Monthly Archives: January 2012


Want to know why I didn’t make healthy eating and all that other traditional stuff, my new year’s resolution?

Here’s why:
I just charged $898.41 to my credit card. While eating potato chips and drinking mountain dew.

I am just that awesome. Or something.
And you’re welcome. Since I know you feel better about yourself now.


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A New Year

Full of promise. Full of potential. Full of hope.  I love January.  Don’t get me wrong… the holidays are good. Really, every month has its merits.  But January is cozy and gives permission to get out new calendars, pens and journals.  Once Christmas decorations are down, everything has a cleaner, calmer look.  It is good.

I am hopeful that this year I learn to live a more mindful life.  That I truly start living with intention.  I’ve dappled with that before, and then the chaos sweeps over me and I’m running along, trying to keep up.  Life is so much better when I live proactively instead of in reaction to all that is happening around me.

My only true resolution?  To floss my teeth.


That’s it. One simple little thing.  Floss 366 times in 2012.  While it sounds easy, I expect there will be more than once I get back out of bed to quick floss.  I only hope I don’t end up keeping floss on my nightstand because I’m too lazy to even get out of bed!  I will draw the line there.  No floss stored in the bedroom. Gross.

Of course, as an overachiever, I have all the usual great ideas: lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, read good things, stick to my budget, keep in touch with friends, keep my ironing from piling up… you get the idea.

But really, I’m tired of those “resolutions” and need a change.

So flossing wins.

And so far?  Doin’ alright!

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Menu Plan Monday 1.2.12

It’s a four day work week… So it will be quick and factor in some leftovers.


  • Banana bread, apple slices
  • Oatmeal, bananas
  • Cereal, juice
  • Toast, applesauce


  • Chicken drummies, rice pilaf, pineapple (today)
  • Spanish rice bake, salad
  • Chicken noodle soup, orange wedges
  • Bologna sandwiches, carrot sticks, apple slices
  • Beef noodle casserole, green beans, peaches


  • Spaghetti & meatballs, spinach salad
  • Dilly venison roast, cheesy potatoes, carrot sticks
  • Fish, peas, salad
  • Potato soup, cheese and crackers, salad
  • Leftovers



  • Chocolate chip cookies and milk
  • Banana bread and yogurt
  • String cheese, apples
  • French fries and milk


Yes, thanks for noticing… I really DO have a lot of apples to use up. Also, salad is something we are planning to make into a staple at many suppers.

For a ton of great ideas, check out OrgJunkies Menu Plan Monday links!

My goals this month are to start fresh with menu planning. I hope to really use up what is in the freezers and pantries. So I’m not sure.. these meals could be either really interesting, or really boring. We’ll see!


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