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dbsam, I really like your post. It sounds like you're in a great frame of mind for shifting priorities/energy. How's it going today?

Let's see, this morning I took the kids to the beach to say goodbye to summer vacation (school starts tomorrow). We found some flower-ish things washed up on shore, so we brought them home, anchored the stems to the bottom of a clear vase with pebbles, and filled the vase with salt water to see what happens. They sort of opened and look pretty, but so far that's it. We still need to research what they are -- I've never found flowers on the beach before!

We showered and had lunch, I got caught up on work emails/voicemails, and now we're chilling out.

And best of all, the heat wave has ended -- it's beautiful outside!
post #1162 of 1361
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

Oooooh, I'll use those shutterfly codes too -- thanks!

 

You're welcome. :-) I try to share the joy. 

 

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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
this thread is not only going to keep me accountable for how much I accomplish...but also what I choose to accomplish. 

 

That's pretty much why I post here. It's not about bragging about what we do, but supporting each other in what we're able to accomplish. Some days are better than others. Even on the days were you only get one thing done, it's still an accomplishment - probably even moreso than on the days when you check off a whole list. 

 

For me, it's one of those days were the to do list is much longer than what I've managed to complete. Done already - 

 

- Printed and clipped coupons. 

- Organized my coupons for shopping this week and reorganized my Target stacks. 

Finally figured out how to email myself converted PDF documents on my Kindle. 

- Cooked rice to go with dinner. 

 

Still to do this evening - 

- Make Mongolian beef to go with the rice for dinner. 

- Package up the sweet peppers that I froze yesterday. 

- Sort, wash and freeze tomatoes. 

- Sort, wash and freeze hot peppers. 

- Send my MIL an email about the fact that we are not offering hard liquor cocktails at my two-year-old's birthday party. She has it in her mind that we have to provide everyone's favorite cocktail. We are offering beer and wine; I think that's sufficient. This is not a Friday night adults-only gathering. Sigh. You know that show Everybody Loves Raymond? Yeah, my life is like that. 

post #1163 of 1361
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

dbsam, I really like your post. It sounds like you're in a great frame of mind for shifting priorities/energy. How's it going today?
 

Thanks. Well, the morning started out great but went downhill after breakfast.  Homeschooling is not going as I planned, but I guess that is a post for another forum.   I am drained.    We are really easing into this but even the little bit I am asking is dragging on throughout the day and is interspersed with crying and unhappiness.   My energy picked up again late tonight (I am a night owl) and I was able to work for a couple of hours and got a LOT done.  My house is a disaster...but I am trying to ignore it.

Before kids woke up:

·         planned weekly schooling

·         worked in yard

·         laundry – 3 loads

·         baked coffee cake

·         ate breakfast (something I rarely do but am going to start doing!)

·         wasted time arguing on the phone with my sister (reminder to self…sometimes it is better to not pick up the phone.)

·         picked up/straightened the living room

While kids were awake:

·         made the kids breakfast

·         showered

·         cleaned the kitchen

·         school with kids   (s/h taken 1.5 hours but dragged through the entire day)

·         took kids to piano lesson

·         entered UNFI order

·         made dinner

After the kids went to bed:

·         WAH 2.5 hours

·         I’m hoping to be in bed by 11:00  :joy

post #1164 of 1361

A whirlwind hour flying around the house in the hour I've been home from work - 

 

- Made dinner. 

- Put away shoes that were lying out everywhere. 

- Packaged up the tomatoes I froze yesterday. 

- Reorganized the kitchen bookshelf that holds my cookbooks and the bill/pen caddy. 

- Filed some paperwork from the bill caddy. 

- Spent some time playing cars with Little Man. 

- Put away clean dishes. 

- Loaded the dishwasher. 

- Swept the floor. 

- Facilitated toy pick up and getting husband and Little Man into the bedtime routine (it was like herding cats today...)

 

Need to figure out something for breakfast tomorrow - I'm thinking pumpkin muffins. Should probably get them going in a minute or two before I lose my momentum - but it just feels really good to sit for a minute! 

post #1165 of 1361
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post
 

- Packaged up the tomatoes I froze yesterday.

I didn't know you could freeze tomatoes!

 

I didn’t get much done today, but the schooling part of our day went much better than yesterday. 

·         ‘school’

·         went to the art supply store and Costco

·         laundry – 3 loads

·         made dinner

I ended up staying up too late last night and slept in this morning.  I told the kids to put together their own breakfast.  When they asked if they could have coffee cake and ice cream…I said ‘yes’.  I must have been really tired.  bag.gif

post #1166 of 1361
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I didn't know you could freeze tomatoes!

 

Yep! All I do is wash them, dry them and then put them on a cookie sheet and let them freeze overnight. Then I stick them in freezer bags (freezing them on the tray first ensures they don't all freeze together in a clump in the bag). My sister just uses them straight from the freezer like that, but I plan on canning mine later, which I've heard some people do. I decided to freeze them since I wasn't getting enough on a given day to do a big canner batch. You can also make sauce or puree them, and then freeze that as well. 

 

Managed a few more things this evening - 

 

- Baked the pumpkin muffins. 

- Cleaned up the dinner dishes and started the dishwasher. 

- Packed my breakfast and lunch for work tomorrow. 

- Laid out my work clothes. 

- Folded and put away a load of laundry. 

- Watched a few episodes of Portlandia with husband. 

 

Now I'm going to read for a little while, then get to bed. Overall, a pretty productive day. 

post #1167 of 1361

Had lunch with dd at school. :-)

post #1168 of 1361
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Kitchensqueen and Mrs. Koehn, I'm impressed that you keep up with your toenail polish with as busy as you guys are!! I'm not nearly as busy, and I've had the same polish on for about a month. bag.gif

I didn't for almost five years, but I've been collecting water based ones this summer and try to change them on the weekend....

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I have not been on this thread for a while.  (I've been reading your posts but not posting myself.)



I need to change the way I function.  For years, I’ve gotten caught up in the day-to-day cleaning, maintenance, cooking, etc. and have a difficult  time getting to procrastinated projects (like last year’s tax return redface.gif) or self-care like exercise, reading and sleep.  I intend to do it when everything else is caught up and perfect…but, of course, it is never caught up or perfect.  I have been struggling with this my entire life but really need to make a change now - for my children and my health.  This is our first year homeschooling and after one week I see that continuing this way will not work.  I can clean forever; I always find something that needs to be cleaned or organized.  The past couple of years I’ve had the entire school day to get things done…and still couldn’t. 



I am going to make school/learning experiences a priority - and sleep a priority.  I have been sleep deprived my entire life and it is affecting me more now that I am older.  I am going to try limiting my household work and computer time (which is usually wasted time) to a certain amount daily.  If something doesn’t get done…I am going to go to bed anyway and let it go.  This will be very difficult for me and tough on my husband who is a clean freak.  He works 6-7 long days/week and he will come home and clean if I do not get it done.



So, I am hoping the cleaning/maintenance/household tasks I list on this thread are lessoned and my school time/activity time with the kids, exercise and sleep time, completion of put-off projects are increased.



Since the laptop is always on and in a central part of the house I tend to hop on and off all day.  I am going to keep it off and only get on a few times a day.  I am hoping it will allow me to be more efficient.  This is a work in progress, any advice is appreciated.



Of course, I’ve already started off badly since I got very little sleep last night greensad.gif  and had a migraine all weekend so I feel like I am starting out the week way 'behind'.  We’ll see how the rest of today goes.



 



ok...after reading this it sounds like it belongs in another forum. - like mental health!  But it was my long way of saying this thread is not only going to keep me accountable for how much I accomplish...but also what I choose to accomplish. 



You go, girl. I have a Type A OCD woman inside me. With heath issues, homeschooling hubby's sisters (one with some learning issues) & now tomorrow I will have a 10 month old who is very clingy, I'm having to let things slide. It still bugs me though. And I HATE to ask for help but sometimes I have to.

Right now, noodles are drying out in the colander in the sink, gravy needs put up, diapers need hung outside, dishes need done, I need to clean the fridge and freezer, make my grocery list, make a lighter sling to take to town tomorrow, sew the elastic to her diapers, etc, etc. So I'm on the couch, baby here with me, watching VeggieTales 'Robin Good' and obviously on here. Sigh. But I'm tired and sick. Anything that gets done today is a bonus. I'm still running a low fever and have laryngitis today so I'm not on top of my game at all.

Still, I managed to:

Semi organize my canning jars
Checked my emails
Took a shower
Washed the diapers
Did school with the girls best I could, though I did skip the subjects I have to talk a lot in. I'm just barely groaning this afternoon, this morning was a faint whisper. Lol They thought it was funny though.
Made dinner and hubby's lunch (and breakfast this morning)

Seems like I'm forgetting something, Oh well, I need a nap. Haha, not with this one running around, that's for sure.
post #1169 of 1361

Watched my Roomba vacuum the house.

post #1170 of 1361

So far I've:

 

- Taken 8yo ds to open his first bank account

- Grocery shopped

- Returned library books

- Fed kids

- Had kids do math

 

I have two appointments for work tonight after dh gets home.

post #1171 of 1361
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Originally Posted by phathui5 View Post
 

- Taken 8yo ds to open his first bank account

Was he excited?

My children were so excited when I opened their savings accounts (our bank calls them 'junior investment accounts').  I was hoping they would get a passbook like I had when I was little but they did not.  So every once in a while I show them their balance online.  They have a dog sitting 'business' in the neighborhood and enjoy seeing their balance increase.  They also get the contents of our change jars when they fill...it really adds up.

post #1172 of 1361
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Originally Posted by MrsKoehn View Post


You go, girl. I have a Type A OCD woman inside me. With heath issues, homeschooling hubby's sisters (one with some learning issues) & now tomorrow I will have a 10 month old who is very clingy, I'm having to let things slide. It still bugs me though. And I HATE to ask for help but sometimes I have to.

 

Wow...I am having difficulty schooling two children that are the same age.  I cannot imagine schooling multiple children of different ages and watching a 10 month old!

 

Both my husband and I have OCD tendencies and I have anxiety issues so it is no surprise the kids have OCD and anxiety...part of the difficulty with their schooling.

 

Like you, I am unable to ask for help. Actually, I don't have anyone to ask anyway.  Luckily I have a very helpful husband.  We've been a pretty good team for 25 years.  I've become accustomed to his help and cannot imagine how tough it w/b if I had to do it alone.

post #1173 of 1361

Mildly productive evening here - 

 

- Made mashed potatoes to go with the crockpot barbecue chicken husband made for dinner. 

- Tidied the house. 

- Did the bedtime routine with Little Man. 

- Printed some coupons (still need to clip and organize them). 

- Packed my lunch for work tomorrow. 

- Turned off the AC and opened up all of the windows in the house for the first time in two days. Isn't it supposed to be fall?

 

I ought to make time to color my hair this evening, but I might just be LAZY and watch a show instead... 

post #1174 of 1361

My day didn’t go as planned.   I am a person who plans and makes lists and I am not good at rolling with the changes when things do not go as planned.  (another thing I am working on:o)

My list still has too much housework and not enough enriching activities with the kids or healthy activities for me  - but I’m working on it.

So today I…

·         made breakfast

·         took/picked up daughter to/from class (my children go to a teacher’s house with a few other children on Wednesdays.  My son didn’t go today.)

·         took car in for oil change and tire rotation

·         had a headache so I took a short nap

·         schooled son a little bit

·         vacuumed and dusted main floor

·         stripped two beds

·         laundry

·         organized ~1/5 of the pantry

·         played Dogopoly

·         made dinner

·         watched Restaurant Impossible with the kids – and then we went online to see if the restaurant is still open

·         read with the kids

·         cleaned rug where the dog peed - ugh

·         went through stack of mail and paid bills

·         made dh’s lunch for tomorrow

·         baked an apple spice cake

post #1175 of 1361

I am so tired - it's been such a long day. Work was busy then we were out and about a bit this evening. So I only got a few things done, but they took up a lot of time. 

 

- Printed and clipped some coupons. 

- Organized my shopping list and sorted last minute coupons into the mix for grocery shopping. 

- Stopped at Goodwill.

- Went grocery shopping. 

- Put away all of the groceries. 

- Tidied the house. 

 

And now I'm going to bed soon. I think I'm even too tired to read. 

post #1176 of 1361

I haven't done anything today (other than working the office job) but I have a HUGE list that needs to get done tonight after Little Man goes to bed, in order to prepare for his birthday party tomorrow. So I'm posting it here for accountability - 

 

- Bake Little Man's birthday cake. 

- Make the icing for the cake (I will decorate it in the morning so it looks as good as possible). 

- Wrap birthday presents. 

- Decorate the cake platter. 

- Put away the coats and hats so the wall hooks aren't cluttered. 

- Clean the bathroom so it's presentable for guests. 

- Sweep and mop the kitchen floor. 

- Scrub down the high chair (impossible to keep clean!). 

- Color my hair so that I actually look presentable. 

- Freeze some hot and sweet peppers that have been sitting on the kitchen counter for days. 

- Put away the crockpot and tidy the kitchen counters. 

- Vacuum. 

 

And a bonus item in case I have the energy and the will left over - 

- Tidy up and reorganize the bookcases in our bedroom because they've turned into an avalanche waiting to happen. 

 

Okay so... that's a lot. Wish me luck! 

post #1177 of 1361
Holy crap, is it Friday already? Kitchensqueen, you just reminded me that DH's birthday party is tomorrow too and I have to bake his cake today -- I'm glad I read this thread! lol.gif Luckily the party is at my ILs' house, so the cake is the only prep I need to do, unlike you.

What kind of cake are you making for your DS, and how are you going to decorate it?
post #1178 of 1361
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Holy crap, is it Friday already? Kitchensqueen, you just reminded me that DH's birthday party is tomorrow too and I have to bake his cake today -- I'm glad I read this thread! lol.gif Luckily the party is at my ILs' house, so the cake is the only prep I need to do, unlike you.

What kind of cake are you making for your DS, and how are you going to decorate it?

 

Oy, good thing you checked in! We're doing a Dr. Suess themed party, so I'm baking mini vanilla cupcakes. I'll ice half of them with white frosting and half with red, and arrange them in the shape of the cat's hat from Cat In The Hat. I love mini cupcakes for kid's party because they're already portioned, and other than the kids, no one really eats a ton of cake anyway. So I can make a small cupcake cake and it works. 

 
Got a few things done so far - 
 

- Put away the coats and hats so the wall hooks aren't cluttered. 

- Cleaned the bathroom so it's presentable for guests (husband actually did most of it). 

- Put away the crockpot and tidy the kitchen counters. 

- Wrapped half the presents. 

- Set up a folding table next to our small kitchen table. 

- Took out extra folding chairs from the closet. 

- Corralled all of the Dr. Suess books in the house to put out for the party. 

- Clipped Little Man's nails and gave him a bath. 

- Put away most of the living room toys in Little Man's bedroom. 

 

I'm about to get Little Man in bed in a few minutes, then I'm off to the kitchen to get the baking going! 

post #1179 of 1361
What a cool cake idea, I love it! smile.gif

DD and I baked and decorated DH's cake, and I wrapped his presents and bought stuff to make a special breakfast tomorrow.
post #1180 of 1361

Took daughter to school, took son to school (both across town), went to consignment sale. Went to gas station to fill up. Made phone calls. Stopped home for a moment. Met someone for a Craigslist purchase, went to pick up son at school (early release today), brought him home, went to pay a bill, went to pick up daughter at school (across town for the third time today), came home, picked up dog for vet appointment, came home, cooked dinner, did a few loads of laundry, did dishes and wiped down kitchen, getting ready to get kids into bed so I can relax.

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