Wow – do you realize we are halfway to CHRISTMAS!!  Goodness.

It certainly doesn’t FEEL like Christmas outside. As a matter of fact, it feels as far away from Christmas-y weather as you can get. We’re baking (or, rather, steaming) away here in the South.  Temps are in the high 90s and humidity levels are in the ungodly ranges – 60-70%. UGH. 

Even us southern belles who claim to never sweat can’t escape the heat – or the sweating.  I rode bikes with Big Girl yesterday evening and we both thought we were going to die from the heat.  Granted, I was (stupidly) riding in jeans.  But it was hot regardless of how you were dressed.  You know it’s hot when you don’t mind having ice cubes rubbed directly on your skin – it actually felt good!!

image We do have rain predicted for this week, but I’m afraid it’s only going to make things muggier, not cooler. We will see. It will depend on how much rain actually falls.  Those quick little afternoon “pop up” showers do little to cool things down. They just make you feel like you are in a steam room.

Ah, well, such is life in the south in July and August. I can’t complain. It is what it is. I have to say, I’d much rather deal with this than months and months of snow and below-freezing temperatures like my friends in the northern lands deal with (Wendy!)

I’m trying to get myself back onto a schedule this week after a week of total fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-ness.  Staying at Mom’s last week meant cooking on the fly and eating out at our favorite local restaurants… much good food, but very little planning.

This week, I’m hoping to start to get the girls back into a routine, waking earlier (ugh) and eating dinner earlier in preparation for those soon-to-be-here school days.  We have two and a half weeks before school starts, so it’s time.MPM_ButtonI let the kids help choose the meals for the week this week. They picked some favorites and I filled in the blanks.  I have to go grocery shopping today so the day I cook each meal is not set yet, but here’s the general plan:

I’m hungry for grilled shrimp, so I may pick some up at the store and toss them on the grill one night, too.  Big Girl is not much of a shrimp eater, but the rest of us love them.

What about your plans for the week? Hop over to orgjunkie.com for more menu planning ideas.


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