not really. but for the first time since i cooked through her entire cookbook, i finally brought it back out to make dinner on sunday night.
now i remember why i loved this book and chose to cook through it in the first place!
cooking is something i am absolutely determined to keep up with post-baby. i'm not saying that every night will feature an elaborate spread, but i would love to continue making a REAL dinner at least 3 times/week. leftovers + easy solutions -- and yes, some take-out -- can fill in the gaps. REAL, by the way, doesn't have to mean fancy or time-consuming. this meal took less than 30 minutes to prepare -- it's basically just a few ingredients exposed to a simple marinade and then stir-fried in a pan.
i'm not sure whether i'll ever attempt to make an entire cookbook of recipes ever again . . .
ahh well. if i could do it through residency + marathon training, this next challenge shouldn't be that much harder . . . right??
this gets me thinking
in somewhat practical terms of things i am willing to let go of vs things i am determined to cling to in the now not-so-far-flung future.
ready to let go
☒ housecleaning duties. well, the major stuff [bathrooms, floors, etc]. as long as our savings can withstand it [and i THINK we'll be okay] we are going to keep our every-other-week cleaning service. we have loved it so far.
☒ leisurely mornings. i realize that these will become a thing of the past -- and that's okay. i can take it! it will be like back-in-the-day when i had to be in the NICU by 6. or earlier.
☒ sleeping through the night. come on, i let that one go when i decided to go to med school! but kidding aside, i am sure it will be difficult. if i go in with LOW expectations, i think that's for the best!
☒ lots of eating out. lately we've actually fallen into a weekend pattern of going out for brunch and doing a lot of takeout otherwise [often one other dinner out, too]. i think the casual brunches are great with a baby [our neighborhood joint parker & otis is usually chock-full with strollers and moby-wrapped babies]. dinners though . . . honestly, i'd rather get takeout [or make something] at home than worry about a mid-meal meltdown.
☒ hugely productive weekend days. i think i am going to have to severely restrict my lists to what is TRULY necessary. anything that gets done in addition to caring for our baby is really just a bonus!
☒ working at home. i am going to make every effort to be incredibly efficient when i am at work to avoid having to bring anything home, whether it's a presentation / patient phone calls / notes / etc. in fact, i'd even like to add some study time in AT WORK - it's unrealistic to think that i'll be able to do this once i pick up from day care. maybe i'll be surprised and find out that i'm wrong, but based on what i've heard from other medical moms, i think it's doubtful.
☒ lots of travel. after all, i will have exactly zero vacation days after the end of my maternity leave, anyway!
☒ regularly scheduled blogging. as i wrote about previously, i definitely want to continue writing but i think the regularity of my posts will change.
not giving up without a fight
✔ cooking. as detailed above.
✔ running/workouts in some form. i don't necessarily need [or even want] to get back to full-fledged racing shape, but i really, REALLY want to keep some running in my life -- and i'm pretty sure my sanity will depend on it. i would love to get some speed back again [5K training perhaps?] and even build up to some longer weekend runs [though no full marathons are in my future for a LONG time -- probably not until all of our future kids are in school :) ]. i'd also love to make it to an occasional yoga class [i want my headstand back!], or perhaps i'll just rely on home podcasts for a while.
✔ the occasional date night. i believe in babysitters! i would love to aim for a monthly dinner out.
one brief note
some of you may have noticed that the sponsored post from yesterday on my maternity wear experiences is gone.
since i knew i would be writing lots of pregnancy/baby-themed posts anyway, i was really excited to be selected for a huggies ad campaign that involved nothing other than writing posts on my pre- and post-partum experiences, with no special ad-specific or branded content required from me. in all honesty, the extra compensation is nice and makes me feel like the blogging effort is worth it [and day care is $$$$$, yo]. i think of it sort of like writing for babble, except i'm happy that the pieces i write get to remain on my own blog.
apparently, there was some issue with the official launch and all of the involved bloggers were asked to remove their posts. i think the post [and its future successors] will go back up soon, but i just wanted to clarify a) why there was a logo at the top of yesterday's page, and b) why the whole thing disappeared.