Moadim l’simcha! Gut Moed!
Tishrei is always a busy month. I was explaining to someone recently that I basically make the equivalent of about eight or nine Thanksgiving meals this month. And that’s not including Shabbos. And that’s just the meals, not any of the other cooking/cleaning/planning/whatever that also need to happen.
Some years there are a bunch of three-day Yom Tovs, which have their unique challenges, and other years present the Everything is Erev Something challenge. That’s this year.
For the past month, it seems, every day that’s not a holiday or Shabbos has felt like either a Sunday (coming down from a day of resting) or a Friday (preparing for a day of resting) or both (so confusing!!!)
Somehow in my planning for what I was going to cook, I neglected to include plans for the Shabbos right after Rosh Hashana, and also the one in between Yom Kippur and Sukkos, AND also the one chol hamoed Sukkos.
Because, come on, that’s a crazy amount of food and planning, am I right? Yes, yes, I am.
Thankfully, when I was going on my cooking rampage before the holidays started in earnest, I made a bunch of sides (yay kugel!), so that takes the edge off what cooking I still need to do. And I found some very easy chicken recipes, and a roast is also pretty easy to make. So I realized that I’m not as stressed as I thought I should be.
This was a revelation.
I suppose that’s the beauty of experience. Somehow over the past decade or so, I’ve gotten into a rhythm which has made life much smoother, especially during this busy season. Yes, I still get stressed out sometimes, and I have been forced to really find ways to be and stay organized to maintain my sanity. Overall, though, I’m able to do a lot more in a lot less time.
If only it were so easy when it comes to relationships and parenting, right? Hahahaha, alas, those things take a bit more effort than learning how to make an easy chicken recipe or some quick kugels.
Ruchi Koval recently mentioned Shalom Bayis 911 and then one of my friends told me that I absolutely must sign up for the emails because they were aMAZing. So I did. And they are! It’s nice to get a daily email (even if I don’t always open it) with tips on how to connect to my husband and how to keep my marriage at the forefront of my mind, because, well, for me that’s not such an easy task (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this feeling).
Okay, I have a bris to go to this morning and then other stuff to do, and then, you know, more cooking (ahahahahaha).
Have an amazing chol hamoed, I hope everyone has great weather and is able to eat in their sukkahs, and I hope everyone’s last days of Yom Tov are great and full of simcha, and full of good company and food and the energy and motivation to make it through to Chanukah.