It was the cookies.
Perhaps having the start of this project coincide with the beginning of school was not good planning. Not that people get to decide the most convenient time to not be able to afford food. We both have a lot going on at the start of the year, more than usual this year. I feel this change in our lives has had an impact on my patience.
Everything at work is fine, I love my students and being in the classroom. The difference is that I seem to save any frustrations from the day so that I can share them with Christopher in the evening (read: take them out on him). Yesterday we had a battle about cookies.
In the past two days, I had two different groups of students bake cookies for me. I did not get to eat them. The second plate of cookies came while I was at a debate tournament that I was running, hosting, and had 15 students competing in. These competitions are always a bit stressful. The tournament went very well and the only major malfunction was me.
When I got the cookies, I called Christopher to discuss my plan to eat one, maybe just a half. They were being sold at our concession stand so I felt it was fair for me eat half a cookie as long as I charged myself in my daily total. A very tense discussion followed and when we hung up, we were both pretty angry. I called later to apologize and when he brought me dinner, as he had both nights of the tournament, he had made cookies.
I think we were hasty on our rules. We did not consider too many “what if” scenarios; there is gray area and we are always stressing over what is fair. If someone was eating on a dollar a day and there was free food available, I am sure they would take it. Today we went to Costco for a non food item, and had to renew our membership. The cost of a membership is $50. We weren’t sure if it was fair for us to buy food there or not.
In the end we did, but we did not take any samples because you must have a membership card to enter. Our parents will be happy to know that we now have vegetables in our home. We were able to find broccoli for just two cents an ounce more than the Dollar store, carrots, and romaine lettuce. We also bought Tang which is full of sugar, but has vitamin C and several others. On our way home we stopped at a small farmers market and found oranges for $5 for 10 pounds.
Smiling with a tummy full of salad and polenta,
P.S. We have started on our food cost index and I will begin posting a few recipes this evening.
Breakfast: 1 waffle – $0.20, McDonald’s syrup (free), half a peanut butter cookie – $0.03
Lunch: No lunch.
Appetizer: 8 oz of Tang – $0.07
Dinner: Salad – $0.19 (1/4 carrot – $0.03, cherry tomatoes from garden – $0.04, 1/4 heart of romaine – $0.12), 1tbsp dressing – $0.18, Polenta – $0.09, Marinara Sauce – $0 .13
Desert:1 peanut butter cookie – $0.07, 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter – $0.03 (Christopher only)
Christopher Total: $0.99
Kerri Total: $0.96
Donation Total: $515
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