Everything is changing.
It’s very difficult to only have our two friends here. I don’t yet have a job, and while Aslan is at work I’ve been feeling pretty lonely. The time without friends or family or even my husband has really pushed me to evaluate what kind of friends I would like to find, and what kind of friend I want to be. It’s easy to be a little freaked out and discouraged as we interact with different people here. The culture is SO different. A trend that we’ve both noticed is that everyone is so… so… nice? This is especially intimidating for me because, to be honest, I’m so shy. I’m uncomfortable with such friendliness when I don’t know someone. People at the grocery store are talking to me, people at church ask me a thousand questions (and not because they have to, but because they genuinely want to), the woman who works in our apartment complex says hello to me like she knows me and is freakishly excited to see me… it’s very strange. COOL, but strange.
And so, I’ve been gravitating away from people instead of toward people. You know, the opposite of what you’d think a lonely, missing-my-friends kind-of girl would do. I’m working on that. Sidenote: I’ve have never seen anyone demonstrate the way we should be reaching out to new people at church like these girls did this past week. I should’ve wrote an entire blog on it. So freaking cool!
On another note, Aslan and I share a car. Right now, he’s working a job that needs him to be there at 7 am. Since I’ve been job hunting, I need the car. LUCKY ME I get to drive him to work every morning. In the beginning, I had been making his lunches the night before.. but at this point I just wake up a few minutes early. I’ve got to wake up anyway! The challenge I’ve been having: that man eats like NOBODY’S business and wants to be eating somewhat healthy. Every day he comes home and tells me that his lunch was too light.
The past few lunches have been:
- Chicken, broccoli, pasta, string cheese
- Chicken, broccoli, giant scoop of peanut butter (trying to fill that tummy!), almonds, and string cheese
- 3 Peanut butter sandwiches (his request) “…but it was still really light”
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chicken, brocolli
- And today, we tried a chicken, spinach, tomato, honey mustard sandwich with almonds, pineapple, and peanut butter
Does anyone have suggestions on how to fill my husband up at lunch without feeding him our entire weeks worth of groceries?! Help!
I wondered if feeding him a more filling breakfast would do the trick. Last night I made chocolate-coconut granola bars. I got the idea from here for Mocha-Coconut Bars. I modified them a bit. I wasn’t feeling the “coffee” and added almonds instead. I only had to dirty one bowl and a baking sheet… so both cooking and cleanup was fast and easy…. and my husband approved of the taste! We’ll see if today’s breakfast and lunch fills him up. (recipe below)
Chocolate-Coconut Granola Bars
–2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
-3/4 cup chocolate chips
-2 tbsp cocoa powder
-1/2 cup chopped almonds
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 whole egg, beaten
-4 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-1/2 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw all ingredients into a mixer (or mix by hand). Afterwords, take that ooey gooey mixture and spread it across a baking sheet and push down to flatten. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. When they cool, cut and store in refrigerator. Yum, yum!