🕶Have you decided what you'll do? 🕶
Here, in our corner of Kansas, we live in the path of totality 🌗🌘🌑. When the ☀️solar ☀️ eclipse happens this Monday, our town will be in total darkness for roughly 2 minutes and 19 seconds. The town has been hyping it up and planning all year. In fact, War-Mart is selling custom t-shirts 👕👚for our town and the local private college stadium will be fully packed with locals and out-of-towners! It's a HUGE deal!
A couple of weeks ago we began telling the girls about it and the importance of following exactly what their teachers say to do if their school is in session. We also explained why it's very important 😎☠️😣👁 they FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS especially during the eclipse.
Needless to say, Piper is freaked out and has expressed multiple times that she is not interested in participating at school which is fine with me; I have my concerns too. Who knows what a group of little kids will do. Many will do what they're told, but there could be that one child who wants to take a little peek; heaven forbid. I filled out the permission slips for the girls to participate and turned them in on the first day of school (this past Wednesday). Vince told Piper he'd go to school and participate with them. But that didn't change Piper's mind.
Brynn on the other hand, said she just didn't want to stand next to anyone for fear that someone would pull her glasses off. The good thing is that their school has provision for parents to pick their kids up before the eclipse begins! 🙏🏾
Vince is a proponent of them participating at school, but I'm in favor of honoring Piper's request to stay home. Shoot! If her intuition is telling her to stay at home, I'm keeping her at home. Don't get me wrong, I want to experience this once, maybe twice, in a lifetime event too, but I'm a bit leary myself. On a normal day, we have no interest in staring at the sun, but now that there will be something to look at I want to take every precaution. Perhaps we should all go hide in our tornado-shelter of an old stone basement for several hours and come out when it's over! I jest, of course.
I did pick up 2 pairs of glasses for Vince and me from a place in town, which brings up another point of concern - legit or illegit?? How the heck do people know if their glasses are eclipse proof? So many places have had their glasses recalled and there are even trolls selling knock-offs. It's not like the glasses makers have tested them on a real eclipse. Here's the American Astronomical Association's site that I believe offers the truth when it comes to which glasses (by ISBN) are the real deal: https://eclipse.aas.org/
Some questions that have come to mind, because you can never be too careful, are:
- Is the ambient light safe to look at during the eclipse?
- Are the glasses at the school legit?
- Why would did I get glasses if I don't plan on looking at the sun?
- If we make a pin hole eclipse viewing box how will I know where the sun is WITHOUT LOOKING to know where to place the box?
Vince and I have agreed to pick the girls up from school and have them at home with us. I'll have to give you an update on our experience. I'm going to try my hand at the pin-hole viewing boxes tonight.
Hey, what do you think people who are out driving and have NO idea that there will be an eclipse will think when the sky goes black in the middle of the day! Ha, ha, ha!!!! The end of the world!! The sad part will be if they are looking up when the sun and the moon separate and they fry their retina!! I'm sure there will be some car accidents unfortunately. Reminds me of the movie Apocalypto.
Whats on your mind about tomorrow? How did you choose to view it? Do you know anyone who damaged their eyes? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
For an AMAZING laugh about preparing for tomorrow's historic event check out this lady's post about the eclipse from 17 August 2017! She had me rollin'!!
Here are a few other resources you can check out in preparation for tomorrow's Great American Eclipse.
How to make an eclipse viewer
How to make an eclipse viewer 2
The eclipse explained
The boy who looked at the last solar eclipse
In an effort to start the school year off strong (and maintain all year long) I've decided that meal planning might actually be a time saver! I've heard that it is, but in the past meal planning seemed like such a chore! A chore that I maybe stuck with a week (probably less) at most. Well, will a 3 month old and two first graders, my time at home while the older two are in school is no longer my own. I must be efficient while the baby is sleeping and I refuse to run around scrambling for something to prepare for dinner multiple times a week! Super stressful and it can make for a dull meal.
A couple of days ago, just before the new school year started, I told my husband that I think meal planning is the way to go (He never thought otherwise. In fact, he encouraged me to use a meal plan and has even helped me come up with some plans in the past). You know how sometimes good ideas aren't really the best ideas until you come to that conclusion on your own? Well, that's how I've been with meal planning! And you know what else?!? It doesn't have to be as painful as I was making it out to be. Shoot! We could have the exact same meal plan for an entire month!!! Mind you, I didn't say have the same MEAL everyday for a month! Ha! Just the same weekly plan. When I look at it this way it's so much simpler and a less daunting task.
I've done pretty well for the past several days and want to share one of the recipes I made last night with you. It was a hit!!! Three out of the 5 of us really enjoyed it and one of the other two doesn't have teeth yet ;-).
Oh, and the kids were able to help with the prep. They enjoyed popping the edamame out of their pods. We don't do much with soy in our household because of all of the plant estrogen it contains, but once in a while I'll buy tofu and once in a blue moon I pick up edamame. It has a great protein content though. 17 grams of protein per cup of cooked edamame. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Combine all ingredients and drizzle individual salads with Asian Vinaigrette (pg. 75 in the book). I actually used way more cabbage and avocado than suggested! But only because we all enjoy avocado and I wanted a fuller salad.
Another meal planning success was on the girls' first day of school. I whipped up a quick protein filled meal - usually I just give them oatmeal and a side of fruit or cereal and a side of fruit or eggs during the school week. This time I made egg muffins. After the girls went to school my husband, Vince, said Brynn said she didn't like the breakfast...she LOVED it!!!! Made my day!!! This meal planning thing is paying off!!
Oh, I can't forget, one of the ways I feel like we save money as a family is by investing in Blue Apron. Every week we receive two meals in the mail. They do take time to prep. But they're delicious AND they save me time and money because all of the ingredients are included and I'm not wasting produce. Try a free Blue Apron meal!
What's been your experience with meal planning? Success? A bust? What are some of your go to meals? What meals have you found are best in a crunch? What's your favorite no processed foods included meal to prepare? I'd love to hear from you!
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 7 year old twins girls and a 15 month old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!