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What’s Going On Wednesday

What’s Going On Wednesday was an idea that originated with Andrea from The Distracted Housewife (she’s currently not blogging but hopefully we’ll see her back in the blogging world sometime soon) and Shelly from A Mothers Nook.   The idea is to just share a little of what’s going on in our lives behind the blogs.   This is probably going to be a really random post.

  • I’m still trying to get my blogging “mojo” back.  I typed that sentenced simply because I think mojo is a fun word and apparently one not supported by the WordPress spell-check system.

  • I try not to brag about my boys too much on here BUT….G was inducted into the Junior National Honor Society last night AND J’s art teacher chose his artwork as part of a display in a local arts district that supports our school (only 30 pieces out of 360 were selected).  The plan is to go see his artwork sometime this weekend.

    Don't you like the blurred effect?  Works nicely for the blog at least.

    Don’t you like the blurred effect? Works nicely for the blog at least.

  • I’ve also been taking the boys to school.  I took them in my pajamas yesterday despite at some point in my past saying something like:  “I’m never going to leave my house in my pajamas to take my kids to school.”  AHEM.

  • My latest Netflix addiction is a show called Jericho.  It’s really, really good but I’m concerned that it’s labeled as a “cult tv show” on there.  I’m also watching Once Upon A Time, Resurrection, and Gracepoint on regular television.  Oh, and sometimes Masterchef Junior.

  • I need to get back to reading and doing my book reviews.  The last book I read was The Giver.  I wanted to like it but I didn’t find it as intriguing as the other similar books out there.  My brother-in-law loaned me the first two compilations of  The Walking Dead graphic novels but I’m having trouble getting into them.

  • In case you are wondering, our Siamese cat is still missing.  I’ve been checking Craigslist lost and found daily (I also have my own ad running and reports filed all over the place).  We do still have this little gray thing that keeps us busy with her demands:

    She makes sure we stay busy even at 3a.m.

    She makes sure we stay busy even at 3 a.m.

  • Work is still keeping me very busy (I worked every day last week and am looking at 3 days today included this week) but I still really do love it.

Speaking of work, I need to leave here very soon to get there so this is where I’m stopping today.  What’s going on in your world on this Wednesday?


Menu Plans Must Happen For Me

Menu Plans may not be for everyone.  If you are one of those lucky few who can stop after a full day of activity and throw together a nutritious and balanced meal for your family, you have my respect.  Please share your secret with me!  Menu plans must happen for me.  Otherwise, we our meals look like what happened last week:

Domino’s Pizza on Monday (by the way, I think I ate too much of this in college because I could barely eat my dinner)

Roast (BBQ sandwiches) on Tuesday

Leftover pizza or roast on Wednesday

Chik-Fil-A on Thursday (except for the kid who doesn’t like it and wasn’t hungry until later and ate popcorn for dinner)

I’m not sure anyone ate a proper dinner on Friday (G ate at Sam’s Club with his dad and J and I had Chex Mix)

Pretty sure my menu plan the week of Halloween wasn’t as scary as the non-plan listed.  I know my informal menu plans aren’t always quite that bad but I can feel us slipping and so I need to get back to making proper menu plans.  Of course, this upcoming week is not without a few challenges (I work late on Monday, the boys have school activities on Tuesday, and my husband will be out hunting so not here for dinner several days) but I determined to feed to my family a bit better than last week.   mpm-chalkboard

MONDAY:  Spaghetti

TUESDAY:   Frozen Pizza (lots of school activities)

WEDNESDAY:  Soup with baked potato or grilled cheese


FRIDAY:  Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken

The plan this week may not be the healthiest but hopefully it will get us back into a healthier routine and eating out a little less.  Other random items that I plan to fix this week include banana bread and puppy chow (J discovered this on Halloween and I refuse to pay the store price for that stuff so the plan is to make our own).   As usual, I’m linking up over at Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.  Be sure to go check it out for menu ideas that are a lot better than the one I have listed here!

The Blues

Everyone (it seems…there may be a few exceptions but I do not know them) in this town has the blues.  I suppose if you do not live in the Kansas City area, you may not realize it but the Royals are in the World Series!  The whole town seems to be blue.  Blue bird of happiness blue not exactly the same as having the blues (well, maybe after last night’s game but still it was only the first one of seven and according the Facebook which is of course, doubles as a sports digest, they did lose the first game in 1985 before winning it all).

Perhaps you are thinking that this is the part where I tell you that I’ve been out to “party like it’s 1985″ and that is why I have not been following through on my 31 days of Follow Through Series.  Alas, I wish that were the reason.  Perhaps that could be my excuse for Thursday night and Friday I was busy with family.  However, since then, it’s been a different kind of blues around here.

Friday evening, I opted to go to bed rather than make that second (okay, fourth) attempt to holler for Chase, our Siamese cat, to come inside.  Augflowers14 025 He’s been left out once or twice before and usually turns right up and is ready and willing to go inside after a night out “in the wild.”  Except he did not show up Saturday morning.  Nor did he show up on Sunday.  Or Monday.  Or Tuesday.  And we are still missing him today.  He’s simply gone.  We’ve looked around the neighborhood.  I have ads running on Craigslist and the pet connection place.  I have registered him as missing with the microchip place (I’m so glad I followed through on that one Friday not long ago!).  I have flyers ready to go stick in the doors of all the neighbors in a 2-3 block area and hand out at area vet offices.  


Wondering why I haven’t done some of the above already?  Well, we had family from Oklahoma in town all weekend so we were working around that (life doesn’t stop for cats that have gone exploring…) and then, J woke up with a high fever on Monday.   Then, there was work as well to juggle.  Strange thing to be finding yourself a substitute when you are the substitute but it worked out.  Good thing as a trip to the doctor today confirmed it was Strep throat.  

All my free time has been consumed by searching for a missing cat, dealing with a sick child with a super high fever (I’m good to 103 but 104 is my freak out number), and trying to maintain my work responsibilities. 

I’m going to go ahead and count this as a post in the 31 Days of Follow Through Series because one thing the lost cat did highlight for me is the importance of follow through.  I can’t imagine how much worse I’d feel had I not already updated all the microchip information for him.  I certainly wish I had followed through on getting up that fifth time to see where he was on Friday night. 


Switching Gears

There is another component like distraction that sometimes keeps me from following through on my projects.  It is when my day does not go as planned.  Monday did not go as planned because it was full of distractions but I still could have overcome the majority of them had I chosen to do still move forward with my list.  I could have gone to the grocery store and run errands in the rain.  I certainly would not have melted.  I just made different choices on that day.

Yesterday did not go as planned for another reason.  J woke up feeling under the weather.  My day was not going to happen as I had planned it due to circumstances beyond my control.  I had to switch gears if I was going to get anything at all done.

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Photo Credit Neil Coulter via Flickr

I sometimes (often) struggle with actually getting things done when my original plans change.   Wiping down the kitchen cabinets was not on my list of projects I planned to tackle yesterday.  I could have simply done nothing yesterday.

I really was tempted to do nothing.  However, I decided that I could still get things done even if they were not the original things I had planned.  Too often, I do not make that choice.  I simply get stuck.  I was going to do project A today but now the day is different so I can’t do it.  Sometimes, it doesn’t occur to me to switch gears and still get something else done.

It is okay to finish projects in a different order than originally planned.  It certainly helps get some of those unfinished projects finished.   How do you switch gears and get things done when your day takes an unexpected twist?

Yesterday’s Success Stories

Well, I guess what was not a success for yesterday was posting in the 31 Days of Follow Through Series.  SIGH.  I’m determined to fix things today though.  I have yesterday’s post for you plus later, I’ll be writing today’s post.  I actually did have both posts planned out in my head.  They just didn’t get typed into the blog.

Yesterday was 14 days into my month of Follow Through which meant it should have been time to show you a few finished projects.  I do have a FEW finished projects to show you.

The main project I finished this week was wiping down the kitchen cabinets.  It probably seems like a little thing.  It probably is a little thing.  Unfortunately, it is a little thing does not happen often enough around here.

I read somewhere that heating orange oil and wiping down the cabinets worked well.

I heated up my Method cleaner to try it.

I heated up my Method cleaner to try it.

I’m not sure it made a big difference but it did make me feel like I was going a bit “above and beyond” with my cleaning project.

All the cabinets are now clean.

All the cabinets are now clean.

Hopefully, the clean, shiny cabinets will stay that way for at least two or three days.

My other success story isn’t a completely finished project so much as a start on one of my items.  I am not domestic so this was a bit of an ordeal for me.  Can I still say I hemmed a pair of J’s pants if I actually used fusing web and the iron?

One pair of pants he can wear without having to roll up the cuffs.

One pair of pants he can wear without having to roll up the cuffs.

I did use pins and chalk to measure.  I also think I may use the Internet to find a seamstress for the rest of them.  This one pair of pants project was simply not pretty.  I felt pretty accomplished once I finally finished it though.  I probably should have started it prior to 8:00p.m. but I am not sure it would have made much difference given my level of ability.

What projects have you finished this week?

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