Thursday, April 30, 2009

Walkaversary, II

Last Sunday Nathan and I celebrated the two year anniversary of the day we decided to exercise every day. Most days we walk, but there were a few days when we rode our bikes. Though in reviewing the second year of our exercise commitment, we're pretty sure that this last year was all walking. For most of the year we walked for one hour a day, covering about 3.2 miles. We were able to track our progress more precisely once Nathan acquired the Nike shoe gadget that talks to the iPod Touch. Now we know exactly how far we've gone, how fast we went, and how many calories we've burned every day. We also know exactly how far Nathan has walked in this particular pair of shoes, and it's something like 700 miles now. Also, every once in awhile, a big sports star will congratulate us on our progress, at the end of our workout. Of course, frequently, we don't know who these athletes are, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate their congratulations. Lance Armstrong, for instance (him we know, he went to Nathan's high school a few years before NIL did, did you know that?) congratulated us on our first 500 miles, or something like that. Which was rather kind of him.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Oh, hello again friends. There's been a bit of a lapse in posting, I know, but I've been doing this, as well you know. Facing a bit of a blogger's dilemma, wondering what to do with multiple blogs. Does one maintain their own blog plus one for the kid? Who's kidding who, his blog is getting way more readership than mine. Do I start some sort of family blog for all of us? But then there's stuff that would be of interest to "us" more than it would be of interest to all of those in search of cute baby pictures. I don't know. I don't have the answers.

However, I have been meaning to write about my Eco-Conscious New Year's Resolutions of 2007, and well, Earth Day does seem the time to do it. Even if it's Earth Day 2009. Way back in Jan '07, I made three easy resolutions, but in the serious way. I like those kind, the ones you can keep with minimal effort.

Resolution #1 -- Don't buy any wrapping paper. I seriously have a backlog of wrapping paper and gift bags. Especially now, for baby showers. Hopefully everyone I know will have baby boys in the near future. In passing, if you find yourself buying a gift for a baby boy, and you have the time, I'll send you a bag. Or several. I did have one small lapse in this resolution, when a coworker's kid was selling paper for school. But whew! Did I buy two awesome rolls of paper that day.

Resolution #2 -- No Starbucks unless you bring your own mug. I don't have a perfect track record on this one, but I'm probably taking my own mug about 98% of the time. It's always traveling that gets me in trouble. Of course, since I've given up caffeine, this one as a little less punch than it did in Jan 07.

Resolution #3 -- Take your own bags to the "Big Three." I use the reusables a lot, but the rule applies most strictly to the places I shop most often : Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Target. I think I can say I have not accepted a bag from any of these places since Jan 07. Target is the trickiest. Man, they have the *worst* bag packers anywhere. I can walk up to the lane with two reusable bags of product, and they'll try to send me home with six plastic bags. I don't know how they do it. What I find interesting about the plastic bags, is that I started with a full drawer of them in my kitchen. We use them as trash bag liners in all our small trash cans. Sure, we sometimes dump one can into another before removing the bag, so we're not putting new bags in each can each week. But still. The drawer is still full. I literally have to stick my hand in there and smush the bags down before closing the drawer. After more than TWO YEARS.

I am left to assume that the plastic bags are mating in that drawer.

The other huge earth friendly act undertaken at our house has been the walking, of course. But more on that in a few days. Our Walkaversary is right around the corner. Again.