Excited for next semester

Since I’ve been back in school it seems like every semester is a real struggle to register into the classes that I actually need. I don’t remember this being a problem when I was a single, unattached, bright-eyed freshman. It was so easy to register back then probably because of the fact that I was single and unattached to any real responsibility. But the last three semesters, scheduling for me has been a mad scramble, frantically comparing my potential availability to when my husband has enrolled and what times I can fit my daughter into daycare for the least amount of money possible, and don’t forget to drop off and pick up Mason, and an hour earlier every Thursday! Are you gasping for air yet, because every semester I have been trying to figure all of that out!

Not so this year. Thank God! Literally. Thank You. I was able to get 3 out of the 4 classes I had planned. Shakespeare is going to be the bane of my college existence I think. One class each semester with only 25 seats for an mandatory class for the entire English Department. So I didn’t get that one but it ended up working out to my benefit.

You see this year Al and I have decided to do something, well, kind of corny. Continue reading

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Beef and Pork Sausage Meatballs

Beef and Sausage meatballs served over leftover sweet potato hash

I created my own Paleo Recipe! That is to say, I deliberately put together ingredients and kept track of what I was doing in the hope that I could share it later. I’m very excited.

I am always so inspired by all the Paleo and Primal blogs that I see around the internet. Their photography is amazing and their food is absolutely mouthwatering. I never feel very creative myself and am not really aspiring to the level that so many other blogs are at. But if I can help share a healthy recipe here or two for someone else, that’s good enough for me!

It’s the end of the month here and for those of us who are poh’ folk know, it’s also the we’re-out-of-foodstamps time of months. I told myself I would not go to the grocery store and buy any more meat until I had used everything out of my freezer first. So that’s how these meatballs came about. This was what I had on hand and it turned out tasting pretty good! I served my meatballs on top of leftover sweet potato hash with some baby carrots on the side. The carrots were the only vegetables I had left! Everything else went into the meatballs.

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Done making excuses

Ok, I admit it. I need to exercise. This isn’t exactly a revelation to me. I’ve gone back and forth between exercising and not several times over my life, especially in the last five years. I’ll get on kicks, and do really well for awhile and then for one reason or another I gradually quit.

I’ve been considering getting rid of my YMCA membership, but every time I ‘make’ the decision to cancel it, my stomach feels as if a load of rocks has been dropped into the bottom of it. It just doesn’t feel right. What feels right is to go, and for two reasons. Continue reading

Crocheting keeps me sane this semester

Flower closeup

I am so thankful that my friend Amber asked me if I still crocheted and if I would be able to make an owl hat for her daughter. Crocheting is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing, but one of those things that if I don’t have a project I’m really excited about, I don’t go out of my way to do. I told her I would look into it, we looked online for some crochet patterns and found this one and that was that. Little did I know this would turn my next two weeks into a crocheting frenzy … Continue reading

Kid Lunches and Some Food Recap

This was last weekend … or maybe even the weekend before. It was one of Mason’s first all-primal lunches at home. He now requests deviled eggs all the time for weekend lunches. Which is fine by me! Takes maybe 15 minutes, 8 of that spent boiling the eggs. I can handle that 🙂

Deviled Eggs, Lunch Meat, Ranch (Not paleo / primal, I know!) and Apple Slices

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My 30 Day Primal Blueprint Challenge Wrap-up

So cleary, I did not blog through out my 30 Day Primal Blueprint Challenge. But I did keep a paper journal of my food and for the first two weeks was very good about marking my activity on Mark’s checklist.

No, we were not successful in going 30 days with out cheats and making our weekly exercising goals.

But we did learn a lot and I consider the challenge a success and here’s why:

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College and Childcare

My response to the article : http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_student_parent_trap

“The Student Parent Trap”

“As more parents attend college, the need for schools to accommodate them grows.”

This is something I think about every day that I’m at home trying to do homework…if I could afford childcare I could be much more productive with school and way less stressed. It’s so hard to balance taking care of my house, my kids and school that I constantly feel swamped, let alone trying to add anything extracurricular or social outside of those things. I can’t afford to put my daughter in daycare more than I already do (I have her in 8 hours a week and it costs me $36 each week just so I can go to class. The other hours I’m in class Al is home watching her) which makes doing school work at home SO incredibly difficult. $36 might not seem like much, but to a low income family of four, both parents college students, it’s a lot. Continue reading