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A New Beginning - August 15, 2008

Posted Aug 15 2008 4:15am

What’s not to like about a vacation where you get fancy folded towels on your bed that look like an elephant! I just had the most glorious vacation I’ve ever had, crusing with my husband Jim and my friends Rita and Andy. I am already investigating where and when I’m going to cruise next! This cruise was a very good bargain, too. And I loved being waited on hand and foot every single day. I am so depressed to be home where the floors get dirty and the shower grows mildew and I have to turn down my own bed at night. Not to mention that no one folds my towels into cute animals! And probably worst of all, no one brings me a menu when I come home from work and asks me what I want to eat for dinner. Oh well. Nothing like a vacation can last forever. If it did, it wouldn’t be vacation, would it? That’s the kind of world we live in, a relative one. There would be no vacation without hard work; there is no joy without some sorrow, too; there is no pleasure without a little pain. But all the hard work surely makes the vacation extra good! And this vacation in comparison with all others I have had rates top with me and my husband, too.

I ate a lot. I didn’t overdo it. I didn’t eat until I was uncomfortable, but I did eat warm chocolate melting cake with vanilla ice cream: to die for! And I had a few mixed drinks, which I never have at home. I also managed to eat healthy fruit and vegetables every day, and I drank lots and lots of good water. Still, I have gained some pounds. I haven’t been on the scale yet because I just didn’t want to face it, but I can tell in my clothes. And soon enough, I’ll step on the scales to see the damage. I suspect that it won’t be as bad as it could have been!

Sometimes you just have to go for it and indulge yourself. It’s worth it to do so. Not every day. But once in a while, you bet.

I also got to eat lunch at Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, Lady and Sons, in Savannah, GA on the way back to North Carolina. The food was good, and the service was excellent. I was so impressed by the way she makes sure her patrons are treated. And I got one of her cookbooks from her store, autographed by the Lady herself. Paula’s recipes are not the kind you’ll find in a weight loss book or even a healthy living book. They’re rich Southern recipes involving a lot of sugar and butter and pork fat, you know, the things that make food delicious! But as she says, “I’m not your nutritionist; I’m your cook!” All things in moderation, though, even Paula Dean’s cooking.

Here is a picture of her restaurant and the line of people waiting to make reservations.

The wait is worth it!

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