The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

Morning Mama part 2 September 25, 2012

Filed under: Goals,Morning Mama — thecatatemyplant @ 11:16 am

I have been failing miserably at becoming a Morning Mama. Friday night, my girlfriend called and wanted to go out for drinks. How could I say no? Saturday night, we had an evening baby shower to go to and didn’t get home until 9pm. It was fun, but putting toddlers in bed at 9pm is tricky. And Sunday night? Well, I have no good reason for that. It is what it is.

Now it is Monday night, 9:47pm. I’m calling it. I’ve done some of my Must Do list but not all of it.  If I go to bed now, I can even read a chapter in my current book before lights out at 10:30. Maybe earlier. I can’t believe it. But will I get up at 5 then???


Making A To Do List September 21, 2012

Filed under: Goals,Small Things,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 8:25 am

I really enjoy lists. To Do lists especially. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years refining my techniques on To Do lists. And yes, there are To Do list techniques.  I noticed that with my compulsive personality, I have a tendency to write down everything I want to get done ever on a daily to do list. The logic? Why what if I have a bunch of extra time on my hands?

Yeah, right. I have a three-year-old, a one-year-old, a mother and a husband as well as running a household and doing schooling. Extra time doesn’t really seem to fight in my world view right now.

What I’ve ended up doing, is making two lists. The first list is long. Long, long. Looooooooooooooooong, long. It is all the house projects that I want done, both little and big. The second list is my daily list. I try to keep it down to about five items on the list. For instance, my list today was:

Crockpot Marinara Sauce



Hang onions for curing

Play date

This list obviously doesn’t include many of the everyday things we do such as eating, naps, and dishes. But it does include a small amount of freezer cooking (the Crockpot Marinara Sauce), house cleaning (vacuuming), gardening (dealing with those yummy onions!), and a play date.

And let’s be honest, sometimes my To Do list is a little more…reachable.

Make Dinner

Play date



Hang onions for curing

In this house, showering and making dinner are legitimate to-dos some times!

And when the daily To Do list is a little light, I start tackling the big list.  Which never really goes down, but it has a lot of things crossed off on it!

There is something utterly satisfying about crossing off an item from your To Do list. How do you make your lists?


Changes Are A-Coming! August 6, 2012

Filed under: Baking,Deal Shopping,Goals,kids,Meal Plan Monday,recipes,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 2:08 pm

In addition to moving, there have been a lot of other things going on in our lives. I’m desperately trying to finish a Medical Transcription course so that I can finally start working from home (for reals, not that mothering/housekeeping stuff j/k)!

There have also been quite a few diet changes. Shortly after I moved, I joined (well, re-joined) Weight Watchers (WW). I lost the weight that I put on while pregnant with C pretty easily, but I’ve been carrying around an extra 50lbs that I gained shortly after I was married…10 years ago. I figure it’s time for it to come off once and for all. So, I’m trying. And since most fruits and veggies are ‘free’ on WW, we’ve been eating a lot more. Probably something close to what would recommend. Making Michelle Obama proud!

In addition to WW, we ran out of meat at our house. And by meat, I mean the beef we purchased in the fall. We’ve got a few months before our next share of beef is ready and I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on meat.  I was able to convince Hubs that we would go mostly meatless! Shopping for organic, humanely treated, locally raised meats when we can fit it in our budget, and the rest of the time getting our protein from other sources. This has been very challenging for me!!! It has to be in my cooking skill level (low, unless there is a microwave involved) and it has to taste good for my meat-lover hubs. HELP!

Also, we are preparing for my mother to move in with us. We haven’t lived together for 12 years! I’m nervous about this. Excited, scared. A whole plethora of emotions. Of course, the last time we lived together I was a teenager so I also appreciate that this is going to be wildly different. Have you ever dealt with this? Tips? Advice? Feedback? Should I buy stock in Patron now or later? 🙂

And finally, Hubs and I have decided E is ready for some pre-schooling. We’ve been flirting with this for months now, doing things here & there, but he’s definitely craving more! So, I’ve got one month to plan a curriculum and then we are off! Wish me luck.


Welcome back! July 31, 2012

Filed under: Goals,kids — thecatatemyplant @ 3:34 pm
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That’s actually to me, you all have been here the whole time! My last post was in February, and I had very good intentions about resuming daily posts and working on some blog series I had thought about. That has all flown out the window! Let me recap the last 6 months or so with you.

December 2011: After deciding to sell our home, we had to get ready! The house had been in varying states of ‘projects’ for the four years we lived there so we not only had to finish those up, but do some extra stuff recommended by our realtor.

January 2012: Things seem to be clipping along except for the fact that only one of us can work at night because our darling daughter C doesn’t like to sleep. Such is life! It’s almost February, and we have a small (read: Giant) bomb hit us. Hubs was told he had to start pulling 60 hour work weeks or get fired. Uh oh!

February 2012: Hubs is down to working on the house one day a week since he goes back to work after E & C go to bed. I try to get as much done as possible because we are listing in March!

March 2012: We listed about 1 week after our goal, but it got done. I’m still not entirely sure how, but it got done. In two weeks we had 11 showings and even more interest.

April 2012: We have an offer! A real-deal offer! On the first, but it wasn’t April Fools. Only problem, they want us to close in 30 days. Um, OK? So, in April we sell our house, find a rental, move to said rental, and two weeks before closing find out the bank is requiring more work on the house. My girlfriend and I end up moving our entire household while Hubs and her husband do said work. On the same weekend. It was madness!

I’m so thankful it’s over now. We love our new place and I can start focusing on some of the more exciting things in my life. Like the blog! Gardening! Food! We’re even going to be trying out some crafts and preschool type things. Oh, boy.


Goals November 6, 2011

Filed under: Goals — thecatatemyplant @ 8:38 pm
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About 14 months ago, I convinced my husband to go through Financial Peace University with me. For those who don’t know, it’s a personal finance program put together by Dave Ramsey.  It was truly life changing. For the first time in 8 years we were on the same page at the same time (that’s the key 😉 ) with our finances! We always had the same goals, just were going about them in different ways.

This one decision has changed the way our marriage works in an amazing way.  In fact, this coming weekend we are having our first ever planning meeting! For two consecutive evenings after the kiddos go to bed, we are going to sit down and make goals for 2012 and Plans of Action (POA). I’m so stinking excited.

So now I have to plan for the planning meeting. Have I mentioned that I’m a bit of a nerd like that? Are you setting goals for 2012? If so, what are some of them?