2014 Goal Update

As I was perusing posts from this year I realized I’d been a little remiss in updating you on my 2014 goals that I posted in January.

Since I think it’s important to keep your goals in mind (even if you’ve chosen to take a different route) and I view all of you as my accountability partners, I feel like I need to keep you updated.

Overall we have’t done to bad this year.  We have definitely made some tweaks along the way but I feel that they were positive changes that work well for us.

Here’s where we stand.

Financial

1.  Take some kind of vacation with Mike.

Emerald Pool - Dominica

Every Single One of Us Has a Purpose on Earth

 This photo and the story behind it can be found at Enjoy Utah

This photo and the story behind it can be found at Enjoy Utah

Yesterday I attended a funeral of a man.  A man that was born severely retarded and with cerebral palsy.  Let me tell you a little something about this man called Robby.

  • At birth he was given less than a year to live.  He passed away at 56
  • His parents were told that he would never walk.  I saw him walking many times.  Maybe not in the fluid strides that we all take for granted but walking nonetheless.
  • His parents were told that he would never talk.  Not only did he gain a limited vocabulary, he was also toilet trained and could articulate his needs to his parents.
  • “Put him in an institution until he passes” is what his parents were told.  Instead they took him home to his big sister.  Raised him with love and fought for his rights.

Weekly Menu and Goals

It’s that time of the week again.  That time when I need to sit down and decide what I’m planning on serving my family as well as documenting how well I’ve done against my goals.

This has turned out to be a pretty busy week.  I ended up going out with friends twice.  The first I had planned while the second was a last minute outing.  Yesterday Mike and I helped Michael move and today I had a funeral to attend.

Here’s what we’ll be having for dinner this week.

Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini - I bought a wheel of brie and am thinking about baking the brie first and then putting together the apple and crostini.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Make Time for Friends

Dinner Out

 

Yesterday morning when I got into work I found a good friend of mine in a bad place.  You know that place.  Overwhelmed.  Under appreciated.  Sick and physically drained.  The feeling that you literally cannot do it for one.  More.  Second.

We spent a few minutes talking before we both needed to rush off to a day of back to back meetings.  I suggested that we go out for drinks and/or dinner after work to which she was initially non-committal.  Finally, about 3:00 I got a text that said “I’m in – how about xyz at 5pm?”  My response – “I’ll be there”.

While she initially hemmed and hawed about going, it turned out to be exactly what she, and I, needed.  We spent three hours eating cheese and crackers (of which you will find the remnants above.  I meant to take a picture when it was brought to the table but I was to hungry!), drinking wine and talking about everything under the sun.  At the end of the evening she gave me a big hug and said how much better she was feeling and how grateful she was that I “made” her come out with me.

Pride Goeth Before the Fall

Pride

Recently I was talking to a good friend of mine about stress.  She has been recovering from an illness and it’s taking her a while to get her strength back.  The conversation centered around how overwhelmed and stressed out she was. My friend was (is) to the point that she really doesn’t think she can keep doing it all.

Sound familiar?  So many of us go through the same thing.  One comment that she made struck me.  When I told her that maybe she needed to not take on so much “extra” work and let someone else do it or not put as much effort into managing everything she said to me “I know what you’re saying but I have so much PRIDE in my work I have trouble doing that.”

Weekly Menu & Goals

Welcome to another week!  This was a fairly relaxing weekend for me.  At least until the end when I got a phone call from Belle that she was in a car accident.  Fortunately no one was hurt as it was a low impact accident and other than the bumpers on both cars there was very little damage.  The people that she rear-ended were very nice about the whole thing which is always a blessing.

While I”m not happy about the accident, I do try to keep things in perspective.  Accidents are going to happen and hopefully this will teach her a little lesson.  Belle will be responsible for covering any deductible as well as the insurance increase I’m sure we’ll receive.

Other than having dinner plans with a friend, this should be a fairly quiet week at night.  However, it’s going to be pretty crazy at work so I’ll be keeping my plans simple as I’m sure I’ll be exhausted at night.

Strawberry Angel Food Jello Dessert

Strawberry Angel Food Jello

 

Today’s post is from my mom Gina.  This was one of my favorite desserts growing up.  Enjoy!

My kids loved this recipe growing up.  The thing that I like best is it’s simple, flexible and it can be dressed up or down depending on my mood.  This one is dressed up a bit!  If you are using a small box of sugar free jello, a serving will be about 140 calories.  Regular jello will be about 200 calories per serving.

4 Tips to Saving Money at the Grocery Store

Photo courtesy of the Woodman’s Grocery Store website

When Belle was little she loved to sing jingles.  There was a jingle for a local hardware store that went “You save big money, you save big money, when you shop….”  Belle couldn’t get the words right (she had a slight speech impediment) so she would sing “You shave big money, you shave big money, when you shop……”

Yep, Belle was looking to Shave Big Money.  Over and over and over in the car.  It was so cute that for a while that would Mike and I would use that term when we talking about “Shaving Money”.

I still like to “Shave Money” but sometimes I sacrifice “shaving money to shave time” or because I just get busy.  One area where our spending has gotten a little out of control is in the grocery area.  I’ve shared that we budget $250 a week (yes, that’s a weekly amount) for groceries and household items.  Part of the reason that our bill is so large is due to Mike’s eating habits as a weight lifter.  He buys large quantities of certain items and will not give that up.  As long as we can afford it, that’s not a sword I’m going to fall on.

Guacamole – Its What’s for Dinner

Guacamole

 

It’s been about a month now since I’ve cut added sugar and caffeine from my diet.  Surprisingly it hasn’t been that hard.  I think there are a variety of reasons why I’m not struggling as much this time, one of which is I’m still eating food that is satisfying.

Instead of depriving myself of a whole bunch of things I enjoy, I’ve been looking for food that I enjoy (and is fairly healthy) and eating that instead.  One of the foods that I really enjoy is guacamole.  Mike and I got hooked on guacamole at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.  We will usually split an order of tableside guacamole and a chicken quesadilla for dinner.  It’s a meal we look forward to every time!

Pulled Pork with Coleslaw (Vlog)

Pulled Pork_WWIN

Welcome to the premier episode of the New Wonder Woman I”m Not YouTube channel.  OK, I did a video a number of years ago on how to make a tile coaster but this is so much better!

I would really appreciate hearing feedback as to whether you find these videos helpful or not.  My intent is to make sure you are getting good, quality content that can help make some aspect of your life a little easier.  If these videos do that I want to keep it up.  Of course, you can be a little kind as this is my first foray into the world of video :)  I will get more comfortable as I do these - I promise!

Here’s the video for Pulled Pork with Coleslaw.  If you are unable to view the video I have posted the recipe below.  I have also included links to some of the items in the video, they are affiliate links.