As a new parent, you learn the acronym H.A.L.T. It stands for hunger, anger, loneliness, and tired—the four things most likely the sources of baby/toddler frustration and tantrums. I clung to these as my children aged through these years like a lifeline.

In the time of COVID-19, I’ve returned to H.A.L.T., but not just for the children. It’s essential to keep it in mind for myself too. Staying at home has strengthened and stressed our familial relationships. While I can’t always calm the anger, soothe the loneliness, or completely dispel the tiredness (because #autonomy) in myself and others, I can mitigate the hunger.

Meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and kitchen cleaning have long been under my wheelhouse in our family. It’s changed over the years and across the seasons, but it continues to be a source of regular satisfaction to me. My process has evolved over the last eight weeks, but the basics are the same.

That said, I still get excited about ordering in occasionally. I can cook many things, but good Thai food isn’t one of them.

Three Things Thursday: 1 June 2017

  1. My phone, a OnePlus One, is not long for this world. I bought it just over two years ago, but I’m a heavy phone-user and it’s been dropped so many times. It was awfully buggy, so I performed a couple of factory resets in the last week and while it runs better now, the battery does not charge consistently. I really need to research my options for unlocked Android phones instead of just buying the OnePlus Five, which should be released this month.
  2. Last night, we had one of my favorite slow-cooker meals (Butter Chicken) for dinner. It hits all the right flavor notes and the kids eat it (generally, except the Kid, who is still not feeling well).
  3. I signed up to be a Rodan and Fields consultant a few weeks ago. I thought it through a bit, but it was mainly an impulse thing. Now that I’ve done it, I’m so wary of IG and FB spamming┬ámy friends, like I’ve been spammed, that I’ve only told two people IRL that I’ve done it and this is my first public mention of it online. I signed up for a number of reasons, which I’ll likely post about in the future, and hope that I’m not wasting my time (or my sponsor’s time for that matter).