her family. 😭

      Thank you, Keira β™‘β™‘ same to you!!

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  3. It’s definitely a weird time right now. I was doing relatively well for 3 weeks but there have been 1 or 2 days in the last week (including today) where I’ve felt a bit more disconnected and in the “I don’t know what’s going on” mood. I believe we will get through this though.

    On the bright side – wow! That is a lot of food and a lot of variety.

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  4. I love that you still remembered to take pics of your food daily and your plates are cool! I’m the main cook in my house so it’s been nice to try out new dishes. I hope your aunt feels better soon, having corona must be awful! X

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    1. Lol I don’t think I can purposely forget to take pictures of my food anymore! It’s like a ritual now. πŸ˜› & how fun that you’ve been trying out new dishes in the kitchen! Will/have you shared any on your blog?? ❀ & thank you for the well wishes for my aunt!! I can't imagine what it'd be like to have Corona. 😦


  5. Mmm, your boyfriend is one hell of a cook! I love how you guys have different meals because whenever we cook dinner, we honestly more or less have the same item 3-4x a week and then alternative with some other protein for the rest of the week with one night for take out.

    I’m sorry to hear your aunt tested positive for COVID! It’s such a scary thing and I hope she recovers quickly. I love and support your positive attitude in regards to the situations you can’t control. I hope the system glitch clears up in the next few days for you guys! I’ve been binging The Sims 4 as well while in isolation.

    Take care!!

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    1. He really is! He impresses me with the dinners he whips up everyday, especially with the low amount of ingredients we have. πŸ˜› & honestly, switching up the protein is good enough for me, as long as it’s not the exact same meal everyday!

      I hope that she’ll recover quickly, too. Her symptoms aren’t severe enough to be hospitalized so I’m happy about that. ❀ Thank you for your well wishes, Claire!! & the stimulus check systems have cleared but still waiting on that CARES act to go through in my state so I can start collecting unemployment…

      Sims 4 has been my rock lol, I'd be totally insane without it right now. Love that you've been binge playing, too! πŸ˜€

      You take care as well, love!!! ❀


  6. I can’t believe you all didn’t receive the stimulus check! That’s so strange and frustrating. My heart goes out to you during this financial strain and it’s really tough when these kind of things are out of our hands. Also, I’m so sorry about your aunt, but it’s about time that she got her results. I hope she makes a quick recovery!

    It feels like it’s been forever and I was so excited to see your update! Take care, Hunida; I hope things will start looking up for you all soon! β™₯

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    1. I know, it was like, of course both of us were the unlucky ones with the stimulus checks but, they finally figured the glitch out. Woohoo! & thank you, Stephanie, the financial strains have really been getting to us but, you’re right, these things are totally out of our hands right now & we just gotta wait it out. 😦 & thank you for the well wishes for my aunt, too, I’m glad she finally got her results. I think it was actually way better for her mental health!

      ❀ it does feel like forever since we last spoke!! I hope things are well with you, love!!

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      1. I’m glad it has been resolved now! I hope your aunt is feeling as well as she can; I can’t imagine how taxing the stress of not knowing the results were.

        It definitely feels like it’s been quite some time since we’ve caught up, even though the days are all running together! I’ve had to change around my blogging schedule a bit, but things are good on our end and I hope you and boyfriend are doing well!! β™‘

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        1. My aunt went back to get re-tested & has officially been cleared of the virus. πŸ™‚ I haven’t been around the blogosphere at all really. Miss you & so glad to hear you’re doing well! β™‘

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          1. I’ve been wondering what you’re up to; I miss chatting with you! Also, that is wonderful to hear! I haven’t been on here as much either but my posts aren’t showing up in the Reader anymore due to switching to a self-hosted platform and I don’t have the expense to have them show up at the moment.

            Hope your week is going well, Hunida! β™₯

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            1. I miss chatting with you, too! I’ve just been hiding from the internet world for awhile lol. I hate how that happens with blogs who go self-hosted, I’m sorry! 😦

              Hope you’re doing well, love!!

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt, and I wish her a speedy recovery! This is such an emotional and financial draining (literally!) time – I hope you and your boyfriend get your checks very, very soon!

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  8. I hope your Auntie recovers soon, that sounds exhausting over time. Looks like your bloke is becoming even more of a good chef. I was wondering how self employed people would be coping who don’t normally work from home. Thank goodness you have family who can help. Give your cat a cuddle from me. Xx

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    1. Thank you, Chrissie! My aunt is fully recovered now. β™‘ & I noticed boyfriend has been getting more creative in the kitchen, for sure! πŸ™‚ Yes, thank God for boyfriend’s mom & the stimulus checks. Self-employed people were only given the option to apply for unemployment assistance this past Saturday so it has been really tough & still waiting for approval & such. Ugh. Will def give the cats a cuddle for you!! β™‘β™‘β™‘

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    1. The teriyaki chicken was awesome! & I can’t remember if I already told ya but my aunt is cured now. πŸ™‚ There is only up for here & I’m looking forward to it!! β™‘


  9. Ohmygosh your Aunt has COVID19! I hope she recovers quickly. Feels like glass when she breathes. YIKES! And not able to taste anything. Sounds like a sucky-ass illness to me!!!!

    That picture of you and your kitty is the cutest! I’m so glad he didn’t have to go back to the vet!

    I’m beyond furious that you guys didn’t get your $1200 checks!!!! Last time I checked my Mom hadn’t gotten hers either. Grrrrrr.

    All the food sounds and looks yummy, but especially the goulash and the various steaks. LOL

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    1. I KNOW!! She seems to be more calm now that she knows she has it so that’s good at least. I would NOT be happy if I could not taste. 😦

      Sushi has been scratching his chin again & we don’t know what to do. We do not want to bring him back to the vet. 😦

      I hope your mom gets her check SOON if she hasn’t already! I can’t believe their “glitch” is lasting this long.

      Boyfriend definitely is whipping up some good food in the kitchen though!! ❀

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      1. Hope your Aunt is doing better by now.

        Oh dear…Sushi…we can’t have you scratching yourself raw. Can’t they prescribe him a kitty-strength antihistamine? He doesn’t want to go to the doctor. But if he must, he must. Whatever decision you make, I support you because I know you wuv hims.

        Mom got her $1200 on her birthday! I need to ask her if she wants to buy herself something (a new chair???) or plunk it into savings. I say at 93 she should spend, spend, spend. But we probably are going to need a new (used) car soon. Dad’s was recently valued at around $200 by the county assessor. LOL That’s two hundred, not two thousand.

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        1. Thank you, Jinjer! My aunt has been cleared of the virus. πŸ™‚

          Ugh. His skin is slowly clearing up again. We’ve just been using the special shampoo & wipes. Lol thank you for your support. β™‘

          Aw yay! Happy birthday to your mom! β™‘ I agree that she should just spend the money on whatever she wants. Hopefully you won’t need a new car. We’ve sold a couple for less than that lol. I guess they don’t go for much these days!

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  10. Hunida!!! How are you girl? I’ve been thinking about you because I’m working PM to AM shifts right now, and I know you have talked about sleeping into the afternoon which always seemed foreign to me, but now it’s my life. I actually am enjoying the schedule though! Ok, I’m only two pictures into this post and need to get a snack haha- looks all soooo good. I’m craving some fried food right now so the popcorn shrimp is just jumping off the page. I hope by now you’ve received your stimulus check since I’m behind reading this!

    I am so sorry about all the havoc this freaking virus is causing for you personally & about your Aunt too- How is she doing? I send you the HUGEST hugs- I know these times are just insane, stressful and scary. So much love to you ❀

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    1. Hi Mackenzie!!! I am as okay as okay can be during these times. πŸ˜› How are YOU!? Sounds like we are on the same sleeping schedule now. πŸ˜‰ I hope you haven’t been too overworked & that you’ve been staying safe. ❀

      The popcorn shrimp was baked in the oven lol I wished it was fried!! & we still have not received our checks…

      My aunt is doing better mentally but, physically, she says still is is having trouble breathing. Has to sleep sitting up & is on an inhaler. 😦

      Sending hugs & love back!! ❀

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      1. Aw I hear you- I have the same response! As good as can be given the circumstances. thank you for your safe wishes too- so far, so good πŸ™‚

        Ohhh well the fake fried through baking is the best because you get the flavor without the stomach upset!! (Fried food does me in!).

        Aw man, I really hope she recovers entirely soon. Praying!

        Have a great rest of the week, gf ❀

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    1. Hi Jess! It’s been so long since I hopped on WP & I’m happy to let you know that my aunt is asymptomatic now & going back in for testing– hopefully to find out she is cleared. πŸ™‚ I hope things turn around soon, too. *hugs back* β™‘β™‘β™‘

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I’m so happy to hear no one near has been infected. My aunt has officially been cleared of it, too. πŸ™‚ & we did eventually get our money, thankfully. He also has still been making us incredible meals!! β™‘

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  11. Hi Hunida!! I have so much catching up to do around here..goodness, it’s been too long of a WordPress break!! I hope you are holding up well despite everything going on and I hope you receive your stimulus checks soon! I know it’s different in Canada, but my sister had a delay in her CERB gov’t relief payments too, so hopefully it is just delayed for you also!

    I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt! I hope she gets well really soon, the worst part of all of this is just not being able to be with your family when you need them the most. I can’t imagine what that self-isolation is like. :/

    I want to let you know I’m here for you and I’m also coping with the Sims :’) (my origin is jensetay if you want to see my attempts at renovating builds & my sims lol!)

    PS!!! I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award in my last post, I do hope you take a look! I really love all that you do around here, you’ve got to be the kindest blogger I know. Your support means the world to me πŸ™‚ xoxoxo All the best β™‘β™‘β™‘

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    1. Hi Jenni!! So lovely to read a comment from you. I’ve also taken a step back from the blogosphere. My check was delayed & did eventually make it to me. Phew! It was such stress wondering if/when it was coming.

      My aunt is clear of the virus now, thankfully! πŸ™‚ & I agree, it sucks that being around family would make things worse instead of better.

      I haven’t played the Sims for about a month now but next time I hop on, I am sooo looking you up. πŸ™‚

      Wow wow wow, you just touched my heart. That means so much to me. β™‘ I’ll definitely be checking out your award post SOON & will write a response in the future!! Thank you so much, my love!!! β™‘

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      1. AWW! there has honestly been a void in the blogosphere without your dazzling light! I’m so happy to see you back on here! Also, so good that you got your cheque! I know my sister was feeling the exact same way! Also so great that your aunt has been cleared ‘rona free! Amazing news πŸ™‚

        OMG HAVE YOU SEEN THE ECO LIVING EXPANSION?! I’m snatching that up the second it’s released. It was made for me. Oh and the free patch updates….oh my lawwwd (there will FINALLY be free placing windows and doors…brb CRYING) Definitely look me up pls judge my builds.β™‘

        I cannot wait to read your response! No rush of course, in your own time πŸ™‚ just glad to see you back! xoxoxo sending so much love and good vibes from ole canadiaaa!β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘

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        1. Wow wow wow, that truly warms my heart so much knowing that you’ve actually felt a void in the blogosphere since I’ve been away. β™‘ I am so glad that your sister got her check as well & I hope you & your entire family have been staying healthy, too!

          & oh my gosh, YES!!! The new patch update is EVERYTHING. Cannot wait for it! It’s about time we finally got some freakin’ firefighters. I never understood why they weren’t in there in the first place! I wish I could get Eco Living right away & the other two packs I’m missing but, it won’t be possible for me for loooong while. 😭 I will look up your builds & comment on them, for sure, when I play next. Probably June 2nd for the update lol!

          β™‘β™‘β™‘ sending all my love & hugs back to you!!!

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          1. ❀ Yes we're all well and happy, thank you xoxoxo I hope the same for you πŸ™‚

            I cannot WAIT for the update, I probably won't be on till then too lol!! ❀

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  12. Hi Hunida, I hope you’re doing well, this was the most recent journal entry I found. I’m sorry to hear about your Aunt testing positive for Covid-19, and that you guys are struggling in the financial department. Wishing you all well ❀️

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    1. Hi Laken!! ❀ I hope you & your son are doing well, too!!! How has everything been?! It's so so lovely to hear from you. My aunt is now clear of the virus, boyfriend has found a job, & I was able to file for unemployment so we are doing much better now, thank God. ❀ Means so much that you've stopped by to check in!! ❀ ❀

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      1. Thank you! Everything has been a little chaotic to be honest lol. I’ll probably be making an update soon, it’s just hard for me to keep up with everything anymore. I miss reading your blog and talking to you!
        I’m glad to hear your aunt is clear of the virus now and things are looking so much better for you guys! I’m glad it worked out ❀ Stay safe out there!

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      1. I’ve been decent! I was re-employed two weeks ago! Also, there hasn’t been a confirmed case on the Island for about a month now.

        And, I’d like to think all of us who have checked in on you is what prompted your first post in two months. Welcome back!

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        1. Oh yay! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been re-employed now & that there are no new cases on your island! I am guessing/hoping you are fully clear of any symptoms now, too, right? ❀

          & you are right!!! Thank you so much for checking in on me. It definitely prompted me to write my first post in two months. Feels so good to be welcomed back! ❀

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