Month: August, 2015

Solitaire, Part 2: Thinking

The question on the college application, “Where do you go to think?” is easy. The bathtub. The woods. The bedroom.

Not me. I go to solitaire to think. When you think about it, it makes complete sense. I play solitaire when I want my hands to be occupied, but my brain to be free. It’s the perfect balance for me. I can play the game, enjoy it, find a challenge and a distraction in it, but I can think at the same time. It’s my brain doing two things at once.

If I want to tune out completely: crossword puzzle.


The Snack Aisle (200 words, I could do it in no fewer)

I roamed the aisles, looking at the boxes, picking up Animal Crackers, putting them down again. Stopping at the pretzels, shaking my head. Down Aisle 10, up Aisle 11. Over and over and over again.

How do you choose snacks for a college workshop for girls? It seems like a simple task but there is so much at stake. Body image. Self-confidence. Weight loss, weight gain. All of these must be taken into account.

I want them to enjoy the snacks, but I want them to be healthy. I don’t want them to think I am judging when I purchase the “100 calorie size”; those are the only pretzels I could find. I don’t want to be considered “no fun” because I bought Kashi instead of Doritos. Yet, I trust Kashi to have my health interest at heart. Doritos are good for no one.

It’s tough buying snacks for teenage girls. There’s a lot at stake, a lot to think about. Maybe they love themselves, maybe they don’t—I don’t know. I want to help, not hurt. I want them to know they are more than what they eat and how they look. I have their best interests at heart.