There are times when being sick isn’t so bad – as a kid you get to miss school and your parents take care of you.  There are times when being sick stinks – it’s just you and your dog who you still have to walk even though it’s raining.  The bigger frustration boils down to food.  I have not cheated on the Paleo Challenge and I will not allow strep to stop me from doing so well.

Scenario # 1: First day of being sick.  I called in an order to the local Chinese food place for chicken soup.  I asked for a large.  The woman asked if I want noodles.  I said no, of course.  No to scallions as well, but yes to chicken.  She questioned me, doubting that I truly didn’t want noodles.  That was the easy part because I really just wanted the broth with some pieces of chicken.  The really tough part was when I got home.  The bag contained 2 packages of Chinese noodles.  Those crunchy, salty, tasty pieces of fried dough.  I threw them out before I could even be tempted to eat them.  Thankfully, they looked like the ones in this picture:

The overly greasy kind that I know upset my stomach.  If they were from my favorite Chinese food place with their homemade duck sauce… Well, then we might have an issue.

Scenario # 2: Grocery shopping in the rain.  Grocery shopping itself may not have been so bad.  But the rain, which was more of a constant mist, was just a nuisance.  I hope I don’t get sicker.  Anyway, I diverge.  Grocery shopping was a frustration because it would have been so much easier to pick up something frozen or something pre-made and heat it up as opposed to having to cook from scratch.  Needless to say, I spent way too much money between Whole Foods (Larabars and pre-ripped kale), Trader Joe’s (salsa, tomato sauce), Costco (eggs, bananas), and Fairway (clementines, sweet potatoes, avocados, plums, peaches, garlic, onion, olive oil, almond flour, more Larabars, chicken, cod, etc.).  This was followed up with a stop at Sur La Table for an immersion blender (the blue one was on sale for $27.99 vs $34.95):

Side note – Fairway has Larabars on sale this week 5 for $5 (or $1 each).  They’re normal priced at Whole Foods again.

I came home from these errands, made 7 trips to unload the car, walked the dog, put everything away, and took a nap.  I didn’t realize just how draining running errands was.

Post-nap, which Finn so graciously woke me from so she could go out and have dinner, I made meatballs to pair with my leftover cauliflower/broccoli mash from Friday night and a fresh banana bread.  I will start posting recipes and pictures of the food soon (hopefully beginning tomorrow…I know I promised recipes).

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent.  I hope you have a great Sunday evening.  Here’s to next time!

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