I got off call at 07am Friday morning and went to a meeting that lasted until 09am. I met with our centering coordinator for another hour beyond that as I tried to chart my change of shift birth. I was up for well beyond 24 hours at that point, but anymore the 24 hr stints feel more like the easy run of the week compared to the first part of the year.
I was hungry when I got home because I have discovered that I have become increasingly strict about foods I want to eat and foods I don't want to eat. We were fed breakfast at the meeting on Friday morning, but the only whole foods present were fruit. I ate a plate full of fruit and left the processed egg casseroley thingies and croissants for others. I also drank at least two cups of dark coffee. Gosh, by 9 o'clock in the morning I needed subsistence ... like kale, raw veggies, beans and/or nuts. The starbucks downstairs almost always has the kale salad and I usually purchase one of those for times when I'm really hungry at work- I just pick out the sundried tomatoes. Sundried tomatoes just taste bad to me. As I was picking them out the other day, I wondered what biological factors drive food preferences. I came home and reheated Derek's tofu veggie stirfry from the night before and fell into a deep sleep until evening.
Saturday was slow going, but I managed to get a few more food items at the supermarket, take the kids out to the local drive thru coffee shack (they love the bagels and smoothies) and make a new recipe for dinner. If my bean cooker does nothing else, it cooks garbanzo beans from dry AMAZING. Freshly cooked garbanzo beans brought new meaning to my life. There was like life before freshly cooked garbanzo beans and then life after. They take about 2 hrs to pressure cook, however, so I really need to make them on a night I'm off. I made a bean & rice dish with a side of roasted cabbage. I ran six miles on the treadmill.
Today, we were all up early and the whole family was outside fixing up scrap pallet wood to make raised garden beds by 9am. Jenna whined about being outside, Darin took the hammer to the backyard moss and Derek and I went at the raw materials. The kids complained about their fingers and toes going numb and I started PMS-ing about how we don't have dirt and how there aren't enough scrap pallets (don't forget we are making a wood floor and that we mostly have "floor" quality pallets) to continue this project. My arms and legs, sore from the run the day before, didn't want to hammer down nails and pry anymore boards apart. I fell into despair when we realized how much it would cost us to purchase garden "dirt" ... even from craigslist. Our soil is very rocky and porous and the rocks are covered by a layer of moss in the spring, fall & winter. The soil looks like a desert during the summertime because even a mild pacific NW heat kills the moss and any precipitation drains through the rocky, sandy soil.
Then, Derek discovered two piles of dark black compost from old grass clippings in our yard perimeter. Once, again, we are saved by the high quality leftovers from Jim & Janice.
Call it spring cleaning or fever or anything else appropriate, I have been longing to decorate my home with maternal touches. My gnomes were lost in the last move (or left?!) and my garden flags mostly disappeared after Margate, NJ (I have two left, one for snow and one for spring). I have been perusing online for just the right gnomes and flags.
The rest of the day was spent madly cleaning the house. Five containers worth of dog hair and cat hair and dirt from vacuuming, windex to every surface, four loads of laundry, getting the kids showered & jammied (Jenna has a cold and isn't at the top of her game), made sure all my sweaters were washed and hanging dry for the next week, skimmed my work email, etc.
Last night, Jenna and I made chia seed puddings with soymilk and unsweetened coconut milk. We all added our own fruit preferences. I added strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and bananas. They were a really good treat and definitely something I could make ahead and bring to work the next day. The boys didn't really care for them but Jenna is taking another one to school today as a snack.