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Where did my motivation go and why is my To-Do-List so long? 
Aug. 29, 2011 6:20 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2011 9:46 pm
This summer has been everything I didn't plan, and now it's over. I am unemployed, and school let out in May. I was going to paint my bedroom, sell (or at least organize) the oodles of baseball cards that were abandoned in my attic and spend time with my niece and nephews. I was going to have the best garden I have ever had, and spend lots of time with the man fishing and crabbing. I was going to reclaim the front decorative garden bed from the weeds and have lunch once a week with my grandfather. I was going to train for a 5K and lose 20 pounds.
Instead, I got to work for 8 weeks. That was a GOOD thing, but it was miserable. It reminded me of why I had hated my career for so long. I worked 14-20 hours a day and barely got to see anyone. My bedroom is still painted an awful baby blue. The man and I went out three times on the boat.
I barely cooked the whole summer. My garden begrudgingly offered some tomatoes. I did run, but the heat thwarted us at every turn. We are now running almost 2 miles consistently, but it's nowhere near the 3 I need to be at. I lost 17 pounds and then put 5 back on. Then I got food poisoning. Then we had an earthquake, followed by a hurricane. 
And now, thanks to the hurricane school has been cancelled and I find myself with two days left to do what I can. Yesterday I stayed in PJs all day and watched movies and a criminal minds marathon. What should I do with today and tomorrow?
I thought I would start by planning my lunch and dinner menu for the first week of school here on AR, and maybe hanging out on the Buzz after being away for so long. I entered the AR Southern Menu Sweepstakes, and am currently deciding who will be the five people I choose to join me at my cooking class when I win. I am going to unload the dishwasher, fold some laundry and cook the man and I a wonderful dinner. That's all I have so far. Any ideas for me about what I should do to make these the best two days of my summer??????
Aug. 29, 2011 7:21 am
Take some long walks. Sit in the middle of meadow or on a beach and absorb the sunshine. Eat outside every day, every meal if possible and get in touch with your soul and savour the peace before it comes to an end. Oh and visit your grandfather.
Aug. 29, 2011 8:16 am
What is your career? Do something to soothe your soul, and visit your grandfather.
Aug. 29, 2011 10:35 am
Was thinking about you and the Man this weekend. Glad you are ok! Hey don't give up. We still have a few more days of georgeous weather long into October! Just don't make your list too long :)
Aug. 29, 2011 1:01 pm
I say do what you feel like doing, when you feel like doing it these last couple days. I have all summer off, too, and just went back to work 3 weeks ago. I never get done what I planned to get done over the break, so I quit planning and just go with the flow. I find I accomplish more when I get back to school and have a real routine. Visit your grandfather. Eat seafood. Drink wine. :-)
Aug. 29, 2011 3:12 pm
If you got the same gorgeous weather after the hurricane that we did I hope you got out and enjoyed it. I'm glad you came through ok.
Aug. 29, 2011 4:24 pm
I, too, had wonderful plans for the summer that didn't work out. I'm off from work and thought I'd have time to get together with a non-working g/friend that I don't get to see very much. Her mother, several states away had a breast cancer scare so my friend was gone most of the summer. My son ended up in a custody battle over his sons and unexpectly had them on temp basis through the summer as well as cervical surgery. Most of my days was spent at his place watching either him or the boys. (He won, thank goodness, and now it is permanent). I love the fall and these early cool days have renewed my spirits. No matter what, those planned activities can still be accomplished, just not on the same time line.
Aug. 29, 2011 9:46 pm
I go through the same thing each summer - millions of plans, ending up with none of them being done at the end of the summer vacation. I too get much more done when school is back and I have to really plan my time... Go on a fun picnick in a lovely spot and "inhale" the beautiful nature. Take a deep breath and charge those batteries for the busy times ahead.
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About Me
I love to garden, and I love to cook what's in my garden. I grew up vegetarian and went through many styles of diet until I ended up where I am today. I love vegetarian food, seafood and poultry. I love to try new things and every year in the garden I rearrange what I'm growing - one of these days I'll find the perfect balance for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake bread and desserts, and since the man joined me in the house with two crazy dogs, I get to bake a lot more. My friends and neighbors still end up the lucky recipients for anything he doesn't scarf down though. Cajun and southern food is a particular favorite, I never met a grit or a fricasee that I didn't LOVE!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am the family baker, so I get to play around with desserts every year for all of the holidays. I am not allowed to skip the brandied pumpkin pies for thanksgiving or christmas, and we have to have lemon something for easter. I also make huge batches of apple butter every winter and that's become my favoite part of fall.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting Thanksgiving last year I served 12 with no assistance. I made the soup, rolls, salads, sides, turkey and desserts. It was a treat for me to be able to do that for my family instead of the normal potluck that we do. No one else had to lift a finger and I got to do what I love!
My cooking tragedies
I have a few, but last year's jalapeno fume cloud takes the cake. I was making a jalapeno pickling liquid and forgot to turn the vent fan on. I ended up having the get my dog and leave the house for several hours while the vapors diminished! Thank goodness I did not throw the habaneros in the pot too!
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