Happy Wednesday, friends.
Today’s What I Ate Wednesday is brought to you by a slice of “….and in reality.” A look into both the world of the theater, and the world of reality behind a food blog. I did not plan for my eats to be so randomly located and non-ideally timed today, but in the world of theater… that’s really what they become. When rehearsing and/or performing a show, you really are at the mercy of when the Stage Manager or Director allocates break times. And since performances are in the evenings and require a good 1-2 hours of warm up/prep/getting ready before hand (some more than others), meals tend to be eaten at less than ideal times (read: 11 pm dinners). This day (Monday – our second last day of rehearsals before opening on Wednesday) was just kind of a messy one all around, and involved a lot of going with the flow where I really couldn’t preplan how the day was going to go. Or if I did, that plan changed.
Thank you Jen, Arman and Laura
I wasn’t called for rehearsal until noon, so I was looking forward to a nice quiet morning with one of my favorite at-home breakfasts. Pancake got made, pancake got plated, pancake got photographed…. and then I learned my internet wasn’t working. There was work I was really needing to do before going to the theatre, so I threw my pretty plate into a tupperware and biked to Starbucks.
At home it looked like this….
Single Serve Pancake: 1/3 oats / 1/4 whisked egg whites / 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree / pumpkin pie spice / 1/4 tsp baking powder / salt / stevia / vanilla
In reality, a little more like this….
8 AM: Coffee / Single Serving Pancake / Banana / Raspberries / Peanut Butter
I wanted to crush the craving I had for a BAT (Bacon, Avocado, Tomato) sandwich. Before throwing it in a tupperware, I got the typical instagram glamour shot…
Smashed Avocado / Turkey Bacon / Tomato
While in reality…
Rehearsal (costume preps/fitting/music transitions) was scheduled 12-3 … I think it should be illegal to schedule any sort of work smack dab overtop a typical meal time, no? … so, knowing I had to have something before we began, I scarfed down what I could outside the dressing room while checking the call board and schedule for the day. I only had time to eat half the sandwich, plus I just wasn’t that starving yet considering it was before noon, annnnnd I had to get into a corset right after. So into the fridge the other half went.
11:30 Half a sandwich
Our “dinner” was scheduled from 3-4 (ha). It was our only real break of the day so I was torn between eating my dinner at this time (I was pretty hungry since only having half a sandwich) or just having a hefty snack. I opted for the snack idea since I was feeling a little down and had the sneaky suspicion a latte would bring some comfort. I usually don’t have this full of a snack, but I knew this was going to need to last me until whenever our run was finished. And really didn’t know when that would be.
Whole milk latte + 2 protein cereal squares (whose recipe was supposed to be up yesterday but, thanks to the internet disappearing on me, didn’t happen. Ah well. Come back friday for this tasty snack).
And yes, this latte/snack did exactly what I was hoping. Whole milk lattes are so good. They are so naturally sweet and comforting.
Anyhoo, before my snack looks like this, in reality….
…it actually looks like this. I pack about 4 different options into a tupperware because I have no idea what times I’ll be able to eat and/or what I will feel like in the moment. I always want options, ya know?
We prepped from 4-5:30 and then had our run from 5:30-8. Then we had notes from 8-9. So I didn’t get to have my dinner until I was back in my dressing room at 9/9:30. The good thing is a) my snack really did well at keeping me going through the run – the caffeine gave me a boost but having it with whole milk didn’t give me anxiety or any sort of shakes, and opting for whole milk made it more satiating – WIN and b) the show I am doing is so crazy and intricate and busy that not one of us has a moment to stop. Therefore I have zero time to even think about if I’m hungry, or to let in any thoughts about what my eating has been like that day. It’s just so tertiary, which is good.
On the weekend, my dinner looked like this. So beautiful, ya?
And in reality….
It was thrown into a tupperware and wearily eaten as I collapsed in the dressing room. Heels off. Corset loosened. Makeup somewhat smudged away. Stockings still on.
9:00 pm: Rice noodles in dressing room
That wig? Only one of the number of costume changes I have to throw myself in and out of. #Imtoosexyformy….
No sweet evening snack on the couch for me this day – I was tired and full enough when I got home I just went to bed. I won’t be getting my relaxing evening snack time for a while now. But that’s the life of the theater…
Last night however (Tuesday), I did come home after our run at 11:30 pm and had a brownie and a pudding, so it will always be changing. Not ideal, but I definitely need sustenance after the show, which will be running for 2 weeks now, whether that be dinner or dessert or snack or…
Sometimes food needs to just be functional. Not for pleasure or leisure; sometimes not at ideal times or in ideal circumstances; and sometimes not even when you are hungry. But you have to feed your body to feed your passion.
Do you find it difficult to change up your eating times/habits/routine if your work or school schedule requires it?