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.

1 comment:

jean said...

If I may weigh in:

For me, I just like when you post regularly because that's how I know what's going on with you. That and your slightly more frequent Facebook updates. So whether your updates are about your goings-on or chonies' developments or what new Lord of the Rings blog you found, I say cool. More news from jenn. Yay!