So, many weeks after my 3 week living experiment was completed, I have crunched the numbers, entered the data and have the results.
I have one week left, and let me tell you, I cannot wait for this project to be over. I am sick of washing my clothes by hand. I bike by checker’s on the way to and from work, and despite the fact that I eat fast food incredibly rarely, I just want some french fries and a milkshake. I feel like this project has taken over my life in the past 2 weeks. I wake up early and bike to work, then when I get home (between 5:30 and 7) I cook dinner, eat, wash the clothes I wore, and at some point during these things, it gets dark out. So pretty much the only thing left to do is read by a lantern, which gets old pretty quickly. So I go to bed around 9:30 or 10 every night, wake up the next morning and repeat.
Well, it’s getting better.
I’m getting more experienced as to what food makes sense to buy in terms of price, flavor and how long it lasts sitting on the counter–gotta love sweet potatoes. Thanks to a solar/crank lantern my dad got for camping, I don’t have to use hot candles as my light source at night, and I even think I’m adapting to the no A/C thing. It’s still uncomfortable fairly often, but I would no longer call it miserable like I would have during the first several days.
Alright, so it’s day 4 of this infernal project, time for an update.
First, let’s discuss what happens if you’re me and you’re planning this project, in terms of food. The idea is to eat 100% local and organic and sans packaging, so you imagine salads made from locally-grown greens with fruits and veggies chopped up in them and cheese sprinkled on top. (This isn’t very far out there, since pre-project I already eat salads with kale from the farmer’s market and other local produce) For dressing, you picture tangy fruity vinegar that you made from scraps of fruit, water and local honey.