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May 15, 2009

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by , 05-15-2009 at 05:04 PM (3656 Views)
Happy Friday!

We've been enjoying barbecue pulled pork (courtesy of my successful experiment with the pressure cooker) and cole slaw sandwiches all week. I was on such a roll that night that I also made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and I'm pretty sure the hubby thought he'd died and gone to heaven! Although he wasn't quite sure what to make of the sweet tea...that was a new experience for him.

I'm really starting to get into cooking at home instead of eating out. I've always enjoyed cooking.....I just don't get a thrill from the cleanup afterwards and I wish I had a larger kitchen to work in! In addition to the barbecue pulled pork and cole slaw sandwiches, I made spaghetti this week, and also some sausages with sauerkraut cooked in the crockpot that we had on potato rolls. I'm starting to get into the habit of packing my lunch for the next day when I'm cleaning up after dinner, so I'm very happy with my progress in that area too.

On the no spend front, I'm feeling guilty. I sort of fell off the bandwagon the last couple of days. I did invest in a dehydrator and a breadmaker, and I think those were worthwhile purchases, but I'm not sure I needed the Aero Garden (even if it was on sale) and I know for a fact that I didn't need any more clothes or makeup.

A lot of my spending (and eating, for that matter) happens when I'm under a lot of stress, particularly work-related stress, and I need to find a better way to deal with it. I had thought the exercise challenge would help me take a step in the right direction, and I'm sure I will get there, but this past week with getting out of work after 7 at night, then it takes me a good 45 minutes to an hour to get home, then dinner, then collapse....not sure where to fit the exercise time in there. I think the answer has to be less time devoted to work and more time devoted to taking care of me. There has to be more balance!

More balance.....yes, that's a good idea. I spent the last few years working full time and going to school full time. I got my degree in January and I thought things would slow down but it seems like I've just taken on more on the work side. It's as if I haven't learned how to slow down yet, and that's something I really want to work on.

That, and finishing the application to consolidate my bazillion dollars worth of student loans this weekend. (I'm glad I finally have my degree, but it should be criminal for it to cost as much as it did!)

Enjoy the weekend!

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  1. IndigoMom's Avatar
    I'm with you on the cooking front - I LOVE cooking, I just don't enjoy my kitchen. Fortunately, it's grilling season - and that takes some of the burden, and mess out of the kitchen
    What are you going to grow in your aero garden? I've considered it for so long - I'm just curious as to how much of a harvest you can get from one.
  2. Luckybustert's Avatar
    I'm going to grow cherry tomatoes. I love them on salads. The hubby just likes to eat them, period, so we'll see just how many of them actually make it to the salad bowl!
  3. MisaLady's Avatar
    Maybe you could try a ten or 15 minute walk at night? That wouldn't take much time, but it'd help get you moving, and you might find it relaxing.
  4. hollyhill's Avatar
    We love Bar-bque pork sandwiches too, I use my crockpot to make them and they smell soooo good all day!
  5. Luckybustert's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MisaLady
    Maybe you could try a ten or 15 minute walk at night?
    That's a good idea. I have a bad tendency to indulge in "all or nothing" thinking and forget that the effects are cumulative and every little bit helps. Thanks for reminding me of that!