Yick, what a week! One of my friends on Saturday said something about Mercury being in retrograde; I’ll stick to something more simplistic. I broke all rules of my life and stepped into Wal-Mart. I should probably be a bit more specific: I transferred a prescription to the local scare-mart because they were open and I was desperate. When I refilled it on Monday … yup, I forgot to transfer it back to my normal pharmacy. Normally, I’d just kick myself but on this locavore challenge, I realized a few random things. I DESPISE Wal-Mart (Look, it’s CHEAP! Yup. And the system of one stop shopping is wrecking havoc on local economies!) – just entering into one out of oversight irked me.
My locavore challenge for the week wound up ok . . .not 100%. The easy way out is to blame the 48 hour migraine. Monday, I found myself ditching into a chain drive thru for breakfast. I felt horrific, the thought of cooking exhausted me and I knew I had to eat. I picked the ease of a drive thru. Everything became worse as for lunch, I grabbed something out of the cafeteria. Ugh. After Monday, I manage to keep myself on track.
Lessons learned: sometimes, the convenance factor has to work. I know that cooking when sick I a disaster for me. What I need to do for next time? Make some “frozen” dinners to grab and go. I also need to remember to stay hydrated during the weekend. For some reason, I can do so at work … at home? Much harder.
The benefits of the week? Found a local corn festival at Wilson Farm (a bushel of corn frozen!), grabbed TexMex at Three Amigos (normally, I would have hit a drive thru!) on my way to the opening of the new space for my favorite reflexology place, The Barefoot Dragonfly. Normally after a morning at the office, followed by running errands and fun, I’d grab and go. This weekend, I found myself being intentional. It’s easy to hit a chain or a box store. It’s harder to find as local as possible food/establishments to find what I need. I have found myself spending less money (probably less impulse purchases) but/and having to plan out what errands I need to run to minimize back tracking and needless time in the car (a pet peeve). A side bonus? I’m not really missing my afternoon Kit-Kat bar.
The key for this challenge for me is planning (and a skill I lack in the getting myself together and out the door department). Next week will be a challenge. I’m headed to NoVa for the weekend so I’ve got to figure out what I can do for food next week since I’ll loose my cooking time. I’ve suggested a few restaurants for the people I’m visiting to I can stay local inside the beltway.
Still, I’m blaming my slip-up on the fact I stepped into a Wal-Mart a few weeks ago. I’ve already switched the prescription back!