Saturday’s Meal Plan, Tuesday

This weekend was not a particularly fun one. Anxiety and illness are not my favorite companions for a weekend, but they took their time departing. Even so, we did manage to forcibly create a meal plan this week which I will share in hopes that it might be of help. I’m particularly excited about the colcannon and the opportunity to use my cabbage in general. I always find cabbage rather exciting.

Happy Tuesday!

 

1/30/17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast
Lunch Chili cheese fries Cinnamon chicken Colcannon (and pork?) Noodles, hopefully Sandwich
Dinner Cinnamon chicken Colcannon and pork chops Lime shrimp dragon noodles Pizza Leftovers

 

To do this weekend:

 

Saturdays

Every Saturday (when we are not out of town or otherwise totally off schedule) we take some time to look at our week’s schedule, what food we already have, what sales are on, and what sounds good and make a meal plan. I thought I’d start sharing what we put together in case it might be of help and to help me stay on track. So, here it is!

1/21/17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast
Lunch Jambalaya Enchiladas Pork roast Pasta? Sandwich
Dinner Black bean/avocado enchiladas Pork roast Pasta with spicy seafood sauce Pizza Leftovers

To prepare this weekend:

Issues

I have a love-hate relationship with social media. When people post about themselves, presenting themselves so clearly to the world around them, I feel like my own world is less real, shrinking around me, claimed by the person who just posted about their quirky outing, their interest in baking, their funny child, or even their pressing problem.

There is something about seeing someone’s clear presentation of themselves — even if it is not overwhelmingly positive — that makes me feel less, diminished, no longer able to lay claim to being a Real Person.

So, on the advice of my husband, I’m returning to blogging, cutting out a little space of land for myself online. My goal is to post twice a week, chiefly about homemaking things. In the spirit of presenting myself to the world just a little, now, a few things about me, in no particular order:

  • I love ingredients. I get very excited to try new ingredients in new dishes.
  • I’m socially anxious and fairly neurotic, especially about illnesses.
  • I re-read the same books over and over and feel very proud when I actually read something new.
  • I enjoy budgeting.
  • I’m working on a PhD.
  • I dream of writing a home economic curriculum.
  • I also dream of having a well-organized pantry.

Cleaning the house

The house is actually a lot cleaner than it has been in quite some time. I can both remember the last time I swept the floor (or, my husband swept the floor…) and the last time I cleaned the bathroom. And the living area is pretty clutter free. But the more I do, the more I feel like I will never be on top of the space or the cooking in the kind of self-sustaining, regular, don’t-have-to-think-about-it way I envision when I think of accomplished homemaking. Meals I don’t have to scramble to make, laundry that manages to be simultaneously clean and in a drawer. Though it is currently clean and spread through the house. So that’s something.

Potentially what I am expecting to happen is not a real thing, or takes significantly more practice than I have thus far put in. But whatever the case, there is a big rift between my imagination of how my house could (should?) be, and the reality:

Right?

Top left: “Rubbermaid Homefree Series Closet Kit 3G59” by Rubbermaid Products CCL
Bottom Left: “Basement Pantry” by Susy Morris CCL Other photos mine, edits mine.

Well, my first problem is probably thinking that my reality should be in line with set photography from a storage system manufacturer. I think that’s a good thing to realize. I hope, in the next couple of weeks, to develop more realistic homemaking goals and strategies. To do so, I plan to implement three things:

1. Tracking my time. I will try to see how I spend my hours, and see if there are some things (looking at you, 800 times I check Facebook daily) that can be cut back on.

2. Praying. I will be specifically praying for God to show me what my priorities really are and should be, so that I can stop trying to focus on everything at once.

3. Sitting down with Mr. B. and figuring out some ways we can tackle weekly tasks with teamwork. This was his idea, and I am so grateful that he comes up these kind of practical ideas. I’ll plan to post an update on what we come up with.

I love homemaking (at least theoretically, and hopefully more and more, in reality) and look forward to being able to do it with less of a sense of futility.

So, what about you? Has anyone else dealt with a disconnect between the way they want their life to look and the way it does look? How did you or are you dealing with it? Inquiring (nosy?) minds want to know.