Thursday, July 31, 2008

TFT: is it just me?

Let's talk about "ice cream".

We all go through some dry spells where we don't have ice cream as often as we would like. It's too hot, we're too tired, we get headaches, we're just not in the mood for ice cream tonight...
But we know ice cream is good and we always wonder, specifically after an especially good taste, why we don't indulge more often, despite some of those excuses.
Even if it is a regular part of our diet, it always seems there should be room for more ice cream.

And then there's the no ice cream diet. My bowl's never been empty for long compared to some who, say for example, only hit up the freezer section once a month or so. But I can tell when it's been awhile. Around here we tend to get grumpy without our ice cream. We start to more easily get short with each other, snipping and snapping over nothing, being irritated by stupid little things. Fighting when we really normally don't fight. It's like there's this tension that builds up without at least a spoonful of ice cream here and there. Ice cream is the great equalizer, the stress eraser, the reconnecter. There's a closeness that seems to be missing without the regular helping of ice cream.

My question is, when you've been omitting the ice cream, when it's been a few too many days missing, why is it so hard to break that cycle? The cycle where you're too stressed, too irritated, too not in the mood for ice cream, but you know part of the reason you're getting more and more stressed, irritated and therefore not in the mood is because you're ignoring that distant tune of the ice cream truck. You hear it and you know you could chase after it, but you're lazy (and unreasonably irritated, remember?). You know it's yummy and you know it would be so refreshing, but it's sometimes it seems so much easier to let that irritation or bad timing keep you just sitting in your house instead of flagging that ice cream man down and reconnecting with him.

It's like we need the ice cream to erase some of that tension, but we need the tension gone to really enjoy the ice cream.

Does anyone else feel the same way about ice cream??

23 comments:

Michelle Leigh said...

Man, I really wish I was an ice cream nymph. Seriously, I envy those girls that eat ice cream daily and like it! I do notice that I'm less tense and easy going when I eat ice cream the night before. The hubs and I get along better, but then I tend to get those "I'm hungry eyes more often". I'm sure you remember my post about a month ago, but this topic could be discussed til no end, huh?

kimca01 said...

Yeah, I'm sure Brad would like to indulge in ice cream more than he does, especially lately! You are right though, it definately makes for a happier household - it's just tough to fit it in. I do think if the snip was involved I'd be alot more likely to have more ice cream - my thing right now is that I don't want it to lead to any unexpected surprises!

Denise said...

I totally agree with you. I could comment on this forever, seeing as I'm hugely pregnant and the ice cream man and I don't get along as well as we used to. Just the thought makes me want to cry because let's face it...eating ice cream right now is the last thing I want to do, but yet it sounds so good. I guess we'll see how things go once the wee ones arrive...maybe then the ice cream man will be more welcome. :o)

Anonymous said...

I am lactose intolerant.

MacKenzie Leigh said...

Ice cream isn't big in our house, I'm lactose intolerant too...blah. I love ice cream but it HATES me. I feel the same tension release relationship with Outback sirloin though! LOL A good steak makes EVERYTHING better!

jenny said...

i'm not a huge ice cream fan, but sometimes a bowl of it is well, perfect. the boys like it and i even got the little ice cream cups for tucker because then i'm not tempted by it. however, if there was a dq nearby, i would get a blizzard more than i should - can't beat those! i'll have to pay more attention to if ice cream makes everything better.

i would have never thought this much about ice cream until your tft. :)

Robyn said...

Love ice cream. I have it just about every night. Maybe that's why I can't loose any weight:) I know it makes me feel happier. When I decide not to have nay I feel like I'm missing something. I think it stems from when I was pregnant I lived on ice cream the last 2 months.

Katie said...

Ice cream and me these days....errrr, not so much! But, Don LOVES a nice bowl of ice cream. It is definitely obvious when we've had a dry spell without the ice cream over here, then it's time have a scoop or two, depending on my mood...LOL! **I like Michelle Leigh envy those girls that want ice cream more often than not, every night though... WOW! that's seems a little extreme to me.**

BTW..... I read this post a few times & thought "What the heck is she talking about??" HAHA! I'm a DORK :)

K.M.L said...

I am not a big fan of ice cream in a bowl...I like popsicles and shakes. Since I am too lazy to make shakes, usually I just grab a popsicle..the orange kind! yum! :) I would probably eat it more (like every night!) if it didn't go straight to my hips/stomach!

jessica said...

This is too funny. I read this and thought, "I don't even like ice cream that much." I wondered what your faithful readers had to say about how much they loved ice cream. It was only in the second comment that I finally got it. Hilarious. Then I reread the post and noticed the quotes around the ice cream. I love it!

So...I love to eat ice cream too. My husband loves it even more than me. And sometimes I'm not that hungry for it. It just doesn't sound that good, until John talks me into a little bowl. Then I'm always glad I ate it up. Yum!

anne said...

I have never seen ice cream used in such a creatively metaphorical way before:) I, personally, LOVE ice cream in the literal sense, and (sadly?, perhaps), if given a choice, would most likely choose the literal to the figurative. And my husband knows it. But he still loves me anyway:)

Jacob, Lisa and Charlie said...

Found your blog off of Katie Mohrs. I have meet you and your kids at some birthday parties and just wanted to so you have a wonderful blog. I also wanted to say that I totally agree with your ice cream theory. My husband is in LA for the month and my solution to getting my daughter and I threw was simple. I named it the summer of ice cream and we have ice cream almost every night. I truly believe it has helped us make it with a better attitude.

jessica said...

what?

i indulge in ice cream on a regular basis. :)

Gabe & Heidi's P.A.D. said...

Heather, you are too funny!
I'm sure we could all use a little more "ice cream" in our lives. I find that during the summer when I'm not stressed with work I end up enjoying a lot more "ice cream".
-h

Nicole said...

HAHAHHA!!! This cracks me up. I didn't get it until tonight I was sipping a margarita with Katie at Applebees and she asked if I read your post. I skimmed it earlier, and remember thinking "Thats kind of a queer TFT... why the heck doesn't she just go to the store adn buy some ice cream and keep their freezer stocked?!" And then Katie filled me in on the "ice cream" and I so couldn't wait to get home and read the comments (esp those that didn't get it LOL!). To freaking funny!

Nicole said...

Ooops guess I should comment on the topic too HAHA!

I used to LOVE ice cream... and hubby and I had ice cream quite frequently but in the past few years I'd say my taste buds have changed a bit (maybe I've become lactose intolerant? HAHA). I am with Michelle... I envy ice cream nymphs (or my former i.c.n self, I suppose...). Hubby, however, could have ice cream daily and would be in heaven.

Nicole said...

Oh and I didn't mean "a queer TFT" as in you're stupid for writing about ice cream (when I thought it was literal)... you know how I use the term queer like its going out of style :)

Amanda said...

Ok so I read your post earlier in the day and thought it was a little strange. I was thinking of leaving and comment but wasn't really sure what to say...now i get it!!! Well, gotta go, Dan wants some ice cream...

Amanda said...

Hey, it's Dan. I've been requesting ice cream for about a week now. I guess the "ice cream lady" wasn't serving any scoops this week.

Thanks for the post. Amanda may be hopping on the ice cream truck tonight. I'm hungry!

-Dan (this ice cream thing is hilarious!!)

LeeAnn Howard said...

I love how some comments are about ice cream literally! Like they would rather have steak or Popsicles instead!! HAH!! As for my answer, I guess I'd agree with you. It does make a happier household when there is ice cream in the freezer and doesn't get wasted to freezer burn. I KNOW Tony loved ice cream and would have it every day! Both kinds! LOL!!

kim said...

I like ice cream but only can handle a scoop. I would rather have a whole cake. :)

Anonymous said...

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. At least when "ice cream" is made properly, with love.

Kristi said...

ice cream and "ice cream" are two of my favorite things! Happy to have several servings a week, if not daily ;)

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