Mostly, I Hope Jadis Isn’t in There

Actual conversation from last night:

Me: Baguette, why are you opening the closet door? Narnia isn’t in there.

Me (to Mr. Sandwich): Although I don’t actually know that. Maybe Narnia is in there.

Mr. Sandwich: If Narnia is in there, you know what that means. More storage.

Me: More cold storage.

Mr. Sandwich: But bad cold storage, because if you put a hamburger in there and come back for it a week later, it’s actually a hundred years old.

No one ever wonders why we’re married.

More Random Thoughts: Insomniac Edition

I’ve been crazy busy for the last couple of weeks, which means that I haven’t had time to think enough to develop a real blog post. It doesn’t help that Baguette has had several bad nights of sleep.

Apparently tonight it’s my turn. Sigh. So here are some things that are running through my head.

  • Remember how Idiocracy was so controversial just before it came out, and there were stories about how it was being borderline banned? I’ve always felt that it had a point, and some funny bits, but the real problem is that it’s just not a very good movie.
  • In related news, I used to think that Luke Wilson was the good-looking one and Owen Wilson was the smart one, but now I think I might have had it backward. Except that I don’t think Owen Wilson is that good-looking.
  • I know that I saw a recipe for hash brown breakfast casserole that had the hash browns on top, instead of what looks like way too much cheese. But now I cannot find that recipe anywhere. Maybe it was in a magazine and not online. This is much more frustrating than it ought to be.
  • I really need to start making meal plans, and I should base them on what’s in the freezer. This makes sense, right? Particularly since we have a totally full chest freezer in the garage?
  • Somehow I wound up with an Orvis catalog. Not even the models look happy to be wearing the clothing.

Okay, thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I think I might be able to sleep now. Whew!

Apropos of nothing, here's a picture of Baguette playing with gravel.
Apropos of nothing, here’s a picture of Baguette playing with some gravel.

Meal Planning: Take One

I’ve been wanting to cook, but it’s been much too hot. Seriously, L.A. has been experiencing temperatures of over 100, and based on the current 10-day weather forecast, we’re not done yet.

But while I was thinking about what I want to make, I realized that I really ought to start using what I’ve already got–and not just because the freezer was so full that there was nowhere to put new leftovers. (“New leftovers”–now there’s an oxymoron for you.)

So this morning I pulled everything out of the freezer and was horrified. Why do we have steak from last year and ground beef from two years ago? And even if it’s safe to eat–it has been in the freezer for the whole time–it’s not going to be a pleasant experience, no matter how I prepare it.

After cleanout, however, I know what’s in there and what I have to work with. I’m able to start meal planning. Here’s what’s in the lineup for this week:

Sunday: Crock Pot Meatball Soup with Bowtie Pasta (although I’ll probably substitute some other kind of pasta).

Monday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Tuesday: Leftovers from one of the previous evenings

Wednesday: Vegetable soup (there are a LOT of frozen vegetables on that top shelf, as well as quite a bit of homemade chicken stock on the bottom)

Thursday: Leftovers from one of the previous evenings

Friday: Leftovers from one of the previous evenings

That may seem like a lot of leftovers, but I’m not sure how much of this will be eaten by anyone but me. Our family dinners are often individual meals eaten together, so Mr. Sandwich will fix his own food most evenings, and we feed Baguette whatever we can get her to eat (lately, mini pepperoni pizza).