Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Goals Review

August definitely went by as quickly as I anticipated. I also did not have a chance to get all of my tasks accomplished. Work has been completely insane, but hopefully it will become a little less stressful tomorrow (I'll fill y'all in later). The tasks I didn't complete in August definitely still need to be done and will be bumped to September. It doesn't seem like it but Manny will be home sooner rather than later and there are still some things I really want to get done before he comes home.

August Goal Review:
1. Keep up with my household planner. I did a lot better with this during the first part of the month, which makes no sense because that's when I was working the most. I have managed to keep my downstairs pretty clean but it could use a good scrubbing to make sure it stays that way.

2. Pick out and order wedding invitations. DONE! :)

3. Make a wedding "To Do" list. I started this, but have nowhere near completed it. I do feel like the wedding is a little more under control though because we have been making some decisions lately. :) But, I still want/need to make this master list to make sure nothing falls through the cracks!

4. Complete several organizing projects. Sadly, not one of these got done. I even looked at my last weekend and planned to complete a couple of them but it just did not happen. They're definitely going to appear on September's goals though!

So only one out of four is completely done. :/ Could be worse. Now that the school year has started, I'm hoping to get back into a rhythm. I have several mornings per week off due to the late-night nature of my job, so I'm hoping to put those mornings to good use!

Did you set goals in August? How did they go?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekly Money Check-Up (a day late)

I apologize for lateness of this post. Things were a little crazy yesterday...

Each week Ginna over at My Pretty Pennies hosts a financial fill-in. Click on over and check it out!

1. The most I've spent this last week on... if we're talking a singular purchse. I spent the most on this hydration belt for my long runs. I used it for the first time yesterday and it was fantastic! Other than that I spent the most on groceries. :)

2. Today I am thankful that we are closer to the end than the beginning of this deployment!!!

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did this week that made me happy was have ice cream with a friend. (Although, I must confess I also indulged in a little retail therapy this week.)

4. I will consider this week a success if I get some things straightened out at work.

5. The thing I will miss most when summer is over is all the free time I had.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lizzy's Christmas Ornament

I was thinking the other day about how I had not done any cross-stiching in at least 4 months. I finished a couple bookmarks several months ago (Happiness Bookmark, Bibliophile Bookmark, and an awesome Robot Bookmark for Manny that I didn't manage to get a picture of), but after that I took a rather long hiatus. To get back in the swing of things, I decided to make my best friend a Christmas ornament to hang on her very first "big girl" tree (this will be her first Christmas in her new house).

Here's some pictures of the progress...
Poinsettia Heart
from Ornaments Galore: Volume 2
stitched on Oatmeal Aida 14 count
with suggested color choices

My only issue now is I can't decide how to finish it. I made a couple ornaments last Christmas, but I'm trying to decide whether to do this one differently. Any of you cross-stitchers have any ideas?!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mama's Potato Salad

Prepare yourself for a rare recipe post! (Maybe one day these will become common. ;) ) Anyway, I had a barbque to go to for work this weekend and volunteered to bring potato salad. I contemplated just buying some from Kroger but then guilt got the better of me and I called my mom for her recipe. Enjoy!

3 lbs. small new potatoes
6 eggs
3 celery stalks
1 can black olives (drained)
yellow mustard
salt/pepper (or seasoned salt)

boil your potatoes until soft
set aside to cool
boil your eggs
set aside to cool
(mama's trick: after draining water, put ice in the pot to speed cooling)
chop celery and drain olives, set aside
once cooled, cube potatoes
once cooled, peel and chop eggs
mix together, adding mayonaise, mustard, salt and pepper to tatse
mama's advice: sprinkle a little paprika on the finished product to make it prettier

Yum! I taste tested some and it was pretty darn good if I do say so myself. ;) I think I may try making some on a smaller scale for next week.

Oh, and if you're prone to dropping ice on the floor, you might want to keep one of these handy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekly Money Check-Up

Two weeks in a row?! I'm slowly but surely getting back into a good blogging habit. :) For any of your who are new, Weekly Money Check Up is hosted weekly by MPP over at My Pretty Pennies. Click on over and check it out!

1. The most I've spent this last week was on personal/home purchases at Target. Though I'm about to go to the grocery...that will probably win.

2. Today I am thankful for not having to work until the afternoon. I don't really like getting home so late at night but I do enjoy having my mornings to myself a few days a week.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was work on/finish a cross stitch project for a friend. Pictures coming soon!

4. I will consider this week a success if I get through it without complaining too much. My schedule is pretty awesome now that I'm back to my "normal" fall schedule and I really need to appreciate it. :)

5. The best prank ever pulled on me was...honestly I don't remember. I'm pretty gullible/trusting though so there have been some good ones!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Free Eggs Taste Better

I love coupons. I don't always use them and I'm not one of those people who uses them to get hundreds of dollars of stuff for three cents but I still love them. Even if I just get fifty cents off an item, that's fifty cents I would have had to spend otherwise! I'm thoroughly convinced that it really does save money over time.

Anyways, I do most of my shopping at our local Kroger as it's right around the corner from my house. Of course I have a KrogerPlus card and load ecoupons on it before grocery shopping. Well every once in a while, Kroger will mail out these little coupon packets and they are my favorite! Why? Because from this last packet I got a FREE dozen eggs and a FREE jar of salsa. I would show you pictures of the salsa but I already ate it all. So instead, I'll show you what I did with some of my free eggs. (No, I'm not going to post a recipe because it's just scrambled eggs and I doubt anyone wants to follow my spazzy cooking directions.)

Voila! Yummy cheese eggs! And they were even better than usual because they were made out of free eggs!!!

This weekend I plan to further put my free eggs to good use by making cookies for work. Do you ever get coupons for free stuff? Am I the only one that gets THIS excited about it?! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Operation Organize Update

I'm pretty sure everyone thinks I've completely abandoned Operation Organize. I haven't, it's just kind of on hold. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, you can check out Phase I and Phase II here. I've also done some organizing without blogging about it. I know. Shame on me.

A week or so before my friend's bridal shower, another friend came over and we spent 11 hours cleaning/organizing the bottom floor of my house. Yes, it took that long. Yes, I felt like I was on Hoarders. But now it looks amazing! It's been several weeks and much to my surprise, the house still looks great!

It's ok. I won't be offended if you're surprised too. :) All too often in the past, either my best friend or my mom has come over and help me overhaul my house, only to find weeks later that it has slipped back into its normal messiness. No more! I am determined! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm using a chore planner to try and help me remember to do all those little things around the house I usually seem to forget about. In addition, here are a few helpful hints from someone with serious clutter/hoarding tendencies on keeping up with the clean!

1. It's ok if you don't put something away the very second you're done using it, but doing a quick put away at the end of each day is very helpful.
2. If you fall  a little behind on chores, do them when you can rather than ignore them.
3. If your house doesn't look like it fell out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine...that's ok. Your house doesn't have to look like a show room to be clean and organized.
4. If you need to, call in reinforcements. So many times, I got so overwhelmed with cleaning and organizing I just ignored it altogether. But having someone else to help and keep you focused can really help get things back in order!

I still have several medium/large organizing projects on my list, so stay tuned for more organizing!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekly Money Checkup

I haven't done this in ages! I have no idea why I stopped but I seem to have also stopped keeping really good track of my spending. Maybe participating again will help me get back on track!

For those of you who are new, MPP over at My Pretty Pennies hosts this fill-in post every week. Enjoy!

1. The most I've spent this last week was on a pair of really good, properly fitted running shoes. Most of you probably know I'm training for a half marathon, and since my shoes were starting to wear out I decided to go to a specialty running store and get some shoes that are really good for my feet. And, they weren't any more expensive than what I was going to get at a regular store!

2. Today I am thankful for first world problems. I read a post last week about first world problems and it made me really think about the "difficulties" I face while living in a first world country. I am thankful that my problems do not include not being able to feed my family or not having clean water.

3. Money can't buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was Skype with my honey!

4. I will consider this week a success if I stick to my running schedule. I was doing really well before things got really busy at work and I dropped a weight on my toe. This half marathon is in a little over a month people!

5. If I had today off I would organize our bedroom! I would probably also take a nap. :)

If you want to participate, just head on over to My Pretty Pennies to check it out!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm Back!

I think things are finally going to slow down at work. Ok, I really shouldn't complain...I had two really really busy weeks and now life will become (somewhat) normal again. :) Back in the day this super busy time of year would last at least three weeks and right on through the football season. Working for a hospital makes life much more reasonable. ;) Anyway, I did manage to have some fun this weekend! Saturday night I went and saw The Help with a friend. It was awesome! And then we went and got ice cream...which was also awesome. The today the same friend and I met up for a trip to Target, and then I went to the grocery. Why am I telling you this? Oh, because I did some really sweet couponing today! Seriously, I saved $3 on razors at target and got FREE eggs and a FREE jar of salsa at Kroger. Go ahead. Judge all you want. I got free eggs. ;)

Hope y'all have a good week!

Friday, August 12, 2011

We made it!

Ok, so my little football team made it through two-a-days! We did not escape without a few bumps and bruises but, hey, that's what I'm there for. :) Hopefully I'll have some time for blogging this weekend!

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Friday, August 5, 2011


I'm up to my eyeballs in work. I've been at work by 6am everyday this week. I will work over 60 hours this week. For once I actually have a legitimate excuse for not blogging. ;)

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

August Goals

Starting this past December, I began making a list of monthly goals and posting them here. I find that posting goals on my blog helps keep me a little more accountable. :)

Ok, so I know I've said this a lot this year, but it really is hard for me to believe it's already August! Summer is over, and the crap hits the fan at work today. But the good news about that is I'll be up to my eyeballs in work from now until when Manny gets home, hopefully it makes the time go by faster. The only bad part about that is there are quite a few wedding things I need to get done in the next four (eep!) months and I'm not going to have a whole lot of free time on my hands. I think my biggest challenge over the next few months is going to be to not freak out and remember to breathe. :) Ok, now that I've taken a few calming breaths, here are my goals for August. :)

1. Keep up with my household planner.
A few weeks ago, I posted about how I'm trying really hard to get my house in order and keep it that way. Part of that is using a household planner a friend recommended that helps you keep track of daily and weekly chores. 

2. Pick out and order wedding invitations.
I mentioned in my July Goal Review that I had narrowed my invitation choices down to two. This month, prefereably sooner rather than later, I need to make the choice and get them ordered.

3. Make a wedding "To Do" list.
I have a lot of the big things covered. And has a really good list that I refer back to, and I also have a binder from my parents that has a big list of To Do's. The only problem with both of those is that I rarely refer to them. I think if I could get one list piled together I would hopefully be more likely to refer to it. :)

4. Complete several organizing projects.
I won't have a heck of a lot of free time this month but here are a few things I'd still like to get accomplished:
     organize bookshelf in master bedroom
     organize linen closet
     organize cabinet under sink in bathroom

Ok, I think that's plenty for my busiest work month of the year. Wish me luck!