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It’s not that I don’t think of writing…

25th January 2008

It’s not that I don’t think of writing…

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… it’s just that I have discovered there are more important things for me to do!

What have I been doing when I’m not writing on my blog?  Mostly I’ve been simplifying my life. I realise this is a bit of a cliche, particularly at this time of the year, but it’s true.

Simplifying it how, Michele? you ask.

Well.  It all started one night when Handsome was away at a meeting. I was soooo tired. Weary, even. I had put the children to bed and was fighting to walk straight I was so tired. I was thinking that this just wasn’t the way it’s supposed to be. I couldn’t exactly identify a particular reason why I would be feeling this way, but I imagine it’s a combination of things. Not knowing how long it might take to address these things, I knew that I need to simplify things in the meantime in order to prevent some kind of breakdown which I honestly felt was imminent. That night, as I sat at the computer brainstorming ideas, I was actually typing with my eyes closed because I didn’t have the energy to keep my eyes open. Folks, it was only 7:45pm.

The first thing I identified was changing my menu sytem. I’ve mentioned a few times previously that I kind of got out of the cooking/menu planning/grocery shopping groove since moving to America. This has caused me untold amounts of stress because 1) I know it’s something that I’m capable of because I’ve done it successfully for years,  2) because of my lack of doing it, it was costing us more money and time. I hate that. and  3) I never really knew what we were going to eat on any given night so food was going bad before we could eat it.

I decided that night that we would institute a one week menu for the next six weeks until 1 March. So for six weeks Mondays would be Roast Chicken, Friday Pizza, Saturday nachos/burritos/fajitas, etc. I had a few variations, such as Wed being either Beefy Mac or Spaghetti. The purpose, though, was that each meal was something that our family likes a lot and I can make it with my eyes closed. I sat down the next day and wrote out a grocery list, taking into account what we already had in the freezer and pantry. I made sure to buy breakfast cereal, baking ingredients, everything that we’ll need for six weeks. Amazingly I only spent $200, which leaves more than enough to buy milk and fresh produce and some perishable dairy products like yogurt.

I included some rules for myself, again to keep things simple: I would not go to the store for anything for six weeks. Handsome volunteered to do it. After all, he’s more than capable of picking up some bananas and milk. Going to the store here is not fun for me like it used to be. So if we run out of something then tough bikkies. I’ll just have to use something else.

How’s it going so far? It’s been nearly a week and it’s going great. It’s been so simple for me which was the key. And I believe there is enough variation that we won’t get tired of it after six weeks. For example, last night was soup night but I didn’t have a specific soup listed. I asked Handsome in the morning what he wanted and I gave him about five choices and he chose one. We’ll have soup twice a week (another way I keep the cost down) but we’ll still have variety.

How’s my mental wellbeing? Better. I’m going to bed earlier most nights. I’m doing the most important things first. The computer is pretty far down the list. Prayer is much higher. I’m spending time enjoying my kids. Last night I was looking at Little Boy, who’s nearly eleven months old, and just cherishing my little baby. He won’t be a baby much longer. My little girls won’t be little girls forever. This time is precious and I want to be in the right mind to enjoy it. So please forgive me if I don’t write much. First things first.

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  1. 1 On January 25th, 2008, Leigh Ann said:

    I agree!! We do our menu as you - same every day of the given week for a period of time. Works so much better. We just have way too many choices in this country!! As for the computer, I too am wondering about time spent at it. I don’t want to miss these happy golden years with the babies. It goes so fast! Wise woman. Keep it up!

  2. 2 On January 26th, 2008, Wilm said:

    Hi Michele,

    Glad to read that you are feeling better - simplifying things certainly helps.
    So hard to get our priorities right at times. I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately and I know that I need to make some changes. eg. The computer for me can be such a time waster.

    Cheers, Wilm in NZ!

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