yummy painting by Etsy artist Mary Anne Cary
That's right my friends....oranges. My hugest HUGEST craving throughout my pregnancy has been oranges. For months I haven't been able to eat enough of these pretty little things...I limit myself to 3 or 4 per day (simply because they are ca-razy expensive!) I could probably go through a dozen per day...no joke... no exaggeration.
I even find myself fantasizing about them at work. Daydreaming about how I would secure my next one. Salivating at the thought of my lunch break because I knew I'd be eating one soon. At one point I wanted to cut a couple up and take them in a ziplock bag to the movies... on a date with my hubby... but I decided against it at the last second.
And truth be told, it isn't JUST the round fruit...it is anything orange flavored. Orange soda... yup... orange popsicles... heck yes.... orange yogurt... absolutely... orange juice... every morning. I've been like a fiend. Even at Christmas my mother in law was sure to stock up on yummy Florida oranges (and even got me hooked on grapefruit again...so I've actually been eating a TON of that too!), and my bro in law bought a whole case of orange flavored Italian ices for me. At my baby shower they put together a plate of oranges (which I consumed... almost all by myself...and they were amazing.)
First of all, recall I'm from Arizona, where citrus trees grow on the sides of the roads and in everyone's backyard. To buy 'em by the pound was never more than 88 cents. Yet here I am in frigid NY...and these little jewels cost me roughly $1.25 per PIECE! Which is insanity. But. It's the only thing I really really ever want. So I indulge myself...and Tommy indulges me too (he always keeps the house stocked with plenty of 'em for me....sigh....it's because he loves me and his baby girl.)
I've also had QUITE a hankering for Mexican food - specifically the rolled tacos and bean n cheese burritos from my fave Mexican place in my hometown (Chili Pepper!). Alas...no Mexican restaurants here. So I just keep eating the oranges (probably a good thing as I'm sure I would have gained an additional 20 lbs if I could have eaten a burrito every time I've wanted one!)
So there you have it. My craving and obsession.