Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pink Elephants on Parade

I've been a bit sick the last few days... and by a bit sick I mean the stay home from work, go to the doctor and get penicillin kind of sick.  I have had a nasty sinus infection, complete with fever, sore throat, sinuses on the war path, and a cough that teamed up with my asthma in an attempt to kill me.  But, I'm doing A LOT better this evening, and I go back to work tomorrow (thank you antibiotics, cough syrup with codeine, sugar free cough drops, sinus rinses, hot steamy showers and baths, water, and vitamin C).  That being said, I need a lunch for tomorrow.. but I am not really in the mood to cook, so it's leftovers.  Since I have been sick, I haven't really been cooking, so pickings were slim, but leftovers in this case consist of spaghetti, salad, and grapes.  Hmm.. what to do with them....

I don't know about you, but when I am home sick, I often watch movies, mindless movies, not those with bad plots, but the ones you know by heart, those movies that you love, the ones where you can turn the volume off, and provide the dialogue yourself (and umm, yeah, I've done that, in party form, it's kind of fun!), but anyway, back to mindless movies.. My mind was not able to handle anything that required concentration, and I wanted something where if I slept through half of it I wouldn't be upset.  So mindless movies and some mindless reading were just what the doctor ordered when she said to rest.. along with some emails, phone calls, and umm, two trips to my classroom.  Well, she might not have ordered the last three. But that is how I spent my time.  Some day I will be tough, and turn off my phone, and not check my work email, but that day was not yesterday, nor was it today.  

 I have watched some awesome movies.  Now, when I am sick and I have movie marathons there is often a theme, but it's not a theme like "romantic comedies", or "Movies about New York".. no, it's more like.. well,  playing the how many steps to Kevin Bacon game.  I started with Bride and Prejudice, because a little bit of "No Life Without Wife" always makes me smile.  From there I went to The Decoy Bride, because well, Bride and Prejudice and Decoy Bride both have Bride in the title..... so there was logic, really.   After that I had to watch Brave, so I could get some more Kelly Macdonald (she is awesome), then... because Brave is a Pixar/Disney film I needed some classic Disney.   So I watched Dumbo. I love the lullaby his mother sings to him, it's probably my favorite part of the whole movie. Which got me thinking, as a kid, the  part of the movie where poor little sad Dumbo takes a bath and ends up drunk and sees all those scary Pink Elephants, well, I didn't understand that part, and frankly, it terrified me!

But somehow over the last few days of being so congested that I couldn't breathe or think, even though I don't drink, and therefore have never been drunk in my life,  I could relate a bit to seeing technicolor pachyderms.  So Elephants... Pink Elephants..... after a bit of thinking,  I remembered that I had a cute little elephant cookie cutter that I have never used in a Bento lunch before... and since I am trying to think outside the box, and try new things with my lunches, and I am sorta addicted to finding new Bento accessories, well.... anyway....

I went to the kitchen and dug out some tools... Along with some provolone cheese I got: Pink and Purple food coloring, a dish and a tiny bit of water so I could make a light pink, an elephant cutter, a fish cutter (used to make the elephants' ears), a circle cutter, a paint brush, my tweezers for handling and placing small details, and the yellow "poker" for removing fine details from cookie cutters (tonight it worked as a detailer to add the black dots for eyes, and the larger pink dots for cheeks).  

And while playing Pink Elephants On Parade.. I made my lunch.


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