Food, technology

I. Just. Want. A. Sandwich.

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So I was dashing out the door to an appointment last night and I realized that I had made dinner for my children to have with the babysitter, but forgot to pack anything for myself and *lightbulb moment*:  I will pick up a sandwich from Panera.  Yum!  No problem, right?  Well….   I was in a hurry and I remembered how I had called in an order before or maybe I had ordered online, I couldn’t remember, so I thought, “oh!  I’ll just order it for pick up online!”.  I have developed sort of an aversion to talking to people on the phone when not necessary, especially businesses, so when I can I use e-mail or texts or chats or something similar, I’m all about it.  I thought this online order would fit the bill.  Well….  I went to the website on my phone which all but made it impossible not to download the app, “Why are you still using the mobile site”, it said, “download the app for easier ordering!”.  Oh, ok.  So I went to the app store and downloaded the app and started to create an account.  (high-pitched this time) Well….  Eventually I figured out that I already had an account, but I couldn’t remember which e-mail address it was connected to.  After a few minutes I got that figured out as well, but then I had no password.  :::headdesk:::  I just want a sandwich.  I just want some dinner.  I have 10 minutes to get where I am going, please to me a sandwich.  Hungry!  So now I was beginning to get really frustrated and hungry and time was running out.  After finding the e-mail address to which my sandwich account (Panera) was connected to, I downloaded yet another app for that e-mail address and I tried to log in.  :::send help::::  I have forgotten my password.  By this time I have run out of time to actually order online and I have arrived at the Panera to just order in person.  (the snail mail of food ordering)  Ugh.  Plus interpersonal skills on the weekend.  Grrr.  *sigh*  Ok, ordered and picked up food and have used my little club card thingy whereupon I discovered that had I figured out how to order online or through the app I could have saved $5.00.  Seriously.  Frustrated.  Feeling defeated I continued on to my appointment rather excited about my sandwich, but upset about my side choice with my You-Pick-2.  Why don’t I ever choose the bread?  I love the bread!  Just get the bread!  Grrr.  Online I would have chosen the bread.  Anyway.  I later did get that password figured out for my alternate e-mail account that was connected to my sandwich account and now I have synched them up with my club card thingy and am ready to rock.  Next time.   I downloaded 2 apps and spent probably half an hour trying to order a sandwich.  I thought this was supposed to be easier.  I remember not too long ago when it would not have even occurred to me to download an app to my phone to place an order for something.  Online technology changes our routines, our social patterns (when was it that I stopped liking the phone so much?), makes things easier to a point, but also can occasionally cause so much extra work.

Be Fierce.  #technicaldifficulties

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Kelly

Food, Self-Help

Would you go Paleo?

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I’ve been looking at doing the “Whole 30” eating plan.  The basic premise is that you eat exculsively Paleo for 30 days with no exceptions and then you can moderately ease into a less restrictive Paleo diet.  I’ve been thinking about it 1) becasuse I have got to do something to increase my energy level and 2) I have a couple of friends who have gone “Paleo” and they love it, although they say it takes some discipline to start.  On the Whole 30 site it says, “Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”  That’s true.  I feel like that can includes so much more in my life when I take a step back from my life “busy-ness” and look around me.  Little things can feel hard, when they disrupt our comfort.  Let’s take today for example…  I am AWFUL about getting all the tedious paperwork done for our vehicles on time.  I do it… just not on time.  I feel like that “maintenance” red light on the dashboard of my car is like a built-in back up just for me.  Its going to stay there staring at me, until I take the car in for an oil change.  Its like the car sticking its tongue out at me blowing raspberries.  So, I did that yesterday and no more red light.  Yay!  Today I took the car in for emissions testing and then to the Currency Exchange to get a current tax sticker for the car.  I cannot tell you how I dislike those shops.  They feel dirty inside.  You would think the atmosphere alone would be enough to make me send in my payment ahead of time so that I wouldn’t have to go there.  I believe that because I’m not confronted with it, I just put it out of my mind for as long as possible.  Eventually I have days like this, where I have a panic attack, lose my phone and phone cover, step on a bumblebee and then get a ticket for not having a wheel tax (??  seriously, its a thing) all in one day and I wish wish wish I had done all of my car paperwork early.  This year I’m making my wheel tax payment online.  *cheers for not having to go into a creepy building*  Anyway, my point.  All of those little things seemed so hard, but they weren’t actually hard.  I had just built them up in my head. Eating “clean” as in a Paleo plan has been built up so much, because it pretty different than what I am used to and I have convinced myself that its hard.  I’m so intrigued by it and I can’t even tell you why.  Is it because its called, “the Cave Man Diet”?  Is it because I have friends who are doing it?  Am I really that influenced by my peers?  (still?)  I have no idea.  In the meantime, I have gotten a book about it called the Paleo Manifesto by John Durant, and I’m trying to learn more about it sort of hoping it will cure my curiosity.  I don’t think I could drink my coffee black though.  I think I would have to switch to unsweetened hot tea.  As Momastery says, “we can do hard things”!!  (Even things that aren’t actually hard, but seem hard at the time.  You know what I mean.)

#BeFierce  *Tell that car paperwork or hot tea who’s boss!

#IamAFierceMom

Kelly