Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014

the brand spanking new year of 2014 is right around the corner.  generally people prepare themselves with an idea of what they should do differently in the coming year; a resolution.  i've never really decided on one, so, of course, i've also never really stuck with one.
so i guess, maybe i should have a new year resolution. first, i had to remind myself what that truly means. "resolution" in its basic form, is a decision or determination. ok, now those are some words i can work with.
i've been struggling lately with an efficient schedule. so i've decided my resolution to be:

to create a schedule to maximize my time and efficiency to become a better mother, girlfriend, and contributor to society.

does that make sense? am i asking too much of myself? will i be able to stick it out? i guess we'll find out.

what's your resolution?

also, happy birthday to my little brother :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

orecchiette


lately archer has been realizing that his ears are a little different.  he knows that he has one big ear and one little ear. it doesn't seem to bother him, in fact, he seems rather proud.  so we've been trying to embrace it. 
yesterday we watched "finding nemo" and we talked about how nemo was born with a big fin and a little fin and that nemo is still very capable, just like archer. 
then today, we went grocery shopping, and we got orecchiette, or "little ear" pasta, just for fun.
i love that little "lucky ear" and i hope that archer grows up to love his body just the way i do.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

bulk foods


so on my mission to save some money, i decided to go back to purchasing some of my frequently eaten foods in bulk.  many grocers now have a decent bulk foods section.  here's a few reasons why you should try it:

  • it reduces waste  the store supplies thin plastic containers in all different sizes. choose the size most fitting to your needs, and reuse the same tub every time. (i wouldn't store the foods in it though as they aren't very sturdy.) just imagine how many cardboard boxes and plastic bags you're saving from the garbage!
  • it is cheaper  if you're purchasing things like dry beans, soup mixes, granola, etc. it will save you a lot of money. that is, if you buy this type of food frequently.  as a vegetarian i eat a lot of beans and lentils, so buying dry is the way to go.
  • helps keep your pantry organized  buying bulk permits you to buy whatever quantity of food you want.  and you can store it however you want.  i chose 32 ounce mason jars as my vessels.  i don't cook much food for a single meal, so this way instead of putting a ripped open box or bag -who knows how full- back in the pantry, i can reseal it in the jar, and easily spot what i'm looking for and how much is left.
i'm a little bit shocked that so much of my money spent is on food. i mean, a girls gotta eat, but with some planning ahead it can really make a difference with the money spent.

My Quest To Live Frugally...


ok.  i know it's not going to be easy.  but some things just must be done.  i've started to brainstorm about ways i can save money, and live a a little more efficiently, and i think i've come up with a start to a solid plan.

some of my ideas to save money are just too obvious...

  • i need to quash my starbucks habit.  i have 2 different types of espresso machines at home already!  and $5 for a drink is ridiculous.  i can make the same thing at home for like a single dollar.   not to mention, saving who knows how many paper cups..
  • i need to quit eating meals from my workplace and dining out.  $5-10 per meal for just myself is too much. especially when i can make near the same thing at home for less cost.
  • STOP SHOPPING, MARTINA!
  • i need to establish a shorter and more efficient commute.  gas is just TOO expensive to be commuting the way that i do.
and i've realized, that using my debit card for every transaction is just a bad idea.  sometimes i'm not even sure if i have enough money for things.  i think that allotting and dividing my cash for the month, will help me spend less impulsively. if i buy gasoline in cash, and groceries in cash, it will prevent me from getting "a little extra" each time, or items that i really don't need.  i'll still pay a few bills directly from my account, like my car payment, and insurance, but since those are set amounts accounted for, i think it will be fine.

i can't believe it's taken me 27 years to realize that setting a budget is really awesome.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Arch's Ears

so as many of you already know, archer only has one ear.  well, he has 2, but one is underdeveloped with no ear canal. anyway, my dad mentioned recently the same issue that i just noticed myself last night.
archer likes to watch his "one show" after bathtime, before bed time. so, during his one show, i brought down a pillow and a blanket for him to snuggle in on the couch while watching his show. he told me he didn't want to lay down because then he couldn't hear. and i realized the way i had situated his pillow, he would have had to lay down on his open ear to see the tv... obviously i switched the pillow to the other side, and then he was happy.
but then this made me remember, that although i know he has pretty excellent hearing from his one ear, there are still some sensitive obstacles he has to deal with.
i love that kid. he's my light in life.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

27th Birthday Recap

so, yesterday i turned 27. wasn't anything spectacular, but here's what happened:

very early in the morning, i opened my first gift. it was something that i really wanted, and i'm so excited to have it. still gotta put it together though. let the soap making begin.
then i decided to treat myself, and archer, to coffee, hot chocolate, and banana bread from starbucks.  while in the drive-thru, a hard and stale, half eaten piece of old pizza landed on my windshield. who the hell is starting a food fight at starbucks!? 3 crows and a seagull immediately flocked onto my hood to retrieve the feast and solve the mystery of the pizza rain. thanks for all those talon marks on the hood.
after the beverages were acquired, happy archer gulped his hot chocolate. and immediately proceeded to vomit it back out. in the back seat of the car. all over himself. happy birthday to me. good thing i keep a spare outfit for him in the car.
then i leisurely looked at craigslist for prospective jobs, while watching cartoons with archer.
a few hours later my mom and i went to get our nails done. i went there with the intention of getting something like rose gold for my fingers and toes, and somehow walked out with bright turquoise. way to go me for picking a color that keeps me looking like a teenager. in fact, when the nail lady learned that it was my birthday she asked, "you 18?" it annoys me now, but i'm sure in 10 years i won't mind looking 10 years younger.
had a soft taco for dinner.
lastly i baked cookies, watched an episode of 'the new girl,' and received my last gift of the day. can't wait to put that to use too!

i wish i had gotten a little more sleep.
today is going to be a great day!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

new project

so i'm wanting to start a new project.  i think it will be really fun and therapeutic, and possibly even profitable. but i need the following tools before i can start:

 - kitchen scale  (accurate to 1 gram, with tare function)
 - candy thermometer
 - deep pot (at least 6-qt, must be stainless steel)
 - mixing bowls ( must be stainless steel or glass)
 - stainless steel mixing spoons
 - hot plate

i'd be happy to accept any of these tools or accessories for my upcoming birthday. (:

can you guess what i'm making?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nebbiolo

so, a little over a year ago, i got the idea to open my own wine bar.  that dream quickly faded as i worked hard at my previous job, and raising a crazy toddler.  but now that i have a little more time on my hands again, the dream is quickly coming back to me!  unfortunately though, i don't know where to start in all this.  i think some deep researching is in order. (:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

crap its been a long time. again. i really miss my regular rants... blogging was so therapeutic to me, maybe that's why i have been in such a rut lately. just feeling very overwhelmed and dissatisfied all at the same time. but over the last few weeks i've made a huge effort to be in a positive mood every day, no matter the circumstances, and its had a huge impact already. i'm getting happier again but i still have much room for improvement. here's to trying!