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Meal plan for May 11th – 17th

Week two of a shared living space with my parents.  Verdict?  Awesome!  I only wish we hadn’t waited so long for them to move in.

Now I totally understand it probably won’t always be sunshine and unicorns, and there will be hiccups along the way, but so far the sailing is going pretty smoothly.

We went out to dinner with my in-laws yesterday for Mother’s Day and my parents went too.  My mother-in-law (part of the crew that helped us move in so quickly) asked my mom “how are you settling in”.  My mom said “I really thought it would be hard, but it’s great.  The house is great, the light is wonderful, we get to see the water again, and we see Jack every day”.  May everyone be so lucky to co-habitat with people they love and actually like!

I think one of the “keys” to success is we each have our own space.  They’re on the ground floor and have their own bedroom, bathrooms, living room, and full kitchen.  We have a door connecting our portion of the basement to their “wing”, and we can close it when we all need separation.  Mom and Dad chill and do their thing in the evening, and we stay upstairs and do our thing most of the time.  Jack gets to say good morning and good night, and revels in trying (and succeeding) to scare my mom about 10 times a day.  Mom is about five days away from developing a nervous tic.

Speaking of Jack, he loves doing his homework downstairs, and trips over himself to be helpful.  He begged my mom the other morning to pour her milk for her cereal.  And he loves when she comes to t-ball with us to enhance his already robust cheering section.

So far, Troy or I have cooked dinner nightly and they have joined us.  I’ve been working late a lot, so I’ll prep dinner and he heats it up or cooks it that night.  I think it’s a big improvement from what they were eating, and mom seems to clean her plate every night.  Their favorites so far include taco bowls, and smoked salmon frittata with asparagus.

And last Monday, I was working late (again) and Troy was working, and my parents were so helpful in watching Jack after school, getting him ready for bed, etc.

Shifting gears here, I need your help.

I hate our front door.

It’s so dark and seems to suck all the light out of the entry way.

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See what I mean?  Kind of looks like the backdrop in a 70’s porn, right?

And if that isn’t 70’s enough, you might enjoy our delightful popcorn ceilings.

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So I am thinking maybe we paint it this summer.  Thoughts on color?  I’m not great with such things, so please be specific.  My only thought right now is a light blue grey.  There is so much of me that wants to do a fun summery color, and then the other part of me knows Troy will never go for it.  So think neutral in your suggestions.  Oh and that floor is going away soon and will be replaced with the same cherry colored oak in our bedroom.  So the dark (dank) brown wood door will look even more like a heap of crap.

About a month ago, I came home and our giant inefficient fireplace was gone.  We asked our contractor’s son to remove it because we (collective “we” as in Troy) need to put in wood floors in the living room.  In the next year or so, we want to get a wood stove to replace the wood eating behmouth that we had.

I had meant to take a “before” photo of the fireplace, but they moved up the tear down by a week and did it while I was at work.  The best I can do is this photo from right before Christmas.  Sorry, you can barely see it, but it was HUGE!

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This is what it looked like when I came home the day it was torn down.  Troy stapled down an old piece of carpet that I had been begging him to throw out for years.  Looks like he won that argument!

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This is what it looks like now.  There is still paper around the post (which we never knew was there behind the fire place), and we’re not motivated enough to take it off.

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It is INSANE the amount of space it adds to our living room, and it makes the area around it so much lighter.  From another angle (and yes, everything in my living room is BEIGE.  So farking boring.  And love the carpet right?  See why I need wood floors)?

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Hopefully this fall or next spring we’ll be able to afford a wood stove.  I want something cute, but efficient, and my dream would be something like the Vermont Bun Baker (the middle one).  A girl can dream, right?

I’m sure some of you would say “why get rid of a fireplace”, but you don’t know that old fireplace.  You could put a whole tree in there, and it wouldn’t put out an ounce of heat.  It sucked out more heat than it produced, and you’d have to constantly feed it logs to even keep the fire going.  Essentially, it was an inefficient beast that only took, and added nothing.

Due to work schedules, we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday.  Jack and Troy made me a little planter box (Lowes build it workshop thingies).

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I seriously can’t even handle his fat little face.  So damn cute; makes me sick!  Side note: that doesn’t even look like me.  I don’t ever remember looking like I do there.

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Jack also made me a card at school that says he loves me because I make him breakfast and one time I gave him $8.  So, you know, priorities – food and cash make the world go round.

Meal plan time!  Just a reminder, I only plan dinners.  Also, I am working late every day this week too.  Second week in a row.  I don’t see an end in sight to it, and I’m extremely burned out.

Monday::  Pizza from the freezer (because it’s there and I’m working late, remember?), and salad.

Tuesday:: Cashew chicken, fried rice (made the night before and heated up)

Wednesday:: Breakfast for dinner (waffles and bacon from the freezers, and quickly made scrambled eggs)

Thursday:: Troy’s burgers, and grilled asparagus (the season is so short, so we eat A LOT of it in spring)

Friday::  Mini Asian meatballs and stir fried veggies.

Saturday:: Return of popcorn dinner!!!

Sunday:: Family dinner

This week I spent $18 at the grocery store thanks to some amazing coupons for organic stuff (organic stuff!!!!), $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, $60 at Costco (included a half-gallon of vodka for homemade vanilla extract, and to give our recycling guys something to talk about), and $5.98 at Trader Joes.

What are you having this week?

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5 comments on “Meal plan for May 11th – 17th”

  1. Those doors will look good a lighter color. Removing a fireplace is something I never considered. We don’t use ours, and many places ban them because they add to air pollution. I thought of getting a gas “fire” insert cuz it would look pretty. It sounds like you have an ideal house for privacy for your new “roommates.”

  2. I wish I was you mom, but aside from that beige is not the worse color in the world. It shows of your accessories . You could be making or buying a bright colored throw and pillows for Jack to play with. I agree that gree is the new color but only if you like it. I painted the outside storm door of my house bright turquoise and I love it, but that is the outside.

  3. I just read somewhere that sage green was the color of the season this year. I love that color, but I’m not sure what other accent colors you have and if it would compliment or not. Also, I was thinking it would be cool if you replaced some of those squares on top with glass. It would let in light, but you would still have privacy. Just a thought. Love reading your blog!

  4. We have one of this brand. http://www.woodstove.com/stove-gallery They are very nice looking and efficient. I don’t think you can cook on or in them.
    I think your home is looking great. Such a nice bright space. I’m glad your shared living is working so well. And Happy Mother’s Day to all.

  5. I always enjoy your Food Plans – and hearing about your life!