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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

Hey folks! I have something super important to tell. Like super-duper important. Guess what?

You’re freaking awesome. Yep. It’s true!

You may feel down in the dumps or like life is stalled or you’re going nowhere fast. But the truth is you’re pretty amazing and there is no one out there just like you. Sometimes life suuuuuuuucks but it’s going to get better.

You’ve got this.

Also? Dumps is a funny word.

I was walking with the boys this week and Troy drove by us. I was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and I waved at him. We live by the water so I thought the flashing white thing I saw out of the corner of my eye was an incoming seagull.

Turns out it was my arm flaps. Yikes.

Who can suggest some good (free) arm exercises? I have 8-pound weights and a 10-pound kettlebell. Kettle ball? Ball bell? Ballllllllls?

At the start of 2018, I decided that for one year I wasn’t going to buy any new clothes. Underwear, bras, swimsuits, and socks were exempt for obvious reasons. #standards

It’s been actually super easy because I freaking hate shopping. Haaaaaaaate it.

I’ve received a few hand me downs from people, found some great scores on ThredUp, some stuff at a consignment shop, and I hit the jackpot twice at Goodwill this summer. This week I found brand new Calvin Klein dark skinny jeans in my size IN TALL with the tags still on them. I also found this super comfy Patagonia dress. Who knew Patagonia made dresses?

Also, I have no idea how to stand while taking a photo of myself. Where do my arms go? Do I look up? Down? Straight ahead? Thankfully, I learned how to “pop my hip” thanks to seeing photos of my five-year-old niece Jordy on Instagram. Girl has sass for days.

And? Ten years ago I could have worn that dress sans bra. No longer my friends, no longer. Gravity is a bitch.

I really liked this top but all I could think about anytime I looked in the mirror was FAKE NIPPLES. I would be hyper-focused on my faux nips so I ended up putting it back.

Too bad, because my cell reception would have been amazing while I was wearing it.

I loved this top but my broad Nordic shoulders made it just a centimeter too tight across my Olympic swimmer’s back. Balls. Damn me and my Viking heritage. We need loose clothing for all that pillaging and fermented fishing eating.

Pardon me while I go hurl.

^what’s with the pursed lips? Is that what they call “the cat’s butthole” in the modeling world? It is, isn’t it? Right? Bueller?

The garden got weeded pretty heavily this week. It needed it. It made me think about inventing a Roomba for the garden. Who wants to get that Kickstarter launched?

Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of my mom’s passing. We’re all gathering together to go spread her ashes and then come back home and eat pizza and Nordy Bars.

I can’t picture a single family event where hearts were heavy and food wasn’t served. It’s our thing. It’s probably a lot of people’s thing I am guessing.

People often ask how I am doing and the honest answer is usually “fine”. Sometimes crazy emotions come out of nowhere and it hits me pretty hard and I’m a hot mess for an undetermined amount of time.

But mostly, I’m fine.

Losing someone you love is never easy. Losing someone you had a caregiving relationship with is much more complicated. There is often an intense amount of guilt and relief mixed in your heart every single day.

It’s hard to describe until you’ve been in that situation. If you have been, then you get me. And I get you. I see you and I hear you. And we’re in this together.

My mom’s lasting legacy is how much it freaking sucked to lose her, but also that she gave us the emotional life tools to be ok. It’s never easy, but it shouldn’t be.

Hug your loved ones tightly this week.

I have no idea how to appropriately segue this post, so…look! Pasty tow heads picking blackberries.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

17 Healthy School Snacks – 17 Easy and clean eating healthy school snacks for kids and teens. Tips for back to school snacks and treats for on the go that are better than store-bought.

a collage of photos of healthy school snacks

No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream – Homemade no churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream is an easy and creamy recipe that you’ll want to make over and over. Four ingredients and just five minutes to a splurge-worthy dessert.

A hand holding a cone full of peanut butter ice cream

The Fluffiest Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe – An easy from-scratch recipe for the Fluffiest Whole Wheat Pancakes you’ve ever had. These healthy make-ahead pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and buttermilk.

A hand pouring syrup on a stack of whole wheat pancakes

Jack has picked up a summer job of being my hand model over the last few weeks. I pay him in Trader Joes mini peanut butter cups. Do I need to declare that on my taxes?

One day last week I was hustling to get some photos taken before Bennett woke up from a nap. I was sweating by the end of it (I hate taking photos) and Jack said “mom, you really work hard at this job”. And then my heart exploded. And I slipped him an extra 67,934 peanut butter cups. #performancebonus

But not to be left out, Bennett has insisted on getting involved too. He doesn’t like chocolate though so he works for free! It makes Troy nervous though so he supervises.

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Meal Plan

Things are a bit up in the air this week as Jack’s soccer team is likely starting to practice soon. We don’t know all the details yet.

Monday:: Leftovers from the pizza lunch. If there are no leftovers, we’ll have breakfast.

Tuesday:: Savory Puff Pastry Sandwiches, salad, and cucumbers from the garden.

Wednesday:: Taco bowls. This didn’t happen last week because we had sooooo many leftovers.

Thursday:: Troy’s awesome burgers, salads, and grilled zucchini

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: TBD

Sunday:: Family dinner

What are you having this week?

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10 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. LOL! SOL*! Great post and pix. You’re a gifted writer, comedian and tragedian. (Eat your heart out, Shakespeare!) So sorry about your mom, which I get. That choked me up. Thanks for sharing. (*Sob out loud)

  2. I thought they were wizzing in the bushes 😂😂😂😂

  3. Totally get the whole miss them but feel relief of care taking for a loved one. Yes I would love to have them back BUT not as they were. I want them healthy, not hurting and happy.  Remember the good times!

    I totally get the arm flapping….. googled how to lose arm fat and there is a YouTube video by xhit that I do 3x a week. 
    Take b4 pics and do the video faithfully. I couldn’t believe the difference in 4 weeks. 

    Enjoy every minute with those boys of yours 🙂

    • Jan I think that is the perfect way to put it – “love to have them back but not as they were”. So true.

      Ok, I’m going to find these videos and see what I am in for!

  4. Have you listened to The Griefcast podcast? It’s comedians talking about grief (each guest is remembering someone). It’s amazing, inspirational and funny. Adam Buxton is probably a good one to start with (it’s the first one) but I’ve enjoyed them all because it’s people talking honestly about grief.

    This week we’re eating reheat from frozen dinners or simple things to thrown in the oven because it is too damn hot for standing over a pot to cook dinner.

    • I haven’t, but it seems like it is right up my alley! If you like things with various comedians, you should check out “The Hilarious World of Depression”. Comedians talk about their mental health issues and it is fascinating and so good.

      Too damn hot is right. This summer can go away!