Note on the menu plan front: I always allow for changes. For example: tonight there was no way in hell I was cooking pork chops in the oven for an hour, when I came home from work at 6:15. So tonight was Chinese take-out, tomorrow will most likely be left over Italian from the last two pasta meals I've made. I'll probably modify my pork chop recipe to throw in the crock pot on Thursday. I can't plan to bake something for that long on a school night when we've just started back (not home early enough). I just push stuff down the list if it gets moved. If it looks like meat will get put aside for more than a few days in the fridge, I throw it in the freezer. It's super-convenient, flexible, and I've already got the groceries. I call it doing what works.
I've worked 20 hrs in the past two days and am likely to work 10 more tomorrow. It's only bad for a few weeks and then I'll be able to leave by 4:00 for the majority of days. Here for a while though, we are all pretty tired. Sigh.
I'm off to do a few more things for work yet tonight, so I can be ready for more tomorrow. It will be Wednesday already, the week is absolutely flying away. Nightie night.