So I came to my own blog today to look up a recipe and realized that I haven’t blogged in nearly a MONTH. It’s been a hell of a month. Here’s what is going on:
- I am mid-semester teaching 4 classes at a local university as a visiting faculty member
- I’m providing campaign support for a person running for congress through my former full time job, as a part time consultant
- I am a full time PhD student closing in on my final year of classes about to start really caring about the dissertation process which could take YEARS to finish (OMG)
- I’m a doctoral research associate at my school discussed above part time
- I’m married. I think I’m still married to that hunk with the beagles to the left
- I’m disorganized when it comes to meal planning and can’t stand up for long periods of time because, wait for it….I tore my ACL/MCL and meniscus a month ago playing volleyball in an adult league-yes, I’m old enough to know better
In short, I have no idea if I am coming or going. My commute to and from classes for my PhD program is between an hour and hour and a half two nights a week and the reading is killing me. I often forfeit my own reading and writing to grade student work. Cooking is the last thing on my mind and I have shamefully eaten pizza and forfeited my CSA pick up more times than I can count in the last six weeks. I’ve gone through nearly all of my frozen “emergency” meals and breads I gathered through the summer and we are just closing in on fall! EEK!
So how to reclaim sanity? Some of you would say, dump some of the items above? I say, that’s not an option right now. I’m looking more for tools, tips, techniques to make my eating better, faster, pre-planned and semi-healthy. Any suggestions?
If nothing else, thanks for listening and sorry for the far and few between posts. Winter semester should be less hectic and more delicious on this blog. Excuse me, I’m off to make overnight oats for breakfast and prep the coffee that gets me though this crazy life.
Yikes. I’m exhausted just reading this post! My only tip is to rely on a good crock pot and start living on soups, stews and chili. Use what little spare time you have to prep lots in advance–cut three onions, ten carrots, a bunch of celery and store them up so you can grab and go. Soak beans the night before and invent a recipe in the morning. Think about fun match ups–a black bean chili with sweet potatoes and corn, for instance. Good luck and I didn’t tell you to stop anything.
I agree. Soup. Soup. And more Soup. I love my crockpot! I have two going most days in the fall/winter.