Today I was blessed by the delivery of the many books I ordered from Amazon. There are a total of five books. The three related to hospitality and restaurant accounting are for my senior thesis. I really wanted to write about food, just food, croissants in particular, for thesis. But alas, I was told that in order to graduate with honors, you MUST write thesis in the topic of your major (gasp!). It is difficult to meld the topics of croissants and financial accounting into a 100-page thesis. What to do? So I sat down and did some heavy thinking over an In-N-Out Neapolitan milkshake. And there must be something magical in that milkshake, cause within three sinfully thick and creamy sips of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, my thesis topic popped into my head: restaurant accounting!

The other two books are much more interesting I assure you. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink and Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy. The Tummy Trilogy is a collection of my three favorite books from Trillin, American Fried, Alice, Let’s Eat, and Third Helpings. I’ve read all of Trillin’s books before in the past, but he’s just one of those writers I come back to over and over again. Because no matter how many times you’ve read his stories, they will never fail to make you laugh. And happy. Oh so happy.

Well, it’s going to be a difficult decision, trying to decide what I’ll do with my next free hour before class. Start the bagazillion page senior thesis or do some food reading for pleasure? ;)

(On the subject of my dorm room carpet: Friday night I made miso soup to have with my rice, Spam, eggs and ume furikake. All was going well. I made the soup in my saimin pot on the hot plate, and poured the soup into a ceramic bowl. Mistake #1: I forgot to turn off the hot plate. Roommate says, “is something burning?” “Oh no!” I cried and quickly dashed six feet across to the other side of our dorm. I turn off the hot plate, and thinking it would be stupid to leave an empty pot on a still hot surface, I remove the pot and put it on the ground (we’re operating in a college dorm here). Our ground is carpeted. That was mistake #2.

So I had my dinner, and enjoyed it quite a bit even though I ate way more Spam than intended. It was so good though, cause I pan fried it until really crispy and even added some teriyaki sauce. And after I finished I decided that, well, why don’t I be good today, and do the dishes. So I pick up my bowl, chopsticks, and saimin pot off the ground. Only the pot wouldn’t lift. I mean, it wouldn’t move. My god! It was stuck to the floor! Holy moley, I melted the carpet. Oh no. I started to tremble. I gathered a good portion of the girls living on my floor. We must lift the pot from the carpet!!! But it wouldn’t go. It wouldn’t leave. It wouldn’t budge. I was so sure I was doomed. And I started to cry.

But wait! I had a knife. Not the puny steak knife kind, but the big butchers knife, all shiny and sharp. Just in case I’d ever need it. And so I whipped it out from the dark corners of my pantry shelf and started slicing the pot off the carpet. It was ridiculous I tell you. The pot came off after great muscle strength exertion. I was home free. The bottom of the pot was covered in nice thick layer of carpet fur. And our carpet was naked.)

  • Robyn
    February 6, 2007

    Oh my god…thesis…scary. (I don’t have to write one.) BUT YAY you picked a topic that sounds ….like…you will be able to write a lot about it. :)I was interested in reading Mindless Eating, but I haven’t. Let me know how it is? I love Calvin Trillin, wee!”Pot Melted to Carpet” sounds like it could be a modern art piece. What it would mean though, I don’t know.

  • anonymous
    February 7, 2007

    LOOOOOOOOOL!!I don’t know how else to describe it, I think it’s hiiiiiiiiilarious!1. Take a picture2. Save the pot3. Before you move out move a big heavy piece of furniture over that spot

  • Shannon
    February 7, 2007

    hee hee, i relaly love your description. i feel like i was there! sorry about the bread pudding afterwards :o( but at least it’s okay now

  • henrychan888
    February 7, 2007

    Restaurant accounting sounds cool.. I surmise that the variable expense of food and inventory is one of the key factors. :) Would be interested in hearing about your findings:)

  • Chubbypanda
    February 8, 2007

    Wow. Sounds like you had quite the adventure. Reminds me of moving out of the dorms my freshman year, when we went around trading paint for other building supplies as everyone tried frantically to patch up damage to their rooms. Funny now, but panic panic panic then.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 8, 2007

    Hey Robyn!When I found out I had to do a senior thesis, I was like, ohno! Shouldn’t have transferred from nyu! hehe. I’m about halfway through Mindless Eating and while you’ve probably heard most of the “tips” (like people who eat with chopsticks tend to eat less – cause you pick up less than with a fork) he mentions in one form or another, I liked how they’re just all neatly packaged into a book. And reading about his experiments are quite interesting. It doesn’t have much anything to do with “food” itself, but it’s always fun to brush up on the psychology of why we eat the way we do! I got it off amazon, but I bet you can find it cheaper at Strand Books? Sigh. The carpet. I covered it with a trashcan. Don’t even want to think about it! ;)Kellllly!It’s so embarassing. I wish you were there to help me saw off the pot. I was like, this is ridiculous! I put a trashcan on top, it angers me to see it, hehe :)Shann!You know what I really want to eat? A toasted bagel with sun dried tomato cream cheese and a side of pad thai! Oh man, I’ll post of pic of that bread pudding. It was horiffic! Thanks for the link on that curry girl eater. Crazy! I bet you, me, and trisha could finish all 20 pounds. If we shared :)Hey Henry!I have to read all three textbooks this weekend! I have a subject, but no set “topic”, though the variable expenses do sound like something I could expand into 100 pages…hehe, will keep you posted on how it goes!Hey Chubbypanda!I’d give you anything for some carpet fur that matches the one in my room! ;)Hopefully I can laugh about it later on, but right now I’m terrified about how much they might charge me for it!

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