I appreciate all the sweet words of encouragement in response to my last post. That day, things were pretty grim around here. In some ways, it was a tough week. It was also a good one.
~'Tween hormones have been in full force & effect. Not fun. At all. We've had many (too many) discussions about attitude and choices. This is a critical time in CJ's life, and R & I are feeling the weight of that responsibility. Particularly in the area of her friendships, and what we will/won't allow. I want to stay involved in her life (and know what's going on with her friends), so I'm starting a Bible study for her & a few of her friends. The best part of all is that CJ's eager to start, and the other girls (and their moms!) are excited, too. We'll be using My Best Friend Jesus!: Meditating on God's Truth About True Friendship (Secret Keeper Girl)
~R started his first class. Poor thing, I think it's a bit overwhelming to him. He hasn't been in the classroom in 17 years. I'm so proud of him, though. And I love being able to say that I'm married to a college student!
~I'm constantly looking for new ways to be frugal. I'd forgotten how much menu planning helps me to use all the food. I've thrown in the (paper) towels. I'm researching making my own cleaners after I use what I have. Heck, I'm beginning to feel a wee little bit like Meredith, who wrote this wonderfully insightful post.
~I read an article recently (I think it was in Real Simple, but I'm not certain) about a woman who saved all of her $5 bills. Every time she got one, she stuffed it in an envelope. Later, she opened a bank account with the money & continued to collect the $5 bills. In something like two years, she'd saved nearly $3,000 for a family vacation. She didn't even feel a pinch. I've decided to give it a try. Of course, I have to adopt a "more cash and less debit card" philosophy, but that's not a bad thing, either.
~I'm curling up with an old friend, Anne of Green Gables.
~American Idol and Project Runway are back!
~I'm taking next week off from work to reorganize my home, to be capped off by a weekend visit with close friends. It's the only reason I'm looking forward to the end of January, which is one of my favorite months.
As you can see, nothing terribly exciting going on here. What's new with you?