1. a while back i went without sugar for (are you ready?) A WEEK. yes, that's right. a whole SEVEN DAYS. i stopped because i got to the rage part and i couldn't successfully hang with four kids and a bunch of pets and rage. someone had to go. so i got a creme puff and calmed the heck down.
what i learned: i like sugar. especially in the afternoon, and especially in the evenings. at one point i had five different recipes open in my web browser and all of them were sugar-laden. ryan started to enjoy his nightly ritual of ice cream in a mug by hiding and doing his darnedest to make sure the spoon didn't hit the side of the mug too loudly. i thought only about desserts. doughnuts. cookies. cake. chocolate. muffins. syrups.
by the end of the week i was better. a lot better. (except for the rage) but i didn't need sugar as much. i didn't think about it so much.
here's why i did it: i was eating more sugar than i was comfortable with myself eating. and i was relying on it, i believe. i didn't lose weight, but i only did it for a week, and i was a little shocked as to how i didn't care that much.
having said that, i should tell you that i just ate several fun size snickers bars from seth's halloween basket. so, clearly i might have to have another week of no-sugar.
2. i bought the goods for a homemade apple pie. now i just need to work up the energy to bake it.
3. sarah has begun to clearly answer, "yes, mama." to my requests/questions. it is clear, it is sweet, it is delightsome.
she also pronounces her k's as h's, so "okay" sounds like "o-hay". since she says "okay" to everything, it's most definitely awesome.
4. i've been reading and i've got books stashed everywhere, books that i want to blog about, i just haven't yet. you guys send so many excellent recommendations! keep them coming! currently reading: the woman in white by wilkie collins. it is SO GOOD.
5. kate's favorite game lately has been making homes for her toys. this means she empties out cubbies, shelves, baskets, bins, or whatever else she can find, to place a blanket, the toy, and two food bowls. now her room is FULL of homes everywhere, and the contents of those cubbies, shelves, baskets, and bins on the floor. it is chaos. how long do i let this phase play out before i begin to insist we keep the floor clean?
6. this article, "47 hacks people with add/adhd use to stay on track" was made for me. read it here. (do you think that means i have add/adhd?)
7. goals for this week: laundry. why is there always so much laundry? and why does it never end??? send me your tips/systems/laundry routines. STAT.