So after having three meltdowns all before 10am ("I can't, can't doooo this anymore. I have no, no moooneeey..." you know the rest), I remembered that Liza owed me a little cash. So I ran the 45 blocks to her office to collect—fanny pack and all.
I never thought I'd be running around NYC with a fanny pack on—to a magazine publishing building no less—but sometimes you have to make a fashion faux pas to get the job done. I've been eating half a bagel with peanut butter and Kashi granola on top and an apple for lunch for the past four days. I just couldn't make this day number five, so I stopped into a make-your-own salad place. I was sweaty from the run and as I scooped the romaine into my bowl, sweat started rolling down my hand. Grossss. I tried to ignore it, but I'm pretty sure the girl behind me noticed. I quickly wiped the sweat from my hand and moved onto to the chickpeas. Mmm, my favorite. AGAIN, sweat comes inching down my arm. And again I try to ignore it until I can nonchalantly wipe it off. If I had been the girl behind me, I know for a fact I would have been pissed as hell and loudly huffing and puffing. (OK, I probably would have just been standing there quietly thinking mean thoughts, but still...) I digress.
As I moved onto the cucumbers, onions, green peppers, carrots, corn, walnuts, my mood started to escalate (small things like salads make me happy these days). I have been totally craving some fresh, tasty veggies. When I got to the salad dressing counter, I saw a sign that said "Complimentary soup with any salad." Jigga whaaat? Complimentary Kleenex would make me happy, but complimentary SOUP? Am I being Punk'd? That put me on a level of excitement you just can't comprehend. When I got to the soup counter, I way too excitedly chirped, "So I really get a complimentary soup?!" The lady behind the counter looked at me with dead eyes and said "yes." Ok, right...now what type of soup do I want?! After carefully considering all my options, I chose the barley vegetable. (I ate barley for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was the most delicious thing I had ever eaten. Is it as healthy as it sounds?? I need to look into that!)
I went from the saddest girl in the Big Apple to the happiest, all in a matter of minutes. When I passed the Diet Cokes, I couldn't help but get one (even though I've had one the last two days, eek). My fabulous meal came out to $9, but I decided to save the soup to be reheated for lunch tomorrow. So really, lunch was $4.50—not bad.
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Have you ever gotten this excited about something so small? How was your lunch today? (Please share, I love knowing what other people are eating! Weird, I know.)