A review of my mother-in-law's eating requirements:
1. No salt.
2. Low fat.
3. Recent self-diagnosed t0mat0 a11ergy ( <--I'm worried she'll be researching this).
The worst of it is, she is making it hard to settle into a nice big venty complain-fest about it, because she presented #3 (the only one that's new since her last visit) in a pleasant and considerate email---really, it couldn't have been better. She was apologetic and hand-wringy in a way that made me want to say, "Oh, dear, NO, it is NO TROUBLE! Heavens!"
In fact, I went to the library and got a book on low/no-salt cooking, so moved was I by this unfortunate plight. As I was reading the recipes, I remembered several things learned from previous visits:
4. She doesn't care for black pepper.
5. She doesn't care for anything spicy.
Oh, hey, do you know what has no salt, low fat, no tomatoes, no pepper, and no spiciness? Baked chicken, baked potato, steamed broccoli. That's what we're going to have EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. No, really: we'll change the broccoli for peas, carrots, other varieties available in our grocer's freezer section, but there is NOTHING ELSE we will have.
You think I'm kidding? TRY ME. I really am glad there is something I like and can make (and ADD SALT AND PEPPER AND SPICES to on my own plate) that she can eat.
DRAMATIC CHANGE OF SUBJECT
I need new glasses. I got these glasses when William was a baby. (William is in third grade.) We don't have any vision-related insurance, so here is my question: Is Walmart the same as going to some private place? And, is it even any cheaper? I saw a sign at Walmart that said eye exams start at $75. "Start at" is a tricky way to put that. How much do you pay for an eye exam---not for contact lenses, but just for glasses---and where do you get it done? And what about lenses/frames? How much and where, and WHY do they vary SO MUCH in price?
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