Sunday, May 13, 2012

Trying For Normal

Posted by MANDI at 3:54 PM
So, after the newspaper report on Betsy came the television reporters, then the local papers and it didn't take me long at all to work out that I'm not cut out for a life of fame. The stress levels have been through the roof, my OCD ramped up nicely (on the plus side, man my house is CLEAN!!) and paranoia set in at the grocery store. Yes, you read that right. It got to the point that every time someone so much as looked at me, or what was in my shopping trolley, I assumed they were going to make some comment about Betsy, the news or what had happened. Most of the time they did. But a few times they were just waiting for me to move or wanting to ask if I'd tried the product I'd picked up and did I like it because they'd seen it but hadn't tried it yet. You know, normal grocery shopping kind of conversations.

The phone calls seem to be calming down a little and though we're nowhere near close to giving up the fight to get the shire to face up to the fact that they didn't do their job properly, or the fight to make sure that what happened to Betsy never ever happens again we're trying hard to get life back to normal for the kids as well as for our own sanity. Hubby is still busy with politicians, petitions and people. And I'm supporting him the whole way. But I'm doing it a bit more in the background.

And I'm getting back to meal planning and grocery shopping. To running errands and paying bills. To cuddling my kids and regaining my sense of humour. To be honest the meal planning isn't going so well. And I'm sick with a cold so there's been no grocery shopping (and it's not great for the sense of humour either!). But I'm working on it. You could help by telling me what you're having for dinner this week then, if I think my kids will eat it, I can pinch your idea. So come on, share please!


Rebecca and Jake said...

Mandi I hope you start feeling better soon. I too have a cold and I found that a Chicken and mushroom and vege soup done in the slow cooker with a bunch or pearl barley thrown in has done us nicely for the last couple of saying that I have a huge slow cooker and there is only 2 of us in the house. Get better soon.


Melody on May 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM said...


Coles online. Go shopping that way for a few weeks. Stick with the basics for a while too. Don't go to any trouble - BBQ meals and the like. Homemade pizzas rock. (So do a take away a night or two a week) xx

kj on May 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM said...

Glad thing are slowly getting back to a new sort of normal. cant help with any meals as we have all had really bad colds and the kids are only eating fish fingers and 2 minute noodles!

Jodie said...

I posted a comment earlier, but it's gone! Anyway, my menu ideas for this week are - dukkah chicken; some sort of curry; slow cooker something and nachos for Friday night footy! Sorry for the lack of detail and inspiration!

Have you seen the planning with kids website/blog she has lots of family friendly recipes and a menu planner too!

Hope things return to normal soon. :)

mom101 on May 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy. So horrible. We're probably walking out for pizza right now, because the house is a mess and on principle, I refuse to clean it on Mother's Day. Dammit.

Not sure if that cheers you up. But if you want to bring your OCD over here you're welcome any time!

B and the boys on May 15, 2012 at 2:55 AM said...

Wanted to cook some terrific meals this week, but the kids seem to be going down like dominoes with strep throat. So that makes meals for this week more like eggs and toast, honey lemon chicken tenders, soup and grilled cheese, and hoping to get everyone back to health for a birthday celebration with past and homemade meatballs late in the week. Glad you are heading back toward normal. So sorry about all the trauma for you lately.


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