“That’s because you don’t have kids, you have so much time.”
It’s a line I’ve heard on many occasions when people see my lunches or hear about my latest kitchen adventures or projects around the house. Don’t get me wrong. It’s true, I don’t have kids BUT I have a mother and a father neither of which used the excuse, “we can’t, we have kids.” I like to remind people this is how I grew up and while it may not be normal to others, it’s all that I know and I anticipate it’ll continue on in one form or another even when I eventually have kids. Can I just secretly vote that their answer is a reflection on their laziness or disinterest more than my so-called insanity? Last time I checked I had no more time than anyone else. I fill my schedule up on a regular basis, something I admit needs to change. Today I broke plans with someone to hang out this afternoon for that very reason. The choice to do one thing, is a choice not to do something else and I knew I needed some “me” time. I put my foot down and just said, “not today.” While I’d love to have seen her, it felt good to do what I so desperately needed.
This evening I had Jen over as my first dinner guest, I felt like I cooked most of the day since I needed to get myself going with real food in this new place. I made kale chips, applesauce (from apples my mom brought me), sushi for the family and I made Jen and I a portobello mushroom risotto, goat cheese stuffed chicken with herbs and lemon and grilled asparagus.
All in all it was a tasty day but I’m exhausted and very much looking forward to the sleep that awaits me.
I’d love to come see you all before I leave if you’re up for it sometime in January! Let me know if you’ll be around and if it might work for you.
Very exciting news that you are off to Provence for adventure !! We are very envious. Bon voyage !!