So since my husband deployed last October to Bahrain and I have two young children, I have noticed several phenomena, the first being: I no longer sit down to eat. Ever. I was explaining to a friend that I don't sit down to eat dinner anymore because I'm so busy feeding my kids and getting juice or milk and cleaning up all the food they
throw drop, that I just kind of eat as I go, never sitting down. Then I realized that I do this for every meal. I mean, why sit down if youre having to just up every 2 minutes to do/get something? Exactly. So I just stopped sitting down at meals. Now when we are at restaurants, I do sit down, but I don't eat. Apparently I can now only do one or the other, but never both simultaneously.
|This picture was taken prior to Luke using his fork to launch food off of his plate. At least he uses his fork.|
Another phenomenon is not cooking. I think I cook 1-2 meals a week. And by cook, I mean throw some Great Value chicken cordon bleu into the oven and whip up a side of applesauce. Or wine. Why make a meal if I don't sit down to eat it, or my kids won't touch it? So, I don't. Plus, between all of the diaper changing, refereeing of who had which toy first, making sure I hit my quota of yelling "no" 200 times per day, and the endless episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I just can't find the time or energy to cook anymore.
The last phenomenon is that I now consider wine just as effective, or as effective, as a few Advil. A glass of wine will cure a headache, crankiness, a lonely night, PMS, and it goes really nicely with frozen pizza.
So let's put all of this in a positive light; let's dig deep.... I have become really good at multi-tasking while eating, I don't have to plan meals or spend time in the kitchen cooking, I drink a lot of wine. So for all of my complaining, well, wine cures that too!