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Cook something today, so I have time to write tomorrow… and the day after…

I’m feeling quite accomplished and homemakey tonight. I just made a HUGE pot of potato and kale soup and portioned it and labeled it and put most of it in the freezer. It’s joining several containers of sweet pork as well as vegetable soup. I also have a pot of pinto beans and a pot of black beans soaking, ready to be boiled tomorrow and also go into the freezer for future projects (like tasty, tasty sweet pork burritos).

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I’m doing this because I’m determined to 1) have more time to write instead of feeling concerned about not having dinner ready, and 2) to be prepared for the near future when I’ll need to be on an even tighter budget. I feel the need to get the hang of cooking on a budget NOW when mistakes can be financially forgotten easier.

Did you know that a dry bag of beans costs .88 and makes 4x the portion of a can of beans, which costs around 1.10? Yes, it takes some prior planning, but I’ve make some incredibly savory pinto beans with just a little bacon added and it tastes better than any can of beans I’ve ever eaten.

Beans also go great in burritos with the sweet pork I made yesterday. Mmm…

But for now, the biggest bonus (besides cooking with fresh ingredients which is AMAZING and way healthier) is giving myself more time to write.

You may have noticed (or not, I understand if you don’t hang on my every word… yet) that my Shape Up Saturdays aren’t arriving each Saturday. That’s because I can’t keep up with all the demands on my time right now AND present a well-explained post for each body issue I’d like to cover. I’ve considered just posting a picture or short video of one pose or exercise to try each week. Would this be helpful? You tell me in the comments and help me decide where to take my Shape Up Saturdays from here.

In the meantime… I’m off to take a few minutes to write.

Long days (and nights) in the Cherry household

So Roz is growing up lovely and fine, but it’s a bit disheartening that she went from sleeping almost through the night – usually 4-6 hours between feedings – to every 2 hours. I feel a bit betrayed by all my friends-who-are-also-parents.

“Once they start sleeping through the night, it gets so much easier.”

Does it? Does it? Because the last couple weeks have not been all that easy.

But it’s fine. I am, as they say, as healthy as an ox, and my ‘schedule’ for sleeping (or doing just about anything besides my laid-in-stone commitments) is about as well formed as the scribblings of a toddler. So I can deal for quite a while with sleep deprivation before I start hallucinating.

My other big surprise of the last couple weeks is that Roz has developed an extreme need for bouncing. I have discovered, after about a week and a half of wondering where the screaming banshee came from, that if my baby is upset and it’s not that she’s hungry, it’s that she wants to bounce. Or have her legs pushed up to her chest repeatedly.

So with the crazy nighttime feedings and the bouncing, my baby is asking for way more attention than a couple of weeks ago. Lest I deprive her of attention (and teach her that Mommy has more interesting, important things to do – like staring at a bright white screen – rather than play), I’ve spent a great deal of time bouncing and jiggling my child. We’re achieving relative peace in the house once more, though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she changes again. And again. She can roll from her tummy to her back (though only occasionally, as Tummy Time is akin to torture), so the Potted Plant stage of infancy is almost over.

Alas.

So the writing isn’t streaming out of me right now in great floods, but I feel like I have more ideas to work on. I find myself developing and working on several short stories, as well as continue work on The Novel.

While it’s certainly never much at a time – the biggest chunk I’ve written in a single day lately was about 1000 words, while many other days it’s between zero and 200 words – it’s still creeping along, and all the ideas I’m working on make writing that much better when I actually do get time.

And progress is still progress, so I’ll take it.

My Awesome Works in Progress

Even though it’s the beginning of December, I’m already taking a look back at my resolutions from the beginning of the year. I accomplished a significant number of them – among the list, I lost ~7 pounds past my goal weight (don’t hate!), I wrote more short stories than I’d planned, and I’ve spent more meaningful time with my husband. The last one is the most important – this has really been the best year together – my husband’s awesome!

I fell short on other resolutions, of course, including finishing two novels this year. Erm. But I’m forging ahead.

I may be getting ahead of myself, but here are my three works-in-progress, all of which I plan complete in the upcoming year:

  • Finish my children’s fantasy novel by the end of January.
  • Work on the new novel and complete as much as possible before June, and see what happens from there. Because, you see, I’m pregnant. (!!!) Which leads to my next work-in-progress:
  • Have baby on or around June 16th.

Why am I announcing here first, and so far down on the page? (though I admit I’ve told quite a few people in person already.) Because I think it’ll be awesome (or possibly depressing) to see who’s actually reading my new blog.

I’m stopping here for a minute ask that you hold off congratulating me on Facebook or Twitter or wherever else until I say something this weekend. Why? Again, because I want to see who my REAL friends are. Just kidding. Maybe.

Anyway, just have fun sharing my semi-secret work-in-progress with me here for the next few days. I’m really excited to be pregnant, but I’m also pretty apprehensive about how I’ll manage writing time and mommy time over the next couple of years (and beyond – I’m a big family kind of girl). I have a lot of questions/concerns that I’ll be voicing over the upcoming months, and hopefully some of you can help me find solutions, or at the very least possibilities.