Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Menu plan, and the sabbatical

So far, the sabbatical has been far more errand/chores that have stacked up & are urgent. For whatever reason, I was expecting more relaxing. More the fool I am, because my own to do list indicates that I have a huge backlog of things that must get done. I'm hoping that once I get over the hump of tackling a bunch of that stuff, I'll have more time to decompress a bit.

We're late with the menu plan, but here's what we're planning for the week:

  • Monday - we had leftover Persian food (kebabs)
  • Tuesday - leftover Chinese (notice a trend - we had delivery this weekend)
  • Wednesday - chicken taco soup
  • Thursday - eat any remaining leftovers. I'm unclear on how much food I'll be eating at lunch (no free work lunches), so if there are remaining leftovers, we'll eat that for dinner
  • Friday - I have some sort of a chicken dish in the freezer. Totally mysterious as to what it is, but it will be defrosted. I'll likely make the kids homemade pizza
  • Saturday - I'm thinking tacos
I'm heading to Las Vegas with my mom on Sunday, so I'll need to plan ahead so M & the kids have easy meal options.

One thing is clear, I'm all out of sorts with my schedule, and need to get into a rhythm of what works best for me now that I don't have to leave really early for work & juggle all of our family priorities around work priorities. 

Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish today:

  1. Work out, 2x
  2. Have a call with my son's math teacher about recommendations for next year
  3. Go to the UPS store for an Amazon return
  4. Another return for shirts that were too big for my husband
  5. Go to the bank 
  6. Pick up the kids after school, plus bonus kid (his mom has helped me so many times, so it feels fantastic to be able to help her)
  7. Vacuum
  8. Clean the kitchen
  9. Text a friend for a lunch or hike option
  10. Work on my promotion pack for the office. My only lingering last work project, and can be done on my own time.
If I get all of that done, I'll feel great! What about you? What's on your menu for the week? And, how do you shift your schedule, when things change in your life?


  1. I don't even want to go in the shop and see what I have to do, but I must.

    1. I'm with you. Sometimes it's overwhelming to just even see everything!

  2. Goodness, I hope that list goes quickly for you so you can enjoy your trip to Vegas thoroughly. And when you come back, hopefully you'll be able to get your to do lists in the kind of order you'd need to get some more relaxing in.

    1. I'm super excited for the forced time off from my chores. It should be really fun!

  3. Perhaps due to your previous superwoman duties you feel you have to go at the same pace at your list? I do hope you relax - maybe after Vegas? Have fun there!

    1. Oh yes, this is definitely a problem. I think the trip will be pretty fun & relaxing, and also, hopefully I'll have gotten a bunch of chores done as well. Fingers crossed! So far, I've also been more relaxed in the evenings, which has led to more reading vs mindless computer time, so that's a great change.