Today I’d like to chat about a question that has been tossed around several times over the past few months in the Lively household:
To eat out or to eat at home?
After a long day at work, Mr. Lively often wants nothing more than to come home and cook dinner. Meanwhile, after my long day at work I want nothing more than to get outta the house and enjoy a meal at one of our favorite neighborhood spots – or delivery, if I’m feeling lazy.
For a while, we attributed this difference of dinner opinion to the fact that Mr. Lively likes cooking and I do not.
However, upon closer examination it’s a bit deeper than that.
Because I work from home, 99% of the time I eat breakfast and lunch in the apartment. There are many days (especially in the Chicago winters) where I may not even leave the house before 6pm, aside from taking Franklin out.
So by eating from the same selection of foods over and over and over, working and living in the same space, and being a fan of the local cuisine, I naturally want to get the heck out of the apartment the minute Mr. Lively steps foot in the door.
Whereas Mr. Lively, who has been gone all day and often eats out during lunch, wants to come home and spend time in the apartment with a home-cooked meal.
It’s a tricky business.
We also realize that my penchant for ordering from a menu is not very economical.
But even so, there are days where eating at home after being home all day makes my skin crawl.
I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s true.
For now, we’ve decided that we will give ourselves a target of cooking dinner on three weeknights and the other two can be my choice.
With all of this in mind, I have to wonder: do any other couples or work from home people experience this same mealtime predicament?