Jan. 10th, 2013

geekinthegreen: (death by gasoline)
I've started at least a half-dozen post drafts over the past week and a half, all of which have disappeared into the electronic ether (that's the rub about constantly switching computers, and Dreamwidth lacking the ability to save drafts. Oh well.)

New Year Resolutions! I didn't make any proper ones, other than to try and make more time for myself, which has been an unofficial resolution for the past few years. All in all, I'm fairly satisfied with my decluttering and de-plastic-ifying my life during 2012, though I've still got a long ways to go.

1) While I've switched to electronic delivery for most of my statements, I've still got piles of backlog that need filing and several filing cabinet drawers that need to be weeded, because honestly I stuffed everything in there without much organization. For being a librarian, you'd think I'd have some sort of system. Ha, no.

2) I bought very little new clothing, and started going to thrift stores. So far I haven't found much (pretty sure the size 10s get picked over first), though I did find a decent quality blazer at Goodwill a few weeks ago. I also have *very good intentions* to start tailoring my own clothes so I'll actually wear some of the stuff that doesn't fit properly. Key word: *intentions*

3) Cooking & food storage without plastic going well. Still issues with purchasing though, other than getting beans from the bulk bins. I think I've finally mastered cooking with dried beans though, so that's a plus. I need to start making more staples from scratch (bread, almond milk, yogurt, etc.) So that'll be my goal for 2013.

4) General decluttering is going ok. I'm making slow progress in getting rid of books (getting stuff to the used bookstore for credit is super inconvenient, but everything is in very good condition I really need to get something for it instead of donating it to the library), better progress in getting rid of clothes (changing jobs and realizing that I no longer wear polo shirts/khahkis every day was a big motivator on that), but not so much on other things. It's a bit hard to figure out what exactly I do have when half of what I own is packed in boxes in various closets throughout my parents house.

5) On the Tech front, I so far have resisted buying an iPad. I really want one, and it makes total sense for work. (Not to mention having access to an iPad 3G was a lifesaver during the 2 week power outage after Sandy.) But I have a perfectly good Acer netbook (though it has a shitty battery life). So I tell myself that: electronics production is terrible for the environment, that electronics recycling is terrible for the people doing it, and both child labor and planned obsolescence suck. So far this has kept me from buying an iPad. (Though once the minis are available as refurbished, I'll reconsider.) I really wish my 6 1/2 year old HP desktop would kick the bucket though, since it's too old to donate I have no idea what to do with it except to keep using it.

I'll post this before I get distracted again, and lose another post to the ether. Speaking of being busy, I finally took a look at the beach near my family last weekend (I'd been to the shore several times since the hurricane, but hadn't gotten closer than a few blocks away -- the destruction was making me ill. I didn't mention it here, but I have several family members who had homes destroyed in the flooding.) Holy Erosion, Batman. Pics forthcoming if I ever get around to downloading them.


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