Posted in January 2013

Bringing the Food Budget Under Control – Part 1

Bringing the Food Budget Under Control – Part 1

Food is arguably the largest living expense outside of housing (and if you’re really reckless, it could be more than housing). It’s also potentially the most unpredictable. I knew I needed to bring our food budget under control, but kept hitting road blocks despite my best intentions. Busy schedules and active kids don’t care about our … Continue reading

How I’m Spending Nap Time

How I’m Spending Nap Time

The kids just went to bed and haven’t fallen asleep for nap yet. In fact, one is still crying. I’m always a little hesitant to be out of ear shot while they’re awake (especially since the baby powder incident), so I’m turning on some music and jotting down my plan for nap time. Laundry: sorted, … Continue reading

The Week in Review

The week isn’t technically over yet; I still have Saturday to finish my list. Either way, it’s time for some reflection on Monday’s quickly drafted list: Kitchen: Successfully re-stacked the dishes, and made some significant headway, especially on the big (and heavy) dishes. The small promise was kept, and the bigger goal is about 75% … Continue reading

What Happened?!

What Happened?!

It’s been three days since I posted “I Don’t Want To,” and then washed sooooo many dishes! The dishes have piled up in the sink again, and I still don’t want to do them (but we have been cooking/eating at home every day!). But alas, I am a 30-year-old grown-up. And this 30-year-old grown-up has a lot of “housekeeping” … Continue reading

I Don’t Want To…

We’re just coming out of a busy season around here, and have a bad case o the do-nothings. It doesn’t help that housekeeping produces no euphoric effect whatsoever, and there’s always a “better” reason to do nothing than to do something. When we’re busy, we have no time to clean. When we’re not busy, we have no urgency to clean. … Continue reading

Discipline, Level One

Our apartment generally goes from decent to disaster in about 18 hours, and as I look around, all I can think is “lack of discipline.” It’s not that we aren’t capable of a clean home; our circumstances do not make it “impossible.” We face obstacles, but overcoming those obstacles takes a level of (*ugh*) discipline. … Continue reading