I know you’re not supposed to wish your life away, but this has been a very strange few weeks for routine and I just want to get next week over with because I think it’s going to be a rough one….first 5 day work week in a month, a doctor’s appointment, the hassle of sending my car in for a week of body work….you know, all the things that make a busy life just that much more difficult.
I had a gym fail this morning when, last night, I didn’t turn the switch on my alarm clock to my secondary wake-time. So…I choose to be happy that I got an extra 2 hours of sleep rather than be mad at myself that I missed out on the gym. I have a bank appointment after work today to sort out the transfer of all my pension funds from the company I just left to….I don’t know where….hopefully the guy at the bank can help. And….I have no plans for our dinner tonight. I don’t normally cook on Fridays but since I put the boots to eating out this month, I guess when I get home I’ll have to figure something out.
Tomorrow Ray’s daughter and I are heading to Gourmet Warehouse in Vancouver, her first trip, one of my many. I need whole cumin and coriander seeds as well as rosemary and I am hard pressed to buy grocery store spices anymore…not when, with a 15 minute drive, I can get exceptional quality and decent cost. Plus, that store is an emporium of what is possible if you like to cook.
I’m stopping for groceries tonight after work and I’ve already hit Costco because tomorrow after the Gourmet Warehouse trip I’m going to do my cooking day. I wouldn’t normally do it on a Saturday but instead of feeling resentful about having to spend 3 hours in the kitchen cooking, I’m going to embrace it and turn the tunes on and make it my own time. I’ll be making: turkey soup (w/ homemade stock), ceviche, best chicken ever (wellfed), cinnamon beef stew (wellfed) and then the standard egg boiling, veggie chopping/grating and maybe a big batch of sausage making. By the time I’m done we should have a fridge FULL of food for next week. Speaking of a full fridge…we actually have two. One upstairs and an older one downstairs that gets random crap chucked into it. I am going to be taking my bucket of bleach and detergent down there tonight and doing a good clean on it, throwing out all the condiments that have been in there since before Ray and I got together 6 years ago and then using it properly to store my weekly pre-cook. Our fridge upstairs will then be used for breakfast ingredients (eggs, chopped veg), milk, regular condiments and our lunches that I pack the night before. Right now I can barely get our lunches into the fridge at the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. I’m going to put a small whiteboard somewhere in the kitchen and that will have our weekly menu on it and the contents of the precook downstairs. I have to find a way to be more organized and prepared and to make food preparation take less time this year if I ever want to get anything else done.
On a positive note, as we drifted out of 2013, we did so with Ray having adopted all of our laundry duties. He now has a job where he has to be well-pressed and spiffy and that means that the weekly wash up has become a priority for him. His “spiffy” requirements came at the same time as my “wear whatever” happened and the laundry became much less important to me. He quietly adopted the weekend loads and even goes so far as to deposit my folded laundry on my dresser every Sunday afternoon. I absolutely love it. He’s also declared that when I’m in my weekly pre-cook, that he will do housework for the same duration as I’m cooking….so the vacumming, bathrooms, mopping etc is getting done much more regularly. All good things that we will continue to cultivate in 2014!
So, after the fridge blitz tonight and the cooking blitz tomorrow, I’m planning a looong sit down on Saturday night (maybe with a glass of wine). Then on Sunday I’ll be doing a big tidy of all the remnants that we haven’t gotten around to from Christmas….washing the table cloths, putting the empty gift bags away, washing all the bedding (dog, guest and ours), finding homes for new gifts. I want to go to the gym on the weekend at some point to make up for today but I feel like my weekend is already going to be full and busy and I’d rather get (to quote Tara) “my house in order”. We’ve given ourselves until next weekend to get the Christmas decorations down and put away. I wanted to do it this weekend but the Christmas tree is not bothering anyone and there are other things that need to get done first.
Going forward into January I want to get my side garden plot measured out and drawn up and start planning where and what I’m going to plant. We’re going to need to buy supplies to build the raised beds and fill them with soil so I need to get a supplies list for Ray as well as figure out what I can start as seeds, when and how much. I’m really hoping my Home Farm this year does well, I have high hopes and big plans for it! One whole bed is going to be herbs and then there will be beds with beans, kale, baby cukes, tomatoes, beets, carrots, lettuce, radishes and maybe peppers, depending on how much room I have. I also have my blueberry bushes and my raspberry plant from last year, hoping that they survive the winter since I only “kinda-sorta” winterized them.
That’s it for me today, it’s quite bright and sunny outside which must be, at least in part, helping foster my mood of “doing”. I’ll take it!
I wish you all a productive and relaxing weekend!