(Alternately titled: Random Thoughts About Moving)
Hello! How are you guys doing today? We’re staying pretty busy over here.
I am scheduled to cover all of the appointments at the gym today and tomorrow, so I’m coming to you on a break. Since my brain is all over the place, a Thinking Out Loud post seems like the perfect way to catch up with some lighthearted chatter.
I hope you enjoy the random thoughts and musings on what’s been going on around here lately!
1. We are officially on a mission to eat all the food.
You don’t realize how many vegetables or sides you have stored in your freezer until you are trying to empty it.
In an attempt to go through what we have and avoid wasting food, Scott and I have diligently planned our meals according to what needs to be used up in our pantry and refrigerator over the past month or so. I have had a similar version of this loaded vegetable bowl for the last several days and I really can’t wait for it to all be gone.
Last night’s edition featured leftover ham from Easter dinner.
(Rice, black eyed peas, edamame, roasted corn, peas, and a generous sprinkle of shredded cheese topped with ham.)
As good as it feels to slowly go through everything we need to get rid of, I can’t wait to restock a new refrigerator and pantry with all the (new) food and fresh produce. #longestleftovertrainever
2. This storing hack is money.
I’m pretty sure I picked this habit up from my mother.
She has always been great at storing things like rice, noodles, and cereal in plastic and glass bins to preserve the food items as long as possible. Any time we open a package that comes from a bag, I place it in a plastic container and cut the cooking instructions off from the package to display on top or even inside.
If there aren’t cooking instructions (like on cereal boxes), I cut off the cereal logo with the expiration date to make sure it doesn’t get stored way past the shelf date. I didn’t think this way of storing things was that special, but Scott gave me major props when he realized what I was doing. Here’s hoping it helps you, too!
3. I’m currently jamming out to #ThrowbackThursday and it’s awesome.
It’s no secret that I am a lover of Spotify playlists. I have created several on my own and enjoy subscribing to a handful of others. I love that the Spotify playlists are constantly updated with fresh (or in this case, fresh throwback) songs!
This tribute to women for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday playlist is rocking my socks today. Annie Lennox, TLC, Patti Smith, Beyonce, Madonna … so many great tracks!
4. When you’ve packed the majority of your pots and pans …
… and don’t have access to a lid, improvise with a small skillet?
Hey, it works. In an effort to eat all the food (as listed above) in the freezer, I was ready to cook everything and store it in the refrigerator for leftovers. I discovered a problem, however, when I couldn’t find a lid or any other pot in sight.
I ended up improvising with this “lid” and cooked one vegetable and finally the rice at a time. It all took about three hours to do, but we’ve gotten several meals out of it in return. Ha!
5. Speaking of navigating through the complications of moving …
… this is the view I am looking at as I type up this blog post. Now picture that in every room. Take ten deep breaths. Repeat.
I almost forgot how overwhelming and stressful moving is. Thank goodness for Scott being home during the days, because I haven’t been much help in the packing department this week. Getting settled and into our new home really can’t come soon enough!
6. Netflix for the win.
Since we ended up selling our king sized mattress and bed set (Craigslist is amazing), we have been sleeping in the guest room and on the queen mattress that we plan on taking with us. We don’t have cable hooked up there, so we have been enjoying movies through Netflix when we want to turn in at night.
I chose The Nanny Diaries last night and went to bed feeling a little bit more fulfilled than I do when we spend the night catching up on reality television or reruns of shows I’ve seen a million times. I realize that reading a good book would be the best option here, but I always get too tired to read at night. It’s impossible for me to stay away past a few pages. I can’t be alone here. Right?
7. Just in case you’re gearing up for a big move, check out the following:
(From the archives when I actually had time to blog about staying organized while moving!)
- Moving Checklist: 4 Weeks To Go
- Moving Checklist: 3 Weeks To Go
- Moving Checklist: 2 Weeks To Go
- Moving Checklist: 1 Week To Go
8. I’m loving your snaps!
I recently mentioned that I’ve made a return to Snapchat. You can find and follow a behind-the-scenes look into the blogging process, healthy meal ideas and workouts that might not make the blog, and everyday life happenings by searching the username lifenleggings.
(By the way, this workout is killerrrr. Might I suggest 2 rounds per circuit instead of 3?)
I love receiving snaps, seeing stories, and chatting with you guys there. It’s easily become one of my favorite forms of social media!
9. Anddd …
Instead of coming up with more rambles, I’m going to take advantage of my hour break with a quick nap. Don’t judge me.
10. See you back here early in the morning with Friday Favorites!
(And thank you for checking in today!)
Questions of the Day
• What would you say if you were thinking out loud today?
• What is your favorite throwback jam right now?
Previous TOL posts: (Thanks for hosting the link-up, Amanda!)