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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: TGIF, Kids!

Cook. Writer. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Klutz.

Friday, March 5, 2010

TGIF, Kids!

It's fiiiiiiiinally Friday!

This has been one of the longest and most challenging weeks of my life to date.  But it's gotten steadily better along the way.  Monday was just a mess of a day, and you can see here that I was not feeling very hopeful or happy in the aftermath.  But as the week has progressed things have improved. 

We're still taking it one day at a time and trying to stay cautiously optimistic.  It's easy to take any positive signs as great progress and get all wrapped up in them...only to be crushed moments later.  So instead we're saying "He had a good day today", rather than looking long-term.  And I can happily say that there have been several good days this week.  Has there still been confusion? Yes.  But unlike Monday we haven't had to beg or cajole him to do the things he needs to do, like taking his medication.  We'll see what today brings...

Tonight we're going out to dinner! We'll stay local - I found what appears to be a really super Italian place not too far away from the house.  And Rob's brother will hang out with their dad.  It will be nice to get out - and I know Rob is just dying to.  As tired and worn out as I feel right now (and oh, I do), I know it's that much more difficult for him.  He's been keeping up with therapists and social workers all week, not to mention friends of his dad who are calling and asking questions, and family members.  Plus a mountain of paperwork.  Oh...and his dad.

Tomorrow, family comes over to visit and Rob's aunt and I are cooking a feast between the two of us! Including my signature chocolate cake.

Pictures will be taken.  Oh yes.

OH! Speaking of food...a slightly humorous story to end the post...

Yesterday I dragged myself up off the couch (where I was laying instead of working out...oops) and prepared a pot roast.  It was glorious, I tell you.  Seared to perfection on all sides, resting atop thick-sliced onions, surrounded by diced carrots, bathed in stock and red wine.  Sprinkled lovingly with thyme and other spices.  A tear nearly came to my eye, it was so beautiful.  I left it to rest in its crock pot, promising to come back later in the day.  And all morning I dreamt of how I was gonna tear into some pot roast when I got home.  I even mentioned it to a friend at work and she expressed jealousy.  And rightly so.

Then I got a call at 12:30 telling me that I didn't turn the crock pot on.

I cried a little bit.  Chalk it up to exhaustion.

The end.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Blogger Frugal Friend said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry about your pot roast. Maybe your aunt will make some with you this weekend. I've enjoyed reading your recipes posts. Looks like you are quite a cook. Have fun on your date tonight! I'll be praying for your FIL and you and hubs of course.

March 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Blogger Beth said...

Jen, thanks for stopping by my blog. I've only been married a year and a half, too- same as my friend- and it's so tough to imagine how I would even cope. Thanks for empathizing with me. I'll be praying for you and your family and your father-in-law. And the pot roast, well, sounds like something I would have done! Totally would have cried! :)

March 5, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the challenging week. It's tough, but taking it a day at a time helps. Too bad about the pot roast. That's happened to me before too. I'm sure you make a mean pot roast. Just reminded me of the Pioneer Woman... Hoping for a better weekend.

March 5, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And BTW, you'll be seeing more of the sundae and sweet potato fries because this month is my birthday, and hubby's in April, and baby's in May....and of course we made sure to sign up our family members too. =p

March 5, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Blogger Crazy Lady Cheryl said...

We all have weeks like that from time to time. Hang in there. :) I've been wanting to make a pot roast ever since seeing PW do it on Good Morning America. I haven't made one in years. I'm sure yours was delicious...just a little later than it was supposed to be.

Have a great weekend!

March 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Well I ended up just putting it in the freezer to be tossed out on trash day - Rob's dad just got over an intestinal illness so I don't want to be taking any chances. It had been sitting out for 6 hours at that point, after all. Oh well, I'll try again next week!

March 5, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Blogger secondofwett said...

Ah...we can pray for a better week next week can't we? :0) It's good that the Lord gives us strength!

March 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM

Blogger One More Equals Four said...

Girl, I can totally relate to your pot roast! Last Sunday, I ran into the grocery store for milk. I walked past the meat rack where they had BEAUTIFUL pork chops on sale for almost nothing! I bought them and brought them home and immediately began marinating them. They sat over night and all day and I could practically taste them when I was putting them on the grill. Hubby was a little late getting home, so when they were done, I took them up and put them in the microwave to rest. At supper, we got our salads and potatoes and bread and then we all cut into our huge, thick and very uncooked pork chops! It took another hour to finally get those things cooked through!

Hope this week is a little better and you get a little rest! blessings!

March 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Blogger carikaufm said...

Girl, I have soooo done that! The worst is leaving for church, salivating over it the whole service, declining free lunch offers with friends to hurry back to yummy pot roast, and THEN realizing that you forgot to turn the crockpot on! Have a great week! Get some rest!

March 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Blogger bashtree said...

Ah, the crock pot. I've done that before too. I've also done the thing where you forget to turn it off, afterward...the next morning the house smelled like clam chowder, which was nice, but the soup itself wasn't so nice....

March 8, 2010 at 4:07 PM


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