Sunday, May 21, 2017

The busy home stretch!

We are in the super busy home stretch of the school year.  Spring concert complete!  Class field trips are done.
Last full week of classes, final projects due &  exam prep begins.  Only two more sports events to go.  
It's going to be busy for us - but I think we can do it.  I'm committing myself to eating home all week and during exam week too.  Which will mean a trip to Aldi & maybe Shoprite.  

I'm really looking forward to the end of the school year.  

Summer will be a whirlwind of college visits and prepping for that process with the oldest child.  So far I don't think we will be leaving New Enland for visits.  

Youngest has application to tech high school ready to turn into guidance office. Always tricky since they are doing schedules and if acceptance to tech doesn't happen we still need to be sure there are good classes for next year.  It's always a balancing act with this kiddo - but they know about the struggles in classes & unhappiness that is because of it - so school shouldn't be surprised.  
Sports & band are the only draws to stay now.  

Routine maintenance

Today was AC service day!  We don't use a company anymore. We know an HVAC guy who does side work - he's been servicing our unit a few years, lives in town & way more reasonable than the company we used in the past.  The old company used to charge a fee to drive out to us and a minimum 2 man + 1 hour minimum to come out.  Used to run $350 for them to drive into my driveway.  
Our local guy is 1/2 that and he even goes into the attic to see if everything is ok with the ducts and checks all the filters!  The company was charging extra to check inside filters.  

So we are all set for the next heatwave!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shoprite trip

Had to make a fast run in this morning.....
Picked up sale blueberries, apples, huge green pepper, romaine hearts and 85% ground beef
Not on sale frozen mango chunks, butter (ran totally out) and broccoli crown

Came home and did a fridge clean - all tidy and sparkly. Made quinoa and roasted broccoli salad (didn't dress it though). Steamed some yellow squash that was getting soft - will purée for Mac & cheese sauce.  

Paperwork and getting ready to head over pickup and haircut for oldest we youngest goes to track.

Tonight it's sloppy joes so I'll have to get some tater tots I guess....stopping at Walmart for those since I have to hit the pharmacy.  

It's all good in the hood so to speak!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


I love smoothies!  I've tried some of the healthy protien ones, as breakfast replacements, since I'm not a big eater in the morning.  I haven't been impressed at all by them, they're either to sweet, not satisfying or too high in calories.  And I refuse to spend the $$ on shakeology - no matter how yummy it may be.    I thought I found THE ONE by kashi a couple months ago - a vegan one - macha madness.  It was good when blended with water and frozen fruit or almond milk and fruit.  Now I can't locate it except Amazon.  

A high school friend ENO is a nutrition coach advised I try hemp protien (since I didn't care for whey taste/texture and try to avoid soy)

Ring the bells! I think I have found a winner!  Plain hemp protien powder.  I bought Bob's Red Mill since I know their products and like them.  

This morning I added 1/4 cup to 1 cup frozen chopped kale, 1/3 cup frozen raspberries & 1 cup pineapple juice & 1/2 cup water.  Blended in the ninja and YUM!  No weird aftertaste, chalkyness or texture. 
And that was almost 2 hours ago - not starving.    

Others I want to try (I don't add sugar/sweetener)
frozen banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter and almond milk 
Mango &  black chai tea
Kale, spicy V8 and cucumber
Instant coffee, almonds, cocoa powder& coconut milk

I'll let you know how they turn out

Is it Monday yet?

I've never thought I would wish for a weekend to end - but here goes...I'm wishing it!

Over all things have been frugal here....this week, no out of the ordinary expenses - just the normal stuff - working on eating from the pantry and freezer as much as possible - mostly to curb my trips to the grocery store but also really trying to keep an eye on waste.   I did run to get burger buns to the IGA - I could never do all my shopping there for a week - way too costly.  Burgers were in the freezer here already.  No clothing items bought by me this week, just 1 trip to dollar tree for Mother's Day cards and a soda for me.  Purposefully didn't walk the store to see what else was needed. I had a mission to not go over the $5 bill I had in my purse.

I've spent time this week doing laundry, errands, meals - school and sports runs.  More of the daily stuff.  

Add in there in anticipation of today's nor'easter rains I had to clean the gutters yesterday after school since hubs went away for the weekend.  He went away last weekend too and with the rain last Thursday & Friday and the finally high water table I spent last Saturday morning cleaning up water in the basement laundry room etc.  the gutters on the house needed a complete clean - since he just unplugs the gutters where the problem plug of pine needles gathers - I try to get up on the ladder atleast in the fall and earlier spring to do the length of them not just the spot where the backup occurs.  
I knew I would be at sports with youngest all daylong  today so didn't want to come home to water again.  Thankfully oldest was willing to help by holding the ladder and dumping the buckets of pine needles & leaves so I wasn't hanving to go up and down while holding those.  Afterwards we attacked a shrub bed mercilessly to pull out and cut back as much bittersweet vine as possible - we kidded the window for digging it out I think.

After all day in the damp & chill I came home for more laundry etc.  and a quick nap while i tried to warm up.  Bonus I didn't cook - heated up premade lasagna for me and kids.  I had all kinds of ideas for puttering projects - but nothing happened since I wanted to watch a Netflix movie and I fold clothes in the bedroom....the only tv we can watch Netflix on is the living room.  

Tonight was also prom for oldest, who decided NOT to attend saying it was way too much $$ and the only date interest was asked by another friend in the group.  "Just losers go stag mom". Kiddo doesn't seem to bugged about it - but will be feeling left out come Monday because of the jokes & not knowing what happened.  husband said we shouldn't have forced the issue to attend with another as just friends - I disagree.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I won't be seeing mine since she has a church thing - husband wants to take his parents out for dinner - so celebrating will be then.

Then. It's Monday!!  Only 24 more hrs!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

PBS Victorian Slum House Series

Have you seen it?  
Can you imagine?  I'm amazed  as many survived.  Just the worry alone would send you to an early grave.  If you get a chance take a look!

Monday, May 8, 2017

A few new abbreviations (colorful)

It's the end of the school year and with that brings me to using certain colorful language that might be offensive, I'm feelin salty dear readers....feel free to use these liberally. If they make you laugh or resonate with you I'm glad. 

Language warning!!!!  

AH - Asshat - a noun.  Mostly used when someone has their head so far up their rear end.
AHY - Asshattery - decriptive. Shenanigans that are performed by an AH or group of them. Similar to a cluster&@€#
DT - Douchetard  a noun - an individual similar to the DBag but not nearly as smart....yet equally as frustrating if not more (heard at school from a senior - asked what?)
FFS - For Frigs Sake (use your own expletive). This is usually reserved for the truly exasperating moments when you just don't have time for anyone's crappola. Borrowed from Gordon Ramseys Hells Kitchen show.