So how is your dad life going? Right now it is the prime of my areas Fall Chinook season. I am having trouble focusing on much else, but alas there is always something to do when your a dad. I have made a few trips out on my own and gotten a few fish:
I always enjoy catching fish but like I said before when your dad, there is always something else that needs done too! Thursday I got out of the house early and got to go fishing for a few hours, I got skunked, but thats ok, it happens to the best of us! When I got home it was time to get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed(fishin shawn’s kids love their long hair)and off we went to the public library for story time! A few stories and a craft and it was back home for lunch, where I whipped up some turkey sausage and scrambled egg and cheese burritos, then another story, a diaper change, and last but not least 5 mins of my terrible singing to bore them both to sleep.
It always feels like when the kids are resting, I should be napping or doing something completely unproductive, because at last it is quiet and peaceful. Then I remember a poopy diaper needs sprayed, a floor needs swept, laundry needs put away, dinner needs prepped or at least put in a marinade or something, because as we all know trying to sweep a floor or fold laundry is like trying to resist the Borg! Resistance really is futile….If I’m lucky I will get done in time to have an intellectually stimulating conversation with non fisher Lisa before a child comes out from nap and demands more attention, even if that attention is nothing more then some quiet cuddles as they wake up!
Yesterday was a particularly difficult day. Both boys were beyond cranky, even after naps. My wife had to deal with some teenager issues with our son and my evening appointment was particularly ill planned. I arrived back in the evening and got to work on making chicken taquitos right away. We needed some supplies, so while the wife was out I continued to make dinner. Two cranky kids who wanted nothing more then to be constantly held made frying taquitos really challenging. I should add here that prior to yesterday I had never been able to successfully roll and cook the taquitos, mine always fell apart at the tooth pick. Extremely impressed with the first one I rolled I gently dropped into the hot oil only to see the oil almost explode out and the taquito turn black right away. I look around frantically for tongs to pull it out, I found them just in time to pull a blackened log like object out of the oil. So I turned the oil down, all the while thinking what is taking non fisher Lisa so damn long at the grocery store! Wait. What? It has only been ten minutes, AWWW SHIP man, this sucks! I get the oil turned down and get a couple of successful taquitos cooked, give the kids a few tasteys to keep them occupied and decide to get the rice and veggies going. Got the veggie steamer and a pan of rice going on the back burners, with the oil in front and chicken in another pan in front. Pretty soon the steamer starts spitting water out which hits the oil which sprays me! WTF man, where is my wife???Damn only 20 mins? Is someone messing with the clock! SHIP!
I turn down the back burners and start moving pans around so I will presumably be able to get the bad combo of the steamer and pan of hot oil away from each other. I pick up the oil pan because I had just moved it to steamer burner that had been on high and it was starting to boil itself, as I do that I also have the pan of rice in the other hand, and well I will just say it, I sloshed a lot of oil out onto the burner on high which caught fire! My middle son dreams of being a fire fighter so to him it was about the coolest thing ever. Got the fire out(no damage..phew) and Jason was already dressed in fire gear pumping his fake hose towards the stove. His first words afterwards? I can’t wait to tell mom!!!
I got everything cooking again, and successfully made a meal of rice, steamed veggies, and home made chicken taquitos. I was literally spent and exhausted by the time Lisa got home. The kids were completely happy and oh so excited to tell mom about the adventures of Dad cooking, complete with smoke, steam, and flames. I felt accomplished, but I also felt a completely new found respect for non fisher lisa. She has made this meal no less then 10x without my assistance after being at home with the kids all day while I fished or was at work! I don’t know how she does it or how she put son a happy face so often, but I sure appreciate it!
I know that the kids can be as draining as they are wonderful, but I guess it never clicked before just how draining something simple, like cooking dinner alone, could be. I think as parents we all need to take a little bit of time out of our schedule and not just tell, but try and show our partners how much we appreciate them. Words are great. and I sure appreciate them, but acts of kindness and appreciation can be priceless….My wife works hard, like I do, and just to show her how much I appreciate it, I’m heading out the door right now to go home and change a poopy diaper so she doesn’t vomit!(Non fisher lisa is pregnant, and well all you moms know what that can do to your senses)
Until next time, keep your tip up!