the week ahead…

This is going to be another busy appt week. B has his oncology appt and starts cycle 4 of Dacogen. That runs 5 days straight.  So We’ll be out and about a lot.

Since I don’t have any grocery needs except perhaps the cat food, I’ll probably go to the gym or sit at the coffee shop. Dacogen infusion takes about an hour but total time runs about 2.

I don’t have any appts although I still need to get into the dentist for them to scan for my retainer. Every time I call, there’s a reason the dentist is unavailable. (Last time was he was out of the office on Friday).

It’s supposed to be just cloudy today but rain/snow the rest of the week, I hope my daughter can get up to Truckee.  What a winter this has been. One for the record books.

Next week is daylight savings which I dislike as I like the light as it is now in both the morning and afternoon. California has legislation to eliminate it but I don’t know whatever came of it.  And Spring is only a few weeks away. Although with all this rainy weather, it may be delayed or maybe we’ll have SUNSHINE !!

Today is the Kitchen zone if you are following along with Flylady.  If so, try and declutter something while you’re at it. Yesterday I put my crockpot in a box and dated it. If I don’t use it or need it in 3 months I ‘ll give it to the thrift store. Since I’m using the IP exclusively, there’s no need for 2 things.

The kitchen zone is my biggest area mostly because of the deeper clean it needs. Overall it takes me 1-2 hours.

The other day I made the IP pork chops and they were delicious. I don’t like pork chops in the crockpot as they seem to shred but these were intact and cut lovely. I was quite pleased. Yesterday I did some meal prep for the week. I made IP brown rice and grilled some chicken. My daughter also steamed asparagus and somehow they were so good there were none left over for lunches.  That’s okay, I still have some broccoli to cook.

I’ve learned a few things about the IP. One is for a whole chicken, I’d much rather roast in the oven. I like the look and taste better. Also, I grilled chicken breasts last night in the cast iron pan and that too I prefer over the IP.  So it is a learning curve with it. If you’re starting out I’d say, just try recipes and see what ones make your life easier or the food simpler to prepare. I’ve only made beans once but am planning on doing black beans this week too for burrito bowls. Hardboiled eggs are a breeze to do.

Well, off to start the kitchen zone.

 

Sunday, spring forward…

Well, my body is awake and ready to walk, but it’s too dark. It’s 6:24 but my body thinks it’s 5:24 and should be getting ready to go walk. But, I’m I’m walking without B so, I just need to wait. It’s also  Dex Sunday so I’m probably feeling that too. 

So, I’ll wait till @6:50 and then go. Also my son and I are going to Costco to get some things. He (we) is getting a very expensive camera. we will pay half which will be his birthday and christmas present. ( yeah, I know and then what else?).

Today, it’s suppose to start raining and tomorrow. I’m bringing my van in to get and oil change and check the light that’s coming on. As if we don’t have enough money flying out of our savings and we will get hit with the enormous tax bill . So, we changed the deductions and we should be ok next year. 

I’ve been thinking about and working on a five year plan. Can we stay here.? Well, I don’t even know if I’ll be here in 5 years. The thing with myeloma is it will morph and can become more aggressive. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened to me . Anyway, we do need to get some plan to see how will we afford life. So…

We’ve had a good week of menus and today I’m making a turkey. Should be fun, I’ve never made one when it wasn’t thanksgiving, but following some other blogs like http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com, she recommended buying turkeys, ham etc, around the time they are on sale. So I did. The stockpiling idea is something we have always done with beans and rice, so now I’m adding other things and I like not having to think about do I need pintos when I have 20 lbs. 

We had nice BBQ burgers last night. but without B here getting the BBQ ready it took forever and finally I had my daughter do it. I’m just not good at those things. But the burgers were good(organic beef).