Lunch Woes

I'm wondering: Does anyone else think that a sandwich tastes better when someone else makes it for you?

The reason I ask is twofold: first, because I'm running out of lunch ideas. This, for me, falls under the "trauma" category of the phrase with which I end every class I teach ("Questions, problems, traumatic experiences?"--is the phrase, in case you were curious).  I like food--a lot.  But I've been in something of a rut with ham or turkey and cheese. Or tuna salad, which I do get quite creative with, at times.

Second, while tasty, I learned this week that one should not attempt to eat a grilled flatbread sandwich that still hot while driving. (I know, I know. I shouldn't eat while driving. I usually don't--I was exceptionally hungry, but I know that's no good excuse).  If one does try to do such a thing, invariably, the tastiest part of your cuban melt--the dijon mustard and melted cheese goodness--will end up in your lap and on the seat of your car.

Since I've been out of my parents house since college and since I've been out of college with that lovely thing called a meal plan, I'll admit that some days meals are, well, creative for me. In spite of a somewhat extensive restaurant knowledge of my current city and my beloved one, I don't eat out all that much, making the days when I cook all that more urgent/creative.  Dinners, I'm good with.  I wish someone were around to make eggs because outside of the occasional Sunday quiche, I am no good with eggs. This fact startles most people I know--"Kim, how hard is it to scramble an egg?" Well, if you're asking me, the answer is: quite.  Sad, too, as one of my favorite Sunday breakfasts is a good egg scramble with ham, onion, garlic, peppers, tomato...and I'll stop as I'm making myself hungry.

Lunch, though, is tricky. Days that I'm in my office, it's usually a sandwich, which, as the semester progresses and gets increasing nutty, gets lamer and lamer, no matter how much I like putting a sandwich in my green (in terms of color and the environment) reusable sandwich container with the dinosaur on top. (An aside: I've learned if the sandwich is too tall and I smoosh it down hard enough, the dinosaur will be imprinted on the top slice of bread. Some days, this makes me happier than it should.)

Before I go and have lunch at the Writing Center's pizza party (today, lunch isn't traumatic for me; and even better: free!), and if you don't mind my asking, what's your favorite thing to have for lunch?  I'll try just about anything once (note: sushi and most types of Chinese food are already out of the running. I've tried and, well, can't on those things. Except if the sushi is vegetarian and if there's lots of wasabi. I'm a big fan of condiments). Comments, suggestions, recipes are appreciated, and of course, I'll let you know what I think.

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