“DING! DING! DING! DING!” The dinner bell is ringing, as it does every single day. Only here lately that dinner bell isn’t such a welcome sound in our household.
Alex and I are able to split the chores fairly equitably, it’s not 50 / 50 by any means, but we work with what we have. Since we divide the chores based on our individual strengths I typically handle meals. Since I like cooking, this isn’t an issue. I come home from work, cook dinner, we eat, and I clean the kitchen because I hate dishes in the sink overnight and Alex doesn’t seem to see the dishwasher is a mere 2 inches to the left of the sink.
No biggie all things considered since I fail to understand what the big issues is about drying the clothes since at least I washed them, right? (See this is why we do chores based on strengths….he likes clean AND DRY laundry, I like a clean kitchen.)
Plus on days when Alex is super stressed I don’t mind folding and putting away the laundry just like he has no problem actually cooking the meal. What’s been kicking my tushie here lately though has been PLANNING the meals. I get home and I open the fridge and I turn into a whiny teenager.
“HONEY! There’s nothing to eat in the house. I don’t see any good FOOD.”
And our fridge is actually full and so is our pantry. I know it is, I grocery shop using my favorite app in the whole wide world every single Saturday. So what is my problem?! I couldn’t even begin to hazard a guess at why I’m struggling with meal planning so much right now, but even when I shop with a menu in mind I still get to the day and the meal and go “NO!”
All of the above, of course, leads to cop-out meals such as frozen meals-in-a-bag, pizza, and take-out! This is wreaking havoc on our budget. So I’ve decided it’s time to put a stop to things and get my own act together. Only, I’m not really sure how to break through this hurdle.
Do y’all ever hit a roadblock when it comes to the cooking and planning of meals? How do you push through it?