Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Well I made it with $1.40 to spare, as I ended up not spending any money today because of a complicated situation that I don’t feel like trying to explain right now.
[Note Added 3/12: I realized after I went to bed last night that it might have sounded like I didn’t eat anything on Day Thirty, since I didn’t spend any money and I forgot to tell you what I ate.
I finished up the things I’d been buying over the past few days:
steel-cut oats and toasted sunflower seeds and a tangerine for Meal One, chicken soup, and cabbage stir-fried in chicken fat with garlic for Meal Two, and peach yogurt for dessert.]
I still don’t know what I’m going to eat tomorrow, but it’s actually been kind of nice eating less, and having no processed food, so I’m not in too much of a hurry to get back to eating like a “normal” person. (As I believe I’ve stated elsewhere, I’m not that good at being normal.)
I think this is greatly disappointing to everyone who’s asked me what my first meal is going to be.
I told People magazine it was going to be a ham and cheese omelet with a side of cheese grits, because I like ham and cheese omelets and cheese grits, and it sounded like the kind of thing someone who has spent the month eating for a dollar a day might want to eat. And it was even possible that I myself might want to eat a ham and cheese omelet with cheese grits when I was done.
But now that the day is actually upon us (or nearly upon us) what I really want is yogurt with grape nuts and fruit, which seems vaguely un-American after a project like this.
But, really, is that so wrong? To want a nice bowl of yogurt with a banana and a little bit of molasses sugar and some grape nuts?
I don’t think so.
So we’ll see how I feel tomorrow, and what I end up getting. And maybe I’ll tell you about it and maybe I won’t. (After all, I only committed to 30 days of reporting, and my 30 days are up.)
For those of you who care about the mainstream media, note that there’s an article on my project in this week’s People magazine, which hits newsstands tomorrow, and also I’ll be on Good Morning America tomorrow. (The irony of my being on a show called “Good Morning America” is not lost on me—if anyone is watching tv tomorrow between 7 and 9am, be sure to let me know how it turns out. I should be up by 11).
Also I’m scheduled to be on The State of Things on Friday, so those of you in the WUNC listening area can tune in to that. The show airs from noon to one, and it might also be available on the WUNC website, but I’m not sure about that. Hopefully I’ll do a better job answering questions on that than I did for the Good Morning America taping. They needed me to be concise. And I’m sure everyone who knows me can just imagine how that went.