I’ve been babysitting and nannying for a long long time. And I’ve head “help yourself to anything in the fridge” a million times. I gotta say, sometimes that’s a better option than others.
The best was a family I nannyed for right before I moved to Portland that always had a ton of fruit and veggies, good lunch meat, and bagels from the local bagel shop. Always good lunches there!
Where I’m at today… not so much. On a good day there’s cereal, white bread, and maybe lettuce. Sometimes a can of tuna. Their freezer is the fullest I’ve seen today:
Coffee, breastmilk, baby food, vodka, frozen burgers, edamame. Bread! That’s a first. Not a whole lot else. The fridge is about the same… Milk, a tiny bit of lunch meat, a britta, and more baby food. When there’s not a lot of food I get worried I’m eating their dinner if I eat anything!
Here’s what they’ve got in the way of canned food.
Yeah. I bring my lunch. The most perplexing thing is this bottle of wine. Which has been sitting, half consumed, for a month.
I almost want to rescue it-we don’t leave wounded soldiers on the field after all! But, sometimes people are funny about drinking while you watch their kids. (True story: the last family I nannyed for before this one would, when I babysat at night, make me a drink before they left and then repeatedly make sure I knew where the beer was. Sometimes they’d give me booze as gifts. They were pretty awesome).
I made myself some grilled cheese, and instant coffee with cocoa mix added to make it taste good….
Fantastic discovery I made here earlier this summer because I wanted grilled cheese and they didn’t have butter-you can totally just spray the bread with cooking spray! Way easier!
I ate while the baby napped. The doggie had a nap too:
look at those legs in the air!
We went on a walk with the ergo carrier. I’m a fan… but when it’s warm cuddling the baby like that gets extra warm 😦
And then I ate some leftover soup. Too much soup. Still a little warm from the walk. Didn’t come near finishing.
Baby ate more too!
(peaches with baby oats-let’s be honest, we’ve all eaten this, just in a slightly less pureed form)
Now she’s napping while I am munching on this
(One of those naughty New Zealand apples with cinnamon and almond butter) Proof their house is lacking in some staples-I have to bring my own nut butter! They literally have NONE!
And the fiance says he’s still tired and his throat hurts, but that his fever is gone! That’s a good step… (I think he’s just happy that he gets to watch CNN and ESPN all day 🙂 )
Did anyone else ever babysit/nanny for people with empty fridges? It wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t here for eleven hours!