I definitely saw the food situation going differently when the topic of social distancing and self quarantining first started getting tossed around here. I had visions of home cooked meals every night and tasty, healthy lunches every day. The reality has been vastly different.
For starters, The Hubs has been working late a lot so with the exception of when he cooked last Sunday for date night, I’ve only cooked a real dinner once this week. I was lucky enough to have my Mom feed me one night so that was nice. (Thanks Mom!) Often when my husband works late his Mom feeds him dinner because he knows that after a certain hour I’m not cooking anything. I guess that’s one of the perks of working with your parents.
Since I’m not cooking dinner, there are no leftovers for lunch. The girls eat hotdogs, cheese, fruit, crackers, pasta, and a smorgasbord of other foods for lunch. By the time I’m done getting them to eat I’m so over it that I’ve fallen into eating pretty much the same thing every day. I was smart enough to buy some pimento cheese, chicken salad, and crackers the other day and it’s keeping me alive. Sometimes for lunch and dinner. On the upside, working from home with the girls here has me eating lunch before 2 which was practically unheard of when I was working in the office. Also, I love pimento cheese so it’s hard to go wrong there. Should I eat healthier? Probably. Is it damn tasty? Yep!
The only meal I’ve been rocking is breakfast. We’ve had smoothies, yogurt with berries, eggs, egg sandwiches, toast and fruit, grits, and pancakes. The pancakes were, admittedly, a bit of a disastrous mistake but the girls and I loved them. Most important meal of the day right? Right! Winning!
Maybe by the time this is all over I’ll have my crap together meal wise but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. There’s a pandemic on and I’ve got work to do and kids to raise. Perfect meals can wait. Until then we’ll just try to spend more time outside taking walks and playing on their swing set. Maybe it will help me work off all those cheese calories.