Showing posts from April, 2012


Some days weeks I just get buried.

I feel like I'm getting buried alive.

Can't breathe.
Can't think.
Can't function.
Can't organize.
Can't plan.
Can't get out of bed.

I remind myself that I have to:
Get out of bed.
Get the kid to school.
Get to work.

Rinse. Lather.Repeat.
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Menu Plan Monday: Frazzled

Sometimes the kids activities (softball games scheduled during when I usually cook dinner), my health (fatigue the last few days), and the general chaos of everyday life gets in the way of sticking to a schedule. Know what I mean?

So here it is Tuesday and I'm just getting around to menu planning. My son is constantly complaining that there is no food in the house. Funny, our cupboards aren't empty and neither are the fridge and freezer, despite my attempts at mimicking Old Mother Hubbard. But to him -- because there are no baked goods, no already cooked foods (I've gotten really good at portions for 4!), and nothing easier than ramen (which he may have actually gotten around to finally eating the last case) -- there's no food in the house. And yet, I am staring at a basket-full of apples that have sat there for a week. I digress.

Last night I just used the tilapia from last week's menu since one of the meals got replaced by chili cheese dogs. It was my daughter…

5 Minute Zucchini Parmesan

Ok, it’s not really five minutes, but prep time is about 5 minutes and bake for 30 minutes, freeing you up to do something else, like knock out a blog post about 5-Minute Zucchini Parmesan (with salad).

5-minute Zucchini Parmesan
Ingredients 3 or 4zucchinis1 16 oz. jarpasta sauce1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Cooking Directions
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or use non-stick spray on 9x13 baking dish. Slice the zucchini, it doesn't matter how. Place in baking dish, covering bottom thoroughly. Pour the pasta sauce over the zucchini and stir to coat. Sprinkle cheese over mixture. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until zucchini is tender.
Serve with salad.
Bon apetit!

Menu Plan Monday: A Day Late

Busy weekends mean .. I'm behind on everything I use the weekend to catch up on!!!!

But it was totally worth it.  Saturday I had a marvelous roadtrip with my daughter to Mission San Luis Obispo. She has a school report due on the missions and what better way than to take her there! We got a very late start, but on the way saw some awesome nature of the California Central Coast,

I found a spot I want to try camping at, and she seemed to have a good time at the Mission, the museum, and the church. Educational for me too. Catholics do things very differently!

 Sunday was just as eventful with the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach. My ears are still ringing!

So, here we are, another week, another meal plan:
Monday: Leftovers from the weekend. I felt so gassy, I can't wait to get back to eating clean. But I hate the thought of wasting money, so .. eat up. Or go hungry in the case of my daughter.

Tuesday: I have a late night appointment, so the kids and Hunk will have to fend for themse…


One of these days I'll stop using chronic back pain and anxiety as excuses for not getting fit.  That day is not today though.

My back is throbbing and will for the next day or so (because, you know, my menstrual cramps are more like contractions than regular abdominal cramping), and my hip just started screaming at me, and there's a headache brewing because I've been clenching my teeth again and not getting enough sleep, and come to think of it, my neck and shoulders are a little tight too....

So,  today is not the day I get motivated to exercise. Today is one of those days I try to get through without embarrassing myself or biting anyone's head off.

Chronic pain (and stress) can suck it. Pass the ibuprofen. And chocolate. Especially if you know what's good for you. Pin It

Photo Friday: From My Window

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Geek and Sundry

Geeks, fanboys, fan girls, and yours truly give a collective SQUEEE!!!!!!!! Everywhere!!!!

Nathan Fillion shows up AND they talk about Scott Sigler's new book. (I've been stalking following Scott since he was on podiobooks. His writing gets seriously scary!)

There are 5 segments to each show (from
The Flog  — As in Felicia’s blog. Get it? It’s Felicia Day doing whatever Felicia Day feels like doing; everything from milking a cow, to operating a forklift, to flying on a trapeze! I’m looking forward to it, because Day is charming and totally game, and she seeks out stuff to do that — chances are — we’ve all wanted to try at some point. Total wish fulfillment.Table Top  — Produced by and starring Wil Wheaton, this show provides a novel look at table top RPGs as Wheaton and his celebrity geek friends sit around playing a different table top game each episode. This is a great idea for those (like me) who don’t know the first thing about RPGs. Rather than simply reviewing g…

Wordless Wednesday: Back to Sleep


Menu Plan Monday: April Fool's

I kind of feel like one. An April Fool that is. Last week I winged it and didn't plan anything because the week was so busy. The result -- I cooked once, maybe twice and we ate out more than I like. But I think the leftovers from the last week and a half are gone!

I was in Texas stretching my social media wings this weekend and trying to jump back into things at home and work today. The best part of the weekend was spending some quality time with my son's godmother. We haven't seen in each other in over a decade!

I don't know how some of the mom bloggers do so much traveling and keep it together at home! Let alone keep up with chores and stuff -- but then, I only really have the weekend to do that. Almost makes me miss being a SAHM. Almost.

So, what am I planning this week?

Monday: grocery shopping for the rest of the week's meals and Costco pizza (you can't beat the price!) Tuesday: Teryaki Sirloin Steak with Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Wednesday: Sweet Potato …