02 May 2011

GRE Study #2

Abstain—to not participate in; to choose not to do something
Abstemious—moderate in appetite
Abyss—a deep hole
Accretion—to add to, to build upon; an increase in amount or size
Acidulous—a sour taste or manner
Acme—the highest point or peak; the highest level or degree attainable

Fast Sundays always leave an acidulous taste in my mouth, literally. Going two or more meals without eating is difficult, not to mention intolerable when you consider the smelly breath you get from not eating anything. If it weren't for the spiritual feasting I receive on fast sunday, then the first of every month would be a physical and mental abyss. It's on these days that I crave anything but an abstemious meal. I want four courses, the whole nine yards. The irony is that my stomach is so much smaller that I have to abstain from excessive amounts of food, which is exactly what I want. When I give in to my hunger full throttle, I notice an accretion in my stomach. Not so pretty. A food baby. A cibo bambino. A cimbo. (Italian slang for food baby). One day I will be able to balance these needs and desires and reach the acme of both spiritual nirvana and edible glory.

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