Today has been a decent day in terms of accomplishing my goals. I had to walk to south quad for my class and today it was much colder than before. I would’ve loved to take my car down there, but I didn’t. Not going to lie, I tried to use my car but realized it was so frozen and I couldn’t even open the door!
Today was not a great day for me because I was not feeling well. However I had much less impact on the environment because I never turned on the lights in my room, and I never got food from the dining halls, so less of an impact. The one thing I did have an impact with was my water usage, I took a ten minute long shower instead of my three minute long shower.
Today has gone as well as previous days. I only used 2 napkins today, kept my shower to under 3 minutes, and left my power strip and lights off all day.
About half way through the day, I was starting to overthink and stress about all the assignments I have due in the coming weeks, but after a few deep breaths I kinda just zoned out and stared at the wall.
Feeling good today fellow environmentalists.
I’ve felt a lot more mindful and aware of all my no impact actions today, plus I paid it forward by taking all the uneaten food I had in my room up to Dr. Aguilar’s office this evening. I had so. much. food. 3 tomato soups, 3 boxes of mac and cheese, 1 jar of salsa, 1 bottle of unopened ranch dressing, a box of pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, and a hell of a lot of clif bars.
Today was definitely not my best day. My friend recently gave me his Keurig coffee machine because he wasn’t using his and I can’t really stand the coffee here at Denison. I thought about skipping out on my coffee because of the small, packaged K-cups that are required to make a cup. All of which is to say, I caved in and made myself coffee, which was just a bad start.
Thursdays are my days for ho hum, no question. After discussing ho hum and what it means from Beavans perspective I really appreciate it so much more. Allowing yourself to reflect on your tasks without stressing out about them is an amazing way to gather your thoughts and create an organized plan. It is not only important for efficiency but also sustaining mental health.
This morning I brought my stolen plate to class so as to avoid the paper plate. I grabbed a mini muffin and after sitting down, came to the realization that there was paper on this muffin. I popped the whole thing in my mouth, paper and all. At first I thought to myself, “man this paper completely ruined this muffin” but then I realized that I just wasn’t a big fan of the muffin itself.
Today, I woke up sick. I managed to only take a 5 minute shower. Instead of blowing my nose with a tissue I blew my nose in the shower so I did not use a tissue. Kinda gross, but I didn’t mind. I left my lights off all day, and did not snack at all today so I had no waste.
Everything is going smoothly. No mistakes have occurred today. I got my shower time to 54 seconds, which is one second over what I got yesterday, but it still fulfills my goal. No fans are plugged in and have not been plugged in all day. I’ve avoided using napkins and red meat. I recycled a few water bottles I have found sitting around places in slayter and the cinema house.
I’ve had a lot of time for ho-hum today, here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about:
This project has made me think a lot about cities and regions where it is easiest to live sustainably and without waste, or where you need little resources to be comfortable and fulfill needs. Places where it is neither cold enough to need heat or warm enough to need AC, where there is a variety of nutritious foods grown year round, where biking/walking/public transportation are readily available and convenient, where there is a”green” culture and people want to do what’s right for the environment.