Sunday Confessional The Back to School 8/18

Heather says:

So routines are about to happen. Not just routines but morning to bed, no room for error every minute packed until Thursday drop off, routine. I’ll make it, I’m just trying to figure out how.

What I’d like from you, is ideas for food suitable for healthy picnic dinners. Why? I have to get the kids from after-school care and head straight to football practice. We then get home just in time for showers and bed. Rinse and repeat.

I’m thinking, I can make calzones or baked empanadas. They will still be warm by the time I get to the school. Sandwiches, of course, but since they take their lunch, I’d like to not have two sandwich meals a day. I believe, and I will have to check on this, that we may use the cafeteria at the school to eat our dinner, before heading to practice so hopefully we won’t have to actually picnic outside on the ground, as that would get annoying quickly. We do have thermoses available.

So, I will happily take your suggestions in the comments.

As far as the confessional?

You know how they say that your art finds you? I had this happen in the most bizarre of circumstances. So weird that I actually put it in the Craigslist Missed Connections so perhaps the owner can find her.

Drive By Nuding

Of course I talked about this on Twitter and my favorite description of the mystery was, so you’re saying you’re the victim of a drive by nuding?

Yes, yes I am.

I showed it to my therapist -great, huge leaps of progress on the anxiety front, thanks- and we laughed and she suggested I name her. I haven’t gone that far, but I will and I’m open to suggestions. The position of her hands is actually symbolically significant, it’s a mudra gesture and  I can’t tell you whether it’s the one that means starting place / home or an invitation to  knowledge. In either case, I find that fascinating. No, it’s not the best painting ever, but it’s unique and going in the guest bathroom where she can add to the awkward of using someone else’s facilities.

So I guess my confession this week is that I have a giant nude in my guest bathroom. It makes me laugh and that feels wonderful. What do you have to get off of your chest?


  1. Sandee on August 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    My sister has been cooking all her meals in ramekins. She’s on a kick really, no reason other than that. 😉 But they’d be great for taking with and individual meals. You can do anything you’d do larger, really- casseroles, pizza, mini-souffles (souffles were what started her on this particular kick), the list goes on. If you cook them before leaving, they’d be the perfect temp by the time you’re ready to eat. 🙂

  2. Sara on August 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    When I was a kid, one of my favorite Thermos meals was cooked ham (cut into bite-sized pieces before being added to the thermos) and cooked peas, mixed together well. Very basic but still tasty. Then any type of soup in a Thermos. (Sometimes it was the unusual delivery method that really made the meal, you know? Of course these were wide-mouth Thermoses.)

    Other travel fall-backs are couscous+shredded meat+vegetables+herbs (and cheese) as appropriate; pasta+sauce; assemble-your-own-salad (everything is already chopped up, just in separate containers); and the insides of sandwiches, such as tuna salad in a container or meat+cheese rolled up and held together with toothpicks, etc., without bread.

  3. Donna on August 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    For portable food ideas, check out They’re doing a series now on school lunches, but they’re easily adaptable for dinners.

  4. Karen L on August 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’m a big fan of my thermoses and my crock pot. Most of the time, whatever has been cooked in the crock pot ends up in someone’s thermos the next day. Especially chilli and stew.

    Surprising successes for the thermos of my more -er- selective child:
    * 3 mini-quiches (I buy frozen crusts, make the quiches in a batch, refrigerate or freeze, and heat them up in the morning.)
    * perogies
    * mac-‘n’cheese (My cheese sauce is half cauliflower puree.)

  5. Melissa on August 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I love the painting! Of course, I enjoy things that make people look twice. Or my favorite is the obvious trying to not look and then pretending they didn’t see it. Good for you for keeping it! Can’t help much with the meals. My one child is nearing 22 and doesn’t need me to cook for him anymore. Although crock pot meals do make for easy dinners. Do love my crock pot!

    • Heather Solos on August 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      It’s grown on me. I know stylistically there are “problems” but the colors appeal to me, the oddness appeals to me, and the shock value tickles me, too. the kids are rather intrigued by it. At first they were scandalized, but it’s been an interesting discussion on what is art and the human body.
      Life is so bizarre and I dig the serendipity of it.

  6. Michael on August 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I love it! I actually really like the style. Would love to see it in person.

    • Heather Solos on August 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

      You know you have a standing invitation.

  7. James Moffitt on August 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I wonder how many THOUSANDS of folks clicked on that link today? LOL Oooops I am busted, so yes, I fell for it. LOL Oh yeah, back to lunch ideas. What about making wraps of some sort? Do you have lunch bags with freezer things you can freeze?

    • Heather Solos on August 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Not that many. And hey, I’d be curious, too. Of course I kept it family friendly, you know me. Wraps are definitely on the list, just trying to keep the options open to avoid a rut.

  8. Jamie on August 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Another of the blogs I follow did a post on dinners to take to the ball field! Perhaps you will find it helpful for your football field??

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