Wishing, Hoping, and Planning – The Summer Follow Up

weekly wishes june 2014

In June I created this list of things I was wishing, planning, and hoping to get done. I wanted to do a follow up and see how I did and hopefully get an idea of what I should plan for fall/winter.

1. Wash makeup brushes  7/7

2. Wash cloth ipad cover  6/25

3. Paint my nails once a week – I did pretty good with this as it was a great way to spend some time when I was home alone at night.

4. Read at least one book a week – Since posting the original post I have read 26 books so I did double my goal!

5. Mail my brother a list of songs I think he will love – No but sitting in the kitchen is a padded mailer with a CD we made him ready to be mailed!

6. Mail my other brother a list of books I think he will love – No but we have been emailing eachother which in a way accomplishes this as I just wanted to create some sort of contact as he gets older.

7. Workout 5 times a week – Hmmmmm not so much, I have worked out though but with my hip bothering me it has been more sporadic than I would like.

8. Blog at least 4 times a week – Not exactly but I kept up the blog over summer much more than I have in the past.

9. Embroider July and August’s patterns – Yes and as of today I am 99% done with Septembers!

10. Try out one new recipe a week – This started out strong but when the heat wave came I could care less about cooking and went into easy basic mode!

11. Learn a new card game – No again but Mr. H and I did have a 7 day canasta challenge which was really fun.

12. Record at least two vlogs – Yes!!! My grandparents really liked them so now I am trying to come up with some new topics to do.

13. Lastly follow myself and do what makes me happy and one day if it means watch tons of TV do it! – O yeah I did this! Overall I had a really great summer and am now really looking forward to fall and Mr. H starting his last year of nursing school.

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Sunday Currently – Decompression Day

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This week Mr. H has had the week free and we have been taking advantage of it to the maximum. Drinks out, lunch in town, feasts at home with plenty of game playing and book reading. Today we are both moving a bit slow from all of the excitement, it feels we fit a whole summer of fun into one week really and are almost a bit excited for the new school year to start tomorrow.

Reading: I read The Fault in Our Stars this week which I am happy I read when Mr. H was around so I could randomly hug him when it got sad. I am following it up with Service With a Smile by P.G. Wodehouse since it is a good light-hearted read.

Listening: We have been listening to music pretty much non stop this week while we were in the house. Queen has been on heavy rotation as there is a DVD coming out next week on a previously unreleased concert from 1974 that Mr. H is very interested in.

Thinking: That it is going to take me a few days of getting through my Bloglovin’ feed after taking a computer break this week. I only turned on the computer once on Wednesday to put up a quick post so now I have 195 unread posts!

Smelling: Orange Resorb, for those of you not in Sweden Resorb are fizzy tablets that you put in water and are full of electrolytes and things that Mr. H always gives me when I start getting sick.

Wishing: I had some new boots, I think I am always wanting new boots but I feel a significant gap in my boots as I have a cute low heeled pair but they do not do for rain and then I have two winter pairs. I would love a black leather flat pair and will be trying on every pair I come across when we go to California this year.

Hoping: That my asthma does not get really bad this fall like last fall so it is smooth sailing around our house.

Wearing: My pj’s, this Sunday I decided to put of showering and get tucked into blogging first.

Loving: The Pinterest app, I am a reluctant Pinterest user and usually only can manage looking at the website for a few minutes but the app for some reason I find highly engaging!

Wanting: To get out and take some pictures of the changing leaves but not sure I will be let out with my wheezing today.

Needing: To get back to the old squats and sit ups, I knew I would likely not exercise with Mr. H home all week but I did not take into account all the food and alcohol so I need to  get back to it next week.

Feeling: Bittersweet, it has been so wonderful spending so much time with Mr. H but I know it is just going to make his new very busy school year a bit hard at first. Also that it is his last year of nursing school, it will be wonderful when he is done and graduated with a nursing degree but he has been in school the majority of the time we have been together so it will be weird when he is out. I am sure though he will be back one day so he can be a nurse practitioner though and I will be like no more school again!!

Watching: Last night we watched Cockneys vs Zombies on a lark and ended up laughing and enjoying the whole movie. It was on Swedish Netflix but you should try and find it either way and let me know what you think!

Meals of the Week – We eat Spam

This week I just planned out seven meals but only one has a set day since Mr. H has the week off we thought it might be better just to play it by ear.

Pork Ramen

Chili con Carne served with tortilla chips, cheese, salsa, and creme fraiche

Spicy Chicken Strips with French Fries

Lamb Roast with potatoes and green beans

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos and black beans

Greek Chicken Wraps

Rice Bowls – This will be on Sunday so there are leftovers for Monday

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SPAM

Each week I try and prepare us well balanced dinners with veggies and meat and make sure we have fruit on hand for snacks but sometimes you just need something that is none of those things which is where a meal like this comes in.

It all started out as a joke one year, my grandparents put together this amazing Thanksgiving care package for us with gravy, stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, yams, pumpkin pie mix and then as a turkey substitute a can of turkey Spam.

My grandpa thought it was hilarious and could not wait to see what I was going to say about it. The thing was though that Mr. H never grew up with any idea about Spam and was all ready to cook it up and eat it and so I did since it was in the cupboard. I cut it into strips, fried it and served with over a salad.

Guess what it was a hit! Mr. H loved it and so every once in a while my grandparents will slip in a can into a care package. Now we have a set meal for it that includes fried Spam, noodles, soy sauce, sriracha, and creme fraiche/graddfil.

It may sound crazy but it is actually a really nice comforting lunch, not going to get you any points at the doctors of course but not all meals can.

Sunday Currently – Lasts

sunday currently august 10

Well Lauren is no longer doing the Sunday Currently link up but I really love wrapping up the week with it so I am going to be continuing on with it. Also today is Mr. H’s last day working at the hospital in his current capacity. He has all next week off and then starts school and new rounds of practique so really only two weeks will be different then it is back to hospital life.

Reading: Last week I mentioned I am hooked on the Stephanie Plum books and was reading book 5. Well now I have finished 5 and 6 and started on book 7. Sadly book 7 needs some serious library repairs as pages 1-42 came out in a big clump when I started it last night!

Listening: To Chopin, I think classical piano music is the perfect accompaniment to rain.

Thinking: The internet can be exhausting, I love blogging and blog reading but sometimes when you add in all the extras like Twitter and Facebook you want to scream.

Smelling: Rain, it has been raining of and on since Wednesday and I am in heaven!

Wishing: I had a cake or something to celebrate Mr. H’s last day but he will not be home till after 10 so it is really past cake time.

Hoping: Next week has one nice day so we can do some exploring minus umbrellas.

Wearing: Polka dot pj’s and a sweater featured in my closet vlog, I was going to put on some more proper pants but you know it is Sunday and I am home alone why get perfectly good pants dirty!

Loving: All the chicken in the freezer, it was on major sale this week so we know have over 3 kilos of chicken just waiting for some tasty meals this coming week.

Wanting: To go out for coffee, I wanted to go last Thursday but we had to wait around for a girl to come and buy some old textbooks and of course she came right when it would be prime fika time!

Needing: To take off my nail polish, I painted them blue with this really lovely sparkle which looked great last week this week it looks like crap but I just keep saying I will do it later….

Feeling: Achy, I think I have been fighting a cold for about a week which I am happy it has stayed on the sidelines but it has made me feel a bit worn out.

Watching: We are one episode away from finishing season 2 of The Nanny, we have been watching an episode with lunch and one before bed and every time we are so surprised with how much we laugh.

What have you been up to this past week?

In My Closet – Vlog

The other day as I was scrolling through Twitter I saw Amanda (The Lady Okie) comment about a link up involving closets and I was totally intrigued. With a bit of sleuthing I found that it was part of a monthly link up series at In Its Time.

In Its Time
After a bit more reading and watching I was excited to add my vlog to the link up. I showcased some pieces from my closet that I love and why I love them. Hope you enjoy and make sure to check out the link up to see some more closet treasures!

In My Closet Vlog from Bailie Hemborg on Vimeo.

Not With Me!!

Our building has a front and back entrance. The front entrance you can enter either with your key fob or by using the key pad and having the person you are coming to see buzz you in. The back entrance you can only use your key fob for entry.

front entrance

When you are walking up to either entrance the whole area is very visible. Now when I am alone and coming to either side if I see people waiting to get in I walk around to the other side so I do not have to let them in.

I do this for a few reasons:

I am sure they are perfectly fine ordinary people but what if they are not, I do not want them robbing or causing harm to me or others in our building.

What if someone in the building does not want to see them. I always think if I was avoiding someone so did not buzz them in and then someone came along and just let them in I would be pissed.

I hate talking to strangers, if you walk up to the door and in and someone is standing there you are bound to have to say something to them.

Mr. H thinks it makes sense but that I am a bit extreme in my avoidance of letting people in and will not often go all the around the buildings to avoid it himself.

So what would you do, I am curious if I am just a typical paranoid Californian or that you think this is totally normal too.

O and I so far have found no solution for leaving the building and not letting a person go in behind me without seeming like a real crazy lady!

Meals of the Week – Veggie Pot Pie Potatoes

This is the last week Mr. H is at the hospital before school starts up and I am so excited that I will get a break of trying to think of food that reheats and carries well for a few weeks.

Monday – Ham and Chicken Dirty Rice

Tuesday – Shepards Pie

Wednesday –  Spaghetti and Meatballs

Thursday – Pork Loin and Veggie Pot Pie Potatoes (recipe below)

Friday – Chipotle Chicken One Pot Pasta

Saturday – Korean Beef

Sunday – Leftovers

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Veggie Pot Pie Potatoes Recipe

I made this recipe up a few weeks ago since I had some celery I needed to use up and Mr. H has asked if I will make it every week since! I am totally ok with that though since I love pot pie filling and potatoes!

Ingredients:

600 grams of potatoes – I have been using King Edward

2 carrots diced

3 stalks of celery diced

1 onion diced

1-2 cups chicken broth

1 cup milk

75 grams butter/margarine

3 tbsp flour

salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme

What to do:

Pre-heat oven to 400 F

Cut potatoes into thin slices and parboil – drain and set aside

In a large frying pan saute the onion in 70 grams of the fat till tender and then add in carrots and celery saute for a few more minutes seasoning with the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. You want them to retain a bit of crunch but not be raw.

Stir in the flour making sure to coat the vegetables and get it all incorporated with the fat in the pan.

Slowly stir in the cup of milk making a nice roux.

Once the milk is all stirred it should be a very thick paste, now slowly start adding in the broth.

You want a thick gravy like mixture so I usually use just one cup of broth but it can vary so I like having the two cups ready.

Once your mixture is at the consistency you want add the thyme and taste test for seasoning.

Let it simmer on low while you layer half the potatoes in the bottom of a baking dish.

Pour over the veggie mixture and then layer the remaining potatoes on top.

Cover with the remaining butter and bake till golden and slightly crispy along the edges about 30 minutes.

Optional:

If you want to change it up after 20 minutes in the oven you can take it out cover with thinly sliced ham/kassler cover with cheese and then put back in the oven.

Also to the filling you could add bacon or thinly sliced sausage to make a complete meal instead of side dish out of it.

Change up the veggies adding cabbage, peas, or bell pepper for insistence.

Sunday Currently – Socks On?

Primark Leopard Shoes

If you follow me on instagram you will have most likely seen my feet in these shoes already! Now that the weather has changed though I think Friday might have been the last hurrah for going out at night sockless. I will miss my flats so much but at least that awful tan line will be covered up!

Reading: High Five by Janet Evanovich, when I read the first in the series I was not sold but now that I know the series is out there I find myself picking up the next one when I am at the library.

Listening: 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night by Simon and Garfunkel, I do not go in much for politics and things on my blog but it is really interesting how the news broadcast in that song featuring items from August 3, 1966 mirror the news of these past weeks. If you can find a recording of it I highly suggest listening as it is a really moving piece.

Thinking: That Sundays are my favorite day of the week, I just love the no pressure hang around the house and cook a really hearty meal feeling they have lately.

Smelling: Vanilla Lipsmackers, I love it only if I am not going to eat or drink soon otherwise it is very overpowering.

Wishing: I had a proper rain jacket. I have a trench that is waterproof but it makes me look super short, well I am super short but it just adds to it.

Hoping: I can stay healthy, whenever the weather does a huge change I am prone to getting an asthma attack which with Mr. H having a whole week in between work and school coming up I would like to be healthy for it.

Wearing: Hoodies of all kinds, it was slightly overkill since it was only possible with the windows open but last night I put on a hoodie, long pj pants and socks and was so happy to feel snuggly again.

Loving: How we moved the bookcase in the kitchen, it was a really minor change but made it feel fresh and new again.

Wanting: Donuts, not just any donuts though I want some from a cheap place in California with a carton of chocolate milk.

Feeling: Invigorated, I am prone to being really moody in summer and I can feel myself opening up again and feeling excited to tackle new projects with the end of the season.

Watching: Last night we watched Skyfall, yes two years after it came out, and man is Daniel Craig sexy!

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After Work Friday!

after work friday

In Sweden instead of Happy Hour they have After Work which is I think such a great term especially when we get to go! This weekend Mr. H has both Saturday and Sunday off so we are kicking it off with a bit of After Working and then pizza! First though I am going to the library and returning the massive pile of books that has been building up all summer and getting some new ones of course!

I am also really excited because it is nice and breezy and cool out so I can wear my new sleeveless hoodie! I bought it in July as part of a buy three get one free deal at Carlings and am so excited to finally wear it. I am not sure though what I am going to wear under but it will work itself out!

Other than that I have been bugging Mr. H to make me something baked so we will see if I wore him down.

Hope your weekend is full of laughter and sleep!!