For the First Time in Forever — Follow Up Friday

small_3397858623Why yes, it has been a while since my last post.  What better way to jump back in than with a “Follow Up Friday” post so I can follow up on previous posts and catch you up a bit on what-all has been going on with me.

First, regarding previous blog post subjects:

  • Hermione the bread starter is no longer.  I had a bunch in the freezer but ended up throwing it out in a big clean-out.  I would like to maintain another starter someday, not necessarily the Amish Friendship Bread, but right now I feel like I have enough other things to take care of!blogging word cloud
  •  I still plan to finish my series about our Barking Mad Harry Potter Weekend because it is still fresh and beautiful in my mind and something I will always remember!
  •  I also plan to finish my series about training for my first 5K.  *Spoiler Alert* – I completed the 5K, in a time I was pleased with, even!  Unfortunately I never did start to like running but for a reason which shall be revealed, last month I completed another 5K AND a Half Marathon!  What the what?!
  • We sold our cluttered house and bought what is pretty much our dream house (not necessarily in that order …).  Lots more deets to follow on all that.
  • Since we moved I haven’t been shopping at ALDI very often
  • I’m not sure where my french Harry Potter book is

In addition:

  • I am now working outside the home part-time as an inventory auditor
  •  I have become a “Hunger Games” fan
  • We adopted two cats, adorable solid black brothers we named Toby and Tolkien, aka The Chocolate Drops.  You can see a picture or two of them on my Instagram and on Crookshank’s (might as well call him by his real name now that we have more than one cat! = Teddy) Twitter account, @Teddy0605.  The kittens are so cute and entertaining that I’m working on a new blog about them that I hope to make live soon.
  • Not to brag, but I have over 1,000 Followers on Pinterest — would love for you to join us!
  • I have a precious nephew, “Teddy Lupin,” who turns two tomorrow
  • Time marches on!  Ron is now 17, Ginny turns 13 next month, and Muggle Man and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year!

What caused this sudden re-emergence into blogging?  An opportunity to write reviews for a website which required samples of my writing.  I sent a link to my blog, which of course I “keep meaning” to update.  As I looked back over old posts, I came across this one, and it was such a wake-up call and reminder of why I started my blog in the first place (I really should print it out and post it for frequent reference!).  My blog needs me, and I need it!

(All aboard The Feels Train)

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Follow-Up Friday

(Posted on Saturday!)

“Amish” bread starter — I baked this week, I added Sugar Free Chocolate  Jell-o mix to the batter, and chocolate chips, and made muffins and they turned out super yum!  Ginny had a friend over who ate at least 5 of them!

Here’s the latest on my “30 Things I Vow” for the summer list:

1. Watch “New Moon”

2. See “Eclipse”

3. Take the kids to see “Toy Story 3″

4. Finish the book I’m reading, “Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It”

5. Clean out and organize our garage – Did not get any more done on this 😦

6. Clean out and organize our attic

7. Clean out and organize our refrigerator!

8. Clean out and organize our hall closet

9. Declutter every room in the house – worked on Ron’s room, about 1/2way completed

10. Paint our bathroom

11. Visit Trader Joe’s for the first time

12. Purchase the LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 game when it comes out  – it FINALLY arrived this week!

13. Do the “The Pilates Promise: 10 Weeks to a Whole New Body” workout for 10 weeks – have been a slacker & haven’t started back yet!

14. Work out at the health club regularly (2 – 5 times a week) – only went once this week, had scratchy throat/cough the other day I had planned to go

15. Have a monthly massage – Had a massage last month & have another scheduled for this month

16. Have a facial

17. Get a spray tan

18. Get a pedicure

19. Give my notice for a certain committee that I’ve been chairing

21. Complete the scrapbook I promised someone I’d make

22. Complete the scrapbook I promised Ginny we’d make

23. Get our family web site up to date – WIP

24. Get our deck set up, and then enjoy it!

25. Visit at least one winery I’ve never been to before -our new favorite!  Will have to do a post about it.

26. Clean out and organize our laundry room

27. Take the children to a historical museum that recently opened nearby

28. Have the children’s friends over – Ginny had 2 friends over this week, going to arrange for Ron to have some friends over while Ginny is away at day camp the next few weeks

29. Take naps and don’t feel guilty about them

 30. Have some lunch, dinner, and movie dates with my Muggle Man – we went out last night to dinner, a movie (#30!) and for a cocktail.  It was awesome!

31. See the new Tom Cruise movie (don’t judge me!) – loved it!

32. Read “The Prophet of Yonwood”

33. Buy the new EA Harry Potter game when it comes out

34. Plan something special for our wedding anniversary

35. Try some recipes from “Skinny Italian”

36. Make homemade Moravian sugarcake with Ginny

Follow-up Friday

Updates on items previously mentioned in the blog or via Twitter:

My Bread Starter

Hermione is doing well!  The first baking since her defrosting was last Thursday.  I made mini-muffins, I didn’t have time to do them all at once so I refrigerated the batter and did some over a few days until it was all gone.  We just finished eating them this morning!  They tasted good.  I used pudding mix that had mini-chocolate chips in it.  The children have been enjoying them for breakfast, as a lunchbox treat, and for snacks.  I sprinkled red sugar on top of one batch, and took a basket of them, along with some Valentine napkins, to our play rehearsal on the 13th.  They were a big hit!  Hard to believe that baking day will be here again tomorrow!  I haven’t decided yet if I want to do bread loaves or use the chocolate chip cookie recipe I used before.  I’m leaning toward the cookies. 

Workout/Weight Loss/Medifast

My goal has been to lift weights twice a week and have an aerobic workout at least twice a week – preferable TurboKick, since that’s the most intense, but other classes or home DVDs are acceptable.  Last week I just made it to the gym for weight lifting but this week I’ve done one Turbo Kick class, one Hip Hop class (new to me, it was fun & a good workout!), lifted weights once at the gym and once at home with a sculpting DVD.  I’ve been avoiding the scale since I still seem to keep going back & forth between the same 2-3 pounds.  I’m trying to lose 7 pounds.  I’m doing better sticking with my Medifast program, but have been incorporating a few more non-Medifast meals/foods.  I was actually planning to start transitioning (I miss eating food!) but I didn’t contact Medifast in time to stop my automatic shipment so I’ll stay on the program a little longer and try to make the most of my last month or so on the full program.  I’ll be doing a series of posts soon devoted to my Medifast journey.

Cabinet Decluttering

I had decided that for the month of January, I would declutter one kitchen drawer or cabinet per day.  This should have taken 22 days so that in less than a month I would have a nicely purged & organized kitchen.  Unfortunately I lost my mojo the first week and only got through five drawers/cabinets.  This project needs to be completed but for now instead of some sort of  “program” I’m planning to just try to fit it in here and there.  If that doesn’t seem to be working then I’ll recommit.

Dishes Challenge

I got so tired of the pile up of dishes in and around the sink (and me being pretty much the only one who was loading & unloading the dishwasher) that I started a family challenge.  The challenge was for each family member to put his or her dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.  If the dishwasher is full, the family member is to add soap and run the dishwasher.  If a family member has dirty dishes but the dishwasher is running, the family member is to put the dirty dishes in soapy water in the sink.  If we are able to do this for 21 days straight, we will have a pizza & movie night.  So far we are 12 days into a successful challenge.  I’m really pleased!  Muggle Man & I are already coming up with ideas for future challenges.