Monday, October 4, 2010


I did it. I survived a weekend at the Ronald McDonald House. But the last few days there further affirmed my decision to take a leave of absence.

It’s not that my food was terrible. I was…decent. Not fantastic, but not completely horrific, either.

I stayed away from the sweets, so that was good. In fact, I did very well until late Saturday afternoon when some sweet donors dropped by some sandwiches. That’s the weirdo in me—I can avoid the cupcakes and ice cream, but give me a plate of tasty sandwiches and I have to really fight against eating them all.

These were no ordinary sandwiches—there was egg salad on pumpernickel, crab salad on rye and shrimp salad on croissants. Yum.

A friend visited me Saturday. We talked for a long time, and by the time she left, I realized it was 3 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast. My mistake. I had a few too many of those half-sandwiches.

Sunday I did well until lunch when I overindulged in the butter and sour cream on my baked potato.

Overall, it felt good to be back. I so love interacting with our patient families who stay there. Because I work in the Marketing and Communications Department, I don’t often get to meet the families who turn to Children’s for care. Being with them at the Ronald reminds why I do what I do.

I’m ready for a good week (produce basket week!) ahead—shaking off any residual guilt from the weekend’s few shortcomings.


Anonymous said...

I don't know why, but "egg salad on pumpernickel" made me giggle. It just sounds so, well, cute. And I probably would've done some serious damage to that platter, just sayin'.

Think about how much self-control you've grown to have in these past months. Kudos. You are a good egg, Eeeeeeeee!

Anonymous said...

oh gurl, i woulda made out with those sandwiches! i fight my food addiction every day. and i know how difficult it is. i was at my tennis match sunday and the opposing team put out this unbelievable spread of food. because i had ONE cookie i beat myself up and said screw it! and ate everything in sight only to be left with horrible guilt and a god awful tummy ache. so it's all about getting up and trying again the next day. i am trying to be patient with myself.

Have a great day! love you!


Anonymous said...

Passed up the cookies and went for the sandwiches?! You must be a salty instead of sweet girl... just like me!!