Last week I discovered a new teat.

Sinless sans fat lemon sorbet with gummy bears from Coldstone Creamery

It was the perfect treat to sneak into the movie on a night where I got off early from work and wasn’t quite ready to head home. 

Then, yesterday, on my way to grab a possible smoothie while I waited to pick up my new cell phone, (it’s a story you will be able to read about at Gertrude Granny Panties) I realized that the blasted people at Coldstone use styrofoam for their cold beverage containers.  So frustrating!

So now I have added Coldstone to my boycott list and am looking for another sinless snack to curb this green gal’s sweet tooth.

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Cell PhonesI hate having to switch cell phone companies because it always means having to buy a new phone that works with whatever new company I am now defined by.

There was a time when I have four cell phones hanging out in random drawers in my home because I moved so much and was constantly switching to better service areas. 

Then I wised up and decided to Clear My Clutter in an at temp to Feng Shui my life into a less chaotic state.

Getting rid of junk is surprisingly liberating.  It amazes me how much our stuff actually weighs us down and how much more energy we have once we clear all the things we don’t need and love out of our lives. 

The envigorating clutter clearing involved the going through off all my junk drawers (yes, I had more than one) and having to find a new home for my many unusable cell phones.  Instead of tossing them in the trash or the Goodwill box, as were my first and second instincts, I donated them to my friend Brie who then passes them on to the charity of her choice. 

Lucky for me, she already had a cell phone recycling program set up, but anyone can recycle those wonderfully pesky communication devices by clicking here, here or hereplus the many other sites that can be found online ;)

Today I went paperless.

Not like before when I “went paperless” but only half assed it.  This time I WENT PAPERLESS!

All but one of my bills now come to me via email.  The only exception is my utility bill.  Unfortunately, the city of Beaverton is not quite with the times in this tree hugging movement, but I am sending encouraging thoughts their way.

It took much longer than I had expected to get my mailman to frequent my front stoop less often, but having today of to whatever I please left my afternoon wide open to visit the half dozen websites it took to make this change possible.  I highly encourage everyone to do the same, even if you do it as you receive each individual bill (which is MUCH easier, but uses more paper in the long run).

It really is a weigh your pros and cons situation ;)

In other news, I rode my bike everywhere today!  I first cruised by the BeaverCity farmers market for some local fleurs for my newly cleaned off dining room table, but had no luck.  Most of the flower booths had only meager bouquets or were missing all together.  O well, there is always next week ;)

After my walk through the market, I zipped up the back road (which has a fantastic bike lane) to tanning- which I know is NOT in any form going green, but I am looking pretty pasty and the lotion I use leaves me smelling like frosting and cake batter…

I then popped over to the local wine house for a couple of bottles of something crisp and white to restock my bare wine cabinet.  Speaking of wine… I need to look up a local cork recycling program.

Anyways…

A veggie sandwich and a soy chai at the coffee house down the street tied me over for lunch and gave me just enough energy to bike it to the garage sale on the way back to my house where I found Popples paper plates and a vintage decanter (which I am collecting to put bath oil in for my cottage bathroom someday). 

All in all, it was a very productive day.

This green girl is giving up her lazy streak.  No more sleeping in until I absolutely HAVE to get up in order to not get in trouble for being late to work.  I am rising earlier in the morning to be up and at ’em enough to bike to work- daily. 

The only exception to this green change is rain (and the occasional snow day).  I know that “no one is so sweet that they melt in the rain” and that if I were really “Hard Core!” that it wouldn’t matter, but I’m not and it does and showing up looking like a drowned rat (because I’ll never be that woman who looks beautiful when caught up in a rain storm) really lowers my tip percentage. 

So there you have it friends and fellow greenies.  This Girl is giving up the luxury of driving in her non-air-conditioned black Honda Civic to work and back. 

I think that it is a pretty big step.  One I am going to do everything in my power to make happen.

If you see me cruising by on my yellow beach cruiser with the basket on the front feel free to give a wave.  I’m the girl wearing this helmet from Nutcase, which is a local Portland company. 

Just another way I like to keep it green ; )

… Is to boycott any and all businesses that are still using any form of styrofoam.

I was out grabbing some groceries today and decided to “treat myself” to a smoothie at Jamba Juice (you know, “The Man” of all juice bars that puts other local juice bars out of business according to Baby Mama) since it shared the same parking lot and it was particularly hot today.

What horrific surprise came with my Mango A Go-Go left me determined to never return to the home of the Corporate Thugs of the Juice World. 

Who still uses styrofoam!  It’s 2008.  Get with the program and quit kicking Mother Earth in the shins just to save a few billion pennies. “Jamba!” that…

Unfortunately, the sushi place around the corner also uses styrofoam plates to serve their fast food mall sushi.  Cutting the mid-afternoon sushi runs out of my life won’t be hard, considering I only went there because it was the only sushi joint I could find that serves between three and five.  That is, until I was told that New Seasons makes sushi per request and it too shares the parking lot.

So, the Boycotted Business List thus far reads:

–  Jamba Juice
–  Mall sushi restaurant (whose name I will remember later)
–  Maryville Nursing Home. (Who has styrofoam cups in the employee breakroom.)
–  Coldstone Creamery
– Thai Derm in Beaverton.
– Quiznos
– Hawaiian BBQ joint on Cedar Hills.
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