My 11 Goals | Week 1 of 22

My 11 Goals | Week 1 of 22

So I wrapped up reading Girl, Wash Your Face. There's a lot of good stuff in the book, but what stuck out to me the most is how often we make and then break promises to ourselves, and how uncool this is. I do this all the time. I promise myself that I'll go to yoga or this, that, or other and then I cancel on myself. In an effort to stop this, I came up with 11 goals that I'd like to work on for the rest of the year and I'll do a weekly update.

Two tips for breaking the eating out habit | Frugal Win Friday

Two tips for breaking the eating out habit | Frugal Win Friday

Last weekend, my husband and I went out for a cider at our favorite local place. We do this every once in a while because they have a fun game space in the back and, well duh, the cider is pretty tasty. While there, I mentioned that we had a pizza reward that was getting ready to expire from a place that we used to order delivery from quite frequently. My husband, who is getting to be quite the proficient cheap-o, excitedly exclaimed that if we picked up the order it would be entirely free. 

Keeping the promises that I make to myself | Or: Thoughts While Pooper Scoopering

Keeping the promises that I make to myself | Or: Thoughts While Pooper Scoopering

If you ever want to know what adulthood is like, imagine my morning: I’m pooper scoopering my backyard while simultaneously doing multiple loads of laundry inside the house. Both involve piles of dirty ish of questionable origin, making me question how in the world my small family of two adults and two pets created so much junk

The long and shorts of it: body image | Random Thoughts Thursday

The long and shorts of it: body image | Random Thoughts Thursday

If I'm being honest, I'm not crazy about my body. I've always hated my legs and these days, especially, they're not pretty. I've got cellulite running up and down the back of them. My thighs seem to explode up my legs after my skinny calves and knobby knees into a gelatinous mess. I avoided shorts for years, wearing flowing skirts or pants even in the heat of the summer.

Reading + Writing + Watching Wednesday

Reading + Writing + Watching Wednesday

I kind of lost my zeal for writing after having a redline-loving boss for many years, but I recently discovered it again after signing up for a writing class at my local community center. It's me, my amazingly eccentric teacher, and a bunch of wiser and older friends who are so much fun and incredibly supportive. I could barely complete a prompt* at the beginning of class, but six weeks later I was excited to write and share.

I'm on a roll | Tasty Tuesday Update

I'm on a roll | Tasty Tuesday Update

My version of meal planning is to pick 5-6 recipes that I'd like to cook in a week and then play it by ear on which day we eat what. I usually stick to my plan about 60% of the time. Some days whatever I’ve decided on doesn’t sound very good or I realize we’re missing an ingredient that I would swear that we had on hand or the lazies strike and we eat a frozen pizza. I’m hoping that putting my ideas out here for my public audience of one to three readers will help keep me honest and hopefully inspire me to actually follow my plan.

Salads + shrimp + hole foods | Tasty Tuesday Update

Salads + shrimp + hole foods | Tasty Tuesday Update

My version of meal planning is to pick 5-6 recipes that I'd like to cook in a week and then play it by ear on which day we eat what. I usually stick to my plan about 60% of the time. Some days whatever I’ve decided on doesn’t sound very good or I realize we’re missing an ingredient that I would swear that we had on hand or the lazies strike and we eat a frozen pizza. I’m hoping that putting my ideas out here for my public audience of one to three readers will help keep me honest and hopefully inspire me to actually follow my plan.

3 (mostly) pain-free ways to stop spending so much money on eating out | Frugal Win Friday

3 (mostly) pain-free ways to stop spending so much money on eating out | Frugal Win Friday

In my head, I'm some sort of Martha Stewart goddess who is capable of doing all the things while also cooking a delicious, gourmet meal for my husband each night. Ha! The reality is that I'm almost always too wiped and over food by the time that I get home from a big grocery store or Costco trip that takeout sounds mighty appealing. 

Fail to plan, plan to fail | Tasty Tuesday Update

Fail to plan, plan to fail | Tasty Tuesday Update

I normally enjoy cooking, but last week was such a struggle. I didn't really have a solid plan to fall back on and had done no meal prep ahead of time. So around 5 o'clock each day, I would open up the pantry and nothing would jump out at me, then I would walk to the freezer where nothing looked good, and then I would walk to the fridge and stare for a minute... then I would go sit on the couch for a little while before returning to my circuit. I think we ate Costco pizza twice in the same week. I did manage to finally make salad rolls, though.

Della, the vintage camper, update | Making Stuff Monday

Della, the vintage camper, update | Making Stuff Monday

She's coming along, that Della girl. We, and by that I mean my husband, have been hard at work trying to pretty her up. Because she was originally a BLM fire command center, she only had a twin bed and no bathroom. My handsome hubby has torn apart the back half, which will be our bedroom, and is in the process of adding a bathroom. 

Tasty Tuesday Update

Tasty Tuesday Update

My version of meal planning is to pick 5-6 recipes that I'd like to cook in a week and then play it by ear on which day we eat what. I usually stick to my plan about 60% of the time. Some days whatever I’ve decided on doesn’t sound very good or I realize we’re missing an ingredient that I would swear that we had on hand or the lazies strike and we eat a frozen pizza. I’m hoping that putting my ideas out here for my public audience of one to three readers will help keep me honest and hopefully inspire me to actually follow my plan.

Tasty Tuesday Update

Tasty Tuesday Update

My version of meal planning is to pick 5-6 recipes that I'd like to cook in a week and then play it by ear on which day we eat what. I usually stick to my plan about 60% of the time. Some days whatever I’ve decided on doesn’t sound very good or I realize we’re missing an ingredient that I would swear that we had on hand or the lazies strike and we eat a frozen pizza. I’m hoping that putting my ideas out here for my public audience of one to three readers will help keep me honest and hopefully inspire me to actually follow my plan.