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In New York we loved cooking, it was a nice way to relax after a day at work. Frequently, we would cook together. Going out to eat was always a good way to try new foods and drinks, but it was never a pressing desire. It was taken for granted. If I look back at our time in NY I was generally eating about 5-7 meals per week outside of the home, which was FAR lower than 99% of everyone else we knew. Now that we’re a good 20 minutes away from any sort of food option we eat a lot more at the house. Actually, we eat about 20 meals per week at home (if you’re not counting the times I eat four meals a day :). This, of course, was widely expected. The unexpected part was how difficult it would become to plan time for all that cooking and also make sure we’re eating healthfully. It's also an astounding number of dishes for just two people, I can't imagine a big farm family!
So once a week we've been getting out of the house to let someone else do the cooking. It's out of sheer randomness that we end up eating out once a week, but that's been the approximate frequency. On some weeks it can be the only time outside of the farm that I get. The rest of the week is near non-stop planning, building, feeding, fencing, milking and just plain old doing. I love it, but it’s nice to get a few hours to decompress every once in awhile.
It’s also nice to find a small restaurant in town that carries some local micro-brews that you can’t find at the store. One of these days we’ll have to go have a sit-down beer somewhere, it’s been almost three months since we’ve been to a bar! In NY that was unheard of.
Almost a year ago I wrote about maintaining a work-life balance on the farm and how it could be difficult to strike that balance. So far that’s one little thing that we do that helps a lot. Other things include picking flowers, going for walks, and just sitting down to visit with the animals for a bit.
What do you do to maintain a balance in your life?
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