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Meal plan for January 21st – 27th

Can we talk about Friday for a minute please?

At my work, I have to plan my days off a year at a time.  Yeah I know, ridic., but it is what it is.  So back in June, I planned to have Friday off.  My aunt and uncle hadn’t had Jack all that much lately because of a cold, and Troy keeping him home for “boy day”.  So, I asked gently if they would mind still taking him on Friday so that I could have some “me time”.

I wish I could bottle it up for you guys and share it with you.  Everyone needs what I had on Friday.

My first stop was to tour a new preschool with my mother-in-law.  She was an elementary educator for 32 years, and I thought she might want to check it out.

I had to pull her out of there because she was on the floor so involved with an activities the kiddos were doing.

Needless to say, it was a hit.  Jack will be starting in April.  I like his current preschool well enough, but I feel like he’s reached the end of what they can offer.  The new preschool is four days a week (old one is two), and he’ll be there for 2.5 hours a day.  Time to rework my budget!

It’s a Montessori school, and I was blown away with the organization of the place (more on that later), which I know is one of the tenants of Montessori.  But also, the kids were so well-behaved.  I kept checking for a small pipe that was blowing out “happy and calm” juice.  I don’t see Jack fitting in there for a few weeks, but dammit I hope they can work their magic on my little insane child.

Ok, so after preschool, I hit up Target, the mall to return some stuff at Macy’s, and snagged a $60 sweater for $8.  You like?  It’s like a wool silk blend or something fancy pants like that.

I’m drawn to orange because someone once told me I looked tan in orange.  As you can see, I am magically transformed in to a Hawaiian Tropic model.

I then took my wedding ring/engagement ring combo to the jewelry store because I’ve had a feeling for a year or so that it was too tight.  Um, yes.  It was 5 3/4 and according to their little ring size thingy, I’m now a 6 1/2.  On my honor, I’ve gained maybe 2 pounds since we were married 8.5 years ago, but I’m fairly certain it’s all in my knuckles or something.

Ok, here is the best part.  I went to a really cute little bistro that makes a ton of their food with locally sourced ingredients.  I had a dilled chicken salad sandwich (holy crap, it was like heaven on bread, and my goal this weekend to to recreate it), sea salt and vinegar chips, a locally made root beer, and a (wait for it) white chocolate raspberry croissant.  I sat alone at a table, reading a book on my Kindle (second hand Kindle courtesy of my friend Elaina who upsized).  BY MYSELF.

And for as long as I wanted.  It was heaven, and I felt like weeping.

Then off to Goodwill where I picked up a lovely thread holder for $3.

It was bliss.  I want to make it a bi-yearly event.  The Day of Sarah.

Saturday, Troy was working, so Jack and I were on chilling a bit.  We mowed and weed-eated the lawn.  Well, I mowed while Jack sat on the porch playing with superheros.

We went inside, and some bug got up my ass and I had to clean out our master closet RIGHT NOW.   AS IN RIGHT THIS SECOND.  Should I have taken a photo of the before?  Yes, I should have.  Did I?  No, because I was so frenzied that I couldn’t stop, or I WOULD DIE.

Jack helped by sitting on my bed pelting me with socks.  He called it Sock Darts, and while it was pretty annoying, it also kept him occupied for two hours, which is kind of a miracle.  I wonder if he’d be willing to throw socks at me so that I could nap?

Troy and I have always shared a closet the size of a shoe box, until we moved in to my parent’s rental house.  I think we took it for granted we had space, and it turned in to a craphole.

Here is the after (shut up, yes I know I didn’t take any befores).

 

Who wants to iron those pants for me?  Please?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, popcorn ceilings are super cool.

I got rid of 5 bags of stuff, and Troy has a huge pile to look through when he gets home.  And I’m putting the word out that if anyone ever buys Troy a coat, vest, or fleece again, I will end them.  He has SO many.  He has more coats than I have shoes.

Want to hear about some food now?  Thought so.  Here is our meal plan for the week.  Reminder, I only plan dinners, because breakfast is always smoothies or eggs with something, and lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: Buffalo chicken (use this recipe, but with the dry ingredients from this one) sandwiches on pretzel rolls.  Salad, and homemade potato chips will be served as well.

Tuesday:: I finagled an invite to the in-laws for dinner.  SCORE!

Wednesday:: Quesadillas, tomato soup (canned from the summer garden), salad, and fruit.

Thursday:: ANOTHER dinner at the in-laws.  Double score!

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It’s popcorn, leftovers, cheese slices, fruit, and cut up veggies.  Everyone gets as much as they want, and no one leaves hungry.  I adore Fridays because it is the easiest night of the week for making everyone happy!

Saturday:: TBA

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

I spent $43 at the grocery store, but $17 of that was vodka to replenish my homemade vanilla extract stocks.

What are you having this week?

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20 comments on “Meal plan for January 21st – 27th”

  1. Suuuuurrrrre, it was for the vanilla… 🙂

    • Ha! Considering a Tylenol PM can knock me on my ass, I don’t drink. All of the booze I’ve had in my life could probably fit in an 8 oz glass. It makes me have to pee. LOL

  2. Lol, good read!!! The little ring thingy is called a mandrel. Please do say that you had the ring resized, any pics??

    • Ah, thank you for defining it!

      Yep, I had it resized. I won’t get it back for another 10 (ish) days, but I can take a photo of it on my non-swollen finger then.

  3. My husband doesn’t understand why it takes me so long if I’m going out for groceries or medicine or something after the kids go to bed. It’s because these days a trip to the pharmacy is what an afternoon at the mall used to be. Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

    Our meals this week… Tonight we had my Americanized version of bubble and squeak (leftover mashed potatoes fried with some onion, tomatoes, eggs and cheese). Tomorrow grilled chicken with sweet potato fries and veg. Wednesday gnocchi with tomatoes, veg and large butter beans. Thursday salmon, bakes potatoes and veg. Friday dinner out with visiting relative. Saturday wedding reception. Sunday pesto pasta (just recently discovered my kids actually like pesto now).

  4. I love ‘me’ days! Yay!

  5. You should try re-creating that white chocolate raspberry croissant! sounds amazing 🙂

    • I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I had it! I’m out of raspberry jam until the next raspberry season, so I’ll give it a shot then. I must hunt for an excellent croissant recipe.

      It had a spread of raspberry jam, that was sprinkled with mini white chocolate chips. Then the dough was formed around it and baked.

      Oh heck, now I’m drooling.

  6. I LOVE “me” days and that lunch sounds fantastic. You deserve it, girl.

    Why didn’t you take before pictures of your closet?

  7. I’m loving the closet. Organization out the ears! Whoop
    I will most definitely be indulging in some ice cream tonight at work! Hush, it’s homemade. The whole banana/peanut butter bit. I added some almond milk and a splash of vanilla extract. That’s as far as I’ve gone for meals this week 🙂

  8. We have popcorn dinners sometimes, too. Love it!

  9. We have popcorn dinners sometimes, too. Love it!

  10. I feel so cool…I have that same basket that you have on your floor of the closet tucked in the corner. The handmade one…given to me by a friend. Don’t just love it?! BTW, love freebie days too! They are too few and far between, but when they happen I swear I can hear the angels singing! LOL! 🙂

  11. I can dometimes get a bit of time to myself if my mother looks after my 3, but I only do it if I have an appointment or need to do Christmas shopping. So far I haven’t had a day like yours, all to myself, I mught have to wait until they are all in school – only another 4 years to wait. Sob!
    xXx Helen

  12. I love it!!! Who ever thought that would be a day of luxury but I am with you. It sounds like heaven! I need that type of day but we don’t have any family in town 🙁 I guess I will be getting that when my son goes to kindergarten for the first day! Now I live with my hour taking a nap on the weekends while my husband is at home 🙂

  13. Take it from me–one day all your days will be yours. You will wish they were small and at home all the time.