Today’s menu: chili, beans, tortilla chips, fruit icee, milk
I guess I forgive the meal planners *somewhat* for offering an “icee” today because it was hot at school. The school is not “climate controlled,” so a frozen juice bar makes sense to cool off. Looking over past lunches, the last time I ate this exact lunch was February 16th, which was not exactly “icee” weather. The biggest problem I have with the icee (which contains HFCS) is that the kids only have time to eat the icee, milk and the chips, which leads to exhaustion, jumpiness, and overall hunger later.
I ate everything today including a significant chunk of the icee. You can see in the picture that it was cold. Hey, although it was super sweet, I liked it because it was a cold treat. A kid labeled this lunch “tacos,” which I don’t think it qualifies for because wouldn’t we need a tortilla (hard or soft) for it to be a taco? I’m calling it “chili” but it’s really “tex-mex” without the rice on the bottom. Strange stuff.
I have to say I was ravenous by the end of day and was rummaging around my desk drawers for anything I could find. I ended up eating a stale rice cake with peanut butter to hold me over. As I was going home I was overwhelmed by a desire for pizza delivery, but thankfully I did not give in and came home to heat up leftovers from our great weekend of food. I don’t even remember the last time we ordered pizza for delivery…maybe 18 months ago? For me that was an unusual craving.
I have eaten school lunches for the equivalent of half of a school year (the average school year is 180 days). I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Should I be happy about this milestone? I am because I challenged myself to do something wild and here I am. It sure has been an experience. The project has been life-changing in big ways, but at school I still go along as if nothing is happening at all. Very few friends and even family know about what I’m doing online here. I think this summer I’m going to reveal myself to a few more friends and family members.
One thing I want to share with you is that while the project and my original goal stay semi-static, my job and my life are dynamic and have evolved. That means I’ve been thinking about my career in a new way. At this point I’m just in deep thought. I really enjoy thinking deeply and generating ideas. That’s how I came up with the blog! I have more great ideas simmering…it’s just a matter of execution.
Totally unrelated to the project, a very serious kid told me today:
“It was my birthday and then a fly bit me.”
It’s hard not to smile, but I tried to take in that information sympathetically. That does suck! But it was so cute too.