It’s Not Good Bye, It’s Just See Ya Later..

Well folks, it’s officially happened. After a valiant search has turned up nothing, I am on my last package of ramen. I was stupid to think that this wouldn’t happen, I should have been more prepared but yet here I am looking into the abyss of what shall be my ramen-less future. Sure, I still have lots to look forward to in the coming days, weeks and years, but what will be the point really. 

One is the loneliest number…

I knew I wanted the last time and the last one to be special so I wanted to make sure everything was right. I wanted to savor this moment just as I should have been savoring all the ones before it, when I was young and naive. 

First step, make sure I am 100% presentable for the occasion. Shower, hair did, make up on point, I even shaved my legs and put on my newest pair of MATCHING pajamas. 


Next, I need to make sure I am cooking this last one perfectly. The best pan, the right amount of water—no just eyeballing it today—the right consistent temperature, don’t forget to stir and for the love of everything, I will not just ‘set it and forget it’ until you hear the pot boil over from the other room. NONE OF THAT. 

Next, the seasoning packet, the make it or break it of todays lunch. Their will be no spice left behind. I will carefully open it as if I’m Nick Cage unrolling the Declaration of Independence for the first time. This step should take me no less than five minutes if I do it right.  (p.s. don’t forget to hold on to the main package and spice wrapper for scrapbooking/time capsule purposes)

Lets talk about pairing this meal with the right sides. Usually I just grab some chips and a dill pickle and throw them on a plate and get my yeti filled with ice and fill her half way with some Ginger ale. Similarly, we will do that today, but only whole chips no broken off bits, the best pickle and today we spring for the Cherry Pepsi that I fought a 12 year old for at Dollar General. I told you I’m not playing games today. 


Lastly, I need to set the scene. Before cooking I will have wiped down the dining room table. Now to get out the good crystal bowl and silver spoon from the china cabinet. A chilled wine glass with sufficient ice for the Cherry Pepsi and a candle. Finally, the best tunes to set the mood. ..


The time has come to sit down, enjoy and look back on the all the times before this I have taken for granted. I know better days are coming, so for this I will pray over and thank God for this bountiful meal I am about to receive! 🙂



Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

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