If you answered, "Took your lazy ass away from your computer and went for a walk to enjoy the beautiful vistas and bountiful ear candy of downtown Nashville," you're dead wrong, but give yourself high marks for creativity.
I pack my lunch almost every day, and during the 12 o'clock hour, I can often be found eating at my desk while reading a novel, writing a blog post, shooting the bull about sports with my buddy Zach (would talking via IM be considered "typing" the bull?) or engaging with friends and blog readers on social media.
On Monday, I decided to try something different during lunch, and spent an hour surfing crock pot recipes on skinnytaste.com.
If you are one of the unfortunate ones who knows what I look like, you're probably thinking: "What business does a man who looks like the lovechild of Seth Rogen and Jack Black have looking for anything on a website with 'skinny' in the title?"
I'm sure there are even some who might be saying to themselves, "Why the hell is he wasting a precious hour-long break from work to surf recipes? Shouldn't his stay-at-home wife be doing that?"
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I don't know if it's my exposure to this outstanding group of dads or the other blogging networks to which I belong, but I feel like society is in the midst of a parenting revolution where the typical parental roles and responsibilities can no longer be defined and assigned by gender, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. In the '50s, it would have been considered odd for the father to do the grocery shopping or cooking while mom builds the bookshelves in the den. I do the grocery shopping because I find it relaxing, while my wife does the product assembly because I almost embedded an Allen wrench in my cat's forehead the last time I tried to screw with an Ikea purchase.
Not only have parental roles evolved, but I think the things we get excited about as parents are changing, too. Let's continue to talk about skinnytaste.com for a second. The other night, my wife tried an interesting recipe for Zucchini Tots. Our sons love tater tots (who am I kidding, so do we), so Wife and I thought we'd try to pull some wool and offer the boys a healthier, more creative alternative. Unfortunately, we didn't have any zucchini in the house. Not to be denied, my wife deftly and coolly substituted yellow squash like she was the rat in that one Pixar movie. No, not the one where they took a perfectly normal princess and turned her into Tammy Faye Bakker. Anyway, I'm getting off-topic. We weren't sure how these modified veggie tots were going to taste because my wife hates to go off-book in the kitchen, but I've never been given a reason to question my faith in her culinary capabilities. (Daddy's getting lucky tonight!)
Turns out, the tots were very tasty, and were a hit among all four of us. A recipe that my kids actually like is more exciting to me than shlepping to a rock concert anymore. Move over, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Make way for N'Awlins Stuffed Bell Peppers.
So today, I continue to surf the vast nooks of the Interwebs for delicious recipes to cook while my wife is probably installing storm windows or playing with a table saw. Who knows anymore.