Thursday, October 10, 2019

If People Want To Assume That I Have An Abundance Of Free Time, Let Them...

I post a lot of food porn photos on my personal Facebook wall. I'm proud of the homemade food that I make. Earlier this week, I made carnitas to top a batch of Indian fry bread that I made earlier in the day. I took a photo. Posted it. The following morning, I received a private message that jabbed at my nerves.

"Your dinner looks delicious! I wish I had the amount of free time you do to make all the meals and desserts that you serve. Do you mind sharing the recipe for the carnitas?"

My first reaction was to respond and tell this woman to Google the recipe.

But, I didn't.

I sat back in the chair and sipped my coffee.

"I wish I had the amount of free time you do..."

Free time?


I contemplated whether it was worth replying back to clarify that cooking and baking for my family, our kids included, was part of my Work at Home Dog Mom Life schedule.

I make homemade meals and snacks for Lisa and myself so we don't have to rely on the processed crap that's loaded with preservatives.

I make homemade meals and snacks for our kids too. We don't buy them store-bought dog food or treats.

It's a lot of work.

The operative word is work.

I spend about 3 hours a day in the kitchen making meals and snacks.

On Sunday, I spend about 5 hours in the kitchen because that's when I bake Lisa's snacks for her work lunches. I make dog treats for the kids to last all week. I also like to make a big Sunday dinner with enough leftovers for Lisa to take for lunches Monday and Tuesday.

I always make enough dinner for Lisa to take leftovers for lunch so she can enjoy hot lunch during the week. 

I love to cook and bake for my family, but I'm not going to lie...

There are some days when I'm overtired or my workload is through the roof and I grumble when it's time to begin food prep.

That's life.

I'm human.

There are days when you don't feel like going to work, but you do because you're an adult with responsibilities and there are bills to pay.

I do the same thing.

If I don't "show up" to the work that needs to be done in the kitchen, my family won't have homemade meals and snacks.

I thought about all of this while sipping my coffee and gazing at the private message.

I decided not to reply back explaining that the time I spend in the kitchen is part of my Work at Home Dog Mom Life day.

I don't owe anyone an explanation.

I don't need to clarify anything.

If people want to assume that I have an abundance of free time, let them.

I don't have the time to convince them otherwise.

Nor do I want to.

I did reply.

I went with my first reaction.

I told her to Google the recipe.

She removed me from her friend's list.

I grabbed a Diet Moxie out of the fridge and continued on with my day.

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