Life, Left Over

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Posted on: July 31, 2011

So hubby is gonna be out of town for a while. I’m kinda glad and kinda sad. Mostly meh. It’s a small amount of time compared to what we’ve already done.
Anyway, that’s not the point. I want to talk about our new Plans.
We’re both fatties. No need to get technical. We’re fatties. And well, I’m unhappy (and unhealthy), and his job depends on him not being too much of a fatty. Sooooooo

We’re on a “diet.” By which we mean, we’re making a few changes. We’re eating rice more. Lots more. Brown rice, to be specific, which is hella filling, hella cheap, hella good for us, and hella easy. (Wish that Sams carried it in 50-lb bags, though.) Doesn’t even need to be drained like noodles do. Only downside is that it takes longer to cook than noodles. We thought about whole wheat noodles, but frankly they’re gross, and not really as good for you as they pretend to be. We’re also cutting back on potatoes. Not cutting them out entirely because we love potatoes, but just kicking it down a notch. We’re not completely abandoning noodles either. The idea is to make it better without actually denying ourselves the things we like. That way we don’t feel like the diet is depriving us of anything, and we stick to it. Gradually, we can make more changes.

One thing that might be hard is that we’re cutting back on meat. We’re not going veggie and probably never will. But meat is expensive. So –  much much less beef. And probably more chicken. Chicken is hormone free and much cheaper than beef. It can also be prepared to be quite good for you, and can be infused with many different flavors. I have plans to try out some new flavors that we haven’t tried. We rarely eat pork anyway, so that will probably stay at about the same rate – a pork chop a month or so.
Fish is a complicated issue. I do not like much fish. But fish is good for us! I can tolerate fish sticks, lol, which has to be better than nothing. I’m going to look at different options for dipping said fish sticks than tartar sauce. Maybe I’ll get brave and we’ll have some tilapia filets or something.
To replace our beef, I bought a lot of dried beans today to try out. Hopefully we’ll find some we like and be successful with them. 🙂 We already know we like kidney beans and black beans. I also got something called cranberry beans, and some lentils.

We have, hitherto, been a little lax on our veggie eating. We’d have full intention of making a veggie to go with dinner, but then dinner finishes cooking faster than expected, or Silly Bear requires attention, and no veggie lands on the table. We are making a serious, concerted effort to avoid this happening, and so far have succeeded. We buy our frozen veggies at Sams. Our nearby Sams is mostly intended for restauranteurs, so the food is of great quality. Best green beans I’ve ever had.

Our grocering today went well. We had to go to Sams, where we get crackers, frozen vegetables, and an assortment of other things as needed. Very cost-effective. We spent a total of $100 there, including renewing our membership for $40, and are all set for that store for a while. 🙂 Score. We spent about 60$ at Walmart, and now all we have to buy is bread, IQF chicken, relish, and cat food – all of which we plan to get at the commissary tomorrow. So, awesome. 🙂 We saved a lot on meat (since we aren’t buying any but the chicken), and spent a bit more on a green dishwashing soap (Mrs Meyers – I’ve been planning to get it for months and we finally ran out of dish soap lol) and some veggies that we might have had to skip otherwise.

We’ve actually really been enjoying having rice so often. It serves as a nutty, rich backdrop to the main course. It complements everything and allows the flavors of the other dish (chicken generally) to shine.

It kinda sucks that Hubby is going to be gone for so long, though. Hard to keep on with our experiments without him. Oh well. I’m planning to have lots and lots of rice and veggies for dinner. I find myself with more free time when he’s gone, so things should go smoothly.
Hopefully when he gets back from {location}, he and I will both be skinnier. I’ve never known him to get fat on Army food. 😉


I recently received an order for a set of 3 banners for someone’s grandkids. They are going to be an xmas present, so they obviously don’t need to be completed until November at the earliest.
Some might think it’s odd that, seeing as it’s July, I have started on them already (and made some decent progress), since it’s so long until they’ll be purchased and paid for.

But see, I know myself. First of all, I do my best work in the first flush of a project. I do best when it’s still new and exciting. But I burn out. I live my life in phases – indulging deeply in something until I get bored of it. I do this with everything – like I said a few days ago, I read voraciously for a few days, and then move on to gaming for a while, then something else, and something else, and yet again something else.
So I need to make sure to plan for the fact that I’ll work like a demon on them for a while, and then lay them aside for days, weeks, maybe even months. Might even go through more than one cycle of this. I’ll get distracted and want to work on a different project. I’ll get to the part when I sew the pennants onto the binding and not want to start it because it’s kindof a pain (not really now that I’m good at it, actually).
So even though I could be reasonably said to be about 25% finished with the banner order, I haven’t touched them (except to move them into my project box while cleaning) in days and probably, if I’m honest, won’t work on them again for at least a week (probably longer).
Especially since I started work on a scholarly essay last night (at 0230), have an order of wire coming in in a few days (and the opportunity to make more rings), an almost-completed maille project, an interior decorating project coming up (will need to paint, stage, and photograph), my husband is out of the state for military training for a month (so I’ll be solo parenting for a while – relieves some stress and causes other stress, lol), I’ve got a mountain of books out from the library, I still want to get back to work on Textbook Leftovers, I’ve got the itch to play some video games, my DVR is full, and I have a few new types of projects that I want to try!

I have this superpower of getting halfway through something and getting bored with it. Craft projects, video games, even books sometimes…


Posted on: July 21, 2011

I started making chainmaille.

I’m addicted. 😀


Posted on: July 19, 2011

Several of my Etsy listings are expiring in a few weeks and I’m not sure that I’ll be renewing all of them. I’ve identified most of those that won’t make the cut and put them on SALE. 😀
I also made a change to my shipping policy, which effectively cut the price of shipping on earrings in half. 🙂

So if you’re reading this and have had your eye on some earrings – GO GET ‘EM!


I’m trying to figure out why I am in 7 circles (one of them is my friend Kako, the others are strangers) and still only have 2 (3, when the special order goes) sales (all of which were the same person). 😦 Boo. Oh well.


I am happy to report that I have completed work on and listed the special order!

I had so much fun learning to wire-wrap and hope to be able to work with the wire again. It was also a great joy to work with this client. All the earrings she purchased from me are for her daughter’s wedding, and I am so honored to be part of it, especially so early in my “career” at Etsy. 🙂
Without further ado, here’s a few pictures of my completed work! Read the rest of this entry »

– Complete Margaret’s special order !

– Wash the dishes

– Clean the bathroom

– Laundry

– Clean Silly Bear’s room

– Clean the fridge

– Clean the dining room

– Finish Kako’s banner

– Begin cutting for the special order banners

– Make plans for TBLO

– Sale listings on Etsy

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