Tomorrow I fly back to Stanford. I said my goodbyes to my friends tonight with a little late-night bowling at Playdrome (I won’t tell you my scores, they were embarrassing). It’s been WAY too short of a break. It’s kind of sad to realize that this one is really the last of its kind. When my friends and I return home in the future, it will be for much shorter periods of time, and with less frequency. It’s going to be much harder to keep in touch with them after college.
I really hate flying, even though I do it several times a year going back and forth between home from school. I hate lines, I hate going through security, I hate turbulence because I get motion sick, I hate how dirty you feel after stepping off the plane. Most of all, I hate the high cost of airport food. So, having read about airplane bentos on lunch in a box I decided to make myself one. At the very least, it’ll make me feel good about having something nice to eat on the flight (no $5 snack boxes full of crackers and cheese…).
Exhibit A: The box open
Clockwise from top L corner: Cilantro/mushroom rice (a leftover remix) with leftover chicken cutlet on top; leftover sweet potato slices in a double-layer of Christmas muffin cups; plum tomatoes for filler; carrots on the bottom with a Ferrero Rocher and a somewhat-stale strawberry marshmellow treat (fortunately marshmellows taste yummy stale, too!) Also, disposable chopsticks (can be tossed if security doesn’t like them, though how you’d hurt anyone with these things I have no idea), and an organic golden delicious apple.
Exhibit B: The box closed. (aka, all packed up and ready to go!)
This is only a cheapo plastic box recycled from those ready-to-go dishes they sell in Chinese grocery stores (it probably held chicken or duck at one point; my family likes those), but I like it because the chopsticks fit diagonally across it. The food layer is covered by a film of plastic wrap to protect the napkins and prevent spillage. I’ve double-secured it with a rubber band (not pictured), and the whole shebang will go in a plastic bag before being put in my backpack (don’t want to risk oil getting on my stuffed animals, who are riding inside too!) Further proof that bento does not have to be an expensive undertaking!
Time to check in online and then hit the sack for a couple hours (we’re leaving at 5 am!!).