Green Recap: December

Two more months. Just two more months. Then, I’ll finally be done.

Not that this is torturous or anything, don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy to continue on my newfound green path in life. But this whole coming-up-with-something-new-every-day thing is really getting to me.

I mean, yes, part of leaving the lightest footprint possible involves being creative, being disciplined and at times being extreme. But what I’ve realized now is that it also involves enjoying and appreciating life — and while I derive a lot of satisfaction from using tote bags, clearing out my closet and supporting local green businesses, I’m equally happy watching the latest episode of Dexter, which I can’t unless I go out and rent it because there’s no cable at my house anymore because television uses electricity (OK, and I was pretty broke at the time, too).

Perhaps a better example: I love that my bi-weekly CSA delivery forces me to cook with foods I’d normally never buy, like turnips, yams and cabbage. But you know what I’d also love? Roasting those vegetables. Which I can’t. Because I unplugged my oven.

Yes, yes, it’s all about being green in moderation, making positive changes without depriving oneself of all things fun in life. I know this, I do. But coming up with 365 ways to green my life ain’t easy, and it definitely involves giving up some of the fun stuff, like joy rides on my sister’s motorcycle, ice-cold martinis in the summer and avocados.

On a lighter note, though: A couple ideas this month have turned out to be surprisingly easy and fun. Drying my dishes in the top rack of my dishwasher and letting the water drip into my houseplants is working out perfectly. It’s a bit annoying having to walk around it when it’s open, but it means no tea towel getting soggy and smelly and less worrying about the last time I watered my succulents. And avoiding corn (unless it’s of the organic and edible variety) has been remarkably easy, but perhaps that’s because I’m naive and don’t quite realize when I’m consuming it. The only downside is, all yogurt seems to have corn starch in it, and making my own ketchup just seems like it would be a pain in the butt.

Less wonderful this month is the fact that my legs are getting hairier and my floors are getting dirtier. But then I guess that’s just part of the whole authentic hippie experience, right?

OK, I got about two hours sleep last night on account of New Year’s so I’m cutting it off here.

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6 Responses to Green Recap: December

  1. Sara says:

    I have a funny for you that should lighten up times like these when this all may be wearing on you a bit too much. When I was little my mom made her own ketchup and I was oblivious that it was done any other way. I came home from kindergarten to tell my mom the great news one day that they had ketchup AND you can get it from the store. Good times!

  2. anon says:

    Cornstarch-free yogurt is actually fairly easy to find – you just have to look for the really plain kinds which just contain milk and culture. Or you could make your own.

  3. tinybutterfly says:

    Happy New Year! Good luck making the last two months, and when it’s over, here’s to ice cold martinis in the summer! :)

  4. limesarah says:

    Out of curiosity, how much of this are you planning on keeping up once the year is over?

  5. Sarah says:

    I just found your blog and have spent this weekend reading the whole thing. It’s been really interesting and inspirational. I’m trying to green my own life, and you eco-bloggers are giving me a kick in the butt.

    It’s actually really easy to make your own ketchup. It’s yummier than store bought, and you can make it as sweet or tangy as you desire. Do a web search for recipes, but it’s just tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, water & spices. I’m sure it’s a bit more of a hassle when you start with fresh tomatoes, but I just use organic tomato paste. Plus you can make it in small quantities which is a bonus for the fridge-free life.

  6. nanabijou says:

    Just thought I’d ask if your intention to do without corn, means you’ll be back to using styrafoam containers?? I’m sure you won’t. Please keep the site up and hope you report after 6 months which picks you have kept in your green repitoire. really enjoy the site.

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