26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Things I am thankful for:

  • my marvelous husband, who is so friggin' good to me
  • my lovely, entertaining, not-drama-prone family
  • many great friends who are smart, funny, and fun to be around
  • two most excellent kitties, of course
  • a nice place to live and nice things to fill it with (way too many things)
  • a job that I enjoy, for the most part

I hope everyone stops to think about what they are thankful for today. And eats lots of yummy food.

25 November 2009

"Do they have to keep repeating EVERYTHING?"

Finally had a day to relax yesterday, so I spent a bunch of it playing Xenosaga III. That game.... it's mostly cut scenes. You can literally sit there for an hour watching movie bits without having to do more than X through the dialogue. The story is confusing as heck, and the voice acting is mostly terrible... and yet somehow, I'm still enjoying this game. I'll be sad when it's done, because then there is no more Xenosaga to play.

I did manage to take books to the used bookstore yesterday, so that's one goal accomplished for the week. Unfortunately she only wanted a few, and I have a whole box of them to go. I guess I will just donate the rest to the library book sale.

I'm doing pretty well on the thermostat - using blankets and sweaters instead of turning it up. I'll stick with it as long as I can stand it. It's more of a lifestyle change, really, and I'll be very happy if I can switch myself over permanently.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow, and I don't even mind having to work Black Friday. (We'll see how I feel about that after Black Friday is over.)

22 November 2009

Let's give it a shot

I recently picked up one of the many, many guides to greener living in the bargain bin. It's Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life by Lori Bongiorno (with a forward by Frances Beinecke). I like the idea of this book, because it isn't the type of book that expects you to just jump into total lifestyle change from day one. The author of this book gives you options of just how far you want to take things, whether your limiter is expense, access to necessary items, or just motivation.

The chapters are divided into categories such as Food, Home Building, Babies and Children... and in each category, suggestions fall under "Green," "Greener," or "Greenest." This bypasses the feeling you get with some books where if you're not following every single instruction, you're just being too lazy to make the effort and obviously don't care about the subject matter at all (a good example of this, in my opinion, was Skinny Bitch).

Goals for this coming week:

  • Instead of turning up the thermostat, use blankets and wear warmer clothing. Obvious, but I'm a giant wuss about being cold. So, I'll try to be less wussy.
  • See if the local used bookstores will buy any of the books I'm done with... and if they won't, donate them to the local library sale.
  • Bonus task: find out if the local recycling plant offers tours! I am fascinated by this process and I'd love some confirmation that the effort I put into recycling is really worth it.

Happily, we got to hang out with friends tonight (for the first time in weeks, I think) and it made us clean up the apartment. Our spare room, however, is a TOTAL DISASTER and we really need to tackle it. There is a lot of stuff in there just waiting to be dispersed to the right place - eBay, Salvation Army, etc. - and we need to reach the point where we can see the floor again. Weed out, weed out, weed out! My unruly stash of craft supplies (especially yarn) is not helping either, so I'm determined to use some of the stash for Christmas gifts this year. Less money spent, and I'll be making use of yarn I just haddddd to have at one point or another. One project has been completed already, and I have a few others in mind. Finishing up UFOs also falls into this category.

The husband made a nice dinner tonight, so we ate a decent meal, and I am using the leftovers to pack a lunch for tomorrow so I'm not stuck eating in the food court again. Wish me luck in remembering to take it with me. Heh.

21 November 2009

Here we go

Things that have happened this year:
  • fiance got home from deployment (technically, on New Year's Eve last year)
  • got married
  • did another semester of school
  • decided NOT to do another semester of school
Things that will happen soon:
  • turning 30
  • losing my job
Things I need to work on:
  • clean more
  • learn to cook
  • live greener
  • assist with finding a job for the husband...
  • did I mention learn to cook? Because that's a big one.
I don't know how successful I will be in keeping this up, but I need some motivation to get moving on these issues, and I thought it might help to have a place to discuss some of it - questions, progress, successes, failures.

I'm just trying to get my head together as I (soon) begin my third decade and the supposedly "grown-up" phase of my life. Probably will throw in some book and knitting stuff on the way.

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

Par exemple: One of the best books I've read lately is Soulless by Gail Carriger (the first book in her forthcoming Parasol Protectorate trilogy). It's everything I didn't even know I was looking for in a paranormal romance. Highly recommended if you don't mind some werewolves with your tea and crumpets.

Something else to check out: Simple 4-Step Carbon Footprint Calculator. I checked mine and it said 14.3 hectares. We're good on recycling but probably bad on electricity and gas. Admittedly, it's a rather simplistic test.