Thursday, September 4, 2008

Angry Chicken

I don't know why it's taken me so long to check out Angry Chicken, but alas, it has. Maybe it's because of the name. Sounded, idon'tknow...angry? But it's actually quite fantastic!
Don't let the name turn you off, check her out! (If there's anyone out there besides me who HASN'T already fallen in love with her blog!)


Finally, a simple solution to household cleaning.


Dang it, today I want to stay!
I don't want to look for another job.
I don't want to leave this place that's become like home to me.
I don't want to leave one less-than ideal job for another that's just as "less-than-ideal."

Decisions, Decisions.

Will I ever make up my mind?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I had a sit-down with my boss this afternoon.
My work is becoming effected by my lack of motivation. {and lack of sleep, etc}
He asked if everything was alright.
You know, it would almost make it easier if he was a little less understanding!
I let him know I'm casually looking for another position.
In the end he said these things happen, people change, interests change, now we can be open about it and prepare for my departure if that's what I decide to do.

But, he said, either way I need to make a decision soon.
And that we'd talk again next week.

Oh boy.
Decision time.

I looked HR openings in my "level" anywhere near home. Or even as far away as I already am. But do I take that as "a sign" to stay? I don't think God works that way.

August Challenges

30-day Husband Encouragement Challenge
Things are really changing in our marriage. I think in part due to this challenge, but also because of our counseling and a renewed attitude. After all, if I didn't have a better attitude, I wouldn't have taken the challenge to begin with!

Buy nothing new challenge
I think I did fairly well. I did make a few small purchases, but only after carefull deliberation and seeking alternatives. I want to keep it going, but in a more relaxed sense. I think just having an attitude of resistance to making brand new purchases is a start.

Stash Month
Nothing. Not one piece of new material entered the house! I did get some crafting books at a yard sale, and some free fabric, but I didn't have to buy the fabric and the books were a dollar a piece! (And I didn't go overboard!)

org junkie's mudroom challenge
Flop. What can I say, I'm not superwoman! I went looking for a bench on my yard sale treck last weekend, but came up empty. I did find a great key hook-y thingy to hang on the wall though, and have plans for when we tear off the mudroom. So I think October will be mudroom month as that's when construction is under way! September is all about the office! And not a moment too soon! I'm so deleriously happy that my camera is busted because if you thought the mudroom pics were bad, I don't even want to PEEK at the office! Yeah, we usually close that door when company comes over.

Quit Now Challenge: Snooze
Yeah. Snooze button. Who'd have thought there would be something even harder to quit than ice cream. Didn't happen. Still not wonder woman. She wouldn't have to sleep, much less use the snooze!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Today I spoke with my counselor about the concept of steadfastness. It rang in me feelings of calm, endurance, gently flowing, not interupted, not erratic, not overwhelming. He encouraged me to target three areas of my personal life where I could become more steadfast. Immediately coming to mind were cleaning my kitchen, reading from my reading list, and having a regular quiet/bible study/prayer time.
I recall all of the goals I'd been setting mid-August and how overwhelmed and ultimately counter-productive that ended up being. Bill was carefull to specifically limit me to three areas to work on at first.
So I'm going to start with a clean slate/blog and have goals just for those three areas of my life. The reason they're so important is because they are the places where I need the most work. When the kitchen isn't clean and organized, I retreat and cannot think clearly about anything else. The same could be said for my desk at work! The key is not just to get it clean and organized though, it's to maintain this order, to form a habit of orderliness, to become a finisher.

Candida-Related Sites

I'm getting my butt back in gear and preparing to tackle the most impossible of diets and that is the dreaded Candida Diet. {sigh}

If you really want to know more about it, check these out:

~Yet another new blog by your's trully: My Candida Journey.

~Basic information at

~A holistic approach at Holistic Health Solutions.

~A free ebook on an easy home test (spit into a glass of water...way cheap!) and suggestions on treatment at or go directly to the report at The Candida Fix. It will ask you for referrals, but they are not necessary for getting the free report. It will be e-mailed to you whether you provide referrals or not! The spit test is described in the report.

~A blog devoted to all things candida related! Amazing amount of information here!

~A long list of what you can and cannot eat. Oi.

~Interesting's an e-book for sale. The "hook" follows:"Please don't waste money on supplements that do nothing but chase symptoms - I have been there so you don't need to.What You Need To Understand Is How To:Identify And Eliminate The Root Causes That Create The Perfect Breeding Ground For Candida Yeast.If you want a solution that is Effective, And One That Gets Fast Results -- Then Click Here To READ MY STORY" My normal policy is not to post/ advocate/ recommend sites that are strictly sales sites, but I've purchased the book & haven't had time to read it yet. I'll update here with my impressions so if you wish, wait for my report back by the end of the week (9/6/08) before you shell out $24 & change for it...

~Another interesting link, Candida Free. I've only skimmed it so far, but proves to be chock full of info. It does recommend product sales, but you don't have to buy a book!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

First I have to share a tip I found for easy Menu Planning. I've searched and wondered and thought about it, and contemplated, but didn't have an EASY, organized approach to Menu Planning. This tip makes it so simple!

Okay, as for my Menu Plan for the week...

Crock-Roasted Chicken, using Virginia's idea.

Jenn's Zucchini Soup

I'll make my own pasta dough with my breadmaker, then make Pasta Salad to accompany our grilled chicken.

Chicken enchiladas with mexican-seasoned roasted zucchini

Tomato basil pizza



Get more great recipe and menu ideas over at Menu Plan Mondays' headquarters!

{cross-posted on Blecipes}