Dixie and I have made a switch for the week. She’ll be in class all day every day (“Psychopathology”) and I’ll be at home all day every day. A change of pace for both of us.
I’m not sure I can figure out how to compartmentalize my time in an efficient way. This is something at which Dixie is exceptionally skilled and it can sometimes be frustrating. I’ll be agonizing over a paper due in a couple of days while she’s completed a draft for a paper not due for several weeks. In fact, she may even have completed most of another paper due in April. For undisciplined, a poor time manager, and constant progress comparer (such as yours truly) this is frustrating.
Nevertheless, I march on. I shall overcome.
Dixie has tried to help me by preparing a menu for the week (my Inner Cynic tells me that she’s doing this to show me how much she accomplishes in a day, but I mustn’t listen to my Inner Cynic). If a menu was not prepared, supper decisions would be made approximately 30 minutes before mealtime and would consist of daily variations on pasta or eggs.
Last night, after Dixie had already gone to bed, I had a look at today’s supper item, per the menu. Corn chowder. In the slow cooker. The instructions alarmed me. I marched to the bedroom.
“Dix,” I said, “are you serious about this corn chowder? It’s for the slow cooker and it says it takes 8-10 hours to cook! This means I’ll have to start supper first thing in the morning.”
“Yes,” she replied. “Then it’ll be done!”
By the time I got everything together this morning–figuring out in what manner one chops and “cooks” (a rather generic term, if you ask me) celery and onions in preparation for the slow cooker (which, it seems to me, would cook both ingredients anyway); locating the bay leaves; not burning the bacon; cleaning and cutting the potatoes, etc.–it was 10:40. And by my calculations, that would mean supper would be ready at 6:30 at the earliest, which, of course, is unacceptable.
In the middle of this, Dixie’s mom called. After I explained my dilemma, she told me that she makes corn chowder on the stove in about 30 minutes! Alas, by this time most of the ingredients were already simmering in the slow cooker. So I had a day of preparing two supper meals to look forward to.
Things turned up when Dixie came home for lunch. She explained that the slow cooker cooks hot, so it would probably be ready for an on-time supper. She was right.
It was delicious.