Highs and lows

The past week has been a roller coaster of domestic hits and misses. My high point was a turkey tortilla soup that I made using leftovers and pantry items on a whim. NO PRE-MEAL PLANNING STRESS. Plus it was delicious.

I felt like a winner that day. And I learned the value of stocking the cupboards with some basic food stuffs like chicken stock and beans. Hit!

But it was downhill in the craft category. I couldn’t seem to find a project that would occupy my daughter for more than 5 minutes. At one point I had her cutting and pasting pictures out of the coupon circular.

It was almost painful to watch. A sad attempt at creativity, even for me (that said, I’m sure we’ll do it again someday). Miss.

Last night I made some mediterranean meatballs that were actually pretty tasty, despite their appearance on the pan. I even used fresh parsley from our “garden.” Suck it, IKEA meatballs. Hit!

However I struggled to find a purpose for the emaciated carrots that were also in the garden.

While typing this, I realize if I had had my wits about me, I could’ve killed both of the aforementioned birds with one stone and used the carrots for some sort of craft. D’oh. Double miss.

I finally succeeded in saving money at the grocery store using a combination of coupons and strategically purchased sale items that I had actually researched and planned in advance. Hit!

But in my quest to save I bought an enormous package of pork chops that my husband pointed out has some funky coloring on it. Gag. Lesson learned that meat labeled “Extreme Value Pack” probably warrants a close inspection. So gross.

I think I’m in an emotional and domestic rut. Tonight I’m having what I just realized is my first official cocktail out of the house since the baby. Hopefully the power of the drink will provide me with some much needed inspiration.

Talk to me, Goose

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