Bored Cook In The Kitchen

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All About Me


Hello!  I’m Pam.  Nice to meet ya!  I’m married, have three children (two boys and one girl) and live in New York.  The end!

Just kidding.

I’ve recently reached the mid-life point of my life, and left the thirties behind.  I miss the thirties, I hate the mid-life point, but being in my mid-twenties again would be even better.  Since I don’t own a time machine,  I guess I’m stuck getting older and learning to like it.   Forty-one really isn’t old, but let me tell you, it’s a good introduction of what is to come.  And it ain’t looking promising people! 

My husband and I have been married for sixteen years, and our oldest is fourteen, our middle child seven, and our youngest is three.  Talk about a gap.  Blame it on my ovaries.  They are unpredictable and sluggish.  But my last little surprise three years ago was my daughter.  I waited a long time for her and I think I’ll keep her!

We live in Upstate New York, where I have lived all my life, and where we will most likely always live.  It’s a good thing I like all four seasons, because we get them to the extreme here.  I couldn’t imagine living somewhere where there was no Fall or Spring.  Of course remind me of that when we are shoveling ourselves out of wicked snow storm  and I am wishing I lived in Southern California.

I’m pretty quirky with my likes and dislikes, and very eclectic in my tastes when it comes to something I like, such as movies, books and music.  I LOVE to read and spend almost every free available moment with my nose in a book.   Yet I don’t have a favorite genre.  If it’s a captivating story, I like it.  Which could mean I’m reading anything from Charlaine Harris to John Grisham.  Or Jodi Picoult to Christina Dodd.  It all depends on what mood I’m into.

My choice in music is no different.  I’m absolutely an 80’s girl, since that was not only the best era ever, but also the one I spent my formidable years growing up in!  So if you were to grab my mp3 player you might find me listening to all the big hair bands from the 80’s, along with all the punk rock and Madonna songs that were big back then.  But you could find me listening to more current music.  Sometimes I even know about a song or band before my 14-year-old son does.  He hates that, but I think it’s fun!  You may even find me listening to some classical music here and there.  I love sticking my ear buds in and getting what I need to get done around the house.  Like reading, music takes me away from the real world for a while and puts me someplace a little more enjoyable at times.

My taste in movies are similar to all my other tastes.  I love all the “Rat Pack” Movies from the 80’s with Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez…Sixteen Candles, St. Elmo’s Fire, and of course, The Breakfast Club.  Don’t even get me started on Steel Magnolias.  I could recite that entire movie from start to finish!   But, I also love Sense and Sensibility, The Shaw Shank Redemption, Bridges of Madison County, Forrest Gump…and the list goes on. 

I have a, sometimes, sarcastic sense of humor, and sometimes, people don’t get me.  Which is okay.  If you know me well enough you know what to expect.  I love to laugh, I love to eat, and I love to cook.  Sometimes.  I love to cook when I get to do it “peacefully”, which is not very often.  I do enjoy cooking with my children…at times.  But, when I’m trying to do something more labor intensive, I tend to like to be alone, with my earbuds in my ear and cooking in peace.  It doesn’t happen often.

I have a good sense of humor and love to laugh.   You probably don’t want to ever fall in front of me because I will probably be laughing too hard to help you up off the ground.  And trust me, it’s not because I am so graceful that I think someone else falling is beneath me.  Not at all.  If there ever IS an opportunity to fall, trip, or just basically make a fool out of yourself, it will be me doing it.   I think I could write a book of my embarassing moments alone.  They happen almost daily to me, and seem to be happening more as I get older.

Other than that, I’m a pretty boring person.  I keep wondering when the time will come that I will finally grow up.  Considering that I’ve already lived away half of my life expectancy (darn that’s scary to realize), I’m thinking that day of maturing will never come.  Guess I’ll enjoy the ride while it lasts.

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4 responses to “All About Me

  1. You make me smile. December 7, 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Dear Bored Cook,
    Thanks for the laugh and the recipe. It’s fun to give, isn’t it? As an English teacher I avoid talking about food at all costs because I always end up with some gorgeous picture like the one above in 2nd period, I’m in front of the class and everyone starts sharing their favorite recipes. Nothing worse than hunger pangs in 2nd period when you know you’re not having lunch for hours. Also, I’m a perpetual dieter so I avoid food conversation while away from my kitchen. Avoiding good food is not always so easy to do when living in Italy because my husband and mother in law LOVE cooking. I love eating so it makes for a good pair. I think you need to add an about me page somewhere that says your name. You made a joke about living in NY but you didn’t say at least in this post where you lived. It would be a good idea to get that information somewhere at the top. Just a thought. Thanks for your blog, I really love it.

  2. cavemancooking December 7, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Getting old stinks, doesn’t it??? 😉
    I used to live in NYC. Miss it a bunch, and love to visit. But, I don’t think I could live there again. I’ve become too much of a Left-Coaster.
    We don’t have the age gap in our kids. Though it took over 5 years for us to have our son (6). Afterwards they told us if we wanted to get pregnant again we’d have to go through all that rigamarole once more. The moment we decided not to put ourselves through that again … BOOM! here comes our daughter (4)!! So, my line has been that our son took every bit of medical technology available and every penny we had, while our daughter took some candlelight and a cheap bottle of Tequila! 🙂
    Thanks for the Blogroll add. I am returning the favor, of course!

    • boredcook December 7, 2009 at 9:02 PM

      I don’t understand fourty-one. I don’t understand it because I know it was only yesterday that I was 19! How can that be possible? Scary.

      Your story is so typical for so many couples. I got pregnant with my first son and went into labor with him on our second wedding anniversary. Waited until he was two and started to try again. Nothing. Another year, then another, still nothing. We thought about doing something about it to help push it along and then decided to just “see what happened.” By the time I reached almost five years with no success, I had resolved myself to the fact that we were just going to be a one child family. Boom, along came my second son. By thirty-eight I figured I was finally done. Still always had that longing for a little girl, but figured I would just have two daughter-in-laws one day to fill that void. To say I was completely shocked when I found out I was pregnant with her is an understatment. I didn’t have the candelight, but I did have three Frozen Margaritas at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The rest is history.

      I love heading into NYC every now and again. But my husband? He hates it. We live an hour and a few minutes outside of the city. I agree, it’s nice to visit, but I couldn’t live there. Whenever we spend the day I enjoy it, but coming home and crossing the GW Bridge I heave a sigh of relief at the quietness that occurs.

      Thanks for the add-on as well!

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