I think I have an addiction. An addiction to sugar, and carbs...and anything that is not a fruit, vegetable, or good for you. I have been trying, and recently succeeding at overcoming this 'temptation' and drop those extra pounds keeping me from entering the marathon. I happened to be watching the simpsons tonight, and I this episode was on, and if you ask me it is sheer brilliance because this is sooooo me! I feel a newfound blond to this little yellow character we all know and love as the talented, smart, Lisa Simpson. Take a look.
I think I am about to go do some cake diving now. But not before I hit up the "pound saver" menu at the local Micky D's. just kidding. Does anybody else find it ironic that you would call a menu full of items that are guaranteed to make you flab the pound saver menu? First of all if I wanted to save pounds I wouldn't spend it there in the first place. Secondly, eating that fatty deliciousness won't save me pounds, it will either make me gain them or spend more time at the gym. I think that McDonald's needs to rethink their marketing strategy.
One thing interesting about living here is that there are literally no drive throughs-apart from the one at McDonald's. It makes things oh-so-very-inconvenient. You can't find a Wendy's, Arbys, Taco Bell, Blimpie, Sonic, you name it. If you want to get food you actually have to park and get out of your car!! A novel idea in America, and I was surprised at how annoyed I was at first when unable to grab a soda or a bite when I was hungry and on the road. It's not like I used the drive through very often when they were available to me, but now that the option is gone-its really frustrating.
Convenience is something that is not a widely used concept here. There is no such thing as a Wal-Mart, Target, or Super K-Mart. Ok that is sortof a lie because wal-mart baught a chain called ASDA and they DO have everything. But we don't have an ASDA closer than 45 minutes which means I must suffer in the world of multiple stop shopping, or MSS. Now it sounds like a disease, which it should because it really makes life so much more difficult! Not to mention that over here there is no such thing as free parking anywhere. Between that and the petrol expense which is around $8.00/gallon (still complaining about $3?) driving a car has become something I dread and each trip out includes a well drawn out map and a list of places to go. It is something I am fairly used to now though, I don't know what I will do with so many convenient options when I get back! So next time you order at the McDonald's drive through, be glad the words 'pound' and 'saver' aren't staring you in the face to remind you that you really shouldn't be eating there. Next time you fill up with gas remember that no matter how high it is, there are people paying twice that! And the next time you go into your friendly local wal-mart, smile at the old people flashing their dentures at you and let them put that smiley face sticker on your shirt. They like that.