Day 11: Meatloaf, Asparagus and a Case of the Mondays

Yes indeed, today I had a major case of the Mondays. It wasn’t too horrid- just enough to keep a general scowl on my face for the majority of the day. I’m guessing it started off with the fact that all three of us were a bit sleep deprived from the weekend soccer tournament. Both girls missed their buses and I had to drive them in, which in turn gave me about 10 minutes to get dressed and ready for my own class. I spent the day in a sort of daze, exacerbated by the dark skies which brought a bit of rain and hail by noon.

As I trudged on through the day, my lack of focus sent me into even more of a foul mood and left me wondering how I would turn this day around to find some beauty and joy. However, the sun slowly peaked through the clouds later in the afternoon,  warming up just enough to give me a power boost through the rest of the day.

Mondays afternoon/evenings are generally tricky between my night class and my teenager staying later after school for newspaper, usually leaving me about 30-45 minutes to get to get dinner cooked, on the table and ready for class.  As I dash out the door with my half-eaten dinner, I usually holler my long list of instructions, and pray that it will all magically get taken care of  in my absence.

Tonight, I was incredibly proud of my pre-planing and time management, which not only allowed me to get a decent meal on the table, but I was able to actually sit down with my girls and enjoy our meatloaf, mashed potatoes and asparagus. It’s a rarity when we actually get to sit down and eat as a family, where someone doesn’t have to rush off to practice. So although I was the one rushing out the door, I truly appreciated my few moments of recess gossip and lunchtime tales and fully eaten dinner.

And the best surprise…the girls had taken care of everything I asked them to do while I was gone. Now that is a celebration in itself!

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