The moment I opened my eyes on our last morning in Hawaii, I reached for my phone. Squinting and blinking, I typed out a groggy reminder: “3 candy bars + 4 blocks cream cheese.”
Not exactly what most people think when they wake up in paradise.
But in my dream, I had been wandering around the grocery store, searching for the ingredients to make a cheesecake. As I debated which three candy bars to buy, the waves outside my window crashed through my subconscious like an alarm clock.
I scribbled down my shopping list that afternoon on the plane flight home and set out for the store the following day. This time, no ocean waves interrupted me as I strolled down the aisles, but that just made matters worse. I actually had to choose which candy bars to use on my own—I woke up before deciding on them in my dream!
I ended up with a massive variety pack of minis in my cart. The cashier shot me a strange look (nobody ever buys that much candy unless it’s Halloween), but it guaranteed that (a) every bite of cheesecake would contain both the candy bar filing and chocolate coating, and (b) I didn’t have to choose which candy bars to use until I started preheating the oven.
I eventually decided not to decide and threw all four types into the bowl. Then downsized to three blocks of cream cheese.
But my dream was only meant to be a guideline anyway, right?