Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Ups And Downs Of Office Food

Why is it that whenever I have plenty of my own food to eat, people at work bring in extra to share? And then they are hurt if I don't eat some. For the past couple of weeks I have been offered a free lunch from one of my coworkers. His wife gives him a lot of food in his lunch and he has decided that I need to broaden my food horizons. Usually I have 3 responses to choose from when he offers me some of his lunch.

1. I can politely decline. This will start an annoying string of comments about how I don't like any food, how I have no sense of adventure, and how sheltered and pitiful my life must be without all of the wonderful food that his wife makes.

2. I can accept and eat what he offers me whether I like it or not. Of course I say it is good which usually leads to being offered more.

3. I can give in and accept even though I don't want it and then scrape it in to the trash when he isn't looking. This is only reserved for the most horrendous of meals which I didn't want but was given anyway.

I am really glad that he has a wife that loves to cook for him but he loves spicy food and I am a pretty simple eater. I would much rather save my money for my mortgage than buy groceries. I don't have to cook for anyone so I don't have to come up with exciting and varied meals everyday. I can eat the same thing for 3 or 4 days in a row and be fine with it. It's not that I don't like to cook it's just not a priority right now.

I am grateful that he is willing to share his lunch with me even though it is partially for his own amusement (especially if I make faces when it is spicy). But I am going to have to buy more heartburn medicine and keep a bottle at work if this keeps up...and a bottle of that stuff is not cheap!


Sharon S said...

Hi there-Its great he offers, but people shouldn't be offended when you decline their offer and then proceed to give you a lecture too. Stick to your guns my dear and if you are always polite, you don't need to feel bad about your decision.

Living Creekside said...

Gosh if I lived in AZ I would swear you work with my Husband LOL... except I don't make much spicy food...He does this kind of thing to me at home, so I just imagine what his coworkers go through ...I feel for you I really do :-)...

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

If it bothers you enough to have to buy stomach medicine, I would just tell him that. Politely, and repeatedly if necessary.

Daizy said...

Hi sharon rose, I think he gets disappointed because then he can't tease me about the food if I decline. I am not his guinea pig!

LaDawn, that's funny. Some people just love to torture others in the name of fun. He does hand out chocolate sometimes so it isn't all bad.

over the cubicle wall, I should start carrying around my bottle of zantac. I think he has a lead-lined stomach.