Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I've decided that facebook is a double edged sword.

I love it because you can play games, post pictures, and be nosy aka keep up with your "friends".

I hate it because it reminds you that you are not as close to people as you used to be . . . as you wish you were . . .

It reminds you that friendships have changed . . . that people have moved on . . . that you have been, "left behind"

I've never been good at keeping long-distance friendships. I wish I were, All of my friends live at least 3 1/2 hours away . . .

And so I check facebook and feel hurt for the milestones in life that I have not been invited to celebrate, for the closeness they have developed with others, for the simply fact that life goes on, people change, nothing remains the same.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


You would think. since I'm a SAHM, that I would have all the time in the world to get things done . . . ha! I wish . . .
I'm really tired of constantly cleaning and picking up, I need to learn to be neater . . .

Today I just want to do what I want to do.

Ok, so I'll still work on the laundry and empty/load the dish washer.
But, beyond that . . .
I'm going to finish sewing my awesome sweater boots (pics to come soon)
I'm going to sew up a couple dresser for my fall wardrobe
I'd like to list some of my garage sale stuff on craigslist
and most of all?
I'm going to cuddle with and hold my son while he's sleeping - like I'm doing right now. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Since when did being a stay-at-home-mom become the be all, end all?
Even before I had E I felt pressure to quit my job and stay at home. And, when I realized that daycare would cost over half my salary, and since I really disliked my job anyway, I quit it with the goal of staying at home with E and also watching 1 or 2 other kids to supplement our income . . . .
But let me backtrack here, after I had E I took 7 weeks maternity leave and then I went back to work for 3 weeks and my sister watched E since she was between jobs at the time. And you know, I didn't feel guilty or like a bad mother, sure I missed him and it made me want to spend more time with him when I was home. But I liked going to work every day, I liked having a "break", I liked being able to contribute financially. But I stuck with the plan and quit after those 3 weeks were up . . . . and I miss working, I still haven't started watching kids - still waiting for my temporary home daycare certificate to come in the mail - and a part of me doesn't want it to come. I get so tired and frustrated and burned out being at home almost all day every day, doing the same thing, cleaning off the kitchen counter for the umteenth time, changing diapers, making bottles, don't get me wrong - I seriously love my son to do death, E is amazing and I wouldn't trade him for anything . . .I guess there's just more of an adjustment period than I thought there would be.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mealtime Monday - Shepherds Pie

Last Week I was racking my brain trying to think of something yummy to make for dinner. It had been a few weeks since I'd been to the store so I was low on ingredients. Luckily I remembered I had hamburger in the freezer which made me decide to make a shepherds pie. And let me tell you, it was awesome! I'm actually eating some of the leftovers right now and they are just as good now as they were a few days ago.

Shepherds Pie
1 med onion, chopped
1 splash EVOO
1 1/2lb 70/30 ground beef
1 can campbells cream of asparagus soup
1 can corn, drained
1 can green beans, drained
1 can peas, drained
10 servings instant mashed potatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F
In a skillet saute onion in EVOO on medium-high heat until soft, add ground beef and cover skillet until ground beef is throughly cooked, stir occasionally.
After ground beef is cooked and cream of asparagus soup, corn, green beans, peas, and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour mixture into 3qt casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes. I used instant because that's all I had on hand, you could certainly use real mashed potatoes if you feel ambitious but I honestly thought the instant were tasted fine (no fake, pasty taste to them).

Make for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are golden and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings.