I recently moved into a new parish. I'll be living in the rectory, with three priests, for the next nine months. It's going to take me a little while to adjust to the living situation here.
First off, now I have to cook for myself. If you've watched enough sitcoms, you've seen the cooking episode. You know, the one where the guy has to cook for himself for the first time, and he has no idea what he's doing, and he makes hilarious mistakes, like using Coca Cola in place of baking soda. That was the subplot of I Love Lucy's well-known vitameatavegamin episode, as I recall.
Anyway, that sitcom episode is my life now. For dinner last night, I cooked macaroni and cheese, because it's a nice, simple dish I've made dozens of times before. But somehow, I managed to get cheese all over the counter, and cleaning it up was a nightmare.
Everyone is on their own when it comes to food, because there is no way we will ever agree on what kind of food to get. One guy likes exotic food, while I suspect one of the other guys secretly lives on frozen pizza. We're all bachelors for life, so there's no need for us to get super-fancy when cooking food, except when we have guests over, of course.
It's my first week, so I decided to play it safe. Oatmeal and/or an apple every day for breakfast, a sandwich every day for lunch, and dinner is one of various options: mac and cheese, Bush's baked beans, carrots and frozen pizza. Oh, and I have applesauce, but someone else put that away in the kitchen while I was unpacking groceries, and now I have no idea where it is.
The food budget for the four of us is about $500, which equals $20 per day, per person. I was worried that I would go overbudget, but then I did some quick math. A Big Mac costs about four dollars, and four times three is twelve, so I can have three meals a day, no problem!