More Organization Means Less Mischief!

Lots to tell this Monday!  While I got a lot accomplished with fleshing out the blog’s new pages this weekend, I lost a good bit of it when I accidentally closed a window having not saved much of that work.  Nothing like fighting for time to get work done only to lose every bit of that work.  While I wish I could sit at my computer all day, the reality of it is that I cannot.   I am up and down constantly, dealing with kids and dogs and general household duties (which have suffered greatly as of late) and as a result the fleshing out of the blog since the migration has taken longer than I would like.  I do apologize for this, and as I continue down my path of better health and organization, I hope that I will be able to devote more time out of my day to this work that I do love so much.

This past weekend was also our first without Parvati (now Skyla), who went to her new home on Friday.  Chewy doesn’t seem to notice that she is gone, at least not that I’ve observed.  I don’t think Rama could give two shits, honestly.  She’s just not been the motherly type, though she does play with Chewy now, which is cute to watch.

No headway was made in the dog yard this weekend, other than to give it a good deep clean.  I need a new covering to one of the runs (dogs destroyed it) and tried to temporarily cover it with a large tarp, but that lasted about a day.  Went to purchase an additional run from my local home improvement store only to find they do not carry them any longer.  I want all of the runs to match, so it looks as if online is going to have to be the way to go.  I will miss the convenience of being able to just go down the road and pick one up.

I did make some progress with my meal planning this weekend.  I purchased a book on vegan cooking and downloaded an app with vegetarian recipes.  Now I am not vegan nor vegetarian, but I do love to eat this way.  I would love to eventually make that leap to no meat and no dairy.  I am not a huge fan of meat, save pork and lamb, but my family is, so this could make mealtimes a challenge.  I am not one to cook a different meal for everyone, and I would love my family to eat healthier.  So, as long as it’s my job to prepare the meals, everyone’s just going to have to deal.  Ok?  Ok!

I went to Starbucks the other day (entourage in tow) with the aim of picking out several meals to try out this week.  As the youngest still loves to help in the kitchen, she was excited about trying out these recipes.  She oohed and ahhed over the photos in the cookbook, and pointed to some she thought looked appetizing.  The 11 year old boy will be a bit tougher to convince.  I picked one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner recipe along with a snack recipe.  So four total, with some common ingredients so that I didn’t have to completely restock the spice cabinet (it had been completely cleared of old spices a few months ago) in one trip.  I also didn’t feel I could realistically do more than those four recipes this week, so I think it’s a good start.    I got nearly everything I needed from two stores.  A few ingredients are only going to be found at the health food store, which is about a 35 minute drive from here.

Part of my continuing journey to live healthier and happier involves becoming more organized.  I know I’ve spoken of this before, and I will continue to speak of it as it is something I struggle with on a daily basis.  I know there are others out there that struggle as well.  I’ve long since joked about how I need a personal assistant.  Well, ok, so it wasn’t a joke.  It was more like a desperate plea.  So I read some reviews on organizational apps and downloaded one over the weekend called 24me.  I’ve tried a few in the past and most got deleted within a day.  So far I like this one a lot.  Everything is clear and easy to navigate, plus the alerts are cool.

Photo c twenty-four.me

I feel like I’ve started the week off with some good stuff planned, so yay me!  The dogs have been behaving a bit better since I had to get hold of myself this past weekend and re-focus.  Breaking our old habits is incredibly hard.  But when we are moving toward being a better person, then we can be more to those that depend on us.  Do you have any plans to better yourself this week?  Do you have a strict, organized routine or secrets to keeping organized?  We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES July 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Even though our blogs are primarily about our dogs, I love it when I can catch a glimpse of content about the person behind the keyboard. Continue with your life style change of healthy living. I too am trying to make some permanent changes – it’s not easy, yet it’s not impossible either. One step at a time! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Cathy. I appreciate that. Since the blog was born out of me struggling with my life, it seemed only fitting that I continue writing about that struggle. Yes, one step at a time!

  2. Lauren Miller (ZoePhee) July 20, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I’m sorry you lost a bunch of changes to the blog. I hate it when that happens. I lost a whole review once.. It just disappeared. I don’t even know what happened but I was so mad. I love the new look of your blog. It looks awesome!

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you, Lauren! I appreciate that. I’m still working on it, day by day. I reckon I’ll get it just about the way I want it and then decide it needs a completely different theme! LOL Oh no, a whole review? Ugh, I would cry.

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      So far I really like it!

  3. Fiona July 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I try to stay organised by making lists of jobs and prioritising. The only trouble is, I keep losing my lists!
    Like you, I would like to be vegetarian but wondering how I can find the time to cook separate meals. Perhaps introducing veggie meals that everybody enjoys would be a good solution.

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Since I can rarely be found without my phone, I began putting the lists on my phone and setting alarms/reminders on them. It has worked SO much better than trying to keep up with a piece of paper.

  4. Hawk aka BrownDog July 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Y’all!

    My Human and Fiona have lots in common…they can’t keep track of their lists!

    Those are some beautiful veggies!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      I have actually spent time making lists and then accidentally left them at home. 🙁

  5. Elaine July 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Ok, you’ve inspired me to spend a little more time with the meal planning and trying new recipes. I tend to get lazy and rely on the same meals or carryout pizza, of course!

    1. Shannon Adams July 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Oh trust me, not long ago I just gave up. I spent time cooking these balanced meals and no one did anything but complain. Plates were untouched, food got wasted. I’d had enough. As if sham’s don’t feel unappreciated enough, let’s just tell Mom the food she just spent all that time preparing is “gross” or “disgusting” or the ever present “I don’t like that.” I began to buy anything easy and fast and of course the majority of it was not healthy. I can’t do it anymore. I don’t have the time or the energy. I think it’s about time I start cooking what I want to cook, for me.

      Gah! Stay away from the pizza!!!

  6. Jackie Bouchard July 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    It must be hard having little ones with definite ideas about what they want to eat in the house. It’s bad enough just having a hubby who always asks “is there meat in this?” I try to get him to eat a vegetarian meal a couple of times per week, but you’d think I was torturing him. Luckily he at least likes to eat healthy, so even though we eat meat, chicken and fish, we also eat a lot of salads and veggies. I could never give up the dairy products though…. Cheese and yogurt and ice cream are my great loves!

    As for staying organized, I’m just a big list maker. I’ve got lists going everywhere (long term to-do’s, today’s to-dos, grocery lists, things to shop for lists). It’s crazy. I’ve started keeping the grocery lists on my phone note app because I kept going to the store and forgetting the list at home!

    1. Shannon Adams July 22, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      It is. My mother was the type that made one meal, and if you didn’t like it or want to eat it, you just didn’t eat that night. Period. I know what you mean about the husband having to have meat. Mine is a big junk food eater and is slim and tall. I swear, I want to throat punch him every time I see him eating a honey bun!