Catching Up

by Andrea on November 17, 2011

I hate drama. I have no tolerance for it. Unfortunately I’ve had much of it in my life of late. Drama at home. Drama at work. I’m drained. But determined to recover. If there is one thing about me, it’s that I bounce. As in: Bounce Back.

I’m  also pleased to report that I already managed to lose the two pounds gained over the weekend, which I directly attribute to the two separate occasions my grandparents required me to eat breakfast at Denny’s. Can I just say I LOATHE Denny’s. It is the most disgusting place. I am so sad that their prices on the crap food are so low that my grandparents feel like it is a bargain that can’t be missed. This is right up there with my Husband recently reporting to me that McDonald’s is apparently the most successful corporation in America (I forget the metric this was based on…). The economy is tanking and the providers of Cheap Gross Food are prospering. Tragic.

While in San Diego, the rain did clear (!) and I had two opportunities to jog around Lake Murray (a very nice place to jog if you ever find yourself near San Diego.) Despite my futile attempt to exercise away the Denny’s experience, I was amused by the sights seen during Urban Jogging. (My usual Rural Jogging usually nets no more than squirrels, deer, and occasionally a giant pile of bear scat.) My favorite was the older gentlemen riding a bike. The bike had a basket with a large sign attached to the front that read MUFFIN in clear, block letters. Inside the basket was a Schnauzer of some sort (I believe this was Muffin), sniffing the air with great interest. This made me smile and wonder in bizarre amusement all at once. I had a similar experience the day prior when a different individual was pushing a similarly small breed of dog around the lake path in a baby stroller.

Nothing like dogs in baby strollers to take your mind off your huffing and puffing while you lug yourself around Lake Murray…all the while, you (I) can’t seem to keep up with the two elderly speed walkers who are leaving you (me) in their dust.

Apparently my pace needs some work.

That said, I’m home now. I believe yesterday was the peak day of fall color and the last of the dry days. The cold downpour has commenced, ripping the leaves off their branches and into giant slushy piles on the ground. In a matter of days, all will be brown and grey until February and March. Tonight I must remember to light many candles and bring back the Light.

I also must figure out how to get to Civilization to prepare for Thanksgiving (groceries!) and our early holiday family gift exchange (presents for Mother-in-Law!) despite the blizzard conditions on the mountain passes between my house and the nearest Commercial Zone.

 

 

 

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Michelle @ Blogitness November 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I’m with you on the Denny’s thing…it’s awful. Although I’m fully willing to admit, a four piece chicken nugget from McDonald’s is a guilty pleasure every now and again.
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Allison @ PickyEatingRD November 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I love San Diego. I was there back in September and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. I am glad the rain cleared up for ya!
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Kat November 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

Oh man, I’m just not even dealing with the gifts issue yet. Between all of our families I’m just like….? I can’t even begin to attempt to fashion any sort of coherent list/plan to make it happen.
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Marie@feedingfive November 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

I tend to be a cheapskate so I totally understand the Denny’s situation. But I’ve learned to spend more because I tell myself “self, what is it worth to you to be at a healthy weight?” Most people would spend any amount to look the way they want, to drop some pounds. So it makes sense that when eating out you don’t let price dictate your eating choices.

I rarely eat out so I can justify spending more on a meal once in a while.
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Megan @CountryCleaver November 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

I’ve always wanted to go to San Diego. But dang, I completely understand your disdain for Denny’s. The only thing it’s “decent” for is a greasy hangover breakfast, and even then it’s not worth the intestinal distress it creates… Ugh.
And you’re spot on about McD’s and their provision of cheap food to down people in these economic times. Tragic.
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