I am participating in the Slice of Life March Challenge with my fellow slicers at Two Writing Teachers. This is day 27. I’m getting a little anxious about the end of this month of sharing together our experiences. In the last week, I try to focus on other slices as mentors, here is my slice in response to Aggie Kesler’s Keeping Busy because I definitely needed a distraction yesterday. (shout to Darin’s hashtags as well)
A Needed Distraction #sol20
March 27, 2020
Like all of us, I have been spending much more time that usual sitting in front of a screen. The result of which is a lethal combination of anxiousness, fatigue, and neck ache.
Aggie’s advice to clean my refrigerator had been rattling around inside my head for a few days, so after my morning meeting yesterday, I decided to take a break in an effort to prepare myself to go to the grocery store and clean the refrigerator and the pantry.
So… I began
cleaning eating my way through the frig. First I found a nearly empty bag of bagels, some cream cheese and a dab of jelly. Sounds like a terrific breakfast. I pause to toast a bagel as I contemplate which shelf to begin with. Let’s start in the door. How did coffee grounds and rubber bands get into the egg holder? Ahh, whole foods’ bands, but coffee? Why are there 10 packages of yeast? Cosmic message to bake break, perhaps?
I move on to the butter “dish”,. Why do I have so many packages of cream cheese? I begin to make a list of ‘interesting’ ingredients. Perhaps I can google search ingredients and find recipes. I am determined to use as much as I can and limited going to the grocery store. (see # above). I put butter on my grocery list. Always need butter.
What next? Do I still feel hungry? There is one slice of cinnamon bread in this bag. I’ll just finish that off by toasting it with the bagel. So now, a bagel in the toaster and I just eat the piece of cinnamon bread. Save the twist tie in the drawer and the plastic bag to the bag of bags. Cleaning by eating. It’s a thing…
Finish up the door in a jiffy. Only five kinds of salad dressing. Looking good. I move on to the shelves. Why are there SOOO many yogurts in here? Get the yogurts organized by flavors. Mine v. Mr. K’s. Questions arise. Artichoke hearts? Two jars of pickles? Key Lime Juice? A pie crust? It wasn’t too scary. Looking good.
I move on to the freezer. Did you know I have a secret stash of Maine blueberries?
The pantry is a testament to neglect. Two jars of mayo, three bottles of Balsamic Vinegar. Do I not ever check before I go to the grocery store?
In the end, Aggie was totally correct. My head was cleared. I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment. I made some cooking plans. For a couple of hours, no worries.