Best lunch

Today I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, not really sick, just achy and run-down. When I feel like this, I want soup – something hot and comforting and yummy – and the closest place near work to get soup is Chili’s. At lunchtime I got in my car and drove to the restaurant, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to eat inside or just get it to go and bring it back to my office.

The idea of eating in my office just really didn’t appeal to me – sometimes you just gotta get out and look at something different for awhile, ya know? So I figured I would just eat inside the restaurant and have a nice lunch by myself. When I went in though, it was a little chilly and there were several LOUD TALKERS discussing who-knows-what, and I was just not in the mood for it. I wanted to eat somewhere warm and quiet, so I decided that I would just get it to go and be done with it.

I ordered my soup (and salad because some greens also sounded really nourishing) from the to-go counter and as I walked back out to my car with my order in a sack, I knew I did not want to go back to my office. I got back in my car and it was so warm, with the sun streaming in through the windshield, and quiet…

I decided THAT is exactly where I wanted to eat my lunch.

As odd as it sounds, it was perfect. I was eating exactly what I wanted, it was warm, it was quiet…and it was supremely comforting. I sat in Chili’s parking lot, eating Chili’s food, watching the Chili’s parking lot crows hop around looking for stray leftovers…and I loved it. When I finished, I sighed happily and came back to work.

It still amazes me how SATISFYING it can be to take my time and think about exactly what I want, and then make it happen. And it only took me 45 years to figure out how to do it! 🙂



7 thoughts on “Best lunch

  1. I used to take a 20-30 minute nap in my car after exercise class and errands while I was waiting for carpool pick up in the school parking lot. I kept a heavy sweatshirt blanket and two small pillows (one for lower back one for my head, I layed on my side) in the car. I stayed in the driver’s seat and reclined it. Some of the best naps of my life. I slept really solidly and then was ready to go again.

    1. If my house is crazy busy and I need to talk to one of the older kids on the phone, I go sit in my car in the garage. It is a comfy seat in a sound proof booth. Really works. And if I am lucky, no one from the house comes looking for me. . .

    2. One of my best friends drives an SUV and she took the back seats out, put in a big fluffy comforter with some big fluffy pillows and every day at lunch she goes to her car and sleeps for an hour. Then she walks back to her office and eats lunch at her desk. I think it’s brilliant!

  2. While I was reading this, I was thinking–“the car, the car!” Sometimes I just love sitting in my car eating my lunch. Quiet, warm, a great seat. What more could you want?!

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