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Apr. 20th, 2011 @ 03:22 pm all in a day's work
I am sitting in a room, watching teenagers make "robots," "cars," and other creative delights out of aluminium cans, trash, hardware bits and pieces and pure creativity. Oh, and we're listening to String Cheese Incident. They are loving it!

It's times like these that I love my job. :-)
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Apr. 19th, 2011 @ 10:21 am work..
There is a man washing our windows at work right now. He's taken his shoes off so he can climb on the counters to reach the windows. His feet really stink.

Okay, back to work.
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Mar. 16th, 2011 @ 11:25 am There's good stuff, too
I've been so grumpy, I just wanted to post a quicky on the good end of the spectrum. So I've been all stressed about the idea of moving and finding a place, and not having a lease, etc., etc. And, wow, my friend offered her home to me, as her roommate. She owns her own home, but thnks it's too big for her to knock around in. I dunno if I want a roommate, but her home is so perfect that I'm contemplating it. (Minor detail of there being a 17-year-old son living with her...he's, in theory, going to move to Portland "soon," but aren't we all?)

Ah, I know some nice people. :-)

That is all.
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Jan. 27th, 2011 @ 09:55 am skiing!
I went to one of the REI freebie classes on cross country skiing...they showed us all the gear and talk about different styles: in track, backcountry, skate. WOW, I am so excited and want to try it! I just have to find a day when I have both money and motivation! Oh, yeah, and after we get some snow. It's been beautifully warm here (40s), which is great for running, but not so much for snow sports.
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Jan. 9th, 2011 @ 02:50 pm foundation stuff
Relating back to that new year's idea...returning to my values and building my life on the foundation they create. So, along those lines:

New stuff (try to get back to the one/week)
Week 1: Date with a new guy (I don't know if this counts; he's new, but the idea isn't), also money stuff (see below)
Week 2: New recipe: pot roast. I know it doesn't sound amazing, but this is the first time I've done anything like this!
Coming up: tofu korma! Surfing! El Salvador! Caving? Bike race (as in participate, not watch)? Triathlon? (if that one, sprint distance, not like an Ironman!!!) What else? Suggestions?

Also new, but motivated by my desire to be fiscally responsible: I finally opened a mutual fund account. Heck, I don't even know if that's the right way to put that. Oh well. I did it through the guy who advises for my current job...but he says he can continue to advise should I go to a different job, and probably if I go to a different country. I am so glad I got this started, even if the amount of money I will contribute at the beginning is laughable.

Finally, I go grocery shopping about once a week. My first trip was pretty good in terms of being packaging free: the roast went in a pyrex dish with a lid, the shampoo in the old shampoo bottle, I brought my own bags and bought in bulk, etc. The second trip had some...impulse buys and wasn't nearly as well planned out before hand. Alas, you can't recycle the plastic lid to the tofu for tonight's korma. Next time: buy it at Nature's where you can bring your own container.

So, first two weeks: rather a bit of a success!
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Dec. 28th, 2010 @ 09:14 pm Packaging
Unrecyclable packaging makes me sad. I want to cut down on this as much as I can over the next year, and make such a strong habit of it that it becomes a lifetime choice. So, where is plastic packaging most predominant for me?

Breakfast cereal...I checked at the local stores and there aren't any bulk cereals (as in bring your own packaging) aside from granola and muesli. But cereal is so convenient. Sigh. I'll work on this one.
Bread...already started making more of my own, so no bags there.
Butter...I don't use a lot of this, but the singly wrapped sticks, that are then boxes is easy to skip in favor of the once wrapped larger slab. I can cut it up and freeze the portions I'm not ready to use.
Convenience foods...not a huge part of my diet, but the frozen entree and pizza type stuff, plus, sigh, frozen berries and veggies. I think I can start freezing my own, though, that's a step in the right direction.
Cheese. So not going to stop eating cheese. Maybe I can try to get to the nicer stores before they repackaged smaller chunks, though. We'll see.(But is that just less garbage for me, or does it really address the world's garbage issues?)

Then there's the stuff that can be recycled. It's way better than pure trash, but still, recycling is a pretty energy intensive undertaking, and it'd be  better if I could avoid this stuff, too:

Milk and milk alternatives...I'm not going to stop consuming this stuff...I have recipes for making some of it, but it'll still be something I purchase.
Canned tomatoes...Oh I lurvs 'em. Talk about easy and good. We'll see on that front...
Beverages, from fizzy water to soda to juice cartons to beer, etc. I love beverages. Is this a "make it myself" category, too? I don't see any hope of giving this up.

Okay, looks like cutting back on the recyclable containers is probably not going to be too successful at this point. I'll start with the garbage elimination and work out from there. :-)

Today's note to the world in general: please try to take bottled water out of your life in any habitual way. It'd be a big step in the right direction.

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Dec. 27th, 2010 @ 07:05 pm Foundation
Current Mood: calmcalm
This is the word I will try to use to guide me in the new year. There is a life I want, but can't quite reach right now, but if I work on building and strengthening the foundation, I will at least be moving in the right direction. In the last year or so, especially with the weird job situation, I feel like I've lost sight of some of my core values. Through a haze of geography, stress and laziness, I find myself surrounded by trappings of a lifestyle I don't want. So. Raze that, keep the good stuff, and rebuild from the foundation.

What does this mean from a practical perspective?
Return to cooking and preparing wholesome foods, made of organic, local and environmentally responsible ingredients
Spend less of my free time on the internet
Avoid packaging and trash, try to produce less: if it's over-packaged don't buy it; if you cook it, eat it (I waste too much food!), get a compost bin
Lifelong learning and new experiences: get out and do new things, try new things, learn new things
Keep saving money and paying bills (sigh)...eventually there'll be a house downpayment in there
...and some other stuff.

Foundation. In 2011 I will rebuild my lifestyle starting with a foundation based on my values.

Do you have a word?
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Dec. 20th, 2010 @ 10:14 pm ah shoot
I'm having a "what the fuck am I doing with my life" moment brought on by the People You May Know function on Facebook. Jeez.
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Dec. 19th, 2010 @ 08:11 pm maybe I'm too picky and stringent
Current Mood: calmcalm
I don't want old (37+), I don't want young (29-), I don't want too far away, and there doesn't seem to be anyone fun in town...maybe it'd be easier to find a guy if I judged them on themselves and not these arbitrary things. But, really, too far away means long distance which is BLAH...and age...well how much does it matter? Not sure. (That's the picky part.)

That's what I've been thinking about today.

That, and the winter weather advisory that's making it really, really pretty outside! I didn't work today 'cause I don't work on Sundays, but apparently the staff decided to close early. Bah, I wouldn't have done so, had I been there, but i guess that's what happens when you have no librarian, and no supervisor around. I'm sort of disappointed in them. Sigh. (That's the stringent part.)
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Dec. 11th, 2010 @ 09:41 am Saturday
I decree that it should not rain on weekends during the daylight hours! Because of work, my love of sleep, and daylight savings, this is my only outdoor play time. I was just going to go for a simple run...but I think I'm going to wimp out and go to the treadmill. Boo. Running outside is sooo much nicer.

In other news: Cyclocross National Championships this weekend in Bend, OR. Yeah! Except for the rain...40 minutes of all out bike riding, running, obstacle leaping, etc. So much fun to watch! (And, ulp, maybe do one day?)

So, rain, rain, go away, come again after it's dark.
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