Backpacking Dad Asks: What Are You Doing Right Now?

10/16/2011 By Shawn Burns

I’m waiting for a spaghetti squash to finish cooking so I can spaghetti the hell out of it. I spent the afternoon making a tomato sauce and meatballs. Emily and Erin went to a cookie party while Adrian napped. I watched the last few episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word season 5 in between bouts of messing around in the kitchen. I ate some peanut butter. I ate some pistachios. (Unusually, I’ve been starving all day today, despite eating a crazy amount of food at both breakfast and lunch. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the exhausting day Adrian and I had yesterday, out on another bike/train dadventure. I’ll spare you the details, but ow.)

After Emily and Erin returned from the cookie party, they stole Adrian and went to the park while I finished making dinner. It should be ready in three minutes. It will be delicious. I think. I’ve never made spaghetti squash before, and I have no idea how good a substitute it will be for semolina spaghetti. But I figure whatever I put this sauce on is going to taste awesome, because this sauce is awesome, because I am awesome.

What are you doing right now?