Monday, Monday, Monday, was so not ready to see you quite so soon. I think I had just gotten into the weekend mode when the alarm went off this morning. *sigh*
Well, I guess nothing can be done now but to just get on with the week ahead.
On the weather front:
Had the most glorious of rain this weekend, the kind that pours down from the skies and lights everything up with lightning and loud roaring thunder. It felt good to sit inside and watch it all come down for hours on end. The rest of the week seems like partly sunny skies but warm.
On my bedside table:
My notebook (I write menus, work out budgets, doodle, compose to do lists etc)
On my TV:
This past weekend, Jasmine and I have been doing a marathon of the Lockup series. I don't know why we enjoy those so much, maybe it's because it gives us an insight into what prison is like?
Aside from that we also watched Unfriended, which was quite creepy, not so much terrifyingly scary but just creepy.
The new and last season of Downton Abbey started last night in the UK and of course you know I will watch it live, I just can't wait until January, sorry. If you want to watch it online too let me know in the comments and I'll provide some links.
Favorite Youtube Video last week:
I watched quite a few good ones, and found quite a few more new ones to enjoy. For all you other mommies out there, if you haven't yet subscribed to the channel Channel Mum, be sure to do so. It is the UK's first youtube community just for moms, and it's filled with brilliant youtubers sharing their life, pregnancies, day to day life, recipes etc. Brilliant!!!
News story that caught my attention:
You know it used to be that there was 1 or 2 really bad news stories that would grab everyone's attention. Now I feel like there are so many, all at once, that it's quite difficult to feel safe or joyous about the world we're living in. I guess for me, this week what really caught my attention was the story of the beautiful little 4 year old girl that was found dead and no one knew her name or where she even came from. Police were able to finally identify her, give her a name and are now looking for her mom and dad as suspects. How awful!
On the menu for this week:
Monday - Carne de Porco c/ batatinhas (Pork and potatoes)
Tuesday - Hamburgeres no forno (Oven hamburgers with pepper and cheese)
Wednesday - Roast chicken and potatoes
Thursday - Roupa Velha (Portuguese dish using leftover meat)
Friday - *grocery shopping, don't have the new menu yet*
New Recipe I tried or want to try:
A few I made that aren't yet on the food blog, like my greatgrandma's meatballs. But I also posted the recipe for the Chocolate Cake and the Portuguese Steaks.
On my To Do List:
I have so much I need to get done today, last week I was pretty busy with Nick being sick, but now I just need to get right in there and accomplish some tasks.
School....need to scan Nick's Science project and submit it. Also have to help the kids catch up, they're falling a little behind. Nick because he was so sick, and Jasmine because she's struggling with her Algebra 2 and the lessons are just piling up.
Kitchen....unload dishwasher and reload with breakfast dishes. Clean up and tidy counters. Wipe down fridge.
Bedrooms....make beds, open curtains and blinds, open windows, tidy up.
Bathrooms....clean toilets and sinks.
Living rooms....tidy up, vacuum.
In the craft basket:
Crochet scarf is coming along nicely. I still have my blanket in there but I set it aside for now, I was needing something easy and quick and that I can do while watching TV etc. so the scarf fits all those categories for me.
Looking forward to:
Another week of accomplishments.
What's going on this week:
Monday - Housework and catching up
Tuesday - VO5 hair review
Wednesday - Painting (need to paint my bed side tables and the kitchen table and chairs)
Thursday - Sewing
Friday - Jasmine and I have doctor appointments in the morning, then grocery shopping right after
What I plan on doing for myself this week:
Who knows, I really would like to still catch up on shows but as much as I say I will, I just never get around to doing it.
Lesson learned the past few days:
I need to stop worrying about what others think, or feel about me. I also need to stop trying to want others to feel or act the way I do, because truth is, it's never going to happen. I'm a very giving person and I'm always ready to help everyone, I tend to bend over backwards for people I care about, and it's very disheartening when they don't reciprocate. For example, going out of my way to check in on certain people, talk to them, ask about their family, and they make absolutely NO effort in return. Or when I'm going through a hard time or have a sick family member, they can't even be bothered to ask if I'm ok or if the family member is ok. Those to me are not real friends, and it just bothers me, so I'm trying really really hard to stop, to not worry about it, to just concentrate on being me and doing what I need to do. Most of all the lesson I'm being taught is that their actions should NEVER change who I am. They may not reciprocate but that is not going to stop me from still doing what I feel is right, whether that is to continue checking on them or saying hi, or being who I am.
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: