I owe you all an apology. Seriously. If ever you have read my blog and thought I was out of touch with reality a bit (or even a lot), by making loads of from scratch meals every single night of the week and saying if you really wanted you could too (oh dear, I cringe at this), I'm so sorry.
This summer I got a new job. It's something I haven't done for a very long time and required me to work all hours and so much harder physically than I ever have in a very long time. The only comparable thing would be when I was working in grade 8-10 PE classes and had to actually DO PE with the kids 4 hrs a day. I'm up at 4am, juggling changing shifts and trying to figure out how I'm going to do dinner when I'm either so tired I'd rather nap than eat, or I'm working through dinner.
I've eaten more cafe/restaurant/take out food than ever and my cooking has dwindled to salads, wraps, or just not at all. You could say that my family is ready for this; it's a great time for John and Kevin (now 18), to learn to fed for themselves more. Fortunately Kevin is away for the summer so I don't have to worry about feeding him so much, and John likes peanut butter sandwiches. I like to eat, though. I just need to make myself have the time to DO it. I'm starting to think I'm going to have to take a page from my friend Lexi's playbook, where she cooks all the things she needs on one day off and stashes them away.
When school eventually starts again in BC I'll be juggling two jobs, plus free lancing. I'm not going to lie-it's going to be a challenge, but I think I'm up to it. I've longed for something else to do, and I think moving forward with something different than I'm used to and working hard is really going to pay off in the long run. Now, if I can just juggle dinner? I'd be set.
I really don't know how you all do it. All you working Mamas with little ones, throwing in all those extra curricular activities and then crazy hours, trying to get dinner on the table. I am in awe of you.
Please accept my white flag flying and cries of, "UNCLE!" while I try to find some semblance of a routine and figure out how to do all of this, AND bring you some things I've discovered. Chasing Tomatoes is going to be a lot of quick, healthy food that I'm serving here at home with the occasional weekend meal you can take more time on. Or batch cooking.
Any tips? I really could use some.
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