On Being Prepared

No one can truly prepare for the death of a loved one. Even if that death is expected, or the end of suffering, it’s still a shock to those who loved that person the most. And in times of tragedy, there is simply no way to prepare for even the acceptance that a loved one was taken so suddenly, violently, senselessly. My heart aches for those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

Life is short, and if you’re lucky, it’s also sweet. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be a good person, do good things. Live beautifully. Breathe. Jump in puddles. Do the opposite of what everyone tells you to do, if that’s what makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Likewise, listen to your heart. Speak up, especially when telling people you love them. You simply may not get another chance.


On a much lighter note, I’ve been doing some of my own preparing. I don’t know what got into me, but I’m all about prepping meals this week.

On Sunday, before eating chips for dinner, I baked biscuits, so that all I had to do yesterday when I got home from work was whip up the gravy.

This was SO. GOOD.

Sorry for all of the craptastic photos lately. I still haven’t purchased a new camera.

Then last night, while eating breakfast for dinner, I roasted a spaghetti squash for our dinner tonight. I had browned some ground beef on Sunday for my nachos so I used up the rest in our meat sauce tonight.


And in totally unprecedented preparedness on my part, I finalized some recipes I’ve been dreaming up for an event this weekend. And to take it one crazy step further, I prepped my dry ingredients so I’d have one less thing to do when I start baking on Thursday. It’s a baseball party so obviously baseball-themed cupcakes were in order.


A couple of juices await me in the fridge at the moment as well.


And guess what? Dinner for tomorrow night is in the slow cooker, in the fridge. All I need to do is place it in the heating element tomorrow morning before work. Who am I?!

It’s funny how simple planning ahead really is if you truly plan. Most often, I simply don’t take the time to plan, which means we end up eating dinner at 9pm, or just as bad, going out to eat too often. Plus, eating at home always means leftovers for the hubs’ lunch, which means spending less on food.

I know this isn’t a groundbreaking idea. I know ya’ll have been doing this forevs, but I’m on a kick and I think I like it. That being said, I’m sure I’ll be back to winging it
next week, but I’ll go with the flow as long as I can.

Do you plan your meals ahead of time or just wing it? I think sometimes not knowing what I’ll want to eat is actually what keeps me from planning ahead. But this week I just picked a few things and stuck with them. Worst case scenario? I pig out on PB&J and have to have the originally planned meal the next day. Not so bad. I’m pretty guilty of having grand ideas, but never having or making the time to see them through. This is ironic because by trade, I’m a planner. I plan rehearsal dinners, small wedding receptions, birthday and retirement parties MONTHS in advance, yet usually can’t seem to plan my dinner for 24 hours later. Working on it!! 🙂

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