Meal plan for February 23rd – March 1st
In memorium: the industrial bottle I have used for the last eight years for my homemade surface spray, finally bit the dust last night. I feel comfortable that I got my $6 worth out of it. I went right out and got myself another one post haste. We’ll see if I can stretch this one to nine years.
Jack has a loose tooth and is spending all his waking hours wiggling it, and it is causing me to throw up in my mouth about 391 times a day. YUCK!!!!
Last week I mentioned I was going to try to make a shark toothfairy pillow. Well, I tried. Tried.
It isn’t perfect, but it was free, and the toothfairy will be able to locate the tooth and leave the cash safely. The body is made out of an old pair of Jack’s jeans, and the red mouth (aka exploding herpes as Troy calls it), was leftover from some random Christmas thing a few years ago. The body is stuffed with quilt scraps that I keep in a bin for just such an occasion.
Because one never knows when a denim shark needs to be made on demand.
Know how to make a type A girl happy? Build her some closet shelves when she is at work. Thanks honey.
At long last – storage! Our bathroom closet got ripped out to become a door way, so for the last oh five (?) months, all our bathroom closet stuff has been sitting in our master closet on the floor. We can’t use our master closet because of some work they were doing/we haven’t rebuilt the bars and stuff, so the floor seemed like a great place for oh…everything.
It was movie night, but I was so excited to get to organizing (nerd alert) that I went and started moving in to the new space as soon as I was done with my popcorn. Man oh man, it felt GREAT to be putting things in bins, and pulling extra towels and sheets out from under the bed.
We had all the bins hanging around in various places, so other than the brackets and the lumber, the re-org was free. That bottom shelf is really high, so that we can store our vacuum there. It folds in half, so Troy measured it to rest right above the vacuum. As a result of the height, we can stack three packages of toilet paper on top of each other. That is almost 1.5 huge Costco things of you see below.
I swear I’m not bragging to our East Coast friends, but Monday, President’s Day was insane. INSANE. Flowering trees that usually start in mid-March are in full bloom, and I was in a t-shirt outside for almost six hours working in the yard. My to-do list was long, but my enthusiasm to be outside was overpowering. From 9 am ish to 2:30 pm ish, I:
- Fertilized all 15 blueberry plants (aka, put free coffee grinds from the coffee shop around the base)
- Mowed our lawn
- Had so much fun, I mowed the neighbor’s lawn too. They are both older ladies (mother and daughter), and I figured I had the machine out, it was a gorgeous day, and why the hell not.
- Weeded ourthree giant raised beds by the street. They were a hot mess. The garlic box (sounds like a vampire revenge porn, yes?) needed some serious weeding, and the other two boxes needed to be weeded and have all the soil turned over so I could…
- Reinstall our trellises and plant peas! I initially typed that as pees. Delish.
- Plant the first planting of radishes and beets. I’ll do another planting probably next weekend so they’re staggered. I’m terrible at staggering plants so I get A LOT of radishes all at once, and then in a week they’re gone.
- Planted all our spring/summer seed for growing inside under the grow lights. These are things like tomatoes, spinach, chard, kale (even though I have a 5 ft tall kale “tree” still in the garden) and lettuce.
- Cleaned out the chicken coop.
- General weeding and clean up.
I took a shower, did some in-house cleaning, and then cooked dinner. I sat down to eat dinner, and when I was done, I found myself stuck in my seat. As in, I had zero energy to get out of my chair. I had never felt “old” until that moment. And that evening, I realized why I was so damn tired:
I’m going to plant carrots outside next week using “grow tape” because carrot seeds piss me off so much that I just chuck them and yell “grow damn it”. And then I have the audacity to complain later in the season “well, I guess carrots just don’t do well in my garden”. Lies.
I received a wonderful surprise gift last week from my friend Anne. She found these before last Christmas and meant to save them as my birthday gift (October), but couldn’t wait and they became a Valentines gift. I love them’ they’re so amazing!
If you can’t read the photo, the bag on the left says “Shut your lid and can it” and the bag on the right says “Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing”.
While I was cooking dinner the other night, Troy and Jack were doing this. How do men still control this world?
I was driving home the other night and I saw a Mini Cooper with the license plate “Minilvr”. Um…I guess there is something to be said for truth in advertising, no?
Meal plan time! Just a reminder that I only plan our dinners for the week. For breakfast we tend to eat the same things (homemade Greek yogurt for me, a sandwich for Troy, and whatever Jack’s heart happens to desire that morning), and lunches for the grown ups are leftovers of what we had for dinner the night before.
Monday:: Taco bowls
Tuesday:: Tomato soup (Jack’s request, so I think he is up to something), my fake Red Lobster biscuits, and salad.
Wednesday:: BBQ pork sandwiches (pork leftover from Monday’s taco bowls), slaw, and roasted root veggies.
Saturday:: Troy’s burgers, roasted sweet potatoes, and salad.
Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.
This week I spent so much money, I want to weep. $14.50 at the farm for raw milk and honey, $17.82 at our local butcher for a huge pork butt (hee), $49.12 at the grocery store, and $547.34 at Costco. You read it. Did I stutter? Yeah, that much.
To be fair, it included toilet paper and my Vitamix!!!! Last week, we were at Costco and saw there was a $25 instant rebate on the blender I have been saving up to buy for almost six months (saving a little each paycheck, and combining it with our yearly Costco AMEX rebate). I was so excited. You can imagine my dismay when I went today to see that model was gone. I talked with a clerk and they said they sent them all back two days ago to make room for a different model…which was $50 more. BALLS. I still got it, but it took a bit of the pep out of my step.
Didn’t stop me from making the smoothest batch of hummus ever when I got home though!
The food portion of my Costco bill: bacon, frozen organic blueberries and cherries, frozen wild cod, flatbread, and organic pears and apples.
What are you having this week?