Challenge Week 3 Wrapup Reports

bronwyncarlisle
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Well, it is Friday evening again here in New Zealand. Time for those of us in the early parts of the world to start posting our reports on Week 3 of the 5 Week Bento Challenge.

We're over half way now.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Challenge Week 3 Wrapup Reports

I started this week off well, weighing 1.2 kg (2 1/2 lb) less than last Monday!

But then things went bad. I forgot my lunch, so had to buy some. I was pretty good though, and bought ingredients rather than made lunch. It wasn't the thriftiest lunch, but it was cheaper than sushi would have been. It didn't have a great deal of protein in it either - vegetarian or otherwise. It was, however, low in calories; 288 of them:

On Tuesday I did better, remembering to take what should have been Monday's lunch. It was 435 kcal of roasted vege and bulghur salad, egg, mussels, chicken, (not very vegetarian, those) broccoli, tomatoes, and gherkins & pickled jalapeños from fridge jars I'm trying to use up:

But then in the evening I went to a company presentation with free food and wine. All the food was either deep fried (and delicious) or wrapped in pastry (and delicious), or wrapped in pastry and then deep fried (and delicious). It was definitely thrifty, but I think I may have undone all the good work on weight loss from last week.

Wednesday's lunch was very similar to Tuesday's, with falafels instead of mussels (a bit better with the vegetarian protein):

But then I regressed on Thursday, with rice and shrimps from the freezer, and the last of the poached chicken. A fail on vegetarian protein, but a pass on using stuff up. There were also cabbage, dressing, gherkin and jalapeños, 385 kcal all up:

Friday was Middle Eastern themed. Falafel, carrot salad, hummus, tabbouleh (made with whole barley instead of bulghur), and tzatziki, 441 kcal including the Cruskit I added from the supermarket shopping.

Those little heart-shaped things are the hummus. I made a batch a couple of weeks ago and froze some of it in heart-shaped silicon ice-block moulds. I put them into the bento still frozen, and they kept their shape as they defrosted.

All in all not a terribly successful week, but it could have been worse. The only things I actually bought were all of Monday's lunch, and some tomatoes, carrots and a packet of Cruskits, of which I ate only one.

I can't wait to see what Maki has in store for us this week.

Céline
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Phew... I had a busy week, though not bad bento-wise.

My goals: go deeper level, with a special attention towards non-meat bentos and alternatives to plain white rice.
I also wanted my focus back : no more than 30 spent over one bento !

Monday :

Bad news first. I received a new schedule for my classes, and I had to re-plan my entire week of bento, urg. That's also when I contemplated my empty fridge (and wallet) that I realised I had to make a bento a day. Oh, well.
A good motivation for the challenge of the week, I suppose.

Get started bento challenge week 3, 1st bento
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I wanted something simple and clean-tasting, quick to make. This one fit the bill pretty well, even if the picture isn't very pretty... it rained that day.
Done in about 30 mns

Tuesday :

Get started bento challenge week 3, bento 2
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My favorite bento this week, ex-aequo with thursday's lunch. Also the only one containing meat. Oh, and sesame bread.
Done in about 10 mns a few hours before lunch (that's why I didn't bother with separating the ingredients)

Wednesday :

Get started bento challenge week 3, bento 3
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A first attempt at making green tea furikake, and using it to cook rice. Now, I definitely want a repeat !
I came to realise that I love the full-on texture of onigiri without filling, and mixed rice is perfect for that. Here the flavour is well present but more subtle than in other kinds of mixed rice, and the taste of rice really come through.
Done in 10 mns, with lefover onigiris.

Thursday :

Get started bento challenge week 3, bento 4
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Long day ahead... I needed more carbs than usual. Still, it came out pretty healthy I think and quite tasty.
The brown rice was very good on its own, and for once I achieved to have contrasting textures between the flaky fish, tender potato and crisp pak choi. The other favorite of the week ! ^^
(And it is so much easier to have a clear photo when the sun shines...)
Done in 15 mns

Friday :

Get started bento challenge week 3, bento 5
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At last... this one scourges the depth of my fridge, I'm afraid.
It's also one of the eaten-standing-up line of my bento, that's why it had to be pretty straightforward.
Done under 10 mns.

My goals for the week :

Altogether I'm pretty satisfied with my bentos this week, since I had to re-plan the whole thing but still made 4 out of 5 bento without meat and included alternatives to plain white rice.
I also didn't go shopping to make those : In fact I only shop for groceries every two weeks, and with a certain fixed amount of money in my pockets. I saved, roughly, about 2/3 of what I would have to pay if I had bought 5 € sandwiches everyday.

Let's just hope that it'll continue this way... ^^p (gosh, what a long post !)

Hope you guys held on this week !

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I only brought a bento 3 times this week. Work sucks.

Do any of you have the same problem? I work in a job without any sort of scheduled lunch hour, and when I go in each day, I make my list of things to do, knowing I have 8 hours to finish, but some days.....*sigh*.......not only am I not able to take a meal break, but potty breaks are also few and far between. (Which is difficult for me, since I've made a goal to drink more water.) On the bright side, all the trips up and down the stairs are giving me a terrific butt.

I did great in being thrifty, though. Mostly ate leftevers and stuff that I needed to use up. Our family is on a tight budget anyhow, so this was an easy task for me ^_^.

BTW, I now have a newfound love of lima beans. Fried in a tiny bit of butter with some finely diced ham, I was in heaven.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Not quite - I have my lunch whenever I want it, and often while sitting at my computer working. But I don't have time constraints, so if I don't get done what I want to get done I can work a bit later. Often I would prefer to do that anyway, because then I don't have constant interruptions while I'm trying to concentrate.

It must be very difficult, with the sort of work you do. Not to mention the temptation to nibble on what I'm sure are the very tasty and fattening things you make. I'd be the size of a house if I had that sort of job.

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Hmmm... that sounds like litigation right there. Except for the hours, there is always a ton of overtime and everything needed to be done yesterday even if you only got it 10 minutes ago.

I have had to carry a notepad with me to the bathroom in case an attorney wanted something on my way to or from. And if they did miss me coming or going and I wasn't at my desk, they would have a little freak out, until I came back in and assured them of my progress of a specific project. Writing this makes me miss litigation even less, I am so glad that I don't work at that office or in that field of law anymore.

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OMG, if I had to work at a place with limited potty breaks, I'd have to wear adult diapers!

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I still have to weigh myself, so I have no idea if I have lost any lbs in the past week. I managed 4 bento's out of 5 for the week. I forgot to take today's with me *insert embarrassed smilie here*

Photos will be on my flickr over the weekend

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Mmm those bentos look really good; I particularly like the simplicity of yours, Céline.

Week 3 for me... was bad. I'm pretty sure my bentos lacked in nutritious goodies, I did virtually no exercise, and I neglected to count my calories. Actually the last one is because I didn't want to um look at them. There's a certain time that comes around regularly every so often when all I can do is binge eat for about 3-4days non-stop, I'm just so constantly ravenous. And that fell this week. So... yeah.

Detailed report is up on my blog.

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My bento week wasn't terrible but definately not bad. I had bentos 4 days (had a day of leave to sign my new lease on Friday!). And I'm amazed that I had 4 bentos considering it was 45C yesterday and that was the third day in a row of over 40 Melbourne had. Hothothot! Nights were ~30C which wasn't fun.
But I'm happy that I had pretty healthy bentos and only shopped for more grapes and some salad leaves because the boy cooked things from the pantry too. Not too shabby.

maki
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I've posted my Week 3 wrapup over here!

Maybe I should sell my WiiFit? Hmm...

But bento-wise, it was pretty successful! A week of vegan bentos (+ 1 vegetarian) was quite educational. Next week I'll go back to more omnivore fare though.

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This was an interesting week. On the one hand, the whole week was plagued by a general sense of disjointedness; I kept on feeling very scattered, and this really had an impact on my bento making work-flow. So everything felt like it took more effort. Upon reflection I think it may be that I overbooked life a bit, so I'll try to pull back where I can this coming week.

On the other hand, I had a GREAT doctor appointment Friday morning. This wasn't the nutritionist meeting I've been looking forward to, but a regular checkup. I'd forgotten it until I got the little reminder on my PDA, and I was immediately aghast; I was pretty sure that I was extra-fat just now, and I imagined that my blood-work numbers were going to be horrid and that my doctor would glare at me. Much to my great surprise & delight, I've lost six whole pounds! Six! Pounds! Also, my HA1C (diabetes number) was down a point, and other results were similarly positive. Yahoo!

I had goals for this week, and I met some of them, while others.. not so much.

I ate soup one night, and I had wanted to eat soup for dinner more frequently. This is based on the idea that for me, having my main meal be lunch and having a light dinner makes me feel better. That's sort of happening now with bento lunches, but dinners are a bit more haphazard; I'll often graze the fridge for dinner, and this can lead to unbalanced and ultimately unsatisfying dinners. So, I'm going to keep trying to increase my soup-for-dinner nights.

I did not end up eating a vegetarian bento. I kept wanting to, but I'd made this really great soboro, and it was easy to go to that. I'm not feeling too bad about this, but I will try again next week to make just one.

The soboro was nice, and this week I ate it in lots of different ways, and I really liked the versatility of it. I used it as a topping for rice, as part of a breakfast omelet, as part of some yummy not-fried-rice, and in a little savory dinner custard. I have enough to have a good meal or two over the weekend as well.

Hot dog fishies & flowers are fun :-)

I did get to use two back-o-the-pantry items this week. Well, back of the root-cellar and freezer, but same thing --I used some of my home-grown proto pesto, and I used some beets which were, I'm sure, starting to feel neglected. And each of these become favorites of the week!

Another goal was to try out the LIVESTRONG food diary application for the iTouch. So far I really like the input part of the package --entering food items is so much faster, easier, more streamlined and more fun than doing it manually. I'm still unsure if other features, things like the ability to export my data to a spreadsheet program, will work for me. I'll look at that over the weekend and next week and report back.

I did not uncover the rowing machine. So this goal gets rolled over to week four ..

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Wow - six pounds is great! Congratulations.

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Reporting a little late...I was out all evening last night and didn't get back home until after 1 am.

This week was a little different in terms of bento making so far. I was really busy at work since it was Chinese New Year's day on Monday, and I had decided to make Chinese dumplings with the kids as this week's cultural activity. Because of my schedule, I skipped lunch on Monday and ended up eating Monday's bento on Tuesday. We had a snow day on Wednesday, so no bento for me that day.

For a full report, including how I met the Week 3 challenge, see this page on my blog: http://culinarylinguist.blogspot.com/2009/01/bento-challenge-week-3-repo...

I might start making dinner bentos at least once a week, since we have a Korean language class in the evenings on Tuesdays now, and sometimes my husband needs dinner on evenings when he has a seminar to attend. I also might be starting to make bentos for a coworker (who is willing to pay me!) Any suggestions on that? I'm thinking of typing up a menu for her to choose from, with protein, carb, and veg sections (some overlap obviously). I will also need to calculate how much my bentos cost to make, and how much my labor is worth. She is a pescetarian, which shouldn't really make that much of a difference since I rarely use non-fish meat in my bentos anyway.

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Another 1lb off this week. Yay!!!

Maki, why do you want to get rid of the wii fit??

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I don't think it's paying for itself for me...but maybe I'm just averse to indoor exercise. Also, those exercise instructors...could they have made them sound more zombie-like or what. (I know, whine whine whine)

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Bad week... I began the week so exhausted that I was almost finished with my bento on Monday when I remembered that I needed to take a picture... nothing left to photograph. Wednesday's lunch as a trip to the fridge. I had plans, but never got them this week.

Bento 1_28_09

White rice, carrots with a maple syrup glaze, a Trader Joe's Chicken Apple Maple Sausage, four little pieces of Jack cheese. The sausages are only 120 calories and very tasty.

My plan for this week is to stick to plans. I also want to review the challenge postings and play a little catch up.

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Damn foiled by exams again! There over now so I have no excuse next week. Here is what I managed:

Monday: Cow onigiri (for obvious reasons) with grapes, peppers, carrot flowers, and millionare shortbread. Shown here the smoked salmon noses, the millionare shortbread and the grapes where leftovers. OK, so millionare shortbread is never leftover, but the packet had served it's origonal perpouse.

Tuesday: Potato cakes (made with mashed potato from Mondays dinner) soda bread, part of a small orange, and carrot sticks. shownhere

Wednesday: Too busy thinking about maths.
Thursday: Too busy trying to stop thinking about maths.

Friday: A forgotten packet of "instant" lemon cous-cous which took the same 5 minutes as regular cous-cous altough I suppose it was flavoured. Carrot flowers, grapes. It was kind of simple and I forgot to photograph it.

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Week 3 was less than successful for me. I made a yummy bento on Tuesday and that's where it stopped. I live in Southern Australia and we are currently experiencing a heatwave. It has been over 40 degrees Celsius all week and not much cooler at night (in fact we had the hottest night on record one night at 33.9). Anyway the heat has sapped my motivation and cooking is almost impossible. It is a little cooler now, only 40 degrees today and I am getting used to it so hopefully more bentos will be made this week.

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I feel for you. My son and his family are living in Adelaide and they've been having similar weather. They just moved from Broome though, so they are finding it an improvement over the wet season there! And here I was thinking Adelaide would be nice and cool(er), and I'd be able to manage Christmas with the grandkids this year - but not if it's like it has been recently.

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Hi Bronwyn
It is usually not this hot at xmas time (although it can be) the real heat usually comes Jan - March so you would be safer to visit in December and go home soon after Christmas rather that staying on into the new year.

Kyla

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I'm still using my Wii Fit, and I do get a good workout from it, but I could really stand some walking exercise as it gets monotonous. The problem is not just that it's cold, but that it's really icy. I only got two 30 minute Wii Fit sessions this week, which is not enough. I did lose about a pound though, which is nice.

I only made bentos one day, and I failed to get a photo of Tino's. Mine is here. It did take me 40 minutes to make two, which is really good for me. Our bentos are usually completely different because I'm a gluten-free omnivore and he's a vegetarian.

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I guess I can't complain about the heat, what with Moonshae and kyla-chan dealing with the heatwave further south, but western Sydney was in the high 30s (37-39C) all week too. I don't mind the heat itself (it's summer, after all, and it's not like we have any control over the situation), but it slows the brain and the body a bit, which makes bento planning, prep and execution harder than usual...

My Week 3 report is over here. Now I have to go shopping for next week's lunches!

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Bento Challenge Week 3 Wrap Up -
A mild dose of the flu for myself and the Kid meant not getting too many goals met. Here are the Week 3 goals and the follow up notes:

* sort bento boxes according to volume they can hold
- not done & I am going to change this to sort bento boxes from what I really want to keep
and what I am willing to give away as I have been "gifting" more bento gear lately

* identify bento boxes that suit caloric intake per meal - not done

* pre-plan the bentos and other meals for 7 days ON PAPER OR AT LEAST ON THE PC
- done for half the week then got sick before doing the other half

* refine mise en place according to meal plans - ongoing

* make at least 4 bentos and photograph them - DONE!!

* post here and write a report on my adventures! - DONE!!

Week 3 bentos -



Eilish

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Week 3 went pretty well except for the exercise portion. I had my permanent make-up, my eyebrows, touched up on Sunday and it was bad in so many ways but they look and feel a lot better now.But I really underestimated how raw and painful my face would be this week so I drove to public transportation instead of walking.

As far as variety in my lunches went I did fairly well, except the one repeat appearance of Mexican on Friday. And I did just fine with the smaller containers, I don't get overly full nor am I famished by the end of the day.

And here's this week, you can click on them for more information:
Monday 1/26/09Tuesday 1/27/09Wednesday 1/28/09Thursday 1/29/09

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Thanks, Bronwyn :-)

I have been thinking cool thoughts at those of you in Oz; I've watched Australian Open tennis matches everyday, and I can't *conceive* how they *run* in the heat you're having. Happy belated Australia day! Is there a NZ day too?

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In New Zealand we have a thing called Waitangi Day which was, for a few years, renamed New Zealand Day. It's on Friday.

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congratulations to everyone for finishing the third week! my summary report of week #3 is here http://bentokat.blogspot.com/2009/01/bento-week-3.html ^_^

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I'm a little bit late with my report. The flu hit us and I had to care for the rest of the family and the guests we had this weekend. Now they are on their way home and I had time for my report. You can find the pictures and a detailed report on my blog (http://justbento.com/blog/696/090201/wrapp-week-3). I think it went quite well.

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Well, I'll be doing week 3 next week, since this week was a bit challenging in ways other than bento.

More here: http://shellygirl.vox.com/library/post/just-bento-challenge-week-3.html

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And mom comes to my rescue this week! I posted my two bentos up on the flickr group (user hweishien). Thanks to Chinese New Year dinner at my mom's, I came home with food to pack into bento this week, and it was really easy. Yeah, I know it's cheating a little, but I'll never say no to something that makes my life a bit easier :D

On the home selling front, we've had 7 viewings, but no takers quite yet. We're hoping it happens soon!

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here my report (sorry for being so late, but from friday afternoon to sunday evening I usually do not use the computer :-) but, here it is:

Five bentos out of five days, and almost no shopping for food!

Having my bento for lunch is becoming almost 'natural': not that the pre-planning and organization issues are always that smooth, but I think I will not go back to my habit of having only one main dish for lunch, like a huge amount of pasta or rice and nothing else. I really enjoy having my bentobox filled with different foods and colors and I'm willing to keep up with this new habit!

I'm really satisfied with this third week focus, that was on making bento to save money. I mean, I had only a glimpse on how much I can save with the 'bento-method'!!! I almost did not shop for food and I realized that I'm getting to remember much more easily what food, vegetables and staples I have at home so I do not end up buying things that I do not need. I understood that the pre-planning part starts before going out to shop at the supermarket, with a quick glimpse into the cupboards and the refrigerator, and I really want to focus on this also for future bentos and general food (and everything) shopping!

here the pictures of my bentos :-)

Bento Challenge week 3 - my bento n.1

Bento Challenge week 3 - my bento n.2

 my bento n.3

Bento Challenge week 3 - my bento n.4

Bento Challenge week 3 - my bento n.5

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This week I only made one bento. Due to an ice storm, we had no power from Monday night to Saturday night. Now that the worst is over, I really appreciate all the little things like heat, hot water, and light, which I took for granted before. A lot of the food in our fridge didn't survive, but there's not much that can be done about it now. I do have new motivation to keep food costs low in light of this situation though.

Although I made only one bento for Monday's lunch, I was able to base the meal on leftovers as opposed to buying new ingredients. I packed my lunch in a Ms. Bento, which is much more reasonable in size than the Mr. Bento I had first bought. I packed egg drop soup with noodles, rice, and vegetables with fried tofu. The calorie count was 470, which is more than my previous lunches, but I wanted to splurge for Lunar New Year.

In terms of weight loss, I've lost a couple pounds since I started this challenge. This week was harder, because I found it difficult to exercise this week without the heat on. I managed to exercise everyday, which is good, but my workouts weren't as intense as usual. Last night, I went back to my usual exercise routines, and it felt great to work out at full force again.

Overall, I'm just happy to be back, and I'm ready to go back to making bentos and exercising.

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Week 3 went by alright - I didn't make as many bento, partly because I was sick again and didn't need to eat much, and also partly because I ate out so much. (And my stomach was so upset with the eating out, that it hardly accepted food during other times.) I did well with "economical" bentos, meaning that I used up all the sad wilting/almost wilting vegetation in my fridge. However, I didn't manage to eat more fruit, and I still get sugar cravings like mad. Happily though, my sugar palate has toned down a notch since the last two weeks, and I now choke on the sweetness of regular milk chocolate. I suppose it takes a while to wean off sugar completely.

I surprised myself by making three vegetarian bento - I'm not sure if it's because I had so many leftover vegetables, or if I was trying to be thrifty, but I did spend next to zero on groceries this week. (And I managed to use up a giant chunk of frozen peas by making more peaburgers! :) )

While I was well-organized leftovers wise, my prep time went up again as I was slightly at a loss as to what to do. I think I might start planning out the week instead of planning out a day ahead.

Exercise-wise I could've done more with the strength-training, though I am still walking around lots and doing lots of stair-climbing.

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Summary
Going Deeper: I did not make a single trip to the grocery store this week & I incorporated left overs several times. No veggie boxes as of yet, maybe in the upcoming weeks. Average cost of eating lunch out $7.50.

Weight Loss: Did not actually lose any weight this week (in fact gained a pound) BUT I lost inches in total body fat gone and that makes me happy. (The reason I'm giving for the difference - I worked out - a lot this week.

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I'm on a get healthy kick - since I quit smoking - next stop weight loss - let the journey begin.

Glenda
Bento-ing from: New York › New York › USA
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Re: Challenge Week 3 Wrapup Reports

I had a really busy week in week 3, and fell off the photo wagon because of it. I made bentos all week, but only remembered to take photos on Wednesday and Thursday... I don't really remember what I had those three days, but I remember it being fairly healthy - I know it was an egg sandwich on Monday, because I used a normal sandwich box, and somewhere during the week I used up the rest of my green beans, carrots, and tuna, because I had to buy more on Wednesday... anyway, here are the photos I do have:

Wednesday:
Jan 28
Thursday:
Jan 29
notes to the photos are on flickr.

Friday's bento was my final bagel with a boiled egg and carrots, and I can't remember what else. I was struggling to finish a paper this week, and everything else was put second in my mind... next week, I have to be more on top of things! :)

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