Bart and Buddy and Insights

I met with Bart this morning for coffee. He’s a fine guy from SoCal (don’t hold that against him) and we talked about lifting and things and the discussion soon moved to kids. Later, my trainer, Buddy, and I had basically the same conversation. How do you balance life, lifting and kids?

Well, Tiff and I “cheated.” We sent our girls to Catholic schools, so we let the school dictate clothes and lots of other things. The other thing we did “right” was our menu and chores list. This is basically what we ate for dinner for about a decade:

Monday:
Steak, Salad

Tuesday
Viking Enchiladas (see “From Dad to Grad” for the recipe)

Wednesday
Chili or Jumbalaya (easy recipe)

Thursday
Breakfast for Dinner

Friday
This night “depended” on what was going on. It could simply be burgers, too, grilled on the old George Foreman.

Saturday
Grandma’s for Taco Night

Sunday
Costco Special

Shopping was simple as with a menu, we knew exactly what to buy for each week. Literally, we would shop and cover each day of the week as we wandered around. If we forgot something, rare, then we could take care of that with a focused laser beamed shop midweek (along with anything else we ran out of in the past few days).

But, we also had a “Chores List,” that every “rallied” (sarcasm heavy) to do:

Monday
White laundry

Tuesday
Dark laundry

Wednesday
Clean the bathrooms

Thursday
Garbage night and general pick up and put away

Friday
Um, well, not much

Saturday
Dust and Vacuum
Bedrooms picked up

Sunday
General Wipedown

Sure, there were other things, but these were enough to keep the whole house straight and spread the workload.

The other thing we did right was steal an idea from our kids’ best friends: no TV on school night. It was such a blessing: we played sports in the backyard, we walked, we read, we played games, we visited.

I know my blog is as odd as anything on the web, but there are some gems here.

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