Thursday, November 21, 2013

I Could be a Lion

Day 64: Nov. 21, 2013

Sometimes I'll be slipping into the doldrums and realize that I haven't had a sip of water for six hours. Or I find myself spitting fireballs of rage at the sweet sound of my children's voices, and I realize that its five o'clock in the afternoon and I had chocolate for lunch. What I didn't realize is that there would come a time in my life when eating food and drinking water would no longer fit into my schedule. Or into my mental reserves.

Lions only eat once a week, or thereabout. And they don't spend lots of time washing dishes or cleaning the kitchen. Some snakes eat once a year, I read recently. When I first met my husband, he had a cookbook called 15 minute meals. The thing is, it's never only 15 minutes. You have to prepare. You have to go to the grocery store and know what you're going to make. My friends are organized, and they prepare their shopping lists for the week so they're not worried about that moment when your kids say, "what's for dinner?"

These are the meals I remember my mom cooking when I was a kid. Chicken Tarragon: bone in chicken cooked with butter and tarragon. Spaghetti and meat sauce: onions, green pepper, ground beef, sauce from a jar, noodles. Red Beans and Rice: Crock pot red beans cooked with a ham hock, andouille sausage, bay leaf, other spices over rice. Skillet pork chops: pork chops fried with onions and green pepper. An occasional Crayfish Ettoufee,  Gumbo, Shrimp creole. My mom cooked all of our dinners. For a long time, she cooked us full breakfasts as well.

I enjoy eating. I really enjoy eating with my friend Alex, who really really enjoys eating. And cooking. Sadly, I'm not a good cook. The main problem is that instead of preparing ahead of time, I do other things. I forget to drink water and eat lunch. Maybe one time, I'll tell the story about the time I made Moo Goo Gai Pan in Seattle.

Coffee: A decaf Americano at a coffee shop! (finished Pride and Prejudice.) Here's the advantage of being a decaf drinker. Often places won't brew drip decaf, so they'll make you an Americano for the same price.

Cups and Bags Challenge: One more dollar for my wonderful friend still using his cup in NYC!! So we're up to $83, baby!! Email, text, or comment if you use a reusable cup and I'll send a dollar to Bring Recycling!

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