The community college gives it students and staff today and tomorrow off. It’s not officially a holiday, and although these days are called ‘flex days,’ it’s really just a reason for students and staff to have some time to relax or catch up.
What this meant for me was that I was done teaching at noon instead of 4:30. What this meant for Luke was that he only had to be at preschool for a few hours. This was exciting for both of us. (Maddie, on the other hand, didn’t have one change to her schedule. Poor her.).
Luke and I got to spend the entire afternoon playing and napping. Oh how I love lying down to have a nap with Luke. I also decided to make a nice dinner since it’s been awhile since the kids have had a real cooked meal from me. I mean, I always cook for them, but lately it’s been really quick dinners–basically nothing too special.
I decided to make eggplant parmesan because I needed to eat all those eggplants and tomatoes I gathered from my garden last week. But as I started to prep the eggplants, I realized that I had a whole chicken in the fridge that needed to be cooked by today as well. Then I looked closer and realized that there were some Italian sausages in my fridge whose expiration date was also today.
So I made and cooked the eggplant, the chicken, and the sausages. It was a flurry of cooking in my kitchen from about 4 to 6:30, and even Luke helped:
But the chicken and the eggplant and the sausage all came out great and this may be the first time EVER my kids have had such a variety of dinner choices.
I’m thankful I didn’t have to teach at the community college and for these ‘flex days.’ I’m thankful Luke didn’t have to be in preschool all day. I’m thankful Luke and I had a great afternoon together. But most of all I’m thankful for the amount of cooking I did because now we’ll have left-over dinners for at least four or five days!