Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 9: Lazy Rice

Faces like this are why my husband married me.

I'm feeling lazy today.  And uncreative.  So you get the picture above.  I'll try and be more creative soon...maybe.

I was watching TV yesterday when I was home sick and I noticed that there were more than 2 more commercials used the word "deserved."  And they used it in a very specific way: "get what you deserve."  And they weren't just those lawyer commercials either.  Where you've already won your settlement and you deserve your money right now.  It was also a life insurance commercial and I'm pretty sure a car commercial.

So I looked up the definition at


  [dih-zurv]  Show IPAverb, -served, -serv·ing.
–verb (used with object)
to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward,assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities,or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; atheory that deserves consideration.
–verb (used without object)
to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward,punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as hedeserves; an idea deserving of study.

Here's what I find interesting - the origin:
1250–1300; Middle English deserven  < Anglo-French, Old Frenchdeservir, Latin dēservīre  to devote oneself to the service of,equivalent to dē- de-  + servīre  to serve

But when I hear the word "deserve" now, it sounds greedy.  It's not always, but to me, it sounds greedy. But it used to mean to serve!  To devote oneself!  How interesting.  When did the origin of the word change?

All right.  You didn't come here for lesson in words and word meanings.  Also, there was no moral to that story, was there?  Oh well.

It's day 9 and I'm just realizing how bland rice is.  I dump salt on this stuff, but it is still so bland.  Is it bad that all I want right now is a big steak?

Here's possibly one of my last things on food waste, this one specifically about lunchrooms:

An article from the Chicago Tribune commented on food waste in elementary schools, where one Chicago school threw away "334 pounds of uneaten whole food in a single day."

Seven Generations Ahead, an organization that is doing audits of waste in school lunch rooms and helping give solutions, gave reports:
The Tribune obtained the detailed results of another recent audit that tallied nearly 60 pounds of unopened discarded food. That included 66 oranges, 49 bananas, 21 cartons of milk, 25 unopened juices, 25 boxes of corn flakes, 34 containers of peas and carrots, 15 plastic-covered containers of ravioli and more. The slices of whole-wheat bread handed out with lunch turned into a whopping 26 pounds of wasted food.
Many of the things that are thrown out are perfectly usable, but the public schools worry mainly about the liability issue.

If you would like to visit Seven Generations Ahead, feel free to click HERE.
If you would like to read the full article from the Chicago Tribune, please click HERE.


  1. I did not know that about the word deserve! Thank you for enlightening me. :)

  2. LOL! I LOVE that face! :) I hope you're feeling better!

    And that's very interesting about the word deserve.... I must go enlighten others!