Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Coffee break

It's quiet here in blogville today. I guess we're all busy getting back to fall routines and doing what we're "supposed" to do. Anyone feel like taking a coffee break? Just 15 minutes. I just dropped the kids at school, threw in a load of laundry and checked my phone messages for work.

Today is one of those "run around" days. Pick up Luke at 10:45 for an ortho appointment. Haircut for me at 1:00. Get an Rx at the pharmacy. Pick up Em at 2:45 from school. Back-to-school night tonight. One of the things that has really helped me out this week is that I FINALLY did a menu plan! I've been inspired by those of you who do the Monday Menus. In fact, last night we had Annie's Taco Meatloaf. You make it in the crockpot. Soooo, YUM! Tonight, we're having chicken with noodles and veggies. Tomorrow, I'll make up some spaghetti sauce -- enough that there'll be some for the freezer. Friday night is supposed to be burritos. But I just found out my niece will be in town playing volleyball, so I have a feeling I'll opt for grabbing McD's before we meet the rest of the family to watch her game. I'll save the burritos for Saturday. Such a load off my mind to have the meals planned this week.

Off on a tangent here . . . This month's Catholic Digest features Mike Piazza on the cover -- former Mets player, currently with the Padres and the greatest hitting catcher of all time. I only know this because he's one of my son's favorite baseball players. I was so thankful to see him featured in Catholic Digest, with an entire article on what his faith means to him. It is very timely, as I've been fielding a lot of questions of late and "why do I have to go to church?". Now that there isn't the influence of parochial school and weekly mass, I've wondered how will I keep God's presence in my freshman's day? It's like a priest once told me, what makes you think it's your job to change someone's heart? That's God's job. He works through us. And I guess he's working through Mike Piazza, too! (Thanks, Mike:)

Emily and I are reading Little House on the Prairie in the evenings. She reads for 30 minutes, then I read to the end of whatever chapter we're on. I love hearing the story in her voice:)

There's a book challenge coming up that I can't get off my mind! Since I'm in two book clubs and have a stack of my own TBR, I was going to swear off book challenges. But this one is too good to resist. It's In Their Shoes -- reading memoirs and biographies and autobiographies. My favorite genre, being that I'm so nosey:)

Okay, coffee break is over. Have a great rest of the day!


annie said...

I enjoyed having a coffee break with you. (I'm actually sipping coke with sonic ice :o)
Glad you liked the taco meatloaf. I ♥ crockpot recipes, makes life easier.
I love reading Little House! I should start that with Emelia. Thanks for the idea.

gail@more than a song said...

I think the blog world has been quiet too....I actually should be doing other things myself!
Good to know about the meatloaf, I'd seen Annie post it; I'll have to try it. Planning a menu makes my week much easier.
Are you getting a different haircut or a lot cut or just a trim?

Karen said...

Whew....sounds like you need that coffee break! You're very busy these days. Bloggyville is very quiet.
Don't you love how God meets you (or your kids) just where you are?
I'm usually a little more organized with meals, but the past month has been hit or miss around here. I'm looking so forward to cooler weather, and crockpot meals.
Enjoy your day!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

That was a wonderful coffee break, thanks for inviting me in :)

I'm so glad you had a chance to do a menu this week. I work so much better with a plan. It takes a lot of stress out of my daily routine, and the weekly shopping trip. If I know what I plan to make, I tend to spend less too. It works for me, all around.

Hope you have a great day :)

Xandra said...

Oooh!! I want to take a coffee break. Thanks for the quick getaway from work....

Becky said...

Mine was an iced tea break. But that was fun.

I have planned my meals every week for 26 1/2 years. Does that make me OCD or what? Maybe just organized. We'll think positive.

Linda said...

Came across your blog through a comment on Kat's. I am going to try to make that meatloaf it sounds wonderful anything in the crockpot is my best friend.

kim said...

Well, I guess I missed the coffee break, but I am on my lunch break at work so I am popping in late! Work is crazy as I am the only rece

Menu plans save my sanity. I don't know how I managed last year without them. Now with WW it is imperative that I plan so I can keep real close eye on my point intake throughout the day.

Little House--love them! I re-read the whole series two years ago and enjoyed them every bit as much as an adult as I did a child. Hope this becomes a sweet memory for you and your daughter.

Faith and teens...sigh....I know what you are talking about! My husband just informed me that he will be reading a book with Austen (age 15) and then they will come together and discuss it. It is called Wild At Heart and is all about boys/men and what it means to be a man of faith. For Sam, (age 11) we bought a small child's devotional for him to try to establish a pattern of quite time each day. We were much better at this when we home-schooled but since entering public school we have for the past year been focusing on school schedule/ family time/ homework survival mode. My boys don't start school until the 4th so we are in the great countdown mode right now.

Hope your hair turns out great and you have a wonderful afternoon. Sorry I missed morning coffee. :)

Oh--I am off to check out the book challenge. I discovered the memoirs and biography genre in the last couple of years and I really enjoy them!!


Christie Belle said...

A little behind as I'm reading this on Thursday, but I hope you had a good day and that everything got done without you being too tired by the end of it. I love to hear of someone famous or well known who shares in your faith and beliefs (and in your case, especially when it impacts your kids!) It's a little comfort to know that there are still some people in the spotlight that will stand up for what they believe. Have a good rest of your week!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Sounds like too much fun.

And instilling the tenets of one's faith in children and teenagers is always a monumental task. The best you can do is let God be your partner in that . . . and Mike Piazza apparently.

Jen said...

My daughter and I have started the Little House series too.....