Saturday, March 1, 2008

Checkin' in with a spew alert!!!

Well, the past few days I've been trying to juggle everything in life.  This past week, I spent 3-1/2 hours a day working on my large canvas.  Thursday, i finally had a turning point in my attitude towards it.  It actually started looking like what is in my head... finally!  LOL!  I've been able to identify the things that have been frustrating me about the piece as well.  I now see light at the end of the tunnel and am happy with how it's progressing.

Thursday, I had committed to taking dinner to a family from church going through some hardship.  I decided to pull one of Chuck's meat loafs from the freezer knowing that would be delicious.  Well, when I put it in the oven, I thought it looked a little different but the thought was fleeting...  So, I proceed with cooking it and in the meantime, baked brownies, made mashed potatoes with gravy and broccoli.  When I took the loaf out of the oven, Chuck happens to walk into the kitchen and he says words that caused my heart to stop.  "Honey, that's not meatloaf."  I'm like, "HUH?"  "No, that's the stuffing I use when I make stuffed cabbage.  Don't you see the rice?"  Well, I HAD wondered about it but thought maybe it was a bunch of tiny pieces of onion or something.  I knew it didn't look quite right but hadn't given enough thought to it to realize that it really didn't look quite right!  After my heart started beating again, I busted out laughing hysterically.  This is so typical me in the kitchen! LOL!  I do not like cooking and have struggled with common sense in it ever since I got married 22 years ago.  Anyway, at the point I realized I just baked a meat loaf for a family that isn't really a meat loaf, it was 6:00!  No time for a change of plan.  I decided to take it, tell the story, and just risk it.  Well, I had saved back enough for me and the boys (Chuck was out that evening) and guess what?  It was delicious!  Even my picky boys ate it and asked for seconds!  So the Mystery Meat Loaf was a hit and now I'll be trying to duplicate it!  As soon as I got home from delivering the meal that night, I called my mom to tell her the story knowing she'd get a big kick out of it.  I thought she might pee her pants she was laughing so hard!  I'm just thankful that I'm in a place that I can laugh about something like this and not panic and worry about being judged by someone based on a silly mistake.  It truly was funny.  :0

Max spent the night with Granny last night so Sam got to sleep in bed with me and Chuck, which is a big deal for him.  He started reading to me about 7:45 and I totally passed out.... and slept until after 6:00 this morning!  The week finally caught up with me.

I spent the whole morning cleaning all my kids play area up and my studio.  I can't tell you what a difference it made!  I also realized that I had a stack of 4 chair cushions on a top shelf that I'd purchased second hand about 2 years ago.  They needed a slight repair job.  They were taking up so much space!  So I pulled them down, did the repairs in less than 30 minutes and now have cushions for my kitchen chairs and a big space on my shelf for something else!

Max got home a bit ago and is in the worst mood imaginable.  I can tell how tired he is.  He's so cranky and whiney.  Mom said he almost never went to sleep last night and was up before the sun this morning.  Well, he'll be going early tonight, I can tell you that.

Well, gonna' run and check on him.  He's riding his bike in the yard.


Maija said...

Sounds like a wonderful happy accident!

Karen Owen said...

What a great story with a delicious happy ending!


linda t said...

Tooo funny!
Hey, you inspired us all to "go with the flow" and to get over it and work with what you have... and see, once again, God works all things for good! Yeah!

After yesterday's outdoor service, Randy was sooo exhausted. So we head home, van breaks down getting on the freeway, we sit for over an hour waiting for a tow truck, I was sooo angry... still don't know why it happened... but I will choose to trust that God will work this for good.

Wabbit said...

I loved your story about the not-really-meatloaf! I'm reading about you panicking when Chuck told you what it was and wondering why you thought that was bad. Same stuff but with rice in it and same YUM-O taste, Angie! I'm so happy you were able to just let it go. Isn't choosing peace nice? (I must remember that myself!)

shirleymcc said...

What a great story - it sounds like something I would do!
I have been out of action for the past couple of weeks, so just now checking in.
take care,