Meal Plan 01/21/2019 - 01/25/2019

Part of me wanted to be proven wrong with all the meal planning. I wanted to plan the meals and not notice a difference in the chaos of our evenings or the amount of food waste we produce. But…that is not the case. Meal planning and food prep are totally making life easier. It’s a lot of work on Sundays but then I don’t worry about what we’re eating for the rest of the week. It’s kind of awesome. It’s also holding me accountable to my vegetarian-meal-at-least-once-weekly goal which is pretty great.

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Monday: Lentil Bolognese served over roasted broccoli for meatless Monday. I made the sauce today and just need to roast the broccoli tomorrow after work.

Tuesday: Chrissy Teigen’s Chunky Creamy Mushroom Soup with tuna melts. I made the soup today and just need to reheat it and make the sandwiches.

Wednesday: Change Your Life Chicken with sweet potatoes, red onions, and green beans.

Thursday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls served with some sort of green vegetable on the side.

Friday: Some sort of leftovers or snacky dinner situation.

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Tiny Happy Tuesday 2019:2

1. I came home from a very long day, sighed, and said, “I’m exhausted.” 

“I’m with ya, sister!” Grady replied.  

2. My parents came over on the weekend and brought Poppy’s Christmas present - a shopping cart - with them. My dad had to assemble it so Poppy brought over her toy tool kit to assist and then when she realized the complexity of the project she handed him a play $5 and said, “here’s a hundred dollars. Fix it.”

3. Shawn washed and detailed my car on the weekend and there’s something so luxurious about driving a perfectly spotless car (especially when you have kids).  

4. We saw the sun today. We might see the sun tomorrow.  

5. I asked to be referred to a different ophthalmologist than the doctor who did my eyelid surgery in 2017 and my optometrist listened to me and referred me to a new doctor without any fuss. 

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What’s making you happy this week?

Meal plan 01/14/2019 - 01/18/2019

Last week was a busy week for us but I managed to stick to the meal plan and I’m happy to report that mealtimes felt less angsty. We ordered pizza one night but we also plowed through a lot more produce than we have recently so I’m calling it a win.

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Monday: Black bean and sweet potato enchiladas leftover from last week (my biggest kitchen time-saver is doubling recipes and freezing half for the following week.) Fresh guacamole if my avocados behave.

Tuesday: Spaghetti bolognese on spaghetti squash (Shawn) and on spaghetti noodles (the rest of us). Served with green salad.

Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce served with roasted carrots and broccoli.

Thursday: Oh She Glow’s Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup served with roasted broccoli.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner! Buttermilk pancakes, extra crispy bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs, and fruit salad.

What’s on your meal plan this week?

It’s in a Book

My friend wrote a book. This book to be precise.  

I am ridiculously proud of my friend. When her book arrived I cried literal tears of joy. I know how hard she worked on this book. I know that blood, sweat, and tears went into this book. 

But I can’t read it.  

I can’t read any book.  

I used to read all the time. I would crack through a few books per week. I’d have multiple books on the go and switch between stories to read what suited me. I would choose reading over watching tv any day of the week.  

I don’t know what changed. Maybe it’s having kids, maybe it’s my iPhone, maybe it’s cancer and the changes my brain’s gone through on different meds and no thyroid, maybe it’s the lack of sleep, maybe it’s Instagram and the ability to scroll endlessly, maybe it’s the moon. I have no idea. All I know is that I no longer have the attention span to read.  

But I really want to read! I want to read my friend’s book and the other books languishing on my bookshelf. I enjoy listening to audiobooks but there’s something I’m missing by not curling up in a cozy blanket and flipping through the pages of a good book.  

Have you experienced this loss before? How did you retrain your brain to be able to read for longer than 15 seconds at a time? Or am I lost cause?