I wrote a little yesterday about taking an afternoon for myself, something I haven’t done in such a long time I can’t even remember the last time I did it. Then I began to think about how happy I am that it’s Friday, until I remembered what tomorrow – Saturday – is going to be like. We’ll be up early and head out to visit our friends at Whitefeather Meats, who are having a 12.5% off sale of everything in their retail store tomorrow (BRISKET!!!). They open at 8 a.m., and we’ll be there when they do. Afterwards, we will head to see our poultry farmer and pick up our eggs for the week, then we head to the farmer’s market, which opens at 9 a.m.. After that, we’ll run over to our organic grocery store to pick up the few things we can’t purchase directly from a farmer or butcher. We’ll go home after that and put away the spoils of our modern-day hunting and gathering, do the laundry, mow the lawn, clean the house and whatever else needs to be done before we fall down, exhausted.
With the exception of our visit to Whitefeather Meats (we don’t see our butchers weekly; more like once a month) this is a pattern that will repeat itself weekly until late October, only we’ll add a visit to our CSA farmers between picking up the eggs and going to the farmers market. Once summer is in full swing, we’ll add canning to our list of weekend activities. I’m also gearing up to make my own charcuterie, something I’ve been planning to do for some time, especially since I have no less than four pork jowls and a beef tongue in my freezer. And since the kimchi was such a success, you can add more fermented goodies to the list, as well (we’re doing a fermented apple-raisin chutney this weekend).
Don’t get me wrong – I’m looking forward to all of this, but considering we both work full-time jobs and I’m writing a cookbook, as well as blogging 5 days a week, is it any wonder I’m just about as stressed as I can get? It certainly doesn’t help that we haven’t had a real vacation in 4 1/2 years. I can only say I’m extremely fortunate to have a husband who is not only willing to do his fair share of the housework (often more) as well as do what he can to promote me and my blog online.
I guess the point of all of this is to let you know that we’re taking next Thursday and Friday off, giving us a full five days off since Monday is a holiday in the U.S. (Memorial Day, for my non-American readers). I fully plan to go off the grid for those five days – no blogging, no Facebook, no Twitter. If I turn on my laptop at all, it will be to work on the cookbook, which is coming along nicely but since I am the author, editor and doing all of the design layout in Adobe InDesign – ah, the joys of self-publishing! – it’s taking more time than I thought; there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. And if I don’t decompress for a bit, I may end up amusing you all by blogging from a nice, padded room somewhere.
At any rate, I’m going to try to write and schedule posts for Thursday and Friday, but if I don’t, well…you won’t know where to find me.
Not that I don’t love you all to death, but thank goodness.
Have a lovely weekend, y’all; there’s a recipe for a reasonably healthy version of General Tso’s Chicken coming next week. Get excited – The Young One went back for thirds.