This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Boring Me

It was mentioned to me the other day that I need to stop being so preachy.  Guess I am a bit obvious on the environmental stuff, you know since the whole planet has gone green and we are all doing what we are supposed to and that is why there are no environmental issues any more.  1, 2, 3, NOT!   Anyway the suggestion was to give updates on what I am doing, you know to follow up on me and see if I practice what I preach.  Well I did not really want to bore anyone with well, me, but I guess you got to give the public what they want right.  OMG I sound like some old vaudeville star or something.  Anyway here goes.
First update: The Paper Towel Scandal.  Actually here I am doing pretty good.  Not completely free of the demon towels yet, still lingering at the 2-3 (small towels not full size) mark per day.  Honestly not trying to make excuses here (although that is totally what I am doing) it really is the only garbage I create.  And in a house of 3 humans and 2 dogs to have as little refuse in the bin as we do I think that is pretty good.  OK I know I need to keep working on it, and I will.  So there is that update out of the way.
Second update: Walking.  Well here I can say I am really doing well.  I have been running for a few years now.  But I have now added walking to my routine on the days that I do not run.  Nothing much, just a few miles around the neighborhood (which unfortunately is easy to do b/c of all the cul de sacs, see what I did there linked another post to this one, clever girl, wink wink).  And guess what, going out walking I have met some neighbors.  OK honestly I chased them down and forced them to be my friends, but it still counts (true story, see I am not desperate at all).  Who knew that after living in the same place for 4 1/2 years that we had neighbors, shocker.  So I have some friends to walk with now, feel much healthier, and yes we pick up trash that we see. Which leads me to the next update.
Third update:  Pick it up you filthy animal.  I am picking up bits and pieces here and there.  Have not been able to recycle too much yet, but picking up junk nonetheless.  And I am happy to report that in the neighborhood the more I walk the less trash I see.  I wonder why.  So doing OK on this front too.
Fourth update: Sesame Street.  I have been unplugging a lot more stuff in the house lately that is not in use.  I ALWAYS turn off the lights when I leave the room (although we have left ceiling fans running lately, shame on me, but I am trying to be honest here).  I never leave water running (actually have cut my shower time in half, which was pretty short to begin with) so doing good there.  I never let the dishwasher run the automatic drying portion, and we have upped the AC a degree or two to help reduce on power usage.  So this really has not been too much of a challenge as we did/do most of this stuff on a pretty regular basis.  Although if anyone has suggestions as to more ways I can improve let me know. Definitely up for suggestions.
Fifth update:  Water bottles.  This is easy, I never use plastic water bottles, they are gross.  I have my own super awesome reusable bottle, and I love it.  It has a straw, and it makes me feel special.
Sixth and final update: Leftover Love.  I honestly have not been out to each much lately but each time I have had my own take home container.  But because I have been really hungry lately, I have not had to use it.  Guess that is from all the extra walking.  I have always had the container though, so if I had needed it I would have been prepared.  And as I mentioned on the leftover love challenge I am still working on that, but do feel like I could have some very promising news to report soon.  If my efforts fizzle out on this one particular restaurant, fear not, as I have no problem calling a few more eateries and bugging the snot out of them too.
OK so enough about me for right now.  Keep saving the world.

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