I have a tendency to be a chicken when it comes to what people might think of me. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I think it’s a common affliction. I’m always worried that I might somehow make a fool of myself and so I shy away from things that might make me stick out.
Last week, I got brave. It was the end of the month, so hubby had to stay at work during lunch and work straight through. Actually, everyone that I normally eat lunch with had to work straight through and it was really just me (my job is not one that requires a month-end push). I was faced with a decision – grab something from the drive-thru and eat by myself in the breakroom or suck it up and take myself out to lunch.
I chose to take myself out.
I pondered for a good hour on where to take myself and decided upon my absolute favorite place within my work-lunch range – Fuji Hana and Thai Peppers. If you ask my husband what my favorite restaurant is, he’ll tell you Fuji Hana in a heartbeat. The restaurant has three sections – a Thai seating area, a sushi bar and a hibachi grill area. Normally, I sit on the Thai side and order from the Japanese menu (I’m awesome like that). The teriyaki steak is amazing and the service is so fast I can easily get in and out in 30 minutes.
But, since it was just me and I hadn’t spent any quality time with me in awhile, I decided on hibachi. I knew it would take a little longer (not an hour lunch – give it about 75 minutes to be fully enjoyed), but that fried rice was calling to me (I guess I could mention that I had eaten hibachi there the day before as well). So, I was seated at the hibachi grill and happily enjoyed my meal – all the while chatting it up with the chef and the older couple and their son (clearly regulars based on the banter) that were seated at the same grill. I ate more than I really should have, but it was absolutely worth it.
I don’t know why I don’t go out to lunch with myself more often. When I go out with someone else, I rarely pay attention to the hostess, the servers, the other people seated at the hibachi grill with me….I miss out on a lot of quality social interaction when I’m not alone. I think I’m going to set myself a date each month or so to go to Fuji Hana and really enjoy the company – I am a pretty awesome date, after all.