A goal update & daily life around here
Naturally, a whole bunch of little everyday things are happening over here lately. In particular:
Nicholas surprised me with a Fitbit (this one)! So far, I notice that I'm more conscious about my activity, and just how much it varies from from day to day (thanks, night-shift! ;). It also tracks your sleep, both in duration and quality. Typically, I've considered sleep to be a bit of a time waster—does anyone else feel like that sometimes? However, between the Fitbit and my husband's encouragement, I'm taking more time to sleep. Also, as someone who can use a little extrinsic motivation, I've been having fun with the friend-to-friend challenges!
Disc golfing early in the morning. To beat the hot, hot Texas heat, we met up with some friends for a round at 7am, coffee in hand, and we did our best to dodge the poison ivy ground cover (unsuccessfully—eek!)
Celebrating Nicholas' half-birthday. We don't normally take notice of half-birthdays, but we happened to remember his this year and I was in a baking mood. I made some peanut butter blondies that have chickpeas(?!), peanut butter, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and a few other ingredients (and no flour). They're quite good, and not overly sweet, which we like, but you have to get over the fact that you're eating beans for dessert. If you're in a experimental mood, here's the recipe I used.
Talking about our two-year anniversary coming up in mid-August. It simultaneously feels like we've been married for a long time and for just one second.
Spending time together on the couch after a stretch of night shifts. He's happy to sit next to me. I'm happy that he's next to me (and that I'm in my pjs).
Continuing the She Reads Truth with the Women in the Word: New Testament study. I've found it's been sustainable and incredibly encouraging.
Breakfast food (always) and Mansfield Park. A wonderful way to start the day (especially if my day starts at two- or three-in-the-afternoon when I wake up. :)
Since goals aren't very useful if you make them and then never reflect back on them, I thought I'd give you an (honest) update on my spending/food/social media adjustments:
- Spending on clothing/accessories: Good! I have not made any purchases, apart from the "approved" work shoes and a brimmed sun hat that I mentioned in the original post. I'm shopping my closet and wearing items that I haven't worn for awhile. By removing the expectation that I can just buy something better, I'm feeling more content with what I own. Also, I do not miss clothing shopping, or the pressure I felt to not miss a good deal that might be lurking at J.Crew or Madewell or Gap. I've yet to come across any "gaps" in my wardrobe, but if I do, I'm still open to addressing them in December, when I "can" resume clothing shopping. Honestly, I'm in no hurry to buy any clothes.
- Social media: a struggle, ahem. For a time, I was conscientious and careful about my browsing. But without adequate diligence to new habits, old ones creep in. The old habits return with a side of apathy. At times, I blame my rotating schedule and that not browsing before 10 am is difficult when my schedule is never the same. However, the principle is the same: I still spend too much time on social media. I'm going to need to re-focus on maintenance of my browsing habits. Does anyone have some successful tactics for this?
- Food: Work-in-progress. Overall, I think we're consuming less sugar, but I still crave it, especially after a night-shift. However, I've had fewer I need doughnuts right now moments. In fact, for the first time ever, doughnuts don't sound good to me right now. If I keep writing about them, that might change, so I'll switch subjects. ;) As for cooking, I'm loving our stainless steel cookware set. The surface is somewhat more difficult to clean, but not so much that it deters us from using them daily, of course. The even heat distribution is wonderful, and we're really glad we made the investment.
P.S.—In the vein of intentional everyday activity, I loved this Spurgeon quote:
A lesson to us, if we would do good, to do it ourselves. Give alms with your own hand; a kind look, or word, will enhance the value of the gift. Speak to a friend about his soul; your living appeal will have more influence than a whole library of tracts. [Our Lord] did not only do the good which came close at hand, but he "went about" on his errands of mercy. [...] He sought out the objects of his gracious intentions. So must we. If old plans will not answer, we must try new ones, for fresh experiments sometimes achieve more than regular methods.
A mantra for hard weeks + my early March favorites
Last week was one for the books, not in a great way. The general recap is this: Cooper had a cold, I had a sore throat/chills/fever/headache//flu-like symptoms, Nicholas was in a car accident that left him unharmed, but totaled one of our cars, and a few other things (jury duty that ended up being cancelled, appointments, etc.)
Extra time, extra joy
Life has been a swirl of joyful visitors for us! It's been wonderful, and all our visitors are the best kind—low-key and they make your heart glad. All that said, having people in town does upset our routine a bit (routines can do with a bit of upsetting from time to time, though). Today is for catching-up, tidying, writing this post, reading, and knitting, as a bit of downtime.
Baked peanut butter oatmeal (our favorite breakfast)
Baked PB oatmeal or just "PB oatmeal" as we fondly call it, serves as our breakfast at least 300 mornings of the year. I've mentioned it about one million times on the blog, since I've been making is for us ever since Summer posted the recipe almost exactly five years ago, but I've never actually shared the recipe and how I make it. Over time, I've adjusted a few things and tweaked it to it's current state. I adore recipes like this that I can make again and again. We eat a lot of eggs for any meal of the day, and so it's nice to have an egg-free breakfast option. And I really love the idea of a make-ahead breakfast that will reheat easily and fill us up with both protein and carbs.