Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Goals - Winter

So here I sit on in front of our fireplace in the mountains on the last morning of 2015. I'm drinking warm tea from my favorite Hawaii mug (and thinking that Hawaii sounds lovely after the last few days of skiing in single digit temps!) and hoping that my family stays asleep for a bit longer (I love 'em but I also love the quiet - and quiet they are not!). The new year is my favorite time to review and plan, but I've found that for me it is better to set some shorter, get-it-done type goals vs. year long resolutions. Plus I still keep an ever evolving 5-10 year life plan. So here is my first set of plans for 2016... some specific, some general, some short term, some longer term.


  • Keep list of all purchases in 2016 (more on this later)
  • Maintain Mvelopes (this is what I have used for years to track our income/spending, I switched to free in mid-2015 but wasn't happy, so I'm excited to be back to Mvelopes!)
  • Update insurance on jewelry (understand the importance after losing a diamond earring in Lake Michigan - ugh! Thankfully it was insured & Matt gave me a replacement for Christmas)
  • Update will & estate documents (we've needed to do this for years!)
  • Set up savings plan for big home updates (would like to do them debt free)
  • Set up savings plan for big travel the next few years


  • Finish family room projects (paint bookcase doors & hang art)
  • Dining room projects (hang plate racks, line sideboard drawers in silvercloth)
  • Update Jack's room (rug, hooks, magnetic board, desk, shelf, drapes)
  • Coat closet clean up (2nd hanging bar, add hooks, declutter, paint?)
  • Make design plan for basement renovation
  • Meet with architect for to develop long term plan for back of house (kitchen, deck, mudroom, kids' bathroom, new master)
  • Follow Home Storage Solutions 52 Weeks plan (as best I can - like it as a guideline and to help keep the house decluttered)
  • Declutter and simplify Christmas decorations as they are put away

Personal Development

  • Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge (will set goal at 60 books)
  • Don't click gossip news/fishing links (more on this later)
  • Pledge with Matt & kids to not text as the driver (even at stoplights), to make all calls hands-free, and to limit in town calls to less than two minutes (we are doing this both for our own safety & to set an example for the kids are they inch closer to being drivers themselves)
  • Set morning and evening routines for myself
  • Work through Gretchen Rubin's 21 Days & 21 Strategies program
  • Look at meeting with a therapist or coach for some personal development help
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Use my Get to Work Book to organize projects in a Getting Things Done style

Family - Keeping a few other goals private 

  • Update/set morning & evening routines and daily checklists for kids
  • Plan 1:1 dates with each child
  • Read one parenting book

Health & Well Being

  • Complete 30 day green smoothie challenge starting Jan 1
  • Complete another round of Go Sugar Free (goal this session is to define my personal sugar selective guidelines)
  • Work back up to a 10K using 10K Runner program
  • Maintain Pilates workout 1x/week
  • Bake more homemade bread (using both bread machine for dough and the no knead method)
  • Research, choose and potentially schedule executive health exams for Matt and me
  • Restart vitamin regime
  • Read Power of 10
  • Make Favorite Winter Meals list

Fun & Recreation

  • Plan spring break trip
  • Plan late spring trip
  • Plan weekend trips in 2016 (I'm feeling some wanderlust but school and other activities are keeping us close to home)
  • Complete 3 quilts by spring (zigzag, New Bedford, flannel backed patchwork)
  • Visit a new state  in 2016 (I feel like I'm stalled with the remaining 4... Oregon, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Delaware)
  • Plan monthly game night
  • Make a 2016 resolution hiking list
  • Do hike in camping with kids in 2016
  • Go cross country skiing (I really want this to be my *thing* but getting there has been tough)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Family Swim Practice

No official swim practice for us the next two weeks, but we are planning a few family swim sessions.
Kate was in charge of our workout today. I barely survived. I was done after the warmup!
Apparently I stink at butterfly. And I don't keep my head down in breast stroke.
And I think both kids might be faster than me...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Homeschool Moment - Mess Making

Some kind of Harry Potter inspired candy making experiment
(FYI it took everything in me to say yes to this mess making!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DayBook 12.15.15

Outside my window... it's snowing! We got a few inches overnight which was a surprise for me (I should check the weather more!). Was even more surprised to find out school had been cancelled.

I am hearing... the furnace blowing - it used to be a constant, winter sound in our old house, but this fall we had insulation blown in the outside walls and now that the storm windows are back up after getting the house painted, our house is staying warm and toasty without the furnace working overtime.

I am feeling... blah. I think I need to get outside and get some sunshine in my face!

I am thinking... that my kids are growing up much too fast! I need them to slow down.

I am thankful for... snow days. It just feels like extra time.

From the kitchen... made a cranberry chicken dish on Sunday night with roasted brussel sprouts (and broccoli because the kids won't eat brussel sprouts), last night we had taco soup pulled from the freezer. This morning I'm going to put Greek chicken in the crockpot for dinner tonight. And since it is a snow day, we are going to make some Christmas cookies this afternoon!

I am wearing... my black hiking pants (because they are so comfy!), a wool turtleneck and my lounge sweater. It's my lazy outfit.

I am creating... I have been busy in the sewing room. I got 2 (TWO!!) quilt tops done last week (but the house fell apart!). One of them I basted over the weekend, and I'm slowly quilting. I'm also thinking of crocheting a few ornaments for the kids.
I am going... to take a shower this morning. I'm desperately dirty.

I am reading... I seem to be on a bit of a book hiatus. I'm reading Crown of Midnight (book 2 of the Throne of Glass YA series), but that is it. Don't even have a current audiobook! I've been listening to podcasts instead.

I am hoping... that Matt gives Tripper a bath this week. 

Around the house... it's half decorated for Christmas, but with no tree yet, it doesn't feel really Christmasy. I also have boxes everywhere. Boxes of stuff to be donated, boxes to be sent out, boxes to be recycled.

In the homeschool room... Jack and I did baking soda rockets and other experiments last week. Other than that, just our normal stuff. 

How I'm exercising... I'm not. I keep meaning to go to the gym or get outside for a run, but I've been feeling lazy. Plus the sewing room distracts me! Maybe I need to put on my FitBit again.

One of my favorite things... Christmas cookies!

A few plans for the next week: Life feels like slows way down starting this weekend, but we still have a lot going on. The kids have a swim team Christmas party, we have a friend's birthday to celebrate, going to the Nutcracker, my parents are coming, we have to get & decorate our Christmas tree, and lots of cooking to be done!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015


Our Advent project today was snowflakes
Even made a Stormtrooper snowflake!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Books to Finish - November Update

Well, I'm not progressing like I though I would. I keep getting distracted by other books! I'm bringing a pile along for Thanksgiving break and hoping to find some extended quiet time to read. 5 completed in the last month, predicting 5 more read by the end of this week. At least that's half done.
  • All the Light We Cannot See (will probably finish this week)
  • Daughters of Eve 
  • Faith
  • The Yoga of Eating
  • Big Little Lies 
  • The Small Backs of Children (audiobook - hoping to finish on drive to/from Thanksgiving)
  • If I Stay...
  • Catalyst 
  • Little Sugar Addicts
  • Brainstorm
  • The Happiness Project
  • Better Than Before
  • Just Listen (audio book - bumping this to my 2016 reading list)
  • The Dyslexic Advantage
  • Overcoming Dylexia
  • The Explosive Child
  • Drive
  • Deconstructing Penguins
  • ...And Then They Won Gold (this is painfully slow! I might just quit)
  • Throne of Glass

Friday, November 20, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Creekside Run

Absolutely beautiful day. But one of us finished the run caked in mud & covered in burrs...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Books to Movies

I took off some books from the original list that I have no interest in reading and starred the ones I plan to read soon. I've liked having a list to refer to when I want something new from the library or on Audible, but with my current reading list, I doubt I'll get to many more off this list in 2015. And I'm feeling a little sheepish about the only movie on the list that I've seen...
  1. Insurgent
  2. The Ninth Life of Lewis Drax
  3. Paper Towns
  4. The World Made Straight
  5. The Mortdecai Trilogy
  6. The Spook's Apprentice (aka The Last Apprentice)
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey
  8. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
  9. The Moon and the Sun
  10. Far From the Maddening Crowd
  11. Me Before You
  12. The Scorch Trials
  13. Black Mass
  14. Mockingjay
  15. The Martian
  16. In the Heart of the Sea
  17. The Revenant
  18. The Secret Scripture
  19. The Light Between Oceans
  20. The Zookeeper's Wife
  21. Into the Forest
  22. Dark Places
  23. Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie)
  24. A Hologram for the King
  25. The Driftless Area
  26. A Walk in the Woods
  27. Brooklyn
  28. Room
  29. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  30. Silence
  31. The Price of Salt
  32. A Book of Common Prayer
  33. The Secret in Their Eyes
  34. Still Alice*
  35. The DUFF
  36. Dead Stars
  37. Child 44
  38. Jungle Book* (would like to listen to this with kids... maybe on Thanksgiving drive)
  39. Inherent Vice
  40. A Thousand Splendid Suns*
  41. Testament of Youth
  42. The Scorpio Races*
  43. Fallen
  44. Beautiful Ruins
  45. The Adderall Diaries
2014 List - Crossed off is read/highlighted is watched. Seeing The Monument's Men makes me want to now read the book. And The Hundred Foot Journey might be the only movie that I've actually liked better than the book!
  1. Labor Day
  2. The Monuments Men
  3. Winter's Tale
  4. Vampire Academy
  5. A Long Way Down
  6. Divergent
  7. The Fault in Our Stars 
  8. The Hundred Foot Journey 
  9. The Giver
  10. Dark Places (this just came out spring 2015)
  11. This Is Where I Leave You
  12. The Maze Runner
  13. Gone Girl*
  14. Unbroken
  15. Wild
  16. Serena

Friday, October 30, 2015


Picked them out yesterday. Will carve today.
And like I said on Instagram, here's another of this girl just because she is suddenly growing up so fast...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Garden Thoughts

We just had our first big frost. Plan to clean the garden out tomorrow, and want some notes to refer back to for next spring when I get ready to plant for 2016.

This was the first garden I've planted in several years (free ranging chickens plus maybe a little laziness kept me away). But with Tripper interested in chasing chickens and me pretty sick of poop everywhere, the girls have been mostly confined to their run. When Jack asked to plant, I had no excuse not to. I had forgotten how much I love a garden, so we'll definitely do one again next year.

Newly Planted Garden Last Spring -
Never Fails to Amaze Me How Much It Grows!

  • 2015 garden had oregano, thyme, chives, 1 jalapeño, 2 yellow squash, 1 zucchini, 1 pumpkin, 2 genovese basil, 1 thai basil, 1 sweet basil, 1 parsley, sunflowers, marigolds, and nasturtium
  • liked having a variety of basil, consider adding an additional basil plant or two
  • marigolds sprinkled throughout the plot look really pretty. Remember that you saved some marigold seeds! Do some starts with the kids
  • plant just one zucchini and one yellow squash plant (it WILL be plenty!!); make sure they have enough room; avoid the crooked neck yellow squash variety
  • move the chives to the back of the plot
  • the chickens will eat the nasturtium if they are up against the run
  • try the parsley - maybe 2 plants - in the landscaping under the office window; mint also
  • having pots around the raised bed looks nice and makes watering easy
  • lay down the automated soaker hose; it is fun to go out and water each morning in June but you will get tired of watering by the end of the season
  • plant early enough for lettuce
  • missed having green beans and rainbow chard and kale (mostly as a chicken treat)
  • the pumpkin didn't do well this year... not sure why.
  • have we ever eaten the jalapeños you plant?!?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Organized Christmas

I love, love, love Christmas. 

I love the baking and the decorating and the activity.

I love the music and the bustle and the warmness.

I love the tradition and the friends and family.

I love giving. (And, ok, I maybe love receiving also...)

But Christmas can really stress me out. Taking the joy out of the baking, decorating, activity, music, giving... ugh...

Multiple years ago, I stumbled across the Christmas Countdown. A six week plan to get you ready for Christmas by the first week in December. It has worked so well over the years. I have most of the work of Christmas ready by early December and can just sit back and enjoy the holidays.

The Christmas Countdown starts this week, and I'm excited to get going on it. I've pulled out my Christmas binder to clean it up. I've printed this week's worksheets. I've read my Holiday Wrap Up from last year (I am always so glad to have notes to remind me what went well and want didn't work from previous years!). I'll probably even buy and wrap a few presents this week (Egads!). 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Autumn in a Bowl

Feeling inspired to use brussels sprouts after my trip to Minnesota/Wisconsin earlier this week. Tried this recipe that I had bookmarked earlier last week. I like the name Harvest Chicken Skillet, but the kids and I decided to rename it Autumn in a Bowl.

Everyone loved it (well, the kids didn't really like the brussels sprouts all that much). I used boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts and added a big splash of apple cider vinegar (a bit dull without the vinegar). Yum! Will be making this again in a few days.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Books to Finish

I really, really need to finish a bunch of books that I've started. I have no problem letting go and not finishing a book I truly don't enjoy, but these are all pretty good books, I just get so easily side tracked with others. My goal is to have these 20 books all finished by the end of 2015... and should have a bunch of other half-finished books to add to the list!
  • All the Light We Cannot See - this is supposed to be SO good but I think I haven't made it far enough to be hooked yet. I've gotten distracted by other novels a couple times.
  • Daughters of Eve - I was using this as a daily study, but then got off track
  • Faith - I've been meaning to finish this one up for over a year! I initially wanted to read it slowly to savor it, but no I just need to finish it.
  • The Yoga of Eating - I love this book and recommend it all the time. Just haven't finished the last couple chapters!
  • Big Little Lies - my current read - should finish by tomorrow
  • The Small Backs of Children - audiobook that is good but so far I can only handle in little bits
  • If I Stay...- current audiobook, almost done
  • Catalyst - only 12 more days from the library so I gotta get going on this one!
  • Little Sugar Addicts - started but then focused on library books since I own this one
  • Brainstorm - borrowed from library but didn't finish, need to re-borrow
  • The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin is my online life mentor, so why have I never actually finished her first book?!?
  • Better Than Before - Gretchen's recent book, started it but then sidetracked by library books that needed to be read on a deadline
  • Just Listen - an audiobook from last spring that I never bothered to finish
  • The Dyslexic Advantage - more than 3/4 done - just need to finish it up!
  • Overcoming Dylexia - just the last few chapters
  • The Explosive Child - just barely started but good
  • Drive - started last winter and never finished!
  • Deconstructing Penguins
  • ...And Then They Won Gold - recommended to me as a good book about swimming. Not so much but I would like to finish it.
  • Throne of Glass - I haven't actually started this one yet, but it is a library book so I need to get it read in the next few weeks
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Monday, October 05, 2015

DayBook 10.5.15

Outside my window... it is overcast (can't even see the mountains!) and cool but I'm sitting outside with my tea. It finally feels like fall!

I am hearing... lots of birds in the trees and an occasional car driving by

I am feeling... a little overwhelmed still. Need to look for more space. I think that space might only be found in the early morning hours. I just have to convince myself to get up and meet it.

I am thinking... about financial goals for 2016. Is that weird that I'm already doing that?

I am thankful for... Jack's tutor. This will be our third year working with her, and I just am so grateful for all the hard work she has done with him. He is doing so amazingly well.
From the kitchen... pancakes and sausage for breakfast and chicken barley stew (one of Kate's favorites) for dinner. Not sure what we'll have the rest of the week. Maybe cheese soup, maybe French dip sandwiches with sweet potato fries. I want to try a sugar free blueberry muffin recipe.
I am wearing... running leggings, my old cable knit sweater and slippers
I am creating... a Halloween quilt. I actually started it several years ago and never finished. It will be done by then end of next weekend!!
I am going... to not go to the hospice volunteer training that I was considering. I so want to do it, but it is just not the right time. (see above about feeling a bit overwhelmed) Maybe next year if both kids are back in school. How come I feel both good and sad about that decision?
I am reading... I've been trying to be better about getting into bed early and reading. I restarted All the Light We Can Not See which is supposed to be really good, I just didn't make it very far the first attempt. I'm also listening to The French Lieutenant's Woman which has been long but good. In spare moments, I've skim read books from my Go Sugar Free class - Potatoes, Not Prozac; Fat Chance; 
I am hoping... that my lilac bushes grown madly next summer.
Around the house... the garage is going to get a good clean out over the next few weeks. And maybe the basement also. The fun part of this job is that I get to mostly just delegate. Matt is going to be around the house a lot more than usual the next 3 weeks. Thank goodness for husbands willing to do the grunt work!

In the homeschool room... plugging along, making progress. Our current read aloud is Paddle to the Sea, so we've also got some books on the great lakes, Niagara Falls, sawmills, etc. Also reading and watching DVDs about the moon after seeing the eclipse last week. Still reading some books about Shakespeare and EB White.

How I'm exercising... still doing my Master the Mile class. Knocked over a minute off my mile time after the first 4 weeks. Pretty proud of myself. 4 weeks to go. Then I am going to start an Advanced Pilates class. Nervous and excited about that.
One of my favorite things... fog

A few plans for the next week: not much scheduled for this week. That's good.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recipe: Shallot Chive Salt

I don't think I've shared a recipe in YEARS! Doing this Go Sugar Free class (will eventually blog about it) has me re-evaluating my recipe collection. Last week the class focused on spices and herbs which inspired me to share my shallot-chive salt recipe.

I gave a small collection of homemade salts as Christmas presents a few years ago. This was by far the best of the bunch, and I have made it over and over. I know who has actually tried it because they ask for more and more and more! I usually double or triple the recipe so I have plenty to share.

It scrumptious on eggs and avocado and sautéed cherry tomatoes. I love it on roasted sweet potatoes and hash browns. I throw it on just about everything!

Shallot-Chive Salt
1 1/2 cups dried shallot
3/4 cup dried chives
3 cups kosher salt

Coarsely chop shallot and chives in food processor. Mix into salt. Store in a cool, dry place. I use a big canning jar to store the bulk and keep a smaller amount above the stove.

Monday, September 28, 2015

DayBook 9.28.15

Outside my window... is a lovely morning. I should probably be outside typing, but the computer battery is low. I'm loving these cool evenings/nights/mornings.

I am hearing... the washing machine doing a load of towels and some highway noise

I am feeling... behind on life. Need a little catch up today.

I am thinking... about how I am going to incorporate my sugar free experience into my life once the class is complete.

I am thankful for... great neighbors (except for maybe one set...)
From the kitchen... I didn't cook much over the weekend but this morning there was apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, going to make monster muffins this afternoon for Kate to share with swim friends, and going to roast some whole chickens in the crockpot today.
I am wearing... running shorts, a favorite tank that is wearing out, and a long sleep grey half zip. Bare feet that are cold.
I am creating... I MISS MY SEWING ROOM!!
I am going... to get some stuff checked off my to do list today! I was so lazy this weekend (in a good way - I needed it)
I am reading... oh, I don't know. Feel like I'm bouncing all over the place with books & really just need to finish something. My friend Nona gave me a book for my birthday (too lazy to walk upstairs and look at the title!) that I started last night. Only got through the introduction before I fell asleep.
I am hoping... that I can figure out how to get myself to wake up early. I love having that time, but I also love that sleep!
Around the house... it's not a disaster. We just had foam insulation blown into the walls about 10 days ago. Funny that it makes the house feel more stable/steady somehow. Not as creaky (and this 110 year old houses can be creaky!). Hoping it keeps us a little warmer this winter. A few weeks until we get our new exterior paint!

In the homeschool room... we need to get some serious work done this week! We've been reading about invertebrates, animal classification, grasslands, Shakespeare, EB White, rivers/streams, and the moon.

How I'm exercising... doing this Master the Mile class. Kinda killing me.
One of my favorite things... lunar eclipses. How cool was that?

A few plans for the next week: haircut, friend time for Jack, need to fill up the donation box for the ARC truck coming by, tennis matches, trip to the mountains to see the leaves

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Homeschool Moment - Book Rack

Scene from our homeschool days. Book rack filled with books about subjects that interest us right now.
We usually don't read everything before it goes back to the library, but I love having a bunch to choose from!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Bike to School

Biking to middle school
How is she already big enough for this?!?

homeschool: september

Mixed feelings about writing out a homeschool plan for just Jack and not Kate. We have already eased our way back into a homeschool routine the last few weeks. I definitely miss having Kate home, but it has also been nice to focus solely on Jack. This sounds like a lot, but we don't do all of it daily. And much of it only takes a few minutes. Really trying to keep it simple!

I'm also take the Project Based Homeschool Master Class. Looking forward to incorporating those ideas into our homeschool days.


  • MathUSee - currently working through a review of Delta and will start back with lessons in the next week or so
  • Math facts review - games, apps, Times Tales DVD, etc.
Language Arts 
  • Rod & Staff - English 5 - Disappointed that First Language Lessons ended at 4. This came highly recommended as a continuation. A little more religious based than I had realized, but we are making it work. Already on Lesson 7.
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • SpellingUSee - Wild Tales 1-2 lessons/week - this has been a great program for Jack
  • Excellence in Writing - Student Writing Intensive - Level A - wasn't sure what to do with writing this year, but so far this has been fabulous.
  • Lego Build to Express & Lego Story Starter - we are all excited to start this!
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports
  • Independent Reading - planning to do a daily combo of novel reading on the Kindle and a variety of library books (fiction, nonfiction, etc). Jack is currently reading the first book in the Warriors series plus library books related to our subject studies or a book to satisfy our reading program (yes, it is a summer reading program, but we are using it for the school year)
  • Read Aloud - I've always read aloud to the kids, but listening to the relatively new podcast Read Aloud Revival, I am newly inspired. I've finished Stuart Little with both kids, and with Jack I'm reading Trumpet of the White Swan
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World - audiobook - Jack listened to this all summer, so I'm not sure where we are. Will figure that out soon.
  • Shakespeare study - using How to Teach Your Kids ShakespeareUsborne Illustrated Stories form Shakespeare, library books, Netflix & Amazon movies - progressing as we feel like it
  • EB White biographies - to go along with his books
  • Swans - to go along with Trumpet of the White Swan
  • Lego Simple & Motorized Mechanisms
  • Science Packets
  • Human Body/Emotions
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week
  • CNN Student News - starting Aug 17th
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - not yet started
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Minecraft Homeschool - starts later in the month
  • Swim Team 4-5x/week

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Hike

McCullough Gulch

daybook 9.7.15

Outside my window... I am outside. Need to be out as much as possible. I can feel the change of seasons coming.

I am hearing... the happenings in the neighbor's yard, some far off traffic noises, the other neighbor's fountain, dog nails up and down the driveway

I am feeling... calm. Calm before the storm? Also a little whole-body fatigued from my workout this morning.

I am thinking... about my fall wardrobe. Maybe I'll post something laster this week.

I am thankful for... Colorado peaches!
From the kitchen... need to figure out what is going to happen in the kitchen this week & get to the grocery store. Have some roasted chicken to use up. There will be beets and apples. Want to do a pizza on the grill. Also have a ton of yellow squash and zucchini to use. And bananas!
I am wearing... running shorts and top. Need to shower and change.
I am creating... a new quilt top. Hope to get to that sewing machine today.
I am going... to have to have my LASIK "enhanced" - didn't quite get the results that I should have gotten. Not looking forward to the surgery again.
I am reading... I am bouncing around in my reading and it is horrible and not efficient. Need to make myself a reading list.
I am hoping... to check another 14er off my list soon (that would make a grand total of... 2!)
Around the house... about to put up some fall decorations!

In the homeschool room... Jack starts his new homeschool enrichment program this week. Really hoping he enjoys it. I think it will be just right for him.

How I'm exercising... went to Pilates on Friday for the first time all summer. That felt good. Today I started an 8 week "Master the Mile" program at our club. I'm the only one in the class, so it is like having a personal trainer! My baseline mile time was 8:48 which is so much faster than I thought I could run. Also, I almost puked.
One of my favorite things... when the motorist who was tailing you far too close despite your already-over-the-speed-limit-speed passes you and then gets pulled over a few miles down the road*

A few plans for the next week: how come the calendar is full but there is nothing outside our normal happenings? Really liking our new weekly routine so far. Full but not busy.

*ok, that's not really one of my favorite things. I wouldn't wish a ticket on anyone. Except maybe when this scenario actually happened this morning, it just might have provided me with just a teeny, tiny bit of satisfaction.

Monday, August 31, 2015


Cleaned up the garden this morning and chopped up bunches of basil. I have 3 varieties this year & must remember to plant them again next year. There is to be fresh pesto for dinner plus more for the freezer. Yum!

august: eating

I went added-sugar-free starting in mid-August, so that has changed up our eating quite a bit. I'll blog more about it sometime, but here is some of what has been hitting our plates...

waffles with blackberry peach chia jam (I leave out the honey)

summer corn and bean soup - a favorite but add 1 tsp cumin

pesto pasta (actually pesto on everything!)

BLTs (with pesto!)

roasted beets with goat cheese

spinach & feta omelettes with pan sautéed cherry tomatoes

greek burgers (ground bison, red onion, oregano, feta)

sugar free chocolate shakes (almond milk, yogurt, banana, PB, cocoa)

Monday, August 24, 2015

(Mid)DayBook 8.24.15

Writing mid-afternoon. Seems to be the time I can find these days. So many things I'm not doing so I can sit here and just be.

Outside my window... I am outside. Lots of birds in the yard the last few days. Nina is lounging in the sun next to me. Tripper has his nose to the ground finding smells

I am hearing... those birds and a lawn mower in the neighborhood. But mostly the birds.

I am feeling... pretty good. Very antsy this afternoon for a sweet treat.

I am thinking... that I would like an eye lift. Never did I think that I would some day be thinking that thought. Maybe that should be under "I am wishing" instead?

I am thankful for... the sleep I've been getting lately!
From the kitchen... peach oatmeal for breakfast this morning, summer corn & bean soup with corndog muffins for dinner, angel food cake for dessert. Yesterday I made a sugar free chia jam and a big batch of roasted sweet potatoes.
I am wearing... running shorts and top. Never changed from me walk this morning
I am creating... a half birthday celebration for Kate. Today she is 11.5! Yikes!
I am going... to the grocery store. Always a necessary task.
I am reading... All the Light We Cannot See, slow progress as I've been pretty tired at night. Also listening to One Plus One but will finish today. Plan to start The Power of Habit today as it is a library checkout.
I am hoping... that someone will volunteer to come clean my kitchen every morning.
Around the house... we had a get-the-house-under-control day yesterday, so things feel pretty good. New lightbulbs, mostly clean rooms, clean sheets, etc. I'm going to order a new chair/ottoman this week. Also determined to get the doors painted on my bookshelves... now that it has been almost a year!

In the homeschool room... going really well 1:1 with Jack. I'll write a homeschool plan post soon.

How I'm exercising... ran with Matt last night. Walked with Tripper this morning. May do another run this evening when it cools off. Need to figure out my strength training.
One of my favorite things... grasshoppers. Such funny little things. They are everywhere right now.

A few plans for the next week: Busy week! Friends coming over tonight, 
dentist appt for me (cavity... yuck...), meet the teacher at Jack's possible new homeschool program, middle school open house, LASIK follow up appt for me, haircuts for both Kate and me, wolf feeding experience, maybe some tennis, and a weekend in the mountains!