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...?

Thursday, April 22

Happy Earth Day!

In addition to the G.R.E.E.N. tips I gave you last year, we've been adding to the list of environmentally friendly ways we do things around here...

Dorothy has been especially helpful.
  • She reuses. Why, just a few days ago I found her using our bathroom hand towels to give herself a whore bath. (Sorry, Earth, but I'm going to have to put a stop to this one).
  • She saves water. Like I mentioned above, whore bath. She also refuses to wash her hands. (Again, Earth, my apologies. We're going to have to fix this.)
  • She insists on wearing the same clothes day after day. She also tries to hide her plastic panties (diapers) in her shirt drawer so that she can reuse them night after night. Isn't that helpful? (Dear Earth, I realize you are appreciative of Dorothy's efforts, but I may go insane).

Some of us are trying to help out on a more practical level.

  • It's tough, I know, but we use the dishwasher. Saves more water than hand-washing.
  • We keep the tv off until after Monsoon goes to sleep, with the exception of his daily cartoon when I take a shower.
  • The trampoline! It's more fun than a video game and ensures that the boy will actually sleep when he's supposed to. Bonus: it ensures that I can sleep when I'm supposed to. Take that, insomnia!
  • I put our reusable water bottles to use. Not only do they hold more water than the plastic throw-away kind, it's fun to watch Dorothy struggle to figure how to use the pop-up top.
  • Most of our household cleaners have been replaced with environmentally friendly ones, which is especially nice since I find myself disinfecting EVERYTHING several times a day (see Dorothy's bullets above as to why).
  • We're planting our own veggies this year, and even trying out starting them from seeds. If it works (and by "works" I mean if I remember to water them and transplant them into the garden outside before they die), we will have saved the planet from a few dozen plastic seedling containers from the garden center.

It doesn't seem like much, but every little bit helps. What are you doing for our planet?


Eva Gallant said...

I thought I was the only one who used the term whore bath. It's a relief to know there are others out there.

Call Me Cate said...

When my FIL stayed with us for a weekend, he was whore-bathing as well. Only, he was using toilet paper. We'd hear him in the bathroom for an hour at a time. Toilet paper roll, sink water, toilet flush. Toilet paper roll, sink water, toilet flush. Lather, rinse, repeat. Yes, I provided him with washcloths, towels, and every other possible amenity. I don't know what the deal was. The waste of water made me INSANE.

Your second half of the list is some good stuff though. Go Earth!

Adlibby said...

whore bath -- LOL! I learned a new one today. I was reading the following post and was confused about why your period (Dorothy) would be rifling through bags of chips and putting her cold paws on your face. I see now that Dorothy is an actual person... but I thought you'd appreciate the analogy! Hang in there angry shopper!

Anonymous said...

Nano calls it "hitting the high spots" ha ha