Every year I throw my change into a “sealed pot” as a way of saving for Christmas. Usually I open and cash out in early December but as I did my Christmas shopping throughout the year I was able to squeeze it into my regular budget. Also I didn’t think it would be as much as previous years as I was using plastic more than cash.
Anyhoo, on the the reveal.
Some days I really am not the sharpest crayon in the box. Every year I weigh my sealed pot on my bathroom scale and it is a challenge.
There were more attempts which makes this next shot proof that I need to wear my thinking cap more often.
First and only shot on my kitchen scale. Why did I not think of this before?
Last weekend I took my sealed pot to the local bank where I previously threw the contents into their coin machine and presto change-o, a slip of paper with the grand total. Guess what is no longer there? Yup, the coin counter.So in the week I had to get coin wrappers.
Looks impressive, right?
Now to sort it all.
Top pile is “twoonies” which are 2 dollar coins, next “loonies”; 1 dollar coins, then quarters, dimes and nickels with a small amount of pennies, mostly American as Canada got rid of the penny years ago.
Any guesses as to how much is here?
Chest freezer. This will need to be defrosted at some point.
I have 2 freezers chocked full of … I have no idea what.
My goal over this winter is to eat out of the freezer. Ignore any sales on meat. Resist the desire to eat anything other than what I have on hand. Give away anything I know we will not eat. Like the English muffins that are in the top photo (lower right corner).
Meal planning would definitely help with this. My problem with meal planning is that not everyone eats in my house. So I am trying to find the balance between having too much and not enough. Now that my girls are working they are more inclined to eat out than at home, unless it is the few days before pay day ….
At some point I would like to take inventory of the freezers to see what I am working it but I am procrastinating like there is no tomorrow. From my memory I know I have 2 whole chickens, various types of sausages, ground beef, chicken thighs (with and without bone), shrimp and sole fillets. There is also fish sticks, chicken strips and chicken wings.
I did take out some ground beef and chicken thighs for dinner this week. I also
know think those meatballs will be used up this week.
I am making split pea soup today. Princess and I will happily eat this, Diva not so much. Maybe I’ll make spaghetti and meatballs as well since that is quick and easy. Plus I have zucchini so I can make zoodles for myself. 🙂
So this happened …
I was cooking last night and I tried to set the timer and the “up button” cracked. I pressed it again as I was in denial as to why it wasn’t working. It broke more.
I left the button alone.
The outcome is that I can no longer use the timer function on my stove and my oven can not be heated higher than 350°F …
I’ve been contemplating renovating my kitchen and have been advised by most that I should also get new appliances. I was going to hold off but it seems like my stove had other ideas. I hope it doesn’t tell the fridge. 😉
The drive to Ottawa was uneventful. Nice blue sky, clear road.
The service for my BFF’s father was short and very emotional. I believe he will be cremated and we will return in the spring to bury his ashes with his late wife.
Driving in Ottawa after the service … not so much.
I did manage to see one of my cousins and hang out for a few before returning home. Once I got out of Ottawa the drive home was fine.
Taking the day off in a short week made it painful to return to work. Although I did spend most of Thursday thinking it was Monday. 🙂
I am still working out every day. Nothing too strenuous yet as I am smarter this time around and am aiming for slow and steady results. I am really trying for a lifestyle shift. On the weekends I would like to do a longer workout since I should have the time to pause multiple times. 😉
Stepped on the scale on Monday …. If I didn’t know before that I have put on weight I definitely know now!
I feel very obsessed with this new revelation and have been getting up in the morning to workout before going into the office. Given that I go to work for 7:30 am, this is no easy feat. Nothing like feeling badly about yourself to motivate you to get up and moving. 🙂
Today I am going to make the 4 hour drive to Ottawa to attend the funeral of my BFF’s father. He passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. *cancer sucks* My BFF and her father only recently attempted to have a relationship but I feel like it was too little too late. She is being pressured to speak at the service and her eulogy was filled with bitterness. 😦 It has since been edited.
The funeral is at 3 pm and afterwards I will be driving back to Toronto. Madness, I know. But I didn’t want to take too many days off for this. I am hoping that my cousin who lives in Ottawa will be home before I leave so I can see her for a quick minute.
Firstly Happy New Year!!
I was going to try to pretend like I having been MIA for the past 3 months but you’re smarter than that!! LOL
Truth is I has little to say, then I got a life. I tried on-line dating and went on more than my fair share of first dates. Met a guy I thought was cool, he claimed to feel strongly for me. This creeped me out as we had not known each other long before he professed his love. As it turns out “love” to him has a very different meaning to him than it does me. lol
Met another guy, who seems to be entertaining to say the least. He does not require nearly as much attention so I am back!!!
Dating makes you fat. There I said it. So it is back to on the exercise bandwagon for me. Much to the dismay of the new dude as he likes the extra size. Crazy!!
Project Get Healthy (PGH) is back in swing. I have recruited some friends and coworkers to join me on my quest to reduce my size. First thing I am committing to is daily exercise in some form. So much so that I came home tonight at 2am and did a quick light (non-Jillian) workout so that I could count it for January 1.
The next thing I need to do is get back to tracking my calories. That will be Tuesday’s fun. Can’t have too much going on all at once. **tee hee** 😉
Work has been crazy. We started flex hours which means I come in 1 hour earlier and leave at regular time IF I am lucky. I am going to try harder to get a handle on this as time progresses. Really need to get my work/life balance back.
I am so behind in my blog reading. I am reading posts from early November … OCD me will not let me skim ahead or work backwards. I was hoping to catch up over the holidays and I made great strides just not enough yet. I will get up in a few and get back to it.
Other than that life is good. My kids are doing well and have not driven me to drink in a while. Touch wood as now that I’ve said it I feel like I have opened it up to the universe.
What’s new or good with you?
There I said it.
I am really starting to debate what to do with this space. I feel like I’ve been writing too many been a bad blogger posts.
Week before last was a particularly trying one at work with way too much overtime.
This week was much better, work wise but I fell off the exercise wagon. 😦 I was doing so well for so long. Oh well no use dwelling on the past. I will just jump back on today.
I have managed to read a few books.
I enjoyed every one and highly recommend them.
There was also numerous movies … now you’re beginning to understand why I have not found myself in this space.
Add in a new TV schedule and there are just not enough hours in the day.
That’s my story. 😉