Today was the first day that I really felt like asking, “Aren’t we done yet?”
We had a staff meeting today at my school and I purposely waited until right before the meeting started to go to the library. The reason for this was that teachers were served lunch. It is not usually vegan, but I usually go to spend time with my colleagues. Instead, I sat alone in my classroom and ate leftover spaghetti (don’t feel too sorry for me; I had work to do anyway). When I got to the library and the meeting started, people were just finishing lunch and still had their plates in front of them. The were having burritos. It might seem that I would be tired of beans and rice, but I was drooling a bit. I even considered trying to sneak the remnants pico de gallo off of my friend Dave’s plate… but that would have been weird.
At the end of the meeting the remaining food was being packed away and I thought about grabbing a bucket of salsa and chips and running for the door. I didn’t. I have been very good, but I really want to cheat. I keep thinking about all of the things I want to eat when this is finished. Staying true to my claim that I love Mexican food, a burrito from Rico’s, my favorite taco shop, is on the list. I also want a salad with lots of dressing. I would also love veggie spring rolls filled with sprouts, cucumber, lettuce and tofu. I also want a Boca Burger dripping with ketchup, mustard, onion, and lettuce (can you tell I have not had dinner yet?).
It makes me realize how wasteful have been in the past. I have some weird issues with food. I worked in a grocery store for 6 years and I know that food lasts after its sell by date. Even with that knowledge is in my head, I am usually very suspicious of anything that I believe may have lingered in the depths of the fridge beyond its date. Christopher on the other hand eats anything and is constantly telling me, “it’s still good.” When we eat out I usually bring home food I did not finish, but if I don’t eat it the very next day, chances are it will be thrown out or Christopher will get to it.
My thoughts on “good” food have altered, but I am still a bit wimpy when it comes to scavenging for food. The other day I saw an apple on the ground; it was probably thrown out by a student. I considered picking it up to see if it had a bite taken out of it, or if it was still “good,” but in the end I did not. Another day I watched a student throw away cucumber sticks and cherry tomatoes. I wanted to take up Christopher’s cry of “it’s still good!” and dive in after it, but I didn’t.
I might next time.
Breakfast: 1 Cup cooked oatmeal w/ 1 TSP margarine – $0.09, store-bought bread w/ one tablespoon of PB-$0.10 (Christopher only)
Lunch:Spaghetti – $0.30 (Kerri only), popped popcorn – $0.07 (Kerri only) PB&J on store-bought bread with only 1Tbsp of pb -$0.20, 2 slices pizza-$0.16 (Christopher only)
Dinner: Homemade Wheat Gluten Steak Strips – $0.20, 1/8 lb. Frozen Broccoli – $0.13, 2 Cups cooked white rice – $0.11, Potato fried in leftover seitan oil-$0.10 (Kerri only)
Christopher Total: $0.99
Kerri Total: $1.00
Donation Total: $189
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