The blank slate. This house is simply dying to be decorated. Or am I the one that is simply dying to decorate? Too bad most of my furniture is still 4 hours away….
Nostalgia is setting in. Today is the last day of my job and tomorrow we move. I have spent at least 40 hours every week for the last two years working with two amazing young men who have developmental disabilities. I have experienced joy, happiness, struggle, patience, impatience, frustration, laughter, annoyance, and just about every other emotion in the last 2 years. Some days were awesome, some were beyond horrible. But I wouldn’t change anything. Okay, maybe I would erase a couple bad days off the map. When I took the job after college I expected to make money for a year so I could move on. Then I fell for the boys, made a great friend, and was hooked. This move is fueled by a desire to use my degree, live in a larger city, and be closer to family. But if I could move my work family with me I definitely would. I am going to miss them like crazy!
Welcome to the last installment of healthy eating for the week. The healthy eating will most definitely continue once we are done with the big move but right now we are focused on cleaning all the random food out of our cabinets and fridge. Luckily I had just enough vegetables in the fridge to make sautéed zucchini, squash, broccoli, and peppers for dinner.
Hi folks! Sorry for the break in healthy eating. Work, moving, and life in general have been crazy as of late on my end. Don’t worry though the challenge has continued! For day 3 we decided to go slightly unhealthy with our vegetable and made fried cauliflower!
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After the veggie sandwiches yesterday, I couldn’t wait to come up with something yummy for lunch today. There was one thing that I knew would be on the menu, okra!
When I was little I loved eating dinner at my grandma’s house. She lives about a mile down the road from my parents so I basically requested to eat there everyday. To this day she still makes almost all of my favorite foods: cheese grits, ham loaf, broccoli, corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried okra, and so much more. Her veggies always taste better than Mom’s who were steamed in the microwave. When I started learning how to cook I realized her veggies are better because of one major ingredient, butter. Not the healthiest ingredient but it does make almost everything taste pretty good. Plus she’s been cooking with it for almost 90 years and she and my grandpa are very healthy. However in the interest of preparing my meals in a nutritious way I have been seeking healthier ways to prepare food. So instead of fried okra I settled on trying roasted okra!
I just love this time of year when all the fruit and vegetables are fresh. There are vendors scattered about town selling food fresh from the vine. There are so many fresh choices at the grocery store because frozen veggies can be good but they are definitely not the same. I live in a rural area so a drive down the road presents fields full of yummy fruits and vegetables. My fridge is simply filled to the brim with yummy stuff.
All of this veggie goodness has convinced the boyfriend to take the plunge most men dread, to tell you the truth he’s actually probably dreading it, a week of meals with no meat! Now I am by no means a vegetarian but until moving in with David I only consumed meat at a couple of my meals a week. So for me it is definitely not a meal breaker if meat isn’t included and I am very excited about crafting up some delicious meals for him to try. At the store I bought several “David Approved” veggies: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, okra, zucchini, avocado, grapes, lettuce, peppers, corn…. It is going to be an exciting week!
Whether you live in an apartment or a house, a condo or a fifth floor walk-up, chances are you have a window separating you from the outside world. Is your view of the street? Another house? A green, tree-shaded backyard? If you’re lucky, the beach or the mountains? My view showcases the street in front of my house situated among several houses of varying sizes.
I am OBSESSED with making lists, as evidenced here and here. So the last couple of weeks as I was house hunting my house became littered with lists upon lists. This will be my sixth move in six years so I have learned all about searching for a nice place, important questions to ask a property manager, things to look for in a lease, etc. May I add that I have been house hunting in a city nearly 10 times the size of my home for the last 6 years. Did I also mention that town is about 300 miles away! Organization was key for the search since I didn’t have the luxury of scouting out a location and seeing houses quickly. So I compiled a list to help remember my requirements, specs, preferences, etc. It was soooooo helpful to be easily reminded of what I was looking for. Here is my advice from the experience: