This time of year makes me crazy. I need to do list-making brain-dumps all the time. Do you do that? It’s great to get everything out of your head and on paper, so you can start to chip away at that mental “to-do” list and feel a bit less stressed. Although in my case it’s not working. I have too many lists- I have been making brain-dumps all day, every day, so I have piles of lists all around the house! Not ideal. The good part about being busy, is that I am still finding time to do the fun stuff: eating, reading, watching, exercising.
Here’s the low down on what I have been up to and loving for April:
What I Made (Food):
Well, I kind of stuck to my meal plan which looked like this:
But…I have been loving the mix-up for the Sunday Supper recipes that I have been sharing every Sunday. Last Sunday, I made these…
And they were a huge hit because they were healthy and kid-friendly! Except the spear that they are on, I don’t mind them for the kids! Actually, I took them off before giving them to the little-ones~ (mother of the year). I am a bit obsessed with Buffalo flavor at the moment. It is kind of a craving that I have been after, so this one fit the bill. Others are my buffalo bites, and Chicken Buffalo Pizza...tonight maybe. Yum!
So Then there are these:
And their friend, Mesquite BBQ. These chips have been on my mind since I had them at a nice lunch out…I feel like I need to invest in the company, you know. Like they are so good, I want them to be around forever. I like the small U.S. company product, making good with a gluten free, no GMO, better kind of chip that gives back to charity. In short, I love them.
TED Talks/You Tube/Videos I watched:
This is the only non-work TED talk that I watched this month so far. It’s about how texting is actually changing the use of language and therefore, actual language. One example is the use of “LOL” becoming more a sign of empathy, than of actual laughter. Also, the talk mentioned the phrase “Makes you think” doesn’t show that something or other really made you think, but the text conveys that the person empathizes. I couldn’t agree more! LOL! (oy)
Well, I finished this beauty of a book, and you can too- because if I read it in 3 days, you can read it in 2! I loved it. As there are lots of book-references in the story, it is great for book lovers, but you don’t need to be a literature fan to appreciate the story and the characters. I loved it.
I am still reading some other things, but I am sifting through my pile(s) still, until next week when I share my entire nightstand!
There is a new reality show of Alaska (because we needed another Alaskan reality show (not so much!) ), called Alaskan Frontier on Discovery Channel. It is different from all the others, because it is obviously not actors, and there are profiled families in more of a documentary type setting. Quite interesting and in a beautiful setting to watch. I didn’t plan on watching this, so I am happy to have a better show now to enjoy with my reality-show-loving husband! *Warning: there is hunting of animals shown, and outhouse-talk so if the subsistence living thing isn’t your bag, you might not love it!
DVD rental of Downton Abbey- but didn’t finish and now I am mid-season 5, and have to rent it again. I love it. I am willing to binge watch this show and never sleep. It is so easy to get into and stay into, that I lose track of time while I watch…a perfect show to fold laundry during your binges! I got all my laundry folded! It was a beautiful thing~
Well- not “buying” per se, but our vacuum cord got shredded- kids doing chores- and so instead of trashing it and buying a new vac for $200+, we called the company and they said, they could replace it for free (S&H only) if we sent the old vacuum back. Winning! So for the cost of the box to ship it to them, and the S&H to get the NEW vacuum sent to us…we have a deal. So good! The brand is SHARK, and I am a fan- both of the vacuum and the customer service.
I am looking forward to April vacation with my kids, and seeing and doing a lot more, actually fun things: the aquarium, the zoo, the jumpy-place, bowling, the movies, sleep-overs, girl-days, boy-days, and lots of visits with friends and activities. So it’s not all work and no play around here, my friends!
Uno, Trash (a card game with the kids), War (cards), going running, doing PIYO, taking BodyVive classes, and starting the soccer-mom tradition of waiting in my car and on the sidelines for play to start or end for the kids. Sigh. You have to love it.
What are you looking forward to for the 2nd-half of this month?! Let me know in the comments~ I love the sharing and commenting thing, and you shall be rewarded with…a conversation. Something I love. Have a great rest of April, my friends~
Life in Leggings