Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

I did too much

Last Wednesday I felt like I was on the mend, so I went for a walk. I stayed up later than I had been. I started to carry on like I wasn’t just knocked off my feet. That kind of arrogance costs …

While I am not back in the land of sick and suffering, I am not a picture of health. :(

It doesn’t help that this weekend had me out socializing.

Friday night, my cousin invited me to one of those escape game rooms to celebrate her hubby’s birthday. Premise is that you & your team are locked in a room based on a scenario and given a time limit to find the clues that rectify the situation. Our room was a deadly viral infection and we had 45 minutes to find the antidote.

There were 4 of us and it was not a clear as it should have been. We had to ask for a hint as we were stuck for the first 20 minutes. After that we were on a roll until we hit another bump. Then we ran out of time.

Overall I would do it again just not as this particular venue. The space was quite small, the first set of clues were unclear and they turned up the heat as part of the scenario and I don’t think that it was necessary. Regular price is $30 per person … highway robbery if you ask me. Thankfully my cousin had a group buy deal.

Saturday night I dragged my BFF to a club to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends. The event was marketed as for 25+ mature, upscale clientèle … It was a lie!! LOL It was definitely a younger crowd. I was surrounded by drunk 20 year olds. I was amused, the others were not. We were only there for 2 hours. Afterwards my BFF & I went to a Chinese restaurant that we used to go to “back in the day” when we used to party hard.

Sunday should have been rest day but I had tonnes of laundry to do. I really wanted to wash ALL my bedding. Since I feel better I wanted to kill all the germs and have clean sheets and comforters. By the end of the night I completed 7 loads of laundry. My poor washing machine.

This week I am going to try to take it easy. Get back to taking better care of myself as this is lacking right now.



Sick and suffering


Oh my world is upside down.

I have been fighting germs all week and I am ready to concede. I have lost the battle. :(

Diva brought germs into the house and then I spent time with a sick cousin and now I’m suffering. It doesn’t help that I have not been taking the best care of myself recently.

The past two nights I resorted to drugs along with slathering myself in vapour rub. I thought I was on the mend but this morning I woke up feeling like death warmed over.

I’m really hoping that this is the worst of it and I will be better soon. I am not a fan of being sick.

Christmas savings

Now that Remembrance/Veteran’s Day has passed I think it’s acceptable to start talking about Christmas.

Sealed pot 2015

Sealed pot 2015

All year long I throw all my change into this “sealed pot”. It is my easy way to boost my Christmas savings. I don’t miss the coins and it makes such a big difference.

This is the fourth year that I am doing this. I got the idea from SFT and I love it.

Last year’s netted me $310.30.
2013 $445.37
2012 $106

Last year’s pot weighed 5.6 lbs and the year before was 8.8 lbs so it will be interesting to see how much this pot will net. I will not find out until the first Saturday in December.

2.5 weeks to add a few more coins. :)

Then the hard task of figuring out what to get everyone.

OTMTW – 11/16/15

Oh I am cooking with gas as my mother likes to say! Two weeks of meal planning in a row. :)

Monday – chicken adobo with rice and carrots
Tuesday – Spaghetti & meatballs
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – chick peas & rice
Friday – leftovers
Saturday – shawarma
Sunday – steak and TBD

Diva loved the pork adobo I made long time ago. Since I have not purchased any pork belly I thought I’d try my luck with chicken. Hopefully she will love this as well. Fingers crossed as the recipe makes 4-5 lbs of chicken.

OTMTW – 11/09/15

Going to try posting this earlier in the week. Hoping to inspire myself.

Monday – taco night I bought a kit with hard and soft taco shells. No one likes the hard shells. Going to go rogue the next time.
Tuesday – leftovers Fridge is full of little bits of this and that
Wednesday – chicken stir fry with rice
Thursday – leftovers for the kids; sushi dinner for me
Friday – pan fried pork and sidekick Diva is in on the secret so she can make this. ;)
Saturday – shawarma for the kids; Uncle’s house for me
Sunday – TBD

I would like to fit some vegetarian meals in my life. In an attempt to be healthier and cost effective I purchased dried chick peas. This weekend I will figure out how to cook them so I have have them on hand for quick meals. My kids actually enjoy fried chick peas and rice. And according to my mother it is a perfect meal.

I “need” to do some grocery shopping but I really want to see if we can last until next week. We have a lot of food in the freezer and cupboards. Just got to get creative.

I’ve been good

I am on a roll today!

French bread dough

28 minutes in the oven and presto change-o!

Baked French bread

So far I have

  • washed 4 loads of laundry
  • baked a new to me French bread recipe (kid approved :) )
  • had the kids vacuum the floor
  • cleaned both bathroom
  • watched some of the Steelers/Raiders game
  • pop a pizza in the oven since it was already hot

Now it’s time to watch Lilo & Stitch 2 with my girls as I am finished with being productive today.

OTMTW – 11/2/15

I know I’m a little late with this, but I am meal planning so I’ll include it for the record.

Monday – pan fried pork chops with sidekicks
Tuesday – spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – oven baked hamburgers and steamed Brussels sprouts
Friday – pan fried steak and mashed potatoes with steamed Brussels sprouts
Saturday – leftovers
Sunday – TBD

I have not taken any pictures of my meals as I think my phone pics are horrid and I’m lazy to find a real camera. Sorry, bad blogger.

I did a rather large grocery trip yesterday and hope it will last a while. I will not be purchasing much for the next two weeks.


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