Monday, March 25, 2013

Homemaker Monday

 Today I am outrageously sick so this Homemaker Monday may not go so well, but I really put forth my best effort. (Side note: I have very bad at being sick, so every time I am sick, I am near death. I am not sick often, unlike my hypochondriac father, but when I do get sick, I am pretty useless.)

 I start the week off with Happy Homemaker Monday, which is a blogger connection hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Since homemaking is my day job, it makes sense to have a regular update in which I discuss all things homely.

The Weather:
 It's been so cold. Yesterday and today the highs were in the forties! Unfortunately, yesterday we had to go out in the cold for church and family-visiting, but today I only need to go outside to check the mail and take out the trash. It is supposed to warm up steadily throughout the week, culminating with a high in the seventies for Easter.

Right Now I Am:
 I am sitting on the couch, trying to write this blog post, but Owen keeps unplugging my laptop, which has so little battery capacity that it almost dies every time. I wish he would just tuck himself into bed for a nap.

 When I am sick, pretty much all I think about is how miserable I am, which in turn makes me feel worse. But I did realize in the shower yesterday that this would be our last week without furniture, as it is supposed to arrive in Texas on March 29.

On My Reading Pile:
 I am getting ready to start The Mine by John Heldt, which is a book that I will be reviewing in three weeks on 300 Word Book Reviews. I also have been reading DC comic books that Jeremy brings over.

On My TV:
 The NCAA tournament was all that held my attention this past week, although I watched it on my iPad and not an actual TV. I was glad that UNC at least made it into the third round, although unhappy that Dook was not LeHigh-ed out early on. If they win this whole thing, I will be very upset. I am rooting for Miami to win it, because they're an ACC team, but if Indiana or LaSalle win it, I would still be happy. Boo Michigan!

Favorite Blog Post:
On Friday I posted my new Housekeeping Schedule, which has been working perfectly at both keeping the home clean without me trying to do all of the cleaning at once. Even my mom said she was inspired.

Something Fun to Share:
One of my favorite food blogs is Good Cheap Eats. Although her family is larger (in quantity of people) and eats more organic food than my family, I almost always find inspiration from her blogging projects. Recently, she gave up a host of ingredients that I love, such as sugar, soy, alcohol, dairy, and caffeine, for thirty days in order to see the effects on her back pain. I was so inspired by her ability to give up food that I decided to give up Mountain Dew. For good. If you know me personally, then you know I drink at least two cans of Mountain Dew a day. I have since senior year of high school. Whenever I don't have caffeine in the morning, I get crazy headaches. I decided after reading on Good Cheap Eats that I did not like the control Mountain Dew has on my body and grocery budget, so I gave it up! So far, no headaches! The real test on my reliance on caffeine will come when the new baby arrives, though, and the real sleep deprivation begins.

On the Menu For This Week:
Fried Chicken and Deviled Eggs
Baked Macaroni
Tangy Pork and Seasoned Potatoes
Beef Stew

On My To-Do List:
- call maintenance about our broken screen door
- find obgyn office on a map before my appointment on Wednesday
- buy manilla envelopes to send Owen's birthday pictures to parents

What I Am Creating:
 Now that I am living in a location that has multiple places to purchase groceries, I need to figure out where to buy the cheapest groceries. I have started a Google doc that lists all of the dinner, lunch, and household items we typically purchase. Every time I grocery shop, I am trying to shop at a different location in order to obtain the prices of common food there. So far I have learned that Wal-mart has cheaper tomato sauce than Aldi's!

Homemaking Tip:
 For dishes that are particularly hard to clean, I usually buy a box of one-time-use Brillo pads or a bigger steel pad that lasts maybe a month. But recently I purchased two machine-washable pads

Looking Around the House:
 The house looks pretty much as it always has these past couple of weeks: bare of furniture. I had originally put our new bookcase in the dining room, but Clifton kept bumping into it while walking in and out of the kitchen and Owen loved to pull out the shelves and the few books we have, so I moved the bookshelf into our room.

From the Camera:

On My Prayer List:
 My great-grandma Callie wrote to me this week to say that my great-Aunt Eleanor, who was the oldest sister of my maternal Grandma Pauline, has had another stroke. This is at least her third stroke and admittance into the rehabilitation program at the hospital. I pray for both the recovery of Aunt Eleanor and the health of Grandma Callie, who is spending many hours at the hospital with her.

Daily Verse from An Anglican Prayer Blog:
 Now as they led him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. (Luke 23:26)
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  1. Just visiting from Sandra's blog. Happy Monday! And, cute little one you have there :)

    1. Thanks for the visit. He has to be cute to make up for all of the mischief he causes ;)

  2. He's so cute :)

    Hope you start feeling better, though I'm sure once your furniture arrives it will help your mood too :)

    Have a wonderful week.

    1. I can't wait for the furniture! Hope your week is going well, too.

  3. Hope you start feeling better. I know how horrible it is to be sick with little ones about. I don't get sick a whole lot, but when I do I always come down with it really bad.
    Love your pic! He is adorable!
    Hope you have a great week, and start feeling better soon!

    1. Yes, it is awful to be sick, especially when your little one gets sick too. Makes me wish I had my mommy to take care of us both!


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