Getting It Together

howard-vincent-country-kitchen-iAh, Monday. I rather like Mondays. Jake is (usually) back in school and it’s the one day a week that my telecommuting hubby (usually) goes into the office. Normally I like to crank through some cleaning and organizing and planning to get the week off to a running start.

Today was a little bit different since Jake is off from school and D. decided to go into work tomorrow instead because Jake is home. But I still managed to do a good cleaning of the kitchen (always the best place to start, in my opinion), and write up a menu for the week. I’m realizing that I need to start planning lunches too. I didn’t this week, but next week I will. Anyway, here’s what I’ve planned:

Sunday: Sausage parmesan wedges with onions & peppers (D. cooks)

Monday: Tortellini with ham & peas (D. cooks)

Tuesday: Tacos or taco ring (held over from last week)

Wednesday: Chicken curry (or some other chicken dish), rice

Thursday: Cube steak with mustard sauce (D. cooks), pasta salad, veggies

Friday: Soup & sandwiches or out to dinner

Saturday: Steak, baked potato, veggies & salad

Drew wanted to do a little more cooking this week, so he chose a couple of his specialties :-)

This afternoon I got to go out by myself for a little while. I have been wanted to do some thrifting, but I didn’t find anything other than a 99-cent basket at Goodwill today. The deals just aren’t there like they used to be (or maybe the one I go to is just priced higher, I don’t know). Then I went to Michael’s and bought yarn for Drew’s hat and handwarmers. He wants a pair to wear over his gloves when he is snowblowing. Poor guy could have used them this weekend, so I plan to get that going ASAP. I also bought two scented candles — lilac (one of my favorites) and ginger-citrus. Oh, it smells so good. At this time of year I love lighter scents like this instead of the heavy, spicy scents of autumn and Christmas time.

After that I went to Starbucks to use a coupon for one of their new tea lattes. I’ve been hearing a lot about them, but honestly I was not all that impressed. I ordered the vanilla rooibos latte (I drink this flavor of tea at home quite often), but it had this weird spiciness to it that reminded me of chai. It was basically like drinking steamed milk that had a bit of tea flavoring in it, in my opinion. In the future I’d be better off spending $2.95 on good-quality tea and making it at home, as usual.

Let’s see, what else is going on. Oh! We decided to do a little midwinter vacation again this year. We weren’t going to but figured we won’t be doing much this summer, so we looked into going back to Woodloch again. We tried to book it online yesterday and were having trouble, so Drew said that he’d just call today. Well, how funny is this: starting today there was a special promotion for the week we want to go and it ended up being even cheaper! That is certainly a wonderful thing. We’re not telling the boys. I think we’re going to surprise them :-) The only bad thing is that now I have to find a maternity bathing suit — ugh. Shopping for a regular bathing suit fills me with dread, so this will be even worse, LOL.

Tomorrow I need to catch up on laundry and I am thinking of cleaning out the toys in the den. Maybe while I’m surfing online I’ll see an ad that says, “Get free life insurance quotes here.” Because let me tell you, I might need life insurance when I dive into those toys bins! They’re actually not quite that bad, but they do need a good cleaning out.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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6 Comments

  1. It’s wonderful that you have a husband who cooks so much and enjoys it! (Mine doesn’t, LOL!) That’s great about your vacation. I hope you’ll enjoy it (and score on the cheaper rate!). Glad you had some “me time” and got to check out the tea latte, even though you weren’t that impressed. I can’t wait to try some of them. We have a new Michaels near us (well, 29 miles away, LOL!), and I want to go there and to the other craft stores to check out their yarn sometime.

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