Around Here Right Now…

My goodness, what a full, wonderful week!

I’ve found my fourth “pro” to coming home – my friend Nikki said, “It’s me, it’s me!!” And she was right – all these wonderful people in my life are definitely worth coming home to! We were only gone one week, but it is good to get back into routine, and to spend time with everyone we get to share life with.

Instead of sitting around, trying to write deep, thought-provoking blog posts, I chose to spend my week socializing, unpacking, and settling into routine, so I will end the week with a quick list of some things I’m enjoying right now:

1) Picnics in Heaven.

Kaylia has been playing with her Aqua Doodle mat a lot this week – she loves to get her Polly Pockets out and make up stories with them, using the colorful scenes around the edge of the mat. She kept talking about going to Heaven for picnics, which really confused me, until I went to get a closer look. Then I could see exactly what she meant:

Aqua Doodle

City and trees, sky, followed by more trees and grass, above the sky. Heaven makes sense! I love it that she thinks we go there for picnics!

Major problem with her new theology – we come back down when the picnic is over.

2) My new cleaning schedule.

I’ve never used a pre-made cleaning schedule before. I didn’t think I’d like it.

But while we were away on vacation, I stumbled across this schedule, which I bought at a hugely discounted price in a package with a bunch of other books I’d really wanted, and as I looked over it, I thought it would be kind of fun to try.

I’ve only been using it this week, but I can see how this could totally work for me! For some reason, I’m able to get a lot more done when I feel like someone else is “telling” me to do it! It’s also showing me how easy it is to break up big, time-consuming jobs into quick little jobs, done here and there throughout the day. I may not have time to clean out the whole fridge, but I can clean the top shelf.

I don’t like the idea of paying for a cleaning schedule, though, so here’s a link for a free one, if you feel like having someone else tell you how to clean your house!

3) Cream of Rice with Cinnamon Apples for Breakfast.

Cinnamon Apples

Oh, yum. I’ve eaten it every day this week. Gluten-free, and super cheap.

Just grind up rice in a coffee grinder, and cook it like you would regular rice (except it cooks a little faster, so it needs lots of stirring).

To make Cinnamon Apples, you melt butter in a frying pan, throw in an apple cut up in little chunks, and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Cook it until the apple is soft, and put it on top of the cream of rice. So delicious.

And now I feel really hungry for breakfast!

What have you been up to this week?


4 thoughts on “Around Here Right Now…

  1. We had rice porridge with cilantro and crushed peanuts for breakfast in Thailand! I have not yet acquired a taste for cilantro but didn’t mind the rice porridge part so was trying to think of something better to go with it. I felt it needed a little bit of sweetness and your Cinnamon apples sounds great. I might just have to try this one! I’m wanting to add more rice to our diet! Thanks for the post!

  2. Before I go clean my sink, I had to post a comment to you and say thank you for the link to FLY lady. 🙂 Oh, I love the picnics in heaven. So sweet.

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