Keep on Keepin’ On…

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just minutes prior to writing this post, I read a post from Roni’s blog which really hit home with me.  Every weekend she provides a weekend quote.  You know how those go…usually you can find some way that they relate to your life.  Well, the one she had this week, which was actually from another person’s blog a while back, is so true for me right at this point in my life.

“My response is my responsibility.”

Kind of similar to, “you may not be able to control what is happening to you in your day to day life, but at least you can control your response to it” (or something like that…I’m sure I’ve heard it MANY times in the past).

But SO TRUE.  We can complain all we want that life is not to our liking, that it’s not fair, that other people seem to have life so much easier or can at least deal with stress better, but you know what, we ALL have the chance to determine how we approach anything that happens to us.  IT MAY NOT BE EASY (and often it is not), but there is that choice.  That aspect of free will.  And without even knowing it, I think I did that today.  Remember how I was saying that I was so down and depressed.  I hate it when I feel that way.  And I know that the people around me aren’t that much of a fan of me when I feel like that.  So today, I just got up and started doing stuff…keeping myself busy.  And just attacking what needed to be done.  And in the process of doing stuff, I actually felt better.  I didn’t want to think about it, lest the good feelings start to go away, but now, after being busy all day and accomplishing so much, I really feel good.   And I realized that I didn’t need anybody else to make me feel that way.  That it is MY responsibility.  Yeah, it’s great when I can have fun with other people, but I shouldn’t depend on others to make me feel happy.  So I was glad that I was able to enjoy myself today in the simple tasks that I did around the house.

So what did I do today? (although you may not be interested, or may not think what I did constitutes anything that great, for me, I like to list what I did so then I can actually see how productive I was compared to the days when I didn’t really do anything)

*THREE loads of laundry (towels and sheets)

*made up the bed with fresh sheets

*cleaned the 1/2 bath and full bath (and cleaned out the cat litter)

*did TWO sinkfuls of dishes

*made some homemade cookies (recipe to follow)–thus the extra dishes!

*cleaned off the dining room table and put out new spring-like placemats and centerpiece

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Bamboo placemats with a red and yellow painted bowl

*cleaned the area of the coffee table that was littered with my junk!–SERIOUSLY!!

*made lunch (cheesy pasta and a salad)

That’s probably about it.  But it felt good.

I started the day with a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts  Cinnamon Spice coffee and a cinnamon bun that we picked up yesterday at the store…super yum!  I have to learn to make these.

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Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds…warm and delish!

I read a bit of my book while I was relaxing at this point.  I actually had my second cup of coffee sitting outside at our picnic table.  I think the temperature was around 40 degrees.  But it felt good to me.  I love being in the fresh air and hearing the birds chirping!

Okay, so for the cookies.  I had a hankering to do some more baking today.  So I looked in a cookbook I haven’t used much yet, How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman, and found this recipe for Oatmeal Apple Cookies.  After looking at the recipe I saw that I had enough ingredients for half a batch (we really need to do some shopping again!)

So here’s the recipe (p. 839)

(this is the recipe cut in half!!!!)

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)

3/4 cup chopped dried apple (I used one Red Delicious apple that was looking a little scary!–just chopped into small pieces)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cream the butter and sugars together.  Add the egg and beat until well blended (I did all my blending by hand today…I figured that’s the way they did it in the good ol’ days, so why not me?!).  Combine the flour, oats, apples, cinnamon, salt and baking posder in a bowl.  Alternating with the milk, add the dry ingredients to the batter by hand, a little at a time, stirring to blend.  Stir in the vanilla.  Put tablespoon-size mounds about 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes (mine were PERFECT at 12 minutes).  Cool for about 2 minutes on the sheets before using a spatula to transfer to a rack to finish cooling.  Store in a tightly covered container at room temp for no more than a day or two.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies–half a batch made 22 cookies.  You can add any fruit that you might want–raisins, cranberries, dates, etc.  Also you can add coconut, carrot, peanut butter.  It’s really one of those recipes that you can adjust to your likes.  But this first time I wanted to make them just as the recipe stated.  I have not had one yet!  I will let you know how they are after having one for dinner!

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The finished product…

Just an interesting little fact…I will have been a vegetarian for THREE years coming up this July!

Well, tonight I have to go to work.  Surprisingly, I’m not even minding that I have to go.  I’m on for two days and then off for two, then on for two then off for three.  That’s as far as  my schedule goes.  I’m sure I’ll have a new schedule when I get to work tonight.  Hopefully it will be a good one!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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