Not every day is exciting or thrilling.  Some days are just get the job done days and all about the mundane, humdrum tasks of life.

Yesterday I filled up my mundane tasks calling card with a couple loads of laundry.  Sheets and towels in addition to the one load per day that I do, regardless.

Having a small child also necessitates daily laundry.   Kids get messy, period.

A few other mundane tasks included:

taking out the trash and recycling cans

getting the mail

scrubbing 4 toilets (we have 4 bathrooms.  Don’t ask me why there are so many bathrooms for a small urban rowhouse.   I wasn’t the builder.)

putting the sheets back on the bed

grocery store run for some produce

organizing my silverware drawer

cleaning my shower

organizing and making Skylar’s books neat and orderly.  All 200 of them that were a big hodgepodge and mess.

I could go on and on but won’t bore you with the humdrum tasks of my life.  You have your own.

I will move on to food.  That’s more exciting.

Raw Vegan Spring Rolls with 2 Minute Peanut Sauce

Pair them with Cinnamon Sugar Chickpea “Peanuts”

If you don’t have peanut flour you could try coconut flour, almond flour, or skipping flour and make this alternate but similar recipe

Or Pair With Sesame Ginger Maple Tofu

Dessert/Snack: Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Snack Bars (Vegan, GF, 5 minutes to make)

From my last post on Pretty and Not So Pretty Pictures, I am glad you enjoyed the food styling book review.  If you’re at all interested in food pictures or food styling, I highly recommend it.

Also, I’m glad to know I am not the only one who feels like certain subjects and certain food just do not photograph well.  I liked hearing about your tricky shots, too.

It was also great to read that you have plenty of not so pretty pictures on your blog.  Misery loves company. As I said in the post, we all start somewhere and I am not proud of about 90% of the pictures on my blog but I am trying to do better!  I am glad you liked my photography tipsAgain, I am no expert, clearly!


1. What non-thrilling, lackluster, mundane, humdrum tasks have you accomplished lately?  But doesn’t it feel good to get them done?

I also

went to the bank and cashed a couple checks

filled up my gas tank

researched a couple things online

did tons of dishes.  I was in the kitchen creating a new recipe.  That was the exciting part.  The dishes?  Not so much.

2. Did you get a workout in?

Yes I sure did!

Need any ideas?

Check my Workout Tab

Or my 20 Minute At-Home Workout Moves

3. Bake Sales!

First, Blogging for a Change has items up for bid at Rally For Japan.  100% of the proceeds go to Japan victims.  Go Bid on some of the great items up for grabs.

Secondly, go Bbd on Katie’s Vegan Blog Bake Sale for Japan items.  Dozens of bloggers donated vegan goodies and the bid proceeds go to the people of Japan.

I am donating Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

The auction ends at 1p eastern time Thursday so just a few hours lefts!  Hurry!
Go Bid!!!

53 comments on “Humdrum”

  1. All humdrum tasks were put off. Today’s the day to get them done though. After I teach, I’m doing laundry and scrubbing that stupid sticker off my car window. I’m still pissed at the parking ticket nazis at school.

  2. I noticed you have Thrive in your library. I tried to read your review on another one of your posts but it was not there. I got a 404 message.
    What are your thoughts? I am thinking about purchasing it.

  3. I just love those summer rolls! Yum!

    I have tons of horrific pics on my blog.! and in reality, I still post many pics that are not exactly great! (part of the reason is that since I do so much photo editing for my actual JOB when I am doing my blog, I want to chill a bit!)…

  4. Mundane tasks? This week it’s been unpacking and arranging my new apartment, which can be fun but i just want to be done already. Also washing dishes, scrubbing floors, and paying bills. Yuck. I’d much rather shop for groceries, write and work on setting up my studio, which is currently full of boxes.

  5. I like this idea. I always out off those humdrum tasks, which generally means a mess slowly piles up around me!

  6. Gosh I hate laundry, but I guess someone has to do it :S

  7. I cleaned out my fridge the other day and it felt sooooo good! I found some very scary things hiding in the back. Also, I had your microwave oat cake for breakfast this morning. My tummy is happy :)

  8. I feel like if I let it my entire day would be filled with those type of “humdrum” tasks. But I try and throw some fun stuff in there too. Like trying new recipes! I baked your vegan banana cake a couple of days ago and it’s already all gone! To be fair, I did take most of it to my best friend and her family. So with eight different people eating on it, it was gone in one day! And she’s already begging me for the recipe. Sooo good!!

  9. I just have to tell you I seriously LOOOOVE reading your posts. I look forward to them!!!

    I definitely feel good when I am productive & get all the things I don’t like doing DONE (sweeping/mopping the kitchen, laundry, etc.) but it doesn’t mean it’s fun to do! My least favorite chore is cleaning the shower; I save that for my fiance :) I’d rather clean the toilet than the shower! Is that weird?

    I tweeted you that I was in the midst of baking your cinnamon/sugar chickpeas last Friday … LOVE them! I stored some in the freezer and I love them cold and crunchy when I need a sweet fix :)

    I always manage to get work outs in b/c it’s become more of a discipline thing. I get up super early and get some fitness action each morning before work. It’s early, but I feel SO good and love starting my day off right :)

    Hope you have a great Wednesday!!!

  10. Hey, I really like your blog. Just found it :D it has a lot of neat recipes. I think the mundane task I do is going to school and doing homework. Yuck.

  11. I hate chores… ugh I hate them so much. Sadly because my house is also my office I have to keep it tidy for when clients come to visit so I’m always having to do the dishes, clean the kitchen (they have to walk through it to get to my office… lame, I know) and vacuuming. Last night I finished work early (at 7pm) and cleaned the house – put away laundry, did the dishes, put away mail, updated my weeks’ worth of expenses… blah!

  12. Oh days like those…not fun at all…
    I really want to try that ginger tofu!

  13. I think the secret (I DON’T have this done yet) is to enjoy or appreciate the mundane. Most of our lives are filled with the mundane and it’s not like after we do the dishes or the laundry that we don’t continually have to do them again. Only if we have a perpetual housecleaner or when we die do these things end, so I am never “happy” that they are done. I DO wish I could find the secret of not having so many dishes. Probably a smaller house so I don’t have to go find the cup I used last time. Maybe my life is just particularly mundane, but I kind of feel like it is the exception that we don’t do these things constantly…….Maybe a joy of the nomadic life is that you have little stuff with you and you don’t have a sinkful of dishes or useless FM shoes.

  14. Those microwave bars were TAILORED for a college student – they look too nommilicious!

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

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  16. Haha. I came back to check out the comments. Everyone seems to agree that cleaning etc., sucks :) – My most hated chore!

    And someone else’s comment reminded me that I MUST try this chickpea recipe.

    *Join the Be Real movement

  17. My whole life seems to be one humdrum task after another, lol. I don’t even think about them anymore! :cry:

    I want the people who designed your row house to design our house. I love that you have 4 bathrooms!! Personally, after the kitchen, bathrooms are my favorite room of the house. Dustin grew up in a house with 6 people and frequent guests and only one bathroom; the thought of that makes me shutter a little, lol.

  18. I hear ya on mundane tasks, I have quite a few to get to myself. Great recipe ideas and shots.

    1. Laundry, kitchen cleaning, weed pulling, vacuuming, cleaning cat boxes, etc. Sure and they grate on my nerves when I know they need to get done.
    2. Yesterday … no! I know, so rare for me, but we were celebrating hubby’s birthday. Back to my usual workout schedule today. :-)
    3. Very cool on the bake sales, that’s awesome you’re donating!

  19. I returned some pants that were too big.

    Yes, I got a workout in. I slept in again (finally getting over the Hawaii red-eye sleep deprivation), but squeezed in a 20 minute round of Jillian’s 30 day shred.

  20. Humdrum stuff I have to do:

    – Clean house
    – Work :-)
    – Homework

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