I woke earlier than everyone as usual, made some coffee, and relaxed while watching an episode of The Vampire Diaries (yep…love that show). The rest of the house stirred just as I finished my show.
Food today though, was all about the leftovers! I had the pasta with bechamel, asparagus, and shiitake bacon for breakfast. I figured that would be a killer pre-run meal.
I wasn’t terribly hungry at lunchtime, and ended up with some popcorn while I was out running errands.
For dinner, I ate the leftover corn and potato chowder. With me leaving town in a couple of days, I want to be sure none of my leftovers are fermenting in the fridge (I love D…but he won’t clean it out while I’m gone, and I’ll be stuck cleaning it out when I get back).
My evening snack was the last piece of pie! Which went over very well last night, by the way. As did the homemade frozen custard I made in my new KitchenAid ice cream maker!
Today ended up being a very unintended sprint. It was COLD today. I mean…high 40′s, low 50′s kind of cold. It was 80 early in the week, and cold and wet today…with…possibility of SNOW. In southern VA. Ugh.
I knew I had to be at a friend’s house at noon, so I got dressed for my run at 1030, thinking it would be plenty of time for a 3-4 mi run and a quick shower. No problem, right?
I wore a long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of pants, and while it was misting out, I figured it wasn’t bad and I could totally run in that. I made it about a half mile from home when the heavens opened up and started drenching me in freezing cold rain.
I sprinted home. So…while I didn’t get my run in today, I did get an unintended sprint in! I walked in the door to a very surprised hubby, and then he laughed at me when he saw me soaked to the bone with cold water pouring off my baseball hat.
After my failed and wet run and shower, it was off to S’s house to pick up her pups. Jack is spending the night with us while S goes out-of-town for work and her hubby is already gone until tomorrow night. Jack and Sammie are like little Yin and Yang’s. Jack is a black lab/pit mix, and Sammie is a yellow lab. They’re funny together.
After running some errands (getting the van detailed and picking up some cleaning and pet supplies), I came home. D and the kids had been cleaning while I was away, and I decided it was time to tackle the pantry and fridge.
Yesterday I was a little obsessed with budgeting. I think this happens to me around the same time every year. We just wrapped up 2012 budgeting at work, and it makes me want to rework my home budget. So…D and I sat down for a few hours yesterday and reworked everything to increase savings and decrease expenses. I’m totally excited too! It’s all programmed into Mint.com so my iPad, iPhone, and email can nag the crap out of me when I’m getting close to overspending or undersaving for my specific goals.
Anyway…after looking at my spending habits, I noticed that I spent nearly double in Oct on my groceries than in previous months. It was totally crazy, so I figured the only way to be smart about my meal planning and grocery shopping was to take full inventory of what I had in the house already.
So…I emptied my pantry. All 5 shelves (it’s actually 6, but the top shelf is where I keep my Tupperware). After spreading it ALL on the floor, throwing away the expired and stale things, and putting a box together of food to donate to the food pantry, I grabbed my laptop and made a spreadsheet of everything I have. I then put it all away in an organized way, and cleared out tons of space.
Then I did the same thing to my fridge.
Some things I found:
5 cans of green chilies, 2 open jars of grape jelly, 3 open containers of ketchup, 5 containers of lime juice, 6 cans of the same soup, 3 jars of apple cider vinegar, 3 jars of coconut oil, 6 boxes of spaghetti noodles, 9 cans of coconut milk, and dozens of expired salad dressings.
What I learned:
Don’t shop when I “think” I know what I need, and don’t let my kids open anything until I check to see that we don’t already have an open version floating around somewhere.
Oh, and to top it all off, my husband walks into the kitchen as I’m sitting on the floor sorting mustards and produce and scrubbing the inside of the fridge, tells me how great everything looks, and then asks me if my period is starting soon. So apparently the only reason I’d tear apart the kitchen and scrub and catalog everything is if it’s hormonally related. Jerk. I’m thinking I’m doing him a favor by organizing before I leave, and us a favor when it come to the meal planning while I’m gone…but I had to think about it for a second since the answer to his question is yes.