One of the things that I love about my small office job is that we always keep the fridge stocked with pop (soda) and water for the employees. There is also coffee, but I don’t touch the stuff so it isn’t really relevant here. So, instead of plopping my 65 cents into the Coke machine downstairs when I need a drink, all I have to do is grab one out of the fridge in the kitchen.
The only downside to this, is that I am usually the one who has to do the grocery shopping and stock the fridge when it gets low. I don’t mind too much though, because that means I get to pick out what goes in the fridge (which is ALWAYS stocked with Coke Zero these days).
On Monday, my mom and I went and had a wonderful salad bar lunch at the grocery store down the street so that we could do the "stock the fridge" grocery shopping at the same time. Besides the drinks in the fridge, we’ve also been trying to keep some fresh fruit around for everyone to snack on. See how health conscious we’re being? So we picked up some apples and then decided to get some of the 100-calorie packs of pretzels and snacks as well.
We returned with our goods and set them out in the kitchen. Two days later, the pretzels and other salty goods are almost gone while the apples sit there untouched. I guess they went over well. And I, lover of all things salty, have had only one little bag of pretzels.
I had thoughts of grabbing a couple of bags and stashing them in my desk so that I get some before they are all gone, but I didn’t do it. It reminded me of when my mom and dad would come home with groceries and each one of us kids would grab our favorites and try to hide it so the other ones wouldn’t eat it before we got any. I don’t really know why I feel that way about food. I’m an adult. It isn’t like I can’t go to the store and buy my own if I really want it. There will always be more.
I just have to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to have it all today. There will be more food to be had tomorrow. Maybe I should put that on a sign and hang it on my fridge, and pantry, and desk drawers, or maybe the back of my hands…