Sanity or Patience: choose one.

Do you ever have one of those moments where you think, "HA! I am sane!" Then you step in dog poo with your bare feet and remember it was your idea to get the puppy...?

Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day: 09

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A little acrostic "poem" (Thank you, Cate and Oscar from this "green" post) about how G.R.E.E.N. I am:
  1. G=Gross. That's right, I'm gross. I now use only one towel (a big deal for me) instead of one for my hair and one for my body. Plus, since I'm clean when I dry off, I've been hanging them to dry and reusing them before tossing them into the washer. Saving water, conserving energy, even burning fewer housework calories.
  2. R=Recycle! I know we must do this regularly, because the other day Monsoon had a piece of trash and instead of throwing it into the trash can, he told me he needed to take it outside to the recycling bin. Yeah, he said recycling bin. The fact that it's outside does not mean we don't use it, either - most of what goes in it stays on the stovetop until we remember to take it out (that stovetop is good for something!). When it's warm, he'll probably be begging to throw banana peels into the compost pile. Which is at my mom's house. She wins again.
  3. E=Exceptionally honed talent for pissing off baggers at the grocery store when I hand them my reusable bags and/or ask for paper, please. They really, really hate that. FYI: the reason I have to ask for paper isn't always because I forget my reusable ones. I use the brown bags as shipping and/or wrapping paper.
  4. E=Exceptionally honed talent for finding art in trash. Monsoon loves to color and paint (above mentioned) brown wrapping paper to give any gift a personal touch. He also enjoys cutting and pasting credit card bills and past due notifications greeting cards and newsletters from school.
  5. N=Never stop planting things. Sure, 90% of what I plant ends up dead, but that's just the rain's fault - how does all that planting help if I have to waste water on them? Ooh, there's a freebie: use something (giant buckets? feel free to enlighten me) to catch the rainwater to use for outside things such as plants.

Now that you have been enlightened, go forth! Share these newly aquired pearls of wisdom with your peers, your family, and the random kids running amok in the street. Let there be GREEN!

18 comments:

Yaya said...

Oooohhh I literally LOL'd at '90% of the things I plant end up dead'! hahaha!

Corinne said...

Nicely done :) Don't you hate that look the baggers give you when you hand over your own bags? You'd think you were making them fill them with manure or something...

Happy Earth Day!

Amy said...

Love the list. Made me smile. Happy Earth day.

Heather said...

If your gross for reusing towels and using one for both hair and body, then I'm disgusting! We use our towels for a whole week. And I've never in my life used more than one towel for both hair and body (with one exception during a certain time of the month. TMI? Sorry).

Grand Pooba said...

You are an earthy queen! You crack me up, at least the stove is good for something! lol

Snarky A. said...

I love the list! You are a hilarious, and fabulous Earth warrior!

the ungourmet said...

I know what you mean about the bagging thing! I can't believe after all this time (some) cashiers get irritated when we use our own bags! Shame on them!

Happy Earth Day!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

After reading this post, RAS, I definitely have to agree that you are indeed GREEN. It is kind of an Oscar the Grouch green, but very earth friendly just the same. :)

Great post, my friend.

-Francesca

Donnetta said...

Great idea on using the brown bags for shipping, wrapping AND art!!!

Call Me Cate said...

I swear I thought I replied to this... I love that Monsoon is already getting it. It's all about the kids, if we don't completely destroy the place in the meantime. I also use "dirty" towels, by the way.

Kathy B! said...

This was great post, RAS! Funny and informative -- the perfect duo!

Denise said...

I love your "green"! Fabulous.

I have to use two towels, I just have to! But, I do re-use them and.... I share with my partner, seriously.

:-)

Tori_z said...

Great post. :)

I use "dirty towels" too.

Sassy Britches said...

Yay for using the same towel for your face as for your butt! :P

And I love the idea of using the paper sacks for wrapping paper...it's so simple but was elusive to me until now!

Nikki said...

Rain buckets! I knew I forgot something!

Michelle said...

Wait wait wait.. you would use two towels, once, and then wash them? See, that's just too much effort for me. Totally hang and reuse :)

And the big bucket you're talking about? It's called a ummm crap now I can't htink of the word. Rain collection barrel I think? They sell them specially made to keep bugs from growing there and the water clean and easy to get the water out of them with a spigot at the bottom, etc. Totally worth it.

And I'm *this* close to buying the cute round composter from Costco. My husband would hate me though....

Gibby said...

Awesome greenness!
And wait, am I gross? Gasp! We use only one towel (well, I mean per person, not one per the family) and more than once. And not even to save water but because I am lazy and hate laundry.

Jenny-Jenny said...

Right there with you sister, at my local market they hate the bags so much they honestly forget how to bag... bananas, bread and cans in the same one and not even carefully. So much for choosing the pretty bananas!