A couple of weeks ago, after Family Day at the ED program, Social Butterfly queried, "Do you think my siblings would come if they were still at home?"
How long do you think it took me to buy a plane ticket? Not long, I'll tell you. MVP was the logical choice for a last-minute trip because let's face it--Denver is a hella lot closer to San Diego than Chicago or Erie. MVP talked to his professor about missing a Monday lab and it was done.
In a wonderful coincidence, the program is closed Friday, so SB will pick MVP up at the airport and they're driving straight to Big Bear to go snowboarding. Fun, right?
The only complicated thing about the trip is that SB doesn't like to eat food that isn't prepared by me. She does it, daily, at the program--in fact, they eat restaurant lunches--but it's not what she prefers. So in a situation that can only be described as poetic justice for a woman who bemoaned she was burnt-out on cooking, I cook. And honestly? It's not that big a deal.
Planning three meals and two snacks for a girl that has to get her calories in come hell or high water is no mean feat though. You see, when anorexics begin to eat again their bodies go into a hyper-metabolic state and they must eat a lot more calories to gain weight than you and I would.
To complicate matters, SB is also very lactose-intolerant. Overall, this is a good thing because it is what had us a the doctor when this was starting. That said, what are the best foods for putting on weight? Why foods that contain lactose, of course.
I am becoming a consumer of all types of new products--almond milk, yogurt cheese and the like.
To complicate already complicated matters, SB has a marked preference for healthy food. It's easy to get lots of calories from junk food, but a bit harder to do it in a way that utilizes all whole grains and fruits and veg. But I persevere and prepare food the opposite way I've done it my whole life--by adding calories instead of subtracting them.
That's a sampling of the food I'm packing up for tomorrow's snowboarding trip. We have deli turkey and yogurt cheese sandwiches on thick whole-wheat artisan bread. The avocodo is in a separate tupperware. There are everything bagels with cream cheese. Homemade banana-oatmeal muffins, strawberries, bananas, almond milk, Silk smooth protein strawberry-banana juice, salad with roast chicken to toss in, wheat rolls with butter and Sun Chips--because when you really, really need the calories, only a chip will do!
I'm really looking forward to spending time with MVP, but that they won't be home from snowboarding until later Friday evening means that I got to say yes to the free theater ticket to see "Rock of Ages" with friends; there was only one extra ticket, so Mr. Fix-it will join us for dinner and then we'll continue on to the show.
I think I deserve a night off!