Monthly Archives: February 2010

It’s spring!

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I realize that the end of February doesn’t really constitute spring, especially in Massachusetts, where I’m from originally. However, with a mild winter up here in Seattle,  I have enjoyed several days of beautiful weather, allowing me to do one of my favorite spring activities…opening the windows and airing out the house!
The warmer weather and lack of snow has also inspired me to change my blog and the picture a little bit. Snow is rarely welcome after February, so I didn’t want to encourage it by keeping a snowy picture up!
Saturdays are no different from every other day, for me, but since Geoff is home from work I am hoping we can get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful weather.

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Food Waste Friday

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This week’s food waste Friday, brought to you, as always, by The Frugal Girl, is sans pictures, but unfortunately not sans waste.

This week I was forced to throw away most of a loaf of bread that just did not get cooked properly. It had a nice big hole in the middle, and it wasn’t suitable for anything except my own personal snacking which was not beneficial at all. So, into the compost it went.

I also threw away a small helping of black beans. They were from a can and several weeks old. The problem with beans is that I don’t eat them, and I couldn’t figure out what else to do with them to make Geoff eat them. When I pulled them out to put in a salad, I discovered that when beans go bad they SMELL TERRIBLE. I’m ashamed to admit that they actually spent the morning on my counter because I couldn’t bring myself to open them again and put them in the compost. No excuse as to why there aren’t any photos, sorry about that.

All in all, not bad! Although I’m worried that next week’s food waste is going to be featuring some lettuce if I don’t hurry up and eat that.

How did you do??

Depression: sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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I struggle with depression.

Believe it or not, it’s taken me years to gather the courage to say those four words out loud, and it took me years before that to even admit to myself that I was depressed. Surprisingly, it was my little sister who did it for me. Recently diagnosed with depression herself, she has it under control and doesn’t shy away from telling people about it. She gave me the courage to be honest with other people once I was finally honest with myself.

I am not sure why it took me so long to admit that I was depressed. Part of it could have been the fact that there was no rational reason that I should be. I had no trauma in my life, and, for all intents and purposes, my life was pretty good. Why shouldn’t I be happy? The summer I finally realized and admitted it and, ultimately, visited my doctor, I had just started my relationship with my husband, boyfriend at the time. I was happy, or at least I should have been. But I wasn’t, and that was the problem.

I find myself struggling with a few things in relation to depression as a whole. I’m frustrated that there is a very real chance that I may be on drugs for it for the rest of my life. (There is also a chance that I can and will overcome it, or manage it with therapy and no drugs, but at this point, drugs are the best solution for me.)

Depression manifests itself in different ways with different people. This is an obvious statement, right? Sometimes I think I need to remind myself that the reason I’m feeling a certain way is because of my depression. Day in and day out I hang out in my house. Sometimes I get restless and NEED something to do, but sometimes I just want to stay here and never leave the house again. It’s a daily struggle, and one that is exacerbated by the fact that I don’t have a job yet, something that gives me reason to get up every day.
It may sound weird to say this, but I often have no reason to get dressed, shower, and leave the house. Any grocery shopping Geoff and I need to do is done together on Sundays. The recent decision we have made to start working out together helps, but why would I get dressed if I’m just going to put on workout clothes and shower after the workout, at about 4? If I let myself, I could sit on the couch in my pajamas every day until it’s time to go work out. But I don’t. Part of my resolution to help work through my depression involves setting my alarm for 8:30 a.m., (though I don’t always get up exactly then), showering, getting dressed and putting on jewelry.

I’m not sure why I decided to share this here, of all places. Maybe because it’s been weighing on my mind lately, maybe because, even if there aren’t that many people who read this there is someone who is where I was a few years ago. Too afraid to say out loud that they struggle with depression. Mostly though, I think I needed to get it out, to explain to myself why I can’t always leave the house, and to realize just how far I have come. I have a ways to go, of course, but I am a long way from spending my days in my bathrobe, or in bed. And for that, I’m proud of myself.

Menu plan Monday!

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I’ve been a little lax in my menu plan posting, but not in my planning, thankfully! Here’s this week’s plan:
Sunday: Sourdough pancakes
Monday: Weight Watchers skillet macaroni and cheese and garden salad
Tuesday: Hungry Girl’s Chicken Cordon Bleu, pasta and salad
Wednesday: Homemade pizza with leftover sausage on Geoff’s side and leftover ham and canned pineapple on the other side for me!
Thursday: BLT sandwiches and Progresso soup
Friday: Shredded French-Dip sandwiches and salad, as long as there is enough lettuce that hasn’t gone bad yet!
Saturday: Night out!
As always, menu planning brought to you by Orgjunkie.com!
I’ve been a little lazy and cooked pretty much out of the pantry for the past two weeks, so I’m feeling like I should get back into putting a little more effort into my cooking this week.
The French bread for the French dip sandwiches and the bread for the BLTs will hopefully be homemade. I’ve been working on baking my own bread, but there is a slight learning curve. My first two loaves were a little too small and dense, and my second two had a huge hole in the middle of them!!  A little research shows that I might have let them rise a little too quickly, therefore allowing holes to be saved in there. I’m going to try again tomorrow or Wednesday and hopefully will have slightly better luck.

Embracing the old married couple

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Recently someone I follow posted about the Entertainment book and I was intrigued. When I was younger my family was given one, and I’ve seen kids selling them as a fundraiser, but hadn’t given it much thought before now. The link proclaimed that the book was only $21, or 40% off, so I bookmarked it and waited for payday…today!
While I waited, I asked a friend if she thought I should do this or was it a waste of money. Her response was that it would pay for itself pretty quickly, and it was clear that I was becoming an old married couple, so I should embrace it! So I did.
I also got suckered into getting the subscription which means $5 more off, free shipping on next year’s book and $5 off next year too. All in all I ended up paying about $19 which includes shipping! For a book full of coupons tailored to my area, I thought this was pretty good. If we don’t use it enough this year I will hopefully remember in time to cancel next year’s book!
I’ll let you know how we make out!

Photographer I am not

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I absolutely love photography. I feel like I can really appreciate good photography and photo editing, but photographer I am not! I’ve been trying to learn how to take better snapshots though, and I do try to take the advice of the few photographers I do follow.
Recently I read something I should have known. Get down on the subject’s level and don’t be afraid to look silly. Hmm.

I am enjoying a slightly rare sunny day here in Seattle, and though Hermione (our fur baby who has yet to be introduced on this blog!) is an indoor kitty, I figured even she could benefit from an outside brushing and a little sun. After removing what seems like a whole other cat worth of fur, I let her roam on our small porch…and I practiced a little photography!

Menu plan Monday! and some other ramblings…

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Both last week and this week we were able to get away with very minimal grocery shopping which makes me very happy! The reason we were able to do this is a combination of cooking from the pantry and freezer, and using leftovers.

That said, we DID go to FatBurger last Tuesday…but other than that we ate quite well, even for Valentine’s Day! We spent about $35 on fresh scallops, pasta and grapes from Pike Place Market on Saturday and Geoff grilled them up while I made fresh rolls! It was a delicious (and much cheaper than going out) meal together 🙂
Anyway, onto the menu planning:
Monday: Frozen shrimp skillet meal
Tuesday: Out with friends for a Mardi Gras potluck
Wednesday: Grilled chicken, rolls (hopefully leftovers), tomato and avocado salad
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner with bacon
Friday: BLT sandwiches and Progresso soup
Saturday: Night out! (I’m pushing for Outback)