I love Panera and thankfully, a lot of their breakfast items fit in my diet. I try and stay under 550 calories per meal. That breaks down to a bowl of their power oatmeal or a power sandwich with a large green tea. The place is generally pretty empty so I have a choice of where I get to sit and plenty of space to spread out. If I'm there past 9 am, it does start to get pretty busy,
The point of me telling you this isn't just about the refills. It's about how much I stick out. Today after work, I went home and changed before coming to Panera. I work as a quality assurance tech for Coca-Cola. I wear steel-toed-boots, black pants with many pockets and a plain black hoodie or sweater over my black t-shirt. That may sound pretty normal, but my work clothes are generally in some state of disarray.
Syrup caked on my boots, neon-colored ear plugs hanging around my neck, eyeliner smeared on one side of my face, frizzy hair all over the place and stained fingers (Sunkist stains like nothing else). I probably smell like Classic or Moxie or a weird combination of Fanta's. I'm not what people expect to see sitting in a Panera at 7 in the morning, typing away on a sticker decorated computer and surrounded by glittery pink office supplies.
I've gotten many double takes. It doesn't bother me, but it is extremely distracting. I get antsy when I feel people watching me and once I'm distracted, I'm done for. Which is exactly what happened right before I started this post. I was writing along, working on a detailed outline and BAM! Felt someone watching me. Now I'm here. Not writing and barely focusing on this post.
I wonder what these people would think if they knew the car in the parking lot with eyelashes is mine...