2018 total: $10011.76


I'm Ready To Punch Some Clocks in the Face

There's a thing I like to do this time of year and that's to walk around whispering, "Daylight Saving Time" because it's SO FUN watching the parents of small children curl up into the fetal position and cry. It's good to have company while I'm rocking in the corner shaking from terror, y'know? I have to bond with someone and it might as well be over sheer panic and horror.

I mean, the time change. It never disappoints.

Alexis was the worst sleeper of all time (And still is! Take note parents of small children! SOME OF THEM DON'T NEED SLEEP. ADJUST ACCORDINGLY.) Somehow the time changes made her a little worse, but not exponentially worse, probably because infinity +1 is still basically infinity. Once you've hit "worst sleeper of all time" status, it's really hard to notice when things are even worse.

And then along came Mila.

The universe OWED me and it didn't disappoint. Mila is a marvelous sleeper. She loves sleep. She may just grow up to marry sleep because sleeeeeeeep. It's so great. The only time I really have major trouble with the kid is when I try to tell her to go to bed and she's like, "Nope." What she means by that is that she's genuinely not tired enough to fall asleep, so let's not fight about it, okay? She doesn't care that she will regret it later. She wants to stay up and she's not wrong, go away, thanks. She's not a big fan of waking up in the morning, but I can sort of make it work as long as I respect her "No humans for the first half hour" rule. It's cool. I have the same rule, except I also require coffee.


The most marvelous sleeper is OF COURSE completely devastated by this time change thing. Each time we save time or give up time or whatever it is that we do, she is thrown COMPLETELY. It's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde crawled into her body and are fighting for control. She wants to nap. No, she wants to be awake. Is it bedtime yet? WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE HER GO TO BED? WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S TIME TO BE AWAKE? She wants to sleep, thank you very much. Why are you talking?

And that's all just from 9:00 to 9:05 pm the Saturday before the time change. Don't even ask how much worse it gets as the days go on.

The good news is that she only goes into Sleepless Monster Mode for about ... two weeks.


I still have 1 week and 6 days left of this torture. Uuuuuuugh.



BBQ Tofu Bowl

Alexis is on the verge of deciding she's going to be vegan, which whatever. It's her body, she can put what she wants or doesn't want into it. The thing is that we're about 85% vegan anyway, but CHEESE. OMG CHEESE. I don't think *I* could live without cheese. I know Mila couldn't.

Still, I've been purposely making vegan-possible meals a couple of days per week so Alexis can flex those muscles. Mila can still toss in what she needs to be happy and I'm going to be over here swimming in cheese because obviously. The easiest way to make everyone happy is to dive into the "Bowl" trend which is nuts as far as trends go, but whatever. Being able to throw a bunch of stuff in a pile and call it a meal is pretty awesome. I'm in.


This BBQ Tofu Bowl is super easy to throw together and both girls were happy with it. I added cauliflower because Mila thinks she can just not eat vegetables lately but SHE IS WRONG. BBQ sauce messed up her ability to identify the offending veggie, so ... shhhhh. Don't tell her.


If you're not feeling the vegan/vegetarian thing, that's cool. Sub in chicken and knock yourself out. This would still be a solid dinner choice. It was super easy to throw together and hit all the right food categories.

BBQ Tofu Bowl (serves 4)

4 cups prepared quinoa
1/2 cup corn, cooked
1/4 cup blacks, drained and rinsed
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package extra firm tofu, pressed and diced
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 avocado, diced
Shredded cheddar cheese

1. Layer the cooked quinoa, corn, and black beans into bowls.

2. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Cook for 1 minute.

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the tofu. Add the cauliflower and saute until lightly browned.

4. Pour in the BBQ sauce and heat for a few more minutes. Add more or less BBQ sauce, if you prefer.

5. Toss the BBQ tofu and cauliflower on top of the other stuff in the bowls. Top with diced avocado and cilantro, if desired. (My avocado was bad when I opened it. Alas.) Then top with shredded cheese, if you want.


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