Submitted by Erin H. (I may need a new name…there are so many Erins this month!)
First off, my husband, Evan, is wondering why these experiments of mine also seem to involve him in some way. Luckily, this one is a bit easier on his lifestyle than the Month in the Raw in January. I suppose there will be a lot more “we”s in these posts than “I”s this time around.
Our dining story: Both of us grew up in families that love to eat. Both families made a point to eat together at dinner. Meals were typically home cooked 6 days of the week. Pizza Fridays were my family’s splurge. So, all this pre-conditioning carried over into our marriage: dinners are cooked and at the table at least 5/6 days a week and it became that way without much discussion. However, we recently moved to Indianapolis from Durham and our lives are not quite settled. This is the pivotal month. Pending anything unforseen, we will be moving into our new house at the end of the month. Typically, this would be a situation in which we could easily slip in to a series of eating out sessions mixed with TV mixed with “grab what you can and go” episodes. So this experiment is happening at an interesting time.
- Continue to eat meals “at the table” with Evan. As there may not actually be a table for a time during the move, there may be picnics in the future. But for us, “at the table” more represents a time to enjoy the food, catch-up, continue to learn about each other, laugh and discuss the bigger questions in life.
- I work from home and have a habit of eating breakfast and lunch in front of the computer. I will attempt to eat these meals “at the table” with myself – taking time to enjoy my food, check-in, listen to myself and contemplate the bigger questions in life.
- Our relocation to Indiana brings us closer to family and old friends and presents the opportunity to meet and make friends in a new place. At least once a week we would like to take advantage of this new location and have at least one meal with friends (old and new) or family “at the table”…because food always tastes better when shared with many.
Experiments are supposed to leave you more educated once it is all said and done. I’m interested to find out what new things I can learn about Evan, myself, my friends and family.