Monday, January 3, 2011

Virtue 1 - Day 1

Temperance:  "Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation."  This is my goal for the next two days.

Start it off by saying that I don't drink, and I haven't drank to elevation since my 10-year class reunion in 1997.  So I'm going to go with the idea that too much caffeine also causes elevation and work with that.

After coughing my lungs up all night and getting, oh, 45 minutes of sleep or so, I decided that a latte' was an absolute imperative to get my motor going this morning.  I got my usual grande white chocolate/brown sugar & cinnamon soy latte' and can say with absolute certainty that I was NOT elevated.  "Semi-conscious and able to operate an automobile with minimal property damage" would be a better assessment.

Over the course of the day, I drank 2 sodas, one in the morning at one at about 7:30 tonight.  My caffeine intake was stretched out so far that there's no possible way I could have been even moderately elevated.

Mission accomplished.

"Eat not to dullness" wasn't much of a challenge today.  I had my latte' breakfast, and a small lunch.  I even stopped eating when I first felt full, and didn't scarf down the 3 chocolate chip cookies I had packed, because God forbid I get dull.  Dinner was late and while it was incredibly unhealthy, it didn't seem to soften any edges.

I'm going to go with mission accomplished on this one, too.  After all, it doesn't say "eat healthy".  It just says "don't eat yourself into a coma."

Okay, now for a reality check.  Have you seen pictures of Benjamin Franklin????  Of course you have.  Some come on, now.  Home Biscuit was, well, PORTLY.  You can't tell me that he checked off his "temperance" box every day.  Or even an occasional day.   I'm betting a lunar eclipse was more likely to appear on Ben's calendar that a checked temperance box.

Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.  I'm going to put these cookies away now before I dull myself.


  1. LOL!!! "...lunar eclipse..." You crack me up!

    Congratulations on your first day of success!

  2. I did well on the eating thing... the caffeine thing- not so much. William got me a Keurig Coffee maker and it's just So Darn Easy to make a cup of tea and then a cup of coffee and then some hot chocolate and then....


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