I’m going to say it: I’m enjoying hanging out at home. This is a big deal. For me. Because for years I have been trying not to hang out at home. Especially with the kids rattling around all day. Over school holidays I have always avoided having them at home for days at a time. The way it normally went is that I would make an attempt for a week over the summer, we’d have a terrible week, and I’d vow never to be at home idling with them ever again. But as I sit here at the dining table, alone, after a morning of breakfast and coffee and online school and chasing the loose dog and opening presents from Egypt and fighting about riding bikes up to the park, I think we have finally learned how to ebb in and out of time together and time alone. Now that it’s been forced on us we’ve figured out this house is big enough for all of us, pets included.
I’m about to get up and make dinner because it has gotten away from me the past two nights. We have so many groceries it’s unreal. There’s news that disruptions in the food supply chain will trickle down to grocery stores later this month and May timeframe. Did I mention that I quit beef, pork, and chicken for lent? I’m not Catholic, but I am a sinner (haha!). I mean that in a, “we’re all sinners so let’s not make a thing of it” kind of way. Anyway, I like lent as a means of spiritual recalibration. Giving up some basic diet staples has been inconvenient and uncomfortable enough to make me intentional about the whole thing. As a result I eat a lot of beans, eggs, and fish. And carbs. It’s actually the same exact diet as Penny it turns out, minus the fish. I’m looking forward to Good Friday, which is next week. See! My lent-ing has gotten me that far. I don’t think I knew what day Easter was last year.