July 27, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk of 7/25 (late, of course)

Sorry ... I was very distracted last week.

Meal 1:  Grilled Steak

Meal 2:  Macaroni & Beef

Meal 3:  Creamy Chicken Parm

Meal 4:  BLT's

Also, since my teenager is picky and never eats enough, I've been frying up some "copycat" Chick-fil-a each week to make quick & easy sandwiches with or to just cut it to dip.  He's loving it and I'm loving that he's eating.

July 26, 2016

My Zoe is Gone

In May 2000 I set out determined to bring home a kitten. Our wedding was about four months away and we were finally settling into our first home (although we did it old school - I wasn't living there yet) but to me, a house isn't a home without a cat.  I went to a local animal orphanage that day to adopt a kitten.

I spotted her very quickly - this shy little thing with beautiful coloring and a stripe on her nose. She was definitely the one!  But the rules! I was naive and didn't realize all the rules involved with adopting a homeless kitten so I couldn't take her home with me that day.  The next morning I went back before the doors opened with everything I needed in order to give this kitten a home, crossing my fingers she was still there.

She was.  And she's lived with me every since. She was my first baby.

In April she celebrated her 'Sweet 16' and was doing well, despite her age and the health issues that inevitably arise.  Last Thursday night she took a sudden turn for the worse and I knew it was time.

Zoe was a shy cat who only liked her people. She would only drink water from a fountain. She shed like crazy and loved to brushed. She was afraid of ceiling fans and loud noises of any kind. She spent her life indoors, sunbathing through windows any chance she got.  She didn't like dogs but tolerated their curious sniffing at time. Many didn't realize she still existed in our home but I knew she was there, always waiting for me.

I will forever miss her sweet face.
 Rest in Peace, Zoe
My Zoebear
My Carebear
April 15, 2000 - July 22, 2016

July 15, 2016

Meal Plan - Wk of 7/17

I've totally lost track on what week it is so I'll just start using what I probably should have been using all along - the actual "week of" date.  As always, my meal plans start on Sunday. 

My Husband returns home today so my week long break from cooking dinner officially comes to an end. Yes, I'm sad. Here's what I've got lined up:

Meal 1: Meat sauce/pasta

Meal 2: Pork Chops

Meal 3: BBQ Chicken, grilled

Meal 4: Chicken steak sandwiches

July 13, 2016

A Week Off

I have no meal plan to post for this week because my Husband is away on a golf trip. So in honor of that and the fact that my boys would prefer to eat whatever they can find at 11pm, I'm taking a vacation from cooking dinner this week. It feels really good to fix myself what I want when I want it which basically means I'll be eating some version of mexican food all week long. 

I also took two days off from work to play taxi driver to drive the teenager to and from football practice. 

Yesterday I baked lemon bars and I will eat the entire 8x8 dish by myself because no one in my house appreciates lemon anything.

Yesterday I watched two DVR'd shows and a Lifetime movie - uninterrupted.  It was awesome. And speaking of TV shows, if you aren't watching UnREAL, you are missing out! LOVE this show!

July 5, 2016

Unplanned Silence

My lack of posting wasn't planned. It just kind of happened.  Call it a side effect of my mid-life crisis. And it seemed almost pointless to only post a meal plan each week because really, who cares.  

For anyone that does care, here's the current week meal plan:

Meal 1: Hamburgers/macaroni salad

Meal 2: Shrimp Scampi 

Meal 3: Bourbon Chicken (which has been on the meal several times but for one reason or another, we've yet to eat it!)

Meal 4:  BLT's

Within the past month, I watched my youngest child walk out of an elementary school for the very last time. I watched my (young) sister-in-law graduate from high school. I traveled to Maryland to help celebrate my godson's high school graduation as well. I hosted yet another family get together over Father's Day weekend (I'm burned out doing these dinners).

I wish there was a pause button. Life is flying by too fast. I'm stuck in the monotony of doing the same thing day after day. And I really and truly hate it. My husband and I have had a few conversations about this but it really doesn't help.  I know what I need to do but I don't have the courage to do it.

For now I will savor the few long weekends I have planned for this summer. We have no real vacation planned because of the football schedule. I'm looking forward to a solo road trip to NC in August to visit my oldest and dearest friend.

'Til next time.