Saturday, February 26, 2011

Life in My World – The Week in Which I Only Cooked Supper Once

On Monday, with Calvin gone moving Grace to Colorado, I celebrated President’s Day by cleaning the garage, emptying old bottles of canned beans and tomatoes, and cleaning house.  I didn’t cook supper, unless you count popping popcorn. 

On Tuesday I drove to Spokane to pick Calvin up from the airport.  His plane wasn’t due until 10:30 pm, but I didn’t want to drive over late in the evening. (Nowadays for me, 9:00 pm is a time for bed, not going somewhere new for the day.)  I drove to Spokane while it was still daylight so I’d miss the forecasted storm, see any deer on the freeway, and still be awake.  I ate a turkey sandwich on honey-oat bread from Subway with no cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes before I saw a movie.  A really good movie.

On Wednesday we were invited over to our friends’ house for supper – grilled salmon, red potatoes, green beans with bacon, green salad, with double-strawberry ice cream for dessert.  I often choose salmon from a menu because it’s a lower calorie/fat choice, so while I’m not a salmon connoisseur I’ve eaten enough to have an opinion.  This grilled salmon was the very, very best I’ve ever had.  Every few bites I’d tell our friend that.  He showed us the seasoning he used and then, after my last bite, said it was slathered in butter.  No wonder it was so good.  I ate seconds . . . or was it thirds.

On Thursday Calvin and I attended the Cub Scout All-American Blue & Gold Banquet of hot dogs and potato salad.  Calvin was asked to tell why we have a flag and how to fold it.  I was asked to do a reading on the flag.  It was a great night and fun to be a part of those little boys’ events for the evening.

On Friday, I cooked.  Well, kind of.  At least I put something in the oven.  Calvin took me on a lunch date earlier in the day, so for supper I just popped a pan of earlier-made potato and ham casserole in the oven.  After supper we attended a lecture on Current Events and the Constitution.  It was really good – especially in light of the events in the Middle East as well as in Wisconsin.  The presenter travels the world speaking and has particularly close ties in Jordan and some of the other Middle Eastern countries.  While I’m not very good at puzzles, I do enjoy seeing the pieces of history and current events and how they fit together.  Afterwards Calvin and I went to Baskin Robbins for an ice cream cone – world class chocolate for me. 

Today we’ll attend an all day seminar on the Constitution and then attend a ward dinner – grilled salmon (our friend was practicing earlier this week).  And since we’ve already had a taste of the salmon and the lecture, we really look forward to both. 

And that is how our kitchen came to be spotless all week long.


michelle said...

I don't know that my kitchen has ever been spotless for a week! Sounds like a dream.

What was the really good movie?
What's happening in Wisconsin?
How does it feel to just have the two of you around the house?

Ande Payne said...

I enjoyed seeing your week through food. It sounded good.

Kay Scott said...

I love weeks like that! I too am curious as to what movie you saw. And I bet it's lonely without Grace. I love the relationship you all have.

Deidra said...

I always feel a little out of sorts when we go days without eating at home.

I realized that I didn't cook much this week either. Cooking a turkey on Sunday, plus Blue & Gold (and taking the left-overs home) and a date night will do that for a girl! Which is good, because my menu for the week was pretty pathetic.

Kathy said...

I really enjoyed reading this. I love the way you summed up your post with "and that's how my kitchen came to be spotless this week.

melanie said...

A spotless kitchen for a week, I dream of such things. Oh and the not cooking wouldn't be half bad either.

We had our Blue and Gold the same night and with the exact same meal. Scouts think alike. I would have loved hearing you and Calvin speak.

A good week for sure. Do share the movie though, I only like to go if they're good.

Lyle and Mary: said...

I'm pretty sure its a math equation:
Less kids at home = less time in the kitchen. No kids at home = hardly any time in the kitchen which = clean kitchen. One of the advantages to having an empty less, but still eating well.
And what was that movie?