While the nurse jabbed her needle into the soft part of my upper arm, I hoped I would not be the one in one hundred and thirty thousand that has a serious reaction to a yellow fever vaccination. Staring at the pictures of happy globe-trotters in the small room of the travel clinic, I wondered not about the life-changing experience that travel brings. Instead I contemplated whether eating one of the Jolly Ranchers in the waiting room would be a violation of this project.
I had less energy today than previously, and right now I can feel a headache coming. It would be unfair to assume that my headache has anything to do with my food intake, but I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation. It could even be a reaction to the shot. Either way, my day with students was fantastic. While helping them look for ways to make their writing different of better than anyone else, my thoughts of food faded to the background. During lunch time I was so engaged with my work that I almost forgot to eat.
Yet the beast that resides in my stomach (who I sometimes imagine is like the overgrown venus fly trap in the 80s film Little Shop of Horrors), was screaming “Feed Me, Seymour!” by the time I got home. When I arrive home from work in the afternoon I often have a customary after-school snack; usually chips and salsa. Today I felt those “old” habits rise up with a fury.
My response to the feeling, and the emotional need to stuff my face, was simple: I shall overcome.
Instead, I took a breather and watched The Daily Show online which then segued into correcting some student work. I’ve found that if I keep myself busy, working on things I care about, that ignoring the cravings of my mini Audrey ll becomes much easier. Besides, if Ode Magazine is going to tell readers about our project on their website, I have an obligation to deny that determined little beast in my stomach.
Another day, another dollar…
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.06, 1 TBSP Peanut Butter on 1/2 piece of bread – $0.10 (Christopher only), 1/3 TBSP of margarine – $0.02 (Kerri only)
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (homemade bread, 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1 TBSP Jelly) – $0.26, 2 Cups popped popcorn – $0.07 (Kerri only)
Dinner: Chana Masala – $0.25, Baked Potato w/ 1 TBSP Margarine – $0.16, 1.5 Tortillas – $0.08
Desert: 1 TBSP Peanut Butter – $0.05
Kerri Total: $0.90
Christopher Total: $0.96
Donation Total: $145
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