I will tell you what K did. Because she is going above and beyond librarian duty. A law student came from Africa with no home, no checking account, nothing but her stuff and a will to get a law degree. The law school messed up, this lovely woman has no housing, K is taking her in. Hmmm, if that isn’t a big heart, I don’t know what is.
Me, I’m working two library jobs. It is my attempt to make more money. I love my night job (ahem…not stripping…that’s what it sounds like, I know), but 13 hours on desk makes you pretty freaking squirrly.
So, K and I are a tad busy saving the world and making extra money. We have not forgotten the blog, but we are busting butt right now. Regularly scheduled programming will be back in just a bit. Promise.
Peace out… C
In my recent attempts to increase my savings, I’ve inadvertently become a part of the reduce, reuse, recycle campaign. Of course, I think it’s becoming fashionable to be “green”, but when you’re doing it out of a need and not just a trend, well, then it’s truly a lifestyle…one that you can’t help but stick with.
So I’ve been signing up for different listservs and groups and well, I have a problem – I’m not a hippie.
I know! I know! How awful of me. How incredibly insensitive – I’m labeling, demonstrating pre-conceived notions. Blah blah blah. But let me explain…
I recently signed up for a well known online listserv that focuses on anti-consumerism and the three Rs. Soon, my email box was awash with irrelevant conversation about smoking pot and why the 60s were the very best. It was too difficult to sift through the dozens of emails from people trying to out-hippie each other to get to the really good, helpful emails, so I stopped my membership.
Where’s the middle ground?
For instance, I like the general concept behind EcoStiletto and what used to be the GreenGirlGuide and stores like Gaiam – but I am not that trendy or that wealthy. (I find if I really like their ideas, I can find a lower cost, but very similar product). On the other hand, I still like to shave my legs and appreciate a nice Ann Taylor suit (purchased from Salvation Army). So I feel like I’m teetering on an odd edge in the world of green. I have a feeling that amongst all these trends, those of us of modest income who want to be eco / budget conscience will get a voice that represents us. In the meantime, I guess K and I will keep leaning on one another in a quest for being ‘fashionably green’ in a way that is realistic and sustainable.
I am addicted to the local resale shoppe (it’s spelled shoppe – which apparently means it’s in a different league than the other consignment shop? i dunno). There are days that my car just magically turns into the parking lot. Must resist the pull of the wheel…but all red tags are 50% off…it is beyond my will power…and there is a parking spot RIGHT THERE!!!!
I live in a nouveau-riche community, the type with McMansions and an abnormally high number of those pet boutiques that sell diamond studded dog collars. (Somehow my 1970s Tudor style apartment complex and a shabby Amoco snuck into the mix)
Anyways, the resale stores in the area are teeming with beautiful clothing that I would never buy first-hand because they are so very far from my current buying power. And after reading “Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping” by Judith Levine (next post will be a review) I like to think that I am reducing my ecological footprint by buying something that might be “new” for me, but did not have to be made from scratch. (Green Cotton describes it a bit better than I can…)
I find myself making purchases and muttering, “Ann Taylor, J. Jill, Liz Claiborne…you are such sluts. And you’ve seduced me!!!!!” I am a resale pimp, and I have a lovely wardrobe to show for it. 🙂 Hence, the $4.99 Ann Taylor skirt with the tags still on it:
W Magazine Article on Consignment Shopping
Can’t wait to hear about other people’s best finds…do tell…it’s the thrill of the hunt, you know!
I made up a soup recipe yesterday with the contents of my fridge. It turned out fairly well…soup can be a hit or miss adventure for me, so it was a pleasant surprise. I have an overwhelming number of cans of black-eyed peas. I keep meaning to purchase black beans and then grab black-eyed peas instead. I wouldn’t recommend this soup as a main-course, but it is tasty with a sandwich. 🙂
2 cans of black-eyed peas – rinsed
4 stalks of celery (I used celery hearts, so they’re a little smaller)
Half a red pepper, diced
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 large onion, diced
4 cups of water
4 boullion cubes – chicken, beef, whatever you want
Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese or Parmesan Cheese
Also, 1 cup of brown rice…
In two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, warm the garlic until fragrant. Then add the onion, stirring until translucent. Add the red pepper and celery. Add curry powder to taste…I think I added about 1/8th of a teaspoon at first. I just added pinches here and there. Then add water and boullion cubes. Bring to a boil for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, then cover and simmer.
While that is all boiling, boil the brown rice.
To serve, place brown rice in the bottom of a bowl, ladle soup mixture over the rice and top with as much cheese and cilantro as you see might like.
Yesterday I decided to get rid of cable. I called over to Big Cable Company, Inc. and told the person on the other end of the phone. There was an audible gasp. “But you have the lowest level of service for your area! It costs you a low, low price of less than $20 a month”! And then it began…that tango that is inevitable when trying to work with a big company.
You don’t watch any television at all?
Not at all? Not even a teensy bit? You can get public television and local access! You have Fox Sports!
I can listen to the radio or use my computer. I don’t need to watch reruns of the high school symphony’s latest concert. And I can use the 20 bucks I save to buy a ticket to a game.
But what do you do with all your spare time?
I’m a librarian. Call me crazy, but I read stuff.
Well, perhaps you would like our phone service! It is the low, low price of less than 20 dollars a month?
Am I not speaking English? Is your connection broken? Please just disconnect my cable…
Okay, the last sentence didn’t go like that, but it may as well have. Anyways, it was taken care of. But then last night I had the strangest dream. In this dream I was watching TV show previews…a morbidly obese woman and her family (who only wear neon colors!) go through a divorce only to discover they want to remarry and start a Vaudville act! Watch this drama of fame, fortune, spandex, and bright clothing! and then there was Watch five ridiculously beautiful women cope with life in modern America. Meet Tish, the gal who makes witty party conversation! Brenda, the smart-aleck attorney… and so on and so on. Basically my brain was taking elements of every reality TV show, sitcom, and drama ever created and smashing them altogether. And the weird part of all this…
I woke up HAPPY about disconnecting it. Someday I’d like TV again, but for now, I’m not using it, and considering my TV options, I’m okay with that! – C