Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Datebooks, diets and lentils

Went to Barnes and Noble yesterday looking for a calendar and a datebook.

Came out with a blank book, a Frog Calendar, a desk calendar of 365 clichees, and a book on HTML.

Spent several hours drawing and numbering calendar layouts into the blank book because I am a maroon.

Thought I had lost my keys at the bookstore when in fact I had tucked them in a different pocket of my purse.

Did not realize this until I had retraced my steps all over the neighborhood looking for them.

Did not purchase any of the mountains of Diet and weight loss books that were prominently displayed near the entrance.

Made Lentil soup. "In Brazil the lentil is believed to signify wealth, so on the first day of the New Year they serve lentil soup or lentils and rice."
(from http://www.fathertimes.net/braziliannewyear.htm)

I suspect that is has more to do with starting the new year off in a thrifty way to counteract a holiday season of profligate spending.

I keep thinking about the weight loss plan outlined by the character of Emily in the film version of "The Devil Wears Prada": "I eat nothing and when I start to feel faint, I eat a cube of cheese."

This now runs through my head when I see super skinny New York girls cross the street.


Jay said...

Good ole cubes of cheese.

Last year I put off my calendar-getting until way late in January and had to settle for bottom of the barrel, and was upset about it all year long. This year I acted early. So early in fact that I tucked it away in a safe place and haven't seen it since. Phew.

ergo said...

Jay: Nothing like a golfing monkeys calendar to motivate early purchasing. *cough*

Hope you find your early purchase. Happy to send you the clichee desk calendar if you want it. ;)

Molly said...

That's a great diet philosophy, I'm just not sure that I wouldn't be feeling faint all day looking for an excuse to eat some cubed cheese. Mmmm, Behold the power of cheese!

Patrick (fishlamp) said...

Cubes of cheese are quite filling

ergo said...

molly: Cheese is powerful indeed. Though, I can never just have a cube of cheese. It's like eating one m&m or one potato chip.

patrick: oh no! they go to you too!!?!