When I feel stressed, I turn to food for comfort, but I don’t like to diet and I’m not good at it.
I love my job and the ability to travel, however, I- like most people can have an off day. At the end of an off day where stress and over thinking are the devil, all I really want is the right meal, a cold beer and friendly but not too friendly service. It’s cold this week, and yep, I am back in Ann Arbor which is lovely but again – like home, snowy and cold. While it is more convenient to go to the attached chain restaurant, I knew this would not help my off day. I searched yelp, thought about my past trips here and what would be the antidote to a less than inspired Monday. Casey’s Tavern was it, just a hour – to have amazing fish and chips, cold beer and that was it. I know a lot of people will say – I focus way too much on food, and should it have that much influence on my mood? Well, yes – anything you truly enjoy should affect your mood. Your family, your job, your home, pets, home and yes – food. I know my moods are highly affected by my most recent meal or lack of one. I drive home on Fridays, and in my haste, don’t usually stop to eat, and are out of my travel snacks already. I come home with high expectations of relaxing, eating and being able to decompress from my week. In reality, my house needs attention, and I feel the need to unpack, start laundry, clean and put things in order before anything. And I get grumpy. And before hugging my daughter, boyfriend, dogs – I have already managed to stress them out discussing all the things I think I need to do and in turn, probably making them regret I walked in. New Goal this week- stop to eat on way home, hug people and pets first, and don’t even look at my kitchen. Unpacking can wait.