I had an unexpected Friday off and got to use it for some serious self care. After dragging Spouse out of bed to go do our monthly parent teaching at Child’s nursery co-op (it was his turn), I got to have a leisurely cup of tea in a quiet house. I had almost forgotten what that was like. I also indulged in a pattern sale at Colette.
Since Spouse shambled out of the house without his keys and wallet, I dropped those off on my way to the gym (I try to go once a year whether I need it or not), with a little play time too since the school is fine with parents dropping in and staying.
Then a trip to a closing fabric store for whatever they had left, some new sneakers bought for me and for Child, a lunch with cocktails all by myself, and back home for a NAP! After I picked the kiddo up from school, it was time to prepare Mediterranean Lentil Salad from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home.
This came together really quickly. I wish I had gotten some thyme from our neighbors on the way home since ours did not come back this year, but I had dried, so that was okay.
Child decided to play a game of hiding all the vegetables for me to find. I probably would have had everything prepped before the lentils were finished if it hadn’t been for that, plus a bit of hide and seek with her
Still, this was super fast and easy. I also reserved the tomato soaking water and froze it for later use in soups.
Of course once it was ready, I wasn’t particularly hungry. I did have a spoonful and it was delicious. And it didn’t go to waste as Spouse ate ALL OF IT! Picky child had minimalist dinner. She ended up making me cook more chicken and then went for a bunch more strawberries for dessert.
With luck I’ll get to eat more of the next meal I cook.