First, Happy Birthday to my dad! We saw him on Sunday and sadly I won't get to see him today, but he'll be in my thoughts and prayers as always, and I hope he has a really good day.
Everything else is pretty random...hope that doesn't turn you off.
The issue that I alluded to last week is looking up. I feel more optimistic than I have in months and it's hard to live life joyfully when you're apprehensive, stressed and scared. Knocking on wood that we've found the solution and growing more confident day by day that we have. Ironically, the solution was extremely simple, so I'm giving thanks for that too. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers and if things continue to improve as I'm hopeful they will I'll update with the full story eventually. If we're on the right track it could help someone else someday.
I find the beginning of a new school year more motivating than the beginning of a calendar year. The holidays wear me out! Julianna's birthday, my grandkids' birthdays, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Mark's birthday, our anniversary, who has time to figure out how to fix what needs fixing, let alone what's realistic to work on? Oh sure, sometimes I set resolutions, but my heart is much more into them and my motivation is higher at the beginning of the school year.
So...changes. I'm back to work full-time next week and determined to be on top of the game this year. Figure out a schedule that works for grocery shopping, working out, making time for the things we think are important but maybe no one would ever know that by the way our schedule really looks. I want to eat healthier. For dinner I'd like to institute a meatless meal every week, we've been doing that gradually but I'd like to give it a little more structure. I'd like to build fish into our meal plan 6x a month, a challenge because it's expensive, and I prefer to shop for and serve fish in a short time span; again, organization.
I need help with some ideas for healthy and portable breakfast ideas for Mark. The microwave at his company is far from where he works so it's not convenient for him to warm something up or microwave some water for oatmeal. He has no refrigeration so cereal's out. Help! Right now he subsists on skipping it, not good when you get up at 5:30, his energy level definitely dives and he finds it hard to get through his day, or he eats Pop-Tarts, Fig Newtons and granola bars. We've got to be able to figure out something better.
I need help too on figuring out yummy, easy, satisfying lunches. If I eat something I don't really like then I find myself wanting to eat all afternoon, seeking out that satisfaction that was missing. It needs to be easy to prepare because I have lots of little people here to feed at lunchtime and making something complicated just isn't going to happen. Oh yes, I loathe leftovers. There. That's not so hard, right? Anyway, if you have any strokes of brilliance I'd really appreciate it.
Thank you for the help, hope your last bit of time before school starts is good for you and for us. We're painting the girls' room this weekend. Dreading that! One wall's going to be raspberry, one wall lime, one wall raspberry with lime polka dots and one wall lime with raspberry polka dots. Should be interesting!