Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Over and over

I have been feeling like there is not enough time in the day for all I wish to accomplish. I get up every morning, drink a cup of coffee, shower, get dressed, clean up the kitchen, make my peanut butter and jelly toast, my coffee to go, pack my lunch bag and leave for work. About once a week, I lock my car keys in the house (I realize this when I'm in the car) and I have together my spare key, go back in the house and get my keys. I drive to and then leave work. I come home and if I sit on the couch, it sure is hard to get back up and be productive. I need to get dinner ready, hopefully it has been planned, make lunches for the next day, make the coffee, clean up the dishes, eat dinner, clean up the dishes again and watch a little tv or read and go to bed to do it all over againhe next day. In that evening time I try to do a complete load of laundry, you know the third step...put it away. I don't like to do marathon loads of laundry because there is always one load, usually the whites that stay in the dryer until I do laundry the next time. 
I know I'm not alone and I know people gave busier lives, longer work hours, longer commutes and little people who live with them and are able to get it all done, but today, these past few weeks, this is how I've been feeling. My to do list keeps getting longer and longer and carrying over week to week.

The mums I got over the weekend, they make me happy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meal Planning Menu Monday

Since school has started again, I realize I need to be more organized and plan ahead. I was really good at meal planning before, but then I had a rough six months of chemo and everything I knew went out the window. I was just trying to survive. This all came about from the new chemo I started in January (thankfully I fired that chemo in June and started a new one). In May, my fantastic sister-in-law Beth set up a meal train for us during the week and the yummy meals started rolling in. I was so thankful to have one less thing to think about. In June school ended and I changed chemo and started cooking again. I didn't really plan, as I had plenty of time to cook and shop. 
Last week, I semi planned and we got through the week. However this week I knew I needed to plan, for realz. I was away Saturday night and stopped at the food store to pick up some chicken and rice for dinner. Travey bbqed it, I had him do an extra piece so I could have it on my salad this week for lunch. 
After dinner I grabbed a pen and paper and told Travey we were meal planning and I needed ideas. He said Shepherd's pie, I said chicken fajitas, he said brats and French fries, I said lasagna, he said meatloaf and I said pizza. I then looked at the calendar to see what we had going on this week and arranged the menu.

Monday-brats, french fries and salad
Tuesday-chicken fajitas (chicken from the big package I bought Sunday)
Wednesday-lasagna and garlic bread (I have one in the freezer I made last month when I was making one for Travey's injured co-worker) and it's chemo night
Thursday- Shepherds Pie (I forgot I have Open House at work, I'll have to make it ahead of time)
Friday-meatloaf, salad and sweet corn
And here we are on Monday and Travey is working late, good thing brats are easy to cook, I ate early!

Nothing to do with meal prep, just beautiful Lake George in July

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I think I'm blogging again

Hey Peeps! I think I'm going to start blogging again after a 5 month break. I've been thinking about doing it for a while. I'll catch you up on what's been happening, but not all today. I've been reading blogs on huge regular, just not doing it. 
A Lake George selfie from earlier his month

Sunday, March 30, 2014

We bought a house

Stuart is still not sure about this moving business, if too many
people visit at once he thinks we are moving again
I know I have been absent and quiet recently. The thing is we just purchased a home!! It's our first and we are so excited, so glad to not be renting! We've been looking since December and have known we wanted this house since January. It's all a long process. Last weekend we bribed our friends and family with food and beer and they helped us move out. We are about 25 minutes from the house we had been living in for the last 5 years. It's about 2 miles from the house I grew up in and 2.5 minutes from my where my parents live now. We've been unpacking and cleaning and trying to make it our own. We haven't put stuff on the walls and are planning to paint when and if it ever warms up here in VT. Winter can't last forever right?
Stuart was not a fan of moving, he clawed, hissed and growled at everyone. He doesn't really like anyone but us. However he seems to be settling in when he's not destroying my plant (which he's never done before).
**edited, it's a week later, I never posted this because I wanted to add pictures and I needed to take them, which I did and never went back to the post to add them and publish.  Week two in our new house, has been busy, unpacking, cleaning, I had to go to a two day training for work, it was my birthday....
Stuart in my car, on the way to the new house

Beautiful wall hanging made of horseshoes by Kirstyn

My kitchen

Living room



Spare room

View from wrap around deck (hurry up and melt snow!)

Inspiring bib holder made by Kelli

There are the few pictures I have.  We plan to paint when it gets warmer and we can decided what colors we want.  Hopefully life slows down a little and I blog more..