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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!
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    Let us know how your crockpot meal worked out! I'm curious.
    1633 days ago
    great about the chorizo but never eat soy but might do it with beef chunks
    1634 days ago
    I hear you! Happy puttering around this week. A friend of mine (retired) says she just puts one thing on her list each day. That way when she completes the task she feels like the day was successful and anything else she does just adds to the happy feeling!

    Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon
    1634 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi May, It's a great idea to make and freeze some healthy meals now so when you're back working and come home tired it'll be fast and quick to heat up your meals. You definitely need to try to eat something for breakfast and lunch while you're working even if it's a quick healthy smoothie or a Protein Bar to start off your day well. Is it possible you can pack a sandwich and a piece of fruit the night before, refrigerate it and it'll be easy to bring a sack lunch to work. When I was working I was a lot like you and rarely ate breakfast or lunch but used to come home from work so starving I ate everything unhealthy I could get my hands on and ate enough at night for 3 meals most of it unhealthy fattening food. I think that's one of the reasons why I ballooned up to 300#s by the time I had to retire at age 61. I now eat 3 meals a day with a snack or 2 and I'm well under 250#s now and it's a lot because my eating habits are much healthier now. Enjoy each day of your vacation and maybe if you make a list of 3 or 4 small things you want to accomplish while your off work you'll be more likely to do them. Take good care.

    Hugs & Love,

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    1635 days ago
    Happy vacation!
    1635 days ago
    Glad you got to relax! And your meals are such a good idea. They really are life savers when things are busy.
    1635 days ago
    Take some time to relax during your week off - you're a hard worker! I know from making separate meals for DH and me - I freeze most of his and use fresh veggies in mine, which he hates - that meal preparation is very time-consuming. But batch cooking really pays off, doesn't it? And think of the delicious treasures you're going to have stored up! You sound like a gifted cook. I love the soy chorizo/black bean dish idea! My mouth's watering, *AND* I just ate dinner here! Enjoy in the best of health :) You chose a very pleasant time of year to take off this week, too - lovely weather! emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Enjoy your week off! I love having time to clean and organize my house.
    1635 days ago
    smart plans!
    That does sound like a good use for the soy chorizo.
    Enjoy your week!
    1635 days ago
    I had soy chorizo once, and it was pretty awful. But I don't like any kind of faux food....
    1635 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good plan for things to do while enjoying your vacation. emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Your crockpot recipe sounds good for a starter. I'll add some turkey sausage to it and have that for dinner for one night. emoticon
    1635 days ago
    enjoy your break
    1635 days ago
  • LIS193
    Enjoy your week at home!
    1635 days ago
    Great way to spend a week off, just pottering around, but getting it done emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Happy pottering!
    1635 days ago
    Sounds like you are totally enjoying your time off. I decided to do the same thing about cooking and freezing individual portions. Last night it was vindaloo, today ratatouille.
    1635 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Happy that you have the week off!
    1635 days ago
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