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Confessions and Thoughts on Thursday


Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's time for some confessions or thoughts on Thursday, whichever you would like.

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CONFESSIONS

- That I was mildly annoyed to come to work on Monday only to find out I had a training class Tuesday through today. We signed up for it 7 months ago and the training staff (they book it all, plan it, pay for it, etc.) never reminded us. There were three of us going and no one knew the dates and bam, we had to change up our weekly plans for it. So thankful it was a good class.

- I hate car shopping. It is so stressful. All of the haggling with the sales people. Ugh. Just get to the bottom line instead of keeping me there for 2 1/2 hours. And why do cars cost so much now? #needmoremoney

- I hate filing my taxes now. I used to receive refunds every year and then we got married. We got a small refund the first year, but have paid a ton each year. We have changed our deductions to married 0, had more money go out to our health savings accounts and deferred comp, switched to a different vesting option and even started to pay more towards taxes each paycheck and we still get hit. How can we pay over $16,000 in childcare and only get a $50 credit? Ugh. Annoyed is an understatement.

THOUGHTS

- I am missing Mexico. My in-laws came home last Friday and we saw them on Sunday. They brought the girls some gifts, some stuff they packed for us and we reminisced about our time in Puerto Vallarta. While we didn't get to do a lot of things (due to a cranky toddler), we still relaxed, soaked in the sun and did a ton of walking.

My in-laws wanted to book the condo for a few weeks next year, but we told them we didn't want to bring the girls next year if we go. We wanted to go by ourselves. So they offered to watch the girls for a week while we went. They will got for a week or two, travel back and then we will go for a week. Sounds good to me. That means more exploring. I really feel fortunate to have this opportunity that we do having the condo in the family.

- I am finally feeling more like myself. I haven't felt this way in almost a month. Between bronchitis and a sinus infection, I was sick most of March.

- You may have seen it earlier this week, but I had the leftover chicken lettuce wraps (from Cravings cookbook) for lunch. I didn't have high hopes of them reheating that well, but surprisingly, they did. They were not chewy, kept their texture and tasted just as good as the day before. It did help that I brought in a head of butter lettuce. Yes, I did. I am sure my co-workers thought it was weird to see a full head of lettuce in the fridge.

Remember how I didn't even want to make them again? Well I have made them 3 times since then because they are so dang good. I use a large stock pot and a screen to protect from the oil and it has worked out beautifully. Now to buy a food processor. Do you all have recommendations?

17 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the taxes...ours definitely changed once we got married, too but we still get a refund. Do you have a CPA? Maybe they can help?
    I'd be missing Mexico too--coming back from a vacation is never easy. I'm glad your training was worth the hassle of the last minute plans changing!

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  2. Car shopping is a pain but so fun! Yay for your inlaws volunteering to keep the girls so y'all can get away to Mexico!!! That will be so fun! I've got to try those chicken lettuce wraps. So so glad you're finally feeling back to normal!

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  3. Taxes and being an adult is just hard. Ha ha! I don't blame you about missing Mexico. I'm glad the training wasn't a wash after having it sneak up last minute. HAve a great day!

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  4. Car shopping is the worst!! And I'm so sorry about your taxes, that makes absolutely no sense!! Not fair at all girly! Soooo jealous of your solo Mexico trip next year!

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  5. Totally checking out your chicken recipe!! I hope you feel better. Thanks for the linkup! xo

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  6. How awesome is it your inlaws will watch the girls for a week! I can not trust my MIL with my kids for an hour let alone a week! Ha! Annnnnd I totally feel your pain on paying out the a$$ for childcare and getting squat back! We pay $20 grand a year in child care and get a $200 credit if I remember correctly! CRAZY!

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  7. I have a large Cuisinart food processor that I got for a wedding gift and honestly, I rarely use it. Now my mini chopper, I use it 2-3 times a week!
    https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-2ABC-Processor-Brushed-Chrome/dp/B0000645YM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1491485486&sr=8-3&keywords=mini+chopper

    It's pretty cheap, doesn't take up a lot of storage space and is a beast. I use it for salsa, chopping onions & garlic, making salad dressing (cilantro lime vinaigrette for the win!) or Asian sauces and mushrooms for my lettuce wraps! It's so easy to clean and dishwasher safe. It's definitely my most used small appliance.

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  8. If you find a good food processor, let me know. I'm looking for one too! That's awesome about the trip for next year. Hooray for some alone time. And, so glad you're starting to feel better.

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  9. I love my Ninja system, I for it at Costco and it has the blender, individual smoothie makers a food processor and a dough blade. And I love my mini prep for smaller jobs and homemade breadcrumbs. I need to make these lettuce wraps! Yay for your trip next year, that will be so great!

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  10. I'm glad you're starting to feel like yourself again. That's great you can go to Mexico alone as a couple next year!

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  11. I would have been really annoyed about that training class too, a reminder would have been nice.

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  12. I had a car place take my keys one time for my car that I drove in & wouldnt give them back until I took their keys to the car they were trying to sell me & take it out for the afternoon. I told them just give me my keys back, I didnt like the pressure sell. They refused. It came down to us threatening to call the cops to get my keys back - it was INSANE!

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  13. I cannot believe that y'all have two kids in daycare and you still have to pay!! That sounds crazy! B and I are LOVING having kids because our refunds have gone through the roof since we had them. And I'm glad to hear that you like the chicken lettuce wraps now. They sound so good. I really need to try them.

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  14. Meetings are a dread, but unexpected meetings are the worst. Glad it was a good class, though! So nice of your in-laws to offer to watch the girls for a week so that you guys can have a solo trip! You will come back so relaxed and refreshed!!

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  15. Have someone do your taxes! I swear, it makes a difference. And, I have this food processor and love it (cheap, efficient, and available on Prime haha) - https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Processor-Scraper-70730/dp/B008J8MJIQ/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=bentleyliketh-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=6c5de085af09e5482fa1860d57d7f473&creativeASIN=B008J8MJIQ

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  16. I am eager to go to Mexico and I'm sure I'll miss it once we return but I am going to love every minute of it!

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  17. Car shopping is the worst! I remember that nonsense, but I was also pregnant so I would get cranky and make up excuses that we had to go. I still get emails from some of the sales people and dealers we didn't go with. A vacation just the two of you sounds fun! Kids are great but sometimes you need that break.

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