Monthly Archives: February 2013

Whole lotta random

I can’t believe it’s been more than 2 weeks since I posted, especially since I was all up and determined to post a LOT.  Guess that’s what happens with well-made plans?  Anyway, I’ve had lots of various things rolling around in my head, and I don’t have the energy to make a cohesive, topical post, so here’s a brain dump.

  • I promise this isn’t going to become a food blog, but I have to share a couple of Pinterest successes I had over the weekend:
    • BBQ potatoes, named such not because they feature BBQ sauce, but because the cook likes to pair these taters with her favorite BBQ dishes.  These are very good, but next time I’ll use Idaho potatoes instead of goldens, I’ll use less broth (I got a bit carried away), and my cooking time was a definite 50+ minutes as opposed to the 35-40 that’s suggested in the recipe (but that might have to do with the type of potato?).
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Here’s how mine turned out!

    • Lasagna roll-ups.  I appreciate that this is a meatless dish, because I get kinda tired of always arranging a meal around meat!  I loved the spinach and cheese flavors, and I was so happy to see my kids gobbling up a veggie.
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Next time I will be more careful about covering the noodles with the marinara, because the uncovered parts tend to get too done, almost crispy.
  • I swear kids know the exact instant you are taking a minute for yourself.  I’m sure no one would believe me, but I think Lucy hears the pod pop into the Keurig, my finger hit “Brew,” and then she does her business like a Pavlovian dog.  I can’t even count how many times I’ll go to sit down with a hot cup of coffee and I smell a funk in the room and have to tend to it, only to come back to a lukewarm cup of coffee and the temptation to slip into a funk myself.
  • Products.  I want to talk about products!  I love getting good recommendations for items that work for other people, so give me your suggestions and I’ll share the following:
    • Urban Decay’s Naked 2 eyeshadow palette.  I got this for Christmas from my Hubs, and I have fun playing with it every single time I get ready.  It’s not cheap but I can tell it’s going to last me a good, long time.  There are a bunch of tutorials online that you can follow to create different looks, but I also like just experimenting.  If you want getting-ready time to be fun again, I highly recommend investing in this makeup!
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The purple-y/plum and silver shades are my favorites, but EVERYTHING works. It’s magic!
    • Scarves.  I am by NO means a fashionista (who can afford to be?), but I do love to follow trends wherever I can, and scarves are simply the *easiest* way to update a wardrobe and spruce up old favorites in your closet.  I think I got this one at Target for $10?  And I just LOVE it.
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Apologies to my Facebook friends; this is my profile picture and I’m sure y’all are tired of looking at it!

    • More for you…Best pancake mix?  Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk makes the fluffiest, stand-up-to-syrup pancakes every time.  Best cleaning aid?  Swiffer dusters.  I love that I can throw those puppies away when I’m done!  Best cheap red wine?  Barefoot pinot noir.
    • Okay, now it’s your turn!  Please share your tried-and-true trusties with me.
  • I have a couple of writing projects at hand, and even though I’ve been working on them mentally for several days now, I’m having a block when it comes to sitting down and actually writing.  I keep making excuses for myself, like “the kids just really wore me out today,” but I’ve written in the midst of kid chaos before and I know it.  I hate when I encounter self-stubbornness.  Anybody know a good cure?

Well, that’s about all I have at the moment.  Maybe now that I’ve put up a completely fluff post, I can get down to the serious business of my writing projects and sharing some deeper thoughts here on my blog.  Thanks to everyone who reads here — I really appreciate it!

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Checkin’ in on all those goals

A week or so ago, I was Skype-ing (new favorite thing) with my dear friend Leslie, and I asked her if she’d read my list of goals.  She nodded and said, “B, that list just exhausted me.”  I laughed, because it’s so true.  Overachievers Anonymous card-carrying member, right here.  I explained to her, though, that I feel super-duper compelled this year to really get things done.  I can’t explain it further, except to say that I’m staring 40 squarely in the eye (okay, I have a buffer but it doesn’t *feel* like I do) and enough is enough on delaying those good things and experiences in my life that I’ve always wanted to embrace.  Yes, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and yes, this occupies a radical portion of my waking hours, but NO, this doesn’t mean that I can’t attack a list of goals with gusto!  However.  And there’s a big HOWEVER there…I did take Leslie’s hint-hint advice and decided that I need to also build in some restful time.  Time during naps and time after the kids have gone to bed and time just during the day to not tackle a darned thing on any to-do list or goals list or a list of any kind.  Time to just sit and breathe and soak it in.  You see, *this* is why I have the friends that I have.  They know me, and they say, Hey, calm down there, Becky.  Maybe take it down a notch?  Yeah for good friends!

Anyway, so I’ve been trying to be mindful of both my goals AND my need for non-goal-getting time.  I’ve always said the best lives reflect a state of balance, and it’s a good thing to practice what I preach, yes?  So even though I’m not as far on my list as I probably otherwise would be by now, that’s okay.  But, let’s check in, shall we?  Progress check numero uno:

  1. (#4, Read at least 2 books a month):  Check.  In January, I read the first two books in the Hunger Games series, and I’m gobbling up the last installment right now.  I also started two other books, so I’m well ahead of the game here.
  2. (#5, Get on a good cleaning schedule):  Hmm.  How to say this?  I’ve tried the thing where I spread my chores out over the whole week.  Not fond of it.  I feel like I’m ALWAYS slaving on my house.  I’ve also tried the thing where I squish up all the chores into Thursdays and Fridays.  Not fond of it.  It’s super-exhausting to clean the house from top to bottom, do all the laundry, buy all the groceries, and be a mom to my preschoolers all at the same time.  Summary:  Still haven’t figured this one out.  Sigh.
  3. (#6, Blog more):  I’m here, aren’t I?  Ha.
  4. (#11, Host playdates once a month):  YES.  One down for January, one down for February (and the month is young!).  Check!
  5. (#19, Potty-training):  I’m going to give myself a break on every single other goal, because this one has been MET.  Wooooooooooooot!!!  Will is doing so great.  He’s only had a couple accidents since he really got the hang of it, and those were situations out of his routine.  I guess that makes him like 95% potty-trained, but I’m giving us the gold star anyway.  Huge, major, most fantabulous accomplishment EVER.
  6. (#20, Saving money):  I’ve been clipping my coupons and *using* them whenever I can, and during my last two trips to Target, I saved $14 and then $12, respectively.  Not too shabby.  I know it’s not much, but it adds up.  Plus, I’ve set aside two earned $5 gift cards for Christmas.  I’m going to save all of them until December, and I’m hoping to get well past $100 of “free” money!
  7. (#23, Force myself to do more “kid” time):  I’m kinda proud here as well.  Just this week, I got out the crayons one day and colored with my kiddos for a bit, and then yesterday I got out the Play-doh and helped get my kids going on punching out shapes and such.  I have a long way to go here, but I’m glad I made these steps (instead of Facebooking, doing the dishes, etc.).

So that’s my progress update.  I didn’t mention the ones where I’m still at square one, but I’d say this is a good showing for the first week of February?  See, Les, I’m being reasonable!  😉

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