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RTFM!

31 Mar

RTFM you must! Courtesy of icanhazcheezeburger.comI’m no good at improvising. No good at all.

Give me a good set of instructions, and I’m right there. Even a recipe that I’ve made for decades requires a sheet of paper with a list of ingredients, and the instructions for making whatever it is I may be cooking.

And this only occurred to me this morning. It’s taken me 52 years to realize that I can follow instructions but I don’t trust my own brain, my own intuition. No wonder I’m so far behind the 8-ball!

HOWever …

RTFM? No way! I stash manuals in my kitchen drawer. I have FMs for kids toys dating back to the Bratz Ice Castle, and maybe even before that. I have a FM for my 1958 KitchenAid mixer … a thrift shop find, with the TFM sought out as an afterthought. Do I ever RT(hese)FMs? No. The first place I go when I have a problem with anything is maybe the same place that you go when you have a problem with anything … Google.

Computer problems are a breeze. I just work on different solutions, fiddle around with stuff, try my own workarounds until I get the desired result. No FM or instruction sheet required there! So why is it that I have a problem with recipes, diets, knitting and crochet patterns, and the like?

NO FREAKING IDEA!

Case in point: I joined WeightWatchers once. They give you little booklets that tell you exactly what you’re supposed to eat. I followed the instructions to a “t” and lost the weight I was expected to lose. Then …

… Week 10 happened.

By Week 10, you’re supposed to have gained the insight required to go it alone. You’ve been given the tools. You learned everything you were supposed to learn by following TFM for 10 weeks, for goodness sakes! It’s like the momma bird pushing the baby bird out of the nest – go forth independently.

BUT THERE IS NO FM TO FOLLOW! Help! I’m flailing around here, with nothing to guide me.

AND I gain back all the weight I lost while I was RTFM.

My workaround right now is to make a menu plan, print off all the recipes I need for the week (storing a copy safely in Evernote just in case), creating a shopping list from those recipes, and trying my hardest not to stray!

So far, it’s working.

But I still have to look up the recipe for Over The Rainbow Mac & Cheese. Every. Single. Time.

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