Miscellanea, Personal

Lately

Making: Not beef stew. I hate it, yet keep thinking I’ll like it. It was the soup of the day while I was at work.
Drinking: I made one too many of these the other night (long live gin), I was just so excited to see plums back in the store.
ReadingThe Adulterants, though I think this one will be a miss for me.
Organizing: The weekly grocery list. Lately, I am absolutely fascinated by food budgets, especially after digging in to this series by The Kitchn (Budget Food Diaries).
Coveting: All the clogs. By the time I justify them to myself, their moment of popularity will have passed.
ListeningLola Black – Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright
Watching: Death Comes to Pemberley. I did not know it was a series! Though I remain one of the few people who wishes I was able to watch more television (I average maybe 30-45 minutes a week).
Smelling: Hearth & Home’s Cedar Magnolia Candle.
Wishing: To incorporate healthier recipes into our weekly rotation. Generally we do well, but I may have gotten the news that my cholesterol is a tad high, so less cheese is on the horizon. It’s still well under 200, but I’d rather be conscientious of it so it doesn’t get worse.
Loving: My new job that is only on weekdays. Goodbye weekend work.
Planning: A road trip! We’re doing loop through the southwest this spring (including Arches, ab0ve).
Anticipating: Seeing The Offspring in concert, with tacos.
Needing: To go car shopping. The prospect is horrifying.
Feeling: The urge to spring clean.
Hosting: Book club! We read Betting the Farm on a Drought by Seamus McGraw. There was a very good discussion about what we do individually to help reduce our carbon foot print. My most recent changes include (my family) eating meat free three times a week, stopping using my dryer, and walking to the grocery store during my lunch break (instead of driving to a store after work).
Wanting: To jump back into the community aspect of books. I’ve gotten a small handle on posting more frequently, and I joined a bookish Instagram challenge, but I still feel out of the loop so to speak (because I am…).
Wondering: If Mueller will hurry up.
Celebrating: My daughter started walking. For many reasons, including because it’s adorable, this was a big milestone for her.

Anyone have any amazing tips to food budgeting (or read that series)? We’re trying to offset the fact that my daughter’s daycare raised rates again and potentially replacing our old car.

Photo found here.

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  • http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/ Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    I’ve been seeing The Adulterants around Instagram a ton lately. So far, I haven’t jumped on it 🙂

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      It was mostly a missed for me. I DNF at about 60%, at the moment.

  • http://www.bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com/ Christine @ BookishlyB

    I hate car shopping so much, but now that we have used AAA it’s been a lot easier (you just tell them what you want and they do the leg work).

    And Mueller. I think he secretly loves this.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      We bought a car. It was as hellish as I thought it’d be, but it’s done. I did not know about this AAA car buying business.

  • http://readingtheend.com/ Jenny @ Reading the End

    Do you follow Budget Bytes? It’s one of my fave recipe sites, and I’ve gotten loads and loads of awesome recipes from that place. Plus the lady who writes it is from Louisiana, which means I don’t have to double the spice on every recipe. :p

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I do! I just made her teriyaki meatballs the other night. I always have pretty good luck with her recipes, and that is true about the spices (there are a few sites that always have recipes that turn out super bland).

  • http://www.fortheloveofwords.net/ Bonnie

    Yay for Offspring and tacos! I’m so freaking excited. And it’s right around the corner!

    Could you pass on the urge to spring clean over here? I really need to do something about this house.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I have the urge to spring clean, but so far I’ve only managed to sit and stare at the things I need to do…

      And I’ve been waiting forever to see The Offspring! I wish I was seeing it with a fellow fan, instead I’m going with my husband (who grew up on country).

      • http://www.fortheloveofwords.net/ Bonnie

        haha… I still have yet to do my spring cleaning!

        I hope you have a blast. It was so much fun but two days later I still feel like I’m recuperating. 🙂

  • Kate

    I’m late to this post… not sure how I missed it?? Anyway, I’m hopeless at food budgeting but I do like the Mama Bake recipes, which focus on the idea that if you’re chopping one onion, you may as well chop five. My cooking revolves around being organised for the week and having stuff in the freezer – if I don’t, we end up with last-minute meals or takeaway which is invariably more expensive. http://mamabake.com/

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