It has been recently brought to my attention that my post about my menu planning book has led people to believe that I am a "type a" personality. The good news is that anyone who knows me really well knows this is far from the truth. Yes, I have a few things that I am particular about, but seriously...you should see my house. I function via pile method of organization (thanks dad), which is probably about as far away from "type a" as one can get.If you don't know about the pile method, I do not suggest that you try it. It involves having things in piles (usually neat piles) and knowing exactly what is where in which pile. To the non-pile organizer, it appears disorganized, but I find it extremely effective. Just don't mess with my piles. (I'd show you, but I think you get the idea...you really don't need photographic evidence) I mentioned before that menu planning was something that I resisted for a very long time. Our previous method of figuring out what was for dinner involved John finding something to cook before he left work, stopping by the store on the way home, and then starting dinner when he got home (mostly on nights that I worked, on nights I was home, I took care finding something for dinner). This worked ok until this summer. Last summer I was not working night shift because I was still doing my orientation, so I was never in a hurry to get out the door in the evening. Now that I'm working nights and it's summer and John is busy, the length of time that we are home together in the evening has greatly decreased. This caused our dinner planning method to fail.
Thus the menu plan was born. It started out being a weekly thing, then I discovered that it does not take significantly more time to plan a whole month (provided one is in the appropriate food-inspired mood). The menu plan evolved into the menu book because I had most of the recipes on my computer, which is a problem if John is going to be the one to cook dinner. I saw a simple idea online...and viola! The menu book! So, friends, there you have it. I'm not "type a" at all. I just like to have dinner before I go to work!