The non-work week
Monday, September 02, 2013
Well, technically that's not true. I'm going to get things done around the apartment that I've ignored for far too long. However, I'm going to do them in a slow, unpressured way. For instance, that big pile of clean but unfolded laundry on the couch (yes, from last week). I can pick out the kitchen towels and potholders and put them away. Then a few minutes later all the bath towels. You get the idea. The idea is to have the place clean and another donation for the thrift store ready by the time I go back to work on the ninth. However, I spent this past weekend doing absolutely nothing, so I do want to get some stuff accomplished.
Meantime, I'm also going to get some food cooked and put away to make meals easier. I've fallen into the VERY bad habit of not eating breakfast and lunch on workdays. Totally the wrong thing. I bought some whole-grain "breakfast biscuits" that I keep in my desk drawer. If I don't eat at home, I'll still have a healthy breakfast when I get to the office. I'm making a big batch of sausage and mushroom spaghetti sauce to divide and freeze. When I get home exhausted all I have to do is heat the sauce, boil some pasta and grate some of the wedge of Parmesan I always have in the fridge.
Awhile ago I bought some soy chorizo and tried it with scrambled eggs. I found it disappointing and stuck it in the freezer, not sure what to do with it. Well, I'm going to put it into the crock pot with dried black beans, fresh poblano peppers and onions, cumin and ancho chili powder. I'll let that slow-cook all day, then thicken it with a corn meal slurry (thanks for the tip, Alton!). So I'll end up with a low-fat, fiber-filled vegetarian chili/soup hybrid. But I think the soy chorizo will taste far better in something like that.
Time for coffee. Gee, I love not having to rush off to work!