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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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Monday, June 28, 2010
The week after the week of insanity is here. It doesn't even feel as if last week was the one spent running around crazy. Time is blurring for me. I'm so frantically trying to get everything around so I can go camping with everyone next week. The one bonus of frantic is that I tend to get slightly more organized, so here is this week's menu:
Monday - Pancakes
Tuesday - French Toast
Wednesday - Eggs & Toast
Thursday - Omelettes
Friday - Lasagna
Saturday - Sandwiches
Sunday - Mac n Cheese w/ Hamburger
Labels: menu planning monday
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:24 PM
Friday, June 25, 2010
It's Friday! We all made it! Sadly, Ben made it by catching a yucky cold. The poor kid has been curled up on the couch all day with a headache. He did eat dinner though, so that's a good sign that it's just a nasty cold. Hopefully a good night's sleep will help with that.
Today was a good day, though. We were home for the first day in a week which made me happy. I did my radio show, which also made me happy. I also got the shopping list mailed to Rob, the lawn mowed and the coolers brought into this house after I hosed down the outsides of them. I even got one of them packed up with some of the food I bought yesterday! I finally feel as if things are starting to come together for this trip. Of course, I do still have the big things to do, like laundry and cleaning out the van. I still have a week to get them done, though. I'm not giving up. I will get as much done as possible before I go.
So, I wrapped up a lot of stuff today and that makes me feel good. Oh, I didn't mention it before, but I also got the bills paid so that's one less worry and one more thing to cross off of my list. Yay!
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 AM
It's that time of year again. The time when we all look at our cars and go ewww, where did all of this grime come from? Over the winter, our cars get coated with road gunk (yes, that's the technical term) and come Spring and Summer, we all get gung ho about getting them all cleaned off.
So, what's the most eco-friendly way to get your car clean? It's not in the driveway, folks. In fact, washing your car in the driveway is one of the most environmentally unfriendly chores we can do at home. Think about it for a second. Where does all of that dirty, icky water go? It either drains into our grass or it drains into the storm drains. Most storm drain water isn't cleaned or treated, so you've just added a combination of chemicals (from the cleansers) and gas/oil/whatever fume residue right into the ground water. Yuck! Not to mention that most "home car washes" use anywhere between 80 to 140 gallons of water! Ouch! That's a lot of water.
So, while this post probably didn't save your any money, hopefully it will stop and make you think before you head outside to scrub down that dusty automobile.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:20 PM
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wow, what a crazy week this has been. Today was the boys' last day of film camp. They had a great time but boy, were they exhausted by the time we got home at night. Luckily, they actually finished up 2 hours early today so we could be home by about 6pm. Granted, we would have been anyway, but by doing it this way, they had to go grocery shopping with me. mwahahahaha..hehe
So, what did I do today? I knocked things off of my to do list. That's what I did. It gives me great pleasure to be able to cross things off of that list. Plus, I got to spend/enjoy one last day at the library. I love libraries. I love to watch the people there. I love to be surrounded by so many books. It's just such a great atmosphere. Plus, I was lucky enough to snag a couple more really good books off of their free giveaway book carts. Yay! Of course, I can't really start reading any of them until I finish the first Snookie Snackcake (Sookie Stackhouse) book. I still can't make up my mind if I like it or not. It's the weirdest feeling.
Oh well. That's the way it goes, I guess. (Though it's never happened to me before.) I'm off to put a star on my calendar for finishing all 4 bottles of my water today! Yay! If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out our weightloss blog.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 1:56 PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It's Wednesday and I'm spending another day at the Hastings Public Library. It's such a fantastic library and I'm wishing that I still lived within district so that I could use it. I'm very tempted to have Peter get the boys their library cards here again and then we could get books and movies from here. The library in Sunfield is ok but it's so small and their hours are so limited. It's one of the downsides to living there. Tomorrow will be my last day hanging out here and all I can say is that I'm glad that they're here.
Another thing I'm glad of is that I didn't run over the guy in the pictures below. This week's photo theme is Move(ment). Roger and I took these photos in our backyard. I was out mowing down the last of the field when I happened to look down after pulling back the mower. Sitting right where I had just mowed was this fellow. It took us about 5 minutes but we finally got him to move over into the flower beds where he'd be safe.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 1:51 PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
And now it's Tuesday and I'm back sitting in the library with a crazy person across from me and a girl who really needs a shower sitting behind me. How do I manage to attract these people? Seriously.
Anyway, something else happened yesterday that I didn't mention. I got a new phone! My poor little razr is on it's last legs and since the contract was about up, we decided to switch to Verizon. It has 3 real benefits: It's cheaper. It actually works where I live and I now have a new mulberry colored phone. It's just a plain old flip phone but someday I'll come close to catching up with technology. For now, I'm just happy to have a phone that wants to work.
So, my tackle for today? Clearing off all the photos and ringtones off of the old phone. Today is the last day it's going to work so that needed to be done today. I'm happy to say that while sitting here in the library, I got that done. The only thing left is to redo all of my contacts in the new phone. I wonder who will make the cut...hehe...
Posted by Katrina Roets at 1:46 PM
Ok, I know it's Tuesday but yesterday was just insane. I had to be out the door just after 11 to pick up the boys and to take them to Film Camp at the school. Then, I grabbed some lunch and went to the library with the intent on making this post, but that didn't happen because the library's wifi was being just plain awful. Then, I had to pick up the boys and do a quick run to Walmart before meeting Peter and Donna at the movies to see Toy Story 3. Then, it was off to home where I got the boys tucked into bed and collapsed on the couch, totally exhausted. I'm not sure why I'm so tired these days. If it doesn't improve, I may actually go and see a doctor about it.
Anyway, how about a meal plan?
Monday - n/a
Tuesday - Mac n Cheese w/ Hamburger
Wednesday - Spaghetti
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Lasagna
Saturday - Fish Sticks & French Fries
Sunday - Family Reunion (not sure if we'll be able to afford the gas money to go)
Ta da! One menu that now I have to turn into a shopping list.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 AM
Saturday, June 19, 2010
What does this have to do with saving the planet? Well, the planet is more than just grass and trees and water. It's people too. So, take today to be thankful for the land that you live in and the people that surround you.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 AM
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wow, we all made it to Friday and yet again, it's going to be a busy day. I have my show from noon until 3pm (eastern) and then I have to try to tackle that last bit of backyard that is still swaying in the breeze. If I can just get that down, then I can start properly mowing the lawn. Then, I need to pack up the boys because they're going to Peter's for the weekend. He'll be over around 5pm to pick them up for the weekend. They'll be at his house until Monday morning when I pick them up. Then, they'll be off to film camp for their first day!
So, what am I finishing? Well, my goal is to finish the first round around that backyard. If I can get through that and the heat isn't too unbearable, I might work more on the van. Yesterday, the boys and I went out and cleaned out the front seat area and part of the middle section. Ok, Ben and I did that while Roger played with the hose. My 32 item list of things that has to get done before the trip got a small nibble taken out of it. Not quite a bite, but certainly at least a nibble.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 7:32 PM
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I'm weird. I think my favorite room in the house to clean is the bathroom. I can't think of another person who has ever shared that with me. In my case, it's probably because the bathroom is the easiest room to clean. Granted, I have a bathtub that I don't think a nuclear explosion could make look clean. It was badly stained when we moved in and no scrubbing has changed that.
However, recently I was sent a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean Power Sprayer. I'll be honest. I wasn't sure how I felt like it. I'm one of those girls that once I find something I like, I rarely want to switch. Well, this actually may have changed my mind.
First, let me describe it to you. The top looks like a standard spray bottle, except it has a battery compartment. The top screws right onto bottles. The great thing is that you can get refills for it and just keep using the same top. As an eco-friendly type person, I like this because it actually means less waste.
The battery compartment makes it so you don't have to continually squirt the product. You just hold the trigger down and spray. The sprayer causes the liquid to create a foam and then all you do is rub it and rinse! It can't be much easier than that. Plus, it's s'posed to repel soap scum for up to 4 days and it did it! Not to mention it made my sink faucet shine like it never has before! Woohoo! Did I mention that it actually smelled good? Not like some horrible chemical! Yay!
Ok, I just wanted to be sure I told you all about it. If you're interested, check out this link for a chance to win a $100 gift card by playing the Power Sprayer Showdown. There's also a $5 coupon there, too!
As part of the BzzAgent program, I received a sample of this product to review as part of a BzzAgent Campaign.
Labels: product review
Posted by Katrina Roets at 4:37 PM
Ok, has anyone tried out this new Blogger editor? I switched to it so I could better use my Amazon Associates account but I'm just not sure that I like the actual editor itself. I guess time will tell. Maybe I just need to get used to it.
Anyway, it's Thursday and life still hasn't slowed down. I've already been outside and mowed more of the lawn and worked on catching up on some email and such. There's still laundry in my future and more writing to get done. Whew!
So what am I doing for me? Well, once the kids are in bed tonight, I'm going to curl up on the couch and watch one of my guilty pleasures...Ghost Hunters Academy. It's just going to be some quiet me time while I
Posted by Katrina Roets at 4:13 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Midweek and life hasn't slowed down any. I had my show today and also got the kids bathed and laundry going at the same time. The boys and I are doing pretty good on keeping up with our daily chore list so I'm really happy and proud about that. Yesterday, I also surprised them and we went into Lansing and saw Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. The one local theatre company runs $1 movie specials during the summer so we took advantage of that. While we all agree that the movie is good and worth getting for our collection, we also agree that the books are way, way better.
So, that brings us to this week's photo. The theme over on Sunday Shutterbugs for this week is Long and I think we found just the picture!
This is our backyard. Ok, the picture is really misleading. This is a small section of our backyard. This year, we had the bad combination of no lawn mower, lots of rain, grass/weeds grow far too fast and then battery powered lawnmower. It allowed our grass in the back to completely get out of control. Every dry day, I've been out there, hacking it down with the lawnmower. We are now down to a very small segment that should be gone by tomorrow.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 3:40 PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ahhh, life at the Roets homestead. It feels as if there's is never a dull moment. Last night, oh the Oh Team, they were giving away passes to an adults only camping retreat (valued at $275) and I won! I was so excited, I could barely sleep last night. Of course, it means I have even more to get accomplished in the next couple of weeks. The neverending list grew by about 30 components that now *have* to get accomplished. Did I mention I'm gone allll next week? Sheesh!
Posted by Katrina Roets at 3:28 PM
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wow, life sure got crazy in a hurry. I just realized that I will be gone all next week, taking the boys to their film camp. I'm thrilled that they get to go, but ugh! I have to drive back and forth 5 days next week and then find something to do for the 4 hours that they're there. I'm going to do the grocery shopping one of those days and maybe volunteer for a couple of the others. The Habitat ReStore always needs volunteers and I can just drop in. They won't care.
Labels: menu planning monday
Posted by Katrina Roets at 4:30 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010
Happy Friday, world! I'd say TGIF but it's been a rocky day around here. I had planned on mowing the lawn but of course, we had a massive downpour which drenched everything all over again. I feel like I'm never going to get this darn lawn done. Then, the boys have been at each other all day. I've finally just made them sit down and be quiet.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 6:28 PM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Whew, what a day! Ben had an appointment with his orthotist in Grand Rapids so we were gone there for most of the day. We left the house at about 11:35 and didn't get home until after 4. It's an hour drive there, an hour drive back and we were there for at least 2 hours. It's tiring for all of us but it's a necessary evil. I feel bad for Ben though because he's gotten to the age where he realizes he's different. The poor kid sat in the office in tears because he didn't want another pair of afos. He doesn't want to need them. He got an encouraging word from Rex (the orthotist) and was told that there are a ton of kids who need to wear them.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 4:02 PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I had a really good radio show. I played all Country music today and dedicated the show to Aimee. I never realized just how much I miss having her there for my shows.
Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:00 AM
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Woo! We made it to Tuesday and I actually got some fairly good news about the van. It turns out that the motor did burn out, but they're going to be able to get the window closed without having to replace it. The best part? They're willing to do it for no more than $20. I'll take it. Eventually I'll have the money to get the motors replaced but for now, I'll just be happy having the window closed.
So, that's the plan! Once that's done, in the afternoon, hopefully we'll be getting the van fixed and then it's burgers and banana splits for dinner. Yummy!
Posted by Katrina Roets at 10:11 PM
Monday, June 7, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.As some of you know, I have a special needs child. Ben is 10 now and has Cerebral Palsy. While he gets around well enough, I have often wondered about the future. I've wondered if he'll be able to drive like "normal" people. I've wondered if he'll be able to get around on his own. Luckily, I think the answers to both of those questions is yes.