I switched my main calendar to Google Calendar, and I love it. It’s easy to add events, simple to view other calendars (like friends’ calendars, Catholic feast day calendars, etc.), and you can set up email reminders for events. Also, I have it set as my home page on my browser so that every time I get online it forces me to look at my calendar. It’s really helped me stay on top of everything!
On Tuesday we went to the inaugural banquet for the Austin Coalition for Life. It was a lot of fun. One of the coolest parts was that I got to chat with Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood director and 2008 employee of the year who recently had a change of heart and left her position. Some pictures:
I found another great two-meal combo:
- We get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and use the meat as a main course with veggies, or we add it into rice and beans or tacos.
- Then I use the leftover meat and bones to make a delicious homemade chicken soup per the simple instructions in the first comment here — and it makes enough for a couple of dinners.
It’s easy, cheap, healthy and delicious!
My mother-in-law Yaya swears up and down that potty training used to be easier. She says that it seems like most kids in the 1960s and ’70s were out of diapers by age two-and-a-half, and that potty training wasn’t the epic battle it is today. It’s hard for me to imagine that that could be true, especially as I have yet another three-year-old who is completely resistant to potty training, but I’ve heard other people of her generation make this claim as well. Anyone have any thoughts on that? Could that possibly be true, and, if so, why?
I am determined to make the Christmas season less stressful this year. To be honest, I did not really enjoy Advent and Christmas as much as I could have last year because I was so overwhelmed and stressed out. Some things I’m doing differently this year are:
- In November, having a serious sit-down talk with my husband where we decide what we can really afford to spend on presents (rather than doing the disastrous “guesstimating what I’m spending as I go along” method I usually use).
- Using cash to buy presents to help keep us on budget (if I must buy something online I’ll re-deposit the cash to cover it).
- Making a list of what I’m going to get for whom now instead of waiting until the last minute.
- Cutting out “little extras” that seem like a good idea but always end up overwhelming me (e.g. baking decorative cookies for friends and family, hosting a Christmas party, etc.) I hope to re-incorporate these things in future years, but, as I’ve learned, keeping your sanity in this phase of life is all about ruthless prioritization.
Anyone else have good tips for making the holiday season less stressful?
Even though I’m still holding out on getting a Facebook account, I’ve developed a ridiculous sort of “poor man’s Facebook” where a friend of mine calls and reads me notable status updates. Embarrassingly, for about 30 minutes last Saturday night I just listened as she read me writer Simcha Fischer‘s status updates from the past week. I was laughing so hard that I contemplated getting a Facebook account under a fake name just to follow Simcha. But, knowing me, it would turn in to this horribly awkward situation where Simcha and I end up chatting back and forth and becoming friends under my fake name and then it comes out that it’s me and that I was using this alias only to follow her and restraining orders get involved and…yeah. Terrible idea.
Some people have asked me how the book rewrite is going. Unfortunately, I’m making very little progress right now since I’m so busy just keeping things in basic order here at the house — and with the holidays coming up, I doubt I’ll be making up for lost time any time soon. It’s frustrating to have this cool opportunity and not be able to act on it as quickly as I want to, but it’s a good (if a little painful) exercise in trusting God.
I look forward to reading your posts!