Wednesday, April 23, 2008

You may call me "Mistress"

Two of my very dear friends will be marrying each other in about a year and a half. Last night at tea (yay, Tuesday) I was very honoured to be asked to be their Mistress of Ceremonies.

They're actually going to give me a microphone! Wooooohoooo!

(Just kidding, guys, you know I'll behave myself.)

So excited! *grin*

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Little Things

Things I do:

  • bring my coffee to work in my own cup
  • bring my lunch packed in reusable tupperware, or re-used baggies
  • pack my dishwasher as full as possible before running it
  • use cloth or reusable bags for grocery shopping
  • separate cardboard out for recycling
  • hold off as long as I can get away with it before turning on air conditioning/furnace
  • use biodegradable bags to pick up after the dog
  • use some household and personal cleaners that are friendlier than others
  • use some energy efficient light bulbs
  • use as much recycled household paper products as possible
  • eat locally grown or organic food
  • I quit smoking last December, reducing the chemicals I'm putting into my body, into the air, and the butts that were being thrown away

Things I plan to start doing:

  • keep replacing old lightbulbs with the energy efficent kind as they wear out
  • keep replacing household/personal cleaners with friendlier options, and look into natural alternatives where possible (like vinegar as a glass cleaner)
  • put up a note saying that I don't want junk mail/newspaper/flyers delivered to my mailbox
  • start separating recycling beyong cardboard, and take it to the dump myself (our townhouse complex only has two dumpsters available; one for cardboard, one for everything else)
  • find out if I can set up a composter in my back yard
  • figure out a way to collect rainwater
  • cut down on pre-packaged food, make an even bigger effort to eat local
  • request a new fridge/stove/dishwasher from the landlords when we renew our lease so that we can get more energy efficient models
  • take an extra bag with me to pick up garbage when I walk the dog

I'm sure there are more things that I could do, and likely a couple of things I'm already doing that I can't think of right now, but this is a pretty good starting point, I think.

I used to have a t-shirt that said "We don't inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children." That was a good shirt.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bye bye FB!

I've just gone and deactivated my Facebook account. I had a virus propagate from my account last weekend and it upset me enough that it soured the whole experience for me. I contacted one person that I want to keep in touch with and don't have any other way to contact, then deactivated the thing. I've been neglecting The Watcher's Diary lately anyway.