Together we realized that I spend a considerable portion of my day in my car. Having three kids in three different school makes that unavoidable, but when I weigh it out in terms of where my time goes each day...sheesh...it's a lot! I tried to identify other ways I waste time and come up with solutions to make full use of the 5.5 hours I have while the kids are in school every day to include work, commitments, and some life-giving-soul-reviving-activity. One thing that surprised (and greatly pleased me) was that I've significantly pared down my outside commitments to bible study and YL Grilled Cheese Thursday. I actually enjoy and look forward to both of those activities! This is the first time in a decade or more that I don't have multiple commitments to my kids' school(s). It's actually very, very nice and very, very freeing! YET, I still feel busy and overwhelmed. I think being a mom, working part-time, and keeping a home just combine to make even the most organized of us feel like slackers.
Anyhoo. I found a few areas to tweak and I'm trying to use my time much more purposefully so that I can free up space for the things that allow me to feel sane--like being home at least two days a week. And hiking. And friends. And even blogging. I want to feel like I have control over my schedule and not the other way around. I'm realistic here too; I realize that some weeks will totally own me. :)
It's Wednesday! Hump Day! And what better gift than a
I got the text that the district upgraded our delay to a closure while sitting here writing this post. I am soooooooo sooooooooo sooooooooo happy right now. I think snow days might be even better when they're unexpected.
I've been very diligent about keeping wheat/gluten out of my diet for the past two weeks and I am feeling SO much better. But you know what stumps me? How to thicken soups and stews without good ole white flour. I've tried cornstarch (works okay but breaks down quickly), rice flour (seems grainy to me), and all-purpose gluten-free flour (has an after-bite and changes the flavor of things)(maybe because the primary ingredient in mine is garbanzo bean flour)(gag). I'm planning to make beef stew for dinner tonight and don't know what kind of flour/thickener to substitute for the flour. Any tried and true ideas from my GF friends? Think coconut flour would work?