I have been working at my new office for about a month and a half now. How to spend lunch still totally alludes me.
After being at my former employer for so long, I took advantage of the small amount of flextime they gave us and just took half hour lunches in order to leave earlier and beat rush hour traffic.
Ok, let’s get real- beat the REALLY bad traffic. The traffic itself is always bad and will never cease to exist.
But the point is, I have an hour lunch again. And I sorta like it.
Not to mention, the company encourages it. They even have walking clubs for people who want to be organized about how they spend time away from the cube world.
Sure, this means riding the el home in prime commuter traffic. But we’ll call the “hmmm, wonder what kind of unique individual will sit next to me today” an adventure.
It’s all about the glass being half full, folks.
Especially when it’s a glass at a discount. Like my lunch.
Had to pick off the tomatoes and cucumbers because I neglected to inform them of my tomato/cucumber aversion while ordering the half soup/half salad deal. My bad…
Or really… it wasn’t the lunch at a discount. My Panera Rewards card had a “birthday surprise” loaded onto it last week. So obviously I went to cash it in. Such tricksters!
Panera knows me so well. Because it was for a free cookie.
Star of the show. When asked what kind of cookie I wanted, I pointed to the pan of cookies cooling behind the cashier and said “THAT ONE”. There is no substitute for freshness, friends.
Plus, since I had to cut back a little on how much time I get for my morning workouts, lunch has been a good way to add in a little extra walking here and there.
And yes, as I watched kids and adults splash through the fountain, I may be a wee bit jealous of all the peeps who don’t have to work during the week or summer or during one of the lovely days of weather we’ve been having.
At least I get my hour of lunch, right?
Oh hey Bean…
I assume most days when the air doesn’t threaten to melt my face off will be spent wandering through downtown in a tourist-like state. Because I’ll never tire of taking it all in. “Obnoxious” is the only way to describe my love for this city.
It’ll be interesting to see what winter will bring.
But we’re clearly not worrying about that one. Yet.
Filed under: Places to See Tagged: | being a tourist in my own city, how I spend my lunch hour, Panera is my favorite, walking workout, work lunch