My energy and trash goals for this week were to limit intake of processed, packaged food and, if possible, eliminate, while my energy goals were to unplug electronics and turn of lights when they weren’t in use and to spend limited time on the computer for funsies.
I hate buying things, so cutting back on purchases was easy for me. Up until I realized I needed to spend flex dollars or I was going to be cheated out of $$, all I had bought at Denison was a bunch of postage stamps and a jar of peanut butter. When I realized I could basically get free stuff from Slayter Union, I started getting smoothies and such, then reusing and recycling the bottles. But with such an abundance of flex dollars, one can only reuse so many smoothie bottles.
For this week, at least, no more needlessly packaged Slayter goods shall grace my dorm. Maybe at the end of the semester, I’ll just buy all the Clif bars Slayter has with my remaining Flexy Ds and stash them in some deep chasm of Shorney. Then save the foil-y wrappers and… sew them into a reflective jacket, or something.
Energy-wise, I’ve been spending less time on the internet, which is probably good (I want to point out that I spend at least 10 minutes every day on breadfish.de. I do not make good use of my internet time). And now I’m ahead on work, which is great, and my boredom from lack of breadfish is leading me to spend more time doing slightly more useful things – art! music! reading! handstands!
Less successful have been attempts to keep my lights off always. My dormie likes, as I previously mentioned, a constantly festive/chipper environment and is willing to tolerate the buzz of fluorescence in order to get it. I would rather sit broodingly in the dark. You can’t win every battle.
Also, unplugging things is hard. I understand that this is a lame complaint, but hauling myself behind my desk every night before bed is a real nuisance, especially with the unwanted close facial proximity to Shorney wall-to-wall carpeting. You can probably get all kinds of exciting and novel hepatitis from that stuff.