Monday, November 05, 2007

lost in translation

I am learning that:

GF stands for "Gluten Free"

~ standing in a specialty foods isle and looking at unfamiliar foods is a daunting task. Some items make it very clear through their packaging exactly which products are gluten free. Others try using a different approach, "Let's make our products look like regular products and just put the initials GF in our titles." Well, I was in a frustrated mood, feeling overwhelmed and my negative mind energy was in overdrive. I saw GF and thought it meant Good Frickin (but the bad F word). So here I am, tired, frustrated, in a bad mood and I'm mentally reading packages with titles like:

"The Best GF Cookie Batter in the World"
"The Best GF Hot Cereal in the World"
"The Best GF Crackers in the World"
and in my mind, I'm replacing GF with Good Frickin (but the bad F word) and I'm thinking, "Geez, this company has a lot of balls to use that phrase for their products?!" So, just then my girlfriend points to one of the very same products I am mulling over and says, "Hey look... Gluten Free Cookies, Cereal, Pancakes...Wow!"

And it dawns on me, in a 2x4, hit me over the head with a block of wood, kind of way, that GF stands for "Gluten Free" and NOT Good Frickin!

needless to say, I felt like an idiot, realized what a mind numbing, negative thinking state that I was in...and all I could do was laugh at myself...and I do mean belly laughing...

...out loud, I think I'm going to pee my pants, kind of laughing.

Through my gasps of air and lower half tight muscle control, I sporadically tried to explain my warped thought process about the whole matter...but it was lost in the translation and only I could understand the full funny bone of it all.

I am such an A class dork and seriously think lupus is slowly withering away my sanity.

At the least...I'm still laughing at myself and now have my own "inside joke" with GF...which by the way, unfortunately does not ring true for how I think Gluten Free foods taste at all.

So, until I get used to them...they are "The Worst F Foods in the World"


Blogger Wanda said...

Well dear, was this not just a downright "GF" post?? ((Wish I could have been there!!) Darlene you are so have not lost your mind, or your sense of humor!!
Love and Hugs
Until tomorrow....:)
Wanda Mom

1:30 PM  
Blogger aka Cate said...

He he he..

It does show where your mind was at doesn't it.


4:44 PM  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

sweetie~ we were both laughing at your "GF" theory. I was a little confused at first, but you spelled it out for me. What are girlfriends for?! :D

HEY NOW! how about those beautiful soap rocks? Now, THAT was a belly laugh! You crack me up!

by the way... the chips were OUT of this world! I think they are my favorite! They were okay in the sodium department too! They get an A plus in my book.

I love you bunches girl

4:58 PM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

Well, you are in good company if you're a class A dork. I think that is hysterical. And I think, even had I been in a GOOD mind set, I would have made the same word substitution. If for no other reason than to humor myself.

That is a great post!

9:45 PM  
Blogger dreamergirl said...

There's a new grocery store in town here that only sells Bio food (EKO foods...don't know what the right translation is) anyway. I was planning to go there today anyway, i'll be looking out for Good Frickin food. *grin* ;)

3:32 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

hey, thanks for sharing that- i am spending a weekend with a gluten free person and have to do the grocery shopping. i wouldn't have known either that GF means gluten free.

8:26 AM  
Blogger bella said...

I laughed out loud reading this!
And I think having those moments we can truly at ourselves are some of the best ion the world.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Hilary Metcalf said...

Hi Darlene
You are probably overloaded with "GF" recipes, but if there is room for more, check out this link.
just be aware, this is an Oz recipe site, so measurements are in grams and stuff, and not a 'stick' of butter to be found - but good food, nonetheless.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Boho Girl said...

you crack me up!

i need to email you a list of Good F&%#n Gluten Free foods.

there is nothing like Glutino. order some or take that trip to Whole Foods!

oh and Trader Joes has these new Ginger Snap cookies that are GF and are delish with tea after dinner.


12:04 AM  
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3:08 AM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Thanks for sharing your humanness with us. None of your readers has ever made such mmistakes(?). ha ha giggle snerx

BTW, it is OK to use the other F word-freakin'

6:28 AM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

I guess there is a real gap between what you think GF Foods should taste like and what 'real food' tastes like.

It sounds to me like you needed a good big belly laugh, gasp, gasp, can't talk because I'm, gasp, gasp laughing too hard, gasp and can't breathe either, more laughing to follow when I can, and releasing a lot of tension. What a wonderful way to do it. I could just imagine where your mind and funny bone were taking you, because when something has been fairly dreadful for a while, minds do that. They get out of facing all that serious stuff one way or another. I love the way yours is working!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

You are so funny Darlene and probably in the majority when it comes to reading packaging labels.

'Truth in Advertising' indeed!


10:46 AM  
Blogger Jone said...

Hilarious post. I am venturing into the world of GF as well. Brown rice crackers have become a fave.

10:20 AM  

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