30 Things to Accomplish in my 30s:
#5. Cook at least one meal from scratch per week.
Prior to making this goal, I spent 5 years working in fast food and I loathed every second of it — except for the days when I’d have really fascinating conversations with the boss about everything from the United Arab Emirates to how many calories are in pickle chips to women running around Sturgis in their painted birthday suits. Those were pretty fascinating conversations.
And every so often, I’d say something that made everybody laugh. That was awesome too.
But most of the time, it was burgers and ice cream.
I love eating burgers and ice cream.
Serving them up is another story.
Not. Fun. At. All.
Because I hated working fast food so much, I avoided cooking at home as much as I possibly could — which is how this goal made the list.
And how, exactly, has this one turned out?
Well, I’ll tell you. I worked very low wage jobs up until about 18 months ago and I could barely afford food. Pot pies and TV dinners. Day after day. Yum yum.
Last summer, I had someone to cook for. I discovered that when there’s someone to eat what you make and good conversation and laughter and sometimes tears, cooking isn’t so bad. I actually loved cooking — I had no clue what I was doing, but the person in question ate what came out of the oven with gusto and heaped on the compliments and I was in heaven. I learned how to make lots of different things and almost all of it turned out great.
And then things went south with said eater of cooking and my cooking practice went south with him. Cooking is just no fun when there’s no one around to eat it.