Friday, May 06, 2005

Free Food

Sorry I haven't made a real post in a while. Chalk it up to all the science, dancing, reading, rollerblading and ... other stuff I've been doing. In fact, because I've been so busy doing better things, I haven't even had time to go grocery shopping. (Plus, grocery shopping is boring, and rollerblading is not.) Just to put things in perspective, I've probably been grocery shopping fewer than 4 times this year, including that one trip to Trader Joe's.

I know, I'm pathetic.

But there are ways to live like this. I'm becoming an expert. The trick is to locate all the talks on campus. There are morning meetings Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, at which I can obtain breakfast, and sometimes even grab a bit to supplement my box o' soup lunch. That leaves Wednesday and Thursday, when I simply complain to my labmates that I'm hungry and we have to eat lunch early. That usually works. Then there are afternoon talks on Monday and Tuesday, where cookies are readily available if I'm in need of a snack. The real pot of gold is the Friday afternoon happy hour, which can sometimes be used as dinner, if there are enough mini-bagel-pizzas or buffalo wings. The rest of my food is canned or boxed stuff that I cook at home and aliquot into disposable tupperware. If I'm lucky enough to eat out one night, I'll plan ahead for the next day, by ordering something that's too much, then taking the rest of it for lunch the next day.

Don't think I'm the only one who lives like this. There are others. In fact, it's a typical graduate student existence, as proven by the following comic (and I don't know how to make it fit, so just accept it):

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for teaching me the word "aliquot." And right away I get to see it used by a pro -- made into a verb! ;-)