How you know it's the week before spring break:
Joel and I go grocery shopping together every week. We scan through our mental rolodexes and agree on four or five dinners we want to eat, and then we grab a few snacks and sides. Lunch has become much easier for me since I gave up my traditional turkey sandwich route and simply throw leftovers into a container each night.
Sometimes, the dinners we pick are chosen for necessity. Twice a week, for example, I tutor after school and get home two hours later than normal. By that time, I'm always starving, so starting a complicated meal just doesn't work for us. Instead, I need either a crock pot meal or something I can throw together in 20 minutes. Anything longer causes me to get really HANGRY (hungry + angry), and then bad things happen to good people.
Case in point, I was really hungry when I got home today and kinda crabby because of a stupid sinus headache from this sickness that just will not quit. Joel offered to throw some chicken nuggets in the oven for us, and I may have started to cry because there was no way I could wait that long. I knew it was irrational as it was happening, and yet there were tears falling from my eyes. Over chicken nuggets.
And that's when he looked at me sideways and put my portion in the microwave.
I love how he doesn't try to fight with my crazy!
Anyway, the real point of this post was about our grocery shopping and how it's the perfect indication that the spring break countdown has begun. Yesterday's shopping cart included chicken nuggets (which we NEVER buy), fish sticks (which I have not eaten since childhood but I was sold on my Costco sample and decided we needed a bag), stuffed peppers (Can I make delicious ones from scratch? Yes. Did I buy them prepared from the deli instead? Also yes.), and salmon (which I immediately portioned and marinated so we only have to throw it in the oven).
I love how we both just knew this would be a week where neither of us would care about making a real dinner. Why try to fight it?
(Don't worry, Mama, I bought salad, mangoes, asparagus, and eggs to balance it all out. That makes it all better, right?)
The goal for the next four days is survival!