Sunday, May 21, 2017

Menu Plan: May 21 - May 27 {and a Request for Advice}

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

I'm noticing a pattern. No matter my intentions at the beginning of the week, it's inevitable... I end the week feeling like I got nothing done. Actually, most of the time, it feels like I've taken five steps backward and I'm even more in the hole.

I thought this was a phase. Something I fell into when I went back to work last summer. When I thought I had crawled my way out of it, we found out we were having another baby, and there I was... Right back into feeling frustrated.

I know I've talked about this before. I've even apologized for not blogging more often. But it's clear that my attempts at breaking this cycle have not been successful. Despite my desire to find the motivation to blog on a regular basis, I'm left scraping the bottom of that barrel... adding yet another excuse to the list of reasons why my blog is limping along.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Menu Plan: May 14 - May 20

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

I've taken the allowable over-the-counter cold medication. I took a personal day from work to rest. I forced myself to sleep as much as possible -- during the day and at night -- with a toddler in the house. But no dice.

I'm still sick.

But I'm not prepared to stop everything else so I can recuperate. I'm worried about how being sick is going to affect my ability to stay on top of my responsibilities at work. Stephen is now in his busy season at work... and I'm worried about how I'm going to survive another long weekend of solo parenting. I'm worried that this cold will never go away and I'll be sick until this baby is born in three months.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spicy Penne all'Arrabbiata {and the Willingness to Suffer}

Make this super satisfying pasta dish the next time you're craving comfort food with a spicy kick!

If you follow me on social media, then you know I've been sick for the past several days (see here and here). Of course, Caroline was sick first, and she passed her germs along to Stephen. The two of them were sick for about a week before the germs finally found their way into my system. Needless to say, I was not happy about getting sick... especially since I had been diligent about hand-washing and disinfecting everything.

I was at work when I felt the first signs of my cold. Before I could talk myself out of it, I packed up some of the projects I'd been working on and went straight home. I thought taking a nap and getting some rest would nip things in the bud, but I was wrong. I woke up the next morning with sinus congestion and a cough.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Menu Plan: May 7 - May 13

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

I've been sitting here for about an hour, trying to figure out what to write. I've started this post four or five times now, and each time, I've deleted the entire draft. I finally figured out why I was having so much trouble.

I began drafting another post while in the waiting room at my OB's office a few days ago. I'm hoping to share that post later this week, so I guess I didn't save anything of substance for this post.

Rather than worrying about it, why don't we get right to this week's menu plan?