Super Quick Dinner Rolls

Last night I was hungry and tired from a hard run when we got home from the gym around 6pm. It was pasta night, and I already knew I wanted a big bowl overflowing with broccoli with some spaghetti on top, but I was also craving bread to go with it. We had french toast last week and we gobbled up the raisin bread loaf, so there wasn’t one piece of bread left in the house.

I wasn’t in the mood for making muffins or for going back out to the store. So I figured I’d just rush the whole bread making process.

I mixed up a batch of bread dough-

3 cups of warm water mixed with 1.5 tablespoons of active dry yeast and 1.5 (or less) tablespoons for kosher salt.

Then stir in 6.5 cups of flour (I use whole wheat, white whole wheat, and one cup of white flour)

Then I skipped the initial rise, and took part of the dough and formed it into balls a little bigger than golf balls. I put the balls into a bread pan just barely touching each other, and let them rise for 15 minutes while the oven was heating up to 450. I then brushed the tops with a little bit of butter, and baked them for 15-20 minutes.

The recipe that gave me this idea added 1/4 cup of sugar and oil and an egg to the bread dough, and baked for only 10 minutes. But I went with my artisan Bread in Five Minutes recipe, and it took longer than 10 minutes. But even so, I had freshly baked rolls with my broccoli and pasta in just over 30 minutes. I felt like I was in a restaurant, except my rolls were much healthier, and the vegetable portion was much larger!

I finished baking the rest of the dough into a small plain loaf and a large raisin bread loaf after 2 rises. The house smelled delicious all night.

Yesterday’s Rundown:

Breakfast-strawberry smoothie and pancakes with strawberries on top and maple syrup

Lunch-large salad of 5 oz. of baby romaine (red and green), strawberries, grapes, and raisins and a strawberry smoothie and for “dessert” I had a couple date-nut balls

Snack-some dates after running

Dinner-broccoli, spaghetti, and homemade dinner rolls

Work done-dollhouse, finished up a bunch of other stuff, made 2 bridges for billy goats sets

Workout-3 miles on the treadmill at the gym with a fast (for me) finish, then some walking and running and sprinting to finish out the hour

TV-none, but I really wanted a fix last night. Caleb and I were butting heads all night it felt like, and after he finally crashed, I wanted more than anything to get back up and check out in front of mindless entertainment. When I realized I didn’t want it badly enough to break my fast, I thought, “oo, I have a good book I could read too!” But it was already 11pm, and I knew if I got up I would regret it this morning. So I stayed abed.

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Limit your Options

In Waldorf literature and blogs, the writers are critical of the popular parenting practice of offering children a myriad of choices about everything. They feel that children should be directing their energy toward growing and learning and playing, and not deciding what to eat and wear and do all the time. The rhythm of the day (routine) is supposed to carry them along without them having to think about every little thing.

Carrie, of The Parenting Passageway blog (my favorite Waldorf blog), is always going on about this. I agree with her, to a point. I also agree with the unschooling philosophy that treats children and their desires respectfully.

But this post isn’t about your kids. It’s about you. The same idea that works well for smoothing transitions and eliminating conflict throughout the day with your kids, can work wonders for you.

How many times per day are we stymied by what to eat, what to wear, what to do, when to go to bed, and so on? If you have to decide these things from scratch every day, at some point your resolve to make good choices will begin to break down.

It’s hard to fight against the tide all day long, but there are lots of ways that you can use to narrow your options, and thus save your will for more important things than what to eat for breakfast.

I got tired of trying to decide what to eat for breakfast and lunch every day, so I decided that I would just eat the same thing every day. For breakfast I have a smoothie. I put different things in it every day, so I still have some variety. For lunch I have a salad with beans or a salad with fruit and leftover soup.

You can also limit your options by making penalties for yourself. I’ve been doing a no-sugar month with my cousin where we have to pay each other $5 for every sugary item we eat. That’s called putting your money where your mouth is. Limiting your options for food begins and ends at the grocery store. Don’t buy junk, and you can’t eat junk (at least at home).

I don’t have trouble deciding what to wear. I just grab something, but if you do, try simplifying your wardrobe. Have less clothing. Or try wearing the same thing every Monday, Tuesday, etc. plus or minus a sweater or tights or something to bend with the weather.

As far as deciding what to do, you can limit your TV watching by not having cable or a tv at all. Or you can use the same tactic of owing money every time you watch TV outside the time you have allowed.

You can motivate yourself to workout more by joining a running group. I recently started a group, and since I’m “hosting” it, I have to go twice a week even if no one else shows up. Make a commitment to a friend. Sign up for a race. Once you put money down for a race, you probably won’t want to waste the money by not training.

Building routines are a great way to limit your options. Every day when you wake up, you empty the dishwasher (drain board in my case) and start a load of laundry. Every night before bed you pick up the living room. Every morning you go down to the basement to work before your son wakes up. Every summer morning you walk out the door, breathe in the fresh air, and water your garden.

You don’t think about what to do—you just do it. This eliminates all the tiresome whining by your traitor mind about “ugh, what to do now, I think I’ll just go on my computer and read blogs until Caleb starts bugging me.” Or “I can’t decide what to eat, so I’ll just have chips and salsa.” I don’t think about what to have for lunch, I just start making my salad.

Daily Rundown

Breakfast-Smoothie with spinach and berries

Lunch-salad with black beans and guac (I swear I don’t have this every day. I haven’t had it in 3 days! It’s totally my favorite though.)

Snack-strawberries and dates (while Caleb was using his own money to have a McDonald’s milkshake-which I admit to have a weakness for, but I can’t have any sugar, so it was natural sugars for me.)

Dinner-I’m about to have a burrito bowl (all the stuff of a burrito, without the tortilla). I’m going to have a couple of tortilla chips with it, but no more than a serving. We have chili (with veggies in it), veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms), raw brocccoli, raw shredded carrots, guacamole, salsa, and lettuce. I might make banana whip for dessert…not sure yet.

Workout-just played around in the gym with Caleb and shot baskets for 30-45 minutes. I had a hard run yesterday, so I decided to take a rest. I also lifted-legs.

Work done-finished up buses and planes and dremeled story animals, finished keys, worked on bulldozers-might finish those up tonight

tv-none…I did watch a nature video with Caleb on Wednesday, but we agreed that doesn’t count against my no-TV month, since it was for his benefit and not mine. I’m starting to feel antsy to watch something though for my own enjoyment (not that I don’t enjoy David Attenborough).

Listening to Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

I spend several hours a day alone in the basement with very noisy tools. Fortunately I also have lovely noise canceling ear muffs. MSA. That’s the brand. They are comfortable and sturdy. Home Depot has some decent ones, though not as good as mine, but the ones that Lowes sells suck.

Anyway, I recently (within the last several months) realized that I could stick my earbud headphones under my earmuffs and listen to things at a very reasonable volume. Sometimes I listen to music, but I love to listen to audiobooks.

I recently finished the biography of Scott Jurek. Jurek was made famous by Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run. He was already famous in certain circles for winning the Western States Endurance Run 7 times in a row. He also won the Spartathon a 152 mile race from Athens to Sparta 3 times in a row.

The book was not super well written (like Born to Run), although some of that may have been the choppy reading style of the narrator. Jurek was almost an enigma in Born to run, and hearing his story was engrossing. I’d compare it favorably to Dean Karnaze’s book: Ultramarathon Man.

He grew up without much money. His mother had MS. He had to chop and stack wood. He had to cook for his family and help take care of his younger siblings.

When he was about 12, his blood pressure was so high from the stress that the doctor prescribed him medication-which he refused to take. He visited a specialist that told him to relax and think of something he liked (the woods) before he took his blood pressure, and it worked. He was able to bring down his blood pressure on his own.

He started cross-country skiing in high school, and started running to to get in shape for that. And he never stopped running after that, though it would be a long time before he won a footrace.

It’s amazing to hear him tell about running 100+ mile races. And inspiring. The sheer bullheaded perseverance you have to have to force yourself through all that pain. And he didn’t just run them to finish. He ran to win.

The reason it’s called Eat and Run is because Jurek is a vegan, so he talks about his journey from being a hunting, fishing, McDonald’s eating teenager and young adult to becoming a health-conscious vegan.

During one period he even ate all raw. Though he gave that up after winning another Western States as too much effort getting food and getting enough food.

Being vegetarian-veganish myself, I enjoyed that aspect of the book. There are always naysayers out there telling you that you need to eat meat otherwise you’ll be weak, fat, unhealthy, etc. So it’s always nice hearing about stellar athletes that are vegan.

It was also neat to hear Jurek’s version of the Copper Canyon race featured in Born to Run. He doesn’t go into much detail about that, probably figuring that Christopher McDougall already covered it in enough detail for anyone. But he did talk about the race from his perspective, which was cool. He also told how he went back the next year and won the race (he lost to the best Tarahumara runner in the first race).

I definitely recommend the book, though I wasn’t a fan of the audio book reader. It also has recipes at the end of the book that sounded pretty tasty, so getting the paper book would be better in that way too.

Daily Rundown

Breakfast-green smoothie with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and some pomegranate juice

Provisions eaten while climbing our mountain-raisin bread J

Lunch-butternut squash soup from the freezer with more homemade raisin bread (whole wheat, no sugar)

Snack-2 small apples and 3 dates

Dinner-I plan on having 2 pieces of pizza (dominos) and then a quart of cherry tomatoes sliced with black beans and jalapenos—trying to cut back on the pizza

Trusting Yourself

Trusting yourself is just like trusting other people. You trust yourself or mistrust yourself for the same reasons you’d mistrust a mate. And like trusting a man or woman, some people have an easier time with it than others. Some women have an easier time trusting men, because they have avoided the bad ones either by good judgement, luck, or intuition. Or perhaps because they don’t learn from their mistakes.

Some people have no problem trusting themselves, because they have a long history of doing what they set out to do. They decide to take up an exercise program and so they do. They decide to implement a cleaning schedule for their home, and they do. Others of us decide to clean the bathroom thoroughly every Wednesday, and NEVER clean the bathroom thoroughly on Wednesday. Or maybe just once or twice.

We decide that we are going to get that car registration taken care of THIS DAY. And 2 weeks later, it’s still not done. We decide to hang the laundry outside when it warms up a little bit, and when dusk falls, the laundry basket is still sitting full of damp clothes in the foyer.

People like me have trouble trusting themselves. But we have no problem deciding things-making resolutions to do better. It’s really not a problem, because deep down, we know we’ll never do them anyway.

Part of the reason why the Flylady system of housekeeping works for people like me is that we slowly learn to trust ourselves. We start building habits that aren’t too hard, that don’t scare us off, that we actually DO. And so we learn to trust ourselves to do a little bit more.

But it’s only by following through on what you say that makes the magic happen. Letting yourself slip out of the habit is a killer. Your mind jumps on these lapses. “If I just sabotage her once or twice, she’ll give up on this irritating change of behavior.” Because your traitor mind resists change above all else. Your reasoning mind knows change is life, and so you must assert your independence.

If you say you are going to follow a raw diet, do it. You can change your mind later, but make it a conscious choice, not a choice from default, because you were too lazy to follow through on your word. If you say you are going to vacuum the living room every night, vacuum it. Let no excuse get in your way.

Tynan had a great post a few weeks ago where he said that he never quits on a habit until it’s no longer hard. If you decide that vacuuming is too time consuming to do every day, quit after you have started to do it automatically, when you make a conscious decision to stop.

Daily Rundown-

Breakfast- banana smoothie and celery (we were out of spinach-today is shopping day)

Post Workout Snack-4 clementines and 3 dates

Lunch-2 small heads of romaine, black beans, and guacamole and jalapenos of course

Dinner-Black bean soup and homemade bread with olive oil (I know, black beans twice in one day is a lot even for me, but Caleb was dying for some black bean soup. And he ate black beans for lunch too!)

Dessert-a small container of organic greek yogurt that was left from my mom visiting with fresh strawberries and a little scoop of granola on top

Workout-ran 5 miles on a trail while the babysitter was here, it was nice to be able to go somewhere on my run instead of running laps around the block or on the treadmill. I may try to get in a longish run every Tuesday

Work-finished bathtub animals and cut and sanded boats, cut airplane pieces

I also went grocery shopping and mowed the lawn. I use a combination of a weedwacker and push mower (non powered).

 

 

 

Running is hard for everyone

One of the misconceptions about running by non-runners or wanna-be runners (of which I count myself) is that those skinny, athletic people at the gym running away on the treadmills have it easy. We assume that they didn’t have to work to be thin or fast or to gain that endurance. We assume that they were just gifted by the gods with the gift of athleticism, and we resent it.

And we use it to excuse our lack of effort. After all, they don’t have to work to run, unlike us. I have to fight out every mile-against my body, against my traitor mind that gives me a hundred excuses why I’d be better off calling it quits. THEY don’t. Those girls that wear skin tight pants or butt shorts. THEY were running miles in the womb. THEY’VE never been overweight or out of shape. Not that they did anything to deserve that. Those skinny people.

And that assumption doesn’t bother them. But it hurts us. How do you know that thin, athletic-looking girl on the treadmill next to you didn’t use to be an overweight teenager that fought and clawed her way into shape–one gasping mile at a time. How do you know that fit middle-aged woman across from you doesn’t have 6 kids and a full time job, not to mention a sick mother-in-law? And that muscle-bound 40-year old man who is using the stair-stepper? He could have had a heart attack at 35 that scared him straight into losing 90 pounds, and he can barely recognize himself in the mirror.

And that tall thin girl across from you that runs a steady 30 minutes every day? She would much rather be at home taking a nap or reading a book. Her legs hurt, and she gets so thirsty. Sometimes her son adds to her reasons to quit by whining WHEN is she going to be dooone? Sure it looks easy (probably because she’s running so slow), but you didn’t see her a year ago when she could barely run 5 minutes without stopping to walk.

Running is hard. It’s hard for me. It’s hard for you. It’s hard for everyone. So stop excusing yourself from a workout, because those other people at the gym make it look so easy, and it’s so hard for you. But you know what? It’s always worth it. I’ve never finished a run and wished I had done something else. How many things can you say that about?

All those people you imagine are looking down on you and laughing at your lack of fitness, are probably applauding you in their heads and maybe remembering what it was like when they started running. Nobody is laughing at you. Everyone has to work at getting better.

Kale and Red Pepper Wrap / Salad

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The spring and summer after I had Caleb, I was very conscious of eating healthfully. I gave up chips and sugar without hardly a thought. I was a new mother and my son nursed Constantly. Seriously. All the time.

I also had a newspaper route where I delivered papers in my car (with my mostly sleeping son) from 3-5 or 6 a.m. Every Single Day. I swear if I hadn’t eaten so well, I would have been run down and unwell from that schedule.

As it was, I felt tired from lack of sleep, but otherwise pretty good. I lost my baby weight after I started the route (though didn’t regain my pre-baby figure). I had to run the papers up to the doorstep the first route I had, and I ran them up, no walking for me, I needed the exercise.

I had a membership to Costco that year, and my favorite thing to eat for lunch in those days was a wrap and a green smoothie. Costco had the best whole wheat wraps. They were rectangular instead of round like a tortilla, so you could have maximum filling per wrap.

The key to keep the filling in the wrap is foil. Wrap the end of your wrap in foil so the stuff doesn’t fall out the end.

Recently, I was in the mood for something different, and I remembered the days of my delicious wraps. This is what I came up with…

Recipe

 About 4 large leaves of lacinato (dino) kale thinly shredded

1 large red bell pepper-diced

roughly ¼ cup of hummus-any kind (more or less to taste)

roughly ¼ cup of guacamole (more or less to taste)

 Mix it all up in a bowl, and then stuff it into a pita or wrap it up in something. I used 2 whole wheat tortillas that I had lying around to make a big wrap. I secured it with foil that I rolled down as I ate. It was delicious, just like the old days.

 I was hungry and not up for much fuss, but any veggies would go well with this. Broccoli, especially, would be nice. And shredded carrots. It would have been totally delicious as a salad too. 

Daily Rundown:

Breakfast-Green smoothie and then 3 blueberry pancakes with maple syrup

Lunch-banana smoothie and 1.5 stalks of celery

Snack-a small apple and 4 dates

Dinner-homemade corn tortillas topped with guacamole, cooked veggies, raw tomatoes, shredded carrots and broccoli, and black beans

Workout- ran 30 minutes on the treadmill at the gym

Work done- one Sun House-start to finish, and finished sanding the keys for the week

Tv- none, as it is a no-TV month for me. I had a dream last night that I watched a tv show on my computer, and then I realized that I wasn’t allowed to, and I was like, “nooo, now I’m going to have to give my cousin $10!” It was a very realistic dream. I was relieved when I realized that it was just a dream, and I hadn’t failed in my quest for a month without watching anything.

Making the Bed

I have never been a fan of making beds. My mom only made us do it on Saturdays when we had to clean our rooms. It always annoyed me. But I did like the way it looked and how nice it was to climb into at night.

However this was never a good enough reason to make it every day. I mean, it will just get messed up as soon as you get into bed anyway. Plus until recently, I never used a top sheet, just a blanket or two, so it never got that tangled up.

But as I’m trying to follow (in my own way) Flylady, the habit to work on in April is making your bed. I always get up before Caleb, so I have used this excuse in the past to not make the bed. Yes, he shows no interest in vacating the big bed despite the beautiful word pictures I paint about how much nicer it would be to sleep in his own room. I’m fine with it, most of the time, as long as he’s not purposefully annoying me.

To return to the topic at hand, I’ve been making my bed this month. I can’t do it in the morning, so i usually remember sometime before lunch to stop in the bedroom. And I like it. For me, it’s not so much the made bed, though that is nice, it’s the made room.

I made making the bed synonymous with picking the clothes up on the floor, picking up the books from the night before, taking the water glass down to the kitchen. I haven’t gotten to dusting while I’m in there, but I can see myself doing that too.

So the room is picked up daily. The clothes piles don’t build up. I can fold or hang the things that don’t need washing, and put the others in the laundry basket. The books don’t pile up and get stepped on and messed up. And it doesn’t take more than a minute or two, literally.

Ha, naturally neat folks are probably scratching their heads at this point, like DUH, but people like me, who have a tendency to let things slide, know what a revelation routines can be. And what a big impact they can have on your home.

Now if I could only get the unused half of my kitchen table cleared…

Yesterday’s Rundown:

Breakfast-Green Smoothie

Workout 1-went to the first walking/running meetup that I started, there were 3 mothers and their kids there (including me), 2 of them wanted to walk, so I didn’t want to be anti-social, so I walked too. We walked for about an hour. It was nice.

Snack-fresh squeezed OJ and dates

Lunch-at Applebees, I got their unlimited soup and salad, tomato basil soup and spinach salad, it was a pretty good lunch.

Workout 2-Caleb and I went to a trail near us that you can ride bikes on, and he rode his bike and I ran. I’d guess we did less than 2 miles. But if he didn’t stop so much, it would be the ideal workout-at least with him along.

Dinner-Brown rice with garlic (we didn’t have any potatoes for mashed potato day) and broccoli and onions steamed with carrot raisin muffins. it was a very tasty dinner.

TV-none, the internet was down last night so I didn’t get to watch the championship game, but at least I was able to go to bed at a normal hour

Workdone- cut and dremeled 7 whales, turtles, fish, and 2 dolphins, sharks, mermaids, octopi

Lego Organization

Have I mentioned that Caleb loves legos? He plays with them pretty much every day, for hours. Seeing as how he is an only child, I also do a fair amount of playing with legos. Caleb has gotten some legos for Christmas this year and for his birthday, but the majority of legos that we have were mine.

I had loads of legos. I probably played with them until I was 12 at least, maybe even into high school. I got them for Christmas and birthdays and bought them with my own money. Hence, bucket loads of legos.

I brought them here from my parents’ house bit by bit as Caleb got older and better able to clean up on his own. This past visit, I brought everything that was left there here. It was 4 or 5 gallon ziplock bags full.

Before we left, I sorted the legos into groups, because I was on the hunt for an organizational system to make it easier to 1. clean up and 2. find specific pieces.

Caleb likes to try to build lego sets that he doesn’t have or ones that he does have, but we don’t have the instruction booklets for. There are a few sites that you can access old and new lego instructions. My favorite is letsbuilditagain.com, and the second one I go to is brickinstructions.com, but I don’t like that one as much.  So there is a lot of searching for the right pieces.

Before we kept all the loose legos in a big picnic basket. So every day it would be dumped out on the ground and pawed through. And every day Caleb would have to pick them all up and sometimes I helped. The ideal solution, I thought would be some sort of drawer system that had very shallow drawers that you could easily pull out to search through.

So I went to Jo Ann Fabrics and looked at what they had there, and it was all outrageously expensive even with my 50% off coupon. After chess club, Caleb and I went to Walmart, and I looked there. And I found the perfect solution.

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It has lots of shallow drawers. They easy to slide in and out. And I think it looks better than those Sterlite plastic drawer sets, which was what I was originally thinking of. This was also cheaper than an equal number of Sterlite shallow drawer sets. It was $35. The frame is metal, the drawers are plastic, and it seems durable enough.

Better yet, it works! We’ve had the system in place only a few days, but so far, it’s working great. While Caleb plays he pulls out the drawers for the things he needs, and the things stay in the drawers, while he searches, so clean up is much easier. And finding things is much easier too!

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I organized it all, and it was a lot of work up front, but the payoffs are huge. I organized them by type. Some people go by color, but that didn’t make sense to me or Caleb. So all the plates are in one drawer, the 2 by x bricks in one drawer, the 1 by X (X=2,3,4, etc.) bricks, the 1 by X skinny pieces, the car, boat, plane parts, and so on.

I have one drawer for miscellaneous pieces. This is for all the pieces that don’t get sorted during clean up. When I’m playing with him, I will sort this out as I feel like it. I’m invested in this organization system, because I’m always helping him find the pieces he needs to build his creation. This way I can help him more easily, and he needs help less, because all he has to do is look through the one drawer to find the specific pieces he needs.

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The cars, planes, helicopters, space ships, etc. go in the picnic basket, and the houses and bigger stuff go on the top of the shelves.

I do want a small craft box that has lots of sections to divide up the little pieces. Right now I have the lights and clips and other little stuff in zip lock bags, but bags always get dump when you are looking for something in them.

So what do you think? How do you organize your legos?

Daily Rundown:

Breakfast-half an apple and 2 dates and then a Green Smoothie once Caleb woke up

Lunch-a head of red leaf lettuce chopped with black beans and jalapenos on top and a strawberry smoothie (not on top)

Snack-3 clementines and 5(?) dates

Dinner-leftover soup from the freezer with 2 cranberry cornbread muffins with butter

Work done-lots, although I’m blanking on what else I did besides cutting and dremeling 16 sets of keys

tv-none

workout- took the day off

 

How to Be Spat Upon

Caleb spit on me tonight. Not for any particular reason, perhaps a myriad of them. He was in one of those ornery-let me sit on your chair as you are about to sit down on it and refuse to get up- sort of moods. It was getting close to bed time, and he was (slooowly) cleaning up his legos.

We were watching the Michigan game online (well, mostly me), and he jumped up on the couch next to me and spit in my face. I did the predictable thing and hit the roof. I stormed off to bed rescinding stories and snacks over my shoulder. And of course things only got worse from there.

He got more annoying and obnoxious. I got more angry and threatening. Please, you know how this goes if you have kids. Some days things take an unexpected turn for the worse and before you know what happened the night has degenerated into a brawl.

As I stormed out of the bedroom and shut him in it, I thought to myself, what if I hadn’t flipped out when he spit me? By flipping out, I negated any sort of message I might want to pass on about the morality of spitting on people. I may have been growling that you NEVER EVER spit on people! But all he was getting was, “Mama is so mean and SCARY!”

I remember making my dad angry, and all I ever got from it was, “stay clear of Dad when he’s…” (or Mom)

But what if I hadn’t gotten angry? Where was my zen calm? I’m the adult dammit. What if I had acted like it?

I could have taken a deep breath. Reflected on the significance of this insult in the grand scheme of life. Turned the other cheek (metaphorically). And then provided calm instruction about why you must never spit on people, because it just might get you shot someday-well, maybe that’s not age appropriate. And then settle him down by getting up to bed promptly.

But alas, I couldn’t go back in time. So I tried to calm myself down now. I went back to my son and proposed a redo. We’ll start over. Take some time and calm down, and we’ll pick up where we left off.

So we did. The night finished on a smooth note, and I possibly learned a lesson about anger management. I hope, because blowing your top is not at all effective.

Daily Rundown

Breakfast-Green Smoothie and 2 apple waffles (homemade, whole wheat) with maple syrup and butter on one of them

Snack-walnuts and raisins

Lunch-halved cherry tomatoes and black beans

Snacks-an apple, 4 dates, 5 strawberries and 3 dates

Dinner-broccoli and spaghetti, 5 whole wheat dinner rolls (store bought which was why I needed 5 of them to fill me up) with butter (I mean, that’s the only reason to eat a dinner roll right? it’s just a delivery system for butter (or Earth Balance in my case) Which is why I don’t buy them. Tonight I stopped in for soy milk and wanted something junky and some bread to eat with my dinner, hence the dinner rolls) I really want some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies too.

TV-Final Four games-and Michigan won, so I’ll be watching the final on Monday! Although from all the free throws they were missing you’d have thought they were trying to lose there at the end.

Workout-sprints at the park, jogging on the treadmill, some workout in the pool

Work done-dollhouse and lots of furniture cut and glued

 

 

Coming Home

I visit my friends and relatives in NJ 4 or 5 times a year, so I’ve gotten a pretty good routine for leaving and coming home. This visit was the best yet from a work perspective. I wanted to cut, sand, and finish 30 airplane teethers, since I can get 1/2″ inch maple wood at the Lowes there (most Lowes only sell oak and poplar it seems like). I also wanted to keep up with all my orders.

Well, I did all the airplane shaped teethers, and today I only have one outstanding order which was ordered yesterday. Everything else is shipped. I also now have a good stock of my most popular items at my parents’ house for the next time I visit which will be in the summer some time.

I made sure all my clothes were washed and folded before I left, so today I was able to pop them right into my drawers. I also washed almost everything that I keep there, so it will be clean and fresh waiting for me, and my mom won’t have to deal with it.

I’ve spent most of the day today cleaning and organizing. Even though I try to make sure the house is straightened before I leave, something always seems to come up (last minute orders, car repairs, etc.), and the house is usually a little scattered when I get home. The last week before I leave is always somewhat chaotic

While it would be nice to come back to the house perfectly clean, I actually enjoy spending the first day back organizing. It’s a nice way to become reacquainted with your home when you’ve been away.

We brought back all of my legos that were still at my parents’ house, and before we left I organized them into bags according to types. Today I bought something to store them in and I’ve spent some more time organizing the legos that we already had here. I’ll do a post on the new lego organization tomorrow.

For dinner I’m having a curry with broccoli and cauliflower and chickpeas that I pulled out of the freezer this morning, so I didn’t have to worry about cooking something. Tomorrow we will also have something out of the freezer, chili, and I’ll just have to make some corn tortillas and fixings to go with it.

Daily Rundown:

Breakfast-granola (homemade, of course) with soy milk-I hadn’t gone to the grocery store, so I had no produce in the house.

Snack-walnuts and raisins

Lunch-cranberry cornbread muffin

Snack-an apple (after I went grocery shopping while Caleb was at chess club)

Dinner-cruciferous curry with 2 cranberry muffins

Workout-none, again

Work done-none, but lots of housekeeping

tv-none-Caleb reneged on our no TV month, but I’m still in. Speaking of contests, I stayed strong on our long bus ride and didn’t buy any candy or ice cream.