Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Basket

I woke up this morning with an urge to purge, emotionally. I have set out to and have made some accomplishments in making our lives healthier and more responsible little by little, yet this is quite a large task. I have a "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde" in me - One the one hand, i have goals that are wonderful and i take them on, head on. On the other hand, as i realize the long term committment, i become anxious, and i cut corners because i become too overwhelmed. This is not foreign to me. It is how i was raised. Without getting into boring detail, let it suffice to say that just as there are babies who start off with caregivers who have a basket of "goodies" to share (life skills, prosocial values, uncomplicated love), there are babies who start off with caregivers who are children themselves in many ways. So, here i am, having woven my own basket with bits and pieces of knowledge i've acquired along the way, much like a bird builds it's nest. I have twigs, random pieces of thread, a shiny ribbon, some other cool, disjointed stuff. Here i am, trying to fill this eclectic, sometimes uber-strong, sometimes so whispy, basket - with values and pro-social behaviors that were always preached but not necessarily practiced by adults i was exposed to as a child. My hope is to have a sturdy and full basket to let my little ones hold, enjoy, partake from, and eventually have.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Accomplishment X3...and more!

This is the perfect activity to get all my goals met in one sitting....baking bread. Organic, Whole Grain, Cheap, Green. Not to mention it serves as a great sensory as well as scientific activity for the kids ("wow Mommy, it's growing!") great family time, encompassing all my love. A truly spiritual activity that will serve to ground me throughout this 365 day adventure.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Thing of Beauty to Some

I took this picture from a website i was looking at this morning while researching the ABC's of composting. I love this bin. I think it's pretty. I never would have thought,as a NYC native, having lived in a few cities in my short life, that i would feel a box full of dirt was charming....but it is. This is the one i want to build. The best place to put one is near a water source, in a place that has half-day's sunlight, away from the house. Hmm...another challenge...nevermind the one that comes with trying to convince the Hubs that this will be satisfying work!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

86 The JAVA

8/3/10 - 8:45am Tuesday:

Green Tea has been sustaining me since i stopped drinking coffee 3 weeks ago. Yesterday was the first day that i didn't have any caffeine until about 2:00pm. Only half a cup of green tea and i didn't want anymore. That's amazing. I haven't had a cup of green tea yet, or breakfast for that matter - it's 8:50am. I had 9 hours sleep last night - i've got some good energy.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jaguar's on the Path Beside me

I know that the path to better more responsible living is lit up and i can see pretty clearly where to step. Convenience - this crazy running jaguar that just keeps running. Hard to resist hitching a ride on this wonderful and dangerous creature. I have finally run out of those paper towels and i will be using old washcloths, the kids' old hospital blankets, and some cut up t-shirts to nurse my house back to health today.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


We have plastic plates and cups left from our last BJs run last month and i was like "break out the plates i ain't cookin'!" We ordered pizza and i used the plastic plates. The waves of Green Guilt came over me. I took the plates out of the trash can and washed them. I'll be doing the same for the cups. They do make lovely planters as you've seen from the Basil Bliss Adventure.

The Big Day

Today we go blueberry picking at a local farm and we are making blueberry pie from scratch from all organic ingredients afterward. Pie is such a wonderful thing. Oh! how i love the light in my daughter's face and the chuckle in my son's heart when they hear that soft, loving, wholesome word: Pie.