Monday, January 26, 2009

Feisty Bentos 282 & 283: Slapdash


I'm stressed.  Why am I stressed?  I've been trying to deny that I'm stressed, but the signs are all there, so I guess it's time to 'fess up: I don't have enough time.

Sure, you may think, most people don't have enough time, that doesn't mean it's a big deal.  No, you don't understand.  I don't have enough time to eat if I don't really make an effort to do so.  I don't have enough time to pee.  Or sleep.  Or shower.  (Don't worry, I still do the last 3, because I have at least some concern for my health if I don't.  And how other people will react to me if I stop bathing.) 

So yesterday, a Sunday, I should have had plenty of time to cook some stuff and be able to just whip stuff out of the containers I keep my bento stash in for the week, but alas, t'was not to be.  I won't go into the dirty details of what went down, but suffice it to say, I spent a day cooking and in the end, just felt like a total a-hole.  Which adds to my stress.  You see where this is going?

This morning, no direction, no planning, nothing, led me to be late for work as well.  Planning is REALLY. A. GOOD. IDEA.  I did manage to slap together two bentos though.

Top tier: BBQish country pork ribs
Bottom tier: marinated spicy cuttlefish; pickled daikon; grape tomatoes

Not the greatest or most interesting, but it'll do.  Right?  It'll have to.


Here's the second bento, for dinner.  Not well planned at all either, but at least it's mostly different from the one before.

Black bean & balsamic vinegar dip in the mini cup; Mandarin oranges; one pita cut up into 8ths; grape tomatoes; pistachio & pepper dip.

Why do I need a second bento/bento for dinner?  Well, you may recall me mentioning that I was going back to school.  Tonight marks the first class, and it's probably a good idea that I don't pass out from hunger.  I haven't met my professor yet, so I'm not sure his/her policy on eating in class, but I chose all non-crunchy foods so I don't disturb people in class.  I tried to pick non-smelly foods, and I think I succeeded, so we'll see.  Honestly, class is 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm, so I doubt it'll be a full class anyway, but again... we'll see.

Do I sound grumpy?  Probably because I am, just a tad bit.  There's a lot going on at work and I've been unable to concentrate because they're doing construction on my floor as well.  Joy.

But you know, still, always: happy bento!!!


  1. You're not at Columbia are you?! I hope this comment doesn't come off as creepy haha.

    8:15 seems like an odd class time though...

  2. Yay on your first class! I hope the day ended better than it started. If I had some extra time, I'd give it you ...

  3. Oh I know the feeling when you are running out of time. But I love what I am seeing here. And I want to grab your time to teach me some cooking.