Today is Thursday - just trying to get through this week at work. My food distraction today (besides working) was to plan a short trip to the Florida Keys. I didn't think I was going to be able to swing it but as it turns out I have off from work next Wednesday through Friday and rather than same old same old surviving in New Jersey, I actually decided to get the hell out of Dodge for a few days.
Originally I was just going to go alone to do it as inexpensively as possible. I had planned to go fishing on the patch reefs and hopefully catch a few species of fish that are delicious. I shared my plan with my dad and he decided to come along with me on this trip. Even better. We get to share in the expenses and have a nice mini vacation together. I was able to use some travel points to pay for flights and maybe some of the car rental and hotel costs. This should be a relatively low cost venture over the course of three nights. I'm looking forward to it - and that's something to give me a mental edge during the SDC.
I have decided to take this trip but also to only do a semi-Survivor Diet during this time. I'm not going to hold as strictly to it as usual and I am going to add on an additional week to the end of my SDC. Basically, I'm taking a three to four day semi-break and exchanging it for seven days added on. I think I can live with that decision. I say 'semi' because one of my objectives in going to the Keys is to explore other survivor food opportunities in a very different environment than what I am used to. I optimistically plan to catch a bunch of fish and believe that I will be able to take fish back home with me. The weather seems to always be a factor when I future plan trips like these. I often have delusions of grandeur of the best possible scenarios and many times in the past my general expectations have not been met - typically due to less than ideal weather and wind.
I have a few objectives on this trip in addition to bringing home some fish. Although I know the Keys fairly well, I've never gone there with the intention of looking for a place to invest in a future property. I'm not financially ready to do this yet but I'm going to explore a bit more (if I have the time) and seek out ideal places for future Survivor Diets. What I mean by this is to look for places where living off the land is very doable and the variety of food and fish is much more exciting than what I am exposed to in New Jersey. I've always thought I would like to retire in the Keys and have a small place with a boat. This is step one toward that future goal.
Ok, enough daydreaming. I've been eating mostly rice, trout, broccoli rabe and the occasional asparagus for the past week. I have used very little butter and very little spice so far (week one rewards). I have also been rationing the eggs gifted to me and I have about three left. I have a mess of trout that has been partially cleaned and waits in the refrigerator for the final cleaning and de-boning process. I'll try to get to that tomorrow.