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Last Day!

On the one hand, I’m getting tired of no tv and am ready for some media stimulation…on the other I’m kind of sad to lose the focus of the week on living with little impact.

Today’s wins: did not eat what I wanted but what I had which was local eggs and sausage and not that bad (but I’m tired of eggs); ate lunch in curtis AND brought my own napkin

Today’s losses: went to the Barney kitchen and instinctively went for a muffin!

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pinterest

One of the fun parts of NI week for me is the chance to be creative about different aspects of my daily life. Mainly, this revolves around food for me. I’ve been working this week on new recipes with in season local food. So far this has resulted in egg cups with local eggs and local sausage for breakfast, salad with bacon and sweet potatoes for lunch, and chili for dinner (plus leftovers to avoid food waste).

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a sense of community

Colin talks about the feeling of being alone a lot. I’m wondering how many of you have started to feel that way? It definitely creeps up on me from time to time. During the week, I spend much of the day trying to figure out my no impact plan for the day, cooking and cleaning carefully to avoid waste, and then sitting in the dark downstairs while getting work done.

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food and waste

I keep running into a dilemma with my food…because of it’s waste. I had 2 big goals this week of eating food that is approximately 70% locally sourced and keeping my waste to the size of a plastic bag. The problem that I keep running into is that a lot of local food actually comes in a small amount of plastic.

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Testing 1, 2, 3

If you are reading this, it is a good sign that you are on the right track. Next go to the top of the site and look for the No Impact Week (ENVS 101) tab and open up the dashboard link. Once you open the dashboard, you will see a page that looks like the pic I’ve added to this post. 

Click on Add New under Posts in the left column to add a post.

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another NIW in the books

Well, I still only have my trash from this morning…and don’t plan on creating anymore waste today. Even though I did not meet my trash goals, I still felt pretty good about my overall accumulation, which was probably 1/4-1/3 of what it is in a normal week. Imagine if I did this more, that would save so much waste, and by default, so much consumption of resources. 

Even more, I keep thinking about our conversation in class and how this project could have ripple effects that go beyond our class and immediate surroundings.

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all good but the waste

Day 4 was pretty good. I literally spent most of it outside, which, in my book, is pretty awesome. I just came in to the house, because we still get a little sunlight until a little past 8pm. All day I kept thinking of ways I wanted to improve on my actions. So, as I was craving Alfies for lunch, I realized I still had left over food I could eat at the house that was local and wouldn’t create trash.

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disposable things…disposable society

I was pretty bummed today about my one mistake- the paper towel. It’s amazing how many paper towels, napkins, etc. we use. As I told you guys in class, because I’ve become aware of this over my years doing this project, I literally hid the paper towels in the house, so I wouldn’t use them. As I’m trying so hard to make a local lunch with no waste, I go to my paper towel holder, and, without even thinking, I tear off a sheet.

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4 years later…finally finding my path

I’ve already told you all that I really like challenging myself during no impact week. I still think back to the first few times I attempted this. It was like I was walking on egg shells. I would wake up and be so focused on my every move so that I didn’t make a mistake. I was super strict with my goals and would be really disappointed if I made a mistake.

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