Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Can I just take a pause from my normal weekly silliness and tell you all how much I appreciate the hell out of you? Anytime I think you’ve reached the pinnacle of awesomeness, you all go and blow that out of the water.
With my new post email subscription service, I have had the pleasure to interact with many more of you. Before my posts went out via email (usually with strange tech errors involved) and that was that. NOW, when my post gets emailed out, many of you respond to the email and it comes into my inbox. I freaking love it! I love that you’re reading, commenting, and giving feedback.
Troy has started rolling his eyes whenever I squeal when I see an email come in from a reader. Whatever, he doesn’t get it. Bottom line: you rock. And thank you.
So there is a urinal in my bathroom now. A tiny urinal shaped like a frog. <—seven words I never thought I would type in my life.
With Jack, we did a potty training method called “Three Day Potty Training“. It took us five days. 🙂 But it worked and Jack never needed a Pull-Up or anything at night. The ability to spend three days just focusing on potty training seems like it is best suited to a single kid. With Jack’s sports schedule and Troy being gone 24 hours at a time, I just can’t seem to find a great three-day stretch to do this.
So, we got him a potty and underwear and are kind of just winging it for now. The book recommends potty training at 22 months which is what we did with Jack. I really do think the Three Day Potty Training system works, but I don’t know if it works for our lives right now.
Bennett refuses to sit when he pees and thus, the urinal. Which should greatly improve the “boy pee” smell I was railing against this week on Instagram. Or not. I am so outnumbered by males in this house. It isn’t even funny anymore.
Are you looking for an interesting new docu-series to watch? We started Flint Town this week on Netflix. Holy balls how frustrating, depressing, and scary. I’m really selling it, aren’t I? It’s about the city of Flint Michigan and the extreme challenges they face. It is told through the lens of the city’s police force.
Due to budget cuts, the police force has dropped from 300 offices to 98 for a city of 100,000. It has the lowest police to resident ratio of any American city of its size. They are now the second poorest city in America after they used to have the highest income per capita of any city in the world. I cannot even start to comprehend how this city fixes itself and the problems.
The documentary is fascinating and I highly recommend it. But you should have a glass of wine or something that rhymes with “mochlate” with it because it is depressing AF!
After another day of hauling some wood we got from Troy’s uncle, I have decided that my goal in life is to become a model for the Carhartt’s women’s line. I adore working outside and I would rather haul 40 wheelbarrow’s full of wood than ever go the gym. Shoveling composted chicken shit is much more satisfying than any exercise class. Schlepping around 45-pound bales of straw in the garden is the original Crossfit.
And also, why don’t Lowes and Home Depot sell leather work gloves in size small? They have plenty of gardening gloves that fit, but no work ones. Is it because my lady brain can’t comprehend the math involved to stack a woodpile? Maybe because I shouldn’t be outside because periods attract bears? Get it together hardware stores.
Pop Quiz: Bennett or Jack?
Has anyone ever tried a Tens treatment for TMJ and jaw pain? I went to the dentist this week because of two extremely sensitive teeth. Turns out I had cracked a filling that I had replaced last September. Why was it replaced last fall? Because I cracked it from grinding my teeth so much.
Yes, I wear a nightguard every night and yet I am still cracking the shit out of my teeth. It is like my jaw is the Incredible Hulk or something. Recently, I’ve found myself pausing throughout the day and realizing that my jaw is super clenched for no damn reason. Anyone else experiencing this? Is it a byproduct of the anxiety and anger in today’s society? Is it stress? Or am I just an uptight chick? Maybe a mix of all three.
Anyhoo, the dentist recommended a procedure called tensing. It’s jaw therapy that is supposed to help your muscles calm tf down. It has been around since the 60’s so of course insurance still sees it as “experimental” (eyeroll) so I would have to pay out of pocket. I’d love to hear your experiences with a Tens treatment if you’ve been through it before.
Now excuse me while I go and crack some walnuts with my molars. I have a dessert to make.
I recently realized that I have spent the last six months thinking I was a year older than I actually am. I Benjamined Buttoned myself! This does not bode well for my mental clarity as I age.
Did you get a chance to read my other posts this week?
Vegan Custard Tart With a Thin Mint Crust – Oh.Em.Gee this is good! And, as the name implies, it’s vegan/dairy-free. Everyone deserves a delicious dessert, my friends!
Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice – declaring ANY soup my favorite soup is a pretty bold claim considering I could and would happily eat soup every single day. But this soup is currently coming close to edging out my favorite Easy Homemade Tomato Soup, and Troy’s favorite, Chicken Gnocchi Soup. Ack! So hard to choose. All my soup recipes are like my kids.
And none of them pee on my floor.
Meal Plan time!
Monday:: Mongolian Beef in the Instant Pot, Rice, and roasted broccoli. Want to know the best secret ever for getting razor thin slices of beef for Pho and stir-fry? Freeze it! If you have fresh meat, freeze it for a few hours. If it is already frozen, let it defrost a bit but cut it while it is still icy.
Wednesday:: Easy Homemade Tomato Soup, biscuits, and salad. Jack is having his last two (of six!) baby teeth yanked this afternoon.
Thursday:: Noodle bowls with crispy air fryer tofu (using the method in this recipe). Last night of basketball!
Friday:: Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice (I can’t help myself, we’re in looooooove) and homemade baguettes.
Saturday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.
Sunday:: Family dinner
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Central Market: $140.89.
So yeah, I blew my budget this week. And next week’s budget but it was sooooo worth it! My favorite “destination” grocery store had free-range whole chickens on sale for under $2 a pound. I bought, um, a lot. They’re currently hanging out in my freezer and it is like a box full of possibilities!
What are you having this week?
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