Decisions, Decisions

June 9, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking about our future A LOT and trying to figure out what is best for us.

Decisions are hard! Life-chaning, grown-up decisions play such a large role in where life takes us and affects so many different areas of our lives. It probably doesn’t help that I am the most indesicive person EVER!

Craig and I have spent a lot of time talking about our future lately:

– Do we stick with our current career paths or go in a different direction?

– Do we try to find jobs out of state with the current high unemployment rate?

– Do we buy a house–even though I don’t want to live in Alaska?

– When should we start having kids?

– Where should we travel to next?

I am a planner. I want to know everything: what is happening, where I am going, what will this entail, etc.

I wish it was as simple as making a pro/con list but that NEVER works for me. Each item in each column “weights” differently, so I never feel like I can just count up the total for each column and whichever column has the most wins.

I often seek input from family and friend, which does help, but ultimately I am the one who has to live with the decision.

How do you make decisions?

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I hate wasting food. I do my best to use everything we buy, so nothing goes to waste.

When I am planning my lunches and dinners, I always take into account what needs to be used up.

Today’s item that needed to be used up: brie cheese


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Let’s just cut to the chase and say that this was far from stellar.

I am not sure if it was the combination of foods or the brie itself. The cheese wasn’t bad/moldy; I just don’t think I am a brie kind of girl.

I’m just glad it is gone now.


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The carrot sticks tasted good though!

When I pulled these out of the fridge yesterday, they were pretty limp. I stuck them in water overnight and viola, they are now crisp and crunchy!


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I seriously had brie phlegm in the back of my throat, so I had to wash it down with some of this:


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Much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This afternoon, I made it my goal to use up a few other items that had been lingering in our fridge for a while:

– cooked quinoa

– cooked bulgar

– broccoli

– 1/2 lemon

Naturally I Googled: “broccoli quinoa salad.”

The result:


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Broccoli Quinoa Salad

(Based off this recipe.)

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups quinoa, cooked

1/4 cup bulgar, cooked (I only added because I had some leftover.)

2-1/2 cups broccoli, cut into florets

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1 garlic clove

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (opt.)

2 Tablespoons half-and-half

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup feta

Directions

1. Heat a small amount of water in a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and cook for 1 minute.

2. Drain broccoli and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process.

3. Add half of almonds, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and 1 cup broccoli to food processor. Process.

4. Add half-and-half and oil. Process until smooth.

5. Combine quinoa, bulgar, remaining broccoli, remaining almonds, and feta in a bowl. Stir to combine.

6. Fold in broccoli puree from food processor.


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I was pretty happy with how the salad turned out. It didn’t blow my socks off, but I tend to be pretty critical of my cooking—and myself in general. I’m a perfectionist, what can I say?

I’m off to spend some time with Craig for the evening!

8 Comments
    1. You’re just like me. I hate to waste!

      When my husband and I make decisions, we think through all of our options, talk it out, pray, talk, pray some more, bounce our ideas off of close friends and family, and then go for it!

      I’d recommend a great book on this very topic. It’s called Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. Here’s the link:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596448687/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0802458386&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0NC4R4KSHXHBF0HYZE3X

    1. There are so many different ways you two could go! I’m definitely a planner too, but you can plan so far. Sometimes I try to be more like Ross and just go with my gut; instincts can be very telling and that helps me make decisions.

      1. I agree you can only plan so far in advance. Many times I’ve tried to plan my life out 2, 3, 4 years in advance but nothing ever works out the way I thought it would. Heck, I never thought I’d be living in Alaska at all–or this long!

    1. When I was trying to decide where to go to college, one of the coaches that was recruiting me told me that almost everybody knows where they want to go–they may just not be ready to admit it. I’d guess that you probably already have an answer to most of those questions, so go for it!

      In the end, the school I chose may not have been the best school for me.. but that could have been true anywhere, and I’ll never know! That’s just part of life.

      1. I need to listen to my gut more because my head likes to over-analyze everything!

    1. I have a world of decisions to make too, I think we are just at that age. When do we buy a home, start having kids, planning our wedding, etc. It seems as if they all come down at the same time!! Right now I have the decision to make on my car weather to break the lease or buy it out…I usually turn right to my parents and Craig for advice.
      I am working on cleaning out my kitchen and trying to finish up all my food before having to throw it out. You seem to be doing a much better then me.

    1. I’m such a planner too and I need things to be set before I do them. It never hurts to look for jobs in another state though.

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