Ten Years Ago

Monday, February 4, 2019

In February 2009, I did a project where I ate for a dollar a day.

I wrote about it on this very blog that I had created just for the project, and I didn’t expect anyone to take any notice of it, I did it for myself, because I was annoyed by someone else’s dollar-a-day project, which began with a $150 trip to Costco, and I wanted to do a straight-up dollar-a-day project, where you actually get a dollar a day, which seemed impossible.

But then lots of people paid attention to it and there was a full-page article about me in People magazine and I went on the Rachael Ray show and I had a brief moment of minor celebrityhood. Which is definitely not something I ever expected or wanted, or even particularly enjoyed.

And all of that went away almost as fast as it came in, but the blog is still here, and if my life ever gets better and I am able to think about anything other than surviving my current life I will start writing again.

In the meantime, you have 10 years of intermittent posts about food and frugality and a wide variety of other topics — some related but most not — to keep you occupied.

11 Responses to “Ten Years Ago”

  1. Carol A Suelzle Says:

    I appreciate that you’ve left the site up all this time. I come back and read the new things you write, and then I always reread some of the old ones, too, because I enjoy them so much, for reasons I’m not specifically able to explain. I just find them soothing, somehow.

  2. tommfranklin Says:

    I’ll take the blame for your 15 minutes of fame. I sent WUNC’s The State of Things an email pitching your story because I figured it was the kind of local interest, slightly quirky thing they would pick up.

    As I recall, several shows contacted you, but they were only interested in interviewing you if you came on their show first, right?

  3. “if my life ever gets better and I am able to think about anything other than surviving my current life I will start writing again.”

    i know this feeling. May better days come.

  4. judilyn Says:

    I’ve been reading, and enjoying, your intermittent blog ever since, too! It might be more difficult to do it on a dollar a day ten years later, but the premise is still sound – and doable.

    Virtual hugs,


  5. lessisenough Says:

    I did go on the State of Things — which is when I learned that Frank Stasio is from Kenmore, NY and he gave me one of my favorite lines about transplants from Western New York, which was “I think there are more people from Buffalo in North Carolina than there are in Buffalo.” But that was at the end.

    The thing that got the publicity train rolling was actually the article in the New York Daily News, which came after the local NBC affiliate did a story for the evening news, which came after someone I was on the board with at Scrap Exchange posted something to an online forum about interesting things that people in the Triangle were doing online. Apparently all the media people in New York in 2009 read the New York Daily News and everyone called me the day that article appeared.

  6. lessisenough Says:

    Oddly enough, I myself feel that way about some of my past writing when I read it. My life sounds much better when I read about it after the fact than it feels when I am going through it.

  7. lessisenough Says:

    I saw my friend Bryant tonight at her book reading at The Regulator and she asked me if I was okay. This made me realize that this post sounded slightly more desperate than I intended.

    Things are busy and hard and complicated but it will get better. And I wish I could separate things more but I have trouble when I am in the middle of something thinking of anything else. So if I try to write anything it turns into something that I look at and say, “Hmm, I don’t think anyone actually wants to read that and even if they did I probably shouldn’t put it on the internet.”

    So I guess the point of that post was just to say that I like writing, and I would like to write more, and at some point I will write more, I’m just having a little bit of trouble with it right now. But I didn’t want to let the 10 year anniversary pass without noting it.

  8. worldstouch Says:

    I didn’t think it sounded desperate just like your life isn’t much fun right now. And it makes me want to take you to Cambodia with me. Or Ethiopia.

  9. lessisenough Says:

    Okay that is good. It’s not good to sound desperate. But you are right that my life is not that much fun right now. I’m not sure if a trip to Cambodia or Ethiopia is in the cards for me, but you never know.

  10. mm1970 Says:

    I love the intermittent blog!

  11. Robin Says:

    I’m glad you had your 15 minutes, because I’ve also enjoyed the intermittent posts ever since. I first read about you in the News & Observer, checked out the blog, and got addicted to seeing what you ate every day. I still perk up when I get an email notice that you’ve posted something new!

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