I have a horrible tendency, if I’m not paying attention, to sit home all day with the TV tuned to TBS watching reruns of shows that I have seen dozens (or more!) times. I try to keep the background noise tuned to PBS for Hanna in the morning because for some reason Sesame Street is a comforting noise, but by the end of the day it always goes back to TBS.
What is it about the show “Friends” that makes it so I can’t turn the channel? I’ve seen each episode over 10 times (confession: WELL over 10 times each), but it feels like sinning when I turn the channel, or heaven forbid turn the entire TV OFF.
When I was in Utah last week and I was discussing the woes of being a Stay-at-home-mom with my own mom, and how I can let myself actually sit in front of the TV all day long and not accomplish one single task, she told me a secret to when she was a SAHM: Projects.
I know, it seems so simple yet I cannot pry myself away from Friends long enough to come up with some projects that I need to get done. So I have forced myself to sit down and come up with a list of things that I either need to get done, or would like to accomplish.
First off, I am not crafty. I mean, I AM crafty if I need to be, but I don’t want a house full of homemade displays and such, but there are plenty of projects I can do for Hanna that have nothing to do with my house. Of course I turned to my Pinterest arsenal and got to planning. The only thing is that I need a sewing machine for most of them (pffft. whatever sewing machine). I may have to see if I can borrow one from a friend.
Hanna has a quiet book that I let her play with in church and she loves it, but I think she is getting tired of the same old pages over and over again. So I’m going to add some fun pages that I found from this website:
I thought the potato head quiet pages look awesome and have loads of different playing possibilities.
I would also love to make her these felt “paper” dolls that can be found on this website:
Another suggestion that my mom had was to slowly paint my cupboards. I eventually would like to paint most of my house, but I am going to start with my kitchen cupboards, which I want white (right now they are grey). I think I can get it done with 1 gallon of paint so now I just have to start sanding them down. That should keep me busy.
Along with those things I would also like to:
- Finish knitting the baby quilt I started when I found out I was pregnant with Hanna (I am NOT a procrastinator! Ok, maybe I am)
- Start taking a weekly trip to the library since Hanna has FINALLY started letting me read books to her (this makes me so happy I could cry, I LOVE books!)
- Peeling off all the labels to my old Kombucha glass bottles so that I can store bulk food items in them like shaved coconut, dried beans, lentils, and such.
- Cleaning out my pantry so it makes sense.
- Putting together a Vegan cookbook binder for all of my recipes that I have printed out and organizing them into categories.
- Finish Divergent on audio book, and start another. My 2012 reading goal is happening this year!
- Organize my Pinterest boards, which I find ironic.
- Re-vamp my blog and give it a facelift. This WILL happen the next time I am in Utah with my Graphic Designer brother. And of course make it easier to navigate and organize it.
- De-clutter the garage (this one may have to wait until next spring)
- Go through Hanna’s room and re-arrange it, put old clothes in storage and get rid of some toys. I literally have not done anything to that childs room since we moved 4 months ago.
Along with that list I feel like I have LIVED in my kitchen the last few days so a recipe roundup will definitely be making its way for What I Ate Wednesday tomorrow. I will also have a recipe for a chocolate cheesecake that I will be sharing, but unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your eating philosophy) it has lots of dairy in it. I am making dinner for our church missionaries tonight and every time I suggest a Vegan dish my husband gives me the stink eye. On the menu: Chicken Enchilada’s with roasted green beans and Hershey’s Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert. Side note: Whatever is left after the missionaries leave goes in the trash, or to a neighbor (don’t you wish you loved by me). Here’s hoping my stomach doesn’t get too upset!
BTW: Dustin is doing stellar on his one week challenge so far!