Being Adaptable

It’s becoming clear that one of the best traits to embrace as a parent is flexibility. Being adaptable to changes and going with the flow is always nice, in my opinion, but I think it’s even more important now that we have a little guy.

For example, this weekend I was supposed to travel to Salt Lake City for the Build Your Blog Conference. I was super excited to attend the conference to network with other bloggers and learn a thing or two from some really experienced writers.

But, then I looked at the weather for the weekend. We are supposed to get between 1-2 feet of snow in Denver. Even for us, that’s a lot in a single day. Since I was planning on flying back on Saturday night from the conference it looked like a very real possibility that I would be stranded in Salt Lake City for an extra day or two.

A year ago, I would’ve rolled the dice and just went. If I happened to get stranded, no big deal.

Now though, I had to take into account that if I get stranded it means Betsy is also stranded. At home. With a newborn baby. We were both ready for me to be gone for two days, but the possibility of being delayed for an extra day or two just wasn’t worth it.

So, I just canceled. It’s a bummer to not get to go to the conference, but you can’t fight Old Man Winter right?

Now instead of learning about super fun topics like search engine optimization and social media strategies, I’ll be stuck blowing raspberries on my son’s belly. Tough life, I know.

The Links

Some good links for the week!

French Toast Bagels – A good bagel is tough to come by unless you happen to live in New York City. Very occasionally, I’ll crave a great one enough to make a batch myself. These are a new twist on the classic and look great! (@ Girl vs. Dough)

Sriracha Mac and Cheese Veggie Bake – I really hope that my kids will be good eaters some day, especially when it comes to veggies. Occasionally, I will even bribe them by mixing awesome veggies into mac and cheese… (@ Real Food by Dad)

How to Make Pie Crust from Potato Chips – You think you’ve seen it all on the Internet and then something new smacks you in the face! This is that thing for me. A savory, salty crust made out of potato chips? Crazy. (@ Cupcake Project)

How to Make Scallion Cakes – I love scallion cakes for a quick appetizer or for breakfast. They are great and pretty doable for most people once you get the hang of them. (@ The Kitchn)

Cheesy Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Tots – These are kind of a crazy recipe that I worked on a month ago. It’s crazy how good they are. I plan on adapting them soon for a Macheesmo recipe, but if you’re looking for a good appetizer these are fantastic. (@ Tablespoon)

Have a great weekend everybody!

2 comments on “Being Adaptable

  1. Good move! Once I was stuck and extra three days because of weather!!! I was scheduled to be there only one day. Everybody else was also delayed and I had to move hotels each night because of it. Worst trip ever.

  2. “Adaptable” is a good word for it, “sacrifice” would be another. Parents do have to choose, on a daily basis, between what is good for them and what is good for the kids. And that’s ok, I think.
    Cauliflower tots sound perfect. Will look forward to your version, Nick. As for the potato chips pie crust, I am sorry, nothing will convince me to eat those even in a pie crust package. Speaking of pie crust, once I tried Julia Child’s pie crust, that was it. I stopped looking for other recipes. Do you have your favorite pie crust, Nick?

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