You’d think the dust would be settling about now, three weeks into the school year. But no. More “stuff” flyin’ around here than ever. Since when did turning 17 become the equivalent of a coronation? Since when did it become okay to plan outings without presenting details for permission? Since when did the 4-mile traffic between here and church on Wednesday afternoon get impossible? Since when did the rules change regarding kids and electronics?
In an effort to control the “since whens” in our lives, I’m sticking to the plans. The menu plan is one of them. It’s the most fulfilling effort in this regard, because it’s the easiest to achieve and it brings a load of stability to the family. We have a lot of “routine” in our family, just to keep Mom sane, the kids focused, and blood pressures low. Expectations + results + routine = enough flexibility to handle life’s challenges.
To that end, this week’s menu is an Ode to Confusion. The Labor Day holiday throws off the routine. An early school release. Afternoon dental appointments. A camping trip for two. Contractors fixing the house. A birthday signaling anarchy. The indecisive weather. I’ve planned meals that may or may not materialize. Meals that are interchangeable. Flexy-bendy. Meals that may turn into popcorn for one with Netflix. Here’s what’s on our dinner menus:
Sunday: On Yer Own! I had leftover lasagne.
Monday: Various bits of this and that for grillage. Chops 2.40, chicken $2, brats $3, potatoes (.50), salads (.40). About $7.50 with tons of leftovers.
Tuesday: Leftovers from Monday, pasta salad (~$1). About $1.00.
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan from the freezer (2.50), salads (.40). About $3.00.
Thursday: Crocked bbq pork ($3), corn with peppers (.60), cole slaw (.50). About $4.10.
Friday: Possibly pizza with coupon ($7).
Saturday: Possibly out with birthday boy, or the aforementioned popcorn.
I’m not even sure these are going to pan out. But if they do, these dinners for my family will cost about $22.00. The leftovers are key to providing flexibility in moving meals around. I’m just not all that excited about it because things are so uncertain. Since when did that happen?!
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