Live Below the Line: Day 6

In Canada we have this culture that blossoms as soon as the warm weather hits. It’s called “patio weather”. Picture this: after a long day’s work, you’re tired but still want to enjoy the sunshine and celebrate it with a pint, so you gather a few friends and hit up your local watering hole and just sit, drink, relax and have a good time. Today was one of the best Saturdays we’ve had so far this spring, and before I was even done work people were already making patio plans, which I had to respectfully decline.

Normally, I’d be all up in that shit, messaging whomever I can, trying to make a night out of it; but tonight, for the first time, I said “no, it’s okay” and decided instead to go sit in a park and just chill with one of my oldest friends, Shannon.

On our way there I remembered that Tim Horton’s had small iced coffees for $1.00 ($1.05 with tax). I’ve been in coffee withdrawal all week, so I decided to splurge and get one. I’d also only eaten one apple by that point (worth about $0.50), so combined I was doing okay.

We sat in the park for a good two hours, chatting and enjoying the sunshine, then we ended up meandering over to a large private patio outside our friends’ apartment building. I have to admit, on our way back we visited our local LCBO (that’s the government-run liquor store, for those not from Canada who may be reading), and I also bought one can of beer for $2.85. Here’s my reasoning…

I’m continuing with my Live Below the Line challenge for another thirteen days after today. For the next two weeks I have $24.50 to spend on groceries. I’m already pretty much settled on what I’ll be eating for the remainder of the challenge, which I know I can do for less than my budget, so I decided to enjoy a beer in the sunshine and “splurge” on one tall boy.

As I now stand, I have $20.10 to spend on groceries for the next thirteen days ($24.50 minus my $0.50 apple, $1.05 iced coffee and $2.85 beer). Tomorrow I’ll do my grocery shopping and food preparation, and will be done with spending money on any food or drink until I’m done my challenge at the end of day of May 17.

Let me tell you, the $2.85 was worth it. I may or may not have gotten a weird sun tan/burn on my chest from the neckline of my shirt, and I’m pretty sure my face got some sun as well. Aside from that though, it was so great to just sit outside, relax, enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coldness of my chilled Sapporo. It was golden. Plus, I had a reason to celebrate: my blog had reached 5,000+ reads!!

I started up this little blog of mine back in September 2012 as a way to document the cross-country trip I was then soon to disembark on. I had originally started this site as a way to document my travels, but over the past eight or so months it has also helped me with the break-up of my marriage; through writing my posts I have been able to, to the best of my ability, centre myself and refocus on the important things in my life. This blog offers me a platform to do what I honestly feel I do best, which is writing. To know that in just over eight months my blog has been read over 5,000 times, in over fifty countries worldwide — I honestly can’t do much more than shake my head in disbelief. It’s still quite baffling to me.

So, with beer in hand I said “cheers” to my friends, but at the same time I was also saying cheers to all of you. Thank you for continuing to visit my blog. Thank you for, unbeknownst to you, making me feel like I may actually be on the right path by pursuing this writing thing.

Okay, enough with the sappy shit. But really…thank you.

Anywho, like I said I have to do my grocery shopping tomorrow, which I’m looking forward to. I’m still working on transcribing my interview with Ennis Esmer (that boy talks more than I do), but that will be up by tomorrow, SO STAY TUNED! Aside from that it’s going to be a chill night, sitting on my couch, looking at this here screen. Oh, the life of a single, soon-to-be thirty-something is spectacularly exciting, isn’t it?!

In sum, today I’ve eaten one apple, drank one small iced coffee and one tall boy of beer. It’s been, by far, the least substantial/nutritional day of the past week, but my word, it was good. It’s funny how you can survive off only one apple doing a weekend job that keeps you on your feet, yet during your job-job, which involves you sitting in a chair looking at a computer screen all day, all you can think about is food. And, that’s not even taking into consideration the fact that my weekend job is at a bakery. I thought being surround by pretty, little cupcakes was going to be an issue, but I did well.

My friends, I bid you adieu for now. Tomorrow I’ll share with you the wonderful world of Ennis Esmer and in a separate post the results of my grocery shop. Think I can’t get two weeks worth of groceries for $20? I’ll prove you wrong!

Good night, bonne nuit, buenas noches, buonanotte…so long, far well, adieu, adieu, adieu…

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