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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Preschool!?!?

We went to visit a preschool class this morning with monster. She seemed to have fun playing with all the kids and teachers. It was kind of hard to watch but good at the same time, seeing her with all those other kids around her age.

It was an integrated class where half of the kids had needs, be it language delay or something like that, and half were "normal" kids. I think it's a good idea for monster to be exposed to a regular classroom and regular preschool, and language, hopefully that would help to advance her skills quicker than being in just a special ed class. Though, one day would be just the "special" kids and the other two would be with all the kids.

I can't believe she is so old. It's hard to watch. Probably because she's not walking and talking yet, I don't see her as a big girl but still as my baby.

Along the same lines, we had a contractor come out to give us a bid on building a wheelchair ramp off the back of the house. We'll probably have him do a deck and a new sliding screen door out there too! Very exciting, you know except for the fact that monster needs a wheelchair... I'm hoping she won't need it for much more than transportation to school and back. I'd better start pinning some ideas for the first days of school and for the exterior of the house. Lots of fun updates and work to be done!!!

Check me out on Pinterest.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Game plan

The scale is moving the wrong direction again. Here's what I'm going to do to reset.

1. Cut down on sugar... Way down.
2. Come up with good snacks and keep them on hand.
3. Watch portion sizes.
4. Up water consumption.
5. Plan ahead. 
6. Keep track of what I'm eating. 
7. Move every day, even a little bit.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I have a secret (s)

I still wear my maternity yoga pants and probably won't stop anytime soon.

I don't like breastfeeding, I think it's a pain, but I do it anyway.

I can eat a bag of trail mix in no time. 

My husband is dieting and and I am looking for any excuse to eat junk food.

I would be happy not to leave the house for days on end.

If I had a choice, I'd be a 1950's housewife or a modern trophy wife. 

I am addicted to diet Pepsi and recently admitted I won't be giving it up anytime soon. 

I'd rather read a book than watch tv or go outside and play. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

pumpkin banana muffins

Apparently I bake when I get bored.

I made pumpkin banana muffins and they were delicious. Bonus, less than 200 calories each and not too much sugar! yay! healthyish!

Here's the recipe that I used.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Ingredients: 
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 TBSP butter, softened
1- 1/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Using a fork or potato masher blend mashed bananas, pumpkin, sugar, eggs, and butter. In separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Mix together the wet and dry until well combined. pour into greased muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

what a day

Yesterday I had a job interview and it turned out to be really odd. I didn't prepare for it all so going in I was a bit nervous. When I got there, there was nowhere to park! All the visitor parking and most of the other lots were full or you needed a permit to park there. It turns out there was a some huge thing going on and there were 450 more people there. I decided just to park in one of the closer permit lots and walk, hoping I didn't get a ticket or fall on the icy sidewalks on my walk over. I don't know that the HR people knew this was really an interview because they didn't ask me any of the standard interview questions and the one lady didn't hardly talk to me at all. They decided I needed to talk to the guy who ran the department I would be working in, so we walked across the campus through a maze of hallways. The guy was not in his office so the HR admin lady had to go find him. I waited for over 20 minutes for this guy to come back to the office so he could talk to me. He didn't seem to have a very clear explanation of the position or what he wanted me to do. He just kinda talked in circles for 10-15 minutes... After, I went back to HR to ask a couple of questions regarding compensation, etc., that the department guy didn't know and the HR people didn't know either... but they wanted me to hand over my license and SS card and fill out a bunch of paperwork before I even knew what the pay was or had accepted the offer! Ridiculous. They emailed me today and the offer is not exactly what I expected. The job sounds interesting enough and the department/people seem really nice, but I don't know if I can swing it financially.


I did get another call for an interview today and am currently playing phone tag with her, so we'll see what happens. Man, I hate job searching. I wish I knew what I wanted to be when I grow up, that may make this easier...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

meal plan for the week

Here's my meal plan this week:

Supper: Shepherd's pie, Pumpkin burgers, Tortellini meatball soup (crock pot), Burrito bowls, Tortilla pizzas, Mac and Cheese muffins.

Lunch: sandwiches, salads, leftovers
Breakfast: oatmeal, toast, eggs, cereal
Snacks: smoothies, yogurt, fruit, veggies


What about you? Do you do a meal plan or just go by whatever you have in the house? How do you decide what to make? How do you decide what to get at the store? I don't remember my mom ever making a meal plan or really a grocery list... she'd just go to the store and bring home some things and every night there would be supper ready to eat. It seems like i spend a lot of time on thinking about meals and groceries.

Kate -- I'm interested to hear from you because of your no devil's syrup and local food ideas...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Travel wish list

In the last very cold days, I've been dreaming of a vacation, Sometimes just me and JT and sometimes as a family. Hopefully some day we can cross off some of these places....


Hawaii
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Las Vegas
Memphis/Nashville 


Boston
DC
NYC
Maine
Colorado
Alaska
Door County

Ireland/Scotland/England 
Canada
Mexico
Germany

Italy/France/Spain 
Greece
Brazil
Japan
Russia
Egypt

Wouldn't that be nice?