I posted a facebook status today:

Am I being governed by my day, or is my day being governed by me?

I can’t really take credit for the question. Nope. Credit must go to my amazing husband, who is far more self-disciplined than I.  I’ve been pondering the question a lot though, as I realized immediately when he said it, that by and large, I allow my day to govern me. I go from one thing to another on a whim. Yes, I have ideas of what I would like to accomplish in a day, but I never have a plan as to how I’m going to accomplish said goals. And more often than not, this means that I do not accomplish what I wanted to do.

Usually, it’s the little things that fall to the wayside. While writing this post, I’m waiting for Zachary to wake up from his nap so that we can run some important errands. But while I wait, I’m not productive. I’m not accomplishing anything. Because in my mind, the errands are the important thing to do today. And so I wait. I wait until I can do the most important thing, and the little, lesser things don’t get done. Things like the dishes. Things like picking up the toys. It occurs to me that if I had emptied and loaded the dishwasher when I first got up, the dishes would be clean right now. But they are not. I only now emptied and reloaded it. It’s a little pathetic, in all honesty.

So I’m going to start being more purposeful. I’m going to make a plan and accomplish my plan. I’m going to govern my day.  I’m not bringing glory to God in the way I spend my time and my days, and I want that to change. Because if I’m not bringing glory to God, what exactly am I doing?


I am a procrastinator by nature, so although I wanted to start this blog on day 1, I didn’t. So now, I’m playing catch-up…

Tuesday, September 1
Breakfast was homemade granola with homemade yogurt, eaten in the van out of cups, on the run, while mama ran errands. They loved it.

Lunch consisted of tortillas soup made from the leftover meat/onions/peppers from fajitas the night before. The fajitas were quite likely the last expensive meal we’ll have for a while. The leftovers made a great soup when combined with water, a can of organic tomato paste, a handful of corn and a dash of taco seasoning. There was enough yummy caramelized stuff on the meat mixture to make a delicious broth. A sprinkling of crunched up tortilla chips and a bit of shredded cheese finished off the meal. Yummy!

Dinner was rice with stir-fried chicken and broccoli. To be more precise, 2 cups brown rice (yield 6 cups), 3 chicken breasts and 1 lb frozen organic broccoli. There were enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

Wednesday, September 2
I can’t remember what we ate for breakfast, but I know I didn’t buy anything. This is why I shouldn’t procrastinate.

Lunch was leftovers from dinner the night before.

I failed to plan for dinner. We were out running around looking at houses (changes are a-coming), and we were headed to our Wednesday night church meeting. So I ran into Tom Thumb and spent the first of my budget, $9.80:
1 Rotisserie Chicken – $4.99
1 lb Potato Salad – $4.81 (this was a splurge for Brent – there was blue cheese in the potato salad!)
2 loaves of French Bread – FREE!!! Yes, you read that right, FREE! Tom Thumb has this policy that if their french bread is not HOT at 5pm, it’s free. It took a couple of employees to figure out how to credit me for the free bread, but in the end, I got it FREE! I love FREE stuff! *grin* We ate 1 loaf for dinner, and saved the rest for…

Thursday, September 3
Breakfast! French Toast with FREE french bread, and eggs, milk and cinnamon that were on hand. Yummy! The kids snacked on the leftovers mid-morning, and I threw some potatoes, carrots, onions and parsley together with the leftover rotisserie chicken (and broth from the bones) to make soup for an early dinner. Oh, and biscuits made from scratch were polished off too 🙂

In case you missed it, that’s *4* meals from $9.80. That averages out to $2.45/meal. I can handle that 🙂

I did spend $24.00 on raw milk yesterday that will last the next 2 weeks.

Total Spent: $33.80
Remaining: $326.20

I just changed the water in the fish bowl.  We decorate this fish bowl for Christmas, and the Christmas decorations were still in the bowl.  So, assuming that I put those decorations in a couple of weeks before Christmas, I can reasonably deduce that the last time I changed the water (which by the way, had evaporated to a little less than half of the bowl capacity) was a couple of weeks before Christmas.

It took all of five minutes.

Good thing it’s a beta – those things are invincible.

I really need to work on this procrastination issue.