The shopping is done. FINALLY. I feel complete now with my Ravioli and Diet Coke rations. Nick and I comprised on the final numbers and here’s what I ended up bringing:
- 20 – 12 packs of coke for a total of 240 cans over 730 days (roughly 1 every 3 days). I currently drink 2 per day, so this will be a substantial reduction!
- 16 – 8 packs of Ravioli for a total of 128 cans over 730 days (roughly 1 per week). I currently have 1-2 per week, so that shouldn’t end up being too tough on me.
Getting these coveted items ended up being quite a trial. As I mentioned before, Costco didn’t have them so we ended up getting them at a regular grocery store. Everyone kept staring at our cart and the check-out guy couldn’t stop laughing. And then we couldn’t find a cart to haul them up last night, so I tried again by myself this morning. I got the entire stack loaded on a bell-hop cart, but the darn thing wouldn’t move.
Five people had already passed me and made a comment like one of these variations:
- Having a party?
- You might want to work on your diet.
- I hope that’s not all for you!
To which I replied:
- I wish!
- Mind your own business.
- Yes it is and I refuse to share. I feel immense gratitude for the gifts of Diet Coke and Ravioli today and despite however much passersby want to judge, I WILL NOT feel bad about myself. I realized that if I could only take 3 things with me to Manila, it would be Diet Coke, Chef Boyardee Ravioli and Heinz Ketchup. What 3 food items would you take if you knew there was no other way to get them for 2 years?
BACK TO THE STORY…. I got distracted. And I so I pushed. I pulled. It was clear that the cart was not going to move for me. Then my angel showed up…. a wonderful diplomatic security guy (who must have felt sorry for me)! Not only did he push the cart all the way up to my apartment, but helped me unload it as well. And all I had to withstand was a little commentary (see 1, 2 and 3 above to get a sense of what our conversation looked like). I will forever be grateful to this kind stranger! (And yes Nick, I promise that when we get to Manila I will work on not talking to strangers. I know I make it more difficult for you to keep me safe but I am from Minnesota after all and it’s a hard habit to break!)