Monthly Archives: March 2011

What I’m Loving Wednesday


So, I found What I’m Loving Wednesday, and instead of doing my own, made up grateful Wednesday I decided to jump on the bandwagon!
So this Wednesday…

I’m loving that my best friend Kristin is coming to visit TOMORROW!! We haven’t seen each other since last summer, and were way overdue for a visit!

I’m loving that we’re going to be going away to Port Townsend for a few days! I love getting away, and it means time off work, which is even better! (Though I will miss my awesome husband!)

I’m loving the spring weather! It hasn’t broken 60 degrees yet, but it’s getting close! It was 56 yesterday, and for this New England native that’s warm to me! It allowed me to go out and work in the yard which is always nice.

What are you loving this week??

Menu plan Monday


This week’s menu is a little off because late Thursday night my best friend arrives!! We are going away for a few days, so next week’s menu plan will be a little off too.
I’ve been struggling with finding things to cook and losing momentum after Wednesday and Thursday, which are both nights we are out. I need to figure something out but I’m not sure what, yet. Anyway, he’s the plan for this week:

Monday: Weigh-in, eat out.

Tuesday: Grilled pork chops, bumped from last week, plus some veggies.

Wednesday: Youth group for Megg (I will eat at church), leftovers for Geoff.

Thursday: Thursdays are my nights to volunteer at Petco, so I usually get a smoothie. Geoff will have leftovers again, I think.

Friday: Kristin will be here!! We’re going to Sushi Land!

Saturday: TBD, but I might try to convince Geoff to make sourdough pancakes for dinner. Yum.

Sunday: Also TBD, but probably out, because Kristin and I are heading to Port Townsend that day.

This is not a very exciting menu at all, but that’s OK! As long as we stick with it…we’re trying very hard to eat out less (it’s not working well so far).

What are you eating this week? This post is linked I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Cookbooks, and the satisfaction of a complete set


Every time I post something about what I’ve found at my local thrift store, I find something else, or remember something else that I want to share with you. The latter is the case this week!

A few weeks ago I had dragged Geoff into the thrift store, looking for a mini crock pot. He wasn’t thrilled, especially since despite the fact that we found what we were looking for within 5 minutes I still insisted on wandering the whole store. He wasn’t happy until we looked on a shelf of pots and pans and found this:

A word on my husband. While I love to bake, he loves to cook. The Frugal Gourmet books (which are now out of print) are some of his favorites, though we only own The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American. So when we found The Frugal Gourmet Cooks with Wine, Geoff happily snatched it up. I thought maybe I had convinced him to give the thrift store a chance, finally. We browsed a little longer, and, before leaving, decided to check out the book room. That is where we found this:

It isn’t in as good shape as the Wine or American cookbooks, but, nonetheless, it is part of a set and we had to have both! The best part? We paid $1.99 for each book, for a total of $3.98…much less than if we had attempted to buy them online.
And of course seeing the complete set of books on our shelf is pretty satisfying too!

So, what do you think?

I’m grateful Wednesday


Every Wednesday (well, almost every Wednesday!) I try to do a post on things I’m grateful for over the past week. This helps keep my mood up…especially in the winter. Give it a try, it helps!

This week I am grateful for Netflix Instant! I have spent far too much time this last week watching Wildfire, a drama-filled TV series from ABC Family several years ago. It is dramatic and silly, and I love it. Don’t judge.

I’m grateful that the squirrels have, for the most part, started to leave our bird feeders alone. We decided, rather than try to stop the squirrels, to feed them…far away from the feeders! It isn’t fool-proof, but it works at least part of the time!

I’m grateful that spring is coming, and I’m eagerly watching to see what comes up this year in our garden! More on that later.

I’m very very grateful that in just over a week my best friend is coming to visit! I will take a few much needed days off, and we will spend a few much needed days together.

What are you grateful for this week?

Beard daze


Back in November my wonderful husband, Geoff, decided to grow out his goatee into a full beard. At first it wasn’t so bad, but I soon discovered that a full beard, though it grew soft later, isn’t exactly as comfortable for kissing and cuddling as I’d thought! Not one to dictate how Geoff keeps his facial hair, however, I let it play out. Sure enough, about a month ago he decided to shave it!
I’m kicking myself for not taking a before picture of the beard! I know I have one somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it right now, so we will have to make do with during and after!
Here are the photos of the progress. As you can see, we decided to be silly with it!

The Civil War mutton chops.

From the side!

The stache

And finally…

The end result! It’s been over 3 years since I have seen his face completely clean! On Sunday, when he did it, I couldn’t stop laughing every time I looked at him, despite the fact that this is the face I fell in love with!
So, we’re going to give it a month and see where it goes from there! After all, it is just hair…it will grow again!

Menu plan Monday


One of my goals for, well, life, is to plan my menu more often. It’s been difficult to plan regularly, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of menu planning. Here goes nothing!

Monday: Weight Watchers weigh-in, eating out.

Tuesday: Out to dinner at Olive Garden for Geoff’s birthday! (We have a gift card!)

Wednesday: Youth group for Megg, leftovers for Geoff.

Thursday: Geoff out, egg drop soup for Megg

Friday: Shrimp po’boys, fruit

Saturday: Grilled pork chops, mashed potatoes, some vegetable (provided it’s warm enough out to grill!)

Sunday: Breakfast for dinner, bacon and eggs.

Next goal: Sticking to the plan!



When I first began to think I might be depressed, the idea of going to the doctor hadn’t occurred to me. It was also the late 90s, so while we had the internet, of course, it wasn’t as important or used as much by me as it is today. It seems funny to think about that. So while going to the doctor did not seem to be an option for me, I did soon realize there were other things I could do aside from prescriptions to make me feel better.

Mini side-note: Some people need prescription drugs. Not everyone can treat depression without them, and that’s OK. That is how I get through my day to day life. Better living through chemistry, as my grandmother always says. However, I do want you to know that there may be other options, and that either drugs or natural remedies are both acceptable. You just need to find something that works for you.

Herbal remedies

Anyway, at the time I worked at CVS and I was fascinated by all the different products out there. Products I had no idea existed until I was forced to wander the store and straighten, or put new shipments of products out. This is when I discovered the vitamin aisle. Today I simply take a regular multivitamin,  but there are so many different types out there that at the time I was overwhelmed and fascinated. However, I did find one called St. John’s Wort. This particular plant is known for treating depression in other countries. I used it for a bit, and it seemed to help, though I wasn’t monitoring my feelings quite the way I do now. It does interact with birth control, however, so it’s best to avoid it if you’re taking birth control and using it for…well, birth control!


Up here in the Pacific Northwest sun is, well, a scarcity. Especially in the winter. As a result, I’ve taken to trying to absorb as much sun as possible. It may sound ridiculous, but the truth is, humans don’t naturally get enough Vitamin D themselves, which is why it is often found in milk. I’m not sure if the fact that Vitamin D is found in UV rays (the sun) or that the sun’s warmth just makes you feel better, but whichever the case is, sunlight is a very natural way to boost your mood.
Like I said, out here sun is a little less available than I would like, but I actually think that’s better. It means I appreciate every little bit of sun that comes out of our sky! So soak it in, because, depression or not, it will boost your mood.

When all else fails, I enjoy petting my cats. Don’t laugh, it’s proven that people with pets have lower blood pressure! Something about a small, warm, furry body on my lap just calms me.

What do you do to naturally lift your mood, or ease depression?