It’s been a few months since we’ve done a Sunday Confessional and I have a deadline causing some serious productive procrastination*, so now is just as good a time as any to bring back the series. For those new to Home-Ec 101, welcome, the Sunday Confessional is just a reminder that life isn’t glossy magazine perfect. Here on the interwebz [sic], it is way too easy to crop the “bad” or “embarrassing” out of the snapshots we choose share. This series isn’t so much a celebration of failure as it is a reminder that we’re all human and we all mess up. Yes, even that stylish lady in the carpool lane who never has a hair out of place. No one has it together all of the time. I know that I personally have spent way too much time, mostly in real life, stressing myself out trying to make everything look 100% ok 100% of the time.
We all have our off days.
The day where we really wish the Fed Ex dude didn’t need a signature because, oh I thought I could put off that shower just until I finished that next project.
The week. . .ok it was two, but I was really sick in the middle of that. . . where all six of us had to use the upstairs bathroom because I couldn’t get my act together enough to finish recaulking the downstairs shower. Which, I should probably also admit that any home project that involves caulk also tends to involve a lot of risque humor, because apparently I still have the mind of a teenager. Snicker snicker, nudge nudge, giggle. No, I really don’t want to grow up. In my defense the shower now looks great, it just took a while to get there.
And then there was last Saturday where I accidentally trapped myself on the roof for a while because I was too chicken to climb back down without anyone holding the ladder. So I sat up on the roof and posted about my predicament on G+. Thankfully my oldest kid wandered back from the neighbor’s where he’d been playing and held the ladder for me, before I actually had to use my phone to do anything productive like call for help.
But really today’s confessional is about onions, a great big pot of onions. I was going to make French onion soup, I had my kitchen clean, I was taking pictures of the process so I could share the recipe here, and then the mail came. In the mail was a package addressed to me. In the package was a chap book, Grab and Go: What to bring when things go really wrong from Streetcar Press. I sat down and started reading, my house filled with the aroma of beautifully caramelizing onions. And then time passed, I finished the book, set it down, and realized the smell had changed slightly -the onions had caramelizing in an enameled cast iron pot in a 400°F oven, a technique I highly recommend, as long as you pay attention. I ran into the kitchen to find I no longer had the beautiful golden brown onions I wanted. Oh no, I had a pot full of charcoal that took a long, long time to scrub clean and no French onion soup, le sigh.
Even good cooks get distracted. Use a timer and don’t have friends send you distracting reading material. Or have the friends send reading material, just save it for when you aren’t in the middle of making dinner.
So, what do you have to get off your chest? The Sunday Confessional is open, just keep it family friendly.
*Productive Procrastination – happens when any job, no matter how distasteful, becomes more urgent and satisfying than the one with the nearest deadline. Want to know if I have a big project stressing me out? Is my house immaculate? Yes? There’s your answer.