Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Justifying Anything

Yesterday, when my alarm went off at 6:15 am, I looked at my cats sleeping peacefully next to me, and figured that the responsible thing to do would be to stay home with them. After all, I've been gone the last three weekends and clearly my cats were being deprived of some essential Mommy time.

Then, we slept until 2:30 pm. I woke up to a disordered house, disgusting litterbox, sink full of dishes, clothes strewn over every surface of my apartment, and figured that the responsible thing to do would be to go buy some lunch. Because, after all, how can one tackle domestic chores on an empty stomach?

So, I got in my car and decided to drive to the closest restaurant (to save gas obviously) and ordered a McDonald's chicken nuggets meal with fries and a vanilla milkshake (for calcium of course). And then I went home, parked on my couch, turned on Gilmore Girls, Season 5, and watched it for the next five hours. I also managed to eat a package of oreos and some garlic bread. I went to bed at 8:30 pm.

I woke up this morning at 5:30 am to the same chaos (and a mouth that tasted like garlic and frosting) but this time I managed to clean like a maniac. In 45 minutes, I cleaned the dishes in my sink, took out all the trash, cleaned the litterbox, and straightened the living room.

The upshot of this confession is to tell you that I can justify ANYTHING. And that bad things happen when I decide to stay home for the day and watch Gilmore Girls.

When I got to work this morning, I realized that by hibernating yesterday I had let many people down. My coworker had brought in McDonald's oatmeal for me (he mentioned this on Friday but I forgot), my e-mail thread buddies had posted their menus without me, my friend Beth had posted a blog post partially about me, my friend's Brandi and Josh had cooked dinner without me, etc...

And I opted out of everything so that I could hibernate with my cats and eat junk?

Well, yes, I did.


  1. Gilmore Girls always convinces me that it's okay to eat crap. They do, right? And they're skinny, right? :-) If only!

    I think that sometimes, a day at home, vegging out, ignoring all responsibilities... is essential! I would go crazy if I never got to do that.

    The important thing is that you woke up the next day and faced your responsibilities. WE all need a day off!

  2. I know, Leah! I think that's part of the reason I feel justified in eating junk when watching Gilmore Girls. They eat junk all the time and stay thin! I figure that I can do the same =) Plus, Suki (although overweight) is so damn cute that I wouldn't mind looking like her...

  3. Traveling so much can really take a toll - trust me I understand that! Sometimes taking a mental health day is totally necessary, even if it means mindlessly watching TV for hours. I do that almost nightly. :)

  4. I'm feeling lately that my biggest problem is I'll justify EVERYTHING. I don't feel well, so I deserve chocolate. I was really good today so I should have an extra special dessert. It's great if I was maintaining, not so much for losing though. I'm with ya!

    And I agree with the others, a lot of the time a veg day is absolutely required :-)