Yesterday, I had Chinese food for lunch. My stomach said Chinese food and so my car drove me there. It tasted great. It smelled good. I loved every bite. I loved it so much that I even wrote myself a happy note to read while I was eating the food. This morning I remembered that I’m giving up fast food for 40 days. I panicked. I’ve gone 24 days without fast food. If Chinese food counts as fast food, I just blew my Lent. I couldn’t believe that I somehow forgot that I’m not eating fast food. I’ve worked so hard to eat at home and prepare meals in advance. I started to feel bad that I only made it to Day 24 and then I remembered the real reason for Lent. I’m getting ready for Easter. Easter means Jesus and Jesus said to forgive and love. Since that forgiveness and love includes gentleness with myself, I’m not going to worry about eating Chinese fast food on Day 24. Day 25 starts today.
There is one drawback though to eating more meals at home.
Thirteen days ago, I decided to become my own self-help guru. My first challenge was to eat dinner at home for thirteen days. Twenty-one days seemed too hard, but thirteen sounded doable. And it was doable. I did it. Here is what I learned on my first challenge.
Eating at home equals dishes.
Fast food sounds better at 5:30 p.m after a long day of work than any other time.
It takes planning to accomplish any goal. Eating dinner at home requires planning.
I have a lot of food in my freezer that I don’t remember buying at the store.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. I will be starting my 2nd 13 day challenge. In case you wondered, the Accountant and I bought a make and bake pizza to celebrate that we survived the first 13 day challenge.
Today I ate dinner with my family. It was fun to see my brothers, sister and their kids. I enjoyed it. We ate at home and had a great time.
Yesterday, we were very tired. We knew we needed to eat dinner at home for the challenge. So, we had cereal. Thank you Cheerios. I’ve been looking at my pictures. Our meals started off like a cafe. I even put a table cloth on the table. Now, we are eating cereal. I think I need to recommit to my 13 days of eating dinner at home. We only have a few more days.
I’ve learned an important algebraic equation.
Eating dinner at home will mean that you will do more dishes.
The last few days I have been very contemplative about the state of the world. I keep thinking about the children I’ve taught over the years who are the same ages as the little ones who were shot. There is so much sadness and grief in this world. There is also a lot of good and people who are saints and heroes. It is hard to know what you will get when you go outside, but outside I must go. I can’t stay inside just because there is a part of me that is afraid that I will be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m not an expert on mental health issues, gun control, school safety and all of the other issue that have been brought up this weekend. I do know this though. We’ve got to ask the hard questions and find the answers that can heal our souls, homes, schools and nation.
I’m still working on my challenge to eat dinner at home. I’m on Day 7 now. 6 more days to go. The hubby and I will celebrate by going out to eat.
Eating dinner at home can be hazardous to your cell phone. It is to mine, because I just found my cell phone in our freezer next to a container of ice cream. I went grocery shopping, and because my hands were full I put my cell phone in a grocery bag for the walk back to the car.
Two hours later, I found my phone still in the grocery bag next to the ice cream in our freezer. It was very cold with some little icicles forming on it. After thawing it out with a blow dryer, I got it to work again. By the way, we ate this for dinner today.
Today was 12/12/12. According to the Mayans, we are all going to die today. Good bye world. The Accountant wanted to celebrate that we are still alive by ordering pizza. I had to remind him about my 13 day eat dinner at home challenge. We made cookies instead.
Meat is squishy. I never realized how squishy it was until I stuffed a bell pepper with hamburger and rice. As I was stuffing that pepper, I remembered a day when my brother and I stuffed my younger brother with a pillow. He sure looked funny.
Today the Accountant and I ate soup, apples and bread for dinner. The Accountant even did the dishes for me as he calculated that we spent $2.00 per person on our meal. He is a defiantly a keeper. He is kind and does math.