Monthly Archives: May 2012

Day 172- Reusing pickle juice and half-eaten bananas

This is one of those posts where you’ll either think this is SO GREAT or you’ll think this is SO GROSS! Don’t worry, I’ll like you either way.

Ok, the first comes via Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette. This is a super fun book with so many frugal ideas. It’s a real delight.

So, one of her tips is how to reuse pickle juice. (This is so incredibly easy I cannot believe I had never heard of this before.)

Finished with your pickles? Don’t dump the juice!

Buy some small cucumbers, cut them up and put them in!

Cover and put back into the fridge for four days and you’ve got yourself some new pickles for a fraction of the price! (Note: this is my first time trying this, so I’m not sure if four days will really be enough time for the brine to work. But it’ll be fun to see.)

Ok, the next one I’m guessing that many folks already do. Perhaps they don’t admit to it? I’m not sure. At any rate, if your kids are anything like mine, especially if they happen to be about…oh, 2 1/2, then you may find half-eaten bananas are a part of your life. I know the simple solution would be to cut the banana in half, but many times the little booger (er, child) insists on a whole one and I’m too spineless to keep up with insisting she have a half. So I quite often end up with this:

Not wanting to be wasteful, I cut off the bit ends,

slice them up and put into a baggie for the freezer.

Many people do this one right?

Those frozen bananas, plus some ice, milk, vanilla extract, and spoonful of cocoa powder make a delicious chocolate breakfast shake.

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 171- “If that’s the worst thing that happens to you, consider yourself lucky.”

Do you have a personal mantra that pulls you out of a funk? Well, the above is mine.

Try it. It works for all sorts of situations.

Today I used it on myself because I’m grumpy my husband won’t ever dance with me anymore. We went to see his aunt and uncle play in their band and it was great fun! Except for the part where my man has his butt glued to his seat and REFUSES to dance even one dance with me.

Now I know that many men aren’t dancers, but WE WERE DANCERS!!!! We took lessons for many years and even competed a few times! This was a MAJOR part of our dating relationship, and as soon as we said “I do” he instantly started saying “I don’t” (dance that is.)

This has been a serious disappointment for me.

We’ve been married nearly 10 years and he’ll spin me around once in awhile in the house and such. Occasionally he likes to show off his skillz in front of the children. But he won’t take me dancing. Ever. And if there is music playing somewhere else, I have to go it solo on the dance floor with a bunch of other women, knowing I have the perfect partner right there.

After one of these episodes, I get sad. And resentful. I start projecting my life until I’m dead and wonder “So? I guess I’m not going to get to go dancing ever again in my entire LIFE?” Since it’s been ten years and all, what’s to say his willingness will ever change? It probably won’t.

He says he gets shy. I have a hard time understanding.

“Well if that’s the worst thing that happens to you, consider yourself lucky.”

As much as I miss this part of my life and our relationship, I suppose if I have to try and accept this as the worst thing, then I’m a lucky person indeed. He’s kind. And faithful. A good provider. A good father. A steady man. He’ll pitch in around the house. He can handle himself in the kitchen. He takes care of his health. He goes to church and lives by morals.

The next time we go out anywhere with music I’m going to try my hardest to just enjoy the music without getting upset about the no dancing. And if I do feel upset (because I always seem to) I know that I have the above mantra to help me get over it.

Have a wonderful day!

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So how come I’m not posting as much????

Hmmm…good question! It’s strange because I have a lot to write about. It seems every single day something happens and I think to myself, I should write about that. But then I don’t.

The truth is, I’m feeling a bit burdened by the skirts!!

Don’t get me wrong, I like the skirts. And there are a few days in there that I wore a skirt but didn’t take the time to take a picture. Overall it has been a good experiment for me. But at this point, I don’t feel I NEED the skirts anymore. I’ve tapped into what I felt was missing.

And what was that anyway?

Well…I guess my personal best.

I think most of us go through transitions in our lives where we feel that what has always worked for us isn’t working anymore. I was feeling myself becoming pretty stale, and I wanted to pick myself up from that and get out of my comfort zone! And focusing on my wardrobe definitely helped with that. But I’ve discovered some other things along the way that have also helped:

Exercise

Growing my hair out- better hair care

Earrings

Just writing that makes me sound like an idiotic female or something! Ha! But the truth is, these little things do make a big difference. For me, I don’t feel the need to look AMAZING. I just want to feel fresh and happy.

And let’s face it: I guess I like my jeans. I yam who I yam.

So at this point, I’m not sure where this blog is headed. I suppose I’ve sort of failed at my Year in Skirts mission. Although I don’t feel the experiment failed me at all. And I do still wear skirts of course. Just not all the time. So, will I keep posting? Just about other things? I’m not sure yet! But I DEFINITELY want to thank all of you who have read this blog and commented. You’ve been a real encouragement to me! And I hope some of you have been encouraged too, to be your personal best.

Have a wonderful day!

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Days 164-170- The Great Big Catch Up!

 

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