Traffic on the way home. Walk in the door twenty minutes late.
Drop the purse on the counter, turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Hack a head of cauliflower into submission, drop on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, slide in the almost-preheated oven. Set timer for 15 minutes.
Open a caffeine-free diet soda and check email.
Wander back into the kitchen. Fill a saucepan with water and a generous pinch of salt. Cover, set on stove. Turn burner on high. Count out two servings on Costco frozen ravioli, chip a chunk of frozen pesto out of the container in the freezer and plop it in a small bowl.
Timer goes off. Stir cauliflower. Set timer for ten more minutes.
Stare off into space for a few minutes.
Water boils, ravioli goes in, pesto goes in microwave for ten seconds. Timer goes off, cauliflower comes out. Stir ravioli. It only takes about four minutes. Yell at the boy to wash his hands.
Dinner's only ten minutes late, hooray! And no drive-thrus involved. I call that a win.