Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sideways Saturday

I've been on a "stay-cation" for the last 5 days.  It's glorious.  I took 4 vacation days in celebration of my 42nd birthday.  I didn't have any real plans, my gift to myself was simply that I wouldn't work.  Technically, I'm going to work today but it's my writing gig so I get to do it from my bed in my sweatpants prior to the nap I have planned in preparation for my birthday blowout tonight. So, I'm not sure that counts, ya know?  It is the ONLY work I will have done since Tuesday.  And I don't work tomorrow because I shall need to recover from tonight.  Monday I teach but I never really count that as work, as I LOVE that job so much.  I STILL (4 years in) feel like I get to go dance and have fun and they pay me to do it.  I don't have any REAL work until Tuesday morning.

I feel recharged, and I needed that.  I had gotten in a very negative space in my head about my job.  I was not only thinking negatively about it, I was speaking negatively about it.  If you know me IRL, I am a firm believer in "good in, good out" so I try VERY hard to not speak negatively.  In the month of December for the last 2 years, I've gotten other people to participate in a month of "I shall not say negative things."  Now, sometimes, that simply involved rewording something that needs to be said.  But those who have participated with me have had positive feelings about the exercise.  We create what we think and speak into the world.  I feel that in my soul.  I 'checked' myself on Tuesday morning, which was my last shift at work before this vacation.  I made the conscious choice at the end of my meditation to go into work that day with a more positive attitude.  I've been told that my attitude at work affects all of my co-workers (I'm everyone's mama there) so I felt responsible for the store's morale as of late. 

I've had such a great birthday week that I've been losing track of what day it is!  It's pretty great.  Tomorrow, or Monday I intend to put up a post about all the birthday celebrations that have been occurring. 

Happy 42nd to me!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Skinny Housewife: Chunky Portabella Veggie Burger

Chunky Portabella Veggie Burger

Guys.  THIS.  This recipe is a HUGE HUGE favorite in my house.  When I know I'm going to make these for dinner I seriously look forward to them ALL DAY.  Two had a veggie burger at Buffalo Wild Wings not that long ago and reported: "it was good but not as good as the ones you make."  They are so good. 

If you've been coming to this blog for awhile, you know that I almost always make changes to recipes.  I don't know what to tell you...I bend things.  So, I can tell you that this recipe is REALLY hard to screw up.  Really.  I have made it without the steak seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce (just totally forgot to put them in) and they were STILL delicious.  The most recent time I totally forgot the beans.  I'm not even kidding.  And guess what?  Still delicious.  I only ever use 2 eggs.  And I make them with Flipz crackers (these are pretzel crackers, and they are bomb.)  I've also made them with cheezits once.  You know, I just roll with the punches.  Honestly, we've never had a batch that wasn't amazing. 

Then you just add all the things you would add to a "regular" burger.  The steak seasoning and Worcestershire sauce really give them a BEEF taste.  If you don't look at them (so that you wouldn't see the broccoli) you could be fooled.

This is at the top of the list of recipes we've tried since becoming vegetarian, so it's the first recipe I wanted to share with you all.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Two For Tuesday

Yeah, I still have links to share.  :)

The first one is about creating a summer bucket list.  I'm so busy these days with work that I want to make sure I carve out time over the summer to really BE with the boys while they are out of school.  My "real job" schedule allows me three half days a week and my other job is at my own schedule (nice right??  Someone not so long ago told me I was lucky.  I told them I am not lucky, I don't believe in the concept of luck actually.  THIS is the life I've created for myself.  BOOM.)  Anywayyyyyyy, I'm working on compiling a list.  Because I'm a list maker.

Here is your link to my Summer Fun board over on Pinterest.  It's just a jumping off place.  For me personally, reading other people's lists gets my own thoughts going.  I'll (hopefully) at some point in the next week-ish post my own list for us for you to puruse.  We've done a lot of the things on the board I shared, but just by re-visiting it today I saw three things that I want to add that I saw and know we either haven't done or would like to do again.

The second one is about limiting screen time.  This is a HUGE problem for us.  There are multiple old blog posts about it here on my blog, so it's been a problem time and time again.  With summer approaching, I was looking for a way to limit how much time the boys are in front of a screen.  My girls remind me all the time that they had to EARN screen time and they are salty AF about the fact that their brothers do not.  Well, boys, summer is about to be a rude awakening because yesterday while cleaning out my closet I found STONES.  Yes, stones.  This is the system I used with their sisters.  Each stone allowed for a certain amount of screen time.  You started off with a small amount, but you could earn more.  You could also lose them for bad behavior.  For us, it's going to look like this.  You can start your day with three stones.  Thirty minutes.  If you'd like more, you will have to complete things from a list.  The things on the list will be reading, writing, playing outside (although, we tend to do that anyway,) chores, helping me or Two with something.  They will also be weighted.  Three HATES to read, so if he will read for the 20 minutes that school recommends he can earn an entire half hour of screens.  Judge me if you want, but I'm doing what I need to do here.  Four loves to do all the things on the list so he should be watching Gotham ALL SUMMER LONG.  Here is your link to some tips you can look at and see if something seems like it would work in your household.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Manic Monday

Well, Helloooooooo friends! 

I skimmed over the last few posts that I made to this blog and laughed at myself.  It's been 2 years and 3 months since I posted anything here, and man oh man have things changed.  I updated the "About Us" page, but I'm going to post here as an update to what I hope will be a resumption of regular posts again. 

For starters, I no longer homeschool.  All the sad faces.  It was something I loved, really and truly loved but I made some choices that left us all on a different path.  The boys are both in school now, just finishing 5th and 3rd grades.  The transition has been hard for Three, but this year has been MUCH MUCH better than last.  In August he starts middle school.  I'm not ready.  Not even a little ready.  Ugh.  Four has had a much better transition and is thriving by all accounts.  He is in the gifted program at school and gets to attend a special camp over the summer. 

Secondly, I'm no longer married.  *gasp*  Yeah, I managed to mess up another marriage.  I take all the blame.  He was a very good man, and he loved me with all of himself.  There is no fault with him.  It just didn't work for me.  I also no longer live in my "waterfront" home.

Thirdly, I work three jobs currently.  The last time I posted I had two.  I currently still work both those jobs, but I added in a writing gig.  This blog was my "prior work" and they actually liked me anyway.  *smirk*  That job is the reason I'm back to blog my own has brought to my attention that I really enjoy writing and want the creative outlet.  So, you're welcome! 

Fourth, another major life change for us is that we are MOSTLY vegetarian now.  I say mostly because the boys and I still eat meat when we are out or they are with their father.  But we never eat meat here at home.  One and Two are both totally vegetarian.  Two is MOSTLY vegan.  She sometimes eats cheese, but that's about the extent of her non-vegan consumption and even that is pretty rare these days.  Pizza is her vice. 

Lastly, without homeschooling what will be the purpose of this blog?  Yeah, I've sorta thought that myself.  I've decided I'm just going to write and see what comes of it.  I have lots of recipes to share (vegetarian, or easily adaptable) with you all so look forward to those Skinny/Lazy Housewife posts.  I still have kids so it will be more of a general parenting snark than homeschool oriented snark, you feel me?  I'm also on a personal journey that has created a lot of growth over the last couple years. You'll get details of that and get to come along for the rest of the ride, lucky you??!!  I've been reading a lot (part of the journey I'm on) and so there will be discussions from that and recommendations.  Basically, I've still got a lot to say. 

Much LOVE.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Manic Monday

I wish it were Sunday...

Sunday's in my world are pretty great. I sometimes have to work a 6 hour shift, but even that doesn't take away from them. If I work?  The Punk takes the boys and does the grocery shopping. If you've read anything about me, you know I LOATHE having to take my boys to the grocery store. They hate it. I hate it. It's just a vile experience. So, if I have to put in 6 hours...I get out of that loathsome task. So to me, it's a pretty fair trade.  When I get home from work, I do nothing else. I change. I climb into my bed. I read or I watch something mindless on tv. Usually cooking shows. I don't cook on Sunday. Ever. Aside from work, I try to move as little as humanly possible on Sunday. I was explaining this to one of the kids I work with (note:  anyone under the age of 25 is a kid.)  I said everyone should have one day a week where they do as little as possible, assuming that they are a productive member of society the other 6 days a week. As for me?  

I work hard. 
I play hard. 
I rest hard. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Manic Monday: Screen Detox

My boys tried to roll out of bed at 5:40 this morning. Monday is one of the days I COULD actually sleep in, so I'm less than pleased.  I swear they are little addicts. One night, at around 1:45, I had to retrieve Four from the living room. He had gotten up to pee and decided to go play Xbox. At 1:45 AM. No, kid, no. Their eyes pop open and they need a screen in front of them ASAP. The fact that it's still pitch black outside clearly matters not. I told them to go back to bed this morning but 20 minutes later it was clear no one intended to go back to sleep so I told them "fine, I can't force you to sleep but NO SCREENS." 

Part of the problem is that on Tuesday-Friday I leave at 5:35. The Punk will sleep through them waking up and going to the bathroom and then to retrieve their games. Often he tells me that one or both boys were up before he got up. Then, he leaves for work and they are allowed screens until an alarm goes off. Their sisters are not early risers (what teens ARE when given the choice?  Besides me, who has always been up with the sun. Always.)  The alarm ensures that try turn the screens off at a reasonable time, without someone being present to tell them it's time. It also is their prompting to get dressed and eat breakfast as two days a week we have to leave immediately after I get home from work (being ready to go is a necessary habit.)

They've done extremely well with the transition of me not being around in the morning. But this screen thing is making me crazy. Right now?  I've decided Momday morning-when I AM home-should always be screen free. Monday we are extremely busy (I teach for 2 1/2 hours while they play downstairs in the gym or the playground, and then we head to Taekwondo) so after the early morning time there is no time for screens, except occasionally in the car, anyway. Wednesday is also screen free, except for the morning, just because of schedule. 

I'm going to tighten the reins in this one, as I feel like it's gotten out of hand. Also, we've had a lot of rain this winter which means more being stuck inside, which means I'm much more likely to say yes at random times during the day. 

But we've reached a point where without the screens, Four (specifically) acts like he doesn't have any clue what they COULD do!  That's ridiculous. And I'm putting an end to it. Right away. 

Screen detox we come!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sideways Saturday

OMG Y'all. We survived basketball season. Last night was our last regular season game. AND the team finally convinced Two to come to a team sleepover. Big doings on our Friday. 

Now, tournament this week. Then the following weekend. And then I get 6 weeks off. Well, they will practice to keep their skills sharp and their stamina up, and there will be summer camp. But no more basketball 5 days a week. No more dragging the boys to the gym for 4 hours at a time. 

I'm stoked. 

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE watching Two play. I LOVE watching her team play (I watched several games this season where she was injured and couldn't play...and was just as excited for them without her.) They had a great season-17-3 being the final record. 

We've been at it since September. 6
Months. In September, I'll be ready to do it again. In February, I'm ready for a break.