Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even though I'm hungry, I still wouldn't eat there.

It's CiCi's Pizza Night for our school tonight. Blech. That may very well be some of the crappiest pizza anywhere on the face of the earth, no exaggeration. I don't mind supporting our school, but why can't it be at a decent restaurant?

Unfortunately, the CiCi's PR machine is a good one and my girls always come home on the designated days and remind me that it's CiCi's Night. We'll go a few times during the school year, but only under extreme duress.

I will use just about any excuse possible to avoid going to CiCi's Night. I have cited bad weather, bad health, and bad timing. I would use plagues, locusts, tornadoes, or earthquakes if I could get away with it. And I will stoop to using all sorts of bribes in order to avoid the CiCi's Crapfest. Sometimes I'm subtle and will fix an irresistible meal that the girls will clearly prefer over the crap served at CiCi's. Other times, I'll be obvious and offer something much better, such as GOOD pizza.

So tonight's the night. The girls asked if we could go and I offered two choices: We can go to CiCi's Night or we can stay home and have a picnic by the fireplace, with all sorts of great foods. The girls chose the wise option, so now I need to produce a dinner that will thrill them. My plan is bake Whole Foods pizzas and to offer a recent vintage of chocolate milk to complement the pizza. No healthy veggies tonight; we'll probably just have apples and pears. We'll listen to Christmas music while we eat.

I'm thinking my plan is a winner.

20 comments:

The Guider said...

Sounds yuk. How does it support the school, you eating pizza? Do they get the waiters tips?

Peggy Sez.. said...

It sounds like you and the girls will be having another memory making evening!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Guider, the school gets 10% of the night's sales. So if I spend $10 there, the school gets $1. I'd much rather give the $10 directly to the school.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Guider,

Also, there are no waiters. It's all buffet.

Melissa said...

Ew. Your plan makes me hungry. I can only imagine CiCi's is as horrid as Chuckie Cheese's which IMHO serves up crap pizza as just a final kick to the teeth of parents who cave in to bringing the family to the kiddie casino.

Mrs. G. said...

I'll be over shortly. I love chocolate milk.

Keetha said...

What a great Mom! That's a great plan, too - everybody's happy.

smalltownmom said...

Your plan sounds delicious and if If I didn't live across the country from you I might show up on your doorstep for dinner.

Our school used to do that pizza thing too... Tuesday nights. It was the place I usually got pizza from, so I tried to support it. But usually on Tuesdays I am still in cooking mode. By Friday, I am ready for pizza. And the younger son has already had pizza at lunch, so what do I do? Suffer...

countrymouse said...

Christmas music in front of the fire with my family is one of the BEST memories I have from my childhood. Even if Mom had done it to bribe us, I wouldn't remember that, I'd just have the warm memories : )

Damn girl, you are a prolific blogger! How do you work and raise your family and cook all healthy and keep your house clean *and* blog this much? I. Am. In. Awe!

MizMell said...

You're a clever one...

Kristin said...

Seriously, I have seen those ads for CiCi's and it looks repulsive!

Flutterby said...

AWww.. the Cici's here is good. Or maybe I just like crappy pizza. They have a good salad bar at this one too, which I have heard sucks at some, good at others. So I guess it depends on who owns it and how they run it.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Countrymouse: Suffice it to say that I talk a LOT. A real whole lot. Haven't you noticed that? Now, imagine being my long suffering husband. Frankly, my prolific writing on this blog has GOT to be a sanity saver for him. As for the work, it's part time. As for the cooking, I don't think Whole Foods pizza counts as anything other than food prep. And as for the clean house, well it isn't right now. Well, it's clean, but it's very undtidy in spots. Several spots.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

I think your girl's made a wise choice.

Family Adventure said...

What time should we come over?

Heidi

Lisa@Take90West said...

I agree Cici's pizza is gross. Your plan is much better!

hello darling (formerly hello sunshine!) said...

I have your address - so... see you around 7pm? I kidddddd (but I'm sending out cards next week, YAY!) - I have to admit though, every so often I get this weird craving for Cici's. I really can't explain it.

Badness Jones said...

It's amazing what the PR machines do to our kids....did you read my post where I told the girlie Chuck E Cheese burnt down? I mean, I know I shouldn't lie to my kids, but Chuck E Cheese? That place is revolting and expensive and if you want to tell your girls CiCi's burnt down I will totally back you up! :)

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Badness, are you ready for this: We DO NOT have a Chuck E. Cheese's in our town. No kidding. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me.

And you? Are pure GENIUS for thinking up that one to tell your children. Of course, one day they're going to find out the truth.... ;-)

Waldo said...

Cici's is so bad.

So. So. Bad.

My wife and I went there a few years ago, mistakenly thinking it was a) local and b) decent. I'm no pizza slob. I'm happy with whatever take-out I can get. But Cici's is just beastly.