I’m feeling totally unprepared on Day 1. I usually spend the Sunday before No Impact Week making sure everything is prepared for me for the week- to avoid any blunders. No need for laundry, towels are available, the house is fairly clean, etc. But not this time. We had plans for the holiday and I spent all of Saturday getting a new phone (more on this later). So, I woke up this morning feeling like it might be a disaster. But then I thought, maybe all that preparation was a bit like cheating- maybe this is the real way to go into No Impact, with no prep.
Unfortunately, that meant I also had no clue what to eat this morning and no time to make anything from my local bounty. I at least hoped to avoid trash, so I grabbed an orange and had water with lemon. No trash, but good stuff for the compost.
Due to this lovely weather, I haven’t had to use the lights and have been fine without heat at the house. Though I did get hot in the middle of the night and woke up feeling like I needed a shower. But then I had to think it through. If I took a shower in the morning, I would have used up my water allotment, and I’d really like to go for a jog later- so I had to come to work feeling a little sticky.
I have managed to avoid any trash so far which is a huge accomplishment for me. I went for my handkerchief this morning instead of the tissue that I use to blow my nose. Also, when I went to wash my hands I immediately pushed the lever for the paper towel and remembered before I pulled it off that I couldn’t use it. Crisis averted! Wiped my hands on my pants instead and am feeling alright.
Biggest lesson so far today….you have to be thinking ALL OF THE TIME.