Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday?

I'm trying something new for 2018 . . . a once a month What's Up Wednesday link-up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer. It's the little things in life that are sweet to go back and remember so I thought this would be fun!

Anyone else slightly thrilled and also freaked out about the fact that today is the last day of January? My flu days this month dragged on, but now it seems like time is traveling at lightning speed.

Here's what we are covering today . . . 

What we're eating this week . . .
Well, I'm still going strong with the 21 Day Sugar Detox so I am making main entrees that every one can eat, and then adding sides for the family and some others for myself. Shockingly no one else in my house has the same love of beets and Brussel sprouts! They are weird. Winky face.

And my sweet friend Natalia showed me how to make her delicious ground turkey and green salsa this week. No sugar, super healthy and most of all . . . so good! And based on my fabulous food pictures, I'm thinking food blogger is my next big thing. #not


What I'm reminiscing about . . .

As a mom of two high schoolers and a middle schooler, I'm always thinking about the days when my kids were little. The days before cell phones, X-boxes, major homework, social events without me, etc. I'm still adjusting to my oldest driving my middle son to high school every day. Every morning I stand at the door and wave goodbye to them . . . most days they don't even see me. But I'll be there when they do glance my way.

What I'm loving . . .
Right now life seems to revolve around what I can eat so I'm thankful for my Butcherbox monthly grass-fed meat subscription, and my Primal Palate organic spices that I treated myself to this month. Both help take the guesswork out of what I'm eating so that's a bonus!

What we've been up to . . .
Lacrosse, lacrosse and more lacrosse! Both my boys are playing for the high school team. Kyle has been playing for awhile, but this is Ryan's first time. I am so proud of that kid for trying something new as a sophomore. School ends at 3:30 p.m., and they don't get home until around 6:30 every day. The first practice was in the rain, and the coach still had them stay the normal time. #hardcore

My friend Michelle and I volunteered to be the concession moms for the season so I'm kind of excited about that. I'm sure that excitement will fade as the season goes on, but for now it seems like a good thing! Ha!

What I'm dreading . . .
Eagle Scout paperwork . . . my Kyle has completed his Eagle Scout project, and all that remains is the final paperwork. He, and his fellow friends and scouts, built a fenced and gated garden at the middle school. It was a fabulous project . . . we are so proud of him. Now he has to finish the paperwork, and I get to be the "mom"ager on the task. Boo.

What I'm working on . . .
Well, something for work actually . . . online QuickBooks training. My company generously paid for me to take the Mastering Quickbooks Levels 1 & 2 self-paced training courses, and I'm hot and heavy into getting that done. I had to set a testing date to light the fire under me so on Monday, February 26, I'll head to a testing center for my exam. It's been a LONG time since I've had to study and honestly, I'm not hating it. See GIF above . . . LOL!

What I'm excited about . . .
Y'all, I'm headed straight to full blown hippie status soon. Tonight I'm going to a "Lunar Eclipse Drum Journey Meditation!" Yes, you read that right! 

I have been doing lots of research on a variety of healthy topics and nearly 'everyone' says that while diet and exercise are super important, so is managing your stress and a sense of community. I have amazing friendships so I think community is covered, but I definitely need some Namaste in my life . . . more often than not, I need to chill the 'eff out. 

What I'm watching/reading . . .
I thought it might be fun to do a whole post on what I'm watching, reading, listening to (see below) so I'll just give a quick answer here. I just binged watched Parenthood on Netflix. I was an accident. I was so bored when I had the flu that I started it. It was so amazing that I watched it in all my spare minutes and even got the rest of the family into it. I was equally sad and grateful when I was done . . . I needed my life back.

What I'm listening to . . .
Hello my name is Amy, and I'm addicted to podcasts. Like there is not enough time in my life to listen to them all. My friend Amy (I should tally how many 'Amys' are in my life . . . it's a lot) turned me onto these, and I can't stop, won't stop.  

Might I recommend Ear Hustle? It's a podcast from and about inmates at San Quentin prison. Give it a listen . . . it is fabulous.

What I'm wearing . . .
Way more yoga pants than I should . . . but I do walk Zeus every day . . . plus they are so comfy. And since it's been so darn cold, I wear a sweatshirt most days plus my coat . . . this one from Old Navy is my favorite right now! 

What I'm doing this weekend . . .
Lemme check my calendar. Amanda is going to be a Camp Assistant at Girl Scout camp this summer so she has overnight training Friday evening through Saturday afternoon! And then on Sunday, the Super Bowl. Getzy is a Patriots fan so yeah, he's ready for Sunday.

What I'm looking forward to next month . . .
Winter Break from school!! My kids get a week off in February. We are all happy to not set alarms, and I'm happy not to make lunches for everyone. 

What else is new . . .
Geez, I think I've covered it all for now.

Bonus question this month: What's your favorite soup recipe . . .

Tortellini Soup (so delicious)

1 lb. Ground Italian Sausage
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 c. beef broth
¾-1 c. red wine
1 ½ c. water
1-2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 c. thinly sliced carrots
½ t. basil
½ t. oregano
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 ½ c. sliced zucchini
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
3 T. chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, brown sausage and drain, reserving a small amount of grease.  Saute the onion and garlic in the grease.  Add the broth, wine, water, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage.  Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Add green pepper and zucchini and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Add tortellini and simmer for another 10-20 minutes, or until tortellini are done.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Why is it so hard . . .

To keep up with this blog? I mean seriously. I think the problem is more when I get out of doing it, it's hard to know what to say to get started again. 
Should I do a big summary of life lately, which is overwhelming and stops me in my tracks, or do I just do a weekend recap and pretend I haven't been gone for a few months?  Mom, what should I do?!?  

Let's just go with a quick weekend recap . . . which would technically start last Tuesday night when school was cancelled for snow on Wednesday . . . and continued through Friday. 
So in summary, my kids had school exactly one day last week due to the MLK holiday. In the end that was a good thing because my Ryan had a fever Friday night through Monday, but it was gone Tuesday . . . thus school. When you're in high school with an AP class, you don't want to miss.

Tuesday night was super lit . . . and I'm pretty sure as a mom I'm not supposed to even say that . . . but, it totally was. I braved the impending snow storm for this . . .
The overwhelming response from everyone has been, "Who is Milky Chance?" Well have a listen . . . they rock.
It was my first time at the Buckhead Theater, and I give it two thumbs up! The boys opted for a spot on the rail which was genius really . . . we had such good views. 
The boys sang and danced and generally had a blast. I was the creeper mom standing behind them keeping an eye on things. I know my place . . . I didn't try to high five and chat it up with them or dance it out.

We made it h0me safe and sound which was a huge blessing because we were snowed in for the next two days due to ice and Georgia hills.  Well the kids and I were trapped . . . Getzy rolled out bright and early Wednesday morning in the Jeep and used 4-wheel drive the whole way to work. He's crazy.

We hung out with friends, the kids had birthday parties and I spent a lot of time with this guy . . . who is technically not allowed on the couch. But with a blanket and when it's cold, it's totally okay, right?!? Right.
I know, I know . . . he is too big for the couch . . . but would you just look at him? So handsome and sits so properly.  

I don't typically watch movies in my free time, but I'm obsessed with all things British royalty. I thoroughly enjoyed this from Redbox this weekend.
And I suppose the mostly newsworthy event of the weekend was starting my 21 day sugar detox on Sunday. 
It's kind of like a kicked up Whole 30, which I've completed twice. I feel like I'm addicted to sugar so this seemed like a good challenge to tame the sugar beast. I tend to do better with strict rules . . . we shall see.
I even went to a book signing with my friend Natalia to meet the author. Diane was lovely. It was the first time I've ever been to a book signing . . . I thought it was a neat experience. 

And I seriously look like a giant here . . . I guess I do have several inches on my tiny Colombia friend and Diane was sitting down. But damn, pictures are sometimes harsh realities.  

Well that wasn't so hard. I absolutely love to go back and read old posts so when you see me, tell me to get on my blog writing! I hope you had a fabulous weekend too . . .