Friday, November 22, 2013
Wow these last two weeks have really flown by. Tim took off this whole week also. Tried to work on Monday, finished the short drive, but injured himself and damaged the truck in the process. So we decided he needed another week to heal. He seems to be feeling better. I think his healing process will be much like mine, long and drawn out. Small progress week to week, but needing TLC for quite awhile to really get back in the full swing of things.
We've been packing this week. We both can tell when we've had enough,our injured bodies won't let us forget........which is usually right at about 2 hours of non-stop packing/organinzing/sorting. After two-three hours I'm done. Which is why I'm so very glad we started this whole process nearly a month before we have to be out. I've been a procrastinating, last minute push-to-the-finish type of person my whole life. But I'll tell you, planning in advance and doing a little as you go really seems to suit me better. I don't feel overwhelmed, I feel glad with the little progress we make each day. I'd rather go slow, and steady, and do it the right way with this move, instead of my usual mad dash weekend where nothing gets done right and I need to sleep for two weeks to recover. As it goes the activity tracker says I've been burning over 1,000 calories each day as I haul boxes and clean for hours on end.........I really don't need to burn anymore than that. I can feel it in my muscles and I'm usually sweating like a pig at about 20 mins into a good organizing/boxing/hauling session. So yeah, I'm sure 2-3 hours per day is plenty, especially since my ankle/knee won't let me get away with much more than that.
I was able to do some cooking today after picking up boxes from my Mom in Davis and spending 2.5 hours organizing, cleaning, fillling and arranging boxes to maintain order in this place. I made my favorite chicken and noodles with homemade chicken broth...........makes me so very happy because it reminds me of my Grandma. She had it in the fridge pretty much year round. It would either be beef and noodles or chicken and noodles, sometimes the noodles were even homemade. It is a very comforting dish for me. I hadn't had it in years, since my Grandma passed away, and I made it on accident one day by adding too many noodles to my chicken noodle soup. I'd also made the soup by cooking a whole roasted chicken for hours before I made the soup. The flavor from the roasted chicken, plus the extra noodles in my soup=Grandma's chicken noodles. I was so overwhelmed when I tasted that first pot..........since then I've made it about 10 times and love it so much. Also made some salsa chicken in the crock pot. Such a quick, easy dish and so versatile. If I don't use all of it for tacos, I will make a small pan of enchiladas with what is left over.
Managed to get Thanksgiving dinner planned out with my Mom. There are only four of us this year, but everyone has those one or two special items they really want to see on the table. So we've put in our requests, and between my Mom and I, we should be able to make this years meal turn out great, as usual. We will really miss the missing family members, both brothers, Grandpa, Aunt, and cousin.............they all show up on Thanksgiving, usually. But, that's OK, this year will be quiet and I am fine with that. We've had so much going on with the moving madness that I think I will be very happy with this intimate gathering.
We've been watching Hallmark movies every night this week. Yesterday we started at 2pm and watched until 10pm!!! I can't believe my husband will watch those with me. Actually this is the first year I've ever watched them. When I was younger I thought they were too sappy to be enjoyable.......but the older I get, the more sentimental and sappy I get. Last year hubs and I watched a Christmas movie every night of December, looks like we're starting the tradition a little earlier this year!!!! I don't know why, it really does seem to get me in the holiday spirit. I've had years in the past that the holidays sneek up on me and I can't barely enjoy them at all. I kind of like spending November and December wrapped in the sappy glow of the spirit of the season. It can be a glorious time of giving, love, cherishing what we have and making the most with who we are with, if we let it. OK, no more Hallmark Greeting card moments for me, not until the next blog anyway!!!
Love you guys, hope your are warm and enjoying the ones you love.
Cheers to a happy, healthy, fun and loving holiday season!