Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/15 - 4/20 & Gel/Shellac Nailpolish Review

Only 5 weekends left until we move. Time is going by incredibly quickly. My list of things to do before we leave is no where near complete. We've made it to one restaurant and only because it was my birthday. Assuming nothing goes wrong later today, we are planning to cross something else off the list, but I still feel like there are hundreds of things to do and merely hours left.

I've been ready to start packing since we received the letter in the mail saying how much it will cost us to move. We've been collecting boxes for a few weeks now. So yesterday morning when the cats decided to wake me up at an ungodly hour for a Saturday, I decided I could see what we could pack up 5 weeks in advance. The main stuff - our dining room. We don't really use it and most of the stuff in there is just overflow from other rooms. I quickly used up all of the boxes we had accumulated, but all that is left is one shelf full of stuff and furniture. I also went through the kitchen and packed up a few things that I'd like my mom to hang onto until we have more space, mainly most of the stainless steel pots from my aunt and a trillion different types of drinking glasses from another aunt.

The bookcase in the bedroom is packed, the linen closet has been reorganized and we've went through the totes in the storage closet full of holiday decor. For one day, I'd call this successful. I fully plan to have everything but absolute necessities packed up and ready to be moved as of May 14th.

So, what does this have to do with the menu? I've also started "Operation Clean Out the Freezer". I really hate moving with food. Almost as much as I hate going to the grocery store after moving and wondering how in the world you've managed to double or triple your grocery bill. But, Friday night I went through the freezer and pantry and wrote down quantities of the items I don't plan on moving with.  This includes everything in the freezer, glass jars in the pantry and open boxes of pasta or rice. The menus for the next couple of weeks are going to be a bit strange but its all in the sake of moving with the least amount of stuff as possible.

However, if you haven't figured it out yet by reading when I plan to make something on the menu and when it actually shows up as a post, I have posts scheduled pretty far in advance. I haven't calculated it out just yet, but I'm hoping by next week I'll have enough posts to carry me right through that 7-10 day OMGIJUSTMOVEDWHEREISMYSTUFF period that even the most organized of us all seem to encounter. I figure the largest interruption you'll see on this blog is there will probably be two consecutive weeks without a weekly menu post. But because I'm incredibly organized and plan WAY to far ahead, its quite possible there will only be one.

Sunday - Sriracha Turkey Meatballs with Edamame Fried Rice

Monday - Shrimp Scampi with Roasted Asparagus

Tuesday - some type of Stir Fry

Wednesday -Omelet or Frittata

Thursday - Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic-Wine Sauce 

Friday - to be determined, probably something unhealthy and boxed from the pantry 

Tuesday when I got my pedicure for my birthday I was easily convinced to try out one of those Gel/Shellac manicures. I never pay to get a manicure because I am incredibly hard on my nails. If I'm not biting them, tapping them on something, using them to scrape something off, or soaking my hands in dish water, I probably could maintain a decent manicure for more than a day or two. But that's just not the case. A regular manicure, done by me or paid for, doesn't last more than 2 days without getting chipped.

While the gel/shellac manicures are more expensive than a regular one, I've got to say, I'm pretty impressed so far. First, they have a glossy sheen to them which makes me not want to bite them at all. They've made it through a regular weekend of cleaning, baking,  hand-washing dishes and even some light packing with absolutely no chips or cracks. Granted, its only been 5 days and they're supposed to last 2-3 weeks, but its already 3 days longer than I usually get!


I'm a definite fan and I think next time I'll try out a darker color since now I know it really won't chip right away! (If you can't tell from the pic, I opted for a very light pink color.)

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