Toward the end of last September, I put together a menu plan for the entire remaining days of the year. For the most part, we stuck to it. There were a couple of glitches and a couple of times we went off the rails, but kind of amazingly, we made it through with fairly little effort. So far this year, I have been out of the menu-planning frame of mind, but now I realize I need to get back into the swing of things. I am going to start small, with just this week and a theme of comfort food, and then after the big birthday shindig on Sunday, I will have greater mental capacity for planning further out.