Last night I felt like I was hit by a Mack truck, I was so tired and achy. I think I am fighting germs.
On the positive side, I did drag my kids to Costco to get our passport pictures taken. Unfortunately I did not cross paths with their father so he could sign Diva’s application. Princess is getting her first adult passport. My baby is growing up. She is delighted by the thought of traveling without me. My feelings would be hurt except she can’t afford to go anywhere without me yet. **Cue evil laugh**
I had thoughts of getting to the passport office this morning, but without Diva’s completed application and the tiredness that idea went out the window. I would only like to go to the passport office once. So I have this weekend to nail down their father and first thing Monday morning I will be at my local office, praying that it’s not super busy. I am hoping that since it’s March break everyone who wanted/needed a passport has already done so.
I think because I know I can’t travel I now really want to. Well, that and the -30+ temperatures and multiple feet of snow. I am having thoughts of finally trying Trader Joe’s cookie butter, which requires a trip to Buffalo!!
I am a sucker for challenges or anything that gets me to do something a little different. Thanks Carla for “dragging” me along.
Finance: Come in below budget. In all the time that I have been budgeting I can’t think of a time when I was under. I’m usually at best a little over. I’m not sure that this is the best month to try this out in as I have a lot of one-off expenses this month. All 3 passports expire in 2 weeks. Princess turns 16. I need to renew the sticker on my license plate. Property taxes are due. I am going to limit the finance part to the rest of my budget without these 4 expenses.
Personal: One thought. Time management. I don’t know where my time goes every day. In my perfect world I will have time for exercise, reading, crocheting and paying attention to my kids … oh and television cause it’s really important. This month I am going to try to master the art of working out in the morning, thus freeing up my evening to relax.
Decluttering: There is a pile of
crap stuff that’s been sitting in my dining room for far too long. I have tidied it up but I need to figure it out once and for all. Since I haven’t really looked at the pile in at least a year it is safe to say it’s not anything critical. I have 4 desktops to clean off and dispose of. Don’t ask why, I don’t have a good answer.
I think this is plenty.
I haven’t spent the time cleaning off last week’s menu that’s posted on my fridge so we are going back to old school.
Sunday – frozen pizza
Monday – Lobster ravioli with rose sauce
Tuesday – chicken burrito bowls
Wednesday – pasta and sauce with cheese
Thursday – leftovers
Friday – chick peas and rice
Saturday – TBD
Princess was not a fan of the lobster ravioli so since my sister is coming over for dinner she requested that I make it and she will eat something else. Sneaky little bugger.
I am excited to try making the burrito bowls. I think they will turn out well. Plus I will get to use up some of the chicken in my freezer.
I was to do some baking this weekend and never got around to it. I am going to see if I can fit it in this week. I have most of the ingredients to make this Banana Chocolate Chip muffin recipe. Never thought to bake with mayo outside of that Hellman’s commercial with the moist chicken, so this should be interesting.
Some where in all of this I need to find a grocery store. I have not looked at the flyers or my cupboards. But I know we are low on fruit, veggies and milk.
I am fairly sure it is safe to say I took my eye off the ball last month.
- Stop eating after 8pm. – Not exactly, I would say I was successful 40-50% of the time.
- Read 3 books – I read The Butler: A Witness to History and When She Woke.
- Pick up an afghan and work on it – I pulled it out if the closet, does that count?
- Shop my freezer – I don’t think I bought any meat last month
- Get back on track with my daily morning and evening reading – Nope
- Continue to workout at least 5 times a week – I worked out 12 times.
Yup, proof I took my eye off the prize. On the financial front I was 1.44% over my monthly budget and I blame that on the creme brulee. Had I not gone out to dinner with my friend I would have been under budget. Lucky me I get another month to try again!
- Participate in Carla’s March Take 3 challenge, my 3 things to come
- Work on my afghan, pictures to come
- Daily reading in the morning and evening
- Read 3 books
- Stop eating after 8 pm
I think that’s enough for now. Sadly, I want to snack on something and it’s 9:48 pm.
For the past few weeks/months I have been craving steak. So when one of my friends suggested we get together for dinner, The KegSteakhouse seemed like a good choice. When I was last there I tried a mini creme brulee and enjoyed it. So when I was there on Thursday I ordered a full size one.
And for a while I was good. A little over stuffed but good.
Until I went to bed.
I don’t know if it was the shift from vertical to horizontal but my stomach started talking to me … loudly. At one point I thought I was re-enacting that scene from Alien where the alien pops out.
Of course I don’t stock things like Pepto or Tums so I gathered what strength I had and warmed up my magic bean bag.
I spent the night curled around it.
Yesterday morning I could not straighten up without pain so I took the day off and hobbled around the house. Eventually the pain subsided but the bloat is taking it’s own sweet time to go away.
I still have a little bloat this morning which I am going to possibly irritate by going to an all you can eat sushi lunch. I would cancel but since this lunch has been rescheduled twice already I feel like I should just take one for the team.
Here’s hoping that I don’t make things any worst.
For the record, I am totally blaming the creme brulee for my troubles.
In keeping with the spirit of posting about things I haven’t posted about in a long while I bring you a long overdue post about my exercise or lack there of.
I took off last week and a bit. But I started back exercising on Sunday.
For some reason if I work out on Sunday it is easier to continue as opposed to starting on Monday.
I am back to doing 30 Day Sculpt. I really wanted to do Ripped in 30 again but … I just can’t seem to get my self together so rather than quit all together I am going back to my mind games of “it’s just 20 minutes”.
I would really like to workout in the morning but I swear my bed has arms and it holds me tight EVERY morning. lol
So while my dinner is cooking or right after I come home is exercise time. This week I am on point.
It’s sad how easy it is to fall off the wagon.
Hey, remember this?
It feels like it’s been a long while since I planned a week of meals.
I can’t remember what we ate on Sunday.
On Friday I made spinach roll ups to use up some fresh spinach that was threatening to go bad.
I bought some lobster ravioli on my last trip to Costco. They were on sale and I have always wanted to try them. Any time stuffed pasta is on sale at Costco I pick one up as I always have sauce and it makes for a quick dinner. The rosé sauce is because I have some cream cheese to use out. I am on at war with food waste this year for sure!!
This Thursday I am going to have dinner with an old co-worker so the kids are on their own.
I still have to figure out what we are eating on Saturday. I have a lot of chicken in my freezer and I am not a fan of the bird. I’m going to have to suck it up and figure it out.
Anyone know how to make chicken taste like beef?