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This was the week I hit my breaking point and wanted to punch all the things. ALL.THE.THINGS.

It all started with Jack putting his head down at the library on Saturday and me realizing he had a high fever. Which led to him being home from school for four days, a trip to the ER for what we thought was a reoccurrence of his intussusception, Troy coming down with a cold and fever, and ended with me sobbing on the phone to my cable company on Thursday begging them to treat me like a human.

a tree with purple and white flowers underneath

Being self-employed is wonderful and allows for flexibility with our family that is a big privilege. But the flip side of that is my business is all on me. All of it. There no sick leave paid time off, or any benefits (other than company-provided meals). It’s a constant “make it work situation”.

Between Jack, Troy, and Bennett, one of them has been sick constantly since the end of January. And being the person in the house with the amazing immune system means I am constantly on point for everyone else. And moms, let’s be honest. Even if I were to get sick, I’d still be on point.

Thursday morning Jack should have gone back to school but we ended up keeping him home one more day. And the internet went down for the fourth time in two weeks. I um, make my living on the internet. No internet, no working.

The entire week had already gone to pot, and I was beyond frustrated. Something as stupid as no internet + a 90 minute wait time with the cable company (during which they hung up on me after 59 minutes) officially filled my capacity for dealing with other people causing me issues.

When I finally talked to them, their offer of an account credit of $7.04 and an appointment for the afternoon of Friday was how to say…insufficient. I’m not proud of being a brat (I spent YEARS working in customer service), but the call ended with me sobbing and begging the poor woman to treat me like a human and just HELP ME.

Surprise…they credited me a full month and sent two techs (they probably needed to protect themselves from the crazy lady) to my house within 90 minutes. The same amount of time I had waited on hold for them.

I work really hard to be even-keeled and I hate drama, but this was my once a year random freak out. And now I’ll stuff it all down inside until 2021.

And before anyone comments “why didn’t you just use your phone as a hot spot”, first off, shush. Just let me whine and then you don’t have to listen to it for another 12 months. Second, our neighborhood is a tech dead zone and we’re still rocking 3G for cell reception. It’s like 2007 up in here.

a boy sleeping with his hands on his face

Please don’t be concerned with my mental state after I say this, but I downloaded a couch to 5k app this week. And yes, I have proudly declared I will only really run if someone is chasing me or the ice cream truck is going too fast for me to walk.

My (almost) daily walks keep me sane, but I have been feeling like I need more. When I do try to mix it up by adding a little run into my route, I have a decent pace but never feel like I am improving endurance.

Also, I have been in a funk lately with how I feel about my appearance. Rather than just complain about it (see…I really do hate drama and whining!), perhaps mixing up my workouts will help me find what I am actually looking for. (What I am looking for is sugar. Always).

And I figure the couch to 5k training program can help me with that. Look out ice cream truck, I’m coming for you. I’ll take a fruit punch Push Up, please and thank you.

a boy carrying his younger brother

Troy started coughing mid-week and by Friday, he went back to sleep in our room and slept until 2 pm. When he woke up, his temp was 103. As soon as I got home from getting the boys, I immediately quarantined him to the basement. I had the boys wash their hands, threw them into Jack’s room with snacks, slammed the door, and went around to decontaminating the upstairs.

As of this post being published, he is still locked in the basement, I bring food to him, and the boys Facetime him. It’s like the weirdest divorce ever, but the custody agreement definitely screwed me over. Bennett has already asked if we can get a dog. HA! What I do know is that I’m officially over sick males and their germs.


With people in full-on freak out mode about corona, I wanted to share my motto of “plan, don’t panic” with you. I’ve been canning and storing food in waterproof food grade buckets with Gamma Lids waaaaay before it was cool. I mean…it is cool, right? 🙂

Anyhoo, stocking food that makes sense for emergencies is kind of my jam. If you don’t eat beans, buying a 40 lb bag of them doesn’t do you much good! Visit these links for our Pantry Essentials and Freezer Essentials. Print them out, take them to the store or use them when you do any online ordering.

We’re members of Thrive Market and they sent out an email this week vowing to avoid price gouging, which I think was a pretty baller move. If you’d interested in stocking up on everyday items and/or bulk things, we also love Azure Standard (<—that post will tell you about what we buy from there).

But also, if you live in a place where there are small farmers/local producers, now is an awesome time to support them with your business! When things seem really big and scary, get small and look locally. 

What I’m Listening To This Week

I love the podcast How I Built This, and I really enjoyed this episode with Julia Hartz, the co-founder of Eventbrite. If you’ve never listened to How I Built This, you’re in for a real treat! The host interviews the founders of successful companies and really hammers down what it took to be successful in business.

What I’m Reading This Week

finally finished Death in the Air. It was decent but I lost steam mid-way because everyone in my house just kept getting sick! I picked up Nighttown from the library to finish off the Junior Bender series. You can see the previous books I have read this year here.

Also, I spent some time this week reading an article on 8 Bloggers and how they grew their blogs from Grow With Less. Yours truly was interviewed!

Reader Spotlight of the Week

Vicky left this stellar five-star review on our Instant Pot Paleo French Onion Soup {Pin this recipe}:

Just made this last night with homemade beef bone broth and it was SO good! Making it again for lunch today 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

Two bowls of whole30 + paleo french onion soup with thyme

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

My plan to reduce weekly posting to twice a week (plus Sunday) took a big dump this week because I actually published four posts. Baby steps…right?

Fried Cabbage With BaconA speedy 10-minute low-carb dish, Fried Cabbage With Bacon is a stir-fry recipe that everyone will love! This delicious side dish is Keto, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant. {Pin this recipe}

an overherad photo of fried cabbage with bacon in a skillet

How to Can Water The simple task of Canning Water is great for emergency preparedness, power outages, or when you need easy access to sanitized water. Learning how to can water is a low-cost way to supplement your family’s drinking water needs. {Pin this recipe}

Canning jars of different sizes full of canned water on a wooden board

Asian Pork Meatballs These easy baked Asian Pork Meatballs are fantastic as a main dish, appetizer, or snack. Pair with roasted or stir-fried veggies and rice, and you’ll have a simple and fast dinner that the whole family will love. You’ll even find gluten-free options included. {Pin this recipe}

A white plate with Asian pork meatballs topped with diced onions with a small dish of chili sauce

Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup A big bowl of Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup is pure delicious comfort food. This soup has an amazing and flavorful broth paired with veggies and light (not dense!) homemade matzo balls. No pressure cooker? No problem! You’ll also find directions to make this soup on the stovetop. {Pin this Recipe}

A white bowl with matzo ball soup and fresh dill

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

My Virgin Mojito is #1 again, so let’s take a look at the other top recipes.

  1. Air Fryer Egg Rolls – there are also skillet and oven baking instructions!  {Pin this recipe}
  2. Whole30 Meal Plan – thinking about doing a round of Whole30? Well, I.Have.All.The.Meals! {Pin this meal plan}
  3. Air Fryer Pickles – there are also oven-baking instructions  {Pin this recipe}
  4. Whole30 Trader Joe’s Shopping List  {Pin this list}
  5. Instant Pot Beef Tips – a snuggly hug in a bowl  {Pin this list}

Meal Plan

Monday:: The boys want tacos! I’ll cut the ground beef with some lentils I make in the Instant Pot, salad, and black beans I made in the Instant Pot and froze.

Tuesday:: Butternut Squash Chili and cornbread.

Wednesday:: Homemade Ramen Noodle Bowls and roasted veggies

Thursday:: Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken, and grilled veggies.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Vegetable Noodle Soup

Sunday:: Family dinner. Maybe. Seriously, all the kids and cousins keep getting sick.

What We Bought This Week

Costco:: Ok, ok, I know this looks like we were stocking up, but we literally just needed to make a big shop this week. I mean, who buys men’s white t-shirts for the apocalypse? 

groceries in a costco cart


What are you having this week?


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8 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. I loved the grandma gates book – really enjoyed her story. 
    I was thinking about you this week with all the news of your area. 
    Hoping & praying all 3 BOYS feel better soon. We all snicker at the pharmacy (work) at the difference between man colds (by themselves trying to look like death ) vs woman colds (wrangling children & still manage to say thank you). 
    Hang in there!!

    • Oh, yes, the dreaded “man cold”!!!

      When you mention saying thank you, it reminds me when Jack was little I used to make him say thank you to the nurses after he got his shots. Even though he was sobbing and sad, I made him say it. I used to tell him “if you can manage to say thank you when you’re at your worst, you’ll remember to say it all the time”.

  2. Sounds like a rough week. Hang in there and they will eventually get healthy, right?

  3. I’m sorry you didn’t like Death in the Air more–of course, when you have real life sick people, reading about sick people isn’t as diverting! I just started this book:

    I’m finding it very motivational for my own runs–if this grandma could walk the Appalachian trail, alone, when she was 67, I can certainly add another lap to my run! Sheesh.

    • Yeah, I think the timing of finishing it was not ideal for me. Lol.

      Have you read this book yet? I LOVED it when I read it 10+ years ago.

      • I have not! I haven’t been a huge fan of Bill Bryson (I don’t know why), but I’ll check it out. I’m thinking maybe when I’m 67 I might try to hike the AT. 😀

      • I say you totally plan to do it at 67!

        Have you read At Home? It’s Bill Bryson and I really liked it. It spoke to all the nerd things I love.