Martin Luther King day is a federal holiday and the boys are home from school today. My husband and I are both also home today as my preschool is also closed and he took the day off.
We’ve been more or less cooped up inside due to rain/ice warnings since Friday afternoon. I was so ready to get OUT of this house. We decided to go out and grab lunch and then I was hoping to sneak in a visit to The Compassion Experience. Unfortunately, J announced he had a horrible headache as soon as we were seated at the restaurant and our outing went downhill from that point.
Back to my Happy Homemaker Monday posting. Be sure to hop over to our host, Sandra’s blog, Diary of A Stay At Home Mom and visit.
Well, I’ve taken to calling this past weekend the great ice storm that wasn’t. We did get ice and plenty of closings and cancellations but nothing as severe as they predicted. I know that is good but honestly it made being stuck inside all the more miserable. Still a gray and gloomy one right now but the sun is supposed to be reappearing this week and I saw it making a valiant effort while we were out.
On My Reading Pile
Three books are on my pile. I spent a large chunk of time switching out between two of them this weekend. I have Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire loaded onto my phone. Thursday evening, I made a mad dash to the library and picked up My Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell as well as The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I’m currently reading the first two listed.
On My TV
I have one episode left to go and I’ll have completely watched the whole first season of The Crown. My husband lost interest 1 episode in but I am captivated.
Menu This Week
I’m just not enthused about menu planning lately. I need to figure out a way to bring a bit of fun back to it. However, here’s the rather dull line up for the week ahead:
MONDAY: Veggie Rotini, Garlic Bread, maybe salad (carry over from last week)
TUESDAY: Taco Salads (I work until 6 and then have Bunco so plan to make the meat ahead of time and have it warming and ready to go in the crock pot)
WEDNESDAY: Chicken, I’m undecided what kind of chicken but some sort of chicken. Maybe just rotisserie chicken.
THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot (I work until 6 once again so I’m trying to choose crock pot meals for those evenings)
FRIDAY: Homemade pizza night
- Shred old papers (I bought a new paper shredder last week so this should go faster now)
- Work on my “office” area a bit (read finish cleaning up the desk and maybe pick up a small calendar for the wall back here)
- Write and mail a letter. I’ve decided to join in the 52 weeks of fun mail challenge.
- Work on specific ways to apply my phrase of the year (A blog post in that? Perhaps)
What I Am Creating
A Valentine’s Day craft of sorts. We’ll see if it turns out. It involves cinnamon applesauce ornaments in heart shapes. J and I did make those yesterday.
Looking Around The House
We’ve mostly all been home all weekend long. I don’t really want to look around the house. Hmm…not as bad as I expected.
From The Camera
The empanadas ready to go to school with G for the Spanish class Fiesta last week. No leftovers came home:
My bright yellow flowers cheer me up
Especially when the sky has looked like this for 3 days in a row:
Something Fun To Share
Everyone in our family (well, not the cat) enjoys playing the Apples to Apples Junior game we gave J for Christmas. If you like board games (and actually, G despises them and still enjoyed playing this one), it’s worth checking out if you don’t already own it.
What I’m Wearing Today
Long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and slip on boots (like Uggs but not the name brand ones)
One of My Simple Pleasures
I think I said being outside on sunny days last week but I can narrow that down to simply The SUN this week. Also, I love cheerful flowers. They certainly make me smile. I usually just take them in as I’m entering and leaving the grocery store but this week I bought some and I’m so glad I went ahead as these have certainly been a bright spot during this gloomy weekend.
Quote For The Week
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own example. (John Wooden)
What plans do you have for the week ahead? And if you’ve borrowed the sun, would you please return it and soon!