Welcome to my Monday Daybook. A chance for me to reflect intentionally on what is going on in my world each week. You can check out other daybookers here.
Outside my window... It's getting colder outside as a northern wind blows through. Icemegeddon II is predicted for tomorrow. I am thinking... about how I organize my time so I can be more efficient and less tired.
I am thankful... for a (unexpected) long weekend and some quality time with the Girl. In the kitchen... soup a couple of days this week, because it is going to be cold. Also trying some Asian flavors for the girl. I am wearing... work uniform. Jeans, blouse and Sperry's. I am creating... flyers for the spring events. I am going... to take down the Christmas tree in my office this week. I am wondering...
if I can get some more will power to go back to being healthy.
I am reading... books for school. I am hoping... to spend time with Urs this week just hanging out. I am looking forward to... a laid back birthday week. I am learning... to hear Ursula's tone differently. She sometimes is very short and does not realize how it is coming off. Around the house... the laundry is piled high in the living room. But the front yard looks mighty nice!
I am pondering... "I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences." Ephesians 4:2-3 (The Message)
A favorite quote for today...
One of my favorite things... going back to sleep, knowing that school would be cancelled and work would be closed. A few plans for the rest of the week: school work, taste of the town and being asleep by 11pm. A peek into my day... The GirlChild earned her learner's permit to drive. Every time we get in the car, "Mom, can I drive?"
Welcome to Slow Cooking Thursdays. Your (semi) weekly insight into Molly's rather whack life of momming, reality tv, ministry and pretending to be a real chef.
What has happened this week so far:
Getting back in the swing of things after a wonderful holiday season. Girlchild back in school, me back at school and part time job all began this week.
What's up for the weekend:
Girl is babysitting on Friday night. (I am going to grill lamb for dinner since she won't be here!) Saturday she is working soccer, so I will be doing school stuff. I joined a vegetable co-op this season, different from the CSA I was in last year. I pick up for the first time on Saturday. Sunday is church and then Community with the teens.
Song In My Head:
Crowder has a new single out, and I love me some Crowder.
Ursula Story of the Week:
The GirlChild's grades came out for the first semester, and she passed everything. She was unbelievably mad at me though, because I checked her grades before she could tell me how well she did. Next time I will just act surprised.
I am procrastinating about:
Getting the floor fixed in the hall way. It is on my list.
Scripture I am trying to wrap my head (and heart) around:
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Favorite Reality TV moment of the week:
I saw Top Chef last night and I love that Jacque Pepin was on. I loved him and Julia Child together. I do think they are making Nick out to be the bad guy, so he must be one of the finalists. I have discovered I like the show, Property Brothers, on HGTV, but not enough to dvr it.
On the Culinary Front
I am grilling some lamb that I got on sale this week because the Girl won't be around to turn her nose up at it.
On the Healthy Front
My lunches have been really good this week, as I have discovered hummus and snap peas are great and fill me up. I also got some honey crisp apples I have been dipping in peanut butter which are just delish.
Slow Cooking Dinner for tonight:
I made this tonight. Next time I am going to add a bit more red pepper flakes, as we like it spicy over here. I got the recipe from here.
Honey Sauced Chicken
3/4 pound chicken (of your choice)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup chopped onion (or 1/16 cup onion flakes)
1/8 cup ketchup
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3 hours or on high 1 1/2 hours. Chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve over rice or noodles.
I am sitting in the living room writing by the glow of the Christmas tree. I have my cup of chai and I am happy. You are sitting at the kitchen table, working on your homework, some project about The Hunger Games.
Seven years ago at this time we were driving back from Eagle Pass to San Antonio. You were tired and grumpy in the truck as you sat between Lady and I. I finally sang enough Christmas carols that you fell asleep. You rested on Lady's arm and even though it fell asleep, she didn't move for over an hour so that you would rest.
They are tons of things I love about our life now. I love when you come to say goodnight, and you just lay on me. I love it when you get the giggles and you can't control your laughing. I love it when you sing and dance around the house or do cheer moves in the truck. I love how your eyes light up when you tell me how this week's boy walked you to class. I love that you try really hard in your school work not only to please me, but because you have dreams and goals. I love the young woman you are becoming.
Mija, you are the best part of my life. I love being your momma. And today, I promise again that we will always be family and I will never to sell you to the gypsies. Happy Forever Family Day 2013.
In a little less than an hour it will be Sunday, December 1. A new year. The first Sunday of Advent.
I am sitting here in my newly decorated living room, with the tree lighted and stockings on the mantle. We have just returned from seeing "It's A Wonderful Life" at the community theater. That's my favorite movie all time.
I'm content. A year ago at this time I was half way through my sabbatical and just beginning to slow down enough to jump off the hamster wheel that had been my life. This Thanksgiving was a restful weekend with family and friends. I am slowed down without having to jam on the brakes.
And that is a really nice feeling. To enter Advent taking it all in with deep breaths and appreciation.