Tippi looked forward to lunch time. Normally she was not a clock watcher but today she felt especially bored and hungry and she could no longer stare at the spread sheet she hadn't made an entry in for the past hour. Her legs were cold and numb from keeping them in the same crossed position one foot over the other - and her blood sugar was zipping up and down because of the coffee she was sipping on all morning - she had to eat. At 12:15pm, famished, she jumped from her tiny desk if something had bitten her backside, stumbling out of her cramped office which she shared with two other hungry, grumpy no lunch taking "By the Book Betty's". Tippi headed for the cramped cafeteria to peruse what was available at the busy counter. Nothing looked interesting as the smell from the old school menu nauseated her. She looked inside her tiny purse and found some change, her transit card, a few dollar bills and headed for the snack machine down the hall near a sun filled exterior exit of her office building. With nearly fourteen minutes now spent on the hunt for food she ran down the three flights of stairs to "Joe's To Go" food truck asked for sloppy joe and gulped it down with the precision of a great white shark.
Feeling guilty, sick and sluggish she hoped no one she knew noticed her groping her meat "manwich" and although she brushed her teeth and washed her hands thoroughly before returning to her desk, the lingering smell of processed beef and chili sauce still lingered around her like a subtle cheap perfume ( the mouths of the men in her office watered when she walked by - and it was not because they found her attractive ). On her way home from work Tippi read a Commuter Short: "The Edible Sandwich" and found three sandwich combinations she could easily afford, prepare, transport and digest - totally avoiding the inevitable hunger and sleepy feeling from eating the wrong thing at lunch time, she felt bad about her lapse into "flexitarianism" ( the state of vacillating between eating meat and being a vegetarian ). Below is menu you can use for planning an event, and or preparing your lunch from my short story "The Edible Sandwich" which you can try to banish your lunch time blues. NOTE: The ingredients in my menu below can easily interchanged, eat seasonally - enjoy:)