As it crept closer to the time when I would have to start thinking about making dinner, I realized that I didn't want to make dinner, and that I was just tired... (the third trimester will do that to a girl) There was absolutely NO motivation to make anything so I sent an email to Mark (yes, he was only a floor away in his office, but sometimes it is just easier than walking all the way down there.)
Email - Cyndi to Mark
Subject: I don't feel like cooking.
Body: What are you going to do about it?
Reply (Mark to Cyndi): Poop on your plate
(this is typical banter for our house so don't get all offended... I didn't even notice)
Reply (Cyndi to Mark): You have an inkling to make Mac and Cheese for the family?
Reply (Mark to Cyndi): I could, that sounds good!
The only other issues to worry about after that point were the following:
"What happened?" you ask. Well, Leighton pretended to be asleep to avoid eating his mac and cheese. Every bite that went into his mouth was preceded by a battle and the promise of a chocolate egg after his bowl of grapes. I can't imagine why my child doesn't like the kid staple of mac and cheese. The only explanation I can come up with is that he's a food snob - a foodie, if you will...one who won't stand for processed cheese foods. All of my home cooking has, in fact, come back to bite me in the rear when it comes time to be lazy about dinner.... I've created a monster!
Did said husband make a mess in the kitchen? Well, he did leave large water spots on my very clean and shiny stove top... as I knew he would. He blamed it on the strainer's leaking onto the stove top when he poured the noodles back into the original pot... regardless, it still irritated me when I saw it... more work for mom.
And no, he didn't screw up dinner, per se, but men just don't operate like women do. When I make dinner, I clean dishes simultaneously so there is less to do afterwards. I also set the table whilst dinner is cooking.... but obviously husbands cannot multitask or dinner would be compromised.
No, husband didn't expect a ticker tape parade for making dinner which was good because he wasn't going to get it. (Sorry Mark - but it was nice of you to make dinner though ... so thank you.)
Moral of the story: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth (or anywhere else). If you ask your spouse for a night off from cooking, take what you can get and try to keep your mouth shut about everything that comes along with it.
Image Credit: Keep Calm and Craft On blog (http://keepcalmandcrafton.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-recycle-macaroni-cheese-boxes.html)
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