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Ok, so most of the Christmas stuff is down and I even mananged to go through it, pack it all into plastic bins and label each box with what’s inside.  No more piles of cardboard boxes of all different sizes teetering on top of each other.  I even packed the breakable ornaments separately.  All that’s left is the Nativity set and all the Christmas stuff will be away. 

My next project is working on our grocery budget.  I had already planned to try and keep track of all the money we spend on groceries starting on January 1st, but I was very happy to find links to MommySnacks.net  ‘s forms to help track grocery spending.  There’s one to track your total spending and your percentage of savings if you use coupons.  The other lets you track what you spend/save at each store weekly.  Check it out if you’re looking for a pretty simple tracking system that does all the adding for you :). 

Speaking of groceries…$5 Dinners is doing a $25 Kroger’s Give away so stop over and enter to win!   I’ve actually never shopped at Kroger’s before but I’ve heard so much about it that when I saw this contest I decided to see if there was one anywhere near me and it turns out there’s one right in my Aunt and Uncle’s town about 45 minutes away.  We’ll be helping them move out of their house soon so I’ll have to scoot over and check it out when I get there :)!

My other organizing goal is to start doing menu plans again.  I’d been doing them pretty regularly several months ago, but with the holidays and whatnot I’ve gotten away from it.  I think I’ll start that next week…by the time I get to sit down and work on it this week will be almost over anyway LoL!  I’ve got a whole chicken to cook and I think I’m going to try making a chicken pot pie with the leftovers…I’ve never done one before but I just love pot pies so we’ll have to see how that goes.  If anyone has a good recipe let me know :)!


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Menu Plan…

Ok, I’ve tried this before but I swear I will stick to it this time LoL.  Actually I’ve kind of been keeping a menu plan in my head for the last month or more so I will really try to make it official every week by posting here.  Since Scottie cooks dinner the days he gets home first I’m just listing some meals we’ll make each week and we’ll pick one each night.  I’ll also throw in a more involved meal most weeks for Saturdays when we’re both home all day and have more time and help, but not this week.  This Saturday is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in our town and afterwards we’re going to Darby O’Gills, an Irish Bar/Restaurant where we can get some Irish Delicasies like Shepard’s Pie or Irish Stew, to go with the theme of the day.  Anyway…I digress…back to my menu plan.  So here’s this week’s list…

Sausage, Egg and English Muffin sandwiches (Monday)

Chicken Ceasar Salad

Sloppy Joes

Chicken Parmasean

English Muffin Pizzas

Ok, there it is…let’s see how we do :)! 


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ETA: Ok, it took me all day to re-organize the list.  I decided to organize into how frequently I wanted to do each thing with one section for one time items.  Each section I tried to keep all food related things together, all photography things together, ect.  

Ok, here’s my list!  I just added as I went so its a big mish mash…I’m going to try to rearrange the list so its in catagories that make each thing easier to find so stay tuned.   Numbers that are bold are in progress and the one’s that are struck through like this   are finished.

So, here are my start and end dates…

Start date: Feb. 21, 2008                                                                                                

End date: Nov. 18, 2010

My List 
001. Start a one sentence a day journal
002. Start taking a vitamin everyday
003. De’clutter three boxes from storage per week
004. Go to bed at 10pm (or earlier) at least one night a week
005. Do a photo day on my blog once a week
006. Make a menu plan everyweek
007. Eat outside at least once a week every Summer
3 Times a Week
008. Write in my blog at least 3 times a week
009. Go to the gym at least three days a week
010. Cook a new recipe from one of my recipe books at least once a month
011. Bake something with Abbey at least once a month
012. Make a fancy dinner once a month, with china plates and crystal glasses, just because!
013. Take a photo of something other than Abbey once a month
014. Make at least one digital scrapbook page per month
015. Watch 1 dvd/video per month that I own and haven’t watched 
016. Give the van a good cleaning once a month.
2 Times a Month
017. Take a bubble bath at least twice a month
018. Go to a drive in at least once each Spring/Summer.  Take Abbey with us!
019. Take Abbey bowling at least three times.
020. Go to the Bronx Zoo at least once a year
021. Go to three plays
022. Plant some veggies each Summer
023. Watch our wedding video every year on our anniversary
2 Times a Year
024. Go to a restaurant we’ve never been to before once every 6 months
025. Twice a year try a wine I’ve never had before (and make sure it comes in a bottle with a cork)
026. Have Sunday dinner at our house once every six months.
027. Have at least 6 game nights.
028. Plan a girls night out every six months

3 Times a Year

029. Go to the movies with Scott at least three times a year (0/9)


One Time
030. Re-do bathroom
031. Put knobs on kitchen cabinets
032. Get a new fridge
033. Get a new washer/dryer combo
034. Get a coffee table to match the rest of the furniture
035. Re-Do hardwood floors in upstairs rooms
036. Buy a new beadspread and some curtains that match
037. Transition Abbey’s baby room to a little girl room
038. Have another baby
039. Get Abbey 100% potty trained
040. Take Abbey to Disney World
041. Take Abbey to an amusement park and let her go on the kiddie rides
042. Take Abbey to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade
043. Make Christmas cookies with Abbey
044. Teach Abbey to play Go Fish
045. Get a passport for each of us
046. Go on a cruise
047. Visit Niagra Falls
048. Visit a state I’ve never been to
049. Go to an Irish Festival (take Abbey)
050. Go to NYC at Christmastime including the tree, the Lord and Taylor windows and the living tree at South Street Seaport
051. Go on a vacation with just the three of us
052. Go to the Statue of Liberty
053. Go to at least one zoo we’ve never been to before
054. Go through Abbey’s books and bring a bunch to the second hand bookstore
055. Weed out Abbey’s old toys and donate or sell
056. Save all my cd’s to my computer
057. Figure out what music to add to my MP3 and add it
058. Buy a new digital Camera
059. Learn how to work all the settings on my camera
060. Carry my camera with me all the time so I don’t miss great, unexpected shots
061. Scan in my photos and negatives and get them on disk
062. Make a dvd slideshow to music for the grandmas for Mother’s day
063. Complete the 100_snapshots challenge
064. Take a picture of one local spot in each of the four seasons and frame the pictures together (0/4)
065. Frame and hang more photos
066. Submit a photo in a photography contest
067. Submit a page for publication in a Scrapbook mag
068. Make a photo book on kodak or snapfish, ect
069. Print out some of the digital scrapbook pages I’ve made and put them in an album
070. Work on geneaology and concentrate on recording cool, touching, memorable, funny, stories in addition to facts.
071. Collect family recipes and make a book of them on line
072. Buy a new crock pot
073. Make fondue from scratch
074. Learn to cook 25 international recipes, each from a different country
075. Re-design my blog
076. Do a giveaway on my blog
077. Take an online course in Paint Shop Pro
078. Sell stuff I don’t use/need on ebay
079. Finish Christmas shopping by Halloween in 2008 (almost)
080. Buy a fireproof safe for important papers
081. Write up list for Scott of stuff he needs to know in case I go before he does
082. Put part of tax return in a CD to come due in October, just in time for Christmas shopping
083. Get my wedding ring re-sized
084. Clear my junk out of Mom and Dad’s attic
085. Hang the wall organizer I bought for arts & crafts stuff and use it
086. Send a message in a bottle
087. Fill out a comment card or e’mail a comment commending an employee that went above and  beyond
088. Buy a new tv
089. Stop biting my nails
090. Do 100 days of no meat (not in a row)
091. Lose XX lbs (I’ve got a number in mind but I’m not posting it 🙂  )
092. Go one full week without nagging Scott about anything
093. Get new glasses
094. Giveaway 101 things to the Salvation Army 
095. Adopt a family/child for Christmas each year
096. Read profiles on each 9/11 victim from the 9/11 Victims Book or this website  9/11/01 Victims 
097. Plant herbs and remember to use them
098. Weed out Abbey’s old toys and donate or sell
099. Plan a date night at least every other month
100. Organize the rest of my digital pics and make back up discs for all of them.
101. Re-organize this list into catagories to make it easier to cross items off as I go
The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

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Whew!  I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up around here lately haven’t I?  I will try to do better.  I think I’ve been going through a bit of planning withdrawal since I spent all Summer planning the big camping trip and then there was Abbey’s birthday to think about, and then figuring out her Halloween costume…so, once all that was settled I was at a loss of what to do with myself.  But, did you know that there’s only 62 days left until Christmas (and that will probably be down to 61 by the time I post this 🙂  ).  One of my favorite sites every year around this time is OrganizedChristmas.com…they have a six week countdown that lets you plan for the holidays and have a stress free Christmas.  Unfortunately, every year before now I tend to find it around the first week of December, just when its winding down LoL.  This year, though I was ready when it started on Sunday and I’ve mostly worked my way through the first week’s list.  Now if I can just stay as motivated for the next five weeks :D!

As for Halloween…we were thinking since Abbey is totally mesmerized when she’s watching Curious George cartoons that that would be a good costume for her (especially since the other cartoon she’s totally mesmerized by is Calliou…a bald, three year old boy).   Of course actual, Curious George costumes go for about $45 and look pretty much like the monkey costume from Old Navy so that’s the one we went with (and Scottie managed to grab it for 50% off too).  Last year, when Abbey was a chicken for Halloween, Scottie decided to dress up like a Farmer, so its our new tradition that Dada and daughter dress up with a theme ( I can already see the heartbreak it will cause for Scottie when Abbey’s a tween and done with this tradition 😦  ).   So the obvious choice was for Scott to dress as the Man in the Yellow Hat.  Of course that meant finding an extra large outfit in Yellow for a grown man…not an easy task but we did it so that’s what they will be.  We have a dress rehearsal this Sunday when they have a costume parade at our townhouse so I’ll have to post some pics then. 

I’ve been slacking on the menu planning too.  I really want to get in this habit (as I’ve said on previous occasions) so I’m going to work on that tomorrow if its as slow at work as it was today LoL.  As for tomorrow I think its Biscuits and gravy…quick easy and good.  I’ll figure out the rest of the week tomorrow I hope. 

Oh, and I’ve joined a gym…never thought I’d say that since I’ve always just walked for excersize and I’ve done it outside or around the hallways at work or at the mall.  Anyway, they offered us a  really good deal for a monthly membership at work so I took it and so did Mom, so hopefully we’ll keep each other motivated.  Hmmm, I think that’s all for now!  I swear I will do better with keeping up with the posts for now on :). 


Have you started Christmas shopping yet and if so how far have you gotten?

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Ok, I’m going to give this another shot [blush].  We had an open house yesterday afternoon and since we are going the ‘For Sale by Owner’ route that means that I am sitting at home for three hours every Sunday just waiting for people to stop by.  Usually Scottie is working on Sundays so my Dad sits with me in case any crazy people come by, but yesterday Scottie was off so in between visitors, we decided to take an inventory of all the meats we have in the freezer and then we made up a list of almost a months worth of dinner ideas.  For most of those ideas we don’t have to buy a thing…woo hoo. 

Then, after the open house we stopped at the dollar store for a gift bag and I found a two pack of generic, spiral bound calendars with just the template and the days of the week printed and you have to fill in the Month, Year and put the number on each day block.  Which works out well since I’m just getting this planning bug now and its AUGUST LoL!  So now I have a whole list of ideas, most of the ingredients and a nice, neat place to write it all down…no more excuses :D!  So here’s this weeks plan…

Week of Aug. 20

Monday: Ham and Cheese Omlettes

Tuesday: Sausage and Peppers (leftovers from bbq)

Wednesday: Pork Chops, mashed potatoes and green beans

Thursday: Chicken Cordon Bleau, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Friday: Italian or American Sub. 

We leave Friday afternoon for two days of camping with DH’s whole family (more on this later).  The rest of the weekend will be all about hotdogs, hamburgers, macaroni and potato salad, and peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow fluff sandwiches.  Oh, and don’t forget the s’mores.  I’m sure I will have much to write about after the weekend lol. 

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Another Contest…

Thanks to Vicki for the heads up on this one :)!

Macaroni and Cheese Chronicles   is giving away two planners this week.  I’m almost as addicted to buying planners as I am to buying cookbooks LoL…wish me luck!

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