21 December 2008

Gluttony In The Dark (i)

Friday & Saturday can be summed up in two words: "excess," and "failure." That doesn't let on the fun that was both days, but it's true.

It started early Friday morning with a potluck. When you work at 4AM or earlier, chicken strips are perfectly fine at 8. Us morning workers brought food, exchanged Secret Santa gifts and gave away all the crap sent throughout the year by people who want to get on TV. We don't take it as it comes, because it's payola. But at the end of the year, when we have given 0 air time, we draw names out of a name holding apparatus to see who gets what. There is nothing like getting free crap to get you in the holiday spirit.

The potluck was my first "excess" of the weekend. Everything was delicious. I only know that because I administered very thorough taste tests. I ate myself sleepy, and didn't have an coffee to counteract it. And while most people got to succumb to food comas, a few of us still had to work.

I went home thinking I wouldn't need to eat for the rest of the day, but the seed had been sewn. I wrapped presents, watched Mulan, and ate some fruit. I watched Clue, went to the post office, ate some nuts and granola. No. I didn't have anything that wasn't healthy, but I wasn't necessarily hungry either. I was just eating. And then the post office gave me a craving.

We live on the border, or on the transition block between Chinatown and Nob Hill. The nearest Post Office is in Chinatown and on the way there and back, everything smelled too good. I told Jesse I wanted to go out for Chinese. He laughed at me, because we have Chinese food in the fridge. We had been having it for leftovers for much of the week. I admit that it was strange that I wanted more. But I did. So we left Chinatown, went up Nob Hill, and ate a fantastic restaurant recommended by a rental agent we met during the apartment search. We ordered three entrees (two were my picks) and finished them all. It was delicious (although excessive) and we will be going back. We couldn't think of anything to do, so we headed back home, where we found ourselves in the dark.