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Step one in the recovery from my magazine addiction.

Step two is giving up magazines altogether.

Step two has two phases:

Phase one is letting all my subscriptions run out without renewing.

Phase two is resisting every urge to purchase whatever latest gossip magazine
beckons me from the checkout stand.

I’m up for the challenge. ;)

… I made it to Ashland safe and sound today.  It was a journey that almost didn’t happen, but thanks to a pep talk from Jen and my want to not waste my concert tickets (which I ended up bagging anyway) my reunion with my favorite city in the world has begun.

Though this trip will require me to use more than a single tank of gas this month, I am determined to go as green as possible while enjoying my vaycay. 

My first Southern Oregon green change was actually inspired (and followed though with) by Sam, a friend from high school and the husband to and soon to be father with my beautiful friend Maggie. 

My high tech laptop (one of my most treasured possessions) has changed its shade of choice from pink to green by going low power. 

Did you know that with Vista, there is a function under the power monitor that gives you the option to go into power saver mode?  That’s right friends, with a bit of dimming of the screen and a slightly slower running time, my life line to Cyber NeverNeverLand can run a little greener.

This may or may not come as a shock to you, but my family makes fun of me.  A lot.  Especially around Christmas time when I am uncrumpling all the tissue paper and putting it in my present pile to take home and reuse next year.  Despite the familiar ridicule, the crinkled but still good to reuse tissue paper makes its way to my wrapping hat box.

I am not the best gift giver because I don’t think it is right to get someone something just to give them something when it isn’t what they want or need.  That is why I have never been very good with birthdays and holidays or graduation gifts.  I am more of a “let me take you out for dinner or happy hour to celebrate” kind of girl than the average consumer who just feels the need to buy. 

That being said, I have made a conscious effort to wrap what little gifts I actually give in recycled products.  I think it comes from my Papa Pinky who used to regift the same gift bag every year.  It became a game of sorts, where we even recycled our birthday cards by adding a couple more candles or just crossing out the “Happy Graduation!” and writing in “Get Well Soon!” ;)

So this one is for you Papa…

… No more new gift wrap, cards, or bags.

Today I unplugged my microwave.  I usually keep it unplugged between uses anyway, but today I unplugged it for good.  No more reheating with the convenience of a push button start.

I don’t forsee a problem with this during the summer, but come time for a quick cup of Pacific Organic Creamy Tomato Soup when the weather gets rainy, I may be pulling my hair out…

I lived in Belgium when I was a teenager.  It quickly became known to all as the “Land of Chocolate and Beer.”  There, I learned to appreciate the wonder that is that hoppy-carbonated beverage that is so widely loved.  In my book, the darker the better.  I stand firm with my “friends don’t let friends drink clear beer” opinion on the subject.  If it fades off your tongue, it isn’t worth your time.

I have the same stance when it comes to wine, but that comes more from my wine tasting experience in the Barrossa Valley in So Oz.  In either case, I like to feel like my taste bids are celebrating Mardis Gras.

Luckily for me, I live in Oregon, where the micro-breweries are plentiful and the wineries are spread throughout. 

So in my attempt to greenify my summer nights as I sip bevies with friends, I am keeping it local and sticking to Oregon brews and vinos.

My current fave is Green Lakes Organic Ale by the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR.

I used my last paper towel a few months back and decided to leave my cast iron paper towel holder naked with the thought that I would *someday I would find an eco-friendlier replacement.  That was months ago, and instead of investing in the fantastic E-cloth I read about on Thistle’s page, I just continued to use the remaining sponges, napkins, and dish towels I have hanging about the apartment, while my beautiful paper towel holder collected dust in the cupboard.

Until today, that is.  When I tossed the cast iron beauty into the Goodwill bag and decided to ban paper towels for good.

Maybe it is the fast approach of the final month of summer that is giving me this boost of motivated energy, but I am in the mood to get things done.  One of those things that I so desperately want to get done is a head to toe house scrub down. 

I spent last week organizing and rearranging various rooms in my lovely home, but there is a pretty thick layer of dust on the lamp shades and a gross film lining my shower walls that needs to go away. 

So I did a little research, and after (unfortunately) not finding any local stores advertising the sale of the wonder E-cloth online, I bit the bullet and ordered from their home store

These eco-friendly beauties should be arriving on my doorstep in the very near future!

With the anticipated arrival of these magical cleaning cloths, I have a promise to make:

I pledge to bring no more paper products (other than recycled toilet paper) into my greener than before home.  That means no more paper towels, tissues, napkins, swiffer products, or antibacterial wipes of any kind.

These E-cloths will replace the need for disposable cleaning products and the harsh chemicals that are generally used with them. 

So friends, there you have it… Another step closer to my paperless self ;)

I used to be (what I thought to be) a water snob.  I only drank certain kinds of bottled water and if I had to *gasp* drink from the tap, it had better had been purified. 

True story.  I was also the girl who wore a pink glitter belt with her Gap capris and fitted jean jacket for a touch of flare to go with her preppyhood.  I even had a friend’s mom once tell me that I always looked like I stepped right out of a J Crew catalog.  I beamed with pride at that very thought of my J crew wearing, preppy self  shopping at the mall, bottled water in hand, giggling at the cute sales boys at Abercrombie and Fitch

… then I got over myself and realized that water is water, and water in plastic bottles was actually worse than water from the tap because of the plastic waste it results in.  And that most of the cute sales boys at A&F were into the other cute sales boys and no combination of khaki and pink would ever sway them to think twice about what was hidden under my training bra…     

… and malls are lame.

So, since my days of ruling the “Itty bitty titty committee” and cruising the mall, I have given up on the plastic aqua holders in search of something that leeches less, looks cute (What can I say?  I did sport the same jean jacket today but am very thankful to have owned nothing khaki in years!) and is eco-friendly. 

This is what I sport when I cruise the gym for hot guys workout. 

So kids, the moral of the story is, give up the bad for Mama Earth bottled water and invest in a Sigg like I did… 

… And most guys at the gym are there for the possibility of sex with the other guys at the gym.

Some things don’t change.  I always seem to like them better when they are gay ;)

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.

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 ;)

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