Amy's Accountings

January 21, 2010

Small Successess

Filed under: Small Successes — Amy @ 1:40 pm

My small successes this week include:

  1. Not completely freaking out when my hot water heater broke.
  2. Making chicken stock from a leftover roasted chicken for the first time.
  3. Having a 2 hour conversation with my brother and not getting into an argument.

Head over to Faith and Family to see more Small Successes.


January 20, 2010

2010 Reading Goals

Filed under: Book-It — Amy @ 1:54 pm

I usually just read new release fiction so to add more variety to my reading I’m Booking It In 2010.

My reading goals for 2010 are to read:

  • 12 Books from my library’s book club list

1. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory

2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

3. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Fances Mayes

5. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

6. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

7. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

8. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

9. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

10. Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson

11. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jan Krakauer

12. Autobiography of a Face

  • 12 Non-Fiction Books

1. The Compassionate Carnivore by Catherine Friend

2. 30 Days to a Simpler Life by Evatt & Cox

3. One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds

4. The Rules of Normal Eating by Karen Koenig

5. Living the Simple Life by Elaine St. James

6. When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein

7. This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow

8. A Reasonable Life by Ferenc Mate

9. Better Than Store Boughy by Witty & Colchie

10. Cheaper and Better by Nancy Birnes

11. Make Your Own Groceries by Daphne Hartwig

12. Closing the Food Gap by Mark Winne

  • 6 Spiritual Books (only 6 because I don’t want to rush)

1. The Lord by Romano Guardini

2. What Happens at Mass by Jeremy Driscoll

3. By What Authority by Mark Shea

4. Where We Got the Bible by Henry Graham

5. The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn

6. Witness to Hope by George Weigel

January 19, 2010


Filed under: Gratituesday — Amy @ 3:02 pm

After waking Saturday morning to a wet basement and a leaking hot water heater I’m grateful for

  • being able to pay cash for a new hot water heater. Even though it hurt to dip into my emergency fund that I had just fully funded in December.
  • already being off work on Monday so I was available when the plumber came to install my new water tank.
  • not letting the incident ruin my whole weekend. I’ll be honest I was upset about it for a good part of my Saturday but in the past this would have thrown me into a bad mood for days.

To see more Gratituesday posts visit Heavenly Homemakers

January 18, 2010

Menu Plan Menu

Filed under: Meal Plan Menus — Amy @ 8:00 am

This week I’m going to:

  • Spaghetti, Salad and Garlic Bread

This should be enough food for me this week because I have book club on Wednesday and we eat there.

I’m also going to try these White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins, they look delicious and I have all the ingredients already.

Head over to orgjunkie for hundreds of menu plans.

January 15, 2010

Help Those in Haiti

Filed under: Misc — Amy @ 9:38 am

Yesterday I donated $50.00 to the people of Haiti through Food for the Poor. Over at Money Saving Mom, Crystal and her husband are going to give $10.00 to Compassion International for everyone who blogs about what they specifically did to help those in Haiti.  I know times are tough here in the U.S. for a lot of people however we are extremely blessed compared to most in this world.  Even if you can’t give financially please keep the people of Haiti and all the relief workers in your prayers.

January 14, 2010

Small Successes

Filed under: Small Successes — Amy @ 10:35 am

My small success this week include:

  • Making a hair appointment for Monday-I think it might be a year since my last cut.
  • Yesterday choosing to take a deep breath and relax rather than getting upset when I was locked out of the house through no fault of mine.
  • Going to the gym before work this morning.

Head over to Faith and Family to see more Small Successes.

January 13, 2010

Quess What I Still Have To Do?

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — Amy @ 10:21 am

Hopefully this weekend! Check out other Wordless Wednesday entries.

January 12, 2010

Tackle it Tuesday

Filed under: Tackle it Tuesdays — Amy @ 11:07 am

For my first Tackle it Tuesday, I’m picking a pretty easy one but if it’s that easy don’t know why it took me nine months to do it. I made a hair appointment today for Jan. 18th. Now for some this might not be a big deal but I have a phobia about getting my hair cut. I’m lucky if I get my hair cut once or twice a year. So not only am I going to get my hair cut but while I’m there I’m going to schedule my next appointment so I won’t be able to put it off for so long.

January 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Filed under: Meal Plan Menus — Amy @ 9:24 am

Seeing as I’m just feeding myself I don’t actually menu plan. I normally just cook 3 or 4 meals a week using the leftovers for lunch. If you want to see tons of different menu plans check out Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.

This week I’m making

  • Soft tacos, spanish rice, tomatoes and green peppers
  • Grilled pork chops ( I love my George Foreman) with a lemon pepper seasoning, sweet potato, green beans and rolls.
  • Baked boneless skinless chicken thighs marinated in a garlic and herb dressing,brown rice and broccoli
  • Chicken Quesadillas with some carrots.

January 8, 2010

Weekend Plans

Filed under: Misc — Amy @ 3:37 pm


  • Going out with the gang to a piano bar in Pontiac, not exactly my cup of tea but I’m going to try extra hard to relax and go with the flow


  • Meeting Steph at the gym to try my first spinning class
  • grocery store/errands
  • Doug and I are going to the roller derby downtown, that’s what he wanted to do for his birthday


  • Church
  • Mom’s for dinner; Nickie and Pete are in town.
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