We’ve had company and been a little sick. Like most in this part of the country, I’ve been cursing at the groundhog. But here are the themes that have been on my mind this week(ish).
1. Our Makeshift Mudroom
Yep. It’s just four chairs against a wall–one for each of us. But ask my 4 year old where his special chair is, and he’ll lead you right to it and ask you to hang his coat on it “nicely”. It might not be like all the adorable mudrooms on Pinterest, but it gives us a place to put our coats and boots and bags and keys and library books and hats and borrowed items and… you get it. Who needs a mudroom when you have four sturdy chairs? Maybe next year I’ll make it look more “pinnable”.
Maybe this is something that comes with being (almost) 30, but I’m beginning to realize that some of the priorities and expectations I’ve set for myself lately are just a result of listening to too much noise. Advice, cute quotes on Facebook, women’s Bible study books, blogs… I guess I’m just realizing that while most of that stuff is uplifting and positive and interesting and good and usually TRUE, sometimes I fill my head with so much of it that I don’t really hear GOD’s voice well enough to actually focus on the one or two things He’s actually leading me to focus on at any one time. #ChristianProblems I guess I’m working through what I’ll call “internal decluttering”.
3. 15 Minute Meals
So, eMeals was fun, but after a while it started to kind of clash with our particular food preferences. I still really hate cooking, so I’m approaching this the same way I approach everything that overwhelms me: in a 15 minute time frame. I’ve started a pin board of 15 Minute Meals, and my friend Stephanie (who brought me the really fancy, not-at-all-15-minute accomplishment pictured above) has taken it upon herself to help me plan, so there’s a start. If I promise myself that I only have to stay locked up in our tiny kitchen for 15 minutes of prep, that makes cooking seem much more bearable. I’m setting a timer every time I get ready to cook dinner. If prep takes more than 15 minutes, the meal gets cut from my Pinterest board. Sounds like a plan, right? We’ll see. *Note: I’m not likely to become a food blogger any time soon.
So now that that’s all in the books, I’ve got the rest of nap time to try to work on a bloggy little tutorial I’ve dreamed up. (Hint: I put a picture of its sibling somewhere on this page!)