At the Co-op where I work, we have just finished a wonderful tradition known as Spring Break. A whole week of Saturdays, of projects begun and maybe even finished, a period of guilt-free time-wasting. All the small talk nowadays will involve mention of this event. “What are your plans…?” “Are you enjoying …?” “What did you do …?”
Spring Break usually falls in the middle of Lent, but since my Lenten discipline this year has no dietary restrictions, every day of my spring break I ate something I ‘shouldn’t.’ (I put that word in call-out quotes because it is usually ‘they’ who say that I ‘shouldn’t.’)
This junk food thing wasn’t my main objective during Spring Break, I’m a little deeper than that. But when the first day I slept late and had an egg sandwich for brunch, and followed it the second day with a bowl of chili for supper I saw a trend developing. I decided to have a week long indulgence of foods I allow myself only rarely. During the rest of my stay-cation (not all the same day) I ate:
Taco Bell’s Five Layer Burrito – this is possibly my favorite fast food meal. Besides tasting good, it only costs $2.00 and fills me up for hours.
A Sonic Blast – I considered this a whole meal the day I had it. Occasionally I get so hungry for ice cream and this does it for me … as well as providing a taste of my favorite candy, Butterfinger.
McDonald’s Sausage Biscuit – On Tuesday I woke early to write and at about 10:00 a.m., I needed to go to the post office. And then I decided I deserved a break! This is a seldom enjoyed treat. I can remember having it only once in 2011 when members of my morning prayer group surprised me with breakfast on my birthday.
Meatball Sub – I am a big fan of the sitcom “Friends.” I have seen every episode and own most of them. The meatball sub is Joey Tribiani’s favorite sandwich, yet I had never tasted one until last December when Subway had their promotion. Now I’m a fan, too. All for less than $3.00
One night my youngest son popped in with a Pizza Hut $10.00 box. Pepperoni pizza with the thickest crust I have ever seen, bread sticks and cinnamon sticks with icing. Plenty of food for the three of us. (The third being Phillip’s GF, Zefani.)
One thing I determined on this break-from-food-sanity is — I don’t need to retire. Though I am of retirement age and then some, I realize that if I stayed at home every day, I would be a slug. My cholesterol level would be off the charts, I would weigh 500 pounds and have my own reality show on The Learning Channel.
So, tomorrow it’s back to work at my fun job with great co-workers. My food binge leaving me only a little worse for wear.