Last week I got so caught up in trying to get stuff done that I failed to plan. You know what they say about that. Two days last week I ate nothing but White Trash which I washed down with coffee. That stuff is made out of Crack. It is ridiculous. It's the kind of thing you just can't stop eating even while you think... "that's it! I'm making myself sick... okay maybe just one more chunk" and then you quickly shove in as many pieces as you can fit.... only to come guiltily crawling back for more in 10 minutes. I don't know who invented this stuff but I'm glad they used their addictive and manipulative powers for good and not evil. (The White Trash recipe is in the comments of this post)
This week I have a plan. I don't plan on being perfect. I do plan on not making any more White Trash until next December... of that I am certain. I also plan to do a little something I've practically forgotten I know how to do... exercise. Believe it. I also plan on spending about twice what I have been on groceries. With Kid home all day and Christmas eve and Christmas day meals to make I'm not cheaping out. We don't have any family events to attend and I need to make things a little special around here to make up for the LONELINESS.
Monday - Salmon Noodle Casserole, Green Beans
Tuesday - Shrimp, Ginger Sesame Rice, Broccoli
Wednesday - Filet Mignon, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Panettone Bread Pudding for dessert
Thursday - Chocolate Croissants & fruit; Tomato & Meatball Soup w/ crescent rolls; shrimp cocktail, crudite & roast beef sandwiches... I like easy virtual no work meals for Christmas day so that I can enjoy the festivities too!
Friday - Brown Sugar & Ginger Salmon, rice, Broccoli
Saturday - Spaghetti w/ Turkey Meat Sauce & salad
Sunday - frozen pizza & tomato soup
Errands & Chores:
I'm done shopping and all I need to do is wrap the few gifts from us and assemble Santa gifts. I also need to help Kid finish up the fleece blanket she's making for Baby (super easy just cutting fringe) and make their peppermint candy skirts. I'm going to make the skirts this afternoon (I hope).
I would like to clean the house up on Tuesday night so I don't have to do that on Wednesday.
We're taking the kids to a Children's service at the Episcopal church at 3:30 so I don't want to have anything left to do when we get home other than cook.
Diet & Exercise:
I plan to actually workout. Outside of Christmas eve and Christmas I don't have any legitimate conflicts. In fact since Kid is out of school and we can be more flexible about bed time I have NO excuse not to get some workout in. I'm also planning to finally set up my pilates reformer & trap so I can get back into that too.
Gift Giving Review:
Overall I have to say that I feel better about the gifts I gave then ever before. I enjoyed making things and designing the packaging more than I've ever liked shopping or wrapping. The only stress involved was trying to get things out fast enough that the cookies would still be fresh. My first sets of boxes delivered really fast but my Dad just got his and I sent it LAST Tuesday... so I'm kind of bummed about that. I usually feel the gifts I give him are inadequate... so maybe I'd feel this way no matter what. I didn't give everyone the gift boxes. My youngest brother got a BustedTees shirt in his box of goodies and my littlest sister got a boxed set of my favorite Amish books... I didn't go much over my box price with those and honestly they are both single and young and the gift box is kind of the wrong gift for them. My grandparents and mother also got different gifts. More on all that later. I'm also really happy with the way the cousin's envelopes turned out. We used the priority mail flat rate envelopes (the firm ones) and filled them with the capes, stickers, felt framed photo, 3 CDs, and a drawing for the boys and the doll, a bib, framed photo and CDs for the baby girl. I think that all the kids will be happy with what they got... and even though we may have spent less they are actually getting so much more than they would have.