I may be a bit spotty on the blogging for the next few months. I've got a whirlwind of change, activity, and sheer panic going on. The IT lead on my program has taken new position which starts September 21st, and this week and next she is on vacation. Overlapping next week, another member of my team is on vacation, out of the country vacation to be specific, and team member four is waiting for her grand baby to arrive any day now and will be taking time off as soon as that occurs. Vacations I can handle, but all at one time while trying to figure out how to triage training, technical assistance, and interface with the data systems developer at the same time might cause a crash at some point. Plus on the home front, we are in a race against the calendar to get the basement family room and bathroom redone before my houseful the last Sunday in September. We decided the lower bathroom, like the upstairs, will get little more than a coat of paint and perhaps a few accessories for now due to time and finances. I've also slated to upload the first content to samandcoffee.com by October 8th so it is up at least a week before the next MN Blogger's Conference the following weekend.
Yes, I do these things to myself. Sometimes I feel, just like with tight budget management when times are lean, I keep balls juggling better when I am swamped to the gills. Perhaps this is just a mental mind trick to preserve my sanity. Either way, I'm committed in an all in way right now so charging forward. The monthly cash flow got better in August, not counting vacation, but we are not back on track by any means. This means indulgences need to be few, or cheap. I feel like I am going to need them, so going for cheap. Here are a couple little luxuries I've treated myself to this week.
Lattes, Lattes and lattes- The $2.50 milk frother from IKEA works a charm. With my Aldi's vanilla cream coffee grounds in my reusable K-Cup for my Keurig (yeah-I got it unclogged), I've whipped myself up a great coffee house drink faster than Starbucks. I can't help lingering a little longer, sitting down to drink the first cup at least, rather than just filling my to go mug and running out the door.
Spa pampered feet-By spa, I mean my bathroom, and by pampered I mean soaking them in a mixture of vinegar, water, and baking soda until all the dry stuff softens, toweling them smooth, then slathering with lotion, and putting on cotton socks. There are still weeks worth of sandal weather and when my feet soak, I feel the aches of the day going away.
Fresh grown cucumber, tomato, and hummus sandwich- No time or place than Minnesota in the late summer do you get cucumbers and tomato that taste so phenomenal. Sliced and ready for my lunch with a portion of hummus in a container and a slice of multi grain bread, eating my sandwich in a sunny corner of the office felt like I was at a farm to table cafe.
I might be swamped and I might be broke, but these little luxuries have been appreciated. I hope to squeeze some baking in this weekend, adding home baked goods to my list. I've seen a few recipes I want to try involving odds and ends I have in my cupboards. Chia seed bread anyone? I hope you stay with me despite of spottiness. Until my next post, have a great week and find some little treats for yourself.