No, we�re not going to discuss recipes here. Actually, this is about narrow escapes and recovering from a less-than-good choice.
It was very hot last week, and I was dehydrated. VERY dehydrated, and had very little time. So, on my way back to work, after letting the dog out, I stopped at a local deli/farm market for something to drink.
Picked up a quart of sugar-free iced tea, figuring it would see me through the 20-minute drive, and then stood on line to pay. Talk about environmental sabotage! What better way to get people to buy sugar-coated, low-quality carbs than to line the aisle where everyone waits for the cashier with TABLES and SHELVES of gumdrops, chocolate covered everything, cookies, candy, etc etc etc.
Tired and thirsty ME looked at the chocolate covered pretzels, and wavered, and thought, and wondered. I rationalized that I�d share them at work. I told myself that I could have a couple on the drive back. In short, I rationalized myself into buying them.
When I got in the car � thirstier by the second � my first thought was those darned pretzels. And I actually said, out loud, and several times, JANE: YOU ARE THIRSTY, NOT HUNGRY. So I cracked open the iced tea and started to drink. After a few gulps, I felt so much better. And realized that I now had more than a half pound of chocolate covered pretzels right on the seat next to me.
I walked into the office, and stood between the cubicles of two of my co-workers, a young man and a young woman. I told them what I�d done. The young woman looked at the pretzels in TERROR. So I turned to the young man and told him that I had to give him the care and custody of the pretzels, and I didn�t want to see them! And added that I was not rational [for some reason, I�d changed into a pair of those 500-pound shorts and wore them for the last couple of hours of work].
How many times in the past would I have hidden the pretzels and eaten them within a day or two, in an effort to get rid of them quickly so I wouldn�t have to face them?
Thank goodness for healthy 20-something men with a sweet tooth! Crisis averted, and everyone at work was happy with this treat. The first decision � to buy the pretzels � was NOT a good one. Figuring out how to recover, and keep myself safe was a major accomplishment.