I hate Monday. I have been trying to banish the day for as long as I can remember, and yet it always reappears, glaring at me, right between Serene Sunday and Tolerable Tuesday. I just can’t seem to figure out how to comfortably coexist with “Manic Monday.” (Remember this song? The Bangles? Love it!)
My biggest issue on Monday is trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Typically, I spend quite a bit of time on the weekends in the kitchen, trying to put together “make-ahead” meals that I can put into the refrigerator or freezer for the week that can be reheated when I get home from work, or put into the crock pot to cook while I’m at work (because I’m enough of a multi-task-er that I can cook dinner from the office. Yet another skill passed on from my Momma!). This weekend, I’m ashamed to admit, all I was able to produce was a pot of chili:
Oh, and these random photos of fruit in my new pasta-bowl-made-centerpiece. Because, you know, if you’re not cooking, taking pictures of food works too. Also, I’m convinced that having fruit on my kitchen table is going to make me healthy, even if I’m not eating it:
Finally, in a last-ditch effort to save my energy from cooking,and in order to pour it into something more productive (like, say, my wineglass), I stood at our kitchen windows on Saturday afternoon contemplating these lovely little formations of frozen H2O:
And, that was it! Sunday didn’t leave much time for slaving in the kitchen as we were helping our friends Chuck and Laurie paint in their new house (Chuck was the friend who saved me the day I buried my car in our driveway after the neighbor had pulled me out literally 30 seconds before). Let’s face it; this interior design girl would rather be painting than cooking- and you know how I love to cook!
Anyway, since the weekend sort of got away from me, (what with the pathetic contenders for this year’s SuperBowl, UGH!) and out of exhaustion and depression, I was at a total loss for ideas on what to make for dinner on this bitter cold Monday night. Always to be counted on, Ryan came to the rescue with a suggestion for Japanese Hibachi, one of our favorite meals out. Rest assured, tonight, I’m writing to you with a belly-full of New York strip, shrimp, and Teryaki chicken; noodles; and sauteed vegetables- just enough to get me through the end of yet another Monday.