Thursdays are simultaneously my favorite and most hectic day. I like what I do on Thursdays (tutoring/volunteering/picking up the church laundry), but it is kind of a drag to have to leave the house 3 hours earlier than normal. Oh well, I guess it helps on the “being intentional with my time in 2015” front.
- Speaking of time, Lent is coming! I’m certain this means that everyone in the Catholic blogosphere is currently obsessing over their first Lent posts. Because those will get Googled most of all.
- Awhile back, I was wondering aloud about how we were going to feed ourselves now that I’m in school. Believe it or not, it hasn’t been an issue so far. Bret’s been doing a lot of cooking on the weeknights and I’ve been pulling my weight by having a ready supply of side dishes and salads available in the fridge. This probably won’t work forever, but for now it’s alright.
All my Shonda shows are back tonight! We’re still four episodes behind on Scandal, so I imagine that that will constitute the bulk of our weekend activities.
Awhile ago, I (reluctantly) wrote about our plans to get right with God and Mother Nature. Back then, we were just getting into recycling and considering what else we could do to greenify our house/make better use of God’s creation. I figured I’d take some time today to let you know how we’ve been doing.
First, we have a recycling bin now. It’s pretty gigantic, actually — a full 19 gallons. Since we started using it, the change in our trash output was immediate. Back in the dark era, we had to take the trash out two or three times a week (which is pretty shameful for two people). Now, we’re down to once per week — and that’s usually only because it’s kind of starting to smell.
The recycling thing made me feel really good about myself and our household, so I started looking around for other ways to improve our household management. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- We’re down to using paper towels only for napkins, The Bunny cage and toilets. Honestly, I’d be okay with using rags for the cage, too but Bret’s not into it.
- I’ve invested in a slew of canvas shopping bags for groceries and errands and stuff. (Except for raw meat, because that’s another one of Bret’s things.) What plastic bags I do bring home from the store get recycled the next time I go.
- When we dine out, I think long and hard about what to order — most of the time, the portion sizes are huge, so I’ve been trying to order things that will taste okay for lunch the next day.
- Instead of buying a petroleum-based (or otherwise wasteful) Advent wreath, we bought some clippings from a local nursery and made our own with ribbons left over from our wedding. Honestly, at the rate we’re going through them, we’ll be using those ribbons for presents and stuff until our 20th anniversary.
Even though we’re making major improvements, I feel like there are other things we could be doing. What things do you do at your house?
It’s been a pretty busy week around these parts. Here’s what I’m up to:
My good buddy Alison from Aquinas gave me a picture of Blessed Mother Theresa to wish me well in school/career endeavors. (Someone had given it to her and she didn’t know what to do with it.) Since I’m big on found religious objects, I hung it up next to our big Crucifix.
Thoughts? Feelings? Should I have put it in the bedroom instead?
Winter is coming.
So it’s time to clean the humidifiers and get them pumping all of their humidity into my house. Here’s the Perplexed Penguin getting his vinegar scrub:
Yesterday, I went to the happiest place on earth — Meijer.
While I was there, I was confronted with the largest display of Leelanau Cellars wines that I have ever seen. Don’t worry, though. I prayed about it and only bought three bottles.
I finished The Periodic Table last week and then picked up a new book at my friend’s yard sale.
It’s a really, ridiculously long book (as evidenced by the 8-part epic mini-series sticker on the front) but so far I’m really digging it.
Have you read it? What did you think?
I know you’re all sitting around wondering what our flag football team is up to. I don’t blame you! We’ve had three games so far and they’ve really helped us expose the chink in our team’s armor. For example, we’ve only scored one touchdown all season. And our defense has let other teams to score 15 touchdowns.
…you know, just some little things to work on.
Bret’s been cooking a lot lately. Check out what he made for dinner on Wednesday:
Halloween is sort of around the corner and I have no idea what to dress up as. (Don’t judge me, I still go to Halloween parties!) The past two years, I’ve gone as a dinosaur using an excellent costume that I made out of a sweatsuit.
I can’t decide if I want to be a dinosaur again or if I should make another costume. Here are some choices:
- A chef. (This would not require me to do anything, because I have a chef’s coat from my job in college.)
- A penguin. (This would be another sweatshirt creation.)
- A sad Michigan football fan. (I would go as myself with smudged mascara.)
- A pumpkin. (This would also be a sweatshirt.)
- Something else entirely.
Help me out! Should I go with the penguin idea? I should, shouldn’t I?
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I need to figure out what to do about my clothes. Without making too big of a deal about it, I’ve lost a pretty significant amount of weight – and I’m still losing. Now, I’ve got a pile of clothing that is too big to wear without looking super frumpy. What do I do with all of it? I can (and have) altered some of it to fit better, but other pieces are trickier. Moreover, I’m not in the mood to get rid of everything and start fresh because I don’t have the money to spend on clothes.
So what say you, illustrious readerfolk? Should I continue donating things to Goodwill at a breakneck pace, alter what can be altered or save some of the bigger stuff to double as maternity clothing?
We need to get out more. The weather here in Chicagoland is finally, maybe showing signs of spring and I am so very over being cooped up in my house all day. Last night, we went back to the Chicago Institute of Art for Thursday free night. Tuesday, we went to play Euchre with the church folks. But, I still want to get out more – for as little money as possible.
Clients need to stop calling me around the clock. This a relatively new development, but I have certain clients that have acquired my house phone number (yes – I have a house phone, like the old lady that I am) and are using it to call me whenever they feel like it. It’s a gross invasion of my work day calm and routine and I would really like it to stop.
Unfortunately, I haven’t quite put my finger on what I need to do to make it stop. I started with emails saying “Sorry I missed your call! If you’d like to schedule a time to chat on the phone, you should email me to set up a time.” When that didn’t work, I instituted a passive aggressive policy of waiting an additional hour to return their call for every time they called me without scheduling. At the rate we’re going, I’ll be holding off on returning calls for something like 50 hours.
You need to be reading this post. Anything that systematically addresses the various concerns/beliefs that non-Catholics have about the Catholic faith and people who practice it should be required reading.
My husband needs a job. This is pretty self-explanatory but if you could add him your prayers, that would be swell.
I need to be more proactive about making new friends and keeping my old ones. Lately, I’ve felt like I don’t have as many friends as I used to. I mean, I certainly have a number of people who I can text when my day gets boring, but it’s hard to find anyone to grab coffee or go for a walk with. I know that this is because people are busy – and that it’s perfectly normal to feel this way – but I wish I had more people to see.
So I’m looking for advice. How do I make friends? I’m tired of sending messages that never get a response, so clearly I need to change up my game. Tell me what to do, citizens of the internet!
I need to get my schedule under control. I know that the hours I’ve been working border on deranged and I can definitely see the negative effects that they have on my life. Really, I just need to find time in my schedule to build a sustainable schedule.
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