First of all, how lovely are these Mexican pastries from Pablito’s Bakery? They seriously do have some of the best-looking pastries in town.
So I realized that I really like gathering information. That sounds really nerdy, but it’s true. I like doing the research before a trip to figure out where we will stay and eat and frolic. I like reading blogs, then saving the information I find in Evernote or on Pinterest. I like reading books and highlighting parts and flagging pages. I like journaling, I like collecting my parking stubs, I like re-reading receipts to see what we bought, I like blogging, I like checking out 17 books at a time from the library, I like reading magazines and then scanning in my favorite pages to Evernote, and I like keeping old letters and cards, and filling in things on my calendar, and making lists of anything and everything.
You know, at one point in time, I wanted to be a librarian. I wanted to get my Master’s degree in Library Science, then spend my days looking up things and cataloging things and shelving things. (But then I got scared that as a librarian I would just be helping kids find their parents, or helping people find the bathroom, and plus the classes seemed kind of boring and also I was tired of school.) Maybe that’s something I should look into again.
Anyway, lately I’m having this crazy desire to catalog everything I eat. And I’m thinking of either writing it all down, or attempting to photograph everything. I’m not interested in a calorie-food diary, just a picture (in words or photos) of what my day of food and drink was like. This is not a new concept. This person did it. This guy did it for a year and made a book out of it (I totally almost bought it). There’s a flickr pool of people who started doing it. Lele keeps track of what she eats and how much she exercises. And, idol of all idols, Ai beautifully photographs every meal and snack (wonderful, fun, exotic-to-me Japanese meals and snacks, that is).
I have no idea why this appeals to me so much, but it does. I thought about writing out my day’s menu in the sidebar (see it over there?). But where do I keep a history of it? So I thought about starting a new tumblr just for my daily menus. And then I thought I’d take iPhone photos of everything. And then I thought I wanted prettier photos, which means I’d need to carry my digital SLR with me everywhere. Which I kind of do already, but sometimes I don’t. And then I thought that might get stressful, trying to remember to photograph every meal.
But the thought of being able to look back on what I ate is so intriguing. I’ve kept food diaries in journals before, and when I look back at them, it’s so fun (I drank a glass of milk?! I ate at Whataburger?! I forgot about that affogato at Asti!). It’s the perfect marriage of my love of food and my love of gathering information. So I’m thinking of doing it again. I have no idea whether that will be here on poco-cocoa, or on a separate tumblr, or in the sidebar, or on flickr, or whether it will be done in photos or just in words, or what. I just wanna do it.
If any of you have any suggestions, let me know. And yes, I am aware that I am a total geek. 🙂