Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sustaining lives is so complicated.

On Monday night we made dinner at home. An undertaking which has become exceedingly rare as of late, possibly because we've quit going to the grocery store. San Jose is on the way to the grocery store, and we'll get home too late to fix dinner, so let's just go ahead and eat first. Yum tacos. Uhhhk. I am too full to move please don't make me go in that grocery store full of foods I need to lay down. Does this happen to anyone else? Is it just because it's summer? Maybe it has something to do with me being at work for an extra 2 hours every day and not having any energy left to open the refrigerator door when I get home, let alone prepare a meal and clean up afterwords. Luckily my hours will change back come fall, but then I'll also have to go back to working Fridays. I tell you I don't know how moms do it. I can barely get myself fed.

Cooking and eating at home was a very welcome change from what we've been doing lately, that is for certain. We fixed chicken and twice baked potatoes and brownies AND we made banana bread. As far as the east is from the west, was this banana bread from my last dreadful attempt. And all I did differently was barely help at all while my mom did the work! Evidently that's the trick. In order to make tasty things, I need to not really play a role in their production. There isn't a show on the Food Network where somebody does that, so I believe I may have stumbled onto a million dollar idea here.

Then yesterday my friend Johnny came over and we ate at home again. This time there wasn't a lot of culinary investment, since Mike and Johnny just ate sandwiches, and all I did was boil some noodles and heat up frozen chicken. But it was nice not to have to drive somewhere and pay money to eat. If I go back through my bank statement, almost every entry is money we've spent at restaurants. Not exactly a wise investment. And probably not a healthy one either. So from now on I'm aiming to have more meals at home. It isn't that challenging if we can just slap together a meal plan and shop on the weekend for what we'll need all week. Fairly simple, in fact. But someone else will need to do the grocery shopping because every time I try, I only come home with a stomach ache. Which you can't bake or freeze for later.


Erin said...

If you have any "stick with the meal plan" tips, let me know ... I try to do a weekly meal plan but somehow we always have something crop up that means we end up eating out. I've got this pesto chicken recipe that has been on the fridge for over a month, and every week I put it on my dry-erase calendar (which is where I write my meal plan for the week), and every week THAT'S the day we go out unexpectedly.

Anonymous said...

Dude, YES. All of a sudden I HATE shopping, which means Tom ends up running to the Stop and Shop at 6:30 like three times a week, which on one hand is awesome and on the other hand all of a sudden we're spending a LOT MORE MONEY than we were when I was doing it, and also there are a lot more Doritos in my house. So. Trade off. We're grilling a lot, though. No muss no fuss.

Sugar Mommy said...

Thanks for the suggestion of the John Frieda frizz ease line! I had eyed that in the store, but wasn't ready to commit to a serum just yet. I'm just not used to all the products in my hair!

I did get the JF spray for curls and that has seemed to help somewhat. I was thinking about the serum and also the shampoo and conditioner for curly hair as well. I use JF's brunette line and have loved it, so I'm hoping I'll be equally as happy with their curly formula.


Erin said...

#5 in the list linked to below will answer your question ;)