It was a rough one getting out of bed this morning. Of course, I’m sure that’s not related to staying up a bit later last night. This week will be the boys’ first full week back to school after Christmas break. I’m working a bit this week as well.
Wish I were a bit more excited about it all. Perhaps I just need better rest. I am, however, determined to not miss any Happy Homemaker Mondays this year. It was so fun to look back on them to review our 2016. Many thanks to Sandra from Diary of A Stay At Home Mom for continuing to host this link up in 2017!
Let’s get on with the planning of this second week of the new year shall we?
It’s a balmy 26 degrees out there right now. Balmy and 26 degrees don’t normally belong in the same sentence but after last week’s start with 1 degree mornings, it fits. Supposed to hit a high of 44 this afternoon, almost 50 tomorrow, and 60 (!?) on Wednesday before plummeting back down to winter temps in the 30s with a wintry mix (means they don’t know whether it will snow or rain) for the weekend.
On My Reading Pile
I read two books on my phone’s Kindle app. I read this month’s Amazon Prime free pick of In The Shadow Of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell and really enjoyed it. I found it to be a quick read with a lot of good twists especially at the end! The second book I read was better though. Mark Edwards‘ Follow You Home kept me intrigued from beginning to end and was also full of interesting twists and turns.
On My TV
I watched Maximum Ride on Netflix. It’s based on a series of James Patterson books of the same name. Think after school special with a science fiction type twist both in terms of acting and plot lines. The boys watched Kung Fu Panda 3 on Saturday night. And of course, I watched the Golden Globes last night just to see the pretty dresses.
Menu This Week
Honestly, I’m at a loss this week. I need to go to the store. I’m also still casually trying to clear out our freezer/ pantry as well. Last week’s menu didn’t really go as planned (do they ever?) so some items are repeats.
MONDAY: Ham steaks, baked potatoes (perhaps sweet potatoes), and cornbread. (I work 12-6)
TUESDAY: Veggie rotini with red sauce, salad, garlic bread
WEDNESDAY: Tacos or something else that is easy (G and I need to make dessert empanadas again to take to his Thursday Spanish class, another Fiesta in there!)
THURSDAY: Chicken strips, broccoli, and maybe French Fries. I may do copy cat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches (I work 12-6 again)
FRIDAY: Pancakes and sausage at the high school for a band fundraiser (I work 12-6 so likely won’t get to go unless I can get it worked out to switch with another teacher. I missed this on my calendar when I agreed to work).
- Pay bills
- Go to the grocery store
- Pick one area in the house to clear off and clean each day (thinking of starting with my desk)
- Help G make dessert empanadas on Wednesday night (We’re going to cheat and use apple pie filling to start this time)
- Fill out wall calendar with birthdays and dates
What I Am Creating
I made a wreath for our front door! It took a few tries (see Friday’s post) but we now have a sweater wreath hanging on our front door and welcoming us home.
At Christmas-time, I had pried a small wooden sign with our last name off of another Christmas decoration we no longer used since it listed pets no longer with us and came before our youngest son arrived. I thought maybe I could find another use for at least that part of the decoration and I did! It was the perfect thing to finish off the scarf wreath!
Looking Around The House
See number 3 on my to-do list. The floors (with the exception of the boys’ rooms) are clear though and it’s not in awful shape over all.
From The Camera
While these will all be phone pictures this week, I fixed the camera! Thank goodness because a new one really wasn’t in our budget. And, importing pictures from my phone is not a simple task.
The camera lens cover wouldn’t open properly but I managed to get it pried open in a permanent state. It should be okay as long as I keep the camera in its case unless I’m using it.
Something Fun To Share
I thought this idea from Rite While U Can might be a fun challenge for the year! I know it always brightens my day to get mail.
What I’m Wearing Today
Right now I’m wearing a striped long-sleeved shirt and jeans plus tennis shoes but I just threw these clothes on for the school drop off run. I’ll shower and change into something else to wear to work after finishing this post. No idea what that will be yet.
One of My Simple Pleasures
Spending some time outside especially on sunny days and I don’t do it nearly enough. Perhaps I need to set a goal for the year to make sure I spend time outdoors every single day?
Quote for the Week
This quote of the day showed up in my inbox over the weekend and I love it! Perfect for a Monday morning or any morning really…
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
What do you have going on this week?