Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Laptop Lunching

You may remember a few weeks ago when I waxed on about my weekday lunch dilemnas. I ultimately decided to buy the Laptop Lunchbox, a substantial, in my opinion, lunch investment. It arrived the end of last week, and I started using it this week. So far this week, I've carefully packed it each night.
Laptop Lunch Day 2
Here's Day 2. You may notice that my lunch does, in fact, resemble something that a second grader would eat. Or is that offensive to the more sophisticated tastes of today's second grader? At any rate, as juvenile as this lunch appears, it is a start. It is a marked improvement nutritionally over my occasional (ok, more like regular) lunch of a Coke and a candy bar (or sometimes all-you-can-eat tacos). There are food groups represented that do not sit at the very tip of the food pyramid. There's a vegetable and a smooshed fruit.

When I purchased the laptop lunch, it came with a user's guide. So, I laughed about the fact that it was a lunchbox with a user's guide. But then Rykert flipped through it and noticed a section about introducing new foods to a picky eater. While desiged for children, he pointed that it probably could be applied to me. Oh, I forgot to mention in my previous post that I am an incredibly picky eater, always have been. Though I'm trying to work on it.

Laptop Lunch Day 3And here's Day 3. You in the back, and my sisters, are you saying to yourself, "She did NOT cut her sandwich into the shape of a flower?" Yes, in fact, I did. Mostly for blog fodder. When I was perusing the Laptop Lunch group on Flickr, I was amazed at the meals people put together and wondered where these people found the time and energy. Well, apparently, I also have too much time on my hands and have slipped over into the crazy by cutting my sandwich into a flower and then photographing my lunch just for the sake of a blog post. It's like orchestrating your life around the scrapbooking papers and stickers you picked up. That's what a blog, and scrapbooking, can do to you (don't you ever hear yourself thinking about the blog post you could create). Not that it is a bad thing.

Just for the record, unless I get incredibly creative, I doubt that I will be posting any more pictures on my lunches on my blog. Maybe Flickr. But not here.

Impressions on the Laptop Lunchbox: It's smaller than I thought it would be. My sister envisioned a briefcase sized lunchbox based on the pictures of the children carrying them on the website. It doesn't hold a traditional sized sandwich (thus, you have to get creative with cutting and placing), but it holds plenty of food for me. The spatial layout seems to be helping me to determine exactly how much food I need to bring. In the past, when I've tried to pack a lunch, I would throw a yogurt and a few carrots in a sack and wonder why I was still hungry. I like forcing myself to come up with something different for each square (even if it's rather plain at the moment). I'm glad I went with the insulated bag, because it would otherwise be kind of awkward for me to carry back and forth to work. The water bottle, however, that comes with it is pretty much useless to me. I don't see myself using that. Even after a few days, I wish I would have bought an extra set of interior containers as it would make the nightly packing a bit easier. I have to get this packed at night so I can get up and be at the gym by 6. I'm working on keeping my momentum moving forward on both the gym and lunch resolutions and can't risk a scheduling setback.

I have still lost my knitting mojo. I did manage to finish a baby hat last night. I'm hoping to finish another before The Preemie Project Craft-a-thon. More on that later. But you should all come and join us on February 8. The author of Knitting for Peace, Betty Christansen will be speaking in the evening. Even if you can't attend or live far away, you should definitely consider whipping up a quick preemie knit and entering it into the contest (based on a published pattern or an original).

5 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

I've had the same problem, where I pack a container of yogart for lunch and a few veggies and then decide that it is not enough. This payday I think I'm going to order a lunchbox for myself. Packing my lunch = healthy lunches and saving money = more time and money for knitting!

Emily said...

OH.... my God. What else can I say?

Debbie said...

It certainly is pink! Just right for a flower-shaped sandwich. Those containers are actually bigger than they look, and if you pack food in them all it's really plenty of food.

Knittripps said...

I just ordered my own pink laptop lunch box set! I am very excited. I plan to look at pictures of lunches later and come up with a list of healthy lunch plans.

Bridget said...

You are one of those people who take pictures of your lunch. I am at a loss for words.

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