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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

 

I want to talk about underwear!

And you’re like “that’s a firm nope” and rush to close out this post.

No smooth intro, no “hey, how you doing”, nothing. Just “underwear”.

To which I would say do we really need all the pleasantries at this point in our relationship? And the “how are you doing” question is so loaded. No one ever answers truthfully to that and the conversation is just ripe for confusion and judgment. Here is how it always goes:

Me: Hey, how are you doing?
Person: I’m good!
Me: (external) Glad to hear it! (internal) you can’t be “good”. You can be “well”, but you can’t be good. Why do we even do this to ourselves in the first place? Damn you Western pleasantries (shakes fist).

So yeah, underwear.

At least for me (and I am guessing I’m not alone), finding the perfect underwear has been a journey.

Little kid – days of the week underwear but since I’m a kid and am not yet organized and Type A, I wear Wednesday’s underwear on Saturday. Like a rebel.

Teen years – society gives out so many vibes encouraging younger girls to grow up too fast. So you buy some cheap ass and tacky underwear at Rave or Wet Seal to fit in. And you hate it.

Early 20’s – you buy what you want because you want it and your butt is still super cute and perky and you can wear whatever the hell you want.

12 months following the birth of any child – what is even the point of trying. You just want to be comfortable and you’re too exhausted to care what underwear looks or feels like. Once you have used a pad the size of a twin mattress right after having a baby, your desire to be cute has eroded considerably.

And now – You want comfort, cuteness, longevity, and something not made in some sketch-ass factory where workers are treated horribly.

After listening to approximately eleventy billion podcasts over the last 18 months, I can recite the same ads by heart. And I don’t think I have ever purchased a thing from those companies but I have passed on coupon codes to friends. That ended a few weeks ago when in a moment of “I need new underwear but I refuse to buy anything at the store”, I broke down and bought a few pairs from MeUndies. You podcast listeners know this company well!

My MeUndies underwear arrived two weeks ago, and I have some thoughts.

Pros:

  • They’re super comfy and soft
  • I like the options available (I bought the bikini in a few patterns and one pair of the no-show hipster cut which are my favorites)
  • MeUndies promotes fair trade and ethical working conditions and their underwear is made from sustainable and renewable sources.
  • They have tons of different cuts in loads of different fabrics and go up to size 2XL (it would be great to see them offer even more sizes though).
  • They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so if I wasn’t happy I could always return them.
    • Whose job is it to process the un-loved and used underwear???
  • I earned 5% cash back on ebates.

Cons:

  • The price was a bit of a sticker shock for me, even with the coupon code! But I made a pledge this year to not buy any new clothes for myself from conventional stores in 2018 with underwear, bras, and socks being the exception. The more I read about the working conditions of the people who make all those “affordable” clothes for us, the more I’m just not interested in that cute $5 shirt. At four months into the year, this goal is proving to be much easier than I assumed. Primarily because I hate shopping.
  • I wish the band on the bikini briefs had a seamless edge. I feel like if I am not careful I could have a muffin top situation happening.

Overall I am happy with my choice. I fully support buying the best quality items within your budget and I realize that looks different for everyone. If you invest in quality you tend to get more use out of that product. We have a cheap goods driven society and I’m slowly working my way back to having fewer items that last longer.

This isn’t sponsored by MeUndies any means and I’m just sharing my honest review of this company. I did get a 20% off coupon code for placing my order if you’d like to try them out for yourself. For full disclosure, if you buy anything through that link I would get a store credit. But I already have my underwear and I’m pleased with them so I’m not in it for free undies.

Now, aren’t you glad you stuck around? Talking about butts is fun. What do you want to discuss next week?

Happy Easter my friends! We’re off to church this morning and will have to fight for our normal seats with the “twice a year” people. That’s cool. There is enough butt space for everyone who wants to be there.

After that, we’re going to Troy’s sister’s house for an egg hunt and dinner. It is her first time hosting a large family event and I’m very appreciative that she is doing it. Fun for the family to do something new, and super fun for me to not have to be the one to do it! 🙂

I’m bringing Smoky Avocado Dip With Cilantro with chips, my basic garlicky dinner rolls, and these Lemon Bars from Smitten Kitchen. I’m a huge lemon dessert fan but almost never make lemony things because no one else cares for it. Troy and his mom have this weird taste bud thing where tons of stuff tastes tart to them. I joke that a spoonful of honey is too tart for them both.

What are you making for Easter?

Also, a super happy birthday to my bestie Anne!

Whatcha reading bruddah? Is this annoying? Is it? Is it? Is it?

I volunteered at Jack’s school this week to help supervise conference camp. Our district has half days during conference week and our school offers camp until 4:30 to help out with childcare. It is all volunteer run and there are usually about 30-50 kids there per day.

Jack has wanted to go to conference camp for years but I didn’t want to pay the $10 to have him there and then still have to watch my nephew and Bennett at home. I volunteered because your kids get to attend for free if you stay the afternoon. Jack and my nephew had a blast and I was able to help and play with the kids.

Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of kids. I know I have two myself, but I’ve never really been a “kid person”. God bless you kid people but I’m just not there. I found the four hours draining but I was glad to help. I was the first to volunteer to take the kids outside during scheduled outings because I hate sitting and I hate being inside.

I played freeze tag, and a few others games and ended up clocking in 12,000 steps in those four hours which was an added bonus. But, still not a big group of ankle biters kind of person.

Has anyone made these cookies? Gluten-free, dairy-free, and sweetened with dates? Yes, please. They are on my list and I can’t wait to try them out!

We have free access to HBO Go through a family member (we mainly watch TV through Hulu) and started watching Barry this week. Anyone else? Let’s discuss. We all know my affliction of pretty much only watching shows with SNL alums.

Did you see that Trader Joes has released a dairy-free coconut whipped cream? So apparently based on the date of the article it happened like six months ago, but I didn’t know. Did you? Probably. Show off.

If you had a chance to watch my stories on Instagram this week, you saw that my face looked like I got in a wicked fight on Friday. I had my monthly sports/Thai massage and my seasonal allergies also started in bad way this week. My massage therapist cupped my face with teeny tiny cups and did some scraping with them. It doesn’t hurt a bit, but it made me look like I should be limping and saying “you should see the other guy”.

Speaking of fights, our poor chicken got into it again with our flock on Friday. We let them free range throughout the week and introduced her back to the group bit by bit on Wednesday and Thursday. We kept them in their yard and things seemed to be going well on Friday morning. I got back from my massage and happened to look out our bedroom window and saw her back was red again.

Fucking chickens!

Because we had sprayed Blue Kote on her back last week, it was easy to spot the bully this time. It was the motherclucker with a purple beak! Surprisingly it was not our big bitchy chicken named Poo Poo Sandwiches, but Yolk-o, one that doesn’t cause a lot of trouble. Always the quiet ones I guess.

I blame myself because I was too confident in reintroducing our little sweetie into that pit of feathered vipers. I had intended to put a cover on her back but they had played so nicely together in the previous days and I got placated. When she is healed this time, I’m tempted to make her a chicken saddle covered in spikes. Dipped in cayenne. Cayenne flavored spikes.

Put that in your beak and smoke it you chicken a-holes.

Jack turns NINE this Wednesday! This kiddo has a big heart, an even bigger brain, and seriously the biggest feet ever. He is so curious and loves his little brother so incredibly fiercely. His sassiness and defiance are also ramping up to tweenhood so we have that going for us.

Post recap from this week!

What I Ate in a Day – Everyone is Sick AF Edition – title sums it up perfectly! Everyone was sick but me and we survived 24 hours of Influenza A, a double ear infection, and croup with some coffee, food found on the floor of my car (wish I was joking), and a nicely balanced dinner. And then, um, Thin Mints.

Easy Deviled Eggs With Greek Yogurt – I ate these “photoshoot” eggs for a few days and I’m not ashamed to admit I never got sick of them!

deviled eggs with greek yogurt on a tray with green onions and a bowl of eggs in the background

Roasted Garlic and Asiago Cheese No Knead Bread <—– a bunch of words to say “kick ass bread that everyone will love”.

no knead bread with garlic on a teal cloth

Meal Plan Time!

Monday:: TBD. We’re headed to Seattle for the day as a surprise for Jack. Part of it is because it will be his early birthday trip, and part of it is because I don’t want to listen to him talk about it for the next 24 hours. We may or may not stay in the city through dinner, so we’ll see.

Tuesday:: Instant Pot Mac and Cheese and big, big salad.

Wednesday:: The.freaking.bowling.alley. Yep. Jack chose the bowling alley for his birthday dinner. He’s never been to the restaurant there. I have no idea what he is thinking, but you get the dinner of your choice on your birthday so I’m going to stop trying to figure it out. At least Washington no longer allows smoking inside buildings because the bowling alley used to smell like 948 ashtrays soaking in a bathtub full of liquid ass.

Thursday:: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef, rice, and salad. We have free tickets to NW Trek for the day and won’t be home until right before dinner. Instant Pot for the win.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Breakfast. Making it super easy since we’ll be in party prep mode.

Sunday:: Jack’s family birthday party is today, so we’ll eat whatever is leftover. Probably cake. And um, carrots?

Smith Brother’s Farms: $22.20

Fred Meyer: $27.33 (no picture. I really had to pee and couldn’t focus enough to take a picture)

Costco:: $39.34

Local Butcher:: $14.72 for their amazing homemade ground sausage. I used it in Vegetable Soup With Mini Cheese Ravioli and then cooked the rest of it up into small patties. I refrigerated half of the cooked sausage and froze the other half for easy breakfasts.

What are you having this week?

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16 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. 1. Thank you for the unders review. I freaking hate buying them. The only other company I knew of was Naja.
    2. Have you seen Baroness Von Sketch yet? You can find some of the sketches on YouTube. I suggest starting with Locker Room. And if you find it as effin’ hilarious as I do, see if you can access all episodes from cbc.ca

  2. We went to my parents for Easter and had traditional lamb roast dinner, I provided post dinner, post dessert, pre-chocolate egg cake because I went to a cake decorating class yesterday. The most interesting thing on the menu this week is a biryani my husband is making, I have no idea what’s going in it because I don’t have to make it 🙂

    • That is a lot of pre and post meals Heather! Did you take photos of the cake? Was it your first big one?

      • We’re a family that likes to eat! It was the first cake class I’d done, everything else I’ve done has been from watching videos/copying books. Photo is on my Instagram, you do follow me. It’s a chocolate drip cake, I posted it on Saturday.

      • Ohhhh I found it. It’s amazing! Was it equally as delicious?

  3. I used to be a kid person, until I had them. I can’t be “on” all the time and it’s mentally exhausting. I’m amazed and in awe that you stay home all day with yours.

    Your chickens might be attacking her because they know she’s ill/old and are trying to thin the flock to conserve resources. They probably won’t stop attacking her.

    • I think being “on” is a perfect description for it.

      I do not have the disposition or patience to be a traditional stay at home mom. If I didn’t have the blog to work on I would 100% be back at work somewhere. I’m so thankful to have the outlet because I really need it.

  4. Every time I find the perfect underwear….they are discontinued!
    So I begin the search anew….  This time I’ve found Jockey Women’s Underwear Supersoft.  The SUPERSOFT is important!  And I love the high cut or French cut.
    I am a large woman and these feel fabo on me.
    I highly recommend them.  ☺️

  5. Oh wow – Bennett with those boots!!! I had to scroll back up to see the pics again, just so gorgeous!

  6. This is a topic that is near/dear to my heart. Although origin/conditions under which they are made is not typically my first concern, it is a bonus if it works out. My scope is actually more limited because I only buy 100% cotton underwear. No cotton blends. I took a reproductive health/sex ed (ironically, I can’t remember the official title of the class) in college and by the end of it, I was too scared to wear anything else. Since then, I’ve not done the research to figure out which new fabrics/blends are equally safe/beneficial. It seems that 100% cotton underwear is exceedingly rare.

  7. Hey Sarah, sorry to hear about your chicken! I actually make and sell chicken saddles in my Etsy shop, and would be glad to send you one as a thank you for the informative and hilarious reads you’ve given me over the couple of years I’ve been reading. If you ping me an address I can send it to, I’d be glad to. I have tiny (7×7″), medium (8×8″) and large (9×9″) sizes. Have a lovely day 🙂

    • Tina, I sent you an email to the email address you inputted for your comment. I will buy one; no need to donate! Just send me your etsy shop please.