The next two weeks are a little scary, I have to say. I have to order food for a Christmas distribution for the food pantry where I volunteer, get that food bagged up, get volunteers lined up and keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that , I have 3 sermons to write, serve at the Bishop's retirement service, attend a few holiday gatherings, and, oh yeah! work. If I look at it typed out, I can get a little freaked.
HOWEVER, I am planning. I have cooked on days that aren't so heavy with responsibility and packed them in the freezer. I have planned exercise so I can make sure I get in my 30 minutes somewhere in the day. I have said NO to people. (that was a toughie.) All this has made me feel so much better. And it is less likely that I will fall into a vat of pork fried rice.
Little tips I have learned that are probably glaringly obvious but here they are anyway:
-Buy containers that you don't mind losing to the freezer for a few weeks. I have limited space in my house, so I don't have a lot of unnecessary items, but a trip to the dollar store was needed to pick up some aluminum pans to freeze some meals so I didn't lose my pyrex dishes.
-Exercise can be done any time of day. Just because I didn't get to it at 7AM doesn't mean I can't do anything at 7PM. And 30 minutes is darned commendable.
-Sometimes, the easy thing is ok. Frittatas, leftover chicken over a green salad, soup are all valid and lovely dinners.
-If the rest of the family needs carb-porn (chips, cookies, crackers, etc., etc.) that's their decision. Just keep that stuff out of my kitchen. My husband has been known to stash Fritos in his truck and goes out to retrieve said junk to snack on while watching tv. Whatever, keep that away from me. I'll be having some almonds, thank you very much.
-Exercise and meditation are similar in that when you don't feel like you have any time to do them, that's when you probably need to do them the most.
Umm, I think that's all the pearls of wisdom I have for you today. After some yoga, I am heading to the pottery wheel to blow off some creative steam. Then maybe some sermon research. See? We all have the same 24 hours and we can choose what makes the list for any given day. Why is that such a hard lesson for us all to learn?