Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Art of Multi-Tasking

Photo today: Photobucket I made soap with Sally back in early January. Now that it's been over a month, the soap is finally cured and ready for usage! The ones on the left have tangerine essential oil in them, so they're slightly fragrant and more yellowish. The ones on the right are plain. These are all-natural, I know every raw ingredient that went into them. (Coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, lye, & tangerine essential oil.) Todd loves my homemade soaps and uses them all up! A few years ago I made a batch and packaged them up with cute little ingredient labels and gave them away for Christmas gifts. People seem to like them. The other day when Meera came over, she asked me to show her my blogging process. So I showed her how I process the photos, export them from Lightroom, upload them to Photobucket, and blog. She said, "Wow, it's an involved process! You don't watch TV anymore, do you?" LOL. It's true, I don't hardly watch TV anymore. Between Project 365, blogging, scrapping, running, and working, I don't really have too much time left for TV-watching. But I still watch Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and The Mentalist. Todd and I watch The Mentalist together, it's our new favorite show. But I DVR the other two shows and watch them while I run on the treadmill in the mornings. Each show is 40 minutes if I skip through all the commercials, so it's perfect for a morning run. I like that I get two things done for the time of one! Today I felt a little deflated, as if someone let some air out of my party balloon. It's OK though. Life is still good when I have these "downer" days. I think it's my body and mind's way to let me know it's time to take a break from my busy-ness. Todd made Escarole, Three Bean, and Roasted Garlic Soup for dinner tonight. Even I'm made this recipe by myself before, so you know it's easy! Photobucket We saved a little bit of the roasted garlic and mixed it with warm butter and smeared it on some bread. Heavenly.


  1. This soup is fantastic and easy. I recommend it to one and all.

    To be accurate, I'd say my favorite shows are #1 The Wire (it's over but I haven't finished it yet) and #2 Battlestar Galactica. They make me think which for me is high praise. But the Mentalist certainly is fun times.

  2. I love your blog, Christine! Great photos and the food shots make me hungry! I'm glad I found you! :)

  3. Wow, those soapes looks really nice, so fun to see what happened with your cooking back in January! :) I too feel that way about the tv; if I can do some scraprelated stuff, I'd much more likely do that than sit in the couch in front of the tv. Though I try to follow Dr. House, I wouldn't beat myself if I scrapped and missed it.

  4. those soaps smells through the computer! gorgeous

  5. Was it hard or messy to make the soap? Can you venture a price per bar?

    It's sometimes hard for me to balance the desire to be more eco-friendly with the fact you can get enough soap for a year at Sam's/Costco for six bucks.

    When I lived in CA, I made all of our cleaning products... but now that I am in a place where the only green is corn and soybeans, it's a lot harder.

  6. Playing catch up here...I've been MIA...really just so busy (no...not as busy as you are...but busy for me) and I just needed a break from the computer.

    Love the soaps!! I've loved making soaps in the past, and my husband asked me just the other week if I still needed all those soap making books I have...YES is the answer to that!!!

    All the photos and food look amazing.

    I'm so sorry to hear about Todd's coworker and his girlfriend. It is always so hard when things like this happen so suddenly. One of my boy's friends was stabbed and killed right after Christmas this year. It still just leaves me numb when I think about sad!

    I hope you have a fabulous run tomorrow (I'm assuming that you will be running!!)

  7. I love your soaps! What a cool gift idea!
    I know what you mean about TV...I download Grey's Anatomy and The Office to watch at the gym and that's about the extent of my TV viewing! LOL!

  8. those soaps are wonderful! Love your blog and stories behind your great pictures


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