SOLC 15 of 31: Dinner Exhaustion

I can’t seem to think about dinner. Ever. After long days at school, dinner seems like the last thing in the world I want to decide about.  All day, decisions, decisions, decisions. And then, coming home, what to make? what to get? where to go? It’s all too much. Sometimes I just grab a bowl of cereal and raid the pantry to feed the rest of my family.  

Every once in a while I plan for dinner. I plan, shop and cook. My family is surprised on those days and I am somewhat pleased with myself.  I know I should do this more. I want to set a good model for healthy eating and family dinners, but somehow I can’t get there. 

Growing up, we always had family dinners together. In High School, my mom and I would cook dinner together, spending time cooking and debriefing our days. Between baseball and girl scouts, Board of Education meetings and school events, it seems that the dinner hour is the running hour and so cooking a meal seems not relevant to the amount of time we often have to cook and eat.

I’ll make you anything for breakfast, but dinner is exhausting.



  1. March 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I can hear how tired you are in this post! I know that kind of tired and that is why we make chicken in a pot or soup on Sunday and eat it for most of the week!

  2. cmargocs said,

    March 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Education is exhausting work, even if just mentally! Thanks for letting us commiserate with you; I’m sure many share your frustration with dinner–including me!

  3. Adrienne said,

    March 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I feel the exact same way. I live a lone, so I cook on Sundays. I get a couple of meals in the fridge or freezer. That way I can have a nice lunch and then I usually have a smaller meal for dinner.

  4. chrisleish said,

    March 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I am blessed to have a husband who enjoys cooking. I used to be a chef and I can count on one hand the number of meals I cook each semester now that I am teaching.

  5. caroline524 said,

    March 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I can think of the many evenings we have eaten breakfast for dinner “brinner”. It has become a favorite with the kids. If it’s good enough to have breakfast at IHOP any time of the day, then it’s good enough for me.

  6. carol said,

    March 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

    My sons are at college. I miss them like crazy but I do not miss cooking. At sall!

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