Saturday, June 7, 2014

Doughnuts on Da Street

Can you believe this? This morning my neighborhood celebrates a get-together that I have managed to miss for the past two years. This year I did not realize it was coming until it was too late to make other plans. It is called "Doughnuts on D-------- (name of our street begins with a D) and it involves dozens of neighborhood residents driving down D----------- Way and drooling over free doughnuts while the sheriff's office gives a presentation on summer safety in the neighborhood.

Now the really diabolical part of this is that this doughnut disaster is set up on my block, which is on a dead end circle. The doughnut tables are literally a stone's throw from my yard. I have to leave my home while this deranged doughnut devilment is ramping up and, because I have work that needs to be done before noon, I will need to return before they've eaten the final doughnut hole.

I want my neighbors to have a good time so I have stopped short of doing a very effective rain dance. Actually, I was afraid I would get the dance steps wrong and make it rain powdered sugar. . . . .

When the event is over I hope to God the lawn is not littered with half eaten doughnuts.

Does your neighborhood have any food themed events?

Jane~

9 comments:

Vickie said...

Good heavens. How about Dancing on D street instead . . .

Monique Noel said...

It is hard, but I think everyone has to learn to deal with food temptations (donuts at work, walking past the bakery section at the grocery store, smelling fast food while shopping at the mall, etc.). I try not to make a big thing of it. Other people are allowed to eat what they want. We are allowed to eat what we want also...we just choose not to eat those items. :)

Congratulations on over 100 days "food sober." Keep up the awesome work :)

Jane Cartelli said...

Vickie - the only thing that seems to bring the people out for these neighborhood events is the free food. This is the minor event of the year. They also do a neighborhood night out that involves a meal, kid games, contests, etc.

My husband heads the SVDP at our church. Attendance at the mandatory member meeting each month was only about 16 people until they started serving sandwiches before the meeting and dessert afterwards. Now attendance is over 30 people each month. I leave before they get to dessert so I am not triggered by their leftovers.

Jane Cartelli said...

Monique - yes, we all have to learn to deal with food temptations. That does not mean we have to set ourselves up for failure to survive. Alcoholics in recovery do not work in bars, keep fully stocked liquor cabinets in their homes or visit wineries for the vintage. Sugar addicts in recovery do not volunteer for ice cream socials or doughnut day. I let them eat cake - I don't partake.

L said...

this post is too funny, Jane. thank you for putting a smile on my face today. I hope the donut holes are not laying all over the lawn when you get home. let us know. LOL

Sean Anderson said...

Wow, Jane--this is an exceptionally unique event--right in your front yard, basically!!! You made me laugh with the rain dance idea... and the powdered sugar.. Thank you. Great job in making it through the doughnut storm!

Karen said...

"I let them eat cake, I don't partake." Indeed.

I used to attend these things so I could binge eat... hangs head for a micro second.

Powdered sugar... LOL. Oh, boy. Making the simple yet essential choices makes my food sobriety much better.

Yes, food centric meetings, left over junk food in the break room. When I'm brewing my cup of coffee and the doughnut/frosting smells (frosting was my biggest trigger food) wafts up while I'm brewing my cup of Keurig coffee, I tap my right foot and thank my higher power for my next food sober meal.

Funny on the street names. Cheers to the new normal.

Vickie said...

Kids have all been in Catholic school system with uniforms 1 - 12.

Trick for high attendance (parents at meetings) is dress down days. Parents sign attendance slips (at meetings), kids can wear jeans and T-shirts the next day. HIGHLY EFFECTIVE.

Jane Cartelli said...

Vickie - Oh yes, I remember that tactic at our kid's Catholic school. Too bad it does not translate to homeowner association events. LOL