Sunday, July 14, 2013
Last night was the big summer outdoor party she planned, even though her birthday is really in early Spring. We don't have good outdoor party weather then, so she postponed it till now. Instead of partaking of the potluck food, I packed my own salad to eat, and planned into my nutrition tracker a nice portion of the vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberries I knew she was serving. Instead of lemonade or other available drink choices, I drank diet Coke. I normally stay completely away from artificially sweetened anything, so this was a kind of splurge for me. The party was so much fun, sitting outside under the white twinkle lights we had strung in the trees and around the porch, laughing and playing crazy games. I'm sure the neighbors were all convinced we were crazy, especially when we played the one where we had to reach into a bag of dress-up clothes and then put on whatever we had randomly drawn out. My daughter had on a large hat made to look like a wedge of cheese, and my son was in a long green gown, and I had an absolutely hideous pair of men's plaid trousers on (over my overalls) and a blue bowtie on elastic by the time the game was over. It was really hilarious. The hippity-hop race was a great success as well. I find that when I know ahead of time exactly what I am going to eat at an event like that, then I don't obsess about food. Instead of thinking about getting more and more potluck food, I was able to focus on visiting, and on enjoying the games.