07 February 2011

To-Do Help!

I am very curious to find out how in the world some people manage to keep up with everything: having a life, helping their spouse, cleaning, cooking, exercise, and maybe some fun thrown in there too...oh yeah, and I have a full time job. I certainly have not mastered this yet and when I try to tackle everything at once, #1 I rarely actually accomplish everything and #2 I'm exhausted after and neglect everything for a few days. Please tell me I'm not the only one that has trouble here.

When I started this post I had a couple of things in particular I wanted to talk about. Unfortunately, I started it before work this morning and eight hours later I can't really remember the specifics. I'd love to know if you have any tips for keeping up with everything. I'd hate to think how badly our house would go down the drain if I threw kids into the mix right now! Not that I don't want kids, but I think I need a little more housekeeping practice before then, haha.

Remember when I made up that new plan for keeping things clean? Well I'm happy to report it's been going pretty well. I can't say I've stuck to it all the time, but I'd say I'm at about 80-90% right now. And I'm sure this is going to be a shock, but if you clean a little bit everyday, things stay cleaner than if you don't! Gasp! Haha. I'd say my little plan works swimmingly if you actually do what you're supposed to. :) Aren't I just full of groundbreaking revelations today?

Anyway, I'm happy with how things are going, but I did overlook laundry in my cleaning scheme. I did that on purpose because usually laundry is not a problem for me, I do it and I don't usually get behind. Apparently I do get behind if I'm keeping up with all of the household chores, as evidenced by Mount Laundry that appeared over the weekend. It was clean laundry, just not folded or put away. I tend to get stuck at that stage until the pile of clothes in my clean laundry basket is so tall it can't even bear one more sock.

I promise more exciting posts are coming, so stick with me! :) I was out of town for work part of last week...that's my (lame) excuse and I'm sticking to it!

post signature also, I hate the little box around my name. Please make it magically disappear!

As I sat down to cereal dinner, I remembered what I wanted to talk about! We eat kind of a lot of processed foods, and sometimes I feel really bad about that. Even if we do choose "healthy" processed food, I know Lean Pockets are not as good for you as veggies! I also know the way to change that is cook more fresh food. But if a meal dirties more than one extra dish, chances are, I won't make it unless it's a special occasion (I have no dishwasher, so don't judge me too harshly). So please comment with hundreds of wonderful ideas on how to make veggies taste as good as fruit and make meals quickly, cheaply, and using less than 2 dishes! Thanks.


  1. glad ur following my lil ol' blog..thanx doll:D!
    my only advice on veggies that I like to use around here to save time, energy, (and dishes), i would have to say is like when I'm gonna make pasta i throw in broccoli or some other veggie in with the boiling water with the pasta, or mix pureed/chopped veggies in the my meatloaf. stuff like that, hope this little tid bit helps:)

  2. Roasted Carrots
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    Cut 12 carrots lengthwise into quarters (try to make similar sized). Rub down with 1/4 cup olive oil. Sprinkle with handful of fresh thyme or ~ 1 t. crushed dried thyme. Put a little salt or pepper on them if you wish. Bake 35-40 minutes.

  3. Todd and I get used to get around extra dishes by doing what we've coined 'container dining'. :) Frozen veggies are usually frozen right after picking, so retain most of their nutrients. Microwave and eat from the same container! Guess it depends on how you and the hubs feel about sharing...


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