January 1, 2016
I don’t regularly spend a lot of time in the blogosphere, so imagine my surprise this past Christmas when I received my own blog from our newlywed son Bradley and his wife Lindsey! I might as well have unwrapped a new hoverboard as I tried to comprehend the reality of my strange new gift: 1. How do I get on and off this thing? 2. What if it’s too hard to learn? 3. What if I become obsessive about playing with it?
After some fretting, I was determined to brace myself, hop on board, and take a ride because, as my kids and husband have told me, I seem to have a lot to say about a lot of things. Even if there are only a few people who ever read this blog, I will be satisfied to leave this tiny digital footprint somewhere out there in the cosmic dust. I even allowed myself to think about what many bloggers dream of—that the blog might be so entertaining that it would catch fire! (Remember, I’m talking about the blog, not a hoverboard.) Seriously though, my only mission is to entertain.
In recent years, Kelly has subscribed Bob and me to Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as TED Talks and various podcasts, which have provided many hours of satisfying binge-watching and listening. Our kids have kept us tethered to the internet in so many unique and interesting ways. I like to imagine all those bytes of data zipping through the ether and funneling into our TVs, computers and iPhones, with Bob and me strapped tightly to our seats ready to rocket down the digital superhighway. (In my mind’s eye, we do not look confident—we are in a driverless car that’s been programmed to send us off of a virtual cliff.) So, if one day this blog disappears, then you’ll know what happened.
I am enjoying the time I spend on these entertainment and information platforms as well as in the development of this blog. What this means, though, is that I have less time to clean the phalanges on my garbage disposer and to spritz and iron my sheets with lavender water (oh, right—I guess I never did that). Anyway, whether I’m binge-watching House of Cards or brainstorming ideas to write about in my blog, it’s easy to forget to make dinner. Lucky for me, a restaurant close by makes a lovely crab bisque that tastes deliciously homemade. I look quite capable as I ladle steamy hot soup into sturdy bowls just as Bob walks in the door.
I don’t consider myself a diva, but my spirit spirals to the cellar when something is making me uncomfortable, such as: 1. Feeling obliged to eat unpalatable food. (A sandwich doesn’t have to be gourmet, but it certainly can be prepared with care and fresh ingredients.) 2. Driving a car. (Yes, I do drive within my own city limits, but it must be with a full tank of gas, during the daytime, with calm winds, partly cloudy skies, and no precipitation forecast for the next 12 hours. 3. Not being warm enough. (I’m part-Scandinavian and part reptilian, so my blood flows like molasses in January. I’m like a Norwegian snake looking for a sunny spot on a fjord.) In most other situations, I think I have temperate nature.
Bottom line: Cooking and eating will be a priority. Watch for food stories, occasional restaurant reviews by the Foodiva, helpful cooking hints, must-have grocery items, maybe a guest cook or two, exceptional recipes, food embellishment ideas, and some nonfood topics.
My advice to you is not to inquire or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.—Thornton Wilder. A fine quote to ponder. My take: Don’t dawdle when you find a beautifully wrapped blog under your Christmas tree. Tear it open, jump on board, and maintain your balance! (Yes, we’re still talking about the blog …)
I want to know what’s cooking inside your head, too. I welcome your comments and questions. Thanks for visiting! Please return soon. —Tracy Mullen