I didn’t bring lunch today, so I had to go out to get something to eat. I went to a busy part of town where it’s hard to find parking at this time of day. I parked in the Harris Teeter parking lot because I thought I was going to the Panera Bread in the same area, but then I saw a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant with “banh” in the name. I hoped people didn’t get mad at me when they saw me park at Harris Teeter and then leave. I bet people do it all the time. I got excited about the restaurant because I thought they’d have banh mis, but they didn’t and I was disappointed. I went next door to Chubby’s Tacos and got chicken tinga tacos instead. The first restaurant is a small, local place, and I hope they’re doing okay.
I looked online for light food because I felt like I’ve been eating too much pork lately. I found a list of the 1,080 best restaurants in my city and a deli I really like was number 666. I thought that was rad. I thought 1,080 was a weird number for a list of best restaurants.
I found a deli not too far away and called an order ahead. I ordered a turkey sandwich on a croissant with fries and a chocolate chip cookie. When I asked the person on the phone about their cookies, I felt really lame and childish. I don’t know why.
On the way back to my car with my food, I felt lonely and wished I had a roommate. I prefer not having one, but at that moment I thought I’d rather go back home and have someone there.
I felt like everyone was looking at me when I walked toward the restaurant. I wondered if I looked cool. I wondered if I looked hot. I wondered if I looked drunk. These people are cooler than me because they all have plans with friends on a Friday night. Also today is St. Patrick’s Day. I did have two different Tinder matches invite me out, but I said no.
On the way home I thought of my ex and how I told him I hoped he’d never be happy. I hoped he didn’t tell his friends I said that, because it sounds kind of crazy. What I meant was I don’t think he is capable of being happy and I want to be right about that.
When I got out of the car, I accidentally looped the carabiner on my keychain around the handles of the to-go bag. I had to hold the bag up to the door to get the key in the lock. Baba wasn’t waiting at the door for me.
I went to Relish to get a sandwich and grits. While I was waiting in line, I looked at the candles for sale on a bookshelf in the lobby. The brand was called “Unwined” and the rosé one smelled so good. When I went to pay, my total was $34. I asked how much the candle was and the cashier told me it was $24. I told her I won’t be able to buy the candle today, but what I meant was I won’t be able to buy the candle ever.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I saw that there was a food truck. I didn’t remember getting an email about it, and there hadn’t been a menu posted in the elevator. I thought about going, but I really needed to cook the other half of the chicken I prepped last night. I was already worried that it got too warm because I didn’t put it away soon enough. I cooked it anyway and it turned out okay.
I dropped my fork out of the hole in my grocery bag and stepped on it, making it flat. I’ll have to wash it before I use it at lunch.
I came in to put my stuff down and pet Baba, then left for the food truck. I could hear him meowing all the way down the hall. I hope he doesn’t do that every time I leave. I wonder how long he does it. The food truck guy asked for my order and I told him I wanted a burger with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce on it. He asked if I was sure and I told him I thought so. He said something else and the girl ahead of me who’d already ordered said I can have it that way if I want. The three of us went back and forth a few more times about how I should be allowed to order my food how I want even if it’s weird. I didn’t think it was that weird. Mayonnaise is much weirder than tzatziki.
The guy behind me ordered a chicken gyro and pronounced it “jy-ro.” The girl behind him also pronounced it that way. I live in a major city with a good bit of diversity, people who live here should know how to pronounce gyro in 2017.
I checked my mail on the way back and didn’t hear the cat. When I opened the door, he was on the bookcase and I scolded him. The burger was very good with the sauce on it.
I ate leftover cheeseball with crackers while watching Cape Fear. I’d wanted to see it for a while and saw that it was on Netflix. I’m not a fan of Juliette Lewis, but liked her weird interactions with Robert De Niro’s character. I liked how weird the movie was. I did not like that there was a character named Leigh and one named Lee. I wanted someone to talk about the movie with, but no one else I know has seen it.