Sometimes when you can’t do anything, you can be proud you haven’t done anything wrong.
Yesterday kicked off No Impact Week 2011, for which I will admit, I have loftier goals than what I’ve managed in 48 hours. But after two weeks of holiday traveling I ended up spending today doing house chores. My afternoon trip to Goodwill yielded No New Office Chair, and then nearly the rest of the day was spent moving bookshelves from our bedroom back into our office. They had been there for several years from long ago when we had a friend staying with us.
After getting catalogs from IKEA and The Container Store with their 30% off ELFA sale, I think it shows extraordinary willpower that I’m reusing the shelves that in no way match my office desk and not buying something new. I did see some cool eco-furniture in a catalog I got from CB2, and lots of it seems to be made of reused material. Their blog has some great posts including the “can do” food drive, and they claim to have a bio for rescue-dog Frankface that I can’t find. Cool idea though. My dogs don’t have bio’s on our website – adding to the To Do list.
Between two suitcases I managed to bring home 20 beer bottles, and they are happily soaking off their labels in the sink. I will either add them to my homebrew stock or donate them to a friend at work that I hope to get hooked on brewing. The goal is to get a group going so we can buy bulk, organic brewing supplies from a cooperative in Santa Cruz.
I started a jar of sprouts and a new pot of Kimchi. Note to Self, do not leave damp circle stones in the dark, moist, Kimchi crock for two weeks. A festival of fuzzy mold erupted all over everything and took an hour or so to clean. I don’t like using detergent on any of the live-food containers so I soaked the stones in white vinegar all day. Seemed to do the trick but if this is a problem you’ve ever solved differently let me know. If I can’t get any new projects done then it’s still really important to continue doing the things I’ve already committed to, like making more raw food, even when I’m tired and don’t want to deal with mold. It’s not really change if I don’t keep doing it.
The best thing I think I’ve done so far is committing to blog every day for the full seven days. It’s a good reminder to think about No Impact Week and hold myself somewhat publicly accountable.
Primum non nocere