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Thoughts on the Internet + Favorite Accounts to Follow

Hi, everyone!  Long time no chat.  I’m (knock on wood) coming to the end of my job search and trying not to go crazy in the meantime.  I hope all has been well with you!

Sunken Gardens

This past winter, I read an article that said a significant chunk of Americans have admitted to being less productive at work since the presidential election.  That totally applies to me.  Not necessarily due to the winner, but because the election seemed to bring about a) a dizzying increase in the amount of vitriol spewed out all over the Internet about absolutely everything and b) a simultaneous decision that we were just, like, done considering alternate viewpoints regardless of our understanding of a particular matter.

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One week meal plan and grocery list

One-Week Meal Plan & Grocery List

This meal plan includes a grocery list and simple, healthy recipes to cover all five breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  Prep on Sunday and enjoy some extra time throughout the work week!

Hello and thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve had a good week.

When I thought about my goals for the blog this year (and I use that term loosely, since I never actually wrote anything down), I knew I wanted to focus more on creating value with each post.  I started Blunders and Absurdities as a fun side project and have no current plans to turn it into something different, but I still view it somewhat like a business.

One of the first ideas that came to mind when I planned out posts for the month was a meal plan, mostly because I wish someone would create these for me.  Even though I’m unemployed and have a lot of time.  So I sifted through my Pinterest profile and pages saved from Cooking Light and compiled a weeklong schedule of relatively healthy, inexpensive meals.  The quantities will serve two people but can be divided or multiplied easily.  Let me know what you think!

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Tips for Saving Money at Whole Foods

I moved to Washington, DC for an internship the summer after my junior year in college.  Aside from coming to the realization that trying to earn actual money for a company would cause me a great deal of anxiety, I had the best time.  I stayed in a dorm at George Washington University with students from around the country, went for breathtaking runs among the monuments (literally breathtaking, because the humidity did not waver from 98% the entire 12 weeks), and explored the city on the Metro.

I had two grocery shopping options within walking distance – a Trader Joe’s .6 miles away and a Whole Foods right down the street.  One 95-degree day in June, I strolled to the TJ’s in a pale blue rayon top.  Said top was three shades darker when I slinked back into the air-conditioned building an hour later with my heavy bags, trying to avoid acquaintances/slipping in a pool of my own sweat.  Having at least some shame, I bought my groceries at Whole Foods for the remainder of the summer, despite the fact that my family calls the store Whole Paycheck and always shopped more economically when I lived at home.

While I did find it more expensive, I discovered a few tricks for shopping at Whole Foods without breaking the bank and wanted to share them today.

save money at whole foods pin

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A Week of Easy Meals

Well, good morning.  Let’s continue on with my recent confessions, shall we?

  1. I spilled a little chunk of brownie and ice cream from a Dairy Queen Blizzard on the center console of my car last week and haven’t cleaned it up yet.
  2. Until this weekend, I hadn’t grocery shopped properly for at least a month.  Just didn’t feel like it.  Nothing sounded good except ice cream.  When I had other things to pick up at Target, I would throw some random food items along with coffee grounds and 25-calorie hot chocolate packets (the essentials) into my cart and eat those.

I finally snapped out of it on Saturday and decided to make a meal plan for this week, which I’m sharing today.  The shopping list and portion sizes are for one, with the exception of the yellow cake baked oatmeal which serves 10.  You can eat this “oatmeal” at any time of day and pretend it’s healthy, so it’s nice to have on hand.

groceries

What, you don’t unpack your groceries like this?

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