Good morning, friends. This morning’s post will be an abbreviated one. It’s been a tough week and my writing time is short this morning, but I try to remember that this is an important habit for me to keep, however imperfectly.
There’s another cold running through the house, quite a bit of friction between the cats all of a sudden, and Colton has hit a rough sleeping cycle — which all adds up to even less sleep for myself. It’s been one of those weeks when I barely dare to creep into the shower for fear of not being able to hear something!
Luckily there are still cracks of time left for me to fill, so I’ve managed to find moments for knitting and reading, which makes me very happy and relieves quite a bit of frustration. I even got caught up on The Next Right Thing podcast – another reason why short podcast episodes are ideal for me! A 10-15 minute episode feels more approachable than expecting to listen for 45-60 (or more!) minutes. (And I still have to pause the 10 minute episodes a bajillion times.)
This week’s Next Right Thing felt like it was created especially for me – How to Collect Your Favorite Quotes. I loved learning about Emily’s methods for collecting and organizing quotes because I’m especially inspired by her usage of quotes in all of her work. I was excited to learn that she’s an Evernote devotee, as well! (You can see my own method for collecting quotes in my post: Zettelkasten – A System for Filling Your Vault.)
IN MY KITCHEN THIS WEEK:
This was a week of super simple meals (again). Matthew did the meal planning and we teamed up with the cooking. Our meal schedule is already super weird thanks to his work schedule, but it’s been even weirder the last few weeks because he’s been going in earlier to help out. I’m beginning to think that it finally makes more sense to make lunch our “big” meal of the day and for our dinners to be leftovers, instead of vice versa. Because preparing a midday meal and then immediately beginning our dinner is a huge drain on my energy and honestly… it doesn’t make much sense.
Saturday: salmon + rice + salad. I’m not sure which recipe Matthew followed for the marinade so I can’t link it. But it was delicious. And we splurged on a huge piece of fish that created lots of leftovers for lunches throughout the week.
Sunday: simple nachos. Tortilla chips with cheese melted in the microwave and then everyone’s favorite toppings (mine are jalapeños and sour cream).
Monday: BBQ Chicken + baked potatoes + salad. No special recipe for this one. The chicken was still frozen, so thank goodness for the Instant Pot. We simply poured in the whole bottle of BBQ sauce and a tiny bit of water and pressure cooked the chicken. Plenty of leftovers and very, very good.
Tuesday: We picked up pizza for Matthew’s birthday!
Wednesday: leftover BBQ Chicken and baked potatoes.
Thursday: Fish sticks and french fries. (Can you believe we didn’t have any last week??!)
Friday (today!): We’re planning to make butter chicken in the Instant Pot, along with a pot of rice.
Thank you all for the meal recommendations last week! I’ve put them on my radar and am planning to start incorporating them next week. And I keep hoping that one day I’ll wake up and will, miraculously, enjoy cooking. It could happen. Right??
And in the spirit of keeping up this writing habit however imperfectly, I want to close with a quote that Cal Newport shared in his newsletter this week. The email was to honor John McPhee, a writer who has written many books, won many prizes, and continues to write for The New Yorker at 91 years old. Newport shares that, despite all of his work, he rarely writes more than 500 words a day. Here’s McPhee’s take on it:
“People say to me, ‘Oh, you’re so prolific’…God, it doesn’t feel like it—nothing like it. But, you know, you put an ounce in a bucket each day, you get a quart.”
Here’s to putting an ounce in your bucket today, no matter what you’re filling it with. And with a cup of tea or coffee at your side, there’s no stopping you! I hope you all have a restful and restorative weekend. Stay safe and cozy.