Friday, September 27, 2013

Tailgating and Sunflowers

Happy Friday Bleeps!

I don't know about you, but when I'm sick I'm not hungry. I generally know when I am starting to feel better because I have a huge appetite. I was sick for almost two weeks and then yesterday at work we had a Tailgating party...FOOD!

I remember fondly reading the email that said "Fran will be making his BBQ"...I started drooling right there.

All day I was just a little too excited. I wanted to smart though. I know that I was going in to it coming off being sick. It's hard enough to control my eating when there are piles of food in front of me, but to try and do it knowing I would be abnormally hungry would be tough.

So my plan was to make sure that I was eating little snacks throughout the day. I did not want to go the party hungry.

The big draw is always the Kegs. I don't drink beer. I very rarely drink alcohol. It's not always fun for those of us who don't to stay and hang with those who do. I didn't want to stay late anyway and I had some work that I needed to check on before I left. So I planned to only stay for a half hour.

When we walked outside they were still setting up so we walked over to the kegs. Everyone were filling their cups while I looked for something else to drink. I found some green iced tea.

I spied Fran and kept my eye on his progress. I WANT BBQ!  Time was flying and I realized that I needed to eat because I needed to get back to my desk. There were chips and a tomato pie (cold sicilian pizza minus the cheese) and soft pretzels. I think the hot dogs were ready, but I prepared for my BBQ worked! I was one of the first to grab a pulled pork sandwich...soooo worth the wait.

I had a scoop of mac'n' cheese and some pasta salad (with lots of different veggies in it). I was good. But then I saw Ms. Gina walk in with her pumpkin spice rice crispie treats. Um...YES PLEASE. When I went to the table I saw the trays of jalapeno poppers...for real? there were three ginormous trays and I can't remember the last time I had one...I took a couple.

I was a little nervous. I was eating my dinner before 4:30. I was worried that I would get hungry again at 8 or something. And I did. So I had some crackers.

The night before it took me an hour and a half to get home so I checked in on my work issue and logged out. Time to get on the road.  I had a thought...I would stop in the Sunflower field for pictures on my way home. It's not going to last much longer.

It was worth the stop. I wish I had done it sooner. It was still beautiful, but they are starting to wither.  The funny thing is that I have driven by this field twice a day for weeks. I have seen the people walking around in it. And yet I was shocked when I got up close. They sunflowers came up to my waist. I'm so used to giant sunflowers. I expected them to be higher (even though I saw dozens of people in comparison). I felt like a giant walking around.

It was so beautiful. I could not stop smiling. I would love to have a field of sunflowers of my own one day. It's very romantic.

The irony is that last night was the first day I felt good enough to go to the gym. So I knocked out some push ups when I got home. I have a challenge with someone and I need to get back in shape so that I can kick his butt!

The good news is that tonight I finally made it back to the gym. I got a good two mile walk in and a lot more push ups. :-)

Have a Blessed Night.

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