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Three On Thursday

It’s a random one this week, friends . . .

  1. I made spaghetti & meatballs and chocolate cake for Jackie’s birthday dinner last night. It was delicious (especially that chocolate cake) but time consuming. And lately I feel like I’ve spent way too much time cooking. I’ve been doing meal prep for breakfast and lunch on Sundays and yes, it’s great to have things all set for the week but it also takes a lot of time away from my Sunday so . . . I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Also, it sort of means I eat the same thing for 3-4 days in a row. I’m fine with that for breakfast but for lunch it doesn’t really work. I’d pay someone to make my lunch if that was an option!
  2. Brant’s house in Florida suffered some pretty significant damage. They lost parts of the roof in several rooms, insulation was hanging, and they had many things ruined from water damage from all the rain getting in. They have managed to patch the roof but, as renters, they are dependent on their landlord for getting it completely repaired and the timeline is unknown at this point. My heart breaks for them and all the people in Florida who have lost so much.
  3. Grey’s Anatomy is back for season 19 tonight, which seems crazy to me. I didn’t watch it from the get go (Hannah did) and started during season 5 but since then I’ve been totally hooked. I know some people are over it and, while I don’t find it as compelling as I used to (I still miss McDreamy) I will watch for as long as it’s on.

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  1. I am nodding with the meal prep issue. The struggle is real.

    And I am hoping that there is a fixed roof soon for Brant’s family!

  2. Sorry to hear about Brant’s family, that’s a tough situation.

    Here’s how I did lunch in my single girl working days. I made a huge pot of chili or soup once a week Sunday would be a good time because you can watch the game, too and have it for dinner. Then I made single portions and froze them. Each work day, making lunch meant grabbing a container and out the door. If you make a big pot each time, in a few weeks you’ll have a few choices to vary lunch. I was the envy of the office when heating my lunch, especially during chilly weather. It’s not a great summer solution, but let’s worry about that later, shall we?

  3. Meal prep is one of the things that I think takes the most time in my day. John is on his own for breakfast and lunch and I often just have yogurt or crackers and cheese, but dinner sucks up too much time. I don’t know a way around it! I do hope Brant and his family can get the house fixed and livable again. Sooner rather than later but it’s going to be a long road back for everyone in FL.

  4. UGH! Meal prep and the everlasting question, “what’s for dinner?” It is the bane of most women I know. I agree with Robby about lunch prep. When I was still working, I did the same. Although I did not do this when I was working, now I vacuum pack romaine lettuce in mason jars for salad, and I just have to reach in and grab one when I want it. I think cold weather cooking lends itself to more make ahead, so maybe we are heading into an easier season. I hope Brant’s family has luck. It’s great that they don’t have to pay for repairs, but awful that they have to rely on a landlord. I will think good thoughts about them having a quick repair. I have never watched Grey’s Anatomy!

  5. Every woman homemaker I know is sick of the tyranny of preparing dinner every single night! Pre-COVID, we could go out or have take-out occasionally, right?
    Hope Brant’s roof gets fixed very soon.
    When McDreamy (Steamy?) got killed off, I quit.

  6. I hear you on the meal-prep woes. I do pretty well with dinner plans (and I try to build in leftovers each week so I’m free to Not Cook at least a couple of nights a week), but I’ve never been big on lunch planning. We try to keep cold cuts in the refrigerator for quick sandwiches, and I like to keep a good stock of yogurt on hand. My biggest meal-drain . . . is our Sunday night family dinners. It’s really nice to have a family meal (for my dad, and B&L), but it takes a lot of energy to plan and cook a big family meal EVERY week. I hate to sound complain-y about that, because it’s such a gift to have them over each week for dinner, but . . . I’d be fine if someone else took care of the planning/prep now and then, y’know?

    Sending all the good juju to Brant and Heather. Ugh. What a mess all of that is . . . my heart goes out to them. And . . . I have never watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

  7. Hoping things in Florida go their way soon. I feel so for them. We’re trying to be better about planning dinner and still use the grill 3-4 times a week. I do like Robby’s winter
    lumch idea though Sundays require work most weeks though. And I bailed on GA probably when you jumped on board! 🙂

  8. I hope they get their housed fixed soon. i feel so bad for the people in FL and all they’ve lost.

    When I had to go into an office, I had the same breakfast and lunch every workday and it didn’t both me (people at work would complain they had no money but then they’d go out everyday and spend $10 on lunch). Since working from home, breakfast is fine but lunch sometimes is just an english muffin.

    I watched Grey’s on and off but stopped completely when Meredith drowned or what ever and came back.

  9. Isn’t it infuriating that we have to eat three times a day and have to do it every day? I share your frustration with meal prep. I’m also dealing with packing a lunch for a tween who is a difficult eater and never knows what she wants to eat (I can’t wait for her to take over packing her own lunch!). Sometimes I miss being in college and going to the dining hall where the food may not have been great but someone else made it and I had a few choices.

    I’m also still watching Grey’s, though I feel like they need to wrap things up.

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