Sunday, January 25, 2009

Joy Experiment Day 5

1.  The hubs yummie breakfast-french toast made with homemade bread
2.  Sleeping in
3.  Rediscovering Tetris
4.  Going to my brothers for a couple of days to spend time with two of my adorable nieces.
5.  A $3 crystal cake plate from biggest thrift store in NJ

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Joy Experiment Day 4

1.  Folding that last load of laundry.
2.  That first sip of coffee in the morning
3.  Finding out that the biggest thrift store in NJ is about 10 minutes away.
4.  Last night was a great night with the hubs and it was just going to the library, love that simplicity.
5.  The new way the living room is arranged

Freshly vacuumed floors :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Joy Experiment-Day 3

1.the smell of fresh cleaned sheets and blankets
2.Cooking this for dinner
3.Making some sauce to freeze.  (freezer meals make things just soo much easier)
4.Answered Prayers
5.Dreaming of a new little niece or nephew coming this September. Oh you know I love me some baby cuddling :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Joy Experiment Day 2

1. Spending days with good friends
2. They lady singing "Say My Name" in broken english in Sams
3. The way my hair feels when I wash it with this soap
4. playing with henna
5.  Spending time being creative and creating things

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spring Garden Journal

So you know I'm a newbie gardiner.  Last year was my first year gardening. So I learned some things and I'm excited to apply that knowledge this year. I've kept some plants alive in my house all winter which is amazing in itself. Checking my blogs today I found a Spring Garden Planner at Little House in the Suburbs that will really help my endeavors. Go, download, and plant... it will grow

Blog Header

 So check it out, I changed the look of my blog.  This is a picture of a sunrise I took on Memorial Day of this year down the Jersey Shore.  Let me know what you think :)

Focusing on the good

It seems like there are a good amount of people struggling right now and coming up against something that they just can't change.  Talking to friends and reading my favorite bloggers it seems as if they've hit a wall.  Things have changed over in the Dirkey household and its not all bad but it is different than what was the norm.  I don't know about you but when I'm forced to make a leap of faith I get a bit anxious, thankfully, I do have a belief in God and have a knowledge that He cares for me that helps curb that anxiousness.  
I'm going to start something called the Joy Experiment here.  Every day I'm going to post 5 things that give me joy.  I'm going to try to do this every morning so that it helps me to focus on what I do have and how blessed I really am.  I think this would probably be the best way to start out the day feel free to join in.  

5 things that bring me joy:
1. waking up to a hug, what a nice way to start the day.
2. walking downstairs to coffee already made, sawheet!
3.  Irish oatmeal with cinnamon and a little bit of molasses YUM!!!
4.  Freshly made bed
5.  my kitty cat sleeping in the sunlight.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Exciting stuff

So I've been working hard at getting my Doula business going.  I'm going to be partnering with a good friend of mine so we spent today hammering out some details; deciding on names, getting a website going, getting a work email set up.  I'm really excited to start marketing our services and getting serious with this.  I also have an interview to be a substitute for the local school district tomorrow which will be wonderful.  I'm getting really excited for this next chapter of my life.  I kind of feel the need to pinch myself that I'm able to do this stuff.  I love being home more and feeling like I have more time to get the house in order and do the little things that need to get done.  I love having the laundry, dishes and all that stuff done before the hubs gets in so we can just enjoy our time together.  

Once we get our website completed and up and running, I'll make sure to post a link up here. :)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

My bread looks like an old man

So I made some fresh bread to compliment last nights dinner and to just have on hand.  I was comfronted with something I'm not too used to.  I usually let it rise twice in the oven then after it has risen the second time (in the loaf pan)  I'll set it on the stove while I preheat the oven. This time the second I took it out of the second rise it deflated about an inch and had lots of wrinkles.  It tastes fine but the looks definitely aren't there.  Anyone ever have this happen?

My theories are:
-the difference in temp between the oven and the house as the heat is on low
-not enough flour in the mix

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Raw Smoothie Week

So I've been catching up on some books that I've wanted to read lately.  I just finished Green for Life and I'm about midway through Gorgeously Green. Between those two books and some conversations with Mama K I'm inspired to try going Raw for up until dinner this week.  Being the ridiculously supportive husband that he is the hubs is jumping on the bandwagon to help me.  I just spent about an hour blending all the smoothies for us for tomorrow.  We have a Chia Seed, Apple, Lemon, Kale blend; a Blueberry, Banana, Celery Blend and a simple Banana, Spinach blend.  I tasted them all and they are pretty good.  We'll see how filling they are as the week goes on but I'm excited to try it at least.  

Its been pretty interesting reading in depth in Green for Life on some of the points brought up in the book about PH levels in your stomach and stomach acid in regards to how you absorb nutrients.  Also the comparison to a typical American diet to that of the closest animal to us in genetic composition the Chimpanzee, was pretty intriguing.  Gorgeously Green has some great tips on finding health and beauty items that are good for you, some great tips on getting my body moving and I'm sure alot more but I'm only halfway through that one.  Being a part of a local coop has really helped me switch most of our bath and body products over to healthy choices but there are some holdouts (deodorant is the big one) that we just haven't found a good alternative for.  Its been inspiring me to examine that a bit more. 

As far as getting moving I got my butt kicked by Leslie Sansone's Walk and Fit which tells me that I need to do it some more. I threw in some pilates beforehand but only got ten minutes in before I had to call it quits on that.  The hubs and I have made a promise to each other to do some type of workout three times a week together as I realize I'm less likely to quit doing it if he's doing it with me and he feels the same. 

I literally feel like a page is turning in my life and there is a gorgeously blank slate set before me.  Everything in my life has changed recently but for the first time in weeks I'm kind of seeing some good come out of it.  

Saturday, January 03, 2009

All Is Quiet

As you are probably realizing this blog has been pretty quiet.  I've been holding my cards close to my chest as it seems to be the best thing to do right now.  Things are turning around though and I'm feeling a bit better.  I signed up for a cake decorating class that I'm really excited about.  As you probably know I love baking cakes and I think my imagination is great as far as that goes but my skill level is what holds me back.  I can't wait getting some technical skill to throw in with my crazy imagination, Ace of Cakes better watch his back!  I am also starting the process to be a substitute teacher.  I was toying with babysitting but this seems like a better choice for us right now.
I also joined Spark People to work on my weight. Thankfully I have a friend for the journey. I'll keep you updated every once in awhile on the progress.