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fight, flight, or adapt

I hope this brings a little humor to your day.
This is a photo of my peanut butter. I store it in a coffee can in the fridge.

You might find two things odd with that statement:
1) I keep my peanut butter in the fridge.
2) I store my peanut butter in a coffee can.

The first issue is easy to explain. My peanut butter of choice is Trader Joe's crunchy salted. It's the all-natural stuff—just peanuts and salt—and they recommend keeping it cool. So I follow directions, even though somewhat solidified chunky peanut butter can be quite challenging to spread on toast.

The second issue is a little more complicated. The coffee can is a decoy because my roommate is fond of late night grazing. She claims that she eats in her sleep. I find it hard to believe that she could make it up the stairs and into the kitchen while she's sleeping. (I've also found it's hard not to take it personally when someone openly takes something that belongs to you—including food.)

Whatever the reason for my roomies' grazing ways, I needed to find a way to protect my grub. I moved some snacky foods into my office (having a snack shelf in the closet makes me feel like I'm at summer camp), but the peanut butter remained a problem. It had to stay in the kitchen to stay in the fridge. But how to make it less desirable?

Then one day it hit me. Why not use a decoy?
So I fit the peanut butter right into a handy empty coffee can, and voila! I had my solution.
And you know what? It works.

Some people might scoff at this solution and call it a wussy way out of dealing with roommate woes. But I've talked to my roommate about how she needs to stop eating my food. Multiple times. And it was still happening. So I used what I had to come up with the best solution I could muster.

I'm certainly not the first to use this method to hide my valuables in plain site. It turns out there is a whole industry based on 'diversion safes.' (You can see many here.) I may, however, be the first to consider my peanut butter valuable enough to warrant this much attention :)