1. Your 2 year-old says, "I'm hungry, please can I have pop-tarts? Puh-llllleeeeeaaaaassssseee?"
2. Look at the clock and realize it is half past lunchtime and wonder what you can serve in the same amount of time it takes to unwrap previously politely, yet insistently, requested pop-tarts, but still provide the same level of satisfaction and maybe a bit more nutritional value
3. Open the refrigerator, stare at the packed shelves and wonder why there's nothing to eat
4. Stand with the refrigerator door open a little longer waiting to be inspired (hear your Dad's voice in your head reminding you that "you don't pay the bills and if you're just going to stand there and let all the cold air out, maybe you could contribute some of your allowance")
5. Close the door, silence the voices and head to the pantry hoping for better luck
6. Wonder if canned corn (thanks pantry) and leftover roasted chicken (the fridge's contribution) can be combined into anything edible, to say nothing of delicious
7. Remember that it is hovering just above freezing outside and is only slightly warmer inside and decide soup is the best option
8. Reject yogurt, fruit snacks, nutella and applesauce as complementary ingredients for the aforementioned corn and chicken
9. Bless your mother for teaching you to stock a pantry and pull out one of every canned good available (except the pumpkin, pineapple chunks, refried beans and evaporated milk of course)
10. Open cans, strip chicken, dump in pot, throw in unmeasured amounts of random spices and seasonings
11. Bring to a boil for pretty much no time at all, spoon into a bowl, top with a dollop of sour cream and serve
12. Pat yourself on the back when the 2 year-old from step 1 says "this is delicious, I like it" and then proceeds to clean his plate, 'er bowl (that is a direct quote by the way)
3rd Random Act of Christmas: Today the boys and I carried our neighbor's mail upstairs. He has some difficulty walking and uses a cane. We live five flights up and don't have an elevator so we thought he might appreciate not having to negotiate all those stairs while his arms were laden with packages. This is not the first time we have done this, but we did it today, so we're counting it for day 3.