Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Time Out for Collards and Macaroni and Cheese

My best friend is in town from LA and last night we went to Chapel Hill for a guys' night out. David and I have been friends since college and at our ages (me, 56, him 55) our idea of a big night out is a couple of cold ones, lots of lies, a meal, and back to the hotel by 9.

Our favorite place to eat is Time Out, a 24-hour, 365 day-a-year restaurant that serves Southern, homestyle food. Fried chicken, BBQ chicken, pork BBQ, macaroni and cheese, collards, butter beans, cabbage, mashed potatoes and gravy, and HUGE biscuits are the menu highlights. No hoity-toity food for us. It was definitely an ETYD meal...Eat 'Til You Drop.

Now, what in the world does this have to do with having a Perfect Workday?

Two points....first, you can only run wide open for so long. Find an "outlaw"outlet for your stress; something that is outside the norm for you. Find some way for you to blow it out without doing too much damage. For us, it's Time Out. We can't do too much damage over a plate of mac and cheese. Second, moderation is the key. David doesn't visit all that often so we don't hit the high collesteral roundup every meal.

Letting go every now and then is one of the secrets to hanging on. Find your release and you'll have more Perfect Workdays.

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