Chronicles of a Selfish Mommy

Archive for June 2008

I have finally gotten rid of my Target, Wal-Mart, and all 3 J Crew Cards!  Phew!  Now, only oh….14 more to go!  I don’t know why I just can’t spend them…. guess I really just want to use them on something worth it…


I am meeting both July’s and August’s at the rate I am going…… I am not counting this one, but I had to write about it.  I made a fab meal today, if only it wasn’t wasted on my 2 boys.  Coming to you from my favorite recipe site, Allrecipes….. I made Dijon Chicken & Honey Roasted Red Potatoes.  In addition (yes it was TONS of food), I made a veggie mix of red & yellow squash, red & green Bell Peppers, and some purple onion sauted in olive oil, garlic, seasoning salt, and cayenne pepper.  Gotta have something spicy to go with the sweet!  All the dishes were SUPER easy to make & tasted divine!  The Dijon Chicken would be perfect to freeze for later too!

My wonderful loving husband purchased me a brand new phone!  It’s a T-Mobile Shadow in Copper!  It has all the cool bells and whistles.  I am SUPER excited!  I have been wanting an upgraded phone ever since I landed in my new role.  I so need something that does e-mail when I’m away from my desk.  Pathetic, yes I know….. still loving it!

Let’s see, we’re in the middle of June & already I have:

#1: Registered for a Church – on my way home from work one day, I inadvertantly took a back road that lead me by the church I have been meaning to join.  I figured what the heck!  I went into the office and got our family all registered at St Elizabeth Catholic Church.  It took all of 5 minutes.  I’ve been to this church maybe a handful of times and although it’s not my favorite one, it’s located in Pflugerville and probably the closest Catholic Church to us.  Now for the #2, attending…. baby steps, baby steps….

#11: Made some New Recipes – I found flounder in my freezer one night, so I made flounder almondine.  I was the only one who ate the almondine topping, but I thought it was really yummy!  It was a recipe on the back of the flounder packaging.  Basically, bread and fry the fish.  For the almondine topping, broil almonds.  Then melt butter with lemon and stir in almonds.  Fab!  I also made a new pork meal that will DEFINITELY be added to the bi-weekly rotation.  Again brought to you from my treasured allrecipes, Stuffed Pork Chops, is the kind of meal that makes you feel good inside.  It was SO easy to make, although a bit messy to cook… totally worth it though!  Takes only 30 minutes and looks & tastes like something you’d get a fancy place.  Next time I plan to jazz it up by adding some craisins to the stuffing.  The meal was made better when you tempered it with something sweet as the beef broth made it rather salty.  Two thumbs WAY up for me!

#44: Read book every other month – I have completed Candance Bushnell’s “Trading Up”.  It’s been one of those books I got thoroughly sucked into and could not put down.  Sad, but true.   I think I need to steal from Jenna and Amanda and try to read something from the All Time 100 Novels List….. but that will have to wait till I complete my newest chick lit – Sophie Kinsella’s “Shopaholic and Baby”.  Stop laughing, all reading is good for you!  😛

#102: Netflix Movie once a week – Sunday, June 1st we watched The Invasion.  It starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig & is a take off of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  I found it interesting, but not great.   Friday, June 13th, my Mom and I watched The Other Boleyn Girl.  I personally really liked it, but it is my style of movie.

101 in 1001 – Ongoing

6. Workout 3x per week
7. Keep weight below 130lbs
8. Use Teeth Whitening Trays
10. Volunteer 1x per quarter (3/11)
11. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (15/33)
18. Professional Family Photo once per yr (2/3)
19. Date night every other month (12/18)
32. Keep my sites updated (Facebook, Wordpress, and personal)
33. Family Vacations once per yr (1/3)
34. Monthly Pedicures and Manicures
37. Donate Blood once per quarter (3/11)
38. Spring and Fall Cleanings (3/6)
39. Donate items from those cleanings to Goodwill (3/6)
40. Use all my gift cards
43. Use cloth bags for shopping every chance I get
44. Read one book every other month (31/20)
46. Decorate Home for the Holidays/Seasons
51. Clean out fridge twice a year (3/6)
52. Clean out pantry twice a year (3/6)
53. Take photos at important events
54. Learn and keep tabs on personal and home finances
55. Monthly work performance plan updates (5/33)
56. Update resume yearly or with every job change (2/3)
64. Say a one positive thing for every one negative
92. Give Jeff and kids kisses EVERY day
94. Adhere to my anti-aging cream ritual
99. Wear something OTHER than jeans once a week (144/143)

No Longer Interested:
2. Attend said Church 2x per month (2/66)
47. Event Planner courses or readings
83. Spend at least once a every OTHER week on boat during warm weather (May-Sept)

101 in 1001 – One Time Event

High Motivation:
12. Landscape Front Yard
13. Landscape Back Yard
16. Remove Spider Veins
17. Update Driver’s License restrictions
26. PGMP Certification
30. Green Belt Certification
31. Repair Acura Leather
35. Participate in an Adventure Race
36. Start kids' College Fund
41. Update my phone and address excel spreadsheet
45. Appraise and insure Rings and earrings
48. Clean out jewelry box
61. Travel outside the US
62. Update MP3 player songs
66. Buy a safe
68. Sift thru mementos to either keep, sale, or donate
71. Try Snowboarding
77. Write will
81. Own a Louis Vuitton Purse
86. Actually catch some air wakeboarding
87. Bunny Hop Switch on wakeboard
88. Give Microdermabrasion a try
90. Beat 5k PR - 28:15 Completed: 7/03/10 28:09
91. Beat 5 Miler PR - 47:13
95. Get back to VEGAS!
98. Come up w/new Morning Shift Plan

Low Motivation:
9. Start Side Business (House Flipping, Event Planner, Book, Vending, Duplex/Apt)
15. Take a Spanish Language Course
27. Resize and Wear Aggie Ring
28. Attend an Aggie Bonfire
29. Attend an Austin Midnight Yell Practice
65. Organize my body & mind by buying & using a treadmill
72. Be an extra in a movie or TV show
80. Wii & Wii Fit
84. Play in Poker tourney that doesn’t include friends nor family
85. Poker moratorium for 3 mths
96. Get someone else to start a list
101. Visit Holly’s place when baby comes

101 in 1001 – Completed

1. Register for a Church Completed: 6/06/08
3. Laser hair removal Completed: 2/24/10
4. Baby #2 Completed: 2/09/09
5. Run a 10k Completed: 4/26/08
14. Take a Creative Arts Class (writing, painting, photography) Completed: 2/12/10 at Painting with a Twist
20. Register Connor for a sport when he’s able Completed: 8/12/09
21. Promotion or Job Change to do so Completed: 5/14/10
23. Find and hire a housekeeper completed: 2/8/08
24. Potty & Bed train Connor
25. Wean Connor from pacifier complete 6/1/09
42. Buy and use a PDA Completed: 6/16/08
49. Crown Molding in dining, living, and master bedroom Completed: 4/2010
50. Built in shoe storage in master closet Completed: Dec 09 as Jeff built them for me!
57. Visit a historical site Completed: 9/5/08
58. Visit a museum Completed: 9/6/08
59. Visit a zoo completed:12/24/07
60. Ride a train Completed: 10/11/09 Riding Thomas the Train & 12/20/09 riding the North Pole Flyer
63. New MP3 headphones Complete: July 09
67. Obtain concealed handgun license completed: 1/27/08
69. New pots and pans completed: 2/28/08
70. Frame Family photo completed: 11/08
73. Pay off one of our vehicles Completed: January '09
74. See a Play Completed: Disney Live 12/19/08, Dora Live 7/22/09, Wicked 8/25/09
75. Vote in the next presidential and local elections completed 10/08
76. Become CPR and First Aid Certified Completed: 4/12/08
78. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Completed: 5/28/08
79. Go on a cruise Completed: 9/14 thru 9/19
89. Get a Facial Completed: 6/4/10
93. Have 2nd Baby’s room finished BEFORE she is born Completed: 2/3/09
97. Get a massage Completed: 6/4/10
100. Visit my brother’s new condo Completed: 3/22/08

Supplemental List

102. Watch 1 Netflix Movie a week (53/143)
103. a canopy tour Completed: 11/14/09 for Amanda's 30th
104. Join the Capital City A&M Club Completed: 4/13/08
105. Attend 2 A&M Club events a year (0/6)
106. Have Jeff hang curtains
107. New bedding for Master Bedroom completed: 1/11/09
108. Kitchen Organization System
109. Be a mentor to someone
110. Do a family year end blog every yr end (1/3)
111. APICS Classes
112. Migrate Connor to new room Completed: 8/21/08
113. Update Workout to a Guest room Completed: 1/14/09
114. Office Furniture: desks, chairs, bookcases Complete: 8/09
115. Visit a Chiropractor
116. Get Moles checked out Completed: 4/29/08
117. ITIL Certification
118. Attend a circus, rodeo, or fair Completed: 8/24/08 circus
119. Create photo books once a year for great-grandparents and grandparents (2/3)
120. Update and organize personal cookbook
121. Fall &/or Holiday Festivals (0/2)
122. Renaissance Faire

The Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die
1. Ride the tallest Roller Coaster, Kingda Ka, in Jackson, NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Visit Redwood National Park to view the oldest and tallest trees in the world
3. Camp Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see the tallest geyser eruptions
4. Florida Everglades
5. Smithsonsian Museum in Washington, DC
6. Grand Canyon
7. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
8. Paris, France and all it's relevant sites
9. Great Wall of China
10. Taj Mahal, India
11. Petra, Jordan
12. Greece & Italy and all their relevant sites
13. Chicchen Itza, Mexico Completed: 9/16/09
14. Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Niegra Falls, Empire State Bldg
15. Britain/England and all it's relevant sites

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