Mid-Week Check In

Ok, so this post is going to be lame, but whatever. Right now, my only daily task is making my bed, but I need to get into the habit of being held accountable, so I'm checking in. So far this week, I've made the bed every day. I've also caught myself doing this task begrudgingly. I'll go back into the bedroom to get ready in the morning, and think "ugh, I have to make the bed." It literally takes me two minutes (a few extra minutes longer if Bigby and Cake decide to "help") and yet I go all angsty-teenager over the task. 

Also, I've not been making the bed very nicely, just making sure the top sheet and comforter are pulled up/straightened instead of left as a wad in the middle of the bed. It gets the job done, though, and that's all that matters right now. I need to was our decorative pillows. I feel like that might make me feel more inspired to make the bed.

Monday, I was off work (using up some use-it-or-lose-it vacation days), and I used that time to catch up on some housework that had gotten out of hand. I've almost caught us up on laundry (just some blankets and a robe that keep getting pushed aside to do clothes that we actually need), I got the dishes back under control, and I straightened up A LOT in the front two rooms. Oh, and I cleaned the bathroom. I didn't get everything done before Mr. LL got home, but he helped me finish up two tasks I wanted to get done – dusting and sweeping/vacuuming. So the house is looking pretty good, right now, at least.

Later on these posts will be a bit more...interesting I'm sure. 

Meal Plan Mondays

I'm really trying to get my life in order these days. With the health issues I've been facing and that are still facing me, and life changes that are happening whether I'm prepared or not, I need to find some control in my life.

I'm trying to find control in our home, in our budget and in our diets. If I can get these three things back in my wheel house, then maybe I can start feeling better and less helpless.

To help with budget and diet, I really need to crack down on the meal planning (if you are looking for a free meal planning template, grab your's here!). Since the original goal of this blog was to use the internet to hold me accountable, I'm going to share my meal plans every week on Monday. I'll let you know how well we kept up with it the next week.

Now, a bit of a disclaimer. Both Mr. LL and I work full-time. My job has me getting home later than his job, and sometimes, much later. I also do freelance work whenever I can to earn extra money, and Mr. LL (who is a plumber) does side work whenever he can for the same reason. So we are busy people who are whooped when we get home. Some nights I'll be cooking, some nights he'll be cooking. So even though I pick the meals and do the grocery shopping, we share the cooking responsibilities. Ok, on to this week's meal plan.


Spaghetti with meat sauce


Crawfish etouffee




Chicken and potatoes (crockpot) 




Turkey sandwiches for Mr. Ll, peanut butter sandwiches for me  

apples, crackers, cereal bars

Weekly Goals

I'm trying something out here. I've been reading A LOT of Dana White's blog A Slob Comes Clean and it has really inspired me. I randomly found it via a pin on Pinterest, about two weeks ago I think, and I started from the beginning of her journey and am working my way through her archives. I identify with her struggle so much. So, I'm going to give her "method" a try and see if it works.

From what I've gathered, she worked on developing habits as opposed to just creating some daunting to-do list. I started do this too with the Baby Steps Challenge, but then fell out of practice with all the things I had worked on. So, I'm going to try again.

Every week I'm going to add something to my to-do list. Dana calls them Non-Negotiables, meaning that she's not allowed to convince herself it doesn't need to be done EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

For this week, I'm starting from the beginning and going back to my original list of tasks, so my goal is to make the bed every single day.

I'm starting small, but it will be growing. I hope I can keep this up.