If I'm not busy on Tuesdays, then generally I eat lunch at home alone. Sister is at work, the kids are in school, and my brother-in-law eats lunch at his mother's house. She invites me for lunch at times. She can accomodate up to 7 people at her dining table, but she prioritzes her grandchildren. And I tell her that that's normal every time she apologizes for not having me over and there is no need for her to apologize. I really am spoiled by the people here; I will forever be thankful to them!
When I arrived here, I was fascinated with household chores - weird, I know! LOL My whole life I was sort of a princess at home. I remembered wanting to clean the dishes when I was a young girl, but my mom told me not to bother because my hands would be dry. We always had people in the house doing the household chores. I would wake up in the morning, take a shower, throw on freshly cleaned clothes, and head to school. In the afternoon, I'd come home, change clothes, eat dinner, do my homework, wash myself, and go to sleep. Without giving thought how it was to run a household. This routine continued even when I was married except I was working and I started to cook for the family. Things changed when I had my little girl - we decided not to get help in raising her and both my husband and I were hands-on parents, but the household chores were done by someone else. We also had someone to maintain the outside of the house - grass, flowers, garden, and trees. When I arrived in France, all of that changed. I saw my sister doing everything, including the outside of the house! No helpers here! At first, I was excited for this new life for me - even posting a facebook status about it but friends who were in the same position as me quickly replied "wait till a few months and the excitement will wear down". It's been a few months now and I don't know if I can say that the excitement has worn down. But I do feel how time-stricken I can be.
If I am used to cooking elaborate dishes back home, that's because the spoiled girl had someone who followed to wash the many cooking pans and accessories I used. Hence, the simplicity of today's dish. LOL. In the middle of putting the dirty clothes in the washing machine, hanging them outside and putting the others in the dryer and vacuuming the house I managed to cook lunch for myself using just one pan. In a pan, I heated some butter, fried a homemade beef burger steak well-done. Then in the same pan, I sauteed some garlic, mushrooms and parsley and then added the rest of last night's spaghetty. In less than 30 minutes, I was having lunch and getting ready for the rest of the household chores to be done.