I’ve never made New Year’s resolutions.
Maybe because it doesn’t come at a point in the year when I felt in need of a real transition.
The end of summer vacation and the beginning of the new school year, however, is a significant adjustment in my house. It also marks a change of seasons (soon), and a corresponding shift in gardening duties.
There are several things I’d like to change as the kids go back to school. I’d like to list them here, and ask your advice on how to make it happen.
Here we go:
- Maintain a starter and bake bread at least weekly
- Plan school lunches ahead and prepare the foods that will go in them in advance
- Cook a week’s worth of beans ahead of time (freezing if necessary)
- Simplify the kids’ wardrobes and plan clothes a week at a time
- Keep the granola jar filled
- Succession sow spinach and lettuce and greens weekly
The thread that runs through these things, I think, is advance planning. Unfortunately, I’m the person who says, ‘Let’s have bean soup for dinner!’–ten minutes before dinnertime. My problem isn’t finding the time, it’s having the foresight and discipline to schedule things so that I can have enough time to get it done.
This leaves my family with uninspired store bread, tired old lunches, canned bisphenol beans, and school morning panic because I stopped a kid from walking out the door with holey kneed pants and we can’t find anything to replace them in the behemoth cursèd mound o’ laundry.
What are you made of, O Mound? All I can ever find in you is orphan socks, tights (we don’t wear tights anymore), shirts that are nice but no one wants to wear for unknown reasons, and escapees from that 12-pack of underwear I mistakenly bought 5 sizes too big and never returned.
I once found something in the laundry no one recognized and a child burst out, “It must belong to the person who lives in the attic!”
Everyone in the room stopped short.
After some questioning, I finally determined my offhand comment weeks earlier that there must be someone living in the attic who was responsible for a series of unsolved household messes had been taken literally.
Poor thing. At least now I know who didn’t make those messes.
If you have any advice concerning how I can stick to the things on my list or how to do them better, please let me know in the comments. I just got this book in the mail with school lunch ideas and the kids are really digging it (I heard lots of whoas, and yums, and that was just me), but I still need tips. ETA: My 11 year-old told me this morning, as I ladled hot tortellini soup into their thermoses, that this book was THE BEST thing I’d ever bought.