Today my daughter started a new job teaching math at her old high school. It was never her intention to return to full time work just yet. She wanted to spend more time with her little guy. Sometimes, though, life throws a football at you. You can either let it bounce past you or catch it and run. She chose to catch it.
This means I have a new job, too. I have gone from watching my little man two half days to four full days. He’s such a happy, pleasant guy so it really isn’t that much work. Sure I could have said to the kids, “Stick him in daycare.” I know that’s what most people do but most couples don’t live with their parents. Plus I can’t stand the idea of him spending that much time with people who don’t love him.
The one down side is I won’t have as much free time but that’s a small price to pay for getting to see that sweet face. Still, having some freedom just once a week and a car for only half that day presents a small challenge. In that small window of time I have to fit in grocery shopping so I’d pretty much need to figure out what I’m cooking every single day for an entire week and shop accordingly.
Now maybe some of you are super organized. Maybe y’all have your menus planned for the entire month. Personally I find it difficult to plan that far in advance. Then throw in a curve ball – I’ll plan something but the store won’t have what I need in stock. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
My solution: let’s try one of those food services that sends you everything you need for a few meals a week. Then I only have to worry about four days. That’s manageable. I can do that. The kids agreed and offered to pay for it so we were all set.
Yesterday, every time I heard a UPS or Fed Ex truck on the block, I looked out the window. Is our box here? And let me tell ya, living across the street from a school, those trucks are on our block every five minutes. That’s a lot of window peeking.
Eventually, 4:30 arrived and there still was no box. I grabbed what I planned to cook for Friday and whipped up dinner but I was annoyed. We were looking forward to trying this out. Now my week’s menus were thrown off.
After dinner, I checked the account. Oops. Someone didn’t pay careful attention there. Our food service doesn’t start until next week.