February 27, 2011 - 8:00 PM
In one of my blogs from the past week, I had a reader post me a comment. The comment asked, "I would be curious to hear about the logistics of your existence while writing the thesis. What have you been eating? Do you even have time to cook? Consider making any brussel sprouts recently?" I highly encourage my readers to comment on my posts and ask questions. I often feel I'm running out of things to say, so these questions can spark some good discussion. So, Katie B., thank you for submitting your question and I shall answer in this post.
Part one is what have I been eating? The answer: it varies. For example, tonight I actually had a huge salad full of bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and apples, as well as a few chips and salsa. Pretty healthy. This is because I finally had time to go to the store and do a big shop. I have been craving fresh vegetables for a while now, but have been unable to deal with having to go get them, cut them, eat them before they go bad, etc. The big shop I did today is one that I am hoping will last me until the end of the term. It couldn't come sooner. However, during the rest of the time when I don't have time to do a quality shop, I find myself relying heavily on cheerios, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Clif bars, and this totally mellow Oregon cranberry juice I found. Occasionally, I will have a banana. During these prolonged phases of nothing too exciting to eat, I often find myself standing in my kitchen for a good ten minutes, just standing, completely lost on what to do - and then I have some cheerios.
The second part of Katie B.'s question was do I even have time to cook? Not usually, would be the simple answer. The more complex answer deals with the fact that when I do have time, I'm usually so exhausted and void of energy that I instead settle on some cheerios and a nap. This lack of time and energy can also be seen in the ongoing battle I am having with my house to keep it clean.
And, the last part of the question was, have I considered making any brussel sprouts lately? I would like to take this time to thank Katie B. for her suggestion, as I bought some today. I plan to fry them up with a little olive oil, garlic, pepper, and kosher rock salt. They should be fabulous.
I had fun writing this post, so please, whoever may still be reading this blog, feel free to post a question!