Motivation Monday

Running late on posting today, for a variety of reasons – including that the holiday season fast approaches!

So, in that spirit, I will leave you with the following for your motivation (if you’re like me, you’re going to need it) :

Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year. – Marlo Thomas

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Self-Care Saturday: Turn off Work

This is a short but friendly reminder that there are in fact times that you are off the clock. For certain professions, that time might not exist in massive quantities… but it should exist. My mother is a nurse and even she manages some her-time.

I am by nature a work-a-holic, but last night, I decided this weekend, I was not checking email or working on proposals or anything this weekend. Friday was unexpectedly stressful at work, and at home, we were under a boil water advisory, which was challenging. So I had to let something go, at least for 48 hours or so…

And lucky me, I can rejoice in the knowledge that I only have 5 more days until my winter vacation.

Flashback Friday: Decorating with a Newborn

Baby Girl was two months old on Thanksgiving, 2015. She turned three months old on Boxing Day. So, she was tiny for that first Christmas. And therefore, adorable.

She also did not have the ability to get anywhere near the Christmas tree without one of us holding her, so we did not have to child-proof the tree!

Instead, we were able to thoroughly enjoy decorating, with her “directing” the decorating from the comfort and safety of her bassinet, which we positioned near the tree so she could watch us. We even got a great picture of it.

The other thing we did that Christmas, was start a tradition of buying her an ornament every year. My mom was the one who bought the first one, but we continued it last year and will continue it this year!

In fact, we’ll probably get her new ornament on date night this week!

Time To… Thursday: Time to Decorate!

I usually do all of my Christmas decorating on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It seems perfect, because I have time off. I was even all set to write a post about how it went today. I planned a whole post out and was just going to fill in the details.

This year, however, I did not do any decorating over the post-Thanksgiving weekend. I still have my harvest decorations up, inside and out. Part of that is because I have been overwhelmed this year, especially the latter half of it, and part of it is because Thanksgiving was so darn early this year – there had been a whole extra week of November!

Tomorrow though, that all changes. It will be the first day of December, and I’m bound and determined to get some of it done- even if it’s just the inside decorations. If the weather holds, we’ll try to do more.

I did get a lead on some free greenery at one of the Christmas tree places – they have a dumpster full of trimmings that they occasionally let people pick through, and I may take them up on it if they’ll let me.

Stay tuned!

Working Wednesday: 8 days left!

I don’t even know how it is possible, but I only have eight working days left of the semester.

Technically, my library will be open for three days on the following week as well, due to new rules from the administration, but my support staff will be working during that time. The main campus has staff at the desk, and if I am going to be forced to be open, we will, too.

A bonus is that because it is finals week next week, and my employee does not have a final in her Wednesday class, I won’t have to work late next Wednesday ! That means this is my last late night! Maybe ever!

Oh, who am I kidding? There will eventually be schedule conflicts again.

But for now, I’m finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope it’s not a freight train conducted by the Roadrunner…

Together Tuesday: Thanksgiving!

So, after all the talk all month about Thanksgiving, here is how mine went:

I baked all day on Wednesday. I made the rolls, the pie, and the homemade bread! And then we went out to dinner at this little drive in, in town. The drive threw part was closed, because they were getting ready to close for the holiday, so we went inside, and when we did, they gave Baby Girl a little ice cream cone while we waited!

After dinner, we started a new tradition: we hauled the guest bed mattress out into the living room, and made a nest of pillows and blankets to cuddle in while we watched TV. That stayed up until Sunday afternoon!

Thursday was a breeze. With no company, I wasn’t too worried about getting everything done perfectly on time. Baby Girl went down for a nap at the perfect time, though, and everything did get done on time. It was awesome.

Baby girl stayed up too late (probably too much sugar from the sweet potato casserole that she loved and ate way too much of) but I still got up for Black Friday shopping! Headed out of the house at around 6am, grabbed a cafe breve (that’s a cafe latte made with half and half)! and shopped until Baby Girl got up at 10 am and the husband texted me to come home.

Then, when she went back to sleep, I went back out for more shopping.

All in all, it was a great weekend, but I’m looking forward to my Christmas vacation (Nine days and counting!)

Menu Monday: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Hi there everyone! It appears that my pre-loaded posts were not the correct, finished posts for yesterday and today, so if you stopped by and saw only blank posts, I’m sorry!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of time to recreate my post for today, so I am going to have to give you a synopsis:

We always have a ton of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, because our family is so small. In addition to keeping us in turkey sandwiches for the entirety of the long weekend (and today – I’m eating one last one as I type this!), I put aside some cooked turkey to put in the freezer, just like I do with my roasted chicken.

This means I have two meals’ worth (about 4 cups) of turkey just chilling in my freezer right now, perfect for enchiladas or any recipe that calls for pre-cooked chicken.

I used to also make a Shepard’s pie with turkey, mashed potato, and stuffing, but we did not have stuffing this year, so I turned our leftover mashed potatoes into potato cakes! I used this recipe, and I will warn you, they were more like a potato pancake, than a potato cake, but they were still tasty!

Everything else I made was pretty much gone by last night, so we had homemade pizza for dinner.

I hope your Thanksgiving was just as successful!