People keep saying they do not want to recreate the wheel. There are some ways that I do like to recreate the wheel. I keep gathering ideas. I like to test them out and get a thrill out of some discovery. This most shows up with food and menu planning. My latest chapter in menu planning rose up from the avoidance of any plan for Sunday evening meal. I had no desire to do the “patch a meal” together from what was already here in the refrigerator. Do I have it in me to come up with another twist to cooked turkey breast? I would rather dive into online searches for home improvement projects that currently have more appeal and priority.
My husband and I had to come to one of those supper stand offs. It goes like this:
He: Do you have any ideas for supper?
Me: We could cut up the turkey and make turkey tacos.
A couple of hours later –
He: It is getting late. We really should eat pretty soon.
He: OK. What are we going to fix?
Me: Turkey tacos was the previous suggestion. I am not hungry so I am just going to have some yogurt.
He: You mean you are not going to eat.
Me: I will have some yogurt.
By this time, he and I were both using some tone.
Before going to bed, I wanted to clear out some of the residual tone which was hanging in the air. I asked him what annoyed him about it. He said that it was the late deciding of what to eat. I countered with – I did say what to eat. I said turkey tacos. So I think the crux of this standoff is known as – “Who makes the next step?”
Or, my junior high style of “Who avoids making the next step?”
Here is the silver lining from that Standoff. Since better meal planning was the desired outcome, I stated that I did not want to be the one in charge of it. There are some days when I would rather he chose what to eat, looked for the ingredients, and assigned me some chopping, peeling, or shopping for missing items.
I asked if we could assign the nights to be in charge. He said OK. We previewed the meals for the week with the 2 nights of leftovers in between the “In Charge of Meals”
As I thought about it, I got inspired to create a new wheel by using one of those weekly dry erase sheets which was already on the refrigerator.
Color coding gets me going so I gave him the white post its for his night this week – Wednesday. I am the lime green post it for Monday. Teal post its are for the leftover-whatever nights which are Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The proof will be in the execution.