Earth Hour and a request

Fantastic title, I know.

I guess that’s what happens when every day seems to be a 10 hour day. Not that I mind. I’m doing what I love and I can’t think of any better way to spend my time…even if sometimes what I love means a billion research papers on topics that I sometimes think are duller than watching grass grow.

But I digress.

I’ve talked about my ED habits on here before. Not in detail, but they’ve been discussed in passing. And for months now I’ve been trying to convince myself that I’m getting better and making progress and am better than I was this time last year.

The truth is, though, I’m not. And I’m not sure who to turn to at this moment; I get support from the boy, from my friends, from a counselor that I see every week. I need more though. But I don’t know where to get it.

I know the responsibility of healing is on me but I cannot do it alone and I feel like I’ve exhausted so many resources and I’m frustrated, to say the least.

So I’m reaching out to the bloggie community. I know it’s an anonymous community but there are some lovely people out there who leave me wonderful amazing comments (you know who you are ūüėČ ) so I know there is support out there. I guess I’m not really sure what I’m looking for, or even expecting anything…I’m just putting myself out there and seeing what the universe provides.

And on a completely different note, tomorrow =¬†Earth Hour. It starts at 8:30 pm (your local time) and all you have to do is turn off the lights, unplug electronics, and exist without electricity for an hour. Fatigued me thought it was tonight and I sat in the dark for a good 15 minutes before I realized I had the wrong evening…not that saving electricity is ever a bad idea.

Happy Friday!

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Waste less, want less

After my trip to the grocery store this afternoon, I decided to clean out my cluttered fridge.

I was appalled by my wastefulness.

Not only was the back of the fridge littered with half-full salsa jars, but my produce compartment put me to shame; moldy broccoli florets and sweet potatoes should not be happening.

I know I have an overstocked freezer, but wasting of perishable foods is an entirely different ballgame.

And I’m not okay with it. I was taught to never waste food and the level of food wasting in my tiny apartment is getting to an¬†unnecessary¬†level. The boy seems to never have a fully stocked fridge because he’ll finish everything before he runs to the store to stock up on more cheese or chicken. And that is what I want to do.

Enter Operation Waste Less. This is extra important to me right now because in two months I will be moving out of my apartment and the last thing I want to do is toss out food simply because I just didn’t consume it in time…and it is important for my wallet. I paid for those moldy veggies with valuable cash so they should have gotten into my belly!

Rules for this week:

1. No more boxed cereal until all of the boxes I currently have are empty

2. Eat at least one meal containing food from my strangely large freezer stockpile (and if you saw my freezer, you’d be amazed at this gravitational feat…it is the tiniest freezer possible in a full size fridge yet I have more food packed in there than one could imagine…it’s the clown car of freezers)

3. If I must grocery shop, it should only be for toiletries, vegetables, or things that I have completely run out of

Do you find yourself wasting a lot of food? I’m trying to become more conscious about my consuming and today’s fridge cleaning served as a terrifying wakeup call.

Going Green

St. Patty’s Day is all about green.

Green shamrocks, green clothes (or else I’ll pinch you!!), green beads, green bagels, green beer, green everything.

Well, except for the environment.

(I’m a bleeding heart, I know)

And since I know I’ll be out wearing green and drinking beer tonight, I decided that I should balance that out with some green habits that I have added to my life.

Wash dishes by hand. It takes more time (and I really don’t have another choice…I have no dishwasher at the moment) but it uses less water than that giant machine.

Only do laundry when I have a full load. I used to wash my running clothes separately from everything else but I would end up doing so much laundry in a week.

Recycle. This has been harder to get in the habit of because I have to walk the recycling all the way down to the basement of my building (yes, I am that lazy sometimes). My city doesn’t do recycling pick-up unless you pay, though, so I am lucky that my apartment building even has recycling receptacles.

Reuse. Do I sound like a recycling commercial yet? Whenever I get those plastic containers from the grocery store I always wash them out and use them for my own purposes. One time I used a cereal bag to carry sandwiches. This is also because I am a broke college student, but using things for more than their first, intended purpose helps.

Buy recycled things: recycled paper towels, recycled notebooks, recycled toilet paper. I only just started doing this and, in reality, I should be using far fewer paper products, but I figure recycled is at least a step in the right direction.

Unplug things when you’re not using them. Hello, power drainers.

Don’t buy new things unless you need them. Perceived¬†obsolescence is a powerful thing. I find myself drawn to shiny new phones even though the one I have now works perfectly fine.

Educate yourself. This has been my main tool. I’ve been reading, watching, and absorbing every sort of green information that I possibly can; movies like Food, Inc or¬†180* South are eyeopening, website like Grist.org and Treehugger.com are full of wonderful information, and there are countless books about “going green”.

Do you make any attempts to go green? Honestly, I’m put off by the large consumerism aspect of it, but that’s an entirely different post. Have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day evening!