Monday, August 1, 2011

MIA, Me and a Menu Plan

Posted by MANDI at 9:39 PM
Last week kicked my butt. It was a crappy week all round. Work was flat out as I attempted to wind things up and was stymied at almost every turn by someone wanting something that wasn't on my already enormous list of stuff to be done. The kids were, quite frankly, fairly vile. They bought sibling rivalry to a whole new level. It resulted in them being banned from speaking to each other for two days. Extreme but it had the desired result. At least for a couple of days. My body was so sore which I can blame on nothing more than aging and the rotten weather we've been having here in Perth. And because of all of that I didn't keep up with my daily walking and ended up feeling even cruddier. And because I felt cruddy I just kind of hid from the world and waiting for the crud to lift.

So this morning I dragged my butt out of bed, met my neighbour at the gate, walked my nearly four kilometres, got rained on (several times in the one walk) and came home soaked but ready to start the day. And I got so much done and feel so much better for it all.

Lesson learnt.Walking (ie exercise) makes me feel better and feeling better means I can deal with what the day brings a little better which results in everyone being happier.

I start at my new job/workplace tomorrow. It's not exactly a new job because it's pretty much what I've been doing for the last 14 or so months, though there are some new parts to it (but I've done most of them in various other roles too) and it's for the same organisation but it is at a new worksite so there will be a whole bunch of new stuff to get used there. And I've got quite a bit further to drive through the metro area in peak hour traffic. I haven't done that in years so that'll be something new. Which reminds me, I still need to double check that I know exactly how to get there!

And I'm going back to working three days in a row. Now I know that for lots of you that sounds like an absolute doddle but this year I've managed to swing a day off in the middle which has made life very cruisy indeed. Adding that in with the getting-home-later means I'm going to have to be even more organised than normal. Tonight I've prepped all the stuff for tomorrow's dinner so hopefully hubby will remember to switch on the oven when he gets in and it'll be good and hot for me to get home and chuck the roast into. Well, that's the plan anyway.

And here's one part of my organisational plan for the week:
Monday: Slow Cooker Osso Bucco with potato mash, green beans and cauliflower/broccoli cheese
Tuesday: Rolled Roast Chicken with roasted vegies and cauliflower/broccoli cheese (I made double on Monday)
Wednesday: Tuna Casserole
Thursday: Quiche and steamed vegies
Friday: Pies and chips
Saturday: Lasagna and salad
Sunday: Soup with focaccia
Baking: Cheesymite scrolls, easy chocolate slice, Not Quite Nigella's Easy Pear Tea Cake (all already made and eaten and/or in the freezer). I'd like to have another go at macarons if I get a chance.

What's happening in your world this week?

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