I currently have two sickies. The two year old is in the throws of his 1,013th ear infection and the eight year old has a stomach/head/throat tri-fecta thing going on. Between wiping snot, trips to the doctor's office, disinfecting keyboards, Tablets, and remote controls, and remembering who I gave medication to and when, I am already cold and flu seasoned out. And that is just today's action. The other days have been filled with us trying to balance potlucks, Bible studies, counseling people through some difficult situations, normal school stuff, basketball practice, and the time and discipline that go into new behavior issues that may or may not include lying, sticking things in noses, licking people's faces, and talking back (I will let you figure out which behaviors belong to which child). And I am fat. So I am pretty sure that all of this stuff is at least triple the work for me. I mean, chasing my two year old around Dollar General the other day almost sent me to the ER. I will not let him walk without being in a cart again unless I am under 200 lbs. I do not care if he is 16 or not.
But I don't say all of this looking for pity...I know many men and women who do all of these same things AND hold down a full time job. I also know there are single parents who only have two sets of hands instead of four. I am not complaining. Just explaining.
I have not been to the grocery store in over a week. So therefore, my food choices have been less than desirable. Not just "too many chips at lunch" bad. I'm talking Taco Bell, McDonalds, and pizza all in the same week and hash browns and pancakes for breakfast. I know that this is something that is not an acceptable excuse. I could have made time. And this is something that is going to happen over and over throughout life...so I need to learn to handle it better. And I will.
Feel free to share with me your tips on streamlining and simplifying the whole meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation processes. I do pretty well as long as things are smooth - but I could use some help getting some emergency backup plans in place for days (or weeks) like this one.