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One thing I’m trying to get better at, both professionally and personally, is learning to deal when plans go awry. This week has been an exercise in learning to deal.

It was so hot earlier this week, I didn’t even have any desire to cook. On Tuesday all I could do was make hot dogs for dinner. I couldn’t bring myself to make Lemon Olive Chicken with Cous Cous. It’s not that I have a problem with it – it’s quite tasty. It’s just not something I was interested in cooking with the temperature above 85 all day.

Wednesday L. and I went out for sushi to celebrate my acceptance as a MetLife Fellow in the Teachers Network Leadership Institute. I’m very excited about that and looking forward to getting involved in education policy more.

Last night L. and I went out to dinner with a good friend who got married at in June. She and her husband are leaving for their honeymoon today. They’re spending three weeks in Australia! I’m very jealous.

All in all I had to do a lot of menu adjusting to this week. I also need to adjust our budget and meal plans. We go shopping on Saturdays, so it doesn’t make sense for our budgets or meal plans to go Sunday – Saturday. Instead, we’ll work them Saturday – Friday.



Cristen, a New York City school teacher who loves to cook, even if she's not always amazing at it. Lives in Queens with her husband and two pit bulls. Total cheese addict. Fan of anything savory and sweet, espescially Thai food. Likes to eat seasonally. Trying to be a locavore. Learning how to explain what she likes in a red wine: dry, medium bodied with hints of fruit. If I could only have one network on my TV, it would be the Food Network. I cannot get enough of competitive cooking shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef. I adore Anthony Bourdain more than I probably should.

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