Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Meal plan 5/21/20-5/27/2020

Thursday 5/21/2020
L: nachos, salad
D: Roast potatoes and cauliflower, and something else?  I just don't remember what it was.

L: sandwiches, salad
D: leftover fried rice, stir fried green beans and broccoli

L: Takeout.  Finney's.  Tasty, but hurt my tummy later
D: Brown rice risotto with mushrooms and fava beans, loosely based on a recipe from Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow

L: Mac and cheese?  Leftovers?
D: Lentil soup

Monday: (holiday, but who am I kidding we worked)
L: Quesadillas, Ramen, Salad
D: Leftover soup, kale chips

L: Sandwiches, mac and cheese, salad
D: Favorite chicken, leftover risotto, salad, leftover lentil soup

L: Takeout.  Los Agaves taco bar.
D: Was going to be pasta, instead will be leftovers from lunch and soup and rice.

I've started taking probiotics to help with tummy issues.

We have half a head of lettuce left, an onion, and a green pepper.  Plus some cherries, bananas, and some apples.

Monday, May 18, 2020

This week's menu plan - late!

Thursday: 5/14/20
L: sandwiches, salad
D: leftover chana masala, baked zucchini coins with parmesan

L: nachos & quesadillas, kale chips
D: pizza (Homemade and frozen), salad

L: Mac and cheese, leftover pizza, salad
D: Sweet potato spiral hash with black beans, corn, onion, peppers, and cilantro.  Topped with cheese.  Served with chips and guac.

L: Dominos pizza ($18) and salad
D: Zucchini, pesto, and sausage macaroni (instant pot), roasted brussels (me), raw snap peas and cukes (everyone else), and peach and cherry tart.

L: burritos/ leftover pizza (there's only one slice, it's mine), salad
D: Leftovers from Sat/Sun, kale chips

L: Salad and...?? Fend for yourself, I think.
D: Favorite chicken (fingers), with shrimp for me.  Hash browns.  Frozen green beans.  (We are basically out of veg except lettuce).

L: takeout.  I'm thinking tacos, but I'm also thinking I should find something else.  I actually was awake last night thinking about it.  Too much life anxiety.  With salad.
D: Pineapple and cashew fried rice with frozen broccoli

I bought Paprika, and am going to use it to track all of our easy, favorite menus so that I don't have to think so much.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

COVID-19 Days 40 and 41

COVID-19 Day 40 (Tuesday) 4/21/2020
- Track day. 1200m @11:09, 800m @10:48, 600m @10:09, 400m@9:05, 1200m @10:57, 800m @10:35 (roughly HMP, 10k pace, 5k pace and full effort).  Probably 400m should have been faster.
- Total 4.1 miles
- Eggs and avocado toast for breakfast.  Made tea using a coffee filter as a teabag.
- I was hungry all day and had a headache.
- School went ok.  1.5 hours of zoom with the 2nd grade class.  That's pretty tiring.  Homework went well,  Kiddo needs help and I gave him help.  We laid in bed for awhile and worked on his iPad doing math and English.  Big kid no zoom classes.
- I timed his tree pose for PE/ yoga.
- It was hot, we had ice cream.  Twice.
- Salads and leftovers for lunch, Thai curry chicken and vegetables for dinner.

COVID-10 Day 41 (Wednesday) 4/22/2020
- Little kid Did a Cosmic yoga video for 27 minutes, it was a Harry Potter theme.  It was fun to listen to while I tried to work.
- Big kid has 3 zoom classes, little kid has zero.
- Today he's crying and wants TV, but it is not TV time.  He has not finished his reading yet.
- Husband is recreating the water slide into the blow up pool.  It's gonna be hot.  I don't know if we are going to get to play with it, because: crying.
- Mexican takeout lunch.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How many days have we been in lockdown? I dunno

I'm tired.  I'm tired of trying to teach my kids and work full time.  I'm tired of certain aspects of my job, the never ending paperwork and the near constant criticism.  I'd be a lot better off if I half assed it.

Running is going pretty well, except my sciatica is back.  Today I did 4x 1 mile repeats, and they were 10:43/10:19/10:19/10:04.  I'm also keeping a map and trying to track all the streets I've run/walked on.  My Saturday running group Zooms on Saturday morning.  Running is good for me, and I haven't gained any weight.

The kids are surviving.  We have struggles.  We've found some workarounds for the little one and writing.  We've fired up the 11 year old water slide. 

I bought myself a mother's day cake.

Here are some pictures.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday!! Menu plan

Well, the dog actually broke the skin, so the neighbor with the poodle found us yesterday (we knew she was on the street, just don't know what house.  But it's a small hood.)  We exchanged numbers so that we can pay her vet bill if it comes to that.  Hopefully nothing more than that, maybe a fine from Animal control.

Meal plan for the week, a day late:

This week in our boxes, we are getting lots of spinach and zucchini.  Also strawberries and peaches!  Hubby went to Costco and got 5 lb of onions and a lot of bell peppers, so we will be using those.

L: leftover red lentil curry with brown rice/quinoa and leftover Afghan kidney beans with white rice.  I was so overwhelmed with how bad Weds was, and I had a long conf call (6:37pm) that I texted my husband that he had to figure out dinner.  Well, he didn't make one pot pasta.  He saw "Afghan kidney beans" on my meal plan and googled it and got the same recipe I'd planned AND made the same substitutions.  He also made white rice and it was delicious.  Go hubby!
D: (we got our box): chard and potato soup.  The bunch of chard was massive, and only 4 leaves.  So before the water gun fight but after lunch, I washed and chopped the stems and the leaves, and chopped the onion.  Hubby made the soup while I was on a conf call (again), and we ate this with quesadillas.

L: Leftover soup or maybe takeout
D: Homemade pizza (I fired up the bread machine.  I'm pretty good at this stuff, too bad I can't eat it) and frozen GF pizza for me.  With salad or soup.

L: Mac and cheese with creamed spinach & salad
D: Beef and black bean chili, with the freezer ground beef.  We bought some a few weeks ago. I hear there's going to be a meat shortage.  Honestly, we don't eat that much, so I don't think we'll miss it or even notice much.  (Will be using bell peppers and onions).

L: Sandwiches and salad, or leftover mac and cheese and soup.
D: Veggie lasagna.  I think.  Because we don't have ricotta, I may skip that layer.  Or maybe use something else.  Or...??? Maybe I can make a cashew ricotta.  Or use the last sweet potato and cashew?  Or substitute some cream cheese.  Hm...

L: bean tacos and salad
D: leftover lasagna, kale chips

L: leftover lasagna
D: Middle eastern lentils and rice with caramelized onion

L: takeout
D: salmon

As we get towards Tues/Weds, I leave the veggie blank, because I don't know what we have left.  A lot of salad, and probably some creamed spinach.

This week, we have gotten/ will get:
Fruit: peaches, strawberries (x3), apples, lemon, and we already have oranges and bananas
Veggie: zucchini, lettuce, spinach, chard, potatoes, spring onion. And tomorrow: spinach, beets, lettuce, baby lettuce, radishes, kale, zucchini, spring onion, avocados

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Yesterday was terrible.

Here's to a better day today.

Husband had a deadline, had to go to work.
I had a massive headache, and couldn't get work done.
Little kid just not into schoolwork, but hey, he read his book for 2-3 hours, good enough for me.
The cheap TV we bought 5 weeks ago to use as a spare monitor for me broke.  Sigh.
The dog managed to get away from me while we were all walking and attacked another dog.  She's 12 lbs and missing most of her teeth.  So she cannot do damage but she scared the crap out of everyone and rushed after a poor dog that had just had surgery.

Today will be a better day.

I ran 4 rounds of 3 min hill repeats + 400 m fast repeats and at least I'm tired!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

I need a vacation

I need a recharge.  I haven't had time off since December (except for a 4 day weekend in Feb).  I have not traveled since before Thanksgiving.  And, I cannot travel.

We missed spring break (work, COVID).  I canceled the summer vacay to Hawaii (bummer).  To recharge, I like to
- See new places
- Spend time outdoors with my family (hiking, walking, swimming)
- Spend time relaxing (reading, playing games)
- Spend less time doing chores (cooking, laundry)
- Trying new foods and treats.

How do I get that during a Pandemic?  Do I just start taking an afternoon off mid-week to go to the beach?  (When nobody else is there?)  Do I try and take my kids to a hike during an off-time?  Is there an off-time when so many people aren't working?

I really sort of wish I could pick up and spend the entire summer in Upstate NY with husband's family, working from a cabin on a lake.  But I cannot - that would be irresponsible in the current situation.

We are going to talk.  And make a plan.  I've been feeling particularly down today.  I have a headache (hormones), have missed quite a bit of sleep the last 3 days (hormones), and work is getting me a bit down (somehow, some way, a lot of the blame for "missed things" comes back to me, and I really don't get paid enough to get blamed for so many things.)

I took a mid day break for 10 minutes to snuggle my 7 year old in the hammock.