What a season it’s shaping up to be. I’ve been so insanely busy that I hardly have time to breathe. Fun plans, work plans, family plans, running plans … so many plans. Minute-to-minute when-can-I-fit-it-in plans.
Already this morning, I ran 6 miles, baked a pecan pie cake for my sister-in-law’s birthday party tonight, dropped the kid at the sitter, stopped at the grocery store to buy breakfasts and lunches for work and settled in at the office. It’s 9:00 am.
That kind of busy.
This weekend was fun busy. Friday night, we headed to my mom and dad’s right after work for a little happy hour and dinner with their friends here from Wisconsin. Saturday morning, I ran my 12 miles with Ginger then headed home so Adam could run his own 10. While he was gone, I showered and then Piper and I headed to the grocery store for our weekly shopping trip. When I got home, Adam was home and we decided to pack up the car for an afternoon at the park.
It was breezy and cool, but we headed to Northshore Park along Tampa Bay to let Piper run and play. We grabbed a couple sandwiches and a six-pack at the amazing Rally micro-brew cooler, and made a little picnic. Some friends joined us with their kids and we had a great afternoon.
That evening, we had dinner with friends then headed to the Local 662 for a “Tribute to Yacht Rock” show that my brother’s band was playing. Needless to say, they rocked. The show was a lot of fun – think punk rock covers of Lionel Ritchie and Gordon Lightfoot … a little Chicago. Costumes. Too much smoke and so many friends. Great times.
Sunday morning arrived way too early, even though we slept until 8. I had prepared for a lazy morning but soon realized we had way too much to do – so jumped right into making pancakes with my favorite sous chef.
I’m not generally a fan of pancake from mixes when I can make my own just as quickly – and more deliciously – but I found this mix I really wanted to try. It was awesome – slightly grainy but fluffy and light. I’ll make more this weekend to freeze for the week.
Also, did I forget to mention what time of the year it is? Wait – how did those get here?
After pancakes, Piper played while I went for a short run and showered. We did a few chores around the house and it’s all of a sudden lunch time – and time to kick up the busy a few notches. We packed up the kid and headed out the door to grab a bite at Toucan’s - a new taphouse and grill that we are quite enamored with right now.
I indulged a little too much – resting on my 30-mile week and allowing myself to order a patty melt cheeseburger and fries. It was delicious, but I felt terrible the rest of the day. I just can’t eat like that anymore or I regret it.
After lunch, we headed to Target to pick up a few birthday gifts, drove out to the beach to pick up the boy and then headed to a family birthday party in Tampa.
We got home that night just in time for bedtime, exhausted and ready to relax – but that hasn’t happened yet. Monday was a full day of work, followed by dinner, a run and another trip to the grocery story. And you’ve already heard about my morning today.
We have plans every weekend through mid-May – fun plans, but plans that mean we struggle to finish laundry and cooking takes a backseat to quick and easy meals.
Which leads me to … what are your “OMG I’M SO BUSY!” go-to family meals? I need some quick and easy options that are also healthy.