october. the air is consistently crisp and cool and the leaves skitter across the driveway at every gust. the midsemester crush is past and things have slowed down a bit at work. i’d been working so hard for the past month that it felt strange to actually have a few nights with nothing on my chore or work to-do list! i’ve enjoyed finally having a couple hours a week with the house quiet and no pressing needs to tend to.
i’m a goal-oriented person so sometimes i get a bit obsessive with my to-do list–cross cross cross cross. but lately i’ve been trying to make space for silence, stillness, and doing nothing. instead of writing a book review or working on next semester’s syllabi or sweating to a jillian michael’s workout, last night i took my hour or two of free time and read (for fun), watched nashville, even did a bit of coloring in zu’s coloring book (i know, its weird, but coloring is so soothing!). and the next day i felt lighter because of it.
later today i plan on taking a long walk in the biting cold just for the pleasure of feeling the biting cold.
~ in the kitchen:
as boring as it sounds, i have finally found the easiest and most budget friendly way for me to manage feeding my family while being a working mom! we now have a set meal plan for each week, and i only vary it when i have time to put into varying it (and i do switch up side items). it helps with our grocery budget because it cuts down on buying stuff we don’t need/don’t eat, we eat out less, and it takes a lot of thought and planning out of feeding the family. here’s our weekly set-list:
monday – chinese stir-fry
tuesday – tacos
wednesday – homemade pizza
thursday – casserole or soup
friday – fish with a veggie and starch
saturday – roast beef with veggie or salad
sunday – pasta
i only plan dinners and lunches are always sandwiches, salads, or leftovers; breakfast is cereal, eggs, or toast. simple.
~ in the notebook:
i have the workings of a poem in my notebook, but its not quite come to fruition yet, and i’ve been reading poetry here and there. i’m immersed in pilgrim at tinker creek by annie dillard currently.
~ the little one:
zu has begun sleeping in her big girl bed. we needed the crib for june and i thought there’d be lots of drama from zu about giving up the crib, but there was hardly anything. she had a day or two of getting used to it, and now she hops right into bed at night. i’m so proud of her!
~ the littlest:
june is four months old! she has as much hair as ever and is looking more and more like her daddy. her tummy is much better than it was, but she is still waking up at least twice each night–usually around 2 and 4am, and she goes to bed around 10pm. she’s still nursing, and we’ve just started her on babyfood this week. we’ve been getting lots of giggles from her lately, and i think she has the sparkliest eyes i’ve ever seen.
~ favorite links:
To Invent Your Own Life’s Meaning | good men project
“you’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing and to never be satisfied with who you are, where you are, and what you are doing…“
5 reasons social media is dangerous for me | huffingtonpost
advice to little girls | mark twain
“Good little girls always show marked deference for the aged. You ought never to ‘sass’ old people unless they ‘sass’ you first.”