This week’s usual Tuesday post is coming a day early because it’s a little different from our usual chats and, instead of a recipe or a roundup, it’s a guest post up over at my beloved Seed + Water Blog. This post is fourth in a series Holly and Meagan have been running entitled “For Telling’s Sake,” in which bloggers talk about the ways blogging has shown to be a rich and meaningful experience in their lives. (This topic, as you may remember, is the sort of thing I have a lot to say about, and today’s lengthy guest post makes that clear.)
I’m honored to be among voices like Annie‘s, Rylee‘s, Kathryn‘s and, especially, Holly’s, Holly being the one who launched this idea for a series with her original post on the value of blogging, back at the end of January. I also continue to be honored to call Holly friend—I admire her so much.
You can read the post here.
Hi, gang. Happy Sunday. I know, since last April, we’ve been keeping our chats mainly Tuesday and Friday affairs, but I hope you won’t mind my coming in today with one extra post because, mostly, I’ve got something extra to say. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging. Read more…
Last Saturday night, at a time when most people our age were out with friends or stretched out on sofas, unwinding in front of TV screens, Tim and I sat across from each other at our dining room table, a laptop and a weekly planner before us, and discussed our menu for the next six days. I’d read Natalie’s blog post on meal planning the day before and, inspired, had told Tim maybe meal planning was something we ought to try. My husband, who, to his credit, is always much quicker to jump on board with my random ideas than I am with his, said okay. We would try meal planning, this concept people say simplifies your work weeks and lowers your family food budget. And while the idea of scheduling a week’s worth of meals is nothing new or revolutionary, and while there’s certainly nothing I write here that you wouldn’t find in a simple Google search, I’m chronicling our first week’s efforts here in this post anyway for two reasons:
1) Whatever the future holds for us, at least in terms of planning meals, I want to remember what the beginning felt like, much the way married people want to remember the newlywed years or moms, their babies’ first steps, and also,
2) While of course, when you begin anything new—whether it’s a job or a treatment or a hobby—it’s nice to hear from the experts, sometimes the ones you most want to hear from are the ones who were also new like you, not so long ago. So for any of you out there who have likewise not known about or personally tried meal planning, I hope this is of some interest to you.
(Plus, bonus reason, 3) Who doesn’t like to peek in someone else’s shopping cart? Here’s a figurative look at ours, last week, as well as some meals and methods we used.)
Turns out, for us, today is more than the first day of February. Today is the first day of our email newsletter, something we’ve hardly hinted at here on the blog before but that’s been in the works since the end of last year. A few of you noticed that we’ve had a signup button on the blog since December, and you’ve already subscribed. Hooray! The rest of you may or may not have any idea what I’m talking about. For that reason, we thought we’d launch the first issue not only by sending it to our charter subscribers’ inboxes, but also by posting the bulk of its content here. Going forward, this content will be strictly via email—there’s a signup button in the sidebar. If you like what you see, we hope you’ll subscribe.
And let us know if you have questions! Happy Friday! Happy February! Happy newsletter!