I have spent the past week eating some of the soups that I stashed in the freezer just after Christmas. The week before Christmas, my spouse made a wonderful soup out of the ham bone (with lots of ham too!) that we brought home with us over Thanksgiving, and on the morning of Christmas Eve, I made a veggie soup. I thought that people might want soup on Christmas Eve, so I took them to church.
We had lots of leftovers, and we already had a full fridge. So I put them away for later. It's wonderful to have food in the freezer for later.
I was not always this way. Once we had a full-size, standing freezer. I would routinely make casseroles in double and triple amounts and freeze the extra, only to find that I never wanted them again. I wanted to cook something new.
Those days are these days--these days, I love being able to pull something out of the freezer during these weeks when I'm not home much. I love having soup for lunch--a soup that reminds me of both Thanksgiving and Christmas, no less.
It's important self-care.
Yesterday, on my way home from work, I heard a story on "The World" (can't find a link, though) about the British journalist who released a dossier on Trump and the Russians. He's gone underground, but before leaving, he made arrangements for someone to take care of his cats. There was some chuckling about a James Bond type spy making arrangements for his cat, but I found it touching.
Today, my spouse and I will do some marriage self-care. We are going to see Hidden Figures. He was the first to hear about it, and he said, "I'd really like to see that movie." He only feels this way about once every three years, so I made note of it. I'd like to see it too, for many reasons, but mainly because I want these kinds of movies to be made, and thus, I feel like I should support them.
Awhile ago, my spouse and I realized that we too seldom get out and do anything out of the ordinary, unless we have out of town visitors. We wanted to show ourselves the same kind of care and attention that we do our out of town guests. We're not always good at that, but we try to be aware.
Is it sad that going to a movie qualifies? I don't think so. We very seldom go to movies. Today's outing feels more like a special occasion than Thursday's outing to the Irish pub, although that felt special too.
It's certainly more special than the alternative: house care, although that needs to be done too. For weeks, we had more food in the house than I could figure out how we would eat--but we've eaten most of it. We need to do some grocery shopping. The pool doesn't get our attention as much during January as it does in the summer--thus, it's got more leaves in it than I like to see. We've got weeds coming up in our decorative areas that have river rock.
But today we will go see a movie. We will celebrate people of vision. It's a good way to start our MLK week-end.