Monthly Archives: May 2012
Lately I have found myself spending most of my day not living in the current moment that I am in. I’m either thinking of what I want to get done in the next few hours, trying to figure out how the rest of my week is going to go, or replaying conversations and decisions that happened to me yesterday. It’s true, I do like to have a plan but recently my constant planning has only lead me to make yet another plan. I keep catching myself wondering how I’m going to get through next week before this week has even finished and because of that I’ve been too mentally preoccupied to enjoy the lovely moments happening in my life right now.
Have you ever noticed that the really great moments in life are never actually planned? They just kind of happen and it’s up to us to take notice of that awesome thing going on now. I’m starting to understand that we are only promised right now and not a second more. I want to make an effort to work on enjoying the time that I have been given instead of wondering what I am going to do with a day that is not even mine to plan yet.
On the other hand I have been taking full advantage of the beautiful fruits and veggies that are in season at this very moment. What is in season vegetable wise right now? Artichokes, corn on the cob, fava beans, asparagus, and rubarb just to name a few. I threw together a pasta using a couple of the quicker cooking veggies for dinner a few nights ago. In the time that it took me to boil a pot of water and cook a pound of pasta, I was able to quickly sauté these veggies and have a pretty dinner on the table. Yes a little pre chopping and planning was involved, but instead of continuing to plan and worry about clean up after dinner I allowed myself to just relax and enjoy this simple meal with my boys.
Most people I know love Fridays and hate Mondays, but I love them both equally.
Fridays are great because it feels as if the whole world is going on vacation! I love listening to people ask each other about their weekend plans. It doesn’t matter if they are planning on taking a mini vacation up the coast or if the weekend holds nothing but promises of naps and BBQ’s at home. Everyone is equally excited for the next two precious days. Mondays are also wonderful because I adore having a fresh new week before me. Mondays may not be as fun as Fridays, but you gotta love the feeling of a productive Monday and the great start that busy day will give to your week. I’m not the biggest fan of Wednesdays because I usually feel like I am starting to run out of steam and Thursdays just plain bug me. I have a feeling Thursday also has a hard time with itself. I’m sure it knows darn well that everybody wishes it just would hurry up and be Friday!
Here is salad that is perfect for both a Fancy lunch Friday or for a Meatless Monday dinner. Caesar salad and I go way back and a few weeks ago I decided it was high time I learn how to make my own caesar dressing. It turned out great! Garlicky, lemony and with just a hint of anchovy. The baked, smashed potatoes helped to make this salad a little heartier, and of course the dressing tasted even better on Monday than when I had originaly made it on Friday.
I’ve always been a big fan of reading. When my sister and I shared a bedroom and slept in bunk beds, I use to hide books under my sheets so I could read out loud to her after our parents had put us to bed. In junior high I devoured “The Babysitter’s Club”, and “Sweet Valley High” book series and was known to read an entire book in one day! In my early 20′s the library became my silent refuge after becoming a stay at home mom with only one family car and no cable T.V. Today finding the time to indulge in a really good book is hard to come by, and because of my lack of time I rely heavily on book recommendations from girl friends and once in a while the media. I was not surprised when my curiosity was peeked after hearing about a brand new book that was taking over book clubs, on the New York Times best seller list and even the subject of a Dr. Oz show! Despite this book’s slightly taboo subject I decided to read it and see what all the fuss was about. If you haven’t yet guessed the title of this book I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
I downloaded the book just in time for the weekend, and I even let Ryan know what I was about to read, and what this book was supposed to be about. We laughed and I promised to let him know the moment this book got interesting. It got interesting alright, but I just couldn’t bring myself to read any more past the third chapter. I’m not here to label this book as cheap or sleazy (the first three chapters were very well written!), but here’s my deal; I’m one of those people that tend to really absorb whatever it is that they are reading or watching. When I’m into a book I’ll think about the characters even when I’m not reading that book, and I guess I just didn’t want the content of this particular book to be floating around in my head all day. Most woman probably won’t agree with me on this, and I’m perfectly ok with that. I’m no Pollyanna, and in the past I’ve ruffled a few feathers with certain decisions I’ve made. Because of that I’ve learned we all need to live to the beat of our own drum and the only person who can figure out that beat is you.
In other news I made a fresh strawberry sheet cake last weekend and it was pretty fantastic. Sheet cakes are great because they are grood for a crowd, super easy to bake up and even easier to serve! The only hard part was trying to find a recipe that didn’t have a bunch of funky ingredients in it like cake mix, jello or strawberry flavoring. Not that there is anything wrong with these kinds of things. I’ve certainly been known to use them, and they do have their place. But sometimes I need to know where to draw the line, because not everything is good for me all the time.
Alright dads and kids listen up! Mothers day is this Sunday and if you don’t have anything figured out for the mom in your life yet don’t worry, I totally have you covered! Let’s start with how the rest of this week is going to go down…
Tuesday – Thursday: Kids, you’re going to pick up your clothes, take out the garbage and brush your teeth every night without being asked. You’re going to do your homework without complaining and speaking of complaining you’re going to love everything your mom makes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Got it? Dads, your going to call your mom (and the mother of your children) randomly just to tell her how much you love her and to also see how her day is going. Just let her talk, she might have a lot to say!
Friday – Take mom out to dinner! It doesn’t have to be fancy, burgers are perfect for a family Friday night out! Maybe you could invite some friends to join you. The more the merrier I always say!
Saturday – Is there something your mom would like to do or get done? A nice long trail run with friends, lunch with her mom or maybe she would like to work on the yard? Whatever it is give her the gift of time to get it done and don’t let her feel guilty about it! Moms have a funny tendency to feel guilty if we take a little time out for ourselves.
Sunday – Quietly slip out of bed, wake the kids and immediately get a pot of coffee going (I’m just going to assume that most moms like coffee in the morning as much as I do!). Find a tray, a plate, a pretty napkin and maybe even some fresh flowers. Turn on the stove, whip up some breakfast with the kids (don’t worry I’ll tell you what to make!) and then clean up your mess! Put everything together and surprise the mom you all love with breakfast in bed! She might cry, laugh and give everybody a bite to eat off of her beautiful breakfast tray because that’s what moms do. We give back the love we are given to the people we adore the most.