|Editing and color adjustment done in Picnik|
*I learned that I am completely and totally sick of rain, and gloom, and dampness, and clouds. I am desperately in need of some blue skies, crisp breezes, and the smells of a real Fall.
*While I love my job, I am longing to be a serious SAHM. This statement never seems to change anymore. And now that we are getting closer to the retail holiday madness, I feel it more and more and more………………………. *sigh*
*I really enjoyed having a full three days off with my family. I also learned that people don’t care how big or small your house is, they spend time with you because the want to be with you not your house.
*Things aren’t always as they seem. Someone that is supposed to have your back can be just as dangerous as a complete stranger.
*That working 3-11 ranks right up there with cleaning the toilet with a toothbrush. I think I may have said that already??
*That keeping up the house can be simple, if you do a little every day.
I learned a few things along the way this week, some new, some the same old same old. How about you? Join in the fun to see what others are doing and to make new blog friends. For more WILTW, please visit Julie at From Inmates to Playdates!
Monday~ Beef BBQ Bake
Tuesday~ Leftovers, as Mom works 3-11
Wednesday~ soup probably, as oldest DS needs to get a tooth pulled
Thursday~ something from work, because youngest DS has a bookfair, and food purchases count towards their total.
Friday~ linguine alfredo with chicken and garlic toast
Saturday~ Probably something out to eat because Mom works till 5, and then we have the youth group trip to the corn maze later that night.
Sunday~Roast chicken with all the fixings. My MIL is making a belated birthday dinner for me, and it’s my favorite!!
FOR TODAY: October 16, 2011
Outside my window… it is rainy, and just not a very comforting view.
I am thinking… how I wish life could change right now. I really want to be a SAHM, or at least only work a few hours away from home.
I am thankful… that I do have a job to help pay for the bills. I am thankful for a wonderful husband that loves me. I am thankful for two boys that really enjoy school. I am also thankful for a wonderful extended family.
In the kitchen… I am starting to menu plan again, now that baseball season is over, and we are actually able to sit down at the table and enjoy a meal together.
I am wearing… work clothes, what else.
I am creating… what I hope is a more streamlined home.
I am going… to enjoy my days off to the fullest.
I am wondering… how much a person can take before they break.
I am reading… nothing right now. Hubby is using my Nook to read the second book in the “Heroes of Olympus” series.
I am hoping… that we get some nice fall weather soon so I can open up the windows.
I am looking forward to… our youth group trip this Saturday to a local corn maze.
I am hearing… the TV and the cat knocking things over.
Around the house… I am just trying to keep things neat and clean.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Jeremy has an ortho appt tomorrow, Johnny a dentist appt on Wed, Jeremy’s bookfair at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, and the corn maze trip on Saturday
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I am the first to admit that I love the smell of freshly hung out clothing, especially sheets. There is just something so comforting about the smell of sun-dried sheets when you go to bed at night. My husband loves to have his work clothes, and, for that matter, his everyday clothes too, hung up so that they don’t shrink and last longer. We even have lines strung in our basement so that we can hang up the laundry all winter long. It saves energy, and it keeps the dryer from being overused.
|Actual Picture Of My Outdoor Clothesline|
So what’s the problem? It’s me, the queen of the vertically challenged(at least in our household). I am 4’11″, and hanging up laundry is torture to me. I am not kidding, it is! It’s not bad when I am hanging things up outside, because I have a pole dryer, and it’s not super tall. It’s when I need to hang up things in the cellar that things get dicey.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful that I have a home, and two places where I can get my laundry hung up. I love doing things that make my husband happy and content. But having to use the step stool all the time to hang things in the cellar is such……work! The routine goes something like this: piece of clothes out of basket, shake vigorously, go up the step stool, hang the laundry, down the step stool, move the step stool and repeat the sequence. I guess I could look at it in the angle that I am getting some cardio in as well. And toning(if that was really the case I would have a rock hard posterior), too. Nope, that rationale just doesn’t cut it.
Being on that step stool when you are as short as I am is just plain hazardous. You move the wrong way, and BAM, you are on that well padded posterior, usually with the piece of clothing you were trying to hang draped on your head. You also run the risk of stepping on the many cat toys that conveniently find their way to right where you are working. And then there are the multitude of kids’ toys that congregate there as well. It can be a minefield. And last, but certainly not least, is the clothes pin phenomena that occurs. You know, the one clothes pin that decides to snap while you are stretching your absolute farthest to get that one final shirt hung up.
I have tried many things to get out of hanging things up. Misplacing the clothes pin baskets, hiding the hangers, and forgetting where I put the step stool. Nope, doesn’t work. Whining about it doesn’t, either. And not washing for long periods of time just make it worse. I suppose I could make my almost 6′ hubby hang them up, but he works hard all day, so hanging laundry shouldn’t be what he needs to do when he gets home.
So tell me, blog readers, what do you do to make hanging clothes safe and easy?
the more they seem to stay the same. It is that time of year when I always seem to get stuck in a rut. I do the same things, say the same things, feel the same things. You would probably say it’s a good time for change. But the thought of trying to add yet another spinning plate is not what I need right now. But right now, I know that if something doesn’t change, things could become really unpleasant, and that is the last thing I want to happen.
|Picture from Phillies game in September 2011|
Last weekend was one of those perfect weekends. I was off for 3 days, and so was my husband and my children. My oldest had a sleepover, and the adults just hung out and relaxed. Sunday was a lazy day, filled with a little bit of cleaning up, some football watching, and lots of napping. Leftovers were eaten on paper plates so that clean up was a snap. Monday was pretty much the same. Lots of time spent together will minimal fuss. And the even bigger bonus was the weather was absolutely perfect! Sunny skies, crisp fall breezes, and not a single hint of rain! I could not have planned a more perfect weekend off with my family.
So I ask, what do you do when you get in a rut? You know that something different needs to happen, but you don’t know where to start? My time off with my family makes me realize that they are my priority, and it’s them I want to spend my time with. I know that I need to work because we have bills, and grocery lists, and gas for cars. So what can I do to balance them both? I don’t want to be the rubber band that snaps, I want to be the one that stretches and wraps around.
Buffalo Chicken Dip.
- 16-oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1-cup blue cheese dressing of your choice
- 1-cup Frank’s buffalo sauce ( I used one 5oz. bottle)
- 1-cup chopped celery(optional)
- 4-cups cooked, shredded chicken
- Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese
Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, hot sauce in sauce pan on stove until cream cheese is melted and smooth.
Add in celery. Fold in chicken and spread in 13×9-inch baking dish. Heat at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese the last 15 minutes. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled!
Serve with crackers or chips(we use the scoops). This is a recipe that will be sure to please all your guests. It is also great to take to picnics or to a Superbowl party!
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.
- I am a HUGE Philly sports fan
- I love anything chocolate!!
- I love being a baseball Mom
- I’d rather stay at home with my family than go out shopping all the time
- I’m not even 5 feet tall
- I love to read. It’s all I want to do in my free time!
- I want to be a SAHM or at least a very minimal working Mom
I have encountered so many new blogs in the past few weeks, that listing just 15 would be beyond difficult. So I am dedicating this award to all of my new blog followers. Please feel free to take it!