Okay, there is one thing you have to know about me: I really like peanut butter sandwiches. I like peanut butter sandwiches so much that for the past five years I have ate one for lunch pretty much every single work day. With the exception of going out to lunch once in a blue moon or opting for something else because I forgot my PB sandwich at home I would not hesitate to say that 99% of my work day lunches have consisted of a peanut butter sandwich.
This little quirk of mine has drawn attention from my co-workers. At Montana people would check in on me and mockingly (still good naturedly of course) ask if I had my sandwich that day. Before anyone would offer me anything if someone brought in a shareable lunch item they would preface it by saying “Now I know you have your peanut butter sandwich but would you like to try some…?”. On my birthday my former boss gave me a loaf of bread and a couple jars of peanut butter as a present.
When I arrived at Coastal Carolina and I brought out my green container with my peanut butter sandwich while informing my new co-workers about my constant lunch fare I am sure they wondered who they had hired. But they have had fun with it as well. Believe it or not, the sandwiches I make here in Carolina taste just as good as they did in Montana.
Let me answer the two questions I get asked most often: No, I do not use any jelly or jam. I eat plain peanut butter sandwiches…just the bread and the peanut butter. And no, I actually don’t have a preference when it comes to peanut butter. When I go to Wal-Mart I buy whatever is cheapest. Usually it is their generic Great Value brand but sometimes there is a sale on Jiff or Skippy so I opt for either one of those.
For the longest time I would just eat the peanut butter sandwich for lunch and that was it. I would use that as my own personal excuse to go crazy gorging myself at dinner that night. But since I have arrived at CCU I have started to add a bag of chips or Cheez-Its to my menu. Here at my new work I take full advantage of my one hour lunch. Whereas at Montana I would work out during the noon hour and then throw down my sandwich in two minutes at my desk I actually socialize here. Sometimes I eat with the graphics guys in one of the cafeteria type places on campus or sometimes I eat in our conference room with other co-workers. It is hard to make a peanut butter sandwich stretch an hour so that is why I have added on the chips (and I still overdo it at dinner).
You might be wondering how this got started. I don’t really even know. I grew up eating plain peanut butter sandwiches. I love peanut butter itself in general. When I entered the workforce and I wanted to save money it just made sense to buy a loaf of bread on Sunday and have it last me through the week. I don’t tire of items very easily and I still look forward to my PB sandwich every single day. One thing I should point out is that I make a pretty mean sandwich. I don’t go light on the peanut butter so that helps hold me over until dinner time.
Call me a little kid but I enjoy my lunch choice. Sure it is boring and sure it is not the most nutritious item ever but it works for me and it allows me to not worry about lunch plans. Oh yes, while the type of bread and brand of PB can fluctuate there is one thing that always stays the same…I only eat crunchy peanut butter. If you try to tell me that the creamy version is better we most likely can’t be friends. Always look forward to your lunch! Don’t Blink.