Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Folding and Vacationing

folding a book while waiting at Denny's...

My family and I have been in the wilds of Utah this past weekend. I brought all of my beads and three books to fold. I finished folding all three books by the middle of the second day of traveling. Weird. I surprised even myself.

It's been a busy week, visiting several different family members and juggling emotions and temperaments. Part of me says vacations would be better if I were rich and could afford to stay in hotels. That way I could avoid a lot of the hurt feelings that come from spending more time with the person you are staying with than the others. *sigh*

Anyway, more traveling tomorrow... Yay.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sometimes My Life Doesn't Have a Title

Busy, hot weekend. Brian's and my first weekend together was spent apart. He had to go help his great aunt pack up and move to Northern California. His "I might be home by 3 or earlier" ended up being 5:30. I spent my day printing out the rest of my beads, gardening a bit before it became too darn hot (my garden has been completely inundated with 2-ft high grasses), taking Kiff to McDonalds (or is it McDonald's?) -- where, incidentally, I had the best QUIET time ever - Kiff played on the toys and I simply cut out beads. IT WAS GREAT! I made pizza sauce in my blazing hot kitchen and offered Brian to make dinner. He wanted to go out to eat because he was very very very hungry.

The line was so long for Hometown Buffet that we went next door to Rusty's pizza. I received a terrific compliment from Brian that he was so used to my pizza (artisan crust, varied and abundant toppings, garlicky sauce, ooer!) that this one (thin, limp crust, abundant bland tomato-ey sauce, I-think-there-was-some-cheese and sparse pepperoni) paled, I say paled!, by comparison.

I've been trying to make a routine at night. (Brian feels it is his duty to try to mess it up every night, but I will persevere.) I do the Wii. Yesterday was my 12th day in a row. Yay me! At as close to 9pm as I can, I have Kiff ready for bed and we go to my bed for scripture study. There we sing an opening song, have a prayer and read out of the illustrated (badly) scriptures. Kiff actually has learned the opening song (I sing the same one each day until he knows it) (this time we're learning "Jesus Said Love Everyone") and asks for the closing song ("The Golden Plates") multiple times. That was my favorite song when I was little, so I indulge him. He's changed the words to the Jesus song from this: When your heart is filled with love, others will love YOU to Others will love Kiff. Cute, huh? Not at all ego-centric!

Also, made lasagna, enchiladas (2 batches), salsa and 2 pizzas yesterday. It was good.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Eye Spy

The other day my eye started itching. I thought I had an ingrown eyelash. Turns out it was a cold sore. Yep, underneath my eye. I had one back in college (stress?) and the doctors at the health center all came in to look at me cos they'd never seen one there before. I decided to make an appointment with my doctor to see if medicine had improved in the past 20 years to the point where doctors don't think my disease is something so awe-inspiring.

It isn't awe-inspiring. It's medicateable now (is that a word?). But it itches like the devil. I went home early yesterday from work. This morning I woke up to grossness and I'm leaving work as soon as my replacement gets here.

I look like I've been punched in the face. I thought about wearing a patch, but the dumb eye is leaking. Double gross.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thinking Thoughtful Thoughts

The longer I work on this monthly meal-planning thing, the more I'm getting accustomed to working within boundaries and frameworks. For instance, yesterday I figured out exactly what things I need to have in my refrigerator. The list is relatively short. I also weeded the fridge of all the excess (haven't used in nearly a year and was only keeping cos I *might* need it someday) stuff. It wasn't really a lot - mostly odd bottles of salad dressing and other weird condiments that had been hanging around since we moved last year). It was weird to see the fridge clean and organized. I showed Brian and he agreed that it was much easier to find things. I'm going to print the inventory and put it up in the refrigerator so we always know what goes where (that will help the kids know where to put things) and also what we need if we use something up.

Now I'm looking with an eye to simplifying my food cupboards. We have a billion cans of vegetables that we don't eat. I got them when I was on a prepare-for-the-worst kick. But we don't eat canned vegetables. Except for tomatoes that we make into salsa. I will clean them out and take them to my sister in law's house. Their family DOES eat canned veggies. (I wouldn't throw them away so don't worry!)

Simplifying feels really good. My OCD makes it hard to focus on things, so having extraneous distractions gone will help my peace of mind.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Oh What a Week!

While I drive to work, my mind is always full of what I want to record about life to my blog. When I get time to write on the blog, I go blank.

Ah life!

I have been making a point of doing something important every day for the past week. I will get up in the morning and work on a batch of beads for my Etsy shop - I've made a list of all the regular sellers and am in the process of printing pages of beads of each one. Then, assembly-line-like, I will cut each one up, then roll them all, then make all of them into jewelry. I have a quota I'm doing for each one. Hopefully, I will have enough to last me through the Christmas season as I will not have time to make anything due to teaching classes again. Oh what we do for money... (which reminds me of something horrible I found out yesterday of what someone I know does for money - but horrible things have no place in this blog today!)

My efforts to exercise have restarted and I HAVE EXERCISED FOR 15-20 MINUTES EVERY DAY FOR SEVEN DAYS IN A ROW. We have a Wii and I've been doing that. I figure that 20 minutes on the Wii is better than no exercise at all. It does make me feel like I'm doing *something*.

And I've withstood buying any Dove chocolate this week. Even though it's on sale at Rite Aid for $2.99/bag.

I've finished a major part of my monthly meal planning stuff, too. I made up a chart on a white board that has all 25 meals on it that my family regularly eats. The chart is actually a table of 28 squares that I've labeled with each of the meals' names and a list of ingredients underneath. Then I made up a bunch of same-sized cards with the name of the meal on it and laminated it and stuck a magnet on the back so that IF I HAVE THE STUFF FOR THE MEAL, that label will be on the meal board. After we've eaten that meal, the magnet part is taken off and put on the side of the fridge, just showing the ingredients. That way, I know to add those ingredients to my shopping list at the end of the month. And now we know at a glance what meals we have to choose from in our pantry. No more guessing what to make for dinner!

The great thing about this is that I've made up a bunch of meals and they are in the freezer. Just pull one out in the morning and bake it at night. Easy peasy.

I think this idea has merit because we went grocery shopping (for the whole month in mind) and spent only $57. I still have to go to Costco on Thursday night for some other stuff, but I've never gotten out of the grocery store with spending that little before. And knowing that it was EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. ooh...

Friday was my five-year anniversary. I actually felt a great sense of accomplishment for that. Since it's the odd year, it was my turn to plan our time together. I had Saturday off (!!!!), so asked Brian if he wanted to go to the beach. We've never been there as a couple. We went to Pismo - 2 1/2 hours away - as a trio - Kiff, too. The beach was clean, with soft sand and freezing cold water. I found lots of shells and got sunburned on my calves and forearms. Because I'm a hottie. So there.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nothing Much

The weekend is at an end now and I'm starting the beginning of my new work schedule. This week I need to remember where I am at three different locations over the course of five days. Here's hoping I can keep it all straight!

In other news: Kiff is exploring the feeling of being sick. I don't know how he really feels, but I have shown him how to go to the toilet if he thinks he's going to throw up. It's now his go-to place for every kind of negative feeling.

Last night he insisted on sitting in front of the toilet so he "could feel better". I was doing something else and suddenly realized it was quiet. Here's why:

Good thing I cleaned it the day before.