Today: Up at 6:10, kids ready and out the door. Go grocery shopping. Home and put things away. Out with pastor’s wife this afternoon for lunch with her kids and shopping. Home finally at 3. Crashed on the couch at 3:40. Kids home at 3:50 and wouldn’t let me take a nap. Dinner ready and finished by 6:30, did our Advent calendar and I’m out the door for my Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach meeting by 6:50. Home about 9:10. It’s 9:36 and I’m ready for bed. Got absolutely NOT ONE THING done in the house today.
I just finished up writing out my menu for the week. No, there’s nothing earth-shaking on it, which is why I’m going to skip listing it. What I want to talk about is the actual activity of menu planning.
Before 2001, I would go to the grocery store and walk up and down each and every aisle, hoping that something would catch my eye. I would hope that 7 days’ worth of meals would make their way into my cart and often have to make two or three trips within one week. While working full time. It was, to say, LAME.
At some point, I came across Woman’s Day magazine, where they listed a month’s worth of meals with recipes. I used a couple, but the idea of planning out a menu started to catch on with me. I tried their idea–a whole month–but found it to be cumbersome and our lives too changeable. So I started to make it a week at a time. Lo and Behold! It worked! I planned out the meals and what I would need for them, went to the store with a list and plan and had several pleasant side effects: spent less money, spent less time in each aisle, less trips to the store….
I’ve turned numerous people onto this concept–all of whom were just as clueless as I was about the whole idea.
It seems like they should teach a “real world” class in school. I really don’t use algebra a whole lot, but basic meal planning, balancing a checkbook and making a budget? That would have actually been useful in school.
I liken telling someone about my sex addiction to a gay person “coming out of the closet”. It’s difficult to do. You don’t want it to be this big, huge deal. You never know what reaction you’re going to get. You’d rather it came up somehow in conversation, but it generally doesn’t so you have to artificially insert it there and hope it doesn’t devolve into an interrogation or shocked silence.
Outside of this blog, which, thankfully, is rather anonymous, I have told only a handful of very trusted individuals. I think I want to add one more. I’ve been developing a friendship with our new pastor’s wife (the pastor is new, not his wife!) and am starting to feel like we’ve come to a place where I can share it. I’d love to have “pasts” come up in conversation, which would allow it to feel more natural, but as I said above, it will most likely be me taking a deep breath and saying “when I was a kid….” and going from there.
So here’s my question to you, my dear readers. What was your honest first response when I told you (via here) about my addiction?
We just found out that Jim got the job and will start in a couple of weeks.
::huge sigh of relief::
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for providing a job for us.
Please accept my humble apologies. Apparently I posted three times in November. Not only is that not the norm for me in a month, that’s not even the norm for me in a week! I will endeavor to be better in December.
Then again, December is one of my busiest months, so I’m not going to make any promises!
I haven’t been up to anything spectacular–mostly regular home stuff. Jim’s home during the day, though, which definitely changes things. I am out a few times more with being involved in the food bank and the local churches community outreach.
We hosted Thanksgiving for both sides of the family. I wrote down an hour-by-hour schedule of food prep and the day went very smoothly. I’m glad, however, that my sister will have Christmas! Black Friday I spent comfortably ensconced in my office chair and I basically finished everyone in my family except my husband and his father (whom Jim buys for anyway!). Trying to figure out what my husband wants in a Christmas present is SO DIFFICULT. You’d think, after all these years, I’d know him and what would be a good present for him. Nope!
He’s actually away tonight visiting his sister in Philadelphia. Hopefully the children will go down quietly (hah, she says) and I’ll be able to catch up on Glee and the Good Wife (neither of which Jim watches).
We applied for private insurance yesterday. It was, to say the least, interesting. Trying to remember my medical history for the past five years! Jim was incredibly easy–he broke his arm and has allergies. That’s it. Me? PCOS. Allergies. Hypothyroidism. Insulin resistance. Fun Fun Fun! The nurse I spoke to from Aetna was very nice. They’ll let us know within 7-10 business days. Jim has already been approved, the fink.
Well, this has been a nice catching up kind of chat. Hopefully I’ll see you soon!