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Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
For things that don't come from that particular caterer, like pizza and such, I just think about how those things tend to sit in conference rooms or on the kitchen counter. I figure if they are willing to leave a dairy based dip sitting on the kitchen counter for several hours, I shouldn't trust the food safety of just about anything that comes into the office. So now when I get announcements that there is food, I just remind myself how often I've seen poor food safety and it gets much easier to pass on the bacteria fest.
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
All bets are off when there is free food.
We are a pretty small office so we always know when we can expect left overs from a meeting or such and it doesn't sit out long before it is gone.
I am also the enabler since I always have a full candy bowl in my office. As HR I have learned people are more like to come see me if there is chocolate Otherwise noone ever just pops into the HR persons office. And I am actually quite nice.
My problem is, we don't have pizza nearly often enough.
Texmati-- Knitter, Hindu, vegetarian, WOHM. Wife to superdad and mom to DS 24 months, and DD 8 months! .
I remember once, a few months post-9/11, my boss and I were in the break room having some powdered-sugar-coated coffee cake and as we were munching I said, "So who brought this in?" and he said, "Hm, I actually don't know" and I said, "So, we're just sitting here eating some random food with unidentified white powder on top, amid all these anthrax scares? I hope the terrorists never realize that the real way to wipe us out would be to infiltrate our break rooms with baked goods!"
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At my old office, in a different city, people always made a big deal out of treats, like " Oh, I really shouldn't, I am on a diet...blah...blah.." It was annoying, frankly. Now I live in a much more laid back city, and when we have cupcakes for a birthday, or lunch b/c we have a meeting or something, people partake freely, and I always join in!
Our office has a "Sunshine Club," where you pay $2/month and then get a card and a cake on your birthday. Meanwhile, you get to join in the celebration of everyone else's birthdays. I don't belong, because I can't eat the cake, and there's just no way I'm going to put anyone through trying to find me a gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, soy-free, egg-free, sorghum-free, canola-free cake for *my* birthday.
The bakery they get them from is fabulous, though, I've heard. It's across the street from DH's work, so I have some good info on it.
I bring a ton of food with me to work every day, too. That helps. (And I bring my own treats... cookies or candy or whatever... and keep a bag of good turbinado sugar for my coffee in my desk.)
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07