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Devoid of Inspiration Bento

Last night I meant to do some cooking so that I could wake up and have a tasty little morsel to bring in with me to work, but since I was putting the kids to sleep, the chances of this happening were suddenly drastically reduced. My daughter has finally reached the age where her days without a nap go by smoothly and night time is quite pleasant. We went through this pretty rough stage in kindergarten where she still needed a nap, but did not get one and therefore, when she came home, immediately began her nightly transformation into a FREAKING TASMANIAN DEVIL.

No seriously, everything from the color of my shirt to what I chose to force down her throat for dinner was suddenly criticized with a Category 5 child hurricane. And you can forget about a scream-less bath. Some nights I’d just barely get through putting her clothes on without getting kicked in the boobs before just tossing her onto the bed, where she’d fall asleep within 30 seconds. Now, she just pleasantly goes to bed and is usually asleep in 5-10 minutes.

The problem with Buddy is that he does still get a nap, which means that even though bedtime is 9 PM, he’s still playing airplane with his fingers and asking questions at 9:45. Eventually, sometimes I just get so bored waiting that I fall asleep too. Goodbye everything I had planned to do that night!

Healthy Bento

As a result of so much sleep, I got up “early” today. Or rather, on time, which is 6:30. Usually I can’t bring myself to get out of bed until 7 AM now, because I’m still so spoiled from winter break sleep-ins. Unfortunately, that didn’t mean I knew what to make, so I just cooked rice and hoped that something would come to me.

Nothing really did, so I decided to treat myself with a full cup of rice in my bento today. I mixed the rice with some Seto Fumi Furikake and made myself two onigiri. I was able to make them both exactly the same size by dividing the rice in half before shaping them with my hands. Since I used furikake, I didn’t salt my hands up.

It’s the worst idea to have absolutely no plan for your bento, but that’s where I was. I ended up using a couple of Kirkland honey ham slices to make a ham blossom, a trick that I learned from Debra at hapa bento. I then filled the rest of the box with cauliflower , a baby carrot, cucumber slices (all of which I’ll eat with some hummus and more carrots), a lady apple, and kiwi slices. For fillers, I used green leaf lettuce and more purple kale. I’m almost out of the stuff, so I have to make a trip to Don Quijote soon to get more. It also tastes great with hummus.

Devoid of Inspiration Bento Points Calculation

1 cup of white rice – 5 points
3 oz deli sliced honey ham – 3 points
fruits and veggies – 0 points

Total: 8 points

Snacks: sweet potato, 2 bananas, carrots and hummus, bosc pear

Weight: 153.8 lb

Yes, I am rapidly gaining weight. The cause?

Being born the wrong gender. And since I’m drinking enough water each day to bathe my children in, I’m currently a walking bloatation device. I just have to tell myself that I probably won’t be losing any weight this week, but that it’ll all come off eventually.

I’ve walked to work every day since starting, which means that I get about 10 miles of walking done each week. It’s become a pretty enjoyable experience for me!

This weekend I will be giving a bento demonstration for a nice group of ladies at the Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56 New Year’s Luncheon at the East-West Center. It should be fun!

P.S. Many thanks to Jenn for the bento title.

P.P.S. Do people even use P.S. anymore? I’m bringing it back!

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  • You crack me up. I totally get in trouble cooking when I try to watch previews or finish a movie while I am at the stove. This is a very cute bento, even if you didn’t have a plan. Purple kale to the rescue!

  • Thank you! And yes, it totally adds so much pop with the bright purple! If they don’t have it anymore I’ll be sad. 🙁

  • Jenn

    I’m glad someone benefited from my zero-inspiration day .

    P.P.P.S. – post scripts were always the location for the best gossip in notes-to-be-passed-in-class.

  • P.P.P.P.S. LOL

  • Wow that’s one beautiful ‘uninspired’ bento! N I know what you mean by accidentally falling asleep too when putting ur child to sleep coz it’s still happening to me! Haha

  • Demi-Plum

    You don’t want weight to drop right off of you, the slower it comes off the longer you will keep it off. I know that doesn’t help you right now, but I’ve been slowly shaping up and it’s staying off longer because it’s going to slow. I’m sure you’ll lose it though! I have faith in you!

  • Thanks Xelia! And ugh, please tell me your kid is only like, 6…

  • Demi-Plum: Well, the point is, I’m retaining water due to women’s issues. I’m hoping that underneath all this water, I’m still “losing” long term weight.

  • Demi-Plum

    Oh haha I just thought you meant you were drinking enough water to be a water balloon. I know when I drink a lot of water (well tea) I keep some water weight on no matter what stage of my cycle I’m in. But I hope you have an easy time at the very least!

  • Haha, no, this is just that torment time of the month for me. How else to explain that I’ve been eating light and healthy, but gaining weight? 🙂

  • Demi-Plum

    Hmm umm you’re building muscle! At least that’s what they tell you >.>’ I think it’s just so you’ll get pumped up and work even harder though! >w<

  • I love reading your posts because they’re so entertaining! Wait…I think i said something similar to you just the other day…

    I hate it too when I dunno what to bring for lunch…and i end up buying during lunch time instead of bringing home lunch. =(

    Our weights fluctuate within 3-5 pounds daily. so even though you have gained a couple of pounds the next day, it can go back down the following. As long as you did your job of eating healthy and having regular exercise, you will be fine. drinking water is GREAT! zero calories, does your body NO harm. keep it up. You’ll be fine!!! =)

  • Hi Pikoo
    You still make beautful, colorful and yummy bento, even if you are uninspired.
    I support you within your weight loss, and I am trying to do so. And as said above, be patient, it will take time, but it will be efficient ! And yes, damned water !!!!!!!

  • Your bento looks so colourful! Love it!

  • @Mrs. P Thanks for the support and glad I make you laugh! 🙂

  • Thank you Arusake! 🙂

  • Thank you Uniflame!

  • My kids are older now, but I remember those days! The bedtime struggle, falling asleep while waiting for your kid to fall asleep, yup, been there!

    I found your blog recently and have been enjoying “lurking” for a while! I don’t know if you “do” awards, but I listed you for a Versatile Blogger award. If you’re not into blog awards, just consider it a compliment! 🙂

    http://karmamatopoeia.blogspot.com/2011/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

  • Thanks for the Sparklee! I’ve been meaning to make an awards page, maybe I’ll finally get around to doing it.