Even though I hated the wife in the No Impact Man movie, I understand her quote “I just want to go out there and consume”. The past two days have been extremely difficult in terms of keeping all of the goals I set for myself. One of my professors invited me to coffee, but I had to explain that I couldn’t go because of driving and coffee packaging, so we met in his office. I drank my coffee out of a thermos and ridiculed him for drinking his out of a styrofoam cup. Last night I went on a walk downtown so that I wouldn’t use energy by using a machine at Mitchell. I walked past Whit’s and the flavor of the week is Buckeye…my heart hurt a little bit when I walked by without stopping. I tried to justify it to myself by getting a cone, thus no packaging, but one of my goals is to not spend money. Keeping with it has been a success so far, but one that I am constantly thinking about.
Water has been easy, except for I slipped and took an 11 minute shower yesterday…yikes! I felt pretty guilty after that though, which should account for something. Energy has also been easy…my computer was only on for about five hours yesterday, and I was only actively using it for three of the five. My second day of waste went well. I only threw 2 things away! It makes me wonder how on earth my roommates and I usually have to take out the trash every 4-5 days. Transportation has been easy, but I had a decision to make yesterday that probably impacted transportation somewhere. My phone died, wouldn’t charge, turn on, re-start, or anything. I tried everything and it was just dead. So, I had to decide whether I wanted to drive to the Verizon store in Newark or wait until Sunday to go. It turns out my mom called the store for me and I’m getting a new phone shipped…which definitely creates more pollution than my trip to and from Newark. A little guilty about that, but it is an emergency situation. Not having a phone for going on 40 hours has been a hidden pleasure. I’m relying on walking everywhere to find people instead of texting to see if they are home, because I have no phone. I’m trying, but it isn’t easy at all.
Food starts today and I’m so nervous. I feel like I’ll be living on milk for the next three days…which I’m sure won’t go over well. I’ve been logging my food and noticed that I eat at least 2 bananas a day…which will have to stop. I wish it were summer so that more delicious fruits were in season and local!