I'm working on putting together a post that highlights the trip we just got home from. In the meantime, let me tell you one thing that I learned about my new job yesterday:
Eating an entire pack of Original Starbursts is never a good idea.
Even if you're in the middle of an 18 hour drive from Houston to Denver.
Even if one of your travel buddies wants a bag of Skittles, and you find a gas station where Skittles and Starbursts are buy one get one free.
Even if you're feeling like you need a late afternoon sugar boost to get you through your driving shift.
NEVER a good idea.
I ate a whole pack of Starbursts in the van yesterday and I went to bed last night feeling like I had lead (or some other heavy substance) running through my whole body.
Regarding the purchase and consumption of said candy, Dann told me: "I have no sympathy for you. Those things are made of plastic."
Turns out he's right. Hydrogenated oil was listed as the third ingredient on the package - after corn syrup and sugar. Ew. No wonder I felt terrible - there was plastic in my blood! (Also fascinating, the new slogan for Starbursts is "It's a juicy contradiction." As in, it's solid but it tastes juicy. Weird! As a human, my brain tells me this shouldn't taste the way it does, but I don't care! It tastes good! Are they seriously proud of this? Gross.)
I'm hoping I'll be able to find a way to take along some real fruit on our trips in the future, so that I can satisfy the sugar craving without having to eat plastic. Maybe dried fruit? I know it tends to have a lot of sugar, but it's got to be better than plastic, right? I'll let you know what I find out.
All that to say, next time we hit the road, I'm counting on you to remind me not to eat Starbursts. Deal?