[See end of blog for complete list of my ten commandments.]
Some days are easy, some days are more difficult – particularly during a lockdown. My first thought this morning was that I could easily spend the entire day in bed, if I didn’t have kids. I imagined it. I longed for it. Even when I was dressed and making my bed, the thought was still swilling around in my head. Anywho, I had to get on with it, so I did.
Today, I achieved all my items – except the literary duty. That one is backing up a bit. I think I am overdue on a few days there. However considering the labour of homeschooling, I think I’m playing a blinder managing all the other nine resolutions on a daily basis.
Yesterday, I made a Shepherd’s Pie Dauphinois (pg 163). I’d never made a proper Shepherd’s Pie before and equally I’d never made potato dauphinois. Only problem was that it’s quite a long recipe and I’m tired. I’m very weary and concentration lapsed so I made a few irritating mistakes. I didn’t have the sparkle to produce anything significant today so opted for Aubergine Baked with Feta and Chickpeas (pg 232). It was lovely.
I have also decided that in future, if I ever attempt anything as mad as this again, I should include more abstinence resolutions and less of the proactive stuff. It’s a lot easier not to do something, than to have to trek out in the lashing rain at 8pm at night to slog up and down a hill. Homeschooling is swallowing up a good portion of my morning and cooking another fair chunk of time, so I end up walking late or cleaning late or ironing late or washing late or… you get the idea.
However, on the bright side, I have made extra efforts this evening and I am ready for homeschooling tomorrow. Being ready means the whole process runs a lot smoother. The only way it seems to work is if I invest in time the night before reviewing what needs to be done. So, I am essentially doing homework for my kids’ homework. Woop dee doo. And I am hoping to cook double salmon fishcakes, which sound yum. So, all in all, should be a good day tomorrow.
Ten things I commit to do daily for 30 days:
- No booze (except that used in cooking)
- Meditate for ten minutes
- Follow the literary diet https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/27/feed-your-soul-the-31-day-literary-diet-for-january-2021-culture-books
- Go for a run or a walk
- Cook something new – either a new recipe from my new Mary Berry cook book or else just something I’ve never cooked before
- No crisps
- Clean the kitchen every evening (sometimes I get lazy and leave stuff til the next day…)
- Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
- Go through my phone every evening to make sure I have replied to all the whatsapps and texts I got that day
- No eating after 7pm (except Fridays and Saturdays – when else could I get my chocolate fix in except when kids are in bed?)