Dear Diary ....
I love cooking dinner. Taking quality ingredients ... spending time preparing them ... listening to music … enjoying a cocktail … and then serving a delicious dish.
With that said … dinner itself … I HATE IT!
And as you just heard … it’s not the actual preparing of the dinner, it’s the fact that dinner happens … every … single … NIGHT. It’s a relentless monster. As soon as you eat it, it’s immediately .. “Well what are we going to have for dinner tomorrow?”
And you can argue “Well just get takeout.” Yeah sure … that’s fine ... but it’s not like you can do that all the time unless you wanna spend a million dollars and weigh a million pounds. And even if you do … you still actually have to figure out WHAT you’re gonna eat.
See … that’s the true beast of dinner … the choosing. I don’t mind cooking it, but it’s exhausting trying to figure out WHAT to cook day after day after day. And you know how I know this? It’s because when my wife offers to make dinner … which I greatly appreciate … the first thing she says is … “I don’t know what to make. What should I make?”
Oh no! If you’re gonna make it … then you gotta choose it. If I still gotta pick it, well now the hard part is over and I might as well be the one who cooks it.
And the worst part about dinner is that it happens even if you don’t wanna. Like compare it to going to the gym … you don’t wanna? Well then you just don’t go. End of story. But with dinner … even if you don’t wanna … you still gotta eat food.
How do these people pull it off where they just don’t have to do it? Because I’m convinced my family has figured it out on the night’s I’m not around. I went out of town for three and a half days last week, and when I came back all the same stuff was still in the fridge. Even the old leftovers that totally should’ve been thrown out long ago. The same dirty dishes were still in the sink too. It’s like they figured out a way to survive for multiple days without ever having to enter the kitchen.
What is this voodoo wizardry they have figured out and how do I learn these magical skills?
Is this like one of those yoga/Zen things?
“Visualize … the dinner you think has to happen … does not have to happen. Annnnd …. [breath] … you are full.”
Till next time Diary … I say … Goodbye.