December 2, 2013
Operation 1950’s Hot Housewife- Check in and Checklist
Can you believe it’s December already?! The year has flown by! I arrived home from my last business trip of 2013 on November 19th. It was an extremely busy time at the office after I got home and once November 25th hit, I considered myself on vacation, well staycation, until December 2nd.
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in on Operation 1950’s Hot Housewife with a Modern Twist. If you were to ask me how it’s going I’d say “okay.”
I really needed a break and some time to decompress from traveling. I felt disconnected from home, my pets, my husband!
Here’s the lowdown:
Cooking: I kept up with cooking, for the most part. Had some awesome Pinterest wins, like this crock pot whole chicken the hubs keeps raving about!
|Mix some spices, cut up an onion, some potatoes and stick the chicken in the crock pot – couldn’t be easier!|
Cleaning: The hubs really stepped up to the plate while I was traveling and while I was getting back into the swing of things once I got home. Just unpacking I had to give myself a mental pep talk!
Of course with things like finishing up dinner, I’d do dishes/clean the kitchen. Laundry was kept up on, but the deep cleaning (beyond wiping down counters, floors with Clorox Wipes) I wasn’t very good about. Although not technically cleaning related, we did clear out our storage unit a few miles from our place and moved everything to the storage unit we have in our building. Cut costs and our things are now more accessible. We spent a weekend afternoon moving everything, but it was well worth it and we felt accomplished. We braved the commissary right after and high-fived each other when we got home.
Working out: Epic fail. It’s a struggle. I really thought about avoiding this topic, but I want to be honest. I very excitedly signed up for an online program thinking it could be customized to my needs and I bit off more than I can chew. I had my husband and another trainer examine the exercises and they were, frankly, too advanced for me. This is partially because I am out of shape and because of the lung damage from the fire. For those who don’t know, I was trapped in a fire which I was fortunate enough to have been carried out of by a fireman. It was pretty serious and required a stay in the SICU. While my skin sustained no burns, my lungs were badly damaged. I still have to control and regulate my breathing. This makes working out a bit more challenging. And frustrating, too. While I was disappointed in the set back, I decided to build a bridge and get over it. The hubs has a colleague who works the opposite shift he does. It turns out she is also a trainer. I was shy about reaching out to her, but I did and she and I will begin training, in person, this week. I am genuinely looking forward to it, although I am a bit nervous. Baby steps.
Clothes/attire: This has been hit or miss. I am at least putting on a little make-up each day and the hubs got me a gorgeous new coat by Laundry by Shelli Segal that I wish I could just wear all of the time. It’s so flattering and I just really like it! I am practicing for Arkansas (we leave in twenty days EEK). Obviously, those shoes during the winter in Arkansas (probably?) won’t cut it.
Holiday Shopping: We have some stocking stuffers to get the girls, but we are done with the main things. I think they’ll be really happy. I told the hubs that it isn’t very creative or original, but I know he just wants accessories for the motorcycle. He’ll need to pick those out, so we’ll get together. I do have a few ideas in mind for him and need to get those ordered/picked up! I also want to make something for my co-workers including a donation on behalf of our department to a charity I know they’d all support. I have it narrowed down to a few. I am actually really excited about Christmas in Arkansas, and to see the girls’ faces when they open their gifts. THAT is my gift.
Moving forward: Today is (was) a new day. We got up and headed on a ride with our group to an old 50’s diner in East County San Diego, where I was felt up by a dirty Santa!
|Is it just me or is that a mischievous look on that Santa’s face?|
I did laundry, and I prepped a meatloaf for tomorrow night. I was actually going to send hubby to work with it today, but the beef hadn’t thawed in time. Worked out well since I will be returning to the office tomorrow. It will be nice just to get home and pop it in the oven.
Our Walter has what is called inter-digital cysts (caused by allergies) on his paws so we have to soak them in an iodine solution. It doesn’t hurt him, but it’s a bit of a nuisance for us all.
We have a busy week coming up, so I didn’t get too overzealous with my checklist. I have posted links to the recipes below. Here it is, in all its glory:
WEEK of 2 December 2013
Also this week: PUT UP OUR TREE
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and wish you a great week! Happy December!
Links to recipes:
Quinoa and shrimp lettuce wraps (I will modify for him and add carrots, take out his tomatoes)
The best turkey burgers – click here for my review & he insists on baked beans again LOL
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