Poor Man's Latte

So I have a latte addiction. More specifically, chai latte's. I love them to death, but I do not have a steamer at my house so I can make them cheaply (at home). Maybe someday I will get a steamer, but in the meantime I have figured out how to make a Poor Man's Latte. I think this would work great if you had a espresso machine too, so you can make coffee latte's. However, if you can afford an espresso machine, you probably have a steamer anyways.

Step 1: Add milk (any percentage) to a clean jar. Cap and shake vigorously.

Step 2: Microwave for 2 minutes!
Step 3: Add tea (in my case Chai, but you can use any kind of tea).

Mmmm delicious foam!



I can't sleep, thanks to this wonderful time change! While Ethan actually took it really well (he can't read a clock anyhow), I am just so used to being up until 1 or so that I am now up till a ridiculous time. I have a billion things running through my head. I think I often can't sleep at night because once I stop doing things, I can't get my thoughts in order. Normally writing things down helps, so here we go:

Thought #1: Austine's School Loans -  They are evil. While I appreciate that they have given him the opportunity to get this great job, I'm coming to the realization that we are probably going to be paying them for 10-20 years. This is really disheartening. We haven't paid Sallie Mae in about 3 months, which is awful. We need to start paying RIGHT NOW, but there are so many other things that need to be paid attention to! I have to have Austine call tomorrow when he gets home to see our options. I know we can't afford to pay the 800ish dollars we owe them.

 Thought#2: When are we going to pay for my car-  Ugh, I really do want my car back but it is so low on the priorities list it's ridiculous. While driving the Buick has been working for us, we will be saving gas if Austine uses my car. We also owe Toyota money, but not half as badly as we owe Sallie Mae. Fortunately I have a plan to start catching up with them. Either way, just to get my car registered is about 350 bucks, plus car payments, plus insurance (which I haven't been paying because I'm not using it).

Thought #3: If we could just pay off credit cards, we'd have a lot more money-  Ugh this is a big one. I'm starting off small and working my way up, which I probably shouldn't be but it is so nice to say, YES that card is gone. So far we have paid of one card, out of too many. It's hard to get the priorities straight, really. Which one should I pay first? Should I wait on this now, or do it later?

Thought #4: I want to cloth diaper, but I'm scared I'll hate it-  I just got an offer from a friend to buy her 15 Tiny Tush Elite diapers from her, they've barely been used! While I really have been seriously thinking about cloth diapering, I'm still not 100% sure it's for me. 200 bucks is quite an investment, and I know I'll want more than 15 when it comes around to it (that would mean laundry every two days, holy cow!), I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it for the cost alone, it will save us major major cash.      

Thought #5:  How much I want to fix up this house/make it nicer-  This is a big one. Since Austine has been unemployed so long, we've been living with the bare minimums for quite a while. In the very beginning we didn't even have curtains! We've slowly added to the house and it's finally starting to feel like home. There is still a lot we want to do/get. We don't have a dining table worth anything, and the one we have is starting to fall apart (thank you cheap apartment furniture). We've never had any nightstands which is such a pain in the butt, we've been putting things on the floor when our bed is super super tall. I would also love a dishwasher, since I grew up with one and always loathed doing dishes. But we also have a horrible front yard full of weeds, a house that needs to be painted, a backyard that needs fencing all around. It's kinda ridiculous.

Seems like I'm all thought-out. Probably time to try sleep again!


It's been a bit.

Yeah, so I haven't posted in a while. I do feel guilty about that since I really did want to try for once a week, at least. So here, 17 readers, take this ninja baby as my apology.

Ethan has his own version of this, although it's not nearly as entertaining.

There really isn't that much new in Nila-land. Ethan has started to roll from back to front! Holy moly, it's really scary how fast these kids grow. He is seriously the cutest baby ever, and I fall in love with him more everyday. It's hard to imagine him walking and talking, at the rate he's going it's not much longer. He has developed the sudden liking of high pitched squeals. I think it's adorable when he's not directly next to my ear.

Austine loves loves loves his new job. We are really praying they choose to keep him on beyond the probationary 3 month period. While it's been awesome to have a steady paycheck, I'm still getting used to being alone for 8+ hours. We haven't really solved the car situation yet, but it's on our priority list as soon as we're good with other major bills.

I've still been managing to lose weight despite the major loss of motivation. I worked out great for a good 3 weeks, and it actually seemed to slow my progress a little? It was very strange. I haven't worked out at all this week and I've lost 2 lbs already. I'm really dreading swimsuit season, I have to really stay on top of this to even make an appearance at the beach this year! I'm almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but you know what they say, kids change everything! I don't think I will ever fit into my old jeans :( Maybe if I lost another 30 lbs (who says I can't!).

Ash Wednesday was yesterday, and we really did mean to go get some ashes at church but it was just too hard with dinner, and other things to do. So this year we didn't. I am observing Lent this year however. Last year I figured being pregnant was enough of a sacrifice for Lent. I gave up television this year, instead of Facebook. While I really did want to give up Facebook and the internet, I couldn't bring myself to do it when I have been so socially stifled. I really do think I might go crazy if I couldn't chat with my brother and friends on AOL instant messenger. So TV it is, along with some catholic reading. I'm actually re-reading a really good book that my mother in-law gave me called Catholic Marriage and Childcare by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik. It's a really excellent book that I recommend to anyone of the faith. It is really good at reminding me what is important at the end of this all- Heaven.

Anyhow, Lent will be a little dull as usual (good), so I'm planning on stocking up on some puzzles and other things to keep me occupied besides TV and limited internet. Does anyone have any ideas?