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Meal plan for December 1-7th

I use Swagbucks as my search engine because I get rewards for my normal internet searches and turn them in for Amazon gift cards.  Sadly, the Swagbucks home page has a countdown to Christmas on it, and it’s freaking me the freak out every time I see it.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

I’ll have a post later this week with some gift ideas for the nerds awesome people in your life.

I also got so nervous, that I spent Thanksgiving night ordering all the presents I need for the kiddos we buy for.  I don’t care how great the Black Friday sales are, they’re not going to save me enough to pay for my bail after punching some dumb bitch out at Target.  I can’t stand huge crowds full of morons, and Black Friday pretty much seems like the worst idea ever to me. It’s true; I HATE dumb crowds.  I love people, and don’t mind normal people, but idiots and I do not mix.  When we lived in Los Angeles, we had season passes to Disneyland, and I would never go when I knew it was going to be crowded.  There is something about people who think it is ok to stop right in the middle of walk ways that makes me want to club you.  I also know every “secret” passage and cut through in every land at Disneyland.  Fifty percent of that knowledge comes from wanting to flee a herd of asshats, and the other fifty percent comes from Troy working there for a few years as a contract employee on their film crew.  Knowledge is power.  The More You Know.

So, I know my strengths and weaknesses, and I stay home in my jammies and order from Amazon.  And reorganize our spice cabinet, because I AM SO AWESOME!


Do you seriously hate my dark 70’s porn oak cabinets as much as I do?  Listen up IKEA; if you’re looking to giveaway cabinets, keep me on your list.

Oh that bowl of weird green stuff?  That would be Troy and Jack playing with applesauce and some food coloring bottles I found.

We got a wee bit of  snow yesterday.  It was cold, beautiful, but not enough to have any fun with, nor did it stick around for very long.


Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Ours was fairly decent considering some crap news we got the day before (will tell you later when the tests come back, but it’s not related to Jack, Troy, or myself), and the fact that Troy had the flu and stayed home to sit in his pajamas and watch crappy TV on Netflix.

Still feeling lousy even today, Troy has kept a low profile, while Jack and I have done our best to be quiet and out of the house as much as possible.  I’m ready for this shit to be over and so we can go back to “normal”.  Yesterday, Jack and I went to our friend’s and decorated gingerbread houses, and Christmas cookies.  I made Troy a cookie Chewbacca.  It looked much better in my mind.


I spent Friday night finishing up a scarf I’ve been working on for a week or so.  It’s a Christmas present for a friend.  It’s the softest, warmest yarn ever (baby Alpaca), but I’m not going to lie, it smells a bit weird.


I also spent some of the week, and most of Friday night cutting and piecing together my next quilt which is intended to be a Christmas present for a coworker who collects sea glass.  I took this pile of fabric from this:


To this:


Now I just have to sew it, which always takes the longest amount of time.

I also finished up week-long project of cleaning out our filing cabinet.  It was so packed that we couldn’t fit ONE MORE stupid piece of paper in there.  It was insane!  I found Troy’s student loan information that we paid off back in 2004.  I found his taxes from as far back as 1999, and Mapquest directions to old movie shoots that Troy would work on in Los Angeles.  My hatred of clutter is no secret, and I filled up four bags for shredding


and this is what is left:


Is it weird that seeing all that “stuff” that is no longer going to be in my home, and an organized filing cabinet gets me a lady boner?

I think the most important news all last week is this:


I posted that photo on Facebook and Instagram and my favorite comment was from someone on Facebook who wrote “congrats-juice-lations”.  Jack of course was working on a whole month without getting on red at school, and the reward I promised was a juice box a day in his lunch for December.  He doesn’t get juice at home, and is so looking forward to stopping at Costco later today to get their organic juice boxes.

Last night at dinner, Jack was eating a raw pea pod.  He took one of the little peas out of the pod and said “it’s just like when I was in your belly.  Hey…how did I get out of there Mommy?  Did someone cut me out”?  Troy and I looked at each other and he threw me under the bus and said “yeah Mommy, how did Jack get out of your belly”.  I decided to go the honest route and I said “you came out of the area where I go to the bathroom”, to which Jack yelled “you pooped me out of your butt”?!?!  Troy and I couldn’t stop laughing for a few minutes, but I managed to say “no, buddy, like in my front” and Jack spent the rest of the night saying “I came out of Mommy’s wiener”.  Charmed I’m sure.

Enough randomness, let’s talk dinners!

Monday:: “Street tacos” using shredded pork from the crockpot, Spanish rice, and salad.

Tuesday:: Working late, so the in-laws are feeding Jack.  If I’m being honest, I hope they make me a plate to take when I come pick him up.

Wednesday:: Troy’s yummy burgers, chipotle sweet potatoes, and salad.

Thursday:: spaghetti, salad, and peas.  Yes, that was on the menu for last week, and no, it did not get made.  Why?  Because Troy and Jack stayed home and ate popcorn, while I went to see Mockingjay with my mother-in-law, and sister-in-law.  Such a great movie!

Friday:: Popcorn and movie night.  Best night of the week!

Saturday:: Chef salads, some kind of soup (haven’t decided yet), and crack bread.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.  This week we are doing a Thanksgiving repeat, and I’m bringing bread, homemade cranberry sauce (my favorite part of Thanksgiving), veggies and hummus, and wasabi mashed potatoes.

This week I spent $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, $23.13 at our local butcher for grassfed burger, and a big ass pork butt (which made Jack giggle for a long time after I ordered it) for the crockpot pork.  We’re hitting up Costco after swimming lessons, and it’s gonna be a huge trip.  Jack pulled two tags from the giving tree at school, and one boy wants a pair of shoes, and the other boy wants a Batman sweatshirt.  If your deepest desire at Christmas is a pair of shoes, you need some more shit in your holiday bag.  We’re going to get shoes boy some books, and a toy, and Batman sweatshirt is getting a movie and some books.  That’s why we have a Christmas budget, and it’s way more fun to give that stuff, than crap to our already overindulged child.

What are you having for dinner this week?

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20 comments on “Meal plan for December 1-7th”

  1. I enjoyed your e-mail. How was your Thanksgiving? I had a great Thanksgiving, I went to two places and ate twice, I felt like a stuff turkey, but it was all wonderful being with family.

  2. Jack is so cute! I am so pleased he did so good for the month. Hooray for him. I just started doing swagbucks and it seems a bit slow going so I rather doubt I will get many rewards. 🙁

    • It is definitely a slow going thing and probably takes me 1-3 months to get enough for a $5 Amazon card. But I figure it’s $5 more than I had 1-3 months ago! They give out more rewards on Fridays usually.

    • I do swagbucks too. What I do is when I’m working on my knitting I run discovery break or ng age in g he background. You just click once in a while. Builds faster that way.

  3. I’m sorry a man-sick put a damper on your holiday, but I’m so happy that Jack is doing better in school! Also glad he has a handle on anatomy ;-D
    For the scarf, Wrapsody wool soak will take care of any weird smell. Soak also has a scent free version, if you prefer.

  4. Hey – HUGE congratulations to Jack – this is a very BIG DEAL.

  5. Omigosh – cookie wookie!!

  6. I love the anatomy lesson! My dearest daughter was about 3 1/2 when she found out. She took a look at my maternity nursing book that we doubled as a booster seat for her since its about 6 in thick. She flipped it open to the “perfect” spot and took everything that she saw in stride. She is 5 now and rarely does she let an opportunity go by in which she can enlighten other peeps with this knowledge.

  7. A huge high five to Jack! Great job dude :0)

    Ever since the hubby and I have been together, we have always gone way over the top at Christmas time donating to Toys for Tots. We cut back a bit when the kiddo was born and when the hubby was in college because we had less disposable income. Emma LOVES putting items in the Toys for Tots boxes and so we once again tend to splurge on gifting. In fact, this year for Emma’s birthday she wanted to have people donate to a few local animal rescue organizations in lieu of gifts for her. After researching a little, we discovered that we can actually donate items to kids in our local hospital (some places are weird about that). So, for her birthday part next month we are asking her friends to bring items to fill shoe boxes that the kids will pack, wrap in brown paper and then decorate and donate. She is super excited about it.

    Anyway, we are super happy for you and your families success with keeping things positive for Jack. Keep up the great work!

  8. Oh, I get it!! I seriously cannot stand clutter….my mom’s photo is the one you see under pack rat in the dictionary. When I was 30 years old I cleaned out an end table (the kind with doors) in a spare room and found my ENTIRE 9th grade year of papers. SMH THAT I do not understand.

    Love the Sex Ed conversation! 🙂 Funny stuff

  9. I love that you get Jack involved in buying gifts for others who need them. My mom always had me help pick out gifts for angels and now my husband and I continue the tradition. Also congratulations to Jack for staying off red. Enjoy your juice!

  10. Congratulations to Jack! (And to you and Troy, for the ongoing survival …) That’s fantastic news!

    And kudos to all of you for sharing your holiday budget with needy kids. My parents did that with us, and we’re still more likely to talk about that than (most of) the presents we received. It’s a great way to convey the meaning of the holiday, and to get kids thinking about the bigger world out there.

    Here’s to a good holiday season for all of you!

  11. Well, there’s something that will be repeated at the absolute worst time…and that’s a definite! I told my daughter about the bungeee cord on the desk and she said that sounded like a good idea for her fidgety boy. She said something to the teacher about having him repeat kindergarten because of his maturity level, and the teacher assumed she was speaking about his intelligence. He’s one of the sharpest little crackers around so that made her laugh.