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Cleaning Fridges with Frat Boys (WIAW)

In need of funds, as a result of some miscommunication about my planned summer job, I’ve taken a temp job cleaning student apartments.

It’s not that bad. I’m in charge of kitchens.

Okay, some of those fridges are disgusting. I’m talking ‘how could you even stand to eat food that you knew had been in this fridge?’ kind of disgusting. On the other hand, my co-workers are mostly frat boys, which has provided the opportunity for fascinating ethnographic and linguistic observation.

For instance, did you know that in Fratboyese, almost any transitive verb can be replaced with “hit.” For example, “Let’s hit this tub,” “You wanna hit some Powerade?” “Time to hit the tunes,” “I need to hit my bank” etc.

An equally fascinating linguistic trend is the reduction of interjections such as “Wow!” and “Ew!” to a sort of sustained grunt starting with a strong glottal stop. For example, “UUuuuuhhhhhh, this beat is awesome!” or “UUUuuuuuuuhhhhhh, this toilet is disgusting!” Such grunts seem to convey more emotive weight than profanity, which is used in response to anything mildly unpleasant.

They’re actually very good guys. We help each other out and make a pretty good team. Occasionally we tease each other in a friendly way, but I appreciate that everyone makes an effort to get along.

If I tried to emulate their vocabulary, though, I’d probably end up sounding like Mr. Data when he tells Dr. Crusher he may be chasing an untamed ornithoid without cause. (He’s chasing a wild goose.)

With all this up and down the stairs in the apartment complex and spending all day on my feet, I’ve been *quite* hungry. Sharing a day’s eats for Jenn‘s What I Ate Wednesday.WIAW - NewThis (Tuesday) morning started about 4 am when I woke up fiercely hungry and went to get some cottage cheese (unpictured).

No, I’ve not been restricting. Most days I eat three substantial meals and three to four substantial snacks. But this high-energy job speeds up my already-high metabolism.

To think I once thought it was healthier to stare at the ceiling hungry for a couple of hours than get up, eat, and go back to sleep.

The alarm went off far to early at 6am. Breakfast was blueberry muffins, fried eggs and strawberries before I jumped on my bike to catch my bus.I almost have this blueberry muffin recipe to share with you guys. One more test and I think it’ll be good. ?

Mid-morning we took a break and I ate some macadamia nuts that were in the half-off bin at the grocery store, plus a couple little mandarin oranges.For lunch I’ve mostly been eating sandwiches: tuna salad or hummus, cheese, and veggie. I’m all out of bread now, so I decided to use up some potatoes I got at the farmers’ market and make some Bacon Ranch Potato Salad from Paleo Running Momma. I’m not usually into ranch, but this stuff is gooooood. Plus some edamame for protein and sliced cukes.Over lunch, I finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Wow. It’s not an uplifting book. Good, fascinating, heartbreaking, yes. The sort of book I’d like to read in a literature class and hear other students’ and professors’ take on it, yes. But wow. It’s a hard book to read.

Cleaning fridges to pay your summer rent is not the worst fate in the world, friends.

After lunch I was actually feeling quite queasy, but the feeling passed and I was a bit hungry by afternoon break time, so I had one of these Sunflower Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars from Bucket List Tummy that I shared last Wednesday. I’ve been all about these guys. Not that photogenic, but so good!After taking the bus home, I wasn’t actually super hungry like I normally am. I’d picked up to the ingredients to make these low-FODMAP Chicken Enchiladas, so I decided to take the time to go ahead and make them. They turned out not only very photogenic but also yummy and satisfying.I ate them with refried black beans and broccoli on the side, but the photo of those didn’t turn out.

For the record, I don’t usually eat this much food from recipes, or even homemade food, most days. I just want to clarify to my many readers with histories of disordered eating that most of the time I eat quick and easy food, including pre-made food; that’s totally okay. Today it was just a lucky coincidence that I got to enjoy a number of homemade treats from other bloggers on the same day.

Finished the night by opening…excuse me, hitting a new carton of strawberry ice cream.Tillamook is my new favorite ice cream brand. The marketing is accurate: so creamy!

Okay, now I’m very tired and sore and ready for bed. Wish this temp job earned me enough money to hire a temp dishwasher!


Ever had a job where you worked alongside people who were very different from you?

Current favorite ice cream brand?

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  1. I’m sure there are some nasty fridges to clean! Great eats! Those enchiladas look amazing

    1. Joyce says:

      Yeah–I’ve seen some pretty gross stuff in those.

  2. Oh geez, I dunno if I could clean other peoples fridges, I’m sure you come across some pretty disgusting things. But hey it’s a job that pays right! I worked for UPS one holiday break while in college, we had to wear the whole brown uniform and help the driver deliver packages. It was my least favorite job I’ve ever had because of the ugly outfit, it was freezing in the truck, and I only had the driver to talk to the whole day.

    1. Joyce says:

      Oo that’s tough. The quality of interactions with co-workers can make or break a job.

  3. Cora says:

    Lol. Oh god.


    You’re hilarious.

    I’m still trying to not respond with a blank face of, “uh what did you just say?” anytime someone (cough cough the youg-ens at work) use the word “lit.” I can’t even imagine all the fascinating things you are learning with frat boys. You’re a brave woman.

    1. Joyce says:

      I actually kind of like “lit.” Couldn’t pull it off if I said it, but it’s got some flare.

  4. Evangeline says:

    Bahaha you nailed it. I literally giggled out loud. For real. I read all the frat boy dialogue in wannabe surfer dialect with a hint of entitled rich kid. “Bruuuh seriously. That refrigerator was gnarly, dude.”

    Now I’m craving enchiladas…and ice cream. Favorite brands of the moment are So Delicious and Luna and Larry’s. They both manage to impart intense creaminess and just the right amount of sweetness.

    1. Joyce says:

      “Gnarly” is also one I’ve heard a lot at this job. 😉

  5. Alyssa says:

    that ice cream does look really good. and so do those muffins. muffins are seriously the best… especially blueberry

    1. Joyce says:

      Still trying to get them to taste as good as they look–but getting gluten-free baked goods to look good can be a feat in and of itself!

  6. Kaylee says:

    I’ve found the ‘ugliest’ foods are the most delicious in my book. But daaaaang those enchiladas are both pretty and (seem) delicious.

    While I was working as a cashier on campus at Einstein’s, my coworkers were a lot different from me. A majority of them were international students from India. Though I didn’t grow up in the US myself, it’s still a completely different culture. It’s awesome how people from different backgrounds still manage to cross paths.
    My former roomie left a pint of vanilla cashew milk ice cream in our freezer and I’ve taken it upon myself to eat it. ?

    Also, thanks for putting that disclaimer. Constantly eating out/eating pre-made foods/not cooking is something I struggle with. I’ve definitely been getting less anxious about it but sometimes we see all these bloggers rave about eating homemade food 24/7. It’s nice to see reality for what it is.

    1. Joyce says:

      I hear where you’re coming from–I really appreciate bloggers who will say things like “I heated up a Digiorno” or “I stopped and got McDonalds.” I loved to eat lots of homemade food, but I just don’t have the time and energy.

  7. Haha omg that sounds disgusting, so funny.

    Your meals look great! Now I want some ice cream…

    Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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