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27 July 2012 @ 01:38 am
 
Ahahaha interactions with my brother make my world go 'round.

[Kiwi heads downstairs to see if her brother is hungry; he is nowhere to be found. Nor is he in his bed, which would be an unlikely place for him at midnight anyway.]
Kiwi: [Calls Dweeb, who picks up immediately and to Kiwi's great surprise; she immediately guesses he is out getting food.] "Hey Dweeb, where did you run off to?"
Dweeb: [Sounds guilty and amused.] "I'm in the playroom."
K: "No you're not."
D: "I'm...in the bathroom."
K: "No you're not."
D: "I'm...on the back porch?" [Noise in the background, including Dweeb's best friend's voice.]
K: "No you're not, you twit. Where do you think I am? Where are you?"
D: "I'm in C-mace's car."
K: "Uhuh. Keep talking. Where?"
D: "In the...uh...driveway."
K: "Keep trying."
D: "Fine, you win, I'm at Taco Bell!" [Starts laughing.]
K: "Taco Bell! You bum, I came downstairs to ask if you were hungry and you didn't do the same!"
D: "I forgot! I didn't know if you'd be awake!"
K: "It's midnight--what else would I be?"
D: "Still, uh, sleeping?"
K: "Midnight is about the only time I am always awake. So where are you in line?"
D: "We just ordered, but we can order one more thing."
K: "Thanks. You know what I get?"
D: "Duh. See you soon."
K: "Thank you. See you soon."

Yes, I sometimes eat fast food--I make it multiple sittings and it's inexpensive that way. (My guilt daemons are gnawing at me since you all are so healthy and wholesome. :B I'll get there some day!) And I may seem ungrateful in this exchange, but that doesn't get at my guilt-gut since a) I always go around the house to ask who's hungry before I sort out an eating plan so everyone interested is included; b) my brother and I are buds; c) he's my little six-foot-tall Dweeb. He, his friends, and I all went on an epic journey the other night and during the summers we often hang out with each other's friends. We're two years apart and have similar interests (the Internet, women, geeky things) so it all works out. (I think most people with [a] sibling[s] act a bit differently around said relatives? At least

And these are also the sorts of interactions that keep him "Dweeb". He knew as soon as he saw my name on the receiving call that he should have told me he was going or called to let me know. :P I wouldn't have tagged along.

(Dweeb arrived with the food so I went down to eat and joke with his friends. C-mace, his best friend, said that as soon as he saw Dweeb pick up the phone he said, "Ask her what she wants" since they were still at the order station--but of course Dweeb goes into that long talk instead. Ahaha. This is why C-mace is not a dweeb, despite being a gamer.)

They're talking about Mass Effect 3. No, cannot be drawn into a big three-game series; I have fandom to do! (And, uh, that life thing. You know: that pesky thing that keeps getting in the way.)
 
 
 
CaroRulescarorules on July 27th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
What did you get? I have this weird thing where when I know ppl ate at the restaurant, I wanna know what they got!! I always make sure to get some Taco Bell when I go to the States lol

I love fast food, that's why I go to the gym, so I can keep eating some!
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Decorations down your back.cranky__crocus on July 27th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. I think mine is #6--the two (chicken) chalupas (I love the bready/crunchy exterior) and the extra taco that comes with it I get soft-shelled, supreme (AKA add sour cream), and with refried beans instead of beef.

I still have a chalupa down in the fridge so I'm excited to have that for lunch. :D

My brother eats fast food ALL the time (and he's a twig, damn the man) so one of the best times for bonding with him is by going out for food. Or occasionally Ruby Tuesday's, where he works and knows everyone. Sometimes Unos. Or the Outback. I haven't been with him to his favourite bar; maybe when he's legal (next year).

I think as far as fast-food goes, that Taco Bell meal might be my favourite. We also used to go to KFC when there was one in the area; I think when I was there I just ended up with highly fried food (at least the chalupa chicken is grilled haha). I also enjoy Wendy's since there I'll get a 'taco salad' which comes with chili to put on top; I like the mix of hot and cold. My preference between the two 'burger giants' here is Burger King over McDonald's, although McD's is a favourite of my brother's. We've never done Dairy Queen together.

My entire family is in love with Popeye's, though. I have recently moved on to getting the one-chicken-tender sandwich and nibbling at a few fries instead of feasting on fried-tender after fried-tender. So I am at least trying to eat my fast food more consciously! :B

And, when I'm not around my family, I generally stick to making a huge lot of pasta and eating it one bowl at a time for however long it lasts, adding veggies and/or cheese and/or pasta-or-pesto, whatever I have. And I try to throw in salads half the time, with soups and cereal and some other fresh stuff for variety.

Now you know essentially my entire eating habits! :B
CaroRulescarorules on July 27th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
lol it was very instructive!!

I am a big Sour Cream fan, I don't get how ppl ca eat any type of mexican food without it!

I am a big fan of most fast food also, like yesterday my girl got us Pizza hut with a side of small chicken bite from KFC (here those are combine in one place). YUM! But def not healthy stuff..

We usually cook here so we try to eat healthy but we still enjoy something greasy once in a while! ;) We're human after all!
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Hair on a horse.cranky__crocus on July 27th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Totally forgot about pizza! My brother's best friend C-mace has worked as a pizza delivery guy for years, so previously they used to get Dominos when he worked there (it was a happy time for me; I love Dominos) and now they get "Town Pizza" which is a smaller place that a few towns in the area tend to have, although it doesn't actually seem to be a chain. Sometimes with my friends I will end up at Pizza Hut or Papa Gino's or the like, but not very often. I tend to like pizza more for big gatherings like parties.

I love when they combine fast food places. :B There used to be lots of KFC/Taco Bell places around, I think, and those used to make my brother and me happy.

I wouldn't say I try to 'cook' in that mostly everything I do is ridiculously simplistic and I don't think I've ever followed a recipe just for myself, but I do try to create my own food when I'm living on my own (when I was in England or when I am in Providence). Too-frequently, though, the lot of us in Providence will head off to Thayer Street (basically Brown Campus) and get food there: falafel wraps, frozen yogurt, bagels, breakfast, whatever haha. It's a big bonding experience every time as we all pile into cars together (they're kind to do that for me; often they'd walk, and sometimes one group will) and head to Thayer.
?elsceetaria on July 28th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
I eat fast food WAY too much lately. For the first time I probably eat fast food as much as people who look like me are stereotyped to eat fast food. Okay, maybe not that much, but I still fell like it's way too much. I just haven't had the energy to cook. Seriously, I usually say that people would be surprised by how little I actually eat.

Anyways, I ::heart:: taco bell. There is a Taco Bell/KFC near my parent's place, and I tend to order a couple soft steak taco supremes (seriously the tomatos and sour cream are essential) and mac & cheese. It is amazing and the best of both places. Okay, Taco Bell rice is AMAZING (especially with salsa verde - me encanta salsa verde), but they have trouble keeping it in stock.
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Green braid.cranky__crocus on July 28th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll admit that I eat fast food way too much sometimes--and that 'sometimes' is usually when my brother is around.

Ah yes, Taco Bell/KFC--two of my favourites together.

I guess one of the things for me is that I don't even bother with the pretense of being a foodie; food, for me, is something I eat to not be hungry. And yes, some of that food is better than other food, but for the most part I like it all well enough if I'm no longer hungry, mission achieved.

I think the only way I could become a foodie was if I started eating to be health-conscious instead of just to be not-hungry (I don't say 'full' since I usually don't aim for full). Then I would care more about what was going into my mouth and stomach, but I still can't say I'd be doing it out of what my tastebuds were driving me to do: just my brain and research.
albalarkalbalark on July 31st, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I eat more fast food than I should, though I've been trying to cut back on it. The sad thing is, it's fast, it's cheap and I don't have to get out of my car when I'm in a hurry, which are often the deciding factors when it comes to choosing weekend lunches.

I, too, love Popeyes, and used to love Chick-fil-a, which I am now not patronizing due to the idiocy of its owner. Fried chicken is one of those things that I find very hard to refuse to eat, so I avoid it most of the time.

I guess one of the things for me is that I don't even bother with the pretense of being a foodie; food, for me, is something I eat to not be hungry. And yes, some of that food is better than other food, but for the most part I like it all well enough if I'm no longer hungry, mission achieved. I wish I was more like this. Food is freighted with emotional memories and significance well beyond just stopping being hungry. It is comfort, generosity, love, fun (both the making and the eating), and when I see people eating something I've made that they love, soul-satisfying. If it were only about hunger for me, my life would be a lot simpler, but a lot *less*, too, in many ways.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Cupcake!cranky__crocus on July 31st, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think those are the draws for my brother and his friends--although sometimes they go out to meals, too. The main thing for me is that meal-times is the best time to bond with my brother, and that's something I try not to pass up on. I did recently look up what the 'healthiest' options at most fast food joints are, so I may start going for those instead.

I've never actually been to Chick-fil-a. It's funny to me that only a week before all that Stuff came out, there was a friend of mine telling me I should go there; now I definitely won't! There aren't any in my area anyway. And fried chicken is definitely one of the things I find hard to refuse, so recently I've been checking every menu for salads that have fried chicken tenders on top. Usually it's no more than three, which is less than half of how many I would eat if I got a fried chicken dish, and the rest of it gets to be salad. (Well, there also tends to be other not-so-healthy stuff on it, and my preferred dressing is honey mustard which isn't healthy either, but at least it all tends to be better for me than just ordering a big plate of fried everything.)

Oh! I don't mean to say that food can never have more meaning for me. My definition of 'foodie' tends to be someone who is pickier with consumption based on having more developed tastes; another classification is that definition with the added 'health' dynamic about being pickier with foods and only being happy to consume them if they're healthy. Which, truly, is all well and good! Healthy is good, and people eating what they want is good; I wouldn't want to stop that. (It does get slightly obnoxious when trying to work out food for a large group with some foodies and some not.)

For instance, if someone puts sushi (non-fish/meat) down in front of me, I will think of my father and get incredibly happy. If someone puts a turkey sandwich in front of me, I will think of that time when I was young, realised that the turkey had once been living, put down the sandwich (which was my favourite food at the time) and didn't eat meat for 8 years. I can have fun with food and people, it certainly gives me a feeling of comfort (especially in that achieving-not-hungry place), I am grateful of the generosity of others when I receive food from them, and it makes me happy to get people food (although I can't myself make it well at this point in my life). I am very expressive about the food I eat that others have made; I have the tendency to sway from side to side, without intention, when I have a happy Kiwi mouth-and-tummy in good company.

And, sometimes, food is a burden for me. I've had periods of binging and periods of undereating--both of which led me to sit down and think about my relations with food, and how I didn't want food to have that power over me and my self-esteem (and lead to my body image). So it came to 'food is to not be hungry' although there is, generally, the parenthetical '(but you can still enjoy and appreciate it!)'.

The thing that makes me not a foodie, for me, is the fact that I feel out of my league around what people would call 'excellent' food and that I am equally happy sitting down in front of a sandwich of leftovers or, as the case may be, with some fast-food and my brother--even if it comes with a little side-serving of guilt. :B

I think I will have to re-evaluate my relationship with food again once I learn more cooking, and can actually produce a meal for someone else (beyond just simple pasta-and-sauce or what have you). But on the other hand, that may just come organically and add a new layer to my appreciation of food and the interactions/environment it can bring about between people.

Also, eating Chicken Korma tends to be a religious experience for me. :P