I drink A LOT of water every day. I’ve been taking bottled water to work with me and then toting the bottles home at the end of the day for recycling (we have a bin for cans but not for plastics), but I’d like to go from “recycle” to “reduce” on this one. I’m going to get a water filter for my tap at home (our water is yucky!) and a reuseable jug to bring into work every day.
To balance out the non-fun of writing my grandmother a letter yesterday, I’m having dinner tonight with 3 of my best girls. We used to work together, but I left for a new job two months ago, and I was really, really worried that I’d lose touch with them. So I bought a phone that actually makes texting easy (love my Blackberry Pearl!), have made a HUGE effort to return phone calls, and do my best to be available for all proposed social engagements. =^)
My husband and I have a standing “date night” on Thursdays. We don’t always do something fancy. Most weeks, we make dinner together and watch “Supernatural” on the couch, but we avoid making other plans on Thursdays. No computer, no phone calls, no interruptions. It’s fantastic! Once you get in the habit, it’s really tough when you have to skip a week.
Now if only someone wanted the breadmaker…
31. lush green spring days
32. Jack Johnson
33. freshly washed sheets
34. my running shoes
35. “The Office”
36. eating dinner w/ my husband at the table, instead of in front of the TV
37. my Santa Fe’s sunroof
38. my dog Leo
39. Grandma’s homemade applesauce
40. the face my husband makes when he’s pretending to pout
This afternoon, I left a message with the local APL about getting Eris and Rhi spayed. Since they’ve always been indoor girls, I never worried about it before, but it’ll greatly increase the chances of finding good homes for both of them, even if the lady who was interested in Eris never emails me back. =^(
I remembered to bring my day planner to work today, and I’ve done 2 of the 3 things of my list. The third will have to wait until I get home, but I think it’s a pretty good start.
It’s still too frigging cold to venture far from my own yard, but I managed to snag a white paper bag and a small carpet sample (strange?) on my way inside for lunch. The bag was wet from the snow, so I couldn’t recycle it.
Well, maybe this isn’t really Week One. The Hubby and I have been eating at home a lot more lately. Also, since we’re now working in the same office, we’ve been taking our lunches. It’s been tough. Eating out is really our biggest weakness, which is why it’s so important to our other goals (getting out of debt, moving out of IL, etc.). I love to cook, but we’ve never really gotten into the habit of sitting down at the table and eating dinner every night. It’s always been one of those “when we have kids” kind of things, but I don’t want it to become one of those things that just never happens. So we’ve been making an effort to eat dinner at the table instead of in front of the TV, and it’s great.
On Sunday, the sun was shining when we got up, so we decided to take the dogs around the block. Well, we managed to get around the block before we scramble back inside! This goal may have to wait until it gets a little warmer.
I picked up a Lifesavers wrapper blowing around my back yard while the dogs did their business.
I wrote an honest-to-God paper-and-ink letter to my grandmother tonight. She and my grandfather spend 6 mos of the year in Texas, and I know she really likes to get letters from me, but I just don’t have much to say. Anyway, I wrote her a letter tonight, and I’ll mail it in the morning.
While waiting for my dirty pans to soak, I got distracted by my pantry and ended up cleaning out the whole thing. I found several bottles of herbs and seasonings that were at least 8 years old! The rosemary didn’t even smell like anything – nothing at all. I found 2 cans of beans and a can of coconut milk that had been in there for at least a year. None of them had expiration dates, but I pitched them just to be on the safe side. I also pulled out my bread machine and juice maker, neither of which have been used since we moved to this house, so at least 4 1/2 years. I haven’t found any takers for them yet, but worst case scenario, I’ll take them to Goodwill.
I bought four reuseable canvas bags for groceries and other shopping trips, and we used them for the first time this weekend. The lady at Target actually told me that she loved that we’d brought them in, which made me feel really good. We still have a drawer full of plastic bags for litter scoopings, dog walking, and lunch bags, and we have maybe a dozen paper bags for sorting recycling, so it should be a couple of months before we run out and have to come up with alternatives.
On Saturday, I picked up a plastic water bottle out of my yard. I really meant to take this beyond my front yard, but on the positive side, not only did I pick it up, but I also recycled it. =^) Yesterday, it was too damn cold to go outside, so I didn’t pick up anything.
I switched from Dove bodywash (Unilever tests) to St. Ives, which does not. I also bought Kleenex brand instead of Puffs. Proctor & Gamble tests for sure, but I don’t know about Kleenex. If anyone knows, please give me a shout.
I took 3 big garbage bags of stuffed animals and 2 smaller bags of clothes to the Goodwill drop box yesterday. YEA!
I wrote down everything I needed to do today, including phone numbers of the 2 places I need to call, in my day planner on Saturday night… and promptly forgot to bring it to work with me this morning. Not a great start.
21. the results of my breast reduction
22. blueberry bagels w/ raspberry cream cheese
23. cooking for other people
24. when friends or family ask for my help w/ something I do well
25. hanging out w/ my brothers
26. being right (who doesn’t?), especially if I can manage it graciously
27. bad horror movies
28. bingo at my grandparents’ house on holidays
29. getting mail that isn’t just bills
30. being a vegetarian (or veggie-saurus, as my husband likes to call me)
I have a date planner I bought back in Sept. I used it pretty consistently for about 3 months before falling off the wagon. I’m dragging it out right now and writing down the things I need to do Monday, including setting up an appointment to get 2 of my cats fixed so it’ll be easier to find homes for them.