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Turquoise walls as a food substitute



The declining trend of food consumption today crossed the rising trend of exercise, and I ran into a totally unanticipated problem: what the hell to do by bike on non-work days.

Normally I go to one of four grocery stores that I patronize for different reasons, the round trip totalling at least 45 minutes. Trouble is, I just don't need to buy groceries that often anymore. And I don't like riding my bike around for the hell of it--it works best for me if there's a practical purpose to it.

So today I found myself riding to Fred Meyer (the local everything store) and--get this--picking out paint chips. For a living-room repainting project that did not exist until an hour ago.

My inspiration?

Upstairs:
Screen capture from Upstairs Downstairs 2010, showing cast and interior decor

Downstairs:
Screen capture from Upstairs Downstairs 2010, showing cast and interior decor

(Heh. My whole house would fit in that entry hall with room to spare, I'm pretty sure. But I like the greeny blues and bluey greens. Might make a nice change.)

Anyway, as I was wandering around Fred's feeling admittedly a bit hungry, I began to imagine all I might eat, and I realized how much food I've bought and eaten over the years just to give myself a sense of purpose. Everything I could think to do by bike today involved buying, preparing or consuming food and drink. I could go to a cafe. I could bake. I could cook. I could pick up a bag of this or a box of that. It was all very tempting, and let me tell you, vegetables did not figure prominently in my visions.

It's a hazard of living alone and being rather solitary, I think. So many pleasant things I could reach by bike--movies, museums, sights, shopping--are unappealing alone. I need to find other destinations or get into a habit of riding my bike nowhere in particular for an hour, or else one of these unstructured days will find me diving head first into a bag of Cheetos.

I'd rather avoid that.

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