Now that Thanksgiving is over, our next milestone is The Hubs moving to Oakland. In just over a week, he’s gone for good. Ok, not exactly for good , since I’ll still be living here in San Diego, and he’ll be back for Christmas, but for all intents and purposes, he will no longer live here.
It’s so weird.
There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with all the purging and sorting and organizing we’ve been doing, but the reality that all the neatly stacked and labeled bins are going to be loaded into a truck, never to return has not yet set in. I think once The Hubs empties his side of the closet it will start to get real.
For as long as we’ve been together, The Hubs has traveled a lot. For the first 5 years of our relationship, he was in the navy and was deployed, traveled constantly, and was even stationed in Korea for a minute. Since then, he’s been your typical road warrior, zig zagging across the country on a weekly basis. We’re pretty used to spending time apart. This all seems like business as usual.
I’m not sure I’ll feel the same a month from now.
I’ve already vowed that with the exception of milk and eggs, the fixings for Christmas dinner, and any work opportunities that may arise, I don’t plan to grocery shop again between now and the end of January when I move.
Each week I get a CSA box, and we have a pantry and freezer full of miscellany, so I should be fine. I like the challenge, and I know the Hubs would never be fine with eating only vegetables and mis-matched pasta so the time is now.
One great option when you’re cooking for one are hasselback potatoes. Pretty much you just make thin slices (not all the way through!) brush them with melted butter, bake for 30 minutes, brush with more butter and bake for another 30 minutes. Voila! Dinner is served.
I actually had leftover chili for these which I heated up in the microwave then poured over the top along with some shredded cheese, but you can easily use up that rogue can of chili in your pantry for this too. Also delicious topped with just cheese and ranch dressing…..or sour cream, bacon and chives……or hot sauce…..or anything you randomly have laying around. Potatoes are like wearing black, they go with everything.
So yeah, things are starting to get real around here. Stay tuned for a potential emotional breakdown and some really weird, random recipes.