This week, one of the foxes asked about our go-to snacks while we’re writing.
Two weeks ago we discussed our favorite winter beverages, and I mentioned that at this time of year I’m usually drinking something hot (coffee, tea, or plain hot water). When I’m working on my laptop, which is a good chunk of each day, I’ll almost always have one or the other within reach. During the summer I’ll drink cold versions of those same drinks (yes, I enjoy iced coffee!). I’ll occasionally splurge on a coffee shop type treat, but I don’t usually have them when I’m writing. They tend to go cold before I’m done, and then I feel like I’ve wasted the drink.
I have a problem with snacks. Once I start, I can’t stop eating. If I sit down with a bag of potato chips I won’t stop eating until the bag is empty – no matter how large the bag. So when I sit down with a snack I have to put one handful or chips, popcorn, or pretzels in a bowl. In the past several months I’ve been more mindful of calories, so I’m trying to replace the salty carbs with apple slices or carrot sticks. Regardless of the snack, I’m careful to keep napkins or baby wipes handy when I’m writing so I’m not getting stuff all over my keyboard. There’s nothing worse than sticky keys! If I were smart, I would skip the snack altogether. I’d probably get more done if I didn’t pause so often to put things in my mouth and then have to wipe my hands off.
My family and friends know that I’m a HUGE fan of chocolate, and you may have noticed I didn’t mention it as a writing time snack. That’s because I love chocolate so much that I don’t do anything else when I’m consuming it. Chocolate, my opinion, should be savored, not mindlessly inhaled! So I eat those when I’m doing something I don’t have to think about too much – like watching TV.
What snacks and drinks do you have handy?