Monday, July 23, 2007

Crispix & Me


Today I ate the hugest bowl of cereal. It always happens at the end. I poured what I call "the last bowl from this box." Here's what happened. The last time I poured from the Crispix box, I "calculated" the weight by holding it in my hand. I "measured" the amount of cereal inside by shaking the box a little. Good enough to deduce that there was one normal bowl amount left. Except this morning when I went for my bowl, I was wrong. I grossly miscalculated and there was way more cereal in there than I thought.

But by this time, there's nothing I can do. I've commited to pouring out the whole box and you bet I'm going to finish it off. When I started pouring, based on my belief (though erroneous) that there was one normal-sized portion left of cereal, I went into it fully intending on this being the last bowl, no matter what. That was the original plan. I have to follow through. And I then helplessly watch the mound in my bowl grow higher and higher with cereal and cereal crumbs and cereal dust until I'm left with a mountain that would feed not only me but my ten friends as well. I've commited to that last bowl. The cereal's in the bowl. I'm eating all of it. So i sliced up a large banana, poured the milk, and ate it, and now I kind of want to throw up.

And all in the name of what? My pride? stubbornness? My weird obsession with sticking to the plan? some weird OCD tendency? Who knows, but I am what I am.

4 comments:

ash said...

I would like a high-five. And to do so, I just wanted to say that I understand the predicament you're faced with, rationing the cereal into perfect serving sizes. I, however, more often experience the opposite---I always seem to end up with about a half a cup of cereal at the bottom of each box. Not enough for a meal, and it's extremely frustrating. Do I have one giant bowl to finish the rest of the cereal off, or do I save the half a cup of honey nut cheerios for a snack? Who knows.

Jen said...

You for sure get a high five, Ash. I love when you comment. That is definitely a dilemma, of having too little at the end. What do you do? Just mix it with other cereals? gross. Eat the bottom-of-the-box dust? again, gross. Throw it away? wasteful. Ahhh.. the challenges we face in life.

NOT Jon's Blog said...

Dear Jen,
Monica here......I'd like to comment that I've commented before - but my comment was, well, unnoticed. Let me cite my comment (from your blog)
NOT Jon's Blog said...
Jen, Monica here.....
We totally should have asked to go on vacation with you, instead of dinner. :)
ps. I just got my own blog - inspired by your super sweet blog. Check it out if you get a chance.
http://cherryredmustang.blogspot.com

Ciao

6/13/2007 02:30:00 PM


NOT Jon's Blog said...
When do you go on vacation?

6/15/2007 01:11:00 AM

NOT Jon's Blog said...

Jen.....by the way.....did we ever get to see real pictures of you guys on the beach??????