Look Ma, No Fail! (Week #1 Recap)

22 May

I am happy to report that I had a successful first week, and I must say that while it took a lot of work, it was also possible with a little help from my friends.  🙂

On Friday, I went to some friends’ house (who are really more like family) for a nice dinner. Grilled tenderloin, vegetable kabobs, baked sweet potatoes, salad and dessert.  After a week of beef roast for supper this meal was unbelievable!  But much more of the pleasure from that night was from the company than from the food.  Because I had focused so much on economizing, streamlining and scheduling during the week, being able to let go of all of that in the company of loved ones was wonderful.  Thank you Maureen, Moira and Kiera!

On Sunday, I ate my one and only restaurant meal, and I was actually excited about it!  I always look forward to seeing my forever friend Heather, but most of the time I feel blase at best over the prospect of going to a restaurant.  This time, I looked that menu over like you wouldn’t believe, and it wasn’t because nothing looked good.  (Er, everything did!)  When I got the check, I made a joke about going to Barnes & Noble and wasting the remainder on magazines, but Heather suggested I take the extra money and tally it up at the end of the 30 days.  She said I could then spend it on something special for myself.  I instantly threw her idea to the ground and told her to quit trying to run my life, but after I thought about it for a second I realized it was a brilliant idea and would try to pass it off as my own.  My next thought was that she was a faithful reader of this blog, so I should probably not try to take credit.  Sooooo, I am going to do Heather’s idea.

But I would be remiss if I did not mention the internal struggle that was my Saturday.  I like to have at least half of one day each weekend during which I do nothing.  (I can hear all the naysayers now, moaning their, “It must be nice”s and “You must be kidding”s and to you all I say one thing:  be quiet.)  I am a solitary person, and I truly thrive on alone time spent thinking, reading, writing or doing other things that are not typically considered “productive” although they are crucial to my well-being.  Having said all that, I had a busy weekend and I had to sacrifice most of that nothing time in order to prepare for the coming week–meal planning, shopping, cooking for the week, etc. takes time, and I had a bad attitude about it when I woke up Saturday morning and basically it was my pride alone that would not allow me to fail at this new endeavor so quickly.  After I got started it was not so bad, and I do have plans to get some of these things done in advance in the weeks to come, but I wanted to be clear that this week was not all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

Very truly yours,

Sarah E.


One Response to “Look Ma, No Fail! (Week #1 Recap)”

  1. Terry L. Thomas May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    love it! I bought items to prepare for lunch every day this week…but I am not as productive as you. I prepare each day’s lunch in the morning before I go to work. (it’s easy stuff) Thanks for sharing the great ideas.

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