Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm actually cooking. Seriously!

Once again I disappeared from my blog for a long chunk of time.  I have all the same excuses of travel and being busy and all that . . . and they are valid.  A big part of it, though, is that once you've stayed away for a while there's this feeling of pressure to write something really great, and with all that's been going on, I just haven't had the time or energy to sit down and think through a good, comprehensive blog post.  

So what you are getting is a mish-mash, much like several of my last posts- but I do promise this won't last forever.  Just bear with me a little longer.

I do have a few things that I'm aching to blog about, but I'm unable to at this time.  Some of it is family related, and I don't want to write anything that could stand as an indelible brand of hurt down the line, as mad or hurt or bewildered as I might feel by current family events.  Also, I know my mom would kill me!  I also have some good stuff to blog about, but I'm not quite ready to lay it down here.  It will come soon, don't worry.  I cannot keep a secret.

I didn't make New Year's Resolutions officially this year, but there are a number of things that I've been focused on for some time now, and will continue to work on through 2009.  One big change for me is that I have made an ACTUAL budget, instead of just guessing- and I plan on both J and I sticking to it.  To be more frugal, and to make sure I eat more healthy (more protein, Mom- I'm doing really good, I promise!) I am trying to plan meals out in advance and cook much, much more often (previously I was cooking maybe once in a blue moon, so this is pretty big for me).  In the past three days, I have cooked dinner twice (versus microwaving . . . my own food . . .  and leaving J up to his own devices).  Two nights ago it was tacos, and tonight it was pasta (with shrimp and alfredo sauce and mushrooms for J, and oil and salt and pepper for me- we have very different tastes).  

I even did the dishes after dinner.  Well most of them.  But I think it should count as all since I had already done an entire load and a half earlier in the day.  Listen, I know there are millions and millions of women out there who do this every day: they cook in ways not involving the microwave, they clean up, they make it seem effortless, and they don't expect or get a thank you.  But let me tell you: if I am going to keep this up, I will need a thank you.  I will probably need more then that:  I'll need some rewards.  Maybe an old-school sticker chart.  Possibly a trophy.  Being domestic is really tough.


Andrea said...


I'm glad you're back. I've taken a few more days off from my blogs than I was intending, too.

I can completely identify with you on this post. My husband and I have very different tastes, too. I have rarely cooked. He is a much better cook than I am and when I do cook, he has to doctor his up with a bunch of stuff to make it less bland. (He likes everything really spicy.)

So, in the past, I have seldom really cooked, either microwaving things, eating out or ordering take out. Now that I don't have a full-time day job and a steady income, we're eating out a lot less, so I've been trying to cook more. Also, I went on Weight Watchers about a month ago, so I've been making a lot of their recipes. It's a lot of work, though, and a lot more dishes to do!

Jessica said...

Hi Sarah! I'm on yet another snow/ice day up here in Massachusetts. I just wanted to share a favorite blog of mine: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

The Crockpot Lady is on vacation right now, but she used her crockpots every day in 2008, so she's got lots of recipes to read through, with pictures and funny stories. I made her crockpot mac & cheese last night. She's got lots of easy ways to make protein-based dishes or vegetables or whatever you want in your diet. Almost all the recipes are easy on the prep and easy on the cleanup. If you don't have a crockpot yet, they're pretty affordable and in the long run can save you money.

Send my love to the family!

Cousin Jess

JR Moreau said...

You get a high five for being domestic. *SLAP*

Honestly, few things to me are more therapeutic than cooking and washing dishes by hand. Its silly. I haven't had cable or video games in years.

Good for you on keeping your emotional posts in check. I think it takes more discipline to not vent than the other way around. Sometimes things just need time to work themselves out.

Krysten & Dustin Hartenstein said...

Just ventured over from 20SB and thought I'd say hi! Hope you have a great day!