Sunday, November 15, 2009

Accidental volunteer

Thursday I got an email from Kenny, our pastor, about a Saturday morning men's breakfast. I wondered why exactly I was on the list because, well, I'm not a man. Then at the end of the email, he said, "Women, please encourage the men in your life to get involved. :)" So Friday I asked The Engineer if he was going, and he confirmed that he was, but that he hadn't RSVP'd. I responded to Kenny's email,

Kenny--Sorry for the late RSVP but The Engineer WILL be there. Do you want me to prepare any food?

I was thinking maybe I could quickly whip up some muffins or something. Then I got Kenny's reply,

Hey Beth, that would be great if you want to prepare the food!

Um, wait a minute, I thought. Did I just accidentally volunteer to make all the food? For a breakfast less than 24 hours from now? Apparently so.

I'm sure I could have graciously clarified my offer, but Kenny let me know that only five guys had RSVP'd, and there would probably be a couple of extra. Yeah, I thought, I can make food for five or 10 guys.

So I sent The Engineer to the grocery store on his way home from work. I made some dough for cinnamon rolls, let it rise, and refrigerated it. I was actually excited; if I'm going to accidentally volunteer for something, it might as well be something I enjoy, like cooking.

There was just one problem. I was in the middle of a novel that had me spellbound--one of those I really didn't want to put down. I wanted to spend my evening reading.

So I did. As I assembled cinnamon rolls Friday night, and made Green chili egg casserole Saturday morning, I propped the book open on the countertop and multi-tasked a bit. And I didn't even substitute salt for sugar or make any other distracted mistakes. Everything turned out good.

Cooking and reading...two things I love to do. Who knew how easy it would be to do them at the same time? I hope all my future accidental volunteering experiences are just as satisfying as this one was.


beckiwithani said...

Just tell me you didn't read while driving the food over to the breakfast ... I mean, there's nothing wrong with reading and driving; your legs just aren't long enough to effectively use your knees to steer.

Call Me Cate said...

I'm only allowed in the kitchen with supervision when I'm "fully" functioning. I can't imagine Joe allowing me to read and cook at the same time. Of course, maybe if I was cooking for him...

Wondering how I can encourage someone to accidentally volunteer for a few things around my place.

nopinkhere said...

I do this all the time! (Cook and read that is.) I usually have an upstairs book and a downstairs book going at the same time. The downstairs one often spends some time in the kitchen; I've gotten good at reading while stirring. I'll have to look for that book. I've enjoyed others of his, so I'll probably like that one too.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I take my laptop into the kitchen - that way I can read, or write, or blog... and I can listen to the radio when I'm using my hands for the actual cooking.

I'm glad your 'volunteering' went so well ;)

Scriptor Senex said...

Whilst I have admiration for your abilities I have even more for your commenter Rachel. Doesn't she keep getting flour on the keyboard???

Gerry Hatrić said...

Green chili egg casserole?? This I have to see! How about posting a pic or recipe?

Unknown said...

Sounds like it turned out to be a very rewarding accident after all. On top of doing something you enjoy you made a group of men very happy with a lovely meal.

LEstes65 said...

Man, you are gracious and a wonderful wonderful person. I'm glad I know you.