Please for a turkey sandwich.

18 01 2010

I am amazed at the things I have learned to live without. Sometimes I don’t even realize that I miss them until some a-hole reminds me about it, other times I know that I miss it, but I make do. I really can’t complain all that much since all my basic needs of food, water, and shelter are being met. By Peace Corps standards I am living pretty large. Just the fact that I have a washing machine with a spin cycle puts me in the “lucky bitch” and “I really hate you” category among fellow volunteers. Trust me when I tell you that you have no idea how much you love and rely on a washing machine, until you don’t have one and you have to scrub, rinse, and wring blue jeans, towels, and sheets by hand (it is my own personal version of hell).

It’s pretty easy to learn to live without things when they aren’t there (air conditioning, Mexican food, cable television, shopping malls, etc.) I recently had a “I didn’t realize that I had been living without this item for the past 11 months, but now that I have been reminded, I want it and have to have it NOW” moment at the grocery store last week. It started off as just a routine Saturday morning run to the grocery store to purchase minced beef (that’s what we call ground beef here) and some frozen chicken breast, but that visit changed my life and what I found in that deep freezer has turned into a slight obsession. What do you ask could have been in that freezer that has since permeated into almost every daily thought? You really want to know…..Ok, it’s Oscar Meyer Deli Select Shaved Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, there, I said it, it’s out in the open now. I know you’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just turkey.” JUST TURKEY??!!!! I haven’t had a turkey sandwich in 11 MONTHS!!!! I have had plenty of sandwiches since being here. I would even go so far as to say that I have perfected the art of the peanut butter and fill-in-the-blank sandwich (jelly, honey, banana, mango, craisins, cream cheese, etc.). A tuna sandwich is a quick and easy way for me to get protein when I’m too lazy to actually cook a real meal. I have even had a few hamburgers in the past 11 months. But I have gone almost an entire year without eating a single turkey sandwich and now all I can think about is eating a sandwich stacked high with every single shaved piece of oven roasted turkey from the package, with sliced Anchor cheese, a thin layer of mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato on fresh out of the oven whole wheat bread from Collin’s bakery. I know that to those of you who can have turkey sandwich anytime you want it sounds like a ridiculous obsession, but I challenge you to go 11 months without a turkey sandwich and then see if you don’t have daydreams and fantasies about turkey sandwiches.

I figure since I have gone this long without a turkey sandwich, I’m going to treat myself on my one year anniversary of being in Guyana to a turkey sandwich and a Dr. Pepper (if I can find one).




One response

22 03 2010
Lucy Page

Did you have your sandwich? Your description makes me want one too! I can’t believe it’s been a year! You’re doing good stuff lady!! Xoxo

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