The final day of NI week was probably my best day. I think I started to get into a routine of bringing a reusable mug everywhere along with remembering to avoid using more than one napkin at a meal. I’ve found this to be true with other things in life that things get easier once you get into a manageable routine rather than trying to change everything at once.
Today was a good day, a Friday for learning and giving. Today after class I had a great meeting with the person in charge of Bon Appetite’s sustainability, Piper Fernway. She talked to Julia, Rachel, and I about the Denison dining halls goals and plans. She also answered a lot of our questions and was very involved in helping us.
Today my roommates friend came and I told him all about this project and I inspired him to put his fruit in our community compost. I felt like I did better with conserving energy, however I used another K-cup to make coffee this morning. Although this was not intentional, I conserved water during my shower because the showers in Shorney were not working well.
Today I was pretty productive. I managed to use the same tissue all day for my runny nose, and I refrained from a shower…. kinda gross. Though, I knew if I were to take one, it would be 10 minutes. I kept my lights off all day, and I plan to until tomorrow. I did not snack today, and I had a banana for breakfast and then I threw it in the woods.
Today went smoothly. It was a happy realization this morning that I can take a hot shower tomorrow. I think I’ll continue taking cold showers during the week and hot showers on the weekends. That way, the hot showers will be so much better.
I’ll continue to leave my mini fridge unplugged, there is just no need for it.
After limiting an impact for the last week, today felt entirely normal. I met just about all my goals and am pretty pleased with the week. I made it the entire day without generating any trash, kept the lights off, and electronics were unplugged. I did end up driving way more than I would have liked though.
So today was fine I met all my goals and was relieved that tomorrow I do not have to sit in the dark in my room anymore whenever the sun sets. But as the day went on I began to question my joy. Was I really just going to revert back to my old ways? No, the goals I set for myself were reasonable and achievable for a reason.
Whew, last day done! I can say with confidence that I finished the week off strong.
Three things worth noting happened on this final day:
Two of my friends invited me out to lunch at Panera today. We all carpooled there which is fine, but then I had to deal with all the waste that came along with my meal: a paper bag and a chip bag.
Today was difficult in all the ways that Dr. Aguilar described, and as a result, I made a series of slip-ups. I had to skip a dining hall lunch due to an appointment, and didn’t think I’d make it through the day without something from Slayter. Lack of foresight = 2 pieces of plastic waste on the very last day.
Sadly, nothing exciting happened. I went through my routine without a sitch. Only real new thing I did was run around the indoor track instead of using the treadmill when working out. I somehow got 53 seconds again for my shower. I do feel as though some of my habits this week are gonna pass over to the rest of these weeks and hopefully when I get home.