Food sucks.

Sat 2/10/2007

I'm not sure if I fell asleep last night, or if I just passed out from not eating enough food lately. Yes, that's right: I know you are all sick of hearing about it, but my enthusiasm for eating food is at an all-time low.

I guess it's just because I'm SUPER busy these days and I have so many projects going on. At some point last week, I was going to make some dinner and then I was like, "Ahhn, I'll just make a peanut butter sandwich." It took 30 seconds to make, 2 minutes to eat and it got me through the night... and now I can't be bothered to cook anything. I've been eating cereal, veggie burgers, crackers and cheese, carrots, orange juice. Anything that doesn't require taking out any pots or pans. And I'm still alive.

Somehow, going to the supermarket each week to get more FOOD is totally depressing. It's like this huge let down, that I have to continually eat. I wish it could just be another thing on my list. Like, "Okay, if I eat for the next two weeks then I won't have to eat for all of March" or if I could spend 7 hours (half an hour per meal, two meals a day for 7 days) eating on Sunday, but then I wouldn't have to eat for the rest of the week. There's got to be SOMETHING better than this. Ugh!

I think part of the problem too is that my local supermarket TOTALLY SUCKS. Is it too much to ask that you don't have milk on the shelf that's four days past its expiration date??? Is it totally impossible to get some carrots that are not bendy and soft??? I had one good meal this week, and that was in a restaurant. It's too bad I'm not getting paid by the hour to do my homework, I'd eat out every night!

ANYWAYS, the point of this post was supposed to be that somehow, this week felt pretty good. I only mention it because LAST week felt really awful, like I couldn't do anything right and I was making all the wrong decisions. It's crazy how fast things can turn around in life. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. -Socrates (469 - 399 BCE)

I mean sure, there are still a lot of tough things I need to figure out, but this week I feel like I am up to those challenges and it is merely a chance to prove my worth. Whatever happens, I am going to be okay.

12 comments on this entry

love yer drawings for this post. and it still cracks me up you hate food -- i spend so much time and money on food i can't even imagine the stance of hating it. (granted i do have an amazing co-op about 100 feet from my house, but i've always been like this.) i mean, WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, right? so does that mean you're composed of recycled molecules of cereal, veggie burgers, crackers and cheese, carrots, and orange juice?

nate Feb11

man...you have no idea how badly i needed to hear something like that...

jason Feb11

Alec -
I'm reading this book right now called "Heat." It's by Bill Buford and it's about Mario Batali, an Italian chef in NYC. I strongly recommend it. If this doesn't get your taste buds screaming for something more interesting, nothing will!

Tom T. Feb11

Nate - you hit the nail on the head: time, money and a good co-op which is a stone's throw away. Three things I don't have!

Jason - Yeah, I find that quote even MORE reassuring because it's like 2500 years old. Which means humans have been screwing stuff up for a long time.

Master Chef Tom - I'm not sure I'm gonna read "Heat" but when it gets HOT this summer we gotta go see Order of the Phoenix!!!

Alec Feb11

I can't imagine living without good food in my life. With the rare exceptions wher I mess up and make something that tastes absolutely terrible, or make the mistake of buying something that tastes like garbage, mealtimes are times of intense pleasure to me, something I look forward to when I'm having a shitty day. Food calms my mind and ensures that there will be at least one good component to even the crappiest day.

On top of it, just the act of cooking, and being able to cook, combines research and exploration with the fufillment that comes with performing a technique skillfully, on top of the sensual pleasures. Much like being able to bind books or repair broken things, being able to properly feed oneself is very empowering.

Honestly, the title of this post couldn't be more forign and bizerre to me.

Matt Feb11

I totally hear you. I love to eat, like most humans, but the process of preparing food and the time it takes to eat it is incredibly annoying. I end up eating a similar diet, minus the cheese, purely for convenience's sake. I eat a lot of tinned soup as well (Amy's brand lentil vegetable is a favorite, and pretty filling, lower in fat and better nutrition than a plain PB sammich). I just have so little time to do comics to begin with, everything else just feels like I'm wasting time! Don't forget to take vitamins also. You'll be no good to draw comics when your bones are all brittle and you're falling over from some obscure vitamin deficiency. And taking vitamins only takes a few seconds (that's the best part). And fruit that keeps well (like apples) is good to have around for a quick pick-me-up.

Liz Feb11

Isn't there a stand at Grand Army Plaza set up every Saturday morning from 8 to 4? It might be a trek, but I bet their carrots are nice and fresh not bendy.

Arlene Feb12

Yeah Arlene, I'm sure it's out there, but I'm pretty unwilling to sacrifice time for better food. I could probably also hit the Whole Foods at Union Square on the way home from school. P.S. I like your drawings!

Liz - I'm glad you're on my side! I eat a lot of canned soup too, but that involves getting out a pot, so even that has been out lately... Vitamins are a good idea... and APPLES! Good call!

Alec Feb12

Oh ok. I hope it works out well for you.

Thanks for checking out my drawings!

Arlene Feb12

That's the Longstreth dedication for you!

Personally, if made to choose between comics or good eating the rest of my life, comics would be getting turned out on it's ass so fast it wouldn't have time to grab it's coat and hat.

Matt Feb13

Alec,

I totally hear you - I just got diagnosed as hypoglycemic, so my body can't regulate it's own blood sugar. Now I have to keep, like, granola bars on me at all times in case my blood sugar drops. I have never thought about food and the glycemic index and that crap so much in my life. I do enjoy cooking and baking, but now that I have to make sure I eat something every three hours, I am so, so tired of food. Thankfully I have access to lots of fresh vegetables here in Tucson, but I remember going to the grocery store in New York and being so sad in the produce section (although I can say from experience, growing fresh green beans in a pot is really easy)...

Laura Feb14

OOh, you have hypoglycemia too? Jeez, what a pain in the ass. How long do you think you had it, before your diagnosis?

I have both that AND food allergies, so that's a fun combination.

Matt Feb14

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