The compounding of two variables (1. Low weeping tolerance as a result of hormones, 2. Heartrending stories about the plea for continued assistance in Haiti) set in the public environment of the university has required that this blog-post be rather dry, or risk public embarassment.
It is a stupid problem to have, but I am running the risk of ruining my back with too much gear to carry around. Since starting school, necessity dictates I must bring all my school affairs with me to work, I leave them in the car, but when I arrive at the bus terminal to park for the day, I have to bring all my school stuff with me, I just don't have the time to be popping back and forth all the time for textbooks and the like. I have pared the books down to only the bare minimums, but between them, the netbook, and binder, my bag's quite distended. (not even including my purse.) So far, this has been acceptable. The real issue comes when I consider food.
I don't have the finance to simply buy food at school all the time, but it is also ungainly and unweildy to bring a large tupperware container with me everywhere. If I wrap things individually, they are usually so abused as to be almost unrecognizable by lunchtime.
This wouldn't even be a big issue were it not for the fact that usually I don't bring enough, to save space. I'm a "robust" lady, and it takes a fair number of calories to power this muscley butt. What I am seeking, in essence, is a high-calorie, but lower fat or sodium, non-sugar-filled, food source. I tried nuts for a while, and they are my best alternative, were it not for how expensive they can be. Plus I have to run to the bathroom almost constantly since in order to feel full, I have to drink a lot of water.
I've also debated smoothies and the like, but have yet to settle on the recipie, and carrying liquids is quite hazardous, and water based smoothies tend to be grainy.
My, you're whining a lot.
Ah, yes, my Dear Reader, I am, but if I can be forgiven, my reason is a compelling one. It used to be the case that I would just bring some meat or vegetables in a little container, and order a plate of rice from Edo Japan, for about $2 (occasionally noodles for $3 if I was spoiling myself) It was always perfect, they'd give me sauce with it, and I didn't have to carry anything, but achieved a hot meal. Alas, in the years since my departure, they have abandoned this practice.
I was trying to think of some alternatives when a newspaper article caught my attention; it was on the top five "forest destroying foods", and darned if the top five, in the order I give a crap about, weren't beef, rice, corn, soy, and palm oil. For crying out loud, how's a "jet-setting" (well, bus-setting) gal supposed to eat without feeling like she's the reason Brazil has to export bad waxes?
I'm at a loss.