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All About Me in 30 Days: A Dream for the Future Beyond the Next Year – Day 30

Wow, I can’t believe the 30 days are already over!  I think I’ve discovered a new way to make time fly even faster than usual…

So, to finish off, I get to share my dreams for the future.  What could be better?  Here goes:

- I want to change the lives of children around the world….and I want to do it on a personal level.  I want to provide clothing, food, health care, and school supplies to children.  I want to help make dreams come true, no matter what the situation of the child.

- I want to become a nurse.

- I want to live in a house with a big yard where I can have a big garden, an orchard, chickens, and all that good stuff. Also some fun things for the kids.:-)

- I want to live a self-reliant and eco-friendly life.  I want to have a year’s worth of food storage; to have and use a solar oven on a regular basis; to have fully stocked emergency kits for every member of the family; to know how to sew really well; to make ALL my cleaners myself,  and to walk to the store, school, etc, and when I need to drive to use something incredibly efficient, like an electric car or something. 

- I want my children to grow up as happy, healthy individuals who have the courage to follow their dreams and the fortitude to stick with it.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this.  I’ve had a blast sharing bits and pieces of myself with you all, and I appreciate all the kind words and comments that kept me going along the way.

(Photo from sxc.hu.  Used with permission)

All About Me in 30 Days: Hopes, Dreams, Plans for the Next 365 Days – Day 29

Wow…this is a great one, and I’m excited to share.

The first thing I want to accomplish in the next year is gonna shock you.  I wanna lose 20 lbs.

Never heard that one before, did ya?:-)  This time, it is for different reasons than in the past.  Before I wanted to be skinny and cute.  Now, I just want to be healthy.  And so, in all honesty, if I don’t lose any weight, but I get in better shape and I don’t get sick as often, I’ll be more than thrilled!

Here are more hopes, dreams and plans:

  • I want to transfer this blog to a more sophisticated and “involved” site, and get my own domain name.  I want enough followers to start doing more giveaways, and to feel like it’s a success.  I want to find the time to create higher quality posts, and make the entire thing more professional.
  • I want to get a whole lot better at face painting, and do at least 1-2 gigs each month.
  • I want to begin learning to play that guitar I have that I love so much.:-)
  • I plan to continue with my schooling, and get closer to my goal of becoming a nurse.
  • I plan on finally becoming free of that awful trap called DEBT.  (I’ll still have a mortgage, but that will be it.)

I know there will be more that I’ll come up with as the year comes to and end, but for now, that’s a good start!

(Photo from sxc.hu.  Used with permission)

    All About Me in 30 Days: What’s In My Purse? – Day 27

    Well, there’s my purse…laying there in all it’s glory.

    I have to admit, I’m not a typical woman in some ways (although that’s probably not news…and who among us IS typical in all ways?  I’d guess none of us.)  I don’t have a lot of shoes, and I don’t really care about purses.  I own two pairs of sandals, one casual and one “churchy”, and I own one pair of sneakers and one pair of boots.  My purse situation is probably even more boring.  But I promised to play, so I will share with you what is in my purse at this exact moment:

    • 1 tube of chapstick
    • 1 pen, black ink
    • My debit card, my license and school ID, my insurance cards, temple recommend, Costco card, PTA card, blood donor card, and library card
    • 1 hair scrunchie
    • $2.30 in change
    • 1 tylenol extra strength tablet

    I don’t even keep my phone in there!

    All About Me in 30 Days: My Day in Detail – Day 25

    Oops, I clicked on “save now” instead of “publish” for this post….guess it’s a little out of order now!:-)

    Okay, so my day…it wasn’t a typical day, but that’s okay:

    12:34 am  – Munchkin woke up crying.  Yesterday she got hurt at school and has a swollen leg that she can’t move.  She couldn’t roll over in bed, so I helped her to roll over and laid down with her.  Turned on the humidifier cause my throat was dry and sore.
    6:30 am – woke up freezing cold (gotta love the cold mist humidifiers).  Turned off the humidifier since my throat was no longer too dry.  Checked on Munchkin and Buddy Boy.  Buddy Boy was just waking up, but I kept him in bed for another half hour.
    7:00 am - Both kids got up.  Munchkin was hoping to go to school, but her leg was still swollen and she still couldn’t walk on it, so we decideed to keep her home.  I made the family pancakes and fruit for breakfast. 
    8:00 am - Called the school, email Munchkin’s teacher, and call the doctor to schedule a flu shot.  Look over my “to-do” list for the day.
    8:30 am – Clean up breakfast.
    9:00 am – 12:00 noon – put dinner in the crockpot, played with kids, decluttered file cabinet, whined to hubby, checked emails, did blog stuff, checked ebay, did laundry, yada yada yada.
    12:00 – lunch
    1:00 pm - Started a new to-do list cause I was seriously lacking in motivation.  Considered taking an excedrin just for the caffeine, decided the side effects it would have on my ulcer weren’t worth it, then sat around some debating what I should do. Almost fell asleep until Munchkin started poking me.
    2:00 pm - Played some card games with Munchkin, did some mathematics practice with her, played number game with Buddy Boy.
    2:30 – Spent a long time trying to calm Buddy Boy down.  He’s done so well with his potty training, and rarely has an accident, and he was pretty upset because he was wet.  Changed his clothes and while doing so he begged me for a diaper.  Silly boy…he never hated being wet before this week!
    3:00 – Cleaned off stove, switched out laundry, started oven self-cleaning (mostly cause I was cold, but it really did need to be cleaned too). 
    3:30 – Got the kids a snack.
    4:00 - Got online to work on the blog, check emails, and add new-found books to my “to-read” list on goodreads.com.
    5:00 - Dinner.
    6:00 – Clean up
    7:00 – Family movie, courtesy of a free redbox rental code
    9:00 – bed time for kiddos!

    All About Me in 30 Days: My Week in Detail – Day 26

    Well my week will not have as much detail as my day did, because I didn’t read ahead to see what I was supposed to post about today…ah, well, too much detail can be annoying!

    Sunday – Woke up feeling kinda blah.  Got the kids and myself ready for church (hubby got himself ready:-)), went to church, came home and ate lunch (who knows what), sent out invoices for all the ebay auctions that had ended, had a nice dinner (although I can’t even remember what it was….sad huh?), watched the 2nd half of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, did some last minute school reading with Munchkin.

    Monday – Kids went to school, I finished up my Christmas shopping (for the immediate family, anyway…still don’t have everything for my mom and mother-in-law), decided to write a specific 30-minute schedule to follow at home with the hopes that it would keep me on task and prevent me from forgetting to do some things which tend to get lost in the pile of, I don’t know, STUFF to do.  Didnt’ actually write it though.  Picked up kids from school, did homework with them, ate dinner, etc.

    Tuesday – Told myself I would really write the schedule and then didn’t, got two workout videos from the library (Bob Harper’s new ones), tried one and made it for 10 minutes before I dropped out sweating and feeling like I would die (seriously…10 minutes???? I’ve NEVER done THAT bad before!), packaged and shipped ebay, did typical housework stuff.

    Wednesday – I woke up hardly able to walk from my whole TEN MINUTES of workout.  I’m so ashamed of that.  But felt good mentally, thinking I’d given my muscles a good workout.  Finally got around to making the scheduled list and got really excited to start trying it out on Thursday.  One big Christmas package arrived, so I wrapped the gifts and used the brown butcher packing paper to have some fun with the kids.  Once I’d picked them up from school, I laid the paper out on the kitchen floor and we decorated the whole thing while listening to High School Musical songs.  Munchkin LOVED it.  We’ll use the paper for wrapping Christmas presents.

    Thursday – I woke up still sore….nope, I’m not joking.  I could walk just fine as long as there were no stairs, and no sitting or standing.  lol.  I started the day on schedule and was pumped, thinking I’d be able to make really good use of my new schedule.  Went to the store to pick up a prescription, did some grocery shopping.  Got a phone call from Munchkin at school saying she’d gotten hurt at recess.  She had run into a kid head-on, and had a bloody nose and a hurt leg.  The lady in the office said she hadn’t been limping previously, so I figured Munchkin was being dramatic.  After getting her home to change out of her bloody clothes, however, I found that her leg was completely red and swollen, and my poor girl could hardly walk!  Played nurse for the rest of the day, went to Parent Teacher Conference with the family.

    Friday – I woke up almost not sore…yippee!!  Munchkin however, still could not walk and all around her knee was still swollen, so we kept her home.  Buddy Boy doesn’t go to school on Fridays, so we had both kids home.  I made phone calls to arrange delivery of the school’s fundraiser chocolates to family.  Made a doctor appointment for a flu shot, paid bills, you know, the usual. Also received another Christmas package and came THIS close to giving in and giving it to the kids early….I’m ridiculous sometimes.

    Saturday – The day has just begun, but I’ll tell you the plans:  Planning to go to Lowe’s to do their free project (assuming Munchkin feels good enough), deliver chocolates to mother-in-law’s, photograph and prepare more items for ebay,  find out which sibling of hubby’s we’re supposed to buy Christmas for, and do some major cleaning.

    There you have it!  My week in a nutshell:-)

    All About Me in 30 Days: A Website – Day 22

    This one struck me as odd…a website?  Well, how about MINE?  :-)

    No problem though.  I’m gonna share some of my faves with you, although most of them you probably already know all about:

    EBAY – What can I say?  I love ebay.  I have sold on there for years, and I enjoy both selling and buying from there.  My favorite place to shop, however…

    AMAZON – From the free music downloads, to the opportunity to review books, to the great deals, amazon is definitely a favorite.

    SWAGBUCKS has definitely become a new favorite of mine…I use it as my basic search engine and get “swagbucks”, or points, that I can redeem for prizes.  My favorite prize just happens to be a $5 gift card to amazon.:-)

    My Local Library is up there among my favorites as well.  I love, LOVE, being able to put new release movies on hold and being able to borrow them for a full week, and for FREE!  I absolutely adore their online searching and holding system.  Makes my life SO easy.

    So there ya have it…a few of my favorite websites:-)

    All About Me in 30 Days: A Recipe – Day 21

    Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

    Mexican Chicken Casserole
    3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 10-oz can rotel tomatoes
    1/2 bag Doritos (or 1 snack size bag; that’s what I use), flavor of your choice
         Put chicken in the bottom of a 9×13″ pan.  Mix soup and tomatoes together and pour over chicken.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Layer crushed Doritos over the top, and bake an additional 5 minutes.  Serve with rice
    *I sometimes just add a couple cups of cooked rice right to the casserole.  I also sometimes add shredded cheese to the whole mix as well…just to up the calorie content.:-)


    Homemade Pita Bread
    2 1/4 tsp yeast
    3 cups flour
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp sugar
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1 cup plus 3 Tbsp warm water
         Mix yeast, sugar and water and let set for about 5 minutes.  Mix flour and salt in a separate bowl.  Add yeast and water mixture and olive oil to flour and knead with an electric bread mixer.  Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with towel.  Place in a warm location until doubled in size.  Divide into 12 balls.  Roll out on a floured board about 6 inches across.  Let rise for 30 minutes.  Bake on a stone (if you have one, I don’t so I use a cookie sheet) at 450 degrees for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side.  

    Fried Zucchini
    1 zucchini, sliced thinly
    1 egg, beaten
    1/2 cup flour
    salt to taste
    pepper to taste
    butter for frying
      This is pretty easy.  Season your flour with the salt and a little pepper.  Melt butter over medium heat.  Slice the zucchini and dip it into the egg, then into the flour mixture.  Once the butter is melted and the pan is hot, put the slices of zucchini into the pan and cook until brown on both sides, 2 minutes or so on the first side, and then a minute on the second side.