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As usual, I’m late with the sentiment. ๐Ÿ™‚

2009…where did the year go? Gratefully, nothing bad happened to our family in 2009.ย  There were actually some good things, now that I think about it.

Michael and I went on a real, one week vacation. Without Gracie. We got to explore a new area that we are interested in moving to, and that was spectacular.

I went back to college, after being out for 5 years, and completed my Bachelor’s degree in one semester. Yay!! I’m finally a bona fide edumacated person. And it only took 14 years and 50K in student loans. That’s the bad part, I guess…I’ll be paying those back FOR-EV-ER.

Gracie has continued to develop into such a special, beautiful, smart and SASSY toddler. ๐Ÿ™‚ While her energy, her love, her curiousness amazes me, her whining and sassiness wear me out…so goes being the parent of a toddler.

2009 wasn’t a bad year. It was stagnant in some ways, progressive in others. I don’t think it was regressive in any way, so that’s good.

What are some goals for 2010?

Get back in the work force. Time to go back to work to bulk up our savings. I’m looking forward to it in some ways; being around adults, set routine, some mad money of my own. I am NOT happy about putting Gracie in day care, though. I don’t know where to begin in finding a good one, and I have to see where I’m getting a job (anywhere in a 50 mile radius) before I can decide where to put her. I’m not happy about her, at 2.5 years old, being away from both parents for 10 hours a day. My time with her is precious, and I’m scared of the consequences.

Better budgeting. Trim the fat. Sacrifice. If we want to get out of this hellhole before Gracie starts Kindergarten, we have to sacrifice. It’s the only way.

Get in shape. Come on, this HAS to be on the list. It’s on everyone’s.

Ramp up the bedroom athletics. Since G. was born, I’m not the same. We used to be 4-6 time a week, people. Now, I’m lucky if I feel like doing it 2x a week. It’s not because I’m tired, or stressed…it’s gotta be hormones or something. It’s gotta give, and it’s gotta give soon.

Pay down our $1800 credit card debt and pay FIL $2000 that he loaned me for school.

That’s a good start. I’ll probably add to it at some point.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, my zero readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a blog addict. I have 200 blogs on my Google reader, yet I read maybe 10 of them. I just keep adding them, and adding them…

I’m on a frugality kick. If we plan on moving next year, possibly buying a house, I need to find more ways to save, to cut back, to live a more frugal lifestyle. I’m always perusing frugality sites/blogs for more insight, more tips, more hacks.

I cannot remember the last time I came across a frugality/simple living blog that wasn’t run by a blatant Christian. What I mean by blatant is: scripture all over the page, posts of “living for God”, “frugality is Godly” blah blah blah.

I just want tips, man. I don’t want to hear about your god.

I came across one today, which I won’t name because I’m not interested in bashing these people. They have some genuinely good ideas, and I will continue to read them.

I perused their homeschooling curriculum. They use textbooks from http://www.apologia.com/.ย  Science textbooks. CREATION SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS!!!!! I threw up in my mouth a little.

From the site: “Apologia Ministries exists to give the home-schooled student a scientific education that will help him or her make a reasoned defense of the Christian Faith.”

My head explodes.

The science question of the week?

The show Veggie Tales has always bothered me. Itโ€™s not that I donโ€™t enjoy watching it. The episodes are fun and generally have a good message. The problem is that they really should be called โ€œFruity Tales,โ€ because most of the characters are actually fruits.

Question:
Of the the following characters:

Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus, Madame Blueberry, Petunia Rhubarb, and Pa Grape

which are actually vegetables?

This “disclaimer” at the bottom really blew my mind.

Once again, the Science Question of the Week is for students of age 13 – 18 years.

Really???? Really????? You are telling me that HIGH SCHOOLERS are being asked what fucking character on a cartoon belongs to what category, fruit or vegetable??????

I’m so glad my family (meaning me, my husband and hopefully the girl-child) does not subscribe to this type of thinking. Creation science is a, what’s the word for it…when the two words are exact opposite of each other???

Oxymoron. That’s it. Should have known with the word “moron” in it.

Yes, so I got off on a tangent. It’s what I do.

Do you have any secular frugal blogs you subscribe to? Leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for listening.

So, I decided to cook dinner for the family tonight. On the menu:

Irish Soda Bread (I’m actually going to make it!)

Corned beef brisket cooked with Guinness

Cabbage patties (blanched cabbage with egg, bread crumbs, seasonings, made into patties , then pan fried)

Garlic mashed potatoes

Guinness Chocolate Cake

I don’t like Guinness, except in food. Too thick for my taste. I’ll pick up some Harp’s for me.

The husband’s family being part-Irish (paternal side from County Kerry, I do believe) makes St. Patty’s Day a must-celebrate holiday. Even if it’s just buying Guinness, Killian’s, Boddington’s and Harp’s and drinking and visiting. Of course, with the girl-child around, it’s not much drinking these days. Someone has to stay sharp to keep her out of the kitchen knives.