Married to the Empire

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sick But Obligated

We had a youth retreat this weekend. It was loads of fun--from what my husband told me. I had to miss the whole thing because I'm down with a nasty cold. Bummer.

This created a small problem. I was supposed to handle part of the Sunday-morning breakfast for the kids. Yummy baked goods, probably some (Not)Praline-Topped French Toast...

But I was sick, and the last thing I wanted to do was cook. The easiest thing for me would have been to hand my husband a $20 and tell him to pick up some sausage-cheese kolaches from the doughnut shop around the corner, but I refused to do that to him. In addition to little sleep all weekend, he came and slept at home on Saturday night so that he could get up more easily to make it to the 7:30am elders' meeting at church. I certainly wasn't going to make him get up even earlier to buy breakfast for the kids.

So I dragged my sick self to the grocery store on Saturday evening and bought this:

I washed my hands super well and made half of those cinnamon rolls look like this:

A little easier to get a smaller amount of sweet roll, and it helps stretch things a bit. But I did send in an entire pan of them still in their packaging.

Still not enough, so I scrounged in the fridge for something a little healthier and ended up with this:

Okay, if I'm being totally honest, that fruit bowl required a second trip to the grocery store. All I had at home were apples and bananas, and they made for a very bland-looking fruit salad. I did find some strawberries in the freezer, but they were iced up and freezer burned. So, I went out again to find a colorful addition. It was easy enough. Steven returned home without any of the food leftover, so it was successful, even if it wasn't terribly nutritious or homemade.

And then because there was a Sunday-night church dinner with a meeting held by the elders, which meant my husband was obligated to attend since he's an elder, I bought this:

Our church assigns dishes based on the first letter of your last name, and we were supposed to bring a salad this time. I didn't want to mess with making something, and frankly, do you want to eat food made by a sick person? I wouldn't want to! So, store-bought potato salad it was.

It's a lot more expensive to just buy everything ready made! But oh, so convenient.

1 comment:

ann said...

You did good! Even though you weren't feeling well, you kept your commitment. So sorry you had to miss out on the retreat, though. I hope you're feeling better!!