Monthly Archives: May 2011

May goal review


I can hardly believe that we’re already halfway through the year 2011. The older I get the faster life seems to move on me.

Anyway, I didn’t do so well with May’s goals. In fact, I pretty much failed all of them.

1. Lose 5 pounds. It’s time to buckle down with Weight Watchers.
{I blame my lack of success in this goal on our trip to Chicago. However, I have been steadily losing all month, so I’m at least on the right track}

2. Try one new recipe a week. This has been successful in the past!
{Well, it wasn’t a success this month! Though I think I might have tried two new recipes but I can’t remember if those were this month or last!}

3. Play nice with Yes, again.
{I did pretty well on this one. We rearranged some of our goals to accommodate our spending habits and I think that will help a bit. Still, I will be happy when tomorrow rolls around and we start over!

4. Sell at least one thing on my Etsy shop. I realize this is really not something I can control, but I want to try to advertise more, and work on building my inventory up. Which should be another goal…
{Yay, success! My grandmother bought a pair of earrings for my aunt’s birthday. Someday maybe I will get someone who isn’t family to buy my items.

5. Add 3 more things to my Etsy shop.
{Another success! I added exactly 3 things last night, and two others earlier this month!}

Stay tuned for June’s goals!
Did you set goals this month? If so, how did you do?

52 letter challenge: Week 21


It’s hard to believe that I’ve written (roughly) 21 letters this year! I say roughly because, as it seems to be habit lately, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit. This doesn’t discourage me, however, because I feel like the point is to keep going, rather than simply give up. If, at the end of the year I’ve only written 45 letters, I don’t want to feel like a failure. Hey, no one’s perfect!

Anyway, when we last left off 2 weeks ago, I had sent a letter to an old friend from college who I lived with and rented a room. I also returned a letter to my friend Elizabeth. I wrote 2 letters to catch up a bit. Last week I wrote a letter to my mother’s small group. These ladies are an amazing group, and have welcomed me in when I was living at home and whenever I’m home to visit on a Thursday night. I just love them so much and they are so encouraging to me. They consist of my mom (obviously), my youth pastor from when I was growing up, an old family friend who has supported me in all my endeavors, and encouraged me to go to library school and a new family friend who I’m only just getting to know. These ladies prayed for me before I got married, advised me on married life, listened to me when I expounded on my own fears, and have generally been there for me (and, of course, each other). I long to have my own group of women like them, someday.

This week I’ve started a letter to Lydia, my penpal, but haven’t gotten around to finishing it yet. I also picked up a few postcards from when I was in Chicago and plan to get them in the mail as soon as I get around to it, which hopefully will be this week! Do postcards count? I certainly hope so. After that…who knows!

Are you doing the 52 letter project? How are you doing? Please respond in the comments section below. I always love some comments!

Menu Plan Monday…er, Tuesday


This week’s menu plan is being planned right now as I write this post. Thankfully I’m pretty aware of what we have in the house, so I think we can stick to this plan.

Breakfasts this week will be the usual oatmeal for me, and whatever Geoff happens to grab in his work cafeteria. I think he usually gets oatmeal as well.
Lunches will be a combination of fruits and veggies, sandwiches, a Weight Watchers spring salad recipe and, if all else fails, Smart Ones. The meat part of dinner will be things from our freezer because we have plenty of chicken and things stored up from sales and they need to be eaten!

Grilled pork chops and veggies; corn on the cob.

Wednesday: Dinner at church for youth group.

Thursday: Megg out (smoothie for dinner, thanks to a Living Social deal a while back), leftovers for Geoff.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner

Saturday: Grilled chicken and veggies

Sunday: TBD. Possibly just snacky stuff since we often go out to lunch on Sunday afternoons and aren’t incredibly hungry at night.

What are you having this week?

That’s just (blog) life


I seem to have come down with a case of writer’s block. I’ve been staring at this screen (figuratively) all week and I’ve got nothing.
In searching online for some (any) tips, however, I came across one that wasn’t what I was looking for, yet still perfect. Don’t write. Why write for the sake of writing? Why say someone just to generate traffic, or readers, or comments? I feel guilty for leaving my blog hanging (not that there are many people who read!) but why should I? So instead of trying to think of something meaningless, I’m just not going to write. I’m sure something will come up.
Meanwhile, I’m doing good. I’m happy, my depression is under control and I’ve even had permission from my doctor to cut out one of the less favorable medicines I’m on. So often my blog is an outlet for myself, but when I don’t have a need for one…well, there’s no need to blog.
So excuse me, I’m going to visit my thrift store because it’s been a couple weeks and Home Depot to try to get some unknown weed under control and some black paint for a used, free bookcase we’ve had since we moved in. Pictures of that project to come, because I’m excited about it.
I’m going to enjoy the day alone (Geoff is out for a few hours) even though there’s no sun. Why don’t you do the same?

Save the tatas!


Remember my amazing grandmother, who survived breast cancer and is now 5 years free of cancer?

You should all be jealous that she isn’t your Gramma. Anyway, it’s time for a shameless plug for the yearly Komen Race for the Cure. This year Gramma isn’t able to walk, so she is asking for people to sponsor her not to walk. She recently reached her goal of $1000, but that doesn’t mean she can’t earn more! Will you please consider supporting my grandmother and, more importantly, breast cancer research?

And while you’re at it, ladies, don’t forget to do your self breast exam! Breast cancer can often be caught with just a self exam as my grandmother’s was. You are looking for a lump about the size of a frozen pea (sorry to be a little gross, but this is important!!) So get to know your tatas, and think about donating to a great cause!

Hanging it all out


This summer I’m hanging it all out to dry.

My wonderful, amazing husband set up this laundry line for me. I’m thrilled. It is a pulley system, and it’s removable for when we have people over, or in the winter.
And yes, the grass really is that green. Geoff’s been working hard on making it look good, and I can’t say the rain has hurt it much!

Anyway, back to my laundry. Ever since The Non-Consumer Advocate┬áposted about her clothesline, I started wanting one myself! This isn’t an new desire, but the excitement of having a yard and a place to hang a line made me want it even more!
I was happy to see that it is going to be sunny for four whole days this week so I’ve been getting up early and hanging my wash. I’ve never been so excited to do laundry.