Hi Mary & Em,
What a week! My second week at the new job, now 3 sick kids in total, plus me getting over a full fledged sinus infection (remember I told you I had a pesky cold? It turned into raging headache slash pain in the maxilla slash shooting ear pain). Meanwhile, I am having to adjust to working five days a week every week. You guys know that at my old job, I had 26 Fridays off a year, which meant I could schedule haircuts, get the occasional grocery trip in, and cross a nagging task or two off of my to do list. Even the weeks I worked five days, I had visibility into when my next Friday off would be, and could put things off until then. And I think even more importantly, I could use that Friday to regroup and make new lists and scribble on the calendar.
Let us all take a moment of silence out of respect to my former day off of work with childcare.
No longer can I put things off until that precious Friday. So I am feeling particularly out of balance. how the heck am I going to get reorganized and get those to-dos done? How do 5-day a week working moms do it? I can’t outsource much more – I already have a cleaning lady and don’t have the budget for something like a personal assistant. Maybe I could take on an intern like Sonya Morganstern on RHONY. (Either of you know a responsible college student looking for valuable life experience as an assistant to a *cough cough* prestigious professional? Organizational skills and MS Office a must. Preferably willing to work for
fresh baked bread free.)
No but in all seriousness, the weekends are going to be even less relaxing than they already weren’t. And finding time for myself? ACK! I am going to seriously re-work my 168 hours. I haven’t even gotten the fresh breath of Spring to distract me. @$% $%#% Winter WON’T END. I’m thinking about proposing a big climate controlled “super dome” type structure over our area in the ‘burbs (sort of like the Truman Show).
I did manage to do a little cooking today – I made my second favorite kale salad and my most favorite lentil soup (recipe to come), and did a whole chicken in the crock pot using Emily’s delicious cilantro lime recipe (and made the enchiladas with the meat, enough for us and the neighbor across the street who had a baby). Adam took the babies to the pediatrician, I ran to the bank, dry cleaner, and forgot to pick up my contact lenses that have been sitting at my optometrist since February. No exaggeration.
All while trying to tend to two incredibly cranky toddlers.
As a result, I am just now sitting down for the first time all day, at 8:37 pm.
So basically I haven’t
had any time rearranged the time for myself to post any of my own recipes. Or call you guys, or even text. Or respond to personal emails. I basically have fallen off of the face of the earth. Oopsie! Here are some recipes I did see from other way more productive bloggers this week.
- Lasagna Rolls with Spinach and Ricotta from The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch
- Easy Lentils & Rice from Family Gone Healthy
- Cinnamon Spirals with Yogurt Dip from Winelady Cooks. Emily these would be great to make using your crescent rolls!
- Caramelized Onion and Cream Cheese Enchiladas from Aunt Bee’s Recipes.
- I cannot wait to try the Saute of Rainbow Chard with Apples from Meal Planning Maven.
P.S. – I have to say it made my day on Monday to see Courtney from Family Gone Healthy included us in her roundup of Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes!
Mary how was your ski weekend with family? Emily, what are you up to right now? There have to be some fun crafts you can show me. My brain needs a break from all the new information I’m processing at my new job. Send pictures of kids and puppies.