Can I confess something?
Sometimes, I like to eat alone.
It's not because I'm in a bad mood, feeling down, or tired of anyone. It's just that sometimes I like to enjoy a meal by myself.
Travelling alone for work when I was not too long out of college and still newly married, I quickly got comfortable eating meals by myself. Maybe my years waiting tables made me more comfortable with it. I never judged anyone eating alone, so I've never felt uncomfortable with the activity myself.
I still enjoy a leisurely meal by myself.
Over Christmas break, Mitch was at work, Gab went with her cousins to a movie, and kindly turned down a lunch invitation from my father-in-law to have Thai food by myself.
It was cold outside, but the food was warm, spicy, and loaded with eastern flavors. I was left to ponder how my changes for next semester would positively impact my students. I was able to read other blogs I enjoy. I was allowed some much needed time with my thoughts and took notes to help me be a better me in all areas.
Lunches alone are one of my guilty pleasures. I don't get to have them as much as I used to with other jobs I've held. They are a rare joy, and I treasure them.
If you visit Sawadee, I highly recommend the Crab Rangoon and Pad Thai--get it at least a seven on the spicy scale. The tamarind, Thai basil, peppers, and peanuts bend into an amazing sauce you're sure to enjoy. I hope yours is as pleasurable an experience as mine was.