You're getting there, Rachel! It's all about the baby steps sometimes, and huge leaps over mud puddles other times. Frustrating but it has to help when your labs come back better!
Thanks for the ideas, my friends. This, too, shall pass. I really don't need any help with meals and the house. This place is so easy to clean, as my sister trailer-liver-inner can attest. Get up, turn around and make the bed. Pick up dirty clothes from bedroom and drop in basket in bathroom on my way to the kitchen. Down the hall, grab the vacuum, run it over the floors real quick. Give Kendra the Swiffer duster when she gets here and I do the high stuff, she does the low. Feed her breakfast and when she's done wipe off her hands....she puts her napkin in the trash and her bowl, cup and spoon in the dishwasher while I stick my coffee cup in. Done and done.
Dinner - or supper - is funny around here. We'll be ready to eat around 2 or 2:30. Never eat dinner later than that unless we are going out with friends or something, or we're on vacation and have to eat at the times acceptable for where we are and who we're with. I learned a couple of years ago that I feel much better if we eat our main meal around mid-day. Then if we are a little hungry come evening, we have a bowl of cereal or some toast. No more tummy issues keeping me up all night, and strangely enough weight started coming off and staying off, too. So now it's a habit that I don't want to break. Shoot, I have dinner dishes done and the mess cleaned up when most people are getting ready to start cooking! Love that, because I have more energy to do it mid-day than in the evening. Lots of time I prep stuff at night, put it in the fridge before I go to bed, then just cook it up while Kendra's at the table with her Play-Doh or finger paints and such.
I have the coolest pan in the universe! I put it up on the counter, set it to "stove-top" and brown whatever it is. Then I can switch it slow-cook or oven and finish whatever it is I'm making. I can make spaghetti so easy and fast that it's crazy. Put in the ground beef and onions. Set the pan to stove-top and brown, then drain. Add spaghetti sauce, uncooked spaghetti, and water. Set it to Oven and cook for 30 minutes. Done. So we have timing down pretty well around here.