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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ah, what I wouldn't give for that beautiful, deep-fried, pastry-wrapped bunch of spiced veggies! You see, I enjoyed just such a treat several months ago when attending a party, and it's been lurking in my mind ever since, so much so that when the East Indian community in Toronto was showcasing their cuisine in the "Taste of India" last weekend, the thought of making the hour-long drive to the city actually occurred to me. Such a ridiculous thought, but there it was, for, you see, those pockets of pure delight are not easy to come by where I live, and oh, how I thought I wanted to experience that again.

Now I have actually done a mental taste test to try and reason with this crazy, lingering thought. I have chosen all my favourites and paraded them one by one past the ever-present samosa - so which one do I choose? Every single time, without fail, it has been the samosa, and believe me, the competition was stiff.

But it has only ever been that, a thought, because firstly, it's way too many calories (I checked just in case), and, secondly, I don't actually know where to buy one. This is one time that I didn't "Google it." Ignorance IS bliss after all.

I was visiting my mother yesterday, which I do each week, and shortly after I left I stopped at her local Shell station for a fill-up. Heard the price of gas was going up by 4 point something cents at midnight, and besides that, it's always a couple of cents cheaper there anyway. I had never been in the little store at this station before, but this time I went in as I had forgotten my water bottle and thought I'd buy one for the trip home. At the cash this lovely, smiling East Indian lady asked me if I'd like to buy a homemade samosa. WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? All of a sudden I was standing in the middle of the intersection of a half a dozen dirt roads (I don't know why they were dirt) frantically searching for the correct one to take. I felt a low-volt charge of electricity coursing through me and making me weak at the knees. After what was probably only a second and when my confusion lifted I smiled back and replied, "Thank you very much. I would love to try one, but as I'm counting calories at the moment, I better not." Pretty good, huh?

I was 2 steps from walking out the door -- no, I just couldn't leave it alone. I turned around and said, "Do you make them to sell very often," and she quietly replied, "Every day." I quickly exited and vowed to NEVER forget my water bottle again!

I have a very special SparkFriend who was recently visited by an extraordinarily powerful Diet Fairy, and I'm pretty sure that was who came to visit me in my split second of desperation at that Shell station. In fact, when I come to think about it, I have been visited by the one for exercise, for encouragement, for laughter, for compassion, and so many more. YOU know what I mean. Those things are just like thousands of little Sparklies surrounding us all the time and taking such good care of us.


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    You have amazing self control! emoticon I know I could not have done it. May your diet fairy always have your back! emoticon emoticon
    2131 days ago
    good thing the diet fairy was there to help you out!
    2131 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    What a coincidence to come across homemade of what you'd been thinking of and what strength to pass it up!
    2131 days ago
  • SWEETIE2208
    Oh Carol, fabulous!
    I so understand the pull, and I'm SO proud of you for pulling back even harder. You're a tough cookie, and that's way better than a chocolate cookie. emoticon
    I'm so happy to be on this journey with you, and my uthah sistahs .
    Congratulations on a decision well made .
    Keep rowing.
    2132 days ago
    Great Blog!! Good for you!! emoticon
    2132 days ago
    Great blog!! Just goes to show that you do have control and will power!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2132 days ago
    Carol, your response was not "pretty good" - it was SUPER FANTABULOUS GOOD! Way to go. Great blog. I too can picture you there at that crossroads - a metaphorical one as well as an actual one. That Diet Fairy might have been there for you too - but she also had the help of your crossroads decision making. Step by step, it is these daily little decisions that get us there. emoticon
    2132 days ago
    Thanks for a very funny blog! Congratulations on having such self-control but do make sure to treat yourself to one of those warm pockets of goodness at some point!
    2132 days ago
    A great blog Carol! You painted such a picture of you in the middle of the intersection that I burst out laughing out loud at the vision in my head. Someone should be there to hand out little trophys whenever we beat the devil........right? The way you feel will be reward enough, I'm sure. You're a great writer.......do it more often for our enjoyment. HUGS emoticon
    2132 days ago
    What a good blog! And that's what you call restraint!! But I agree, your Diet Fairy helped!!!

    Go emoticon 's

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    2132 days ago
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