It’s time for another Happy Homemaker Monday planning post and also, the first day of February.
This week is set up to be a busy one over here. I work at the preschool every single day this week and with the exception of Tuesday, every one of my days there is a full one. G has two days of Pep band. We need to prepare for my husband’s birthday party on Sunday and possibly a winter storm. I’m sure more will come up during the week as it always does.
I’m happy to have a way to get my week organized and both Sandra from Diary of A Stay at Home Mom and Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie inspire me to do just that with their weekly link-ups.
The Weather This Week
Nobody knows. It’s been such a beautiful weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s. It’s supposed to stay in the 50s through tomorrow. Then, on Tuesday, some sort of winter storm which hasn’t even formed yet is supposed to come through. They started off saying lots o’ snow and now have backed off saying the snow will stay north and we’ll get less. The lows do go back to the 20s after Wednesday with more normal highs for us in the upper 30s and low 40s. I guess we’ll just see what the groundhog says about it all on Tuesday.
Busy week with a chance for a snow storm (I’ll believe it when I see it) so I’m keeping things pretty simple this week. As opposed to the gourmet meals I usually serve-ha!
Monday: Homemade Chik-Fil-A sandwiches and waffle fries (We had 3 opened jars of pickles in the fridge so I’m condensing a bit. This recipe is perfect since the chicken has to marinate in pickle juice).
Tuesday: Beef and Broccoli with rice (I have sauce packet in my cabinet plus a huge bag of white rice I’m trying to use, normally I don’t buy white rice but I bought this on accident and we may as well use it). If the giant storm hits and I have to drive home white-knuckled in snow and ice, we’ll likely have frozen pizza instead.
Wednesday: Roast Chicken in oven (trying a new recipe)
Thursday: Taco Salads (using left over taco meat from the freezer)
Friday: Frozen pizza if we don’t have it on Tuesday. Maybe OUT. Last week we ended up all fending for ourselves and that worked out just fine as well.
On the Breakfast Plate
Sunday Morning Breakfast
Bacon! Plus two kinds of biscuits (from a can) and blueberries and strawberries. The blueberry biscuits are not ones I’d ever buy again. I made a crucial “forgot to read the label” error and upon reading it at home, the blueberry biscuits don’t even contain any actual blueberries! They contain blueberry flavored cranberry bits. Wait, what? Plus, I thought they were kind of nasty.
What We Ate Over the Weekend
For dinner Friday night, we all had our own things. I finished up some summer sausage and crackers plus had a salad, my husband had some Trader Joe’s burritos (of course, he was not a huge fan), G had a hot dog, and J never really ate anything but snacks (cereal, Chex mix, etc.)
Saturday, I attempted to make my own Ikea cinnamon rolls using Trader Joe’s pizza dough. They weren’t bad but next time I’ll find time to simply go to Ikea. We had both lunch and dinner out.
My attempt at copycat Ikea cinnamon rolls
I took the boys to Burger King for lunch (J wanted “double lunch” since he wasn’t planning to eat any dinner) and then, we went to Olive Garden to celebrate my mother in law’s birthday with family. Interesting fact about the four of us: we all dislike eating at Olive Garden. Too expensive and no flavor. J had a Sprite followed by some plain spaghetti noodles simply because his “double lunch” wasn’t holding him.
It’s the early afternoon or late morning (depending on who you ask) on Sunday and I’m working on this post. My husband is working for a bit this morning and not home. The boys and their cousin, who spent the night last night, are having breakfast while playing a video game in the living room.
Top 5 on My To-Do List
- Get birthday cards for the February birthdays addressed and ready to be mailed
- Finalize plans for my husband’s birthday (his birthday is next Monday but we’ll be celebrating with family on Sunday)
- Clean the bathrooms especially the one in our bedroom
- Organize one of my cleaning supply areas (hopefully, a blog post will follow)
- Find a local reputable place to transfer our VHS tapes to DVD
Books, Movies, and Television
I bought a new book, Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days by Chris and Heidi Powell, last week but haven’t had a chance to read much of it yet. I skimmed through the free e-book, Home Organization For Stress Free Living by Karen Peffine but wasn’t really very impressed. I was excited for a minute when she talked about organizing styles but found none of her descriptions really fit me and the rest of what I read had a “I’ve heard it before” feel to it. At the insistence of my teenager, I’ve also started reading Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. He went with me to library to help me find it. He’s currently reading the most recent book in the series.
We watched Terminator: Genesis over the weekend. I really enjoyed it and although he wouldn’t admit it, J was watching it as well and seemed to like it. Funny thing is when I was trying to describe the movie, he exclaimed, “I can’t stand that Dr. Who robot stuff!” and then, who should I spot in the movie (in a very brief scene) but Matt Smith, the eleventh doctor. I also let G & J watch the original Terminator movie with me. Terminator: Genesis is rated PG-13 but the original Terminator was rated R (other than some language, definitely a PG-13 by today’s standards). I’ll be ordering Terminator: Judgement Day for us all to watch together next.
I managed to watch The Flash and The 100 last week, both episodes were much better than the previous week. I also re-watched the season 2 Finale of The 100 which helped me make a bit more sense of the first episode of The 100 from this season. (Not really related to what I watched but I was super excited when a Trader Joe employee recognized my S.T.A.R. labs sweatshirt from The Flash on Tuesday)
From The Camera
The moon setting was as pretty as the sun rise on Wednesday
I bought Valentine-themed tissue boxes!
Thoughts for the Week