Monday, October 12, 2009

This Week The Plan

Last week was kind of crazy what with all the lice interruptions. I was really wanting to get all the summer clothes put away and all the fall clothes washed and put in drawers. That is a LOT of processing. You've got clothes that are grown out of to store or get rid of, clothes that *might* fit next year to store, fall clothes that fit to put away and those that don't to store or get rid of. It is a MAJOR job. Well, the constant laundry & vacuuming & head checks (up to 2 hours a day!!!), kind of put a damper on my progress. As of today I still have fall clothes spread out on the couch. I did manage to process all the summer clothes and they are binned up and ready for the basement. Now all the fall stuff is clean and I just need to force myself to put it away and not continue to dress the kids off the couch. I even changed my own clothes over... but... they are clean and piled on the floor in front of my dresser. (I know how fascinating this is)

I've reworked our budget... and.... YIKES... we're pretty much negative unless I get my babysitting hours. Unfortunately my situation is all over the place. Ideally I'd like 3 full days... but some weeks (last week for one) I only pull in 10 hours and that's the minimum we need to meet our monthly financial output. Any little thing would put us over. We'll just try and toe the line and hope we don't have any medical expenses in the near future. As soon as we know what's going down in the near-ish future (still don't) I'll be able to recruit another kid or two (hopefully). If I had one steady full time kid we'd be doing alright... for the immediate term anyway.

I've also decided that I'm going to go for my body fat goal. Which means... since I can't control anything else... maybe it would be therapeutic to put in some solid effort and reap some solid results every week. You know? I kind of need that right now. In that effort I'm taking a 20 day challenge. I'm changing up my routine and giving a new one 20 days to sink in. I'm also going to go back to food journaling. I really don't want to calorie count unless I have to. I mostly just want to stay focused and accountable.

Okay yada yada...

Menu:

Sunday - black bean & turkey quesadillas

Monday - baked ziti & peas

Tuesday - cheap takeout/eatout for kids (read Mc D's or Cici's ... that's what we're down to) as I'm getting my haircut during dinner

Wednesday - molasses & sweet potato beef stew (batch cooking)

Thursday - potato & leek soup (this got bumped) (batch cooking)

Friday - pizza night

Saturday - crockpot chicken w/ roasted root vegetables

I'm feeling good about my freezer stock ups. I've got 4 beef stroganoff, egg mcmuffins, gingerbread waffles, chicken soup, italian sausage meat sauce for 2 dinners, sauce for 2 pizzas, rolls for 3 dinners. This week I'm doing the potato & leek soup and beef stew. It is a huge relief to know that I've been able to get so much put up. It is absolutely a pain in the ass to do.... but it really does make a difference... do it!

11 comments:

BsOnlyToots said...

I know a way you could make some extra $$! Make dinners for us and send them frozen! I'll pay you! lol Your menus always sound so yummy! But we (well Mr.Toots) is a meat and potato kinda guy so thats what is usually on our menu! lol

Seriously though .. I hope everything works out better for you this week! Sending happy vibes!

Feener said...

can you post the sweet potato recipe

Mrs Furious said...

Feener,
HERE it is!

BsOnlyToots,
I would love to make money doing that! I would just need a MUCH bigger freezer first.

BsOnlyToots said...

Darn technicalities! Freecycle?! LOL

inkelywinkely said...

You *know* what you can do with the clothes that you are getting rid of. LOL...yeah, my brother and his wife had the second little girl. :)

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Mrs Furious said...

inkelywinkely,
I won't know until next Spring what she's grown out of. I'll be sure to pass them on when she does.

julie said...

I think it is great idea to go for the body fat goal since it is something you can control.

Your meals always sound so delicious.

You are doing great, Mrs F. I really hope something really wonderful and unexpected comes your way.

inkelywinkely said...

I wanna see the results of the pumpkinizing. LOL

Deb said...

I just went through this sorting process last week. Or should I say I completed it last week? It took me two weeks, because the only time I could get it done was during nap times, and of course, that's when I needed to get into the kids' rooms to get their summer clothes. The fall half of the process went quickly. It was remembering to get the summer stuff out that threw me for a loop forever. Of course, in the process, I fell behind on all my regular laundry, and now I have a week's worth of clothes to fold. I know. Scintillating. Sorry... I was so excited to know someone else was dealing with the same thing.

halfdozendaily said...

Aww... I feel your pain! I hope everything comes together for you! My hubbys hours are getting cut (way cut, like 28 a week.. *sigh*) so we'll be pinching pennies too!

I think having a personal goal is a great idea! :) Good luck!!

Mrs Furious said...

Deb,
Always scintillating. I felt like a fool going into so much detail but then I thought... hey... someone's going to be into this. The putting up clothes becomes so much more of a nightmare once kids are big enough that they don't automatically change sizes every year. Some of Kid's clothes will fit for like 3 straight years while other things won't make it a full season. Trying to keep track is maddening.


halfdozendaily,
Oh I'm sorry about your husband's hours.
Yes I think I need some kind of control over something. Added bonus it might help me make it through the holidays staying on focus.

julie,
I'm hoping things work out. I'm trying to start pumping out the positive vibes for it!

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