Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Monday!

Here's a meal plan and a quick list of stuff that has kept me away from the computer this month.

Sunday - crockpot salsa chicken, avocado lime rice
Monday - hibachi chicken and shrimp
Tuesday - Southwest chicken salad
Wednesday - corn & zucchini pie, roasted carrots
Thursday - crockpot chicken pot pie soup and biscuits
Friday - salmon, baked potatoes
Saturday - who cares, but I'm not cooking!

Neat stuff that's been keeping me busy:
* We bought a car! I'll write a full post on that soon, but it was a six week process of frustration that ultimately has a happy ending.

* Pickle is.....EATING BY MOUTH! We will keep her feeding tube in until cold & flu season is over, just in case, but I can safely say that this little girl is the boss of what goes in her body now. She worked harder to get here than I have ever worked for anything in my life, and I am so proud of her.

* Baby Bear is....ON THE MOVE! He's crawling, pulling up, and cruising, and with a few more weeks of practice he's going to be running all over the place.

* Peanut moved his cell phone service over to Ting, and we're pretty pleased with it so far. I'll be switching soon too, and we'll reduce our cell phone bill by almost half. I hope to write a post about this too.

* Not much new other than that on the money front. I try not to pay too much attention to our retirement funds because they've been so up and down lately.

What's new with you?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Meal plan

Someday, it will not be my responsibility to feed any other human besides myself. I look forward to that day...but it is not today. So in the meantime, I meal plan.

This week is a little unusual in that we have three dinners out - but I've got plans for the other nights.
Monday - dinner out for a family birthday
Tuesday - date night; kids get chicken rice, meatballs and veggies with the babysitter
Wednesday - Mexican quinoa
Thursday - steak and potatoes
Friday - BLTs
Saturday - dinner at the apple orchard

Breakfasts are yogurt and granola, cocowheats, or bagels. I'm working on planning out the kids' snacks, too, so that they are more balanced than goldfish crackers and applesauce - so we've also got peanut butter toast, fruit, yogurt, sandwich crackers, cottage cheese, broccoli pancakes, cheese sticks. If you've got kids, what are your favorite well-rounded snacks that you can carry with you or pull together in five minutes?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Life Skills 101

I was thinking today about how I'd like to take a refresher course in Home Ec. This is kind of silly, because basically my entire life right now is Home Ec (cooking, sewing, caring for kids), so shouldn't I be teaching it instead of wanting someone to teach it to me? And then I was wondering if they still teach Home Ec in school. I took it in high school, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's not offered anymore, which would be a shame. I'd rename it Life Skills and in addition to cooking, baking, and sewing on a button, I'd include a number of new things, like how to change a tire, get a virus off a computer, negotiate the price of a large purchase, budget a paycheck, and make simple repairs in the home (fixing a hinge or broken shelf, for example).
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Word, Bob. Word.