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You Want Me to... um...Cook? 
Feb. 15, 2010 7:46 am 
Updated: Jun. 12, 2010 8:51 pm
I will never forget the day that I moved in with my boyfriend, Jason.  I had just returned to the US after my 2nd tour to Iraq and life was throwing so many changes my way.  Jason and I had made the decision to move in together while we were overseas.  He returned stateside before I did by several months, so he was in charge of finding a home and getting things settled while I continued to safely land aircraft from my control tower perch in Mosul.  The days went by slowly, but surely, and I came to my new home in Enterprise, AL.
When I walked into my new life, I immediately checked out my number one priorities; the bathroom and master closet.  Both met my demanding expectations, so as far as I was concerned Jason had done an outstanding job.  He then asked me how I liked the kitchen.  I glanced around at the stainless steel contraptions, the seemingly never-ending countertops and massive amounts of cupboards.  I replied with a casual "it's nice," and went about with unpacking.
After several hours of settling my wardrobe and beauty products into their new home, I moved on to my kitchen supplies.  I casually tossed my off-brand toaster into a cupboard, and lovingly placed my state-of-the-art can opener on the countertop.  I unwrapped a new package of paper plates and plasticware and placed them in a drawer.  Kitchen, complete.  Grocery store, here we come!
Grocery shopping has always been easy for me.  My cooking ability has limited me to 2 aisles in the supermarket, so it's never a long journey.  So when Jason and I entered the market, I assumed that we would be in and out and on to more exciting things.  I marched straight to the freezer section, throwing pizzas, tater tots, fish sticks and steamer veggies (for nutrition!) into our cart.  I then navigated to the soup aisle, and tossed about 15 cans of soup into the cart.  Add peanut butter, jelly and bread and we were done.  Or so I thought...
"What do you want to make for dinner?" Jason asked me.  I thought about it for about 2 seconds and suggested that we have PB&J with some nice chicken noodle soup.  Jason laughed.
"No, really!  I thought we could make a nice dinner to celebrate our first night in the house together."
I stared at him as the realization and panic set in.  He wants me to cook!  He wants ME, the owner of 1 bowl, paper plates and a can-opener, to cook.  Me, the girl whose first and only attempt at Kraft mac and cheese failed miserably, even under the direct supervision of her mother.  Me, the college graduate that still thinks Ramen noodles and shredded cheese is a gourmet meal.  I had to think my way out of this, and quick.  
"I remember a great sushi place on Rucker Boulevard, we should eat there."  Thank goodness I had been stationed here before.  Disaster: averted.
That night, after wonderful sushi and sake, we settled on the couch and discussed my flight packet.  I listened to his entertaining stories from when he was in flight school, and how much work he had to put in each day.  He assured me that while it was hard work, it was the most rewarding career he could imagine.  Flight school was what I wanted, and my boyfriend was going to help me make my dream come true.  Since he had gone through the program, he would understand how demanding it is and I would be on Easy Street, concentrating only on flying.  I wouldn't have to worry about the mundane aspects of life, such as cooking, cleaning and filling up my gas tank.  Restaurants and Jason would take care of that stuff.  
A month later, Jason mentioned that he had gone over our bank statements, and did I realize that we had spent over $450 that month in restaurants?  Before I could reply, my phone rang.  Pleased to have avoided yet another 'cooking' conversation, at least for a few minutes, I answered the call that changed my life, career-wise and kitchen-wise.
"Congratulations, Sergeant.  Your packet has been qualified and selected.  Welcome to flight school."
Dinner that night, was on me.
Feb. 15, 2010 8:28 am
What a great blog!
Feb. 15, 2010 8:29 am
Adrienne: Very entertaining! Can't wait to read the next episode.
Feb. 15, 2010 8:32 am
Ok, keep the blogs a'comin! Fun to read and can't wait to see how it all turns out :)
Feb. 15, 2010 9:00 am
Thanks - a fun read!!
Feb. 15, 2010 9:08 am
I love it! So glad your friends talked you into it. Can't wait for the next post.
Feb. 15, 2010 9:21 am
Loved it. Looking forward to your next blog. Mag
Feb. 15, 2010 9:30 am
Great blog! Can't wait to read more. Sort of reminds me of me when I was a teen - I assured my mother there was no need for me to learn how to cook. I was going to be a wonderful mother when I had children - we would eat at McDonald's after playing tennis or basketball or whatever at the park. Then, I got married and my husband who loved to eat pretty much assumed I would love to cook like my sister did. About a decade later I did learn to love to cook and now we cook together often. Keep us posted.
Feb. 15, 2010 9:58 am
Good Job! Can't wait to read the next post.
Feb. 15, 2010 10:12 am
Oh my gosh! I thought maybe 1 or 2 people would read this, then dismiss it immediately! Thanks, everyone! I'll have another blog posted soon!
Feb. 15, 2010 10:39 am
Maggi- your Boxer is adorable! I have my own Boxer Bundle of Joy. He's one of my favorite members of my household. :)
Feb. 15, 2010 10:48 am
VERY fun! I can't wait for the next episode either! Thank you both so much for the great work you do...congrats on flight school!
Feb. 15, 2010 10:50 am
I subscribed so I don't miss an episode...they don't call me a Reality Fan for nuttin'....I even love to read it!
Feb. 15, 2010 11:10 am
so cool...I hope you have a thrilling time in flight school and your kitchen isn't at all that scary! over time, you will come to love it! :) Keep the blogs coming..I really enjoyed it...
Feb. 15, 2010 11:30 am
Great first blog! First, thanks to you and your boyfriend for all you do. Secondly, we have something in common sort of (no not the cooking,lol)...I have a not-so-secret desire to learn to fly! Keep it up. Can't wait to hear more!
Feb. 15, 2010 11:51 am
I work for the local airline at home and noticed female pilots are coming out into a field that was mostly male dominated. Good going keep it up hope you do well.
Feb. 15, 2010 11:52 am
This sounds like the best is even yet to come! Keep it coming!
Feb. 15, 2010 12:24 pm
Great first blog. Very attention grabbing. Bring on the next one.
Feb. 15, 2010 12:34 pm
Awesome blog! Can't wait to read more! :)
Feb. 15, 2010 1:05 pm
You grabbed my attention!! Great blog and can't wait to read the next one. The kitchen can be a scary place I guess for the newby but keep it up and you might learn to love it!! I, also would like to thank you and Jason for your service to our country. We owe people like you a lot! Keep blogging and I will keep reading!!
Feb. 15, 2010 2:17 pm
My dad told his four children - 2 boys, two girls, that if we expected to eat, we should expect to cook. That was pre fast food restaurants. 3 of us became great cooks. My brother married a woman who wanted to be a traditional wife. She cleans, cooks, raised two exceptional sons, and is very happy in her role. Just like everything else, becoming a good cook takes research and practice. It is best done either out of necessity or because you want to. If neither of these apply, wait until you are ready - you have enough on your plate right now. If you need to economize, eat your soups, but maybe make a fresh salad. Grab take-out from your favorite restaurant, but make your own salad and drinks at home. You will save on the extras, but still get the happy belly. Don't forget that food is fuel. It's supposed to help us have energy, brainpower, and replenish our bodies. You wouldn't fly a plane with an empty tank or the wrong liquid in the tank. Don't expect less for yourself. I'm really happy for your acceptance to flight school. Great blog.
Feb. 15, 2010 3:07 pm
Welcome to the world of having your own place and figuring out how you need to operate it! You wrote an interesting blog! Have a great time in flight school!
Feb. 15, 2010 4:13 pm
You have a way with words. Looking forward to the next blog. :)
Jun. 12, 2010 8:51 pm
We're still waiting for the next blog! ;) Hope all is going well in your life. Great post!
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