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Friday, August 02, 2013

I work in a small museum. 3 full-time staff, including me, and two part-timers. Out of nowhere, my boss the curator decided he was going to order pizza (since we had all our staff here) for us and for some of the staff at one of our sister sites down the street that have helped us a lot recently.

Nice gesture and all that, but pizza? Not even GOOD local type pizza. Just Domino's. Ugh.

I wasn't quite sure how to handle it. I pack my own lunch. I like eating my own food. It's healthy, it's what I need to fuel myself well and feed my two uterine parasites healthfully. Cheap national chain greasy pizza just doesn't appeal to me. But how can I avoid having some in such a small setting?

I ended up blaming the babies, in a way, saying "I usually do like pizza, but greasy foods haven't been agreeing with me lately." So that should get me out of the expectation of eating pizza, but I still feel bad. It's supposed to be a nice staff bonding thing as well as a thank-you to the people from the other site, and yet I'm staying kind of aloof and unsociable, I guess. I'll probably try a partial piece of the veggie pizza, but I don't want to sit and have not-particularly-special pizza on my lunch break - I want to take my usual walk for my lunch break, and then eat my various healthy lunch foods/snacks while I work, as usual.

I feel like I can't say "I'd rather not eat the pizza because I try to eat healthy" because I'm not overweight any more so it's not like I'm trying to lose weight, which I feel like is a reason that many people might understand better. Just trying to eat healthy...saying it that way may come across as more of a judgment on the others' eating choices. I don't want to make them feel bad or seem like a b*tch or something. Blaming the babies might - or so I hope - kind of soften what might otherwise be perceived as standoffishness from me.

Anyways. I know pizza is easy and deliverable to the office and comes in bulk which makes it convenient....but I really wish we could have just ordered sandwiches or something instead if we had to order group food.

Aaand I better stop whining and get back to work! :)
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    LOL uterine parasites!
    Yes, I've white-lied over food choices. I'm the one that has to live with the consequences, so I've decided it's necessary at times.
    2140 days ago
    That is tough...I would probably opt for the baby excuse...use it while you can! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! We're going to blaze a trail through August! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2143 days ago
    Congratulations on skipping that take-out pizza! That shows real willpower and you should feel proud. Keep it up!
    2143 days ago
  • -DAVE-
    Every situation is for a reason.

    If your feeling is not natural and what you truly want, then it's not who you are. Please your 'being' and YOURself...

    I began bringing a large glass bowl filled with fruit that I cut up every morning, a good 6-7oz of spinach, walnuts, cucumbers and berries and NO dressing - lately I've been adding more combinations of things that I enjoy and want to experiment with. Sure at first I was getting looks but as this behavior became a habit, the self conscious feelings melted away.

    It was my own perception - external people really don't care and if they act in such a way to cause you to doubt your actions, then catch yourself in the moment and just love that you're witnessing your mind trying to control your feelings and actions. Feelings are the body's reaction to thoughts - see my second sentence above.

    Much Love Sent To You (I also love museums...)
    2143 days ago
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