Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Wednesday Ramble: It's Been Forever

Not literally, of course, because that's impossible. And even to say it's been a very long time would imply that I had somehow become trapped in some wormhole in the space-time continuum and visited the past and lived for a while there before developing a way to return here.

Clearly, I watch too much sci-fi.

However, it has been a few weeks, I think, since I have last posted. I'd update you on what's happening, but there's not much to say. We've been living life, keeping busy, and preparing for summer camp. We do live on a camp, you know. Oh, I was mistaken for a high schooler. That was fun.

I saw the 7th-8th grade choir teacher from the school district I went to 1st-12th. I never had choir with her, but she recognized me and said, "Oh you go to Northview don't you?" And I, feeling that I really don't look that young, said, "Um, no, I've graduated. ...From high school and college... and now I'm married." She felt bad, and old, of course, and the real kicker would have been if I told her that I had 3 kids and another on the way, but I decided not be a jerk. :)

So yes, I haven't been baking a lot, but I've got enough recipes to keep Tasty Thursday going for a while. And I haven't been crafting a lot, but ... whatever.

I finished Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy... wouldn't recommend it unless you truly want to read it. You have to truly want to read it to make it through, and it's not that rewarding.

Our camp director and his family were gone for two weeks, so I was working short shifts every day instead of longer shifts twice a week. Meaning that I didn't blog in the morning because I was working, and if I don't blog in the morning, I'm most likely to forget. It's true, just check out the times of my posting! They're back now, but camp work is also about to pick up, so who knows what will happen next.

I've started a list of goals, projects, and garden ideas for this summer. Yes, we're starting a garden. If you have any suggestions for good goals, projects, or garden ideas, please comment. I might consider them. :)

Other than that, my biggest project lately has been a price comparison of ALDI and Meijer. Of course, any 6-year-old who has accompanied their mother shopping knows that ALDI will have lower prices than Meijer on anything, hands down. However, Meijer has far more sales - and coupons! Also, ALDI is much farther away than Meijer, so weekly shopping there is out of the question. Therefore, I went through ALDI one afternoon and wrote out every item, including weight, price, and aisle, that we might purchase there. I brought my several-page list home and entered it in the computer to figure price per ounce. Then I printed a version of that and took it to our local Meijer and wrote down the price there, plus any weight differences. Now I have all the information in my computer.

There are truly some interesting finds. For example, tortilla chips are far cheaper at ALDI regular price than on Meijer super-cheap sale price. But pretzels, on the other hand, regularly go on sale at Meijer and are a much better price than at ALDI.

I think the information will be very helpful to us in the future, and I'm glad I did it before we have little ones tagging along impatiently! (And that was not an announcement.)

I've also been enjoying Pinterest, and I've discovered the posts of Once a Month Mom. She has a big cooking day once a month and prepares meals for the next month that can be frozen. It's really quite amazing. With our tiny freezer (and the mystery meat therein from before we got married) we could only do a small version of it, but I do hope to try some of this sometime. It's fascinating!

Well, that's enough rambling for one day.

Have yourselves a merry little Wednesday.

Love and Pinterest,
Leah Joy

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