I felt hunger today for the first time. I ate my breakfast, 1 egg and 3 strawberries at 9:00 but I was really hungry by 11:30 so ate my spinach, corn, potato soup at 11:30. I went to Market Mall on the bus but was too intimidated to go into the grocery store to spend my $1.00. The temptation to spend more would have been too great.
I walked in and out of stores. However I did meet a nice woman on the bus. Our bus driver was playing some pretty cool tunes so the trip was more than OK. The bus driver ate Twizzlers and drank a large cup of McDonald’s coffee. The sweet smell of the licorice permeated the bus. I wonder what the effect of that much sugar along with the coffee did to his driving or his attention span. As long as I was hanging in the mall I did not focus on my hunger pangs.
On the return trip I got off the bus in the city centre to look at more fabric. I window shopped but did not buy anything. In one store they offered me fresh brewed coffee but I said no thank you. I walked home and ate my supper at about 5:00 pm which is early for me.
I had 1 cup of the chick pea dish I made the other night with a tablespoon of mustard mixed in. I love that mustard. It was the best trade ever. Thank you Faith! I think I have 2 more meals left. However I have only eaten 3 eggs and have lots of yogourt left. Tonight I finished my meal off with 5 strawberries and a cup of orange juice. I got orange juice rather than the green tea drink.
I noticed all day how much everything costs. The shampoo and conditioner that I treat myself to, because it smells so nice, is very expensive indeed. It is a luxury that I could cut out of my life if I really needed to.
This challenge is making me notice all of the people in our city who walk everywhere. It is not always for their health. I renewed my bus pass this afternoon and I felt real panic because I could not find it in my wallet right away. The woman who waited on me at the transit office was very nice and waited for me to search through my belongings. But I felt no sense of entitlement that it was my right to stand there and make her wait. I was embarrassed but she was very respectful to my fumbling efforts to save myself an extra $5.00. If you lose your transit pass it costs another 5.00 to get a new one.
I am still thirsty and have an odd rash on the back of my hands today. I have not been taking my allergy pills so I will take one tonight, even though they are not a prescription. My lips and skin are still very dry and I found some lip balm in the back of my cupboard that I am using.
I am very alone this weekend.