Friday, June 7, 2013

around here this week

Stars:


June 1st to 7th
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini

New Moon in Gemini on June 8th

Creating:  
 
Cooking
 
I'm currently cooking up a storm. I promised myself that I would try to make at least one freezer meal per weekend up until Baby Faye's birth. Last weekend I made tortillas for the first time. 
 
 See:
 
 
One of the things that I'm really working on lately is moving away from overly processed, pre-packaged foods. I rely a little to much on them when things get hectic in my life and I'd like to change that. To do this, I'm trying to make meals in advance that I can just defrost when life gets busy.

Also up this past weekend, I tried my hand at a Middle Eastern Rice and Beans recipe and Chipotle Bean Burritos. The burritos were definitely not spicy enough (added way more spice and salsa). Overall things were good though. I was going to try my hand at naan bread for the middle eastern recipe but life got busy so I bought it instead. Next time. Two steps forward, one step back...

Sewing

I wanted to upcycle some vinyl that came from a recent purchase so I took this:


To this:


To finally this:

 
 A travel diaper change mat. Once again, proud to say that I made this entire project out of odds and ends I had stored in my crafty stash. I know, it's starting to sound like I have this magic tickle trunk (this is a very Canadian reference so follow this link if you don't get it and want more info) full of goodies but I swear that the supply isn't as big as it seems.

Planning:  
 
I'm still working on the logistics of a cleaning "schedule" in my life. I found this idea, which I like because it's a little more flexible. Still thinking my way through it, while observing my home and what needs to be done in it on a regular basis.

Reading:  

Currently taking a break from some of my fluff reading habits (I just finished 2 books that were so awful I can't even mention having read them, blech). Right now I'm reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. It's a book I've had on my to read list for far too long. It's good. Not great, but good. The dialect is a bit challenging at first, but you get used to it. I'm about halfway through and really curious about where she's going with her extended metaphor.

Thinking, Realizing & Feeling: 
So I've been working on taking walks these days. Here's a photo from one of my latest adventures:

Ironically, just as I made the decision to leave my group, I've actually found myself a lot calmer and at peace with the group. Suffice to say, I'm just going to re-examine things post mat leave to figure out where I'm at then.

I find it interesting though how the minute I stop fighting, I find contentment. As if, now that I'm not so attached to the result, I'm less disturbed by my feelings of detachment from the group. I'm more ok with being on the fringe, taking what I need, and allowing the dynamic to be what it is.

I'm sure there's a life lesson in there for me somewhere, something to do with my need to control things too much instead of going with the flow. But instead of over-analyzing it at this point in my life, I'm just going to let it be what it is for now.

I've got bigger fish to fry and things to worry about, this doesn't have to be one of them, you know?

That's it for now. Hope you have a lovely weekend!



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