Grocery Geek: First Two Weeks of 2018

I won’t be driving to our “big town” (Kerrville) near as much these days (since I will be doing AA in Rocksprings) so we will definitely be shopping for 2 weeks at a time.  I can get some groceries in Rocksprings (where I will be leading AA and the kids go to school), but the selection is very limited and food is much more expensive.  So I don’t want to do big shopping there.

Robert shot an axis deer the other night and he will be processing it tomorrow so we should have a good 30-40 pounds of meat from that!  I’m so thankful because meat is the most expensive part of buying groceries.

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Of course we won’t ONLY want axis meat so I will buy a few different types of meat here and there.

We emptied a lot of our food before we went out of town so we hardly had any meat left.  Some frozen chicken breast, some fish (including some wild caught mahi-mahi that someone caught and gave us, a little salmon, and a white fish of some sort), a pound of ground beef, and a pound of bacon.  It’s actually all frozen except the bacon.

We hardly had any produce.  I think just some apples, potatoes, and onions.  Anything else that we had went bad.

We do have a pantry mostly full (that I plan to reorganize soon!), so we have plenty of canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, rotel, canned beans (black, garbanzo, and pinto), lots of whole wheat flour, dried pinto beans, white and brown rice, oats (rolled, quick, and steel cut), cake mixes, cereal, oatmeal, snacks (we got a ton for our trip and had a lot left over), protein powder, honey, peanut butter, ingredients for homemade granola, oils (coconut, avocado, olive, and canola), mixed nuts, bagels, bread, tortilla chips, and on and on.  We have lots of frozen veggies and fruit.

So most of what I bought yesterday was fresh food.  I also had to buy some household products and we include that in our budget.  Another thing that we had to buy was freezer paper and freezer bags for freezing the deer meat.

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Cold foods:

  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1 bag of boiled and peeled eggs (Levi loves these)
  • 1 carton of egg whites
  • 1 (large) package of drumsticks (these were 99 cents per pound!)
  • 1 tub of Julio’s salsa (our fave)
  • 1 lb of lunch meat
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • 1 package of sliced medium cheddar
  • 2 links of sausage
  • 2 ham steaks
  • 2 lbs of butter
  • 32 oz plain Greek yogurt (for making ranch dip and homemade yogurt)
  • 2 gallons of milk (one for drinking and one for making homemade yogurt)

Pantry Items:

  • 1/2 caff coffee
  • Decaf coffee
  • Nature’s seasons (we use this in everything)
  • Seasoned salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Ranch packets
  • Duke’s mayo (my fave)
  • 4 boxes of whole wheat mac n cheese
  • Frosted Mini Wheats (Karis needs fiber!)
  • Brianna’s Dressing (my fave)
  • Coconut sugar (for making homemade yogurt)
  • 2, 12 packs of caffeine free diet coke (HEB brand)

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More Pantry Items (and some household items):

  • Whole wheat English muffins
  • Tortilla chips
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Tortillas (half corn/half wheat)
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • Paper plates
  • Generic disinfectant wipes

Household items:

  • Dishwasher tabs
  • Melatonin
  • Quart size freezer bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Freezer paper

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Produce:

  • Bag of spinach
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Celery
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Avocados
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet tomatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli florets
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Baby carrots
  • Rainbow baby carrots
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe

I spent $178!  Which I think is pretty amazing for 2 weeks’ worth. I might have to spend another $25 or so for little things here and there but that’s about it.  I really love HEB.

We also got the kids new tennis shoes and socks yesterday, Karis got some long sleeve shirts and a pair of jeans, and they spent some of their Christmas money (the boys got BB guns and Karis bought a pair of boots).

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I had grand plans to get a lot done in the house today and it hasn’t happened.  But I’m okay with just taking it easy after a long day yesterday.  Tonight we are spending time with our neighbors playing games and eating soup!  I’m looking forward to it.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

Word for the Year: Thrive

So much life has happened since the last time I posted.  Lots of activities, Christmas events, doctor appointments, lots of driving, money spent, AA, difficulty with kids’ mental and physical health, my mental and physics health, and more.

Unfortunately I have been struggling again physically and mentally.  I have had a lot of insomnia and sleeping most of the morning most days.  When I lay down I cough more and have some other symptoms of reflux so it’s hard to get to sleep.  I’m thinking that it will be time to see a specialist eventually but I need to get through the holidays.  There are also some things I can try.

Anyway…

Robert and I had an amazing “date day” for our anniversary (14 years!) on the 20th.  We took the kids out of school early, had brunch at our favorite restaurant in Rocksprings, then drove to Kerrville (our “big town”) to meet my dad for him to take the kids.

We went to see the Star Wars movie (which is my favorite so far), went out to eat, then went to Starbucks for coffee. We got in a lot of good conversation that we desperately needed to have.

Robert has been struggling too. I won’t go into all of that because it’s not my place to share. But my being sick for as long as I have been and being really needy, I really think he’s just worn out. Over the years there have been many seasons in which he would work all day, then come home and cook dinner then put the kids to bed. And do laundry, dishes, etc. There have been many seasons where that hasn’t been the case but the majority of this year has been really hard. I have felt a lot of hopelessness in the midst of my struggle. I was under the impression that by becoming sober life would be so amazing and much easier but that hasn’t been the case. The hard part has been learning to handle my mental illness without alcohol.

On our anniversary when we were talking, I realized that I have been living in the “poor me” and as a victim. Focusing on all of the hard and as if I have no say in how I live or feel.

On one hand, I can’t control all of my depression or anxiety. On the other hand, I do have some control. The biggest things that I can control are my self care, having regular routine and not spending all day in bed, choosing to do things outside of my comfort zone, and making the choice to spend time with others. Not just trying to comfort myself and being isolated.

I won’t make a list of all the things I plan to do, but I’ve decided that my word for the year is THRIVE. I’m tired of barely surviving.

I feel that I’m at the point of “mind over matter.” I am on lots of meds and for the most part they work well. I am at the point in which I can tell my brain to think a specific way and it may be hard, but I’m able to deal with things better because of this.

I also want to be in the Word (reading my Bible) regularly again. I have noticed a difference in how I think when I’m not.

Another Rocksprings citizen (my new sweet friend) and I will be starting an AA group in town, which is way out of my comfort zone! But I’m excited to be more part of the community and the beautiful thing is that it will be much less driving for me. One of the days that we plan to meet will be on choir day so I will already be there. There some super sweet people in that town. I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to meet on January 2nd to kick it off.

We have had a great Christmas season despite my issues!

Technically Christmas is over. I’ve been trying to get this post out for several days but it hasn’t happened. I’m hardly ever on my computer anymore which is a great thing considering I used to sit staring at my computer. This post was written using the WordPress app!

I’m so thankful for the people that God has put in my life… at camp, in Balance 365 (Healthy Habits Happy Moms), old friends, Rocksprings friends, Kerrville friends, and most of all my wonderful family!

Life is hard but it is so so good.