Live Below the Line: Day 3

I have finally gotten rid of my caffeine-withdrawl headache. Huzzah! Funny thing though, I didn’t have much of an appetite today. I didn’t eat breakfast and barely finished my lunch. I did, however, polish off my apples like they were going out of style. I think it’s safe to say my body is craving some fruits and veggies.

When I signed up for the Live Below the Line challenge last week, I set a really modest goal of raising $250. To be honest, when I first read the online article on the challenge I thought to myself “That’s crazy!”, then I got distracted by some other article, opened a new tab in my browser, and forgot about the challenge until I came back to it a few hours later. At that point I thought “What the hell, why not?” and signed up before I could change my mind.

Now, a week later, I did something else to up the ante. I have decided to extend my challenge and increase my fundraising goal. The challenge for me was supposed to end this Friday, May 3rd, but I’m now going to carry on and end it on Friday, May 17th, including weekends (I’ll be catching an overnight bus to Baltimore that Friday night, so the timing works out well).

Once my challenge is over, I’d have been living off of $1.75 for food and drink for nineteen days. NINETEEN. I’m actually stupidly excited about this.

The biggest feat I’ll face will be withholding from social gatherings. It’s not uncommon for me to go for a few pints after work with co-workers or to meet up with friends, especially on weekends. Oh wait, I just thought of another feat. On weekends I moonlight as a cupcake girl and work at a bakery in the Beach area of Toronto. I’ll be surrounded by cupcakes and other baked goodies ALL DAY. CUPCAKES. AND FRESH BREWED COFFEE. Bloody hell. What a disaster.

It’s okay. I’ll tough it out. I’ve already surpassed my original fundraising goal, so that will keep me going. I’m also hoping that I’ll have the unfortunate duty of having to continue to raise my goal as the weeks elapse 😉

I have a few more days to plan out what I’ll be eating for the next two weeks, and I’ve decided to do one big shop to take advantage of an accumulated budget of $24.50. Hell, maybe I can actually buy more produce this time (albeit, it would probably have to be frozen). I even checked out the dollar store on my way home to see what sort of dried goods they carry, and my word, did you know they sell honey?! Tiny little bear bottles of honey for $1! I might just have to get some to add to my nasty ass oatmeal. Also, their pasta is about $0.60 cheaper than regular priced pasta at the grocery store, plus they carry tiny jars of instant coffee for $1.00. Why didn’t I just go there in the first place?! Oh well, lesson learned.

The day is now done for me and I’m going to bed with a little grumble in my tummy. I’m quite excited for tomorrow as it’s the first Trivia Night at the Samesun Vancouver Beaver Bar that will showcase the Live Below the Line challenge and share my fundraising goals (if you missed me talking about my Samesun sponsorship you can check it out here). They’ll be putting up a few slides for me on the big screen in the bar, plus they’re collecting donations on site at their front desk. Did I already mention that I love those guys? It never hurts to say it again: Samesun is awesome.

Plus, tomorrow evening is my interview with Toronto’s own Ennis Esmer: current leaderboard champion of the Live Below the Line Canada campaign, Oz on CTV’s The Listener, Eddie from The L.A. Complex, the bloody hilarious Gord from Young People F*cking, a movie that was the official selection of TIFF 2007 (if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you should. Gord has a thing for raw cookie dough, that’s all I’m saying…). I could go on, but I’ll save it for the interview post 😉

And on that note, I bid you all adieu. Until next time!


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