Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I definitely feel like I spend the majority of my time keeping the plates spinning. I think many women tend to live our lives that way--we have a lot going at the same time. My husband works harder and faster than I could ever dream of...but when he's in work mode, he doesn't tend to be interruptable. That's how he gets so much work done. I, on the other hand, must always be interruptable, to the point that I have a hard time focusing now even when all the interruptions are gone! We call it multi-tasking, and we like to think we're good at it, but I think by definition if I'm doing more than one thing at a time, nothing has my full attention.

Anyway, I'm always happy to find things that make it easier to keep all the plates spinning...or to make them spin longer before falling off the stick. (you guys do what I'm talking about, right? That guy on the stage who spins all the plates at once and has to keep them spinning AND perfectly balanced so they don't fall off the sticks?) Here are some of my favorites:
  • Household wipes
  • Online bill-pay
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
  • Being the money nazi in our family (nobody, not even Dan, spends a penny without my knowledge)
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • CostcoPhotoCenter.com
  • Shiloh's morning routine
  • Protein bars
  • Our weekly babysitter (who is on vacation, and without whom my life has become considerably more stressful)
How about you? What helps you keep the plates spinning?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Just call me Debby Domestic

...because I BAKED BREAD today! Normally I'm not one to put any more effort into anything than necessary (after all, I have 4 kids! Who needs more work?), but lately I've been on a money-saving kick, and have been going over and over our budget, looking for ways to cut costs. So I have a ridiculous amount of trail mix supplies (cheap and easy lunch snacks for Dan), am looking at breakfast options other than cereal (we spend $40/mo. just on cereal!)...and these just came out of the oven. Yum yum.