Hunger Challenge – Day 3
By Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
Got home Tuesday about 8 p.m. after a fabulous event in honor of labor leader and civil rights icon, Dolores Huerta, recognizing her for 60 years of organizing workers and standing up for justice. What an honor to be in her presence.
Food and drink were plentiful at this hosted event—one among multiple such receptions that occur morning, noon, and night around the Capitol.
Fortunately, I have had a “no eating, no drinking” rule in place for my entire tenure in the Legislature to avoid a gift reporting requirement, so am accustomed to passing up the usual delectable spreads that are always a part of such festivities. However, because I had only eaten a small lunch, the pleasant food aromas were harder to ignore…
After downing a glass of orange juice, again to quell the low-blood sugar feeling I came home with, I made half a package of brown rice with the chicken stock I had saved from Monday night’s cooking. Dinner was one of the chicken thighs (I now have one whole one left from the original four) over brown rice with a cut-up tomato. Made a cup of French Vanilla coffee to top off the meal…and the sweet taste of an overripe banana was my dessert.
This morning, I made my thermos of coffee, a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich, and tucked another overripe banana in for an afternoon snack. Will likely have spaghetti and toast for dinner tonight after attending another reception—one where I will be receiving a recognition for work on helping the unemployed!—skipping the lovely spread I am sure will be there…
Day Four tomorrow!