Duh, a crockpot is a magical vessel for fourth part planning success. Yes, meat has to be thawed and ready for set up in the morning of the day you want to eat the crockpot meal. And, yes, you have to allocate a few more than the usual rush around to get ready minutes to throw the ingredients together in the crockpot. Oh, and, yes, you have to remember to turn on the crockpot before you leave for the day -- or you can be really lucky and have a family member or neighbor who also has a key run over and turn it on for you.
Tonight, we enjoyed pulled pork that required throwing in a pork roast, seasoning it with Uncle Chris' seasoning and then pouring a Dr. Pepper over the pork. Turn it on low for like ever, then shred it when you get home, drain mist of,the juices from the crockpot and add in BBQ sauce of choice to the pot. Put that shredded pork back in and keep on low until you are ready to eat. In my house, that seems to be immediately when I walk in the door or until my husband comes in from whatever sport is currently in season practice.
Now, if I could only figure out how to get the crockpot cleaned out and ready for use tomorrow. Maybe crockpot everyday is too much, but boy it is easy! And, warm. And, the house smells good when you walk in rather than smelling like, crud I've got to start chopping and putting together the night's dinner.
The quick dinner gave me time before fourth part to plan my work outfit for tomorrow. You may be thinking, how hard is it to put together another cardigan and skirt outfit, but tomorrow is a special day. Not only do I get to travel (not so unusual) and hop on an early morn flight (again, not unusual), I get to wear jeans. Should be simple. I love jeans. I rock the tunic t-shirt and long necklace with boots look.
But I'm perplexed. I'm to end up in a referee shirt tomorrow for this work event so I need the shoes to go with that, unless I pack an extra pair (not fun and a weightier bag). I also am to be representing my university -- sic 'em -- but do I wear green or a Baylor shirt? Why is this difficult? Why have I carved out time bumping into fourth part to figure out what should be a task I could do blind folded?
It's about comfort -- long travel day that starts early and ends late (definition of long travel day, right?). It's about looking cute and darling and representative of all that is Baylor.
I have now thought about this way too much because remember I'm supposed to slip on an acetate
-luxurious fabric ref shirt.
Jeans, check. All the rest, uncheck.
The crockpot will contain leftover pulled pork rather than get scrubbed clean for another meal this week. And, I will spend precious minutes struggling with a jeans outfit for work.
I'm giving myself 20 minutes max. I need a fourth part!