Thursday, June 19, 2008


Last Saturday was WWKIP Day. Did you get to KIP?? I did, though it wasn't anything different from my usual Saturday knitting. I knitted a little in the parking lot of our local supermarket while waiting for Matt to pick up a few things. Not exactly out in the open, since I was in the car, but the windows were down, and the woman who parked her car next to ours looked at me like I had knitting needles growing out of my head.

I also knit in the club house of the tennis club where Ty does this every Saturday:
Look at the concentration on his face. He hits the ball pretty well when he looks at it. (amazing how one's performance can improve when one actually pays attention...) Could this be the next Andre Agassi? Maybe. Who knows?

I spent the rest of the day in the kitchen. Since I'm going to be working a LOT more during the next school year, I'm trying out a few new organizational systems. Of course, a few months ago I started a Control Journal based on the system I found HERE. I have tweaked it a bit over the last few weeks, and it works perfectly for me. I've never been so relaxed, and my house & laundry have never been so clean and caught up.

The new thing I'm trying is to do most of my week's worth of cooking on Saturday or Sunday. Evenings are really hectic around here, and family meals (eaten at a reasonable hour) are important to us. I cook almost everything from scratch (because then I know exactly what is in our food). I've always prepared a weekly menu (which translates into the weekly shopping list), but now I'm doing as much of the prep-work as possible during one day of the weekend.

Last weekend that meant washing all (and chopping up much) of the produce, making a marinade, assembling a mexican meatloaf (to be cooked in the crockpot), mixing together all the ingredients for baked beans and hardboiling some eggs. Also, Ty & I made homemade tortillas:

He loves to help me in the kitchen. He helped me with most of the tasks and we ended up spending about 2 hours in the kitchen. (He spent a little less due to his five-year-old attention span.)

Sounds like a lot of time for a Saturday, but here's the neat thing: so far this week I've spent a total of 30 minutes cooking in the kitchen in the evening. And with leftovers for dinner tonight & tomorrow night... I'd say it was worth the time on Saturday. Plus, who could possibly complain about 2 hours of quality time with Ty?

And what was Riley doing during the marathon cooking session? Well, he slept through most of it, but also spent a little time bouncing around. Actually, he doesn't yet understand how to bounce... he just sort of wobbles around in it... but, hey, he has fun & it's good for him.

I know I haven't had a lot of knitting content lately. I just feel dumb showing you pictures of the same (long) wip's over & over. I've got three going right now & all are so mind numbingly boring that I'm about to lose it. I need to finish them up so I can move on to something more interesting (maybe something with a purl stitch...).

I have only 2 1/2 blocks to go on Sweet Pea's blanket. It will be smaller than I had hoped for, but that's a whole other blog post. I'm so close I can taste it. So maybe I'll get it done this weekend & show you pictures soon!

Until next time... Knit Happy!!!

1 comment:

Tamara said...

FlyLady rocks! I'm so glad to hear that there is another family somewhere in the world that makes a priority of eating together in the evening at a reasonable time. I feel less weird now, thank you :) I had my now 11yo dd in the kitchen with me from the time she could sit on the counter and roll biscuit dough, and now she can cook a whole meal (which means mom doesn't have to!).