Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 8

Another week flew by. I'm starting to characterize 2014 as the "Year of the Exhaustion." ha.

I am happy that I'm maintaining this project, though. The pictures have morphed into a journaling exercise. At the end of the year at least I'll know how my days were spent. Because they're blending together at this point.


Lots of time was spent this weekend getting the kids' science project poster boards together. zzzz.

At least it's over. Except that, they turned them in on Monday, and then on Tuesday Seth was assigned ANOTHER project.

It's one project after another! Not happy about that.

This next assignment is a group project (which also sucks). But I realized that I got the new cell for the kids just in time. Random kids calling my cell would drive me batty. I set some ground rules (as in: Seth will NOT be doing the majority of the project because OF COURSE he volunteered for all the hard parts. SIGH) and then I'm staying out of it.


I haven't done anything on my manuscript in weeks. I'll admit it.

I don't know what's wrong with me. Well, I do know what's wrong with me. My life is unsettled and overwhelmingly busy. That makes it difficult for me to concentrate for the short periods of time I can manage to scrape together.

I keep opening the file. Staring at it. I even went so far as to come up with another idea so I could write something fresh to see if that helped.

Still nada.

So… I really need to focus. Or somehow make those tiny moments work for me. Though, that seems nearly impossible.

I keep writing the same update on this blog. Part of it is that I need to be held accountable. It makes me feel terrible that I'm not progressing each week. I'm hoping at some point feeling this way makes me fight harder.

… or something.


This week I implemented dietary changes that I've considered for a while. I'm going to start skewing several of the family meals per week toward a meatless/dairyless diet.

Not full vegan. I can't/won't make that kind of commitment. Because, honestly, I'm not giving up sushi. No way. No how.

Or leather. I look damn good in leather. And the cow is already dead, so that seems like a waste. ;)

Bottom line: We don't need to eat meat in every meal. If it doesn't need to be there, we don't need to eat it.

My biggest hangup to a full vegan diet is "faux meat." Why would I want to put wheat gluten (processed at that!) in my body instead of meat? The whole point of cooking like this in the first place is that I want to eliminate most (if not all) processed foods.

If it's a recipe that requires meat, we'll eat meat. I just don't want the majority of what I prepare to be recipes requiring meat. haha.

I didn't want to get stuck in a food rut either -- because I totally could eat the same meal over and over again and be perfectly content. My family is another story. So I ordered four cookbooks (1 vegetarian and 3 vegan). They should get here sometime next week-ish. I'm looking forward to new dishes!

[I typed "week-ish" and it autocorrected to "weakfish." I didn't know that was a word, let alone another name for trout! Learn something new every day. huh.]

In the meantime, I've been experimenting with what I have in the fridge. The recipes I've found online are generic and don't look appetizing. Plus, I wanted to have several dishes that are meatless versions of what I normally make.

I managed two pretty good dishes in a row (according to me, don't ask the kids because they hate everything) and then a disaster meal last night. In the end it was edible, but man, I'm going to have to do some tweaking to that one before it will be on the rotation.

Honestly, this change hasn't been difficult for me at all. I've been nearly all-veggie for a year. The only difference it made was that instead of making a "family" meal and a "me" meal, I'm making one and they can deal with it. So that equals LESS work for me, not more.

All in all, a very good change!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 7

I have NEVER been good at knowing what days my kids have off from school. I'm, like, the worst parent ever when it comes to that stuff. It started when Seth began Kindergarten and I took him to school on the wrong day. I guess it's just continued.

It used to be okay when they rode the bus. Because if there wasn't school, it didn't show up. And then sometimes it came home early and I thought: wow, guess it's a half day. LOL



So this year I was going to be responsible. Before they started the school year I went to the online school calendar and put every single day off they had in my personal calendar. It's worked okay so far.

And. Then.

We were supposed to leave for the Big Bear Friday afternoon (after school) so that we could spend the holiday weekend away. Being the lazy person I am, I didn't bother packing early (because, why?). That's what Friday morning is for, right? haha.

Seth and Bekah both told me they had Friday off. But. I didn't believe them. Because I CHECKED the school calendar. And when they began insisting, I checked again. There was absolutely no day off listed. So I basically told them they were crazy.

Well, I literally told them they were crazy.

And I hadn't bought Valentine's Day cards because they had been sick that week. I figured we'd get them after school on Thursday, fill them out that night, and call it good.

So there I was on Thursday afternoon when I got a text from Steven. He said (paraphrased): Hey, it's a madhouse at school (like it only is before a holiday). Am I sure that they don't have school on Friday?

I checked the school calendar again. Nada. But then I decided: Hey, you know what? They email me a newsletter every Monday (that I don't read). Maybe I should check that before I tell him that I'm positive.

Wouldn't you know: No school on Friday.


Which meant that their Valentine's day party was that day (Thursday) and they didn't have Valentine's Day cards. They weren't thrilled. Not that they gave me too much crap for it. Because my kids know me. I'm sure it's not the last time I'll screw up.

I really am a great mom. My kids dig me. There are just some things that I'm not good at. I've learned to accept this and move on. No one can be perfect. With this kind of stuff, it's obvious I never will be.


At least I tried.

We ran around like chickens on Thursday afternoon and managed to get out the door by 4pm. Yes, I was impressed too. Note: this only happened because Steven did all the laundry that morning.

I am lucky.

That gave us another full day at the cabin. Which was really wonderful. Time away (especially without internet) is always nice. Though, the sickness followed. Bekah puked AGAIN from the top bunk in the cabin. And AGAIN slept through it.

The sickness is still lingering too, even though they're back at school (because they don't have fevers and are perfectly fine during the day). Last night Seth vomited all over the hallway wall. My kids really need to learn how to get to a toilet. It would be super helpful.

^I obviously didn't take this one. ;)

The kids have to put together their Science Project poster boards this weekend. Really looking forward to that (haha, not). At least all the work is done, they just need to assemble it. And I have to take some final pictures and get them printed. I'll be so happy when that's finished.

Aaaaand. That's it. Bam! Check you next week, peeps.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 6

I should have posted yesterday. You guys will just have to forgive me. My life kind of exploded.

And by "exploded" I mean: Vomit.

… I realize I post about vomit a lot. Sorry about that. LOL….

The kids have been sick. They finally went back to school today. THANK GOD.

Seth came home halfway through Monday, sicker than I've seen him in a long time. Monday night Bekah started complaining that she didn't feel good either. I'm a bad mom and totally didn't believe her (I'll admit it).

Tuesday when Steven got up to get Bekah ready for school, he quickly came back into our bedroom to announce that she wasn't going to be attending that day. She'd thrown up in the middle of the night (while asleep, mind you) from the top bunk. She sprayed down the bed, the entire bottom bunk, across the floor and covered the dresser on the opposite side of the room.


The sickness fun continued after that.

The were other things beside vomit that happened this week. Thinks like: the plumbing in one of the bathrooms exploded which means the ceiling in the kitchen flooded.

FUN TIMES! haha.

They repaired the drywall yesterday so now I have a ceiling again.

I could totally continue with a rundown of my life. But I'm going to spare you. Let's just say: I really, really, really love my life. I have an AMAZING family and pretty much there's nothing to complain about. But just sometimes I wish that it would all slow down, you know? Like, only one thing should go wrong a week, instead of a million. ;)

Because I was late (and because I can't decide -- haha) you get a bonus picture.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 Photo Project, Week 5

I planned on posting another blog entry this week besides the photo project. Then time got away from me and all of the sudden it was Wednesday again.


I had a conversation with Seth about how, when you're young, the school year seems to go by SO SLOW. Add a few decades and I can't seem to make time slow down at all!

Seth rolled his eyes. ;)

I got a new cell phone this week. It was on the MUST DO list because, uh, mine was so bad I could no longer make a call. When you don't have a landline and then no longer have a cell phone… I was desperate. I swear, if the internet had gotten cut off, I don't know what I would have done.

I started back on the never ending manuscript. I'm about to print out the damn thing and work on paper. My concentration is that bad. It's a great book. I love it a lot. BUT. For some reason I just can't get it polished.

Catching up on Grimm episodes may have something to do with that.

I feel like I need a Veronica Mars week wherein I do nothing but watch all the seasons straight through. I need to get "fresh" before the movie releases.



The boy who is so bad for a relationship, and yet you just can't quit him. Sigh.

I also have a desire to reread Harry Potter for the millionth time. I realized that the last book came out in 2007, and that's the last time I read the series straight through. So. I want to do that again.

Maybe it's because Rowling came out with all this shiz about how Harry should have ended up with Hermione. That irritated me, if you want to know the truth. Your book came out years ago, keep silent and let your readers live the dream.

This article says it much better than I can.

Until next week, my peeps!


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