And the results are in!

You voted and the results are in!

Later this month, over on Part-Time Monster, I will be reviewing Netrunner!

Netrunner

Also, I’ll be reviewing Small World in May!

Small World

Thank you, everyone who voted! I hope you will be excited for these reviews as I am!

Link Love 4.17.14

The past and the present merge in Chino Otsuka’s amazing Photoshop creations.

Ever wanted a pet dinosaur? Find which dino fits your lifestyle with this handy Dinosaur Pet Guide by Jon Conway.

I hope that if I or my loved ones ever suffer from dementia, there is a place like Hogeway “Dementia Village” in the U.S. when the time comes (it’s in the Netherlands).

Here’s a story of a pretty amazing, bad ass, young woman; meet Aiya Van Kooten, who scared burglars in her home with just her own pure rage.

Do you work/blog/write from home? Sometimes it’s just too quiet but you know you just don’t want the distraction of other music, the t.v. or what have you. Well, let me introduce you to Coffitivity; listen to the sounds of the coffee shop, but without having to get dressed and go to one.

I want these salt and pepper shakers soooo bad.

Speaking of want, I would frame all of these (well, almost all) Art Nouveua inspired illustrations of 80′s/90′s bad-ass ladies and hang them in my home (the artist is kishokahime).

The Worst

So, you may have noticed the lack of posts last Thursday and yesterday. That would be because starting Tuesday evening, I had the WORST stomach flu you can imagine. And it lasted till 1a.m. Sunday morning, when I threw up my dinner from Saturday (which, btw, was the ONLY thing I ate all day). And then, when I got up Sunday (for reals), I felt normal again, but Mr. LL now has the bug.

Seriously, I’ve had 24-hour stomach viruses before, but not one that lasted 5 freakin’ days! I used up all my sick time at work and had to dip into personal time. Sheesh! Man was it miserable. I feel so bad for my poor husband. He doesn’t seem to be able to handle quite as well as I did. If he was awake yesterday, I was not allowed to leave his side. :(

So, forgive my absence, I have some catch-up to do, both here at with my work. I hope none of you who live around here get it. We’ve had a couple of casualties fall to it at my job. And thank goodness for my mom, who was kind enough to bring me the blandest order from Subway one day last week when I thought I could eat. I just Mr. LL will make it through it all while I’m at work.

Makin’ Groceries on a budget, part 2

One of the biggest aids in working with a grocery budget is meal planning. Or at least that’s what EVERY FREAKIN’ BOOK, BLOG, AND ARTICLE say, heh. So, I try my best to make and stick to a meal plan.

I’ve tried a couple of different ways to do meal planning. Ones where I plan out each and every single meal we eat, ones where I just try to figure out dinner and some basics to have on hand for lunches and breakfast.

Meal Planning | Lazy Lady

This was the first Meal Planner I attempted. I still have pages and pages of it in a binder somewhere.

Meal Planning | Lazy Lady

This is in my equivalent of a Word Document. Very basic and very boring.

Meal Planning | Lazy Lady

This is my current set-up. I find myself just using the monthly calendar though, so obviously this one isn’t working too well either.

In my opinion, going with trying to figure out dinner is the way to go. I got tired of writing “Coffee and granola bar” or “Sandwiches and crackers” every single day for the two “easy” meals. And when  you find yourself being bored with what you are doing then you aren’t going to want to do it anymore.

My true goal is to do the monthly meal planning. I am so envious of the people out there who can go to the grocery store once a month and stock up, only having to ever go back for little things like milk and veggies. We don’t have the food storage, or freezer space, for this yet; but, I figure I could take bits and pieces of all the meal planning advice I’ve read from a multitude of sources and adapt it to my needs.

So, planning meals for a month means that when I’m looking at the sales for that week’s grocery run and I see that canned veggies are on sale for like 2 for 50¢ and I’m going to be making something that calls for a can of corn one week, a can of diced tomatoes another week and so on, then I can stock up then even though I might not need them for the meals for this week.

That’s also why I am trying to give myself a monthly food budget. Ideally, I’d love to get our food spending down to $30 a week or $120 a month. So I’d just have the $120 with me all month long for food groceries.

The hard part is me figuring out the non-food budget, but I’m working on it.

Here are some links to meal planning advice that I’ve found helpful: