I might have the news on morning noon and night, but I only pay attention when something is particularly interesting. I watch CBS in the morning, Fox and CBS at 11 and noon, NBC for the evening news, then Fox and CBS for the late news. That’s a lot of hours of news. Most of the time, local Fox news is pretty tame and nothing like the national version of Faux News. I get ABC, but their news totally sucks. Boring, slow and full of Hollywood crap. I check it out just to remember why I never tune in that station :-p Weeknights, if there are no non-fiction shows on, I watch several kinds of PBS news. I loathe most TV.
I watch Survivor, Shark Tank, Story Trek and the Batchelor. The LDS church’s BYU-TV used to be my main source of edification and entertainment. Now it mostly sucks. Lots of sports, reruns of reruns, rich people financial shows, stupid comedy junk, the same darn movies a zillion times over, etc. I used to watch scripture studies, Granite Flats, non-violent programs, food storage info, the Food Nanny…now there is little worth watching.
So….all day Thursday there were numerous helicopters….and they were not the helicopters I usually see around here. It wasn’t until late evening that I paid attention when I heard the TV mention both Uber and helicopters in the same breath. The Sundance Film Festival is happening now. Uber is flying people from the SLC airport to the festival for $150 or $200 each. Apparently it’s a popular option. I guess people have more money to spend than I do 🙂
My breakfast might not be picturesque, but it’s yummy! 🙂 Some onion, mushrooms, a Mexican squash, a Roma tomato, a small yam, an avocado, 2 eggs, some Swiss-Gruyere cheese with a puddle of Sriracha bbq sauce. Not cheap and probably calorific. I used to eat something like this for brunch most mornings. Let’s break down the cost. Onion .25, mushrooms .50, squash .23, Roma tomato .26, yam .37, 2 eggs .58, cheese $1, sauce around .25, cooked in red palm oil .15. That equals $3.59…more than my entire SNAP allotment for the day, which is $2.93.
If you don’t read comments, here’s how much Thursday’s supper cost. One tamale at $1.25, an avocado for .20 a tomato for .26 and about .20 of sour cream and a couple of tablespoons of salsa verde. That’s about $2 total. Both meals would have been much more expensive if I bought all the ingredients at Smith’s or Trader Joe’s. For example, TJ’s sells Roma tomatoes for 69 cents each. What I can eat for a dollar a meal is not very good for me. What I get from Meals on Wheels, is questionable at best. What’s a low income person to do? Sigh….
Well…that was disturbing. The volunteer never came very far into my apartment. She never introduced herself or made eye contact. I only saw her face for a few seconds as she was behind the hanging cupboards. She put the “meal” near the butternut squash and fled. That was creepy. So much for Meals on Wheels volunteers being friendly, knowing me and having some sort of a relationship with. That’s supposed to be a big part of the program.
Perhaps now is a good time to explain how Meals on Wheels works in this building. A MoW truck pulls up fairly early in the morning. They put the hot and cold foods into the appropriate containers in the community room kitchen. The hot one plugs in, the cold one looks like a cooler. Hours later, a volunteer comes along and brings us our meals. We are not allowed to go get our own meals from the community room. All 5 of us are mobile one way or another. 2 folks sometimes use walkers, 1 always does and 2 of us are in power wheelchairs. We all get our own mail, so are out and about.
I took one look at the delivered meal and wanted to barf. I could smell it through the plastic. I put it in the fridge and made myself a hot fudge sundae, instead. Gee….I wonder why I am fat? Snicker….
I drank my MoW milk with it 🙂
I realized that I usually eat OK as soon as I finally buy groceries at the beginning of my SNAP month, but as the days march on, I am more desperate for any food, no matter how gross. I eat all the good stuff after a week or two and then have canned stuff from the food bank box and free table. Then I have less appetizing food for a couple of weeks and so it goes. I got my first Meals on Wheels lunches when I was in the any food sounds like good food phase.
So….I went to the community room and took pictures. The top container is supposed to be hot, the bottom is supposed to be cold.
My shrink was supposed to show up at 3:30 or 4. When he was an more than an hour late, I gave up and decided to take pics of today’s lunch that I had stuck in the fridge. Of course that’s when he really came to visit. It was hilarious to show him my Meals on Wheels lunch deconstructed. I told him the carrot shreds were a perfect summary of my Utah experience 🙂
disgusting beef stroganoff
I think you can tell, but the carrot shreds are teeny, tiny. Of course the spinach was wilted and slimy. There’s no way in heck I would even think of eating the “beef stroganoff”. While we were talking, Olive went over and tasted it. I wish she could talk! She was not impressed and ate her cat food, instead. The meal has been sitting on the counter about an hour and a half now….and she won’t even go near it.
I ate the peaches 🙂 I dug around in the stroganoff with my fingers. It is made with strangely rubbery canned mushrooms. Trust me, you cannot see any beef in this picture. I finally realized the beef was in about 1/16th inch square dices….for real. The “beef” tasted weird The official menu says I got beef stroganoff over wholegrain pasta, capri blend vegetables, Romaine spinach salad and peaches. There was Romaine in there? I enlarged the picture and found some very small leaves to the right….in the same league as the carrot shreds. Silly me for doubting!