It is literally and existentially exhausting to have to think all the time about what every single bit of your food costs. I've only been doing this for two days and already I'm tired of it.
Here, for your reading pleasure, is a rundown of what I ate today, and roughly what it cost.
- Coffee with milk and sugar: 40¢
- 1 small and 1 medium potato, roasted as home fries: free (I'm counting these as part of what an individual in SF would get from one of the Food Bank's grocery centers; see yesterday's post for details)
- 2-egg omelet with cheese: 55¢
- tortilla: 21¢
- 1/2 cup orange juice: 13¢
- (Technically, I should've counted the ketchup I ate with my home fries, but there comes a point at which laziness takes the day; this was that point.)
- PB&J on whole wheat: 45¢
- 1 small apple: free (I'm substituting apples for pears in the Food Bank's sample list)
- 1/2 veggie banh mi: $2 (I'm guessing; I ate it at the board meeting I went to this evening)
- 1 mini and 1 fun size Milky Way: 15¢ (I made the mini last for 4 bites and the fun size for 6--not an easy [or fun, frankly] feat)
- 1 medium cucumber: free
- 1 small homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookie: 12¢, give or take
This list reads to me like some kind of crackpot diet plan: enjoy one (more or less) normal meal in the morning, and then go slowly off the rails throughout the day until you find yourself so hungry in the late evening that you're unable to resist the siren song of a cucumber and a cookie (which, let's be honest here, are not exactly packing my stomach right now). The fabulous results? Lingering hunger for most of the day, followed by a gradual descent into loopiness, accompanied by longing for things like avocados and cheese and toast lousy with butter.
Dammit. I'm hungry.