Thursday, February 25, 2010

A day off

I have taken today off from work. I have been so busy with Girl Scout cookies that I have had no time to pay bills or even deposit my cookie booth money. My house is a disaster. My laundry is piling up. I just needed a day to catch up on everything.

My husband and son are working on a remodeling job, so they are gone. My youngest daughter is in school, so the house is peaceful. I have one load of laundry washed and hung up. Second load is in the washer. Left on my list: clean the cat boxes and clean one bathroom. Clean off my laundry room desk and get my cookie money into the bank. And pay some bills. I am going to try a trick I picked up years ago from the Flylady. I am going set a timer for 15 minutes and do as much as possible before the timer goes off. After 15 minutes reset up the timer and move on to the next task.

Last weekend, my two troops had four cookies booths and we sold 701 boxes of cookies. Saturday morning was rainy and chilly. Sunday was chilly and wind – I think I was cold all day and I am going through menopause. This coming up weekend we have two cookie booths; the first one is not until 4 pm on Saturday and then one on Sunday at 8 am. I am hoping to sell about 250 more boxes.

I’m off for my last cup of coffee and it is time to get busy.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Girl Scout Cookies!

Girl Scout cookie drop day was today. This morning at 6 am, my youngest daughter and my son joined several other adults and older girl scout to take delivery of the 4914 cases of cookies for our neighborhood. I have helped sort cookies into troop orders for the last three years, but I was in charge this year. We had so many pallets of cookies it kind of looked like cookie canyons. I have posted a photo from last year; I didn’t have time this year to take one.

Our neighborhood had 50 troops selling cookies. Sorting started between 6:30 am & 7:00 am with the first troops arriving at 7:30. The last troop picked up around 11:00. It was had work. Last year one person handled the whole cookie season and this year we had a team of 4 people. I don’t know how she managed by herself.

Once I got home, I had to sort 200+ cased into orders for the 22 girls in my Cadette & Brownie troops. I did it on the front lawn and I was surprised no one stopped as they drove by wanting to buy them. Most of my girls picked them up by 6 pm, which made for a very long day.

Now it is time to sit by my outside fire, have a glass of wine and relax. No work tomorrow so I get to sleep in.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

To Do List (for the most part) Done

Yesterday, when I got home from work I found most of the to do list done.  Now if they could just figure it out without me having to leave a list.  Maybe someday the will get it.

Last night (actually he called me at work) my son came to me with my laptop because it wouldn't boot up and can you look at/fix it now.  I did work on it some, running diagnostics and could not get it to start.  I am sure he picked something up for the questionable site a 20 year old male might go to.  He let his virus software expire and didn't remind me or ask me to renew it.  I have an outside consultant at work for major computer issues and he is going to see if the red beast can't be resurrected. (His laptop is red, thus the name).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Do To List

When I left for work this morning I left a To Do list for my older kids to take care of while I am at work. When I walk through the door tonight I expect to find:

• Their laundry put away

• The towels put away neatly

• The clean dishes put away

• The dirty dishes washed

• The floor vacuumed

• The floor mopped

• Weeds pulled in the back yard

• A file of important papers Y took out and left on the table

• The couch cleaned off

• The ironing board put away

• The bathroom cleaned

These two are home and both over the age of 18. I don’t see why they cannot get this done for me. I work full time and left this morning at 7:00 am. My husband is also working on an outside job this week.

I hope it all gets done.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yesterday I spent the day with my Junior Girl Scout troop participating in our Council’s World Thinking Day. The girls did a really good job of telling the others about Chile. We left my house at 9:15, the event started at 11, and we could break our booth down at 3:00.

I was able to get 3 load of laundry washed and hung up on the line. I like doing laundry. As long on my kids get the dirty clothing to the laundry room, I have no problem washing it and hang it up. There are people I work with who have commented on the fact that I still do my kids laundry and it really bugs me. My thoughts on doing everyone’s laundry is if I do it I control when it is done. We I had a dryer this was an issue because it cost more to run it between 9 am & 9 pm. Also, if I let my kid do there own, the loads would not be as full – wasting water. I get tired of hearing about how their kid did their own once in high school. Well, good for you, but don’t judge me because mine don’t.

Today, is my last real weekend day off until April. The cookies arrive next weekend and I will be busy with cookie booths until mid March, then archery training and an encampment. So, I cut out a pair of scrub pants & top for my oldest daughter. My husband went to my dad’s to watch the super bowl and I sewed up the top. I could buy her some scrubs, but it is cheaper to buy the material and don't mind spending the time sewing them. Tomorrow I have the day off so I am going to make the pants. I have material to make one more set of scrubs for her and I hope to get the done soon. Here is a photo of the fabric I use today to make her top.  We are cat people.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dulce de Leche

My Junior Girl Scout troop is participating in a Council wide World Friendship Day event on Saturday. My troop has to represent the country of Chile. The girls have been learning about Chile and I have been making hundreds of samples of dulce de leche to take with us.

There are a few way to make dulce de leche, but the fast way is in the microwave. Take one can of sweetened condensed milk and pour it into a microwave safe deep dish. Cook for 2 minutes at 50% power, stir and cook 2 minutes at 50% power, continue this process for about 20 minutes until it turns caramel color. On Monday I cooked up 4 cans, Tuesday 2 cans, Wednesday 4 cans and tonight 4 more cans. Tomorrow I get out of work at 2 and have 6 final cans to cook.

This stuff if very yummy, my kids love it. I think this will be something they request me to make.