Friday, March 16, 2018

Week-In-Review - Week of March 16, 2018

Hi everyone,

I have not written on this blog in so long, I almost forgot how to do it! 

I thought it would be interesting to share a little bit more of our New Jersey activities in a written and photographic format. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes and not all of it could fit in a vlog.  I will try my very best to publish a new post every Friday night for the previous week (Saturday to Friday). Some may be just the mundane stuff going on in every household, others may be far more interesting (hopefully). 
Thank you for sharing these times with us. I hope you enjoy this and the upcoming blogs. 

I also want to thank everyone who has commented on my YouTube Channel. On some days I receive over 500 new comments. It is hard to keep up and acknowledge everyone. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and continue to encourage my ever so insane endeavors. 

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I am pretty sure you have all figured out by now that I am unbelievably busy. Being a natural born scattered brain does not help either. Every Sunday night I go through this grandiose phase whereby I write down all the stuff I need to accomplish for the upcoming week. They call it planning, I call it grandiose wishful thinking.
Lately I have been using my Filofax  Personal Size Malden in Ochre which was a Happy Mail gift from Tara. I use the SewMuchCrafting Week on Two Pages inserts. I like them because they allow me to not just plan but also track habits and routines I still struggle to establish. 

Filofax Malden - Personal Size 
This week - in my SewMuchCrafting inserts - so behind everything!

I can't say I am always on point with all my delusions regarding weekly accomplishments. Some weeks are better than others and this week, thus far, has been pretty insane.

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Saturdays tend to be pretty quiet around here. I usually go through the entire kitchen and set it back to zero on that day. I pick Saturday for a thorough cleaning because we usually eat leftovers from Friday Takeout as our lunch, and spend our Saturday night at a friend's house for Movie Night.  The kitchen stays clean for that 24 hour. That's it. After that, you guessed it, it is chaos again. 
I usually do my errands on that day as well. Since I have resumed working on my Laundry Room Makeover, I had to go to the Home Depot for a few supplies. 

And finished my run with a stop to my local Thrift Shop where these two Primitive prints were scored at a mere $3.

By 11 am , I was ready to make our Brunch - a mushroom and leeks omelette. Thumbs up from Scott.


Unlike me, Scott is aging pretty well, if I dare say so myself.

And that is when I decided to make a huge batch of meatloaf because let's face it, when one is prone to procrastination, making meatloaf  on a Saturday afternoon (what I have no business doing), seems to be a much more appealing task than working in the laundry room refitting a dryer vent (what I should really be doing) .

Look who's helping!

I prefer to make meatloaf muffins, they are easier to freeze and can be
substituted for meatballs too.

Especially if it involves re-cleaning the entire kitchen. I will say it again: No Brain!

That was a lot of dishes.
And finally I managed some work in the laundry room. (You can watch the video HERE).

We take turns for movie night, it was Edward's turn to pick the movie and so we watched Thunderdome. I fell asleep. Not for anything, they should have left that series alone after the first Road Warrior. Just my opinion. But I like the idea that he keeps picking "vintage" movies as his choices - except for that one time when he picked The Meaning of Life. That was just weird.

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For lent, my friend and I make the rounds of the various churches in our area. It's not really a tradition, it something we like to do. I find it interesting to check out what other parishes are up to. One gets a fresh look at things, it's not same all same all, if you know what I mean.
This week, we picked St. Aloysius in Caldwell, NJ. It is one of the oldest parishes in our neck of the woods, sitting right next to President Grover Cleveland's birthplace. Check out all the snow!

President Grover Cleveland's Birthplace. Caldwell, NJ

St. Aloysius R.C. Church Caldwell, NJ

It was an interesting sermon about our need to stop looking at the flaws in others and spending the Lent season looking for assets and positive attributes instead. It is true we spend a lot of time complaining. For that reason alone, my FB page is pretty much only like minded people or things I really care about. I can no longer invest myself in the negativity of others. It is a time suck and quite frankly, I have a hard time changing myself so why waste what I have left trying to change others. 

Then it was back to the Laundry room again where I tiled my hideous floor and made it look semi-presentable for the horde of teenagers descending to the video game dungeon on a regular. (You can watch that video HERE).


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Rough evenings at the house. 
Tuesday:  Finding the elusive snow pants for William's Wednesday Ski Trip - turned out his old ones no longer fit - I had to rush to the Ski Barn before closing.
Wednesday: Packing for Edward's Class trip.
Every year his band goes on a trip, last year he went to Disney World, this year the school picked D.C.  I would really like to be a chaperone on one of those trips - hidden agenda here - taking good pictures of Edward since his selfies are getting ridiculous and I know he does it on purpose too! 

I pack each daily outfit into a separate plastic bag - If you think I am terrible at
color coordination, you should see Edward's!

Meanwhile, William returned from his Team Building ski trip and all he had to say was "meh".

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Edward left by bus. He remembered to pack his phone charger, but not his comb. Typical. 

So the house will be pretty quiet for the next few days and William is not complaining. I am getting a barrage of pictures from various tourist sites with a few selfies scattered here and there. But, let me ask you something, when your teenager is on a trip away from home and you ask questions, does he answer with one word answer? I demonstrate:

Me: Ed, what's up? What are you guys doing? Where are you right now? Did you get to Lincoln Memorial yet?
Ed: Good
Ed: No

Me: Hmmm, sounds awesome dude! What did you have for dinner? How was the food at the Kennedy Center?
Ed: Swordfish
Ed: Good

Anyway, he is having a blast and I will hear all about it when he returns (One can only hope).

In the meantime, I had this crazy idea that maybe it is time for us to have a cat again. You may recall we lost our Vesper last year. It's been tough on us, especially Scott, but let's be honest, he will NEVER admit it. So, I have been doing the rounds of the local shelters...I am not looking for a cat in particular, I am waiting for a cat to chose me. Cat people, you know what I mean. Here are two I spotted at the Jersey City Liberty Humane Society (Kudos to the shelter, it is actually very well kept).


These two are available for adoption if you are interested and live in the area. The one on the left is a sweetheart. The one on the right is friendly but not a lap cat. 

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We are ordering out. Probably pizza. I stopped by my P.O Box and as always was overwhelmed with all your thoughtfulness and kind attentions. 

These pampering goodies are from Denise. Her YouTube Channel is one to check out if you have not done so already (DeeLovelyLife). There are a few YouTubers I look forward to watch. Denise is one of them. I think she is a class act. 
It never crossed my mind when I started a YouTube channel that folks would respond with such warmth and genuine kindness. The journey has been quite amazing and I have met a lot of wonderful people, some of them I now call my friends. Thank you Denise. 

Goodies from Denise @ Deelovelylife
The beautiful quilted pot holder, tea mug rug and scissor pouch are from Marlene. Handmade no less. I love them, they are beautifully made and quite frankly put me to shame. Thank you Marlene.

Look at this work!

So that's about it for this week. I am nowhere near where I want to be and still have a lot to cross out on my to-do list. I have more projects going in the Laundry Room this week end. Hopefully I will have time to do some quilting. Next week will probably be just as busy!

Thank you for spending the time to read this blog and getting to know us a bit more.
I hope you have enjoyed browsing through the pictures as well.

Until next week, be well, be kind, be you!

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  1. Great post Sophia! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you, it will be busy as usual

  3. Busy week . Love you are doing this weekly wrap up.

  4. Oh Sophia you are so busy. You know you inspire me to get up and get through more things on my list. I did not know this existed. I see you on You Tube which I love. Im the one who would love to see you do another "whats in my bag". Hey Im nosy and helps me to see what I my like to buy next. Tm still using the Pink Swirls one same as your old one. Anyway Im reading this on a Saturday afternoon here in Aus while canning Tomatoes. Thankyou so enjoyable and genuine love your posts. Make my day xx Maggie

  5. Dear Sophia, I watch all your video and I adore you 💕 Now I'll begin to follow you here too 😉

  6. Hi Sophia all the way from Blackburn Lancashire England I have been off work since Christmas sick and came across your YouTube videos by accident and became addicted :) you brightened up my days when they were very miserable I love your energy that you have and your zest for life you have a beautiful home and a wonderful family you are an inspiration oh and with regards to waiting for the cat to choose you I feel the two in the pics would both have a loving forever home with you......take care xx jools

  7. Sophia, your videos are such a comfort to watch. I look forward to coming home and crawling in bed to watch "what Sophia is doing." Keep publishing videos and we'll keep watching! ��

  8. I think you stay on top of things quite well. Always so busy and productive. The laundry room looks great!

    I'm glad you're looking for a new cat. Can't wait to see who chooses you.

    Teenagers! Need I say more?
    He's a great kid. Hope his trip is a good one.

  9. Your bright and honest personality is such a wonderful part of your blogs. I am addicted to them and find them very inspiring. Thank you for letting us be a part if your everyday life. It's nice to know we are not alone in the hectic day to day things and household duties. You have been blessed with a special family who supports you. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Sophia, you are always such an inspiration! I adore your enthusiastic sharing and your energy is contagious! Thank you!!

  11. Merci ma belle pour prendre le temps d'écrire ta vie au quotidien. This is my first time reading your blog and I think it's great. I like that you go right to the point with a great sense of humour. Grandiose wishful thinking I love that. Thanks

  12. My son was the same way,now he's 26 and he is much better about it ,however ,I can tell when I have asked too any questions because I get the one word answers again ��

  13. Lovely blog post. Do you write a little each day to contribute to your week in review?

  14. Hi Sophia! First time visiting your blog. I like it! Thank you for sharing your family and life with us!

  15. Thanks for sharing your week with us. My boys were one word answers when they were teens.


I welcome your feedback and comments. If you have a question or a specific request, do not hesitate, I am here to help! Thanks, S.

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