***Meal Plan for the week is at the end! If you see a recipe you would like, please say it in the comments. I'll pick one recipe to post on Tuesday!***
Today we are heading into the woods, a state forest area this time. The goal is to hike into an area with a few campsites, make an afternoon lunch over a fire in one of the approved fire rings (unlikely to be any campers this time of year), explore, and be home by evening! Both the boy and I have been craving a campfire, and we don't have any actual camping trips planned until the end of March :)
Yesterday was a perfect day! My brain fog finally lifted by about 10 am as the last effects of that awful medication flushed from my system. I got through my classes, aced a geology midterm that I hadn't studied for due to all the recent health issues, and the boy and I went on a really long walk along the creek by our apartment. My blood pressure was at a healthy 106/70, not the crazy low 80/65. I know it will actually take a couple of weeks for all of it to get out of my system, but the initial loss was sufficient for immediate benefits. So glad I have a doctor that listens to my concerns, she is a gem!
I want to talk about the boy for a bit. He's almost 15 and the most mature and self aware teenager I have ever met. I take no credit there, this is something he must have been born with. He's an intellectual and an analytical thinker, an inventor and an engineer. Both he and his brother have been homeschooled, purely for secular reasons (academic quality problems where we used to live). His brother, who already flew the nest, is 19 and a junior in college working toward a double major in anthropology and k-12 education, with the goal to graduate next year and go on to grad school. I'm not worried about our homeschooling methods, the older boy was accepted into his first choice university at the age of 16, with honors and scholarships.
The boy has both big dreams and no dreams right now. He's enthralled with evolutionary genetics, geology, and aeronautics engineering, but he is also obsessed with tracking, building up his repertoire of primitive skills, and learning all the plants. He is loathe to choose one to focus on at the moment, which is fine.
He's in an independent study program at the moment, that integrates everything but math into one project. He does his trig homework as a separate program, but he developed the rest of his program with the help of me and an advisor. He decided upon a "Natural World studies" topic. So, twice a week he has to actually go into the woods to work on the skills he chose, once a month we go to a tracking class, and every week he chooses a different plant and animal from our region to research, learn to identify, and put together a paper or project on. He's decided upon doing it like he is creating his own digital field guide, complete with images (photo or drawn) and a write-up. I just think this is a really cool, and I let his studies guide our hiking days, thus why we want a campfire (he's working on fire skills at the moment). It's like scouts without all the "god and country" fluff, and with more focus on the science of the natural world.
Anyways, if you read this far, you probably want to see the meal plan! There are some roll over meals from last week that we didn't have, as well as I am now planning 7 days a week :)
Saturday: Mushroom fajitas and southwest slaw
Sunday: Baked potatoes with mushroom gravy and salad
Monday: Creamy polenta bowls with crunchy dijon tofu, balsamic mushrooms, and grilled zucchini
Tuesday: Carrot dogs with vegan nacho cheese sauce (new recipe I'm trying!), salad
Wednesday: Crispy tofu fingers with ratatouille pasta
Thursday: Orange tofu stir fry bowls over basmati rice
Friday: Veggie burgers and salad
Lunch prep: Summer pasta salad with roasted chickpeas
Remember to comment if you would like one of these recipes! I'll pick one for Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend :)