It sure didn’t take long for the semester to get busy! My internship hours fluctuate quite a bit, so I feel like I’m constantly adjusting to that. And the dominoe effect is of course that I end up juggling a lot of my other obligations to fit into the time I have left. Going forward I want to try to post here at least once a week, because it’s helpful as a record of what’s going on. And I think the juggling has more or less slowed down for now (I hope!).
One thing that I have been making time for this semester/month is sewing/creating. I find that setting aside time to work on creative projects is a really important part of self-care for me. As a bonus, I’ve been able to complete or move forward on some projects that have been sitting around for years. I’m thrilled to see that progress and it provides a lot of motivation to keep on making time for myself in that way. Here is a picture of a quilt top I finished this weekend:
As an additional way to stay motivated in terms of knocking out old sewing projects, I also joined APQ’s 2018 UFO (Unfinished Object) Challenge group on Facebook. Each month they pull a number and you work on the appropriate project based on a list created at the beginning of the year. I have two lists that I’m working from (so yes, that’s 24 projects that I’ve started at some point or another…). I’d really like to get this top fully quilted, but I’m not sure if that will happen this month or next.
I’ve also been working on decluttering and being intentional about taking decluttered items to Goodwill or wherever the appropriate donation site is. I thought I’d be able to manage weekly trips to Goodwill, but for now it looks like every other week is more realistic. The good news is that I’ve decluttered over 100 items this month and shouldn’t have a problem maintaining that pace next month, too.
As far as groceries and meal planning is concerned — I have been doing both, but adapted. I often really only need to make one or two dishes each week and then we can eat leftovers or simple meals for the remaining days. By simple meals, I’m referring to sandwiches, quesadillas, ravioli, etc. It works for now. I also haven’t been taking pictures because more often than not I’m eating in front of the computer while I work on one job or another. I have been pleased that my grocery budget has stayed pretty low this month — while I’m not planning to change my budgeted amount ($300), I am also trying to really only buy what we’ll eat in a week or two. Now is not the time to worry about stocking the pantry, and in fact I’m also concentrating on moving stuff out of the pantry. Below are my two most recent grocery trips.
January 21, 2018
- Frozen Veggie Burgers, $4.49/2 (BOGO)
- Cheese Tortellini, $4.29
- Pesto, FREE (w/purchase of tortellini)
- Barilla Pasta Sauce, $5.50/4 (BOGO)
- Naked Juice Smoothies, $3.29/2 (BOGO)
- Maple Honey Ham, 1/2 lb. @ $5.19
- Smoked Gouda, 1/2 lb. @ $4.00
- Half & Half, 1 pint @ $1.73
- Cornmeal, 2 lbs @ $1.29
- Mayo, $2.24
- English Muffins, $1.50
- Bread, $4.29/2 (BOGO)
- Donut Holes, $3.99/2 (BOGO)
- Limes, 3 for $1.99
- Flatout Foldit Bread, $.99/2 (BOGO + coupons)
- Bananas, 2.47 lbs @ $1.61
- Ranch, $2.79 (Aldi — not pictured)
- Sweet Potato Chips, $2.99 (Aldi — not pictured)
- Tortilla Chips, $1.59 (Aldi — not pictured)
January 28, 2018
This photo is really blurry, sorry!
- Apples, $3.29
- Taco Seasoning, 2 @ $1.34
- Half & Half, $1.99
- Milk, $2.95
- Tomato Sauce, 2 @ $.29/ea
- Everything Bagels, $1.79
- Granola, $2.79 (Michael was with me…not something I’d normally buy!)
- Hot Dog Buns, $.83
- Green Grapes, 2.47 lbs @ $3.19
- Seedless Cucumber, $1.29
- Jalapenos, $.69
- Avocado, $.79
- Yellow Onions, $1.79
- Dried Mango, $3.89
- Spinach, 2 bags @ $1.49/ea
- Tortilla Chips, $.99
- Pineapple, $1.29
- Mushrooms, 3 @ $.79/ea
- Grape Tomatoes, $2.49
I’ll probably run into Publix between now and Wednesday in order to pick up a few things they have on sale this week, but otherwise I’m pretty much done with my grocery shopping for January. Right now my total for the month stands at $204.78, well under my $300 goal. So that is pleasing to me for sure! I did end up buying fast food/takeout this past week more often than I wanted to and that had nothing to do with available food in our house but with me just having an off week and not planning very well. Still, our eating out expenditures are under $100 for the month which is also my goal, so…2018 is off to a good start!