Monday, September 20, 2010

Hold the Croutons

Post by Jenny

I love a good salad bar—though I’m also a moderate germaphobe, so I won’t eat at them during flu season. I’ve noticed that there are two basic types of salad bar folks: the people who take a little bit of everything, and the people who take a larger quantity of a few favorite items. I’m a proud member of the former group, sans croutons. I get it from my mother, who is a salad architect. She can build a salad like nobody’s business. In fact, she was once jokingly told by a waiter that the salad bar was intended to be all she could eat, not all she could carry.

My husband belongs to the second group—lettuce, cheese, carrot sticks, a tiny bit of dressing (or even a squeeze of lemon) and he’s set. Our older son is following in my footsteps. He’ll try at least a bite of almost anything. Our younger son is a salad minimalist like his dad. But without the lettuce.

The “salad bar dichotomy” carries over into other areas, as well. Reading, for instance. Some readers are loyal to one genre or author and read a single book from beginning to end before starting another. Other readers take on an eclectic mix of half a dozen books at once. I’m one of those, and despite my good intentions, the bookmarks in some of my books never reach the end—the equivalent of putting too much on my plate, I suppose.

The same holds true for writers. Some writers stay within their chosen genre and work on one project at a time. Others experiment with different styles and may have many WIPs at once.

And how about the clean plate/clean slate club? Some of us feel obligated to clear our first salad plate before going back for more. Some of us don’t. Some of us finish every book or project we start, regardless. Some of us move on down the list as soon as our interest in a book or project begins to wane.

The great thing is, neither method is right or wrong. We simply have different preferences. So, tell me: which type are you? Does the same hold true for your salad-bar-eating, your reading, and your writing? And should Jello salad ever actually be considered a salad?

6 comments:

Kay Theodoratus said...

You caught me unawares. It's "banned book week", and I'm all for the freedom to read what you want.

Then, you mentioned jello salad, something I wouldn't mind seeing banned. Guess, you should be free to eat what you want too. At least, I can ban the stuff from my plate.

Name: Luana Krause said...

I have many projects going at once...I couldn't work any other way. I also read several books at once and have experienced the same problem with "too much on my plate."

As for jello. No, it is not a salad. I don't like to eat it, but the colors are pretty.

Carol Kilgore said...

It's all about finding what works for you. And knowing it might change.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Yuk on the jello! It isn't even part of a food group!

I usually have several books going at the same time as well as several short stories I'm writing. I guess you could call me a tossed salad!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm definitely the little bit of everything type. I also have at least half a dozen books with bookmarks in them, some I started months (maybe years) ago.

Patricia

Jenny said...

Looks like I'm in good company with having multiple projects going at once, whether it's reading, writing, or both. (Tossed salad...I love it!)

And not the only one with a Jello aversion, either :-)

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