Happy New Year!! I hope you had a lovely weekend and your 2018 is off to a great start! Did you make any resolutions or goals for the new year? I set twelve goals for myself for 2018, one of which is to continue creating weekly meal plans. Womp, womp…
We had an extremely low-key weekend. My parents came up to visit us Thursday through Saturday. Since it’s been too cold to be outside for more than a couple of minutes at a time, on Friday afternoon we went to Albany for lunch at Druthers and to visit the New York State Museum. None of us had ever been there, and we were all pleasantly surprised. They had a fantastic exhibit about the history of the women’s suffrage movement, as well as beautiful exhibit of photographs taken in the Hudson Valley, where my parents live and I grew up. Despite all the cool exhibits and displays, my daughter’s favorite part was definitely riding the carousel.
My parents left around noon on Saturday, and my husband, daughter, and I did very little for the rest of the day. My husband started dismantling the Christmas decorations, while I did some laundry and cleaning. My daughter and I played a few exciting games of Monopoly Junior, and I used our new treadmill for the first time.
New Years Eve was basically more of the same: cleaning, laundry, and generally recovering from Christmas. Early in the evening, we went to a party at one of my husband’s coworkers’ house for a couple of hours. We got home and immediately put on our pajamas – which should tell you whether or not we made it until the ball dropped.
The Week Ahead
This will be my last week off before going back to work for the winter term/semester. (One of the colleges I’m working at is on the trimester schedule, and the other is on the more standard, semester schedule.) Winter is a busy time in college career centers – likely because students get an earful from their parents while they’re home for winter break – so I’m anticipating a busy couple of months at work.
Since I’ll be working five-day weeks in January, I need to do as many errands and chores as possible this week. I plan to drop items off at the consignment store, make some grocery stock-up trips, get an oil change in my car, have my blood drawn for my annual blood work, and do whatever else I can do in advance.
My daughter returns to school on Tuesday, but it should be a pretty quiet first week back, without any extracurricular activities.
Thursday is my birthday, so naturally I’m looking forward to a night off from worrying about dinner. 🙂
This Week’s Meal Plan
Welcome to my first meal plan of 2018!! Here’s what we’re having for dinner this week:
- Monday: Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo w/ green salad
- Tuesday: Baked Rigatoni and Sausage w/ frozen peas
- Wednesday: Leftovers
- Thursday: Birthday dinner!!
- Friday: Sausage and Tortelloni Soup w/ rolls
- Saturday: Shrimp Stir Fry (from the freezer) w/ jasmine rice
- Sunday: Classic Pot Roast for the Slow Cooker
What are you having for dinner this week??
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