Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Fifty-two

Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Fifty-two
California Coconuts

Flying non-stop from Pittsburgh to San Francisco via United Airlines was like flying from normal to crazy! 

I am a short person, but my knees were touching the seat in front of me. My sister had the aisle seat, I was in the middle and Mr.Tall Person was folded into the window seat. Before long, his leg was occupying my space under the seat in front of me, along with both of mine. How rude! I tolerated this for awhile, until demonic noises (a la Exorcist) were about to erupt from deep within my soul. Mr. TP wisely read the metaphorical subtext in my suggestion that he was invading my space, and I did not appreciate it. Final Manspreading score: 1-0 in favor of Roaring Woman!

In celebration of my victory, I bought a cute little bottle of Jack Daniels and was given a free Stroopwafel cookie. This Dutch cookie consists of two wafers with a bourbon caramel filling in between. Both Tennessee whiskey and bourbon are about 4 WW points; Stroopwafels are 7 points. I'm not revealing which one I consumed, but the word "Stroopwafel" became funnier the closer I got to California. 

Would you pay $6.00 for a cupcake? Or a dozen for $72.00? An upscale shopping center in San Ramon has a Sprinkles bakery that sells these decadent confections. For example, you could buy a pumpkin spice latte cupcake, which is a pumpkin cake filled with marshmallow cream, topped with Cuban coffee frosting. I needed a culinary degree to just read the brochure featuring all the varieties. Even more Californian coconutty is the fact that Sprinkles has on-demand Cupcake ATM-like vending machines where you can get your cupcake fix 24/7! Did I purchase one or a dozen? Only my scale knows this answer.

I was told that I had to try an In-N-Out Burger. Although I did not have the opportunity, I did drive by this fast food restaurant at 8:30 in the evening. There were at least 50 cars lined up to go through the drive thru lane. The chains's claim about the freshness of their beef must be true because there was an Angus beef cow walking along side of every car. Crazy! 

I saw for the first time, but did not eat them (a NSV), two animals in the wild. One was a jackrabbit (long ears, big hops) and two coyotes (scary).

I was constantly looking for wild boars (found on my brother's property) and trees to climb in order to avoid them. Note to self: lose more weight in order to climb trees quickly. 

At least flying non-stop from San Francisco back home to Pittsburgh was like flying from crazy to normal. I'll let you be the judge of my degree of normalcy!

Sandra Warholic Seeley - All my life, and half of someone else's, I have lived in a humorous place called Earth. My muse is a tiny menehune from the island of Oahu in Hawaii where I lived for a year. Ernest Hemingway once sat under the exact same coconut tree where I did most of my writing. I'm also a sensitive to criticism Virgo who loves to get paid for writing and speaking funny stuff. Even though my mind is filled with volcanic ash residue and I'm still finding sand in my shorts, I will continue to write until my muse retires or I run out of pretty blue drinks, whichever comes first. Don't be bashful, email the author.


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Sandra Warholic Seeley is the creator and author of The Sandra Seeley Column. She is a lifelong educator who has taught in Hawaii, Bethel Park, PA and in the inner city schools of Pittsburgh Public where her passion for the underprivileged began. Her humorous writing is often 95% fiction and 5% fact, leaving the reader to do the math. She has often written as Kanela, which is her Pen Name and means Sandra in Hawaiian. Her serious writing is genuine and written from her heart. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and Zeus, her 119 pound German Shepherd, who is her constant companion and writing assistant. They have ongoing discussions about which one is Alpha in their pack.

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