A Good Meal

Oh my god, what a difference a good, healthy meal makes! Last night we had fish tacos with fresh salsa and a lovely kale salad for dinner. I also cut out my mid-morning cup of coffee for ginger tea. I feel so much better! My nerves are less fryed, I feel more motivated, work is annoying me slightly less. I think my feelings of being bummed out the last couple weeks were partly related to food choices. My husband was working a lot of nights which means dinners of bread and cheese. Often I was having no breakfast or some sort of pastyr and yogurts and granola bars for lunch. I want to recommit to whole foods again, more grain and veggie salads, less dairy and bread. We’ll see. Meanwhile here is my favorite kale salad recipe.

1 bunch of kale

1/2 purple cabbage

2-3 grated carrots

1 bunch of broccolini or other favorite green vegetable

EVOO

orange juice

red wine vinegar

salt and pepper.

ground flaxseed (optional)

Strip the leaves of the kale and rinse. Chop the kale and cabbage REALLY finely. Grate the carrots and chop the broccolini. Combine in a big bowl.

Combine the dressing ingredients. Use amounts to your liking. Pour over veggies. This salad is awesome because it keeps forever with the dressing on it.

Weekend Thoughts

Just put Z to bed. It was a rough one with the time change that of course I didn’t plan for. I should have skipped his nap. I can hear him fooling around in his room.

It was a weird weekend. Went out with some girlfriends Friday night, neither of whom have kids. I felt weird anyway because I have to wear my glasses for a month due to an eye infection. I’ve been wearing contacts since I was twelve so wearing glasses makes me feel discombobulated. They were also late and I was early, like the dork that I am, and I ended up sitting at the bar by myself for a while which I haven’t done in a long time. Alone with the Friday night crowd with my thoughts at a hip bar. After dinner was over I was thinking that I actually had enjoyed my conversation with some other moms at daycare as we waited for our napping toddlers to wake up almost more than the dinner conversation. I felt sort of out of it at dinner and I couldn’t quite keep up with the talk of tv shows I hadn’t seen and online dating that I’ve never done. I always wish I had more friends with kids.

Today we went for a walk in a local park. I love watching Z run around, chasing birds, climbing hills to find the perfect stick or rock. Playgrounds are cool but I feel like Z gets stuck digging in the sand and doesn’t move enough. We also made sure to stock up on really good food, especially fresh produce. I need to try to eat better during the work week instead of subsisting on yogurt and granola bars. In my last job, I left the house at 6am and didn’t return until 6pm so I was much more mindful about the food and snacks I brought. I’ve had to remind myself that I feel so much better when I eat well. So this week we have tons of fresh fruit and veggies, I’m sure not local but it is New England in the winter, and some good staples. I made Amanda Soule’s leftover oatmeal muffins (best recipe I’ve tried) as well as a tortellini salad with lots of salad veggies.

Anxious about the coming weeks. We have MCAS practice days this week and then two weeks of testing for me. I don’t worry so much about how they do, it will be what it will be, but more about the behavior and emotions. Will they take it seriously or blow it off? I have a student that has refused to take it in the past, will he repeat his performance? Also just the whining and the dead time after the test. I prefer my neat, orderly classes that I have complete control over. With MCAS, I’m at the mercy of administration scheduling me the right rooms at the right times.

Sorry for the melancholy post with the beautiful spring weather coming. I think I just need to get through March and the feeling of burnout that comes with it. Z is calling me, he’s so not going to sleep well tonight!

How was your weekend? What are you thinking about?