It’s 1:36am and I’m really starting to regret my decision to not go to bed earlier. I had my chance, I could have gone to bed around 11pm when Button (my 7 month old) went down for the night or even around 12 when my husband went to bed. But no, I had to be optimistic about my productivity levels and insist to myself that of course I could manage to marinate all the burger patties for tomorrow’s barbecue tonight and be stress free tomorrow.
My plan made sense in my head, it was logical and well thought out, it just left out one very important variable: my superhuman abilities of procrastination. When something needs to be done, I’ll do it for sure, but if it can be left for tomorrow? Well then, that’s Future Sally’s problem, not mine.
So here I sit at 1:37am and how much meat have I managed to marinate? 4lbs? 2? Try zero.
So why don’t I just go to sleep and salvage what’s left of my beauty sleep you ask? While that might sound like the logical thing to do, it’s a little more complicated then that.
You see, we’re currently in the middle of the month of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting for Muslims. Each day is marked by two meals: Sehri, which is the meal right before sunrise, and Aftari, the meal at sunset when you break your fast. Between these two you cannot eat, drink or smoke (you also can’t swear, fight, gossip, back bite, lie, etc. and that’s harder than the not eating part).
So yes, those two meals? Kind of a big deal with lots of food and lots of food preparation involved. Which brings me back to why I’m still awake at 1:47am and mentally scolding Past Sally for her questionable decision making skills. That Sehri meal I mentioned earlier? Well I have to be up by 2:45am at the latest to prepare for it so that the husband and I have enough time to eat and drink before Sehri time ends and the fast begins. If I go to sleep now, I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to wake up in an hour and even if I do manage to wake up, I’ll probably manage to burn the house down trying to cook in my half-asleep state.
So yes, I’m not in the mood to marinate anything in the middle of the night and I can’t go to sleep until after Sehri, and tomorrow is the 4th of July (or today is, to be more accurate) which demands barbecue so I’ll have to marinate everything tomorrow. On the plus side, since it’s Ramadan, we can’t barbecue till Aftari time which is around 8:30pm so I have all day to prepare. However, that also means I can’t taste test anything since I’ll be fasting.
That doesn’t sound like a disaster waiting to happen, right?
Happy 4th of July everyone!