Finally! Feet on ground, laptop functioning, covers coming

Life seems to mostly be returning to normal.

We’re back from South Beach. I’ve mostly caught up with work. Parker seems to have caught up with his Legos.

The only thing missing is a good night’s sleep for Parker. We got home at midnight on Wednesday. Then last night he couldn’t sleep.

All that adds up to a thrilling child.

That said, he was an awfully good boy while I stood in despair for hours at the Apple store yesterday. The good news there is that I am good about backing things up. So at least I didn’t lose much more than a day or so worth of e-mail.

Good lesson in the importance of saving and backing up. Just do it!

Back on the lunch front… Parker has been on vacation this week, so no real packing going on. A wonderful relief on this otherwise crazy week.

Things truly go back to normal next week, when Parker heads back to school. Not that I don’t love being with him, but… that will be oh so nice…

Also next week, I likely will see some cover ideas for the book. Very excited. Rachael and I talked about ideas while at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Very cool stuff. Can’t wait to share them here.

I’m also working on a new video component to this site. The idea is to demo a quick and easy dinner, the leftovers of which will form a great lunch. Not sure if it will work, but will be fun to try.

Because, you know, with the kid, book, job, life, etc., I obviously don’t have enough to do, right?

Anyway, tonight’s dinner is a basic rosemary roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and salad. After spending so much time on the road we need some basic comfort food!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


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4 Responses to “Finally! Feet on ground, laptop functioning, covers coming”

  1. Lynn says:

    Video would be a great addition to the site! For some reason, I really had a hard time envisioning your PB&J truffle concept and having the link to that TV segment was very helpful. Plus, if you can get Parker involved, I think it would be a great way to get him comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations, which are great skills to have down the road for school and work.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Well, Parker and I tried our hand at video this past weekend… Er… Well… It was a cool experiment. Got some bugs to work out. But it was fun and I enjoyed teaching myself the movie editing software…

  2. Mary says:

    I just found your site this morning while looking for ideas for packing “lunchbox” dinners for my eldest son who just started working a swing shift job. I also pack regular lunches for myself and for a very choosy middle schooler. So I am really looking forward to your dinner meals for planned leftover lunches! A couple quick questions: a lot of the sandwiches (which sound amazingly good!) are hot sandwiches….that are served cold? Do they still taste as good? I am thinking it is probably like cold pizza: you either like them cold or you don’t? Or are you really keeping them hot in a thermos?

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks so much. So glad you found the site. As for the sandwiches, you are right — many of them are traditionally hot sandwiches, but that (like pizza) can be served hot or cold. If I’m serving them hot, I just pop them into a thermos and they stay toasty until lunch. Alternatively, if the filling is hot (say, sloppy Joes), I will pack a bun on its own and the sloppy Joe in a thermos. Then all he has to do is spoon them onto the bun or bread at lunch. But sometimes I’m just too lazy or tight on time to do either of those things. So on those days I just pack them cold. Parker doesn’t seem to mind.