Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day Four

Today was an incredibly busy day and we just sat down to eat dinner at 9:45 pm. Until now, each of us has only had about a 1/2 cup of rice and some green tea today. We were very hungry when we got home! Our appetites are shrinking daily. We didn't even finish all of our rice today; we got full after eating our miso soup and about half of our dinner ration. Neither one of us had our apple cider vinegar ration either today so our daily food expense was $1.48.

Before we started this project, we debated what the ground rules would be. Would we accept meals from friends, would we use things that were still in our cabinets, and would we use the tabs we get at venues when Ryan plays (like our weekly tab at Atomic Cowboy for hosting open mic)? At first it didn't seem like such a big deal; wouldn't a hungry person accept something offered to them? We came to the conclusion, though, that we would not indulge. Offerings made to us here in our lovely city would surely be more than most impoverished people would be offered. Also, we want to stay as true as we can to our project both for our physical and conscious selves. The idea is to remain aware of those who go without and a full stomach makes that harder to do. My friend, Michael, brought me the most beautiful bowl of winter vegetable soup last night. When I got home, I stared longingly at it for a bit, took a big long inhale of its tantalizing aroma, and put it in the freezer to be enjoyed at a later date.

So, my friends, I will gladly accept your company, your thoughts, and your conversation.


  1. wow kelly! this is so inspiring ! way to guys on your quest for deepening compassion for the people that get" pushed under the rug" i am excited to follow yall and thank you for helping me be mindfull of all i take for granted!!

  2. How about gathering food? I procured some paw paws from MOBOT this fall (against the rules, but I was given a permissive nod from staff) and ground hickory nuts into flour to make paw paw bread. It weren't no good, but didn't cost me anything. I think you can find watercress, garlic mustard and cattails readily.