i am a pack my lunch and eat at my desk kinda gal. i tend to pack many mini-meals so that i can munch every three hours. so although i think a one hour lunch is built into my day [i don't really know, we are pretty loosey-goosey around my office] i never really take advantage of it [i suppose that means i am working too much? hmmm...]. but every so often, i book a little lunch date with a friend or family member. these are such treats for me! and, when the "non-lunch-out" gal does venture out mid-day, everyone i work with tells me "take as long as you'd like...you have yourself some fun...enjoy yourself...take your time!" this means that my rare lunch outings are much more laid-back and enjoyable than the average workweek lunch. i can pick a good restaurant. i don't have to grab a table and rush the order. i can sit and gab long after the plates have been cleared. this, my friends, is how lunch should be. i was recently able to once again enjoy one of these nice little lunches with my pal hallie [seen here and here]. we met up at pei wei and shared two plates of noodle-y and mongolian goodness while discussing life and all that jazz. such a fun time.