May 27, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk 22

with Memorial Day weekend mixed in ...

We'll be hosting a BBQ at out house so hamburgers & hot dogs and all the sides will be happening on Sunday, the 29th.

Meal 1: BBQ Chicken

Meal 2: Macaroni & Beef

Meal 3: Creamy Chicken Parm - skillet sauce. Boo loves this simple dinner.

Meal 4: Steak sandwiches

May 26, 2016

The Garden ~ 2016

The garden is looking good!  I started from seeds this year and planted them in egg shells in mid-April and kept them on a window sill and somehow, even with two nosy homewreckers, they managed to survive.  I only had one egg out of twelve (a squash plant) that didn't make it. It only got one stem/bloom and it wasn't growing like the others so I didn't bother to plant it.

'Round here, it's best to wait until after Mother's Day before you put any plants in the ground. That proved to be wise due to the very cold spring we had. I was warmer in February then it was in April/early May.  I finally got all the plants in the ground about two weeks ago and planted another row of green bean seeds.  I carefully broke apart the egg shells before planting and added the crushed egg shells to the dirt for extra fertilization.

There is nothing like fresh green beans from the garden. This is the third year I have grown them and each year I plant more and more plants. They seem to do really well in our garden and 3 out of 4 of us love to eat them!

My cucumbers are usually amazing (last years batch was a disappointment - not sure what went wrong) but that seems to happen from time-to-time.  I haven't planted squash before but given how the plants look, I am hopeful.

I've had such bad luck with tomatoes I didn't bother to plant any this year.  They just don't like to grow in my backyard. I've tried everything and have failed every single time.  So I gave up and will just stalk local farm stands for fresh Jersey tomatoes.

The bottom two pictures show how things looked as of last night:

May 25, 2016

They Did It!

My son's 15A lacrosse team (all 8th grade boys) pulled off an undefeated season with 12 wins and 2 forfeits, which technically means their record was 14-0! It has been a fabulous season and something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Tomorrow night they play in the 1st round of the playoff tournament taking on the 8th placed team.  They should win of course, but at this point everyone is out to get us and every team can have a bad night, even an undefeated team.  So we're hoping for a hard fought game, that they don't let up, and play as a team.

When the season ends, it will be bittersweet. Many of them have been playing together for years and many of them will part ways and head to different high schools in the fall.

Wish them luck!

May 20, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk 21

Back on board ...

Meal 1: Grilled Steak

Meal 2: Homemade Chicken Fingers

Meal 3: Tilapia

Meal 4: Penne w. Vodka Sauce & Sausage

May 17, 2016

Meal Planning & Catching Up

So while I fell off the wagon updating the blog, I have still been meal planning. We follow it for the most part but as the spring sports are winding down, we are busy and a family dinner time doesn't always happen. It definitely helps to have a meal ready to prepare on the fly.

Here's what I have planned for the current week:

Meal 1: Pork Chops

Meal 2: Shrimp Scampi

Meal 3: Bourbon Chicken - skillet sauce

Meal 4: Hamburgers

I can hardly believe Memorial Day is right around the corner and it still feels like winter most days.  We've been busy getting the yard, fence, and patio ready for the summer months. With the threat of frost pretty much over, I was finally able to get my garden planted this past weekend (more on that soon!)

We have one more (very) busy weekend of sports and then playoffs begin for the lacrosse team next week - Bud's team is currently sitting at 11-0 for the season. It's very exciting for them to finish their 8th grade year this way!

May 3, 2016


I've been in a funk lately. A lot of things have me on edge and very aggravated. It's probably a mid-life crisis of sorts and I'm not considering doing anything drastic but have decided something has to change.

My job is the root of it. I've been doing the same job for a very long time and I'm bored and tired of the office bullshit and career goals I'm supposed to have.  My current career goal is to retire. I stay for the pension, the benefits, and the time off.  Starting over somewhere new sounds like more work than I'm willing to put forth at this stage of the game.  I made all these career choices when I was 18 years old and I'm essentially backed into a corner unless I go back to school to be trained to do something else. Or I can go work at Target.

My interests have changed over the years, as they often do as you age. I'm not longer interested in my job. I'm just not. And I don't see how anything is going to change that.

The Husband told me I looked miserable standing alone at my son's lacrosse game on Friday night. Thanks, Caption Obvious. I am miserable. I had a really long week and a 3 hour total traffic-filled commute that day and I didn't feel like being social. What did you do today? Oh, that's right. You're retired and do nothing all. damn. day. everyday.

This brings us to my other problem:  My Husband. He retired from the police force at the ripe old age of 43 last summer. And he's done nothing since, unless you count posting on Facebook and watching Fox News as doing something. His job was stressful of course and his sleeping was all messed up from working nights for so many years.  I gave him time, plenty of time to work all that out and I didn't nag him at all. However, his help around the house is sporadic and almost never done unless I leave a note.  I know he's a male but he's also 43 years old and we've been married for almost 16 years - I shouldn't have to leave a fucking note. No one leaves me a note to get stuff done. 

I have become very resentful of his lack of effort and his lack of concern over our finances. Yes, we have talked about it (but it's been a while since the last conversation) and I'm always told "a job is coming" but it isn't coming fast enough for me.  We have one son who is entering HS in the fall, will be driving before we know it, and then college with a second son trailing right behind ... and he's just content to sit on the couch all day and watch TV.

An ugly fight is coming and it will not be pretty.

I was intermittently watching one of my favorite movies last night while I was coloring my hair (because for some reason the amount of gray hair on my head has increased ten fold in the past year - can't imagine why that would be!) and cleaning the 2nd floor at the same time and a line from the movie has stayed with me once again:

"I'd rather do nothing and be happy then do something I don't love"