In the spring of 1987 I stayed the night at the house of a friend. I was 14 years old. At around 2:00 am, wide awake after a night of boy talk, magazine reading, and Saturday Night Live, we decided to make ourselves a snack. The problem? We couldn’t decide if we wanted something sweet or something savory. Pancakes, or French fries. Of course, at 14 years of age, that wasn’t exactly a deterrent. Instead, we did what most teenage girls would do: we made both. At 2:00 am.
The next morning(ish) we had a bit of explaining to do (it takes a lot of dishes to make pancakes and French fries, especially when you don’t really know what you are doing). The utter confusion our menu selection induced was just enough to deflect attention away from the grease and syrup stains peppering the kitchen cabinets and floors. To this day, that late night snack lives on in infamy with my friend’s family.
So what does this have to do with my blog?
I toyed with the idea of starting a blog for the better part of a year, but the thought of committing to one focus gave me the vapors. You hear it time and time again that great blogs have focus. Focus?! I usually skip lunch just to avoid the hassle of making a decision. Finally, though, I decided to be true to myself and write about whatever suits me. I try to write about nothing. Or everything. Just not something. Consider this blog an homage to the indecisive: those creative individuals who love their spouse, and their kids, and fashion, and design, and cooking, and art, and science, and math, and are looking for someone else who loves it all, too.
I guess if I had to sum it up, I’d like to think Pancakes & French Fries, the blog, is a bit like the story that inspired the name. Spontaneous. Odd. A little bit sweet, a little bit savory. Like my life, and most likely yours, too.