Another great week in the books! Got my first freelance check from one client, and made significant progress on both clients’ projects. Woohoo!
Freelancing just makes me feel so good. It allows me to flex my skills in a lot of different ways. Plus, writing to different corporate standards and in different voices feels recreational – like acting, almost. And, double-plus: one of my clients always takes the opportunity to teach me about new marketing tools they’re using. Many of the tools are free, so I can them implement them at my day job.
Did I mention I get paid to do this? Win-win-win-win.
I also foresee a lot of upcoming opportunities at my day job. I’m looking forward to (and nervous as hell about) talking to my boss after he returns from a vacation next week, to learn more about what I need to do/learn/work on to be ready when some of those opportunities present themselves. Adventures are underfoot!
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
We also made progress unpacking, and I invested more time in reading and actively chillaxing. In case you can’t tell from my relentlessly chipper tone, it’s made an impact. I feel way better. Having all this mess and clutter has really weighed on my mind. Finding a balance between getting rid of it, while still resting up for the week ahead, has been challenging, but worth it.
Some cooking happened this week as well! I mostly contributed in the form of some crockpot meals (a thyme chicken and carrots recipe that was particularly yummy over rice), but two recipes won the week:
Summer Garden Spaghetti – So quick to throw together, and one of those classic recipes that is way more than the sum of its parts. At first glance, the recipes seems unremarkable, but something about the blend of fresh summer squash and zucchini in the tomato cream sauce with the parmesan… YUM. We substituted Aidell’s chicken and apple sausage for the chicken tenders, and it was delightful. I recommend heavily peppering.
Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken – This recipe took no time at all. None. That’s my favorite kind of recipe when I’m trying to get dinner prepped before I leave for work. I’d never made a whole chicken in the crockpot before, because I figured it would get gross and soggy. Why bother to make a whole chicken if you don’t get the yummy crispy skin? This recipe solves the problem by finishing the chicken on the grill or under the broiler. Best of all worlds – I prepped it before work, Hubs threw it under the broiler when he got home with the kids, and by the time I got home, we had flavorful, fall-off-the-bone-tender chicken, complete with crispy skin and minimal effort. NOM.
I have a few new recipes picked out for this week, but my meal plan isn’t quite as solidified as last week. I think we’ll end up with a few staples (spaghetti with meat sauce, some sort of crockpot chicken) to stretch the rest of the week.
I finished up Jeffrey Deaver’s The Steel Kiss. SO. GOOD. I remember the days before I had children, when I could just sit and read for hours. I would have devoured this book in one session. Now, I’m glad that I was able to savor this book for two whole weeks.
I’m Grateful for My Brand-Spanking New LiftMaster – And I’m grateful my friends Mr. and Mrs. Groovy weren’t hurt in a recent storm! Also a good reminder to do some basic safety and preparedness stuff around the house – which I’ve been woefully neglecting.
Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas – I get it, this title kind of makes me want to claw out my own eyeballs, but I was pleasantly surprised by the article itself. It delves into the roles that women play, and how men are impacted by having daughters. Fascinating stuff, but prepare yourself for a gut punch of feelings in the second-to-last paragraph.
Envisioning Life Without Work – Read this post, then read the article. They go hand-in-hand. I’m glad the guys at The Resume Gap are also committed to not being dull – though I think given their adventurous travel schedule, they’re not in any danger.
The Real Reasons You Procrastinate — and How to Stop – I’m a big ole research nerd, and this was fascinating. If you’ve ever procrastinated (please tell me you have) – this article is for you.