Things are always shifting and changing. The more people in your family the more things shift and change. Sometimes I miss my single days and the simplicity of life with just me in my apartment but usually not! I love my wife and kids and wouldn’t change my situation if I could. And I do get a little alone time once in a while… Anyway, the latest changes are two new passions that have emerged. The wife has recently purchased an electric pressure cooker — check some out — and the kids seem to have caught paddle board (reviews of the best stand up paddle boards can be found on shakasurfer.com) fever which is kind of odd considering it is only March.
From what I gather, one of the kids started hearing about paddleboarding from a friend who was on vacation and then they all started watching videos about it and, voila!, now they are a must-have. We shall see as SUPs (that’s the standard abbreviation for stand up paddle board) are pretty expensive, even the inflatable ones. Perhaps we can have a family outing some time in the summer and rent them and give them a try. Or, maybe the passion and fascination will fade and I can avoid a tussle over a big purchase. I love it when the kids are happy and having fun but wish they could chose a less expensive hobby. Enumerating the costs for a paddle board set-up is enlightening and sobering – it looks like a half-decent kit would cost around $1000! Multiply that by the number of people in your family and you have to be fairly comfortable financially…
- paddle board $900 – $1500
- paddle $100 – $300
- PFD (personal floatation device) $40 – $150
- paddle board leash – necessary so you don’t get separated from your paddle board if you fall off – $40
So, onto the other new thing in our family and specifically our kitchen – the electric pressure cooker. This is one I can fully support: not too expensive, frequently used, produces some really tasty meals and saves time. I tried it out myself just because and was impressed. Black beans took twenty minutes to cook rather than the usual one and a half to two hours. I like the peace of mind of the modern electric cooker too. With all its safety features and the timer I can get it cooking and then leave knowing that it will turn off when scheduled. Though I have to admit I did arrange my bean cooking time so that I was in the vicinity when it was supposed to shut off – just to be sure. Honestly there are so many redundant safety mechanisms that I would feel ok with one of the kids using it though I’m not sure I’d be too keen to eat whatever comes out.
So, in summary, thumbs up to the pressure cooker. I can’t see any negatives – except maybe overcooked food if the cook doesn’t know what he or she is doing. As for the paddle board idea probably thumbs down due to financial concerns, but we can always rent!