Friday, September 30, 2016

Oh so much jet lag

I got back late last night, and I'm very much recovering today. Jet lag is the worst! I'm hoping that I can get a few things done around the house today (unpack, laundry, clean the fridge, etc) before I head out to volunteer at the school this afternoon.

We have a crazy weekend with SO MANY soccer games! I need to get my schedule sorted soon. Also, our nanny was not very reliable while I was out of town, which made things extremely difficult for M. *sigh*. This nanny thing is extremely hard. If I can't find anyone else more reliable in the next few months, I'm seriously considering quitting my job at the end of the year.

And with that, I'm (very groggily) off to do some chores. TGIF!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The make do menu plan

Because I wasn't planning to be around much this week, I didn't build a real menu plan. M & the kids typically eat out a bit more frequently, eat pizza, etc, so even if I make a meal plan, they don't stick to it. ;-) However, fate intervened & I'm still here, & it's taken a bit of scrambling to get everyone fed. Here's what we've eaten & what's planned for the rest of the week:


  • Sunday - homemade pizza & calzones (chicken pesto for the adults & canadian bacon for the kids)
  • Monday - a variety of leftovers. I had chicken pilaf, M had leftover curry & spicy eggplant from our "date night", and the kids had leftover orzo & chicken. 
  • Tuesday - leftover homemade pizza + edamame
  • Wednesday - enchiladas (from the freezer)
  • Thursday - quinoa, chicken & edamame
  • Friday - I leave early to fly to Seoul, so I'm guessing the boys will eat pepperoni pizza. Yes, that's a lot of pizza in a week. ;-)
  • Saturday - boys are on their own
  • Sunday - boys are on their own
All I have to say is, thank goodness for freezer meals! In other news, I've sold a few items on my FB group (a Frozen DVD, a top sheet from my son's bed when he moved out of the crib - he's 10 ;-), and a bunch of books the boys were done reading. In fascinating things I don't understand, I posted a total of 20 books (shown in a photo) for $10. They were 6 of one series, 14 of another. Someone reached out & wanted just one series & made me an offer of $8. Great, fair enough. Our FB exchange is porch pickup only, so she stopped by & left the money under the mat. I added a comment to my original post with a note that I only had the other series left (6 books). The same person came back & offered me $3 for those books. . . So, why she paid $1 more for the books in two batches, I have no idea. And, why she didn't want them the first time, it's all a huge mystery. Anyway, the books are gone, & I made a total of $21 on my sales, but more importantly, got rid of a bunch of stuff we don't need around the house. Win/win!

Hope your weeks are going swimmingly!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Weekly Spending Report (9/12-9/18)

I was originally supposed to London tonight, but my boss has a family emergency & my trip was delayed. I'm now heading out on Friday morning for just the APAC portion of my trip. This means I will also have to add another London trip at another time before the end of the quarter, which is really going to be difficult.

But, onward & upward! Tracking my weekly spending enables me to see patterns & just keeps me more accountable toward my budget & goals.


  • Monday - 9/12 - $200 deposited into the boys college accounts
  • Tuesday - 9/13 - $335 - nanny
  • Wednesday - 9/14  $8.58, M was late coming home from a team event & picked up Baja Fresh
  • Thursday - 9/15 - $1770, season soccer fees for two kids
  • Friday - 9/16
    • $95 - school was out, so sports camp for two kids
    • $4.69 - produce stand for celery, mushrooms & cucumber
    • $6.58 - Lucky for milk
  • Saturday - 9/17
    • $37.98 - socks (me) & a hoodie (Sam) at Nike outlet 
    • $34.50 - pedicure for me to cover up my crazy purple toes (bruised)
    • $1.95 - a drink for Sam after playing soccer for 90 minutes in the 90+ degree weather
    • $14.76 - lunch at Smashburger for Sam & M
  • Sunday - 9/18
    • $18.40 - baggies & lens wipes at Costco
    • $136.32 - groceries at Costco
Total spent for the week = $2663.76, with the majority being kid expenses (camp, nanny, soccer & college!). Yikes!! We need a few inexpensive weeks to bring things back in check. :-) What about you? How did you do with your weekly spending? 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Soccer, soccer, & more soccer

Sam is playing in his own State Cup qualifying game this afternoon, and then this evening is helping out another team (one age division up) with their state qualifying match at 5:30. It's supposed to be 90 for the earlier game. Yikes. Yesterday it was 90 & all of the boys were wrecked by the end of their match.

Nick is out of town camping, and is by far our picky eater. It's always very hard to eat out with Nick, so Sam asked if we could go out to dinner to a restaurant of his choosing yesterday. Who can say no? ;-) We went out to Thai food - he loved the curry, satay, pad thai, etc. He was less of a fan of the eggplant, but I feel similarly.

My handsome date!

There were a few splurges yesterday,in addition to dinner out with our cutie. . . Three of my toenails are purple from my relay, so I got a pedicure yesterday & painted them a deep plum. It blends in perfectly. ;) I've been going without any polish on my toes, so it's quite a change. We also took Sam out to lunch yesterday (I ate at home for health reasons, as well as financial ones). And, I picked up new running socks at the Nike outlet.

But, I did sell $8 worth of kids books on my local FB group. Super easy & fast. I also paid cash for my pedicure, as you save 5% over using a credit card.

Today we have the following our list:


  1. Yoga
  2. Water the plants (x2, so hot!)
  3. Sam's 1st game
  4. Sam's 2nd game
  5. Nick getting dropped off after his camping trip
  6. Finish working out details of weekday/nanny/carpool schedule while I'm gone.
  7. Make dinner early (calzones with salad), so either M can heat them up while I'm at Sam's 2nd game, or I can do it while he's at the game. 
  8. Pack lunches
  9. Laundry. Why is this such a never ending challenge?
  10. Produce stand
  11. Build calendar/schedule for the weekend I'm gone, for M
  12. Create a list of meal options for M while I'm gone
  13. Costco (moved over from yesterday)
  14. Call my parents :-) 
  15. Read my book for at least 15 minutes outside. In the shade!
And, that's it! How about you? Anything fun happening in your world? Hope it's a relaxing & productive (can those two things go together? Maybe?) day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Saturday

I've been up since 4:30 (despite my valiant efforts to go back to sleep) & have had a delicious scone (homemade, yesterday - amazing!) & a cup of coffee. At least I can get a few more things done, being up this early? ;-)

We have one boy going on an RV trip with a friend for his birthday, and the other playing soccer. I, as usual, need to get a bunch of stuff done around the house. Here's what I have in mind for today:


  1. Strength training
  2. Cardio
  3. Start packing for business trip
  4. Drop off Nick for RV trip
  5. Take Sam to soccer game
  6. Laundry
  7. Hopefully sell books via FB group
  8. Finish schedule for the next two weeks for the kids/nanny/carpool
  9. Time permitting, go to the Nike outlet with a gift card/coupon to get a Christmas gift before the coupon expires
  10. Have Nick finish school project before he leaves
  11. Corral kids into cleaning their rooms
  12. Juice lemons
  13. Figure out dinner
  14. Plan menu for the week
  15. Make a Costco list
  16. A trip to the big C

I've lost 2.2 lbs so far this month (woohoo!!!!), so I want to stay on track, particularly before I travel, which makes eating consistently well & working out challenging.

That's it! How about you? What are you up to today? 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Weekly Spending Report - 9/5-9/11

I'm late with this one, but still find it helpful to track. Here goes.


  • Monday, 9/5 - $15.24 - took 3 boys out for Pokemon hunting & ice cream
  • Tuesday, 9/6 - No spend day
  • Wednesday, 9/7No spend day
  • Thursday, 9/8 - 


    • $9.14  - milk & bananas at Lucky
    • $41.97 - dinner for 5 (bonus carpool kid) at Sweet Tomatoes. This one frustrated me a little, because M got there before me with the kids, and paid. I had coupons. It would have been $10 less. Sigh.
  • Friday, 9/9 No spend day
  • Saturday, 9/10
    • $8.85 - produce stand (2 tubs of organic strawberries, 2 bunches of radishes, lavash, mini cucumbers)
    • $127.34 - Costco. Regular groceries + salmon for M this week.
  • Sunday, 9/11
    • $9.63 - lunch for Sam after two back to back soccer games
    • $41.26 - gas fill up in one car
    • $32.15 -gas fill up in other car

Total spent = $285.58, which includes multiple meals out (unusual for us). I'm happy with the results. If only every week looked like this. :-) What about you? How did your weekly spending go? Any big wins?

Five things Friday

Yeah for the end of the week. It's Friday! Here's a random collection of things from my week, for your enjoyment. ;-)


  1. I managed to use the last of my dried cranberries making these scones (highly recommend). I have a list of food I'm tackling from the pantry here. I've also used the poppy seeds, most of the nutella, some of the quinoa, and have plans for the orzo tonight. Woohoo! The lemons remain an ongoing struggle/opportunity. :-)
  2. I'm working from home today, so I made a healthy breakfast from things laying around in the fridge (a piece of lavosh, an egg, a smidge of shredded cheese leftover from taco night, and a few golden grape tomatoes from the garden). Yum.
  3. I need to prep for my trip (fly out on Tuesday). It's going to be everything from a high of 60 & rainy (London), to a high of 80 (Tokyo). It's going to be pretty challenging to pack. :-) I also need to get all of my carpooling, nanny & scheduling stuff worked out in advance.
  4. I have to pay the boys soccer club fees for the fall season. It's not cheap - $1770 (that's the price for both).
  5. Our nanny continues to be a challenge. And, work is a challenge right now, and it's not a good combination.
And with that, I'm off! What about you? What are some random things happening in your world this Friday?