Man life has been chaotic lately! I haven’t updated my blog because I haven’t even had time to think about it! There has been way too much adulting going on. I am sick of it. Life can be so damn hard. I sometimes feel like I am in the middle of a really bad nightmare that I can’t wake up from. I can’t believe how many challenges there are for us right now. I really don’t try to complain this much and I try to see the silver lining, but damn! I need life to do me a solid and win the lottery or something, I don’t know?! All I can say is that I am glad I have my husband. We somehow make this shit show work. There has been so much work with the business and working on Chloe’s health that we are barely keeping our heads above water, but we just keep swimming. That’s all we can do. I’ve been so disorganized and spacey that I am spinning. I can not wait for school to start tomorrow!!!
Darren put in over 50 hours this past week and I’ve been trying my best to keep up with the daily business tasks and keeping the kids alive. This has been especially difficult because we woke up Thursday morning to no hot water. The water heater that we replaced 2 freakin’ years ago just went out. Greeeeaaaat. So we make the necessary phones calls and finally get a plumber to come out. Friday at 6 pm. The plumber tells us that he has every part with him to fix it except the one we need and it has to be ordered. Greeeaaaat. It will be here Monday sometime. Greeeaaaat.
So here it is, Sunday afternoon and it’s been almost 4 whole days without hot water. As if I needed another fucking challenge to test my cooking skills, sanity, patience, etc.
The plumber had to shut the gas off to the entire house so I can’t even wash a load of towels in cold water and dry them. Thank goodness I got the back to school clothes taken care of! We can’t even shower. We are back to the old school boiled water on the stove and add it to the bath tub. So much fun! I love pretending I am a pioneer woman! We boil water for baths, we cook everything from scratch, we boil water for dishes, and so on. Basically we are preparing to live off the grid. If we disappear, don’t be surprised if we bought a tiny home and jet.
Darren had a much needed day off and I love it when we have this day. He’s so busy that he’s rarely here for one full day. It’s heaven. I always make him challenge my cooking skills on these days. I made sloppy joes in baked potatoes for dinner last night and was rather impressed I didn’t need his help. Today I finally got out my new breadmaker and had him guide me through making a loaf of gluten free bread. I’ve had the breadmaker almost a month now, but it’s taken a lot of time finding all of the weird (mostly expensive) ingredients and ordering most of them. Gluten free bread is wild! It’s still cooking, but I will let you know how it turns out.
Tonight we are having Darren’s parents over for dinner so we are really trying to impress their taste buds with our culinary skills. We are making meatballs with grass fed beef and organic, gluten free spaghetti sauce with brown rice pasta and salad. I have Aleia’s brand Italian bread crumbs for the meatballs and Aleia’s gluten free croutons for the salad. I also made a paleo, dairy free ranch dressing!!!! It is fabulous and super easy! We are so happy to have our best buddy ranch back in the family! I hope they like (love) this meal!
I’m making chocolate chip cookies and banana ice cream for dessert. This new lifestyle can sure taste good if you put enough effort into it and go back to the basics. I no longer feel guilty for eating anything that I do.
I will post pictures of our daily dishes on Instagram. Happy Sunday everyone. Enjoy your families today. 💗