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This week I am pleased to share another of my own stories.
Here is Trust Your Gut: Tish’s Story; Part 23
I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to write this on time this week. I am fighting another migraine. It started yesterday and hung on for the day today. I am really hoping I can shake it off before the weekend. ( I love that song!) The last time I had a migraine the diagnosis was a sinus infection. I am really hoping that it is not the same this time because I just want to feel healthy and well, not to have to take more antibiotics.
As I write I have done what I can and have taken what I can take. I will be taking another migraine pill before bed, which will likely be shortly after I publish this story tonight.
I left work a little early, which I signed up to do since I am not feeling so good. I try to work my regular shifts and even do a little overtime when it is offered, so if I am looking to leave early, it is usually because I don’t feel well or there is something going on that I need to leave early for. If I have company, for example. That happened a few times this month. I think today was the 5th time of the year that I left early. Some people sign the paper to go home every day. I can’t afford to go home early all of the time, but if it is necessary, then I make a decision to do it.
I have tried to stay on plan for the early part of the week, but when I am not feeling good, the lazy way wins. I did not eat well for some of the meals I had this week. Today was one of those days that I went off plan for supper.
If you haven’t heard of the phenomenon that is called “Chase The Ace” then you are missing out on something fun. It is a lottery, so if you don’t gamble, it is not for you. It does usually get run by a charity though, so if you wanted to donate the winnings back to the charity, that would be an option that you could still play if you don’t accept the prize for yourself.
There are a few of these events going on in the city, and all over the Maritimes. You purchase tickets, and there is a growing jackpot. There is a weekly prize amount, based on the number of tickets sold. A certain percentage goes to the charity, and a certain amount is the jackpot. The weekly prize is what you win if you don’t pick the Ace of Spades out of the remaining cards in the deck every week.
So if your ticket is drawn, you get to pick a card from the table. If you pick the Ace of Spades, you win the jackpot. If you pick any other card, you win the weekly prize. This week someone else picked another card, so next week we get to try again to “Chase the Ace.” The charity that is running the event that I go to is three local SPCA shelters and another animal rescue. I am a person who loves animals, so I like going when I get the chance.
I took my migraine medicine and had a nap when I got home today. I woke up in time to go to the Chase The Ace at Houlie’s Hometown Pub. The food there is excellent. I wasn’t feeling great, but I said to my husband, “Even zombies have to eat, ” and we decided to go. He only has every third Thursday off, and we have gone a few other times.
I REALLY enjoy the Mozza sticks there. In fact, I don’t even want to share them, they are that good. I have had the nachos and a pulled pork wrap with sweet potato fries there before. I have heard that the seafood chowder is amazing, and I wanted to try it tonight, but I will have to wait for another time, as it was sold out. I opted to try the fish and chips and had sweet potato fries instead of traditional fries. Sweet potato fries are on plan, so I sort of did OK. (I tried. I don’t feel good. Eating with a migraine is a gamble in itself).
I have been watching MasterChef again. I tapped the batter with my fork, and it sounded like it did when Gordon Ramsay did it on TV. I cut into the first piece of fish, and just like on MasterChef, the fish was flaky and glistening. It was really tasty, too. I was eating my supper, and a thought occurred to me. Pepere, my grandfather on my mother’s side, always said something when we were having a meal with fish. He would always say, “Fish for brains!” My hope is that the fish will help my brains feel better and lose the migraine. It also can be loosely thought to reflect the zombie comment I had earlier said about going out for supper.
We didn’t have a jackpot winner this week so the chasing will continue at least for one more week. The jackpot was around $4,800.00 tonight and will be higher next week. I did get to see some friends and support a charity tonight. I also had a delicious meal, and now I have a full belly to fuel me to start feeling better and work harder tomorrow. Something was telling me to eat fish at supper tonight. So even if it was off plan, it was a choice I made and I think it was the right one.