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Friday, March 25, 2011

Lessons from the Lunchlady: Waste Not Want Not

I only had to work four days this week but yet those four days felt like fourteen.  I'm not sure why?  I think there were multiple factors, which include daylight savings time making it hard to leave my bed, my childrens' inability to get up unless it's Saturday and my constant state of cranky,  irritability associated with my menstrual cycle.

Seems I hate being a lunch lady while I'm PMSing (who knew?  Shut up, D.)

Here's what I learned this week, while serving time in the dish room.

This is an actual picture of the garbage disposal chute in our building.  It's full of broccoli and noodles.

  • Broccoli and Noodles.  What do kids eat?  Because obviously they hate rottini noodles and broccoli.  Which reminds me of a joke I heard this week.  What's the difference between broccoli and boogers?  Kids don't eat broccoli.
  • I like cheese.  Last week I remarked about the fact that cheesy broccoli and the dishwasher don't like each other.  A few of you questioned what the sauce was really made of.  I can't attest for your school cafeteria but in our cafeteria that cheesy substance is....cheese.  An entire block of it.  Melted and gooey and all-together delicious.  I hate cleaning it--but I love eating it.
  • Pasta Pisses Me Off!  Okay, that's a little harsh, but seriously, I hate pasta day.  Pasta day is messy!  There's red sauce all over the tray.  This week, just for fun, we added a small spring salad, which as you can guess the kids loved. (Pretend that was written in a sarcasm font).  Picture trays covered with random stray noodles, red sauce, sprigs of grass and ranch dressing.  I hate PASTA day.
  • Chicken.  Why do we have to have sooooo much chicken?  I understand that the kids like it, but twice in one week seems like A LOT.  Especially when we only have school four days.
  • Cheese sandwiches.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  In a perfect world, no child would ever get a cheese sandwich because their lunch bill wasn't paid for.  If your economic circumstances have changed it takes just a few minutes to qualify for free or reduced lunch.  In a perfect world, I get to take your lunch and give it to your child while you eat the cheese sandwich.
Here's hoping you weren't elbow deep in pasta this week and that you learned something worthwhile.

4 random thoughts:

Anonymous said...

pasta day at a kids school...seriously, who thought that one up...I would just come to work covered in plastic that

Kristie Maynard said...

When I was a kid, Thursday was spaghetti day and they ALWAYS served it with green beans, and to make it worse they were canned green beans! Oh how I hate canned green beans! And who the heck eats green beans with spaghetti? Salad sounds good, but I'm guessing the little ones don't think so.

Jenners said...

Oh I've got to use the broccoli/booger joke! That is too funny.

Dan said...

Go with white sauce and avoid all the red pasta leavings. {*grin*}

Nothing is worse than the leavings of a cafeteria.

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