The eat-at-home challenge has been equal parts awesome and annoying. I know that I've saved money and eaten better, but it's also been frustrating to take "quick fixes" off the table, pardon the pun. Like this week when The Gorilla was working late and the kids and I were both melting down hard and the only thing I wanted to do was drive-thru somewhere for french fries and chicken strips to quell the hunger and the cravings. But I made grilled cheese and we soldiered on.
The main thing that I'm realizing is that cooking (at least the types of meals I'm cooking) doesn't even take all that much time. I realized that I eat out far more because of emotions than I do from ease. So that's been a little disconcerting, but good to know I guess. We've cheated twice, once each week, and it was for a treat and never a meal. We'll make it fine until September, this has been the least challenging monthly challenge (though it was a short one), but I'll still happily indulge in something fried (not by me) next week.
As most of you know, my husband's brother Dave passed away earlier this summer. Many of you have told me that you were touched by his story and that his wife and children have been in your prayers for months. You have no idea how much that support has meant to us, from friends and strangers alike.
Together our family has put together a fund that will go towards a scholarship at the high school where he was a principal, and towards the tennis program where he was active.
For those of you who knew Dave's incredible spirit, or were touched by his life through the internet, here's a link to the fund that's accepting donations. Our family could not have made it through this time without such amazing support, and even though grief is a process, we will so proud to make this gift in Dave's honor, continuing the work he started.
On Instagram, I showed photos from the VMAs and a parenting milestone.
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- Some interesting entertainment industry commentary about: AMC Backlash: Budget Squeezing, Producer "Bake offs" and Post 'Breaking Bad' Challenges
- I confess that in terms of friends and family who have struggled with addiction, I've gone through all the emotions, mostly anger. This was a good and necessary perspective: We Don't Start With Needles In Our Arms. (Renegade Mothering)
- I Dressed as a Goth, a Party Girl, and a Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Here's How My Friends, Partner, and OKCupid Reacted. (This is so, so interesting)
- This was one of the best and hardest things I've read in a long time (warning: language and darkness): Litany for my Mother's Body
Happy holiday weekend! We have blessedly little planned, which feels like a gift.