Thursday is takeout (take away) night. Eating out once a week is going to sound like crazy talk to some of you, but I realized that if we didn't have a set takeout day, I was going to be craving restaurant food at 5pm every single day. Which would make cooking feel like work. I'm happy to report it's made me much more excited to cook the other days of the week. Friday and the weekend is easy, because Eug and I are able to take turns working and caring for Noah. And Monday through Wednesday becomes doable, because it's only three days.
As you've noticed from the lack of blogging, the new year has brought a lot of change for us. While my commute is shorter, we're still dealing with things like change of addresses, getting internet, remembering to get groceries, and so on. When we're in a routine, chores are just part of the routine, but when we're thrown off, every little thing takes a bit more energy. I've had to start working slightly longer days, in order to work a shorter day from home on Friday, which adds to this dynamic.
So tonight, we get to eat something we'd never cook. So far it's been crispy chicken Pad Thai (we've tried to cook that and it's been bad) and BBQ. We take turns paying out of our pocket money, which in our opinion doesn't affect our family finances.
We take along our reusable containers, which is fun for getting restaurants to remember us. They probably also remember us because we come before anyone else in Allston is even thinking of eating dinner.
I'd love to hear your take on eating out, particularly if you have a small child/children and you can't do the whole meal experience.