As I walked out of the post office early this afternoon, I checked my watch. I knew it was between 12:30 and 1:00 pm, and I was supposed to be at Suzanneís house by 1:00, so I wanted to see how much time I had. My watch told me it was 2:15 pm. It also said it was Tuesday, October 31. I hope I still have the receipt for the battery I bought two months ago. The one with the one-year warranty? Yeah, that one. This shows you how often I look at my watch, though. Not very often, apparently, since I didnít even know it stopped four days ago.
As you know, Iím not much for parties, but this was different. This was a tasting party, for easy gourmet cooking ingredients. I went not knowing what to expect, just that I wasnít going to buy anything. I left loving everything I tasted and ordering such things as Vidalia onion dip and savory wheat beer bread mix. Not long ago I didnít even know there were such things, and now Iím planning on expanding my repertoire to include them.
After eating so many treats (including desserts) at the party, I wasnít sure Iíd need to fix myself dinner after I got home. I have three different kinds of leftovers in the refrigerator, but I didnít feel like any of them. When I finally got hungry, I heated a frozen pizza. Itís not something I do very often (and not something Iím proud of), but every once in a while it feels good to indulge in the kind of food I used to gorge myself on, back before I started trying so hard to eat well.
But Iím also excited about trying new, healthier recipes. I spent so much of my life eating the same thing every day, and shying away from trying anything that I already thought I didnít like, that I have a lot of ground to make up. I canít believe how many years I wasted not eating tomatoes. Now Iím cooking with eggplant and zucchini, and all kinds of other foods that I wouldnít even pronounce the names of in the past. I think itís a good trend. A healthy trend.