First, the Low Impact Week update because it’s been making me an obsessive shrew: I have officially changed the tracking of our numbers. After spending far too much time staring daggers at the back of my husband’s head while he passed the hours on the computer and, ultimately, after freaking out over 4 more plastic bags coming into the house when I specifically got reusable ones, I have decided to only count MY bags and Lucy’s and my tv/computer usage. Trust me, it isn’t worth the fight in my house and it’s not fair that I expect C to suddenly become accustomed to taking reusable bags. This means that the control week numbers will be inflated (those captured all of our usage) but it also means that I won’t alienate my husband from the ongoing process of reduction, which is far more important.
That said, here are the low points: pizza. I broke down on Friday and ordered pizza after my doc appt/transit nightmare and then had to stop for pizza yesterday before workshop. That’s twice for takeout when my personal goal was no takeout, but with all containers recycled it could be far worse.
Second low point: packaged foods. We haven’t gotten quite to the point of preparing foods in advance for her although we’re working on it. As soon as all of the junk is out of the freezer and food cabinet, we’ll make a plan. That’s not going to be this week after all, though we’re slowly working on it.
Third low point: shopping. I’m not tracking this for LIW (it’s for 90% reduction) but I’m going to throw it on here anyway. My beloved toaster which has seen me through every apartment I’ve ever lived in minus one, died on Friday evening. A tear was shed, but we use the toaster daily so we had to replace it. While doing so, I decided to bite the bullet and get a second sheet set for Lucy’s bed so that we can lose the pull-ups without having to worry about hauling sheets to the laundry every day. We also picked up reusable muffin cups (shall eliminate my Thomas’ addiction) and another drying rack (first one didn’t hold full load.) I’m counting the drying rack and muffin cups at 50% but not the sheets or toaster because those we would’ve gotten anyway.
Fourth, miles traveled. I got dinged by grabbing a ride to LI. Not terribly, but dinged anyway. There have been a chunk of extra trips, actually, and there are a handful more in sight over the summer as we finish up our visiting family before I’m too pregnant to travel comfortably. Fortunately, after the baby gets here, I won’t be going anywhere ‘cept on my own two feet. We’re switching to a neighborhood pediatrician for both kids, Lucy’s cardiologist is local, our dentist is in our same building. Good times.
The high points are:
- garbage: we’re actually on track to make it through the week with 9.45 lbs of garbage!
- other shopping: I got Lucy’s sandals and my dress for the benefit at a consignment store! This is where I’m going to get a lot of her stuff (and stuff for the baby) going forward, as well as any other maternity crap I end up needing.
- local food: the CSA has started evening out our local to wet foods ratio and we ate a freaking lot of meals last week that incorporated local foods, which feels really good. As the shares get bigger, so should our % of local foods.
- I have only had to use the dryer once since purchasing the drying rack! I should be able to get away with only using it for sheets and towels, which means once a week and only one load on high.
- My computer usage has been hovering at between 2.5 and 3 hours a day. I think, on days when no proofreading work comes through, I can get it down even further. We’ve weaned Lucy down to one hour of tv in the morning and one in the evening but rarely does she watch that whole time! And if the Yankees keep sucking, my tv usage while go down to nuttin’ as well.
- We haven’t had to turn on the a/c or even a fan! Of course, I’m just starting to get the pregnancy overheating, but I’m going to try to make it until the humidity goes through the roof.
Lucy has been a great help throughout this whole process (aside from the afternoon ‘I wanna watch a moooooviiiiieeeeee’ nonsense.) She’s started a box of stuff to reuse for projects and has been an absolute trooper with trying new, fresh foods. We’ve successfully made the switch from baby carrots to by the bunch, string cheese to fresh mozzarella, canned green beans to fresh, and over the weekend, she tried fettucine alfredo which may just be able to replace packaged mac and cheese! Awesome.
In uterine news, I am huge and getting bigger. And bigger. The hunger has hit me over the past week, as well as the huffing and puffing when I truck up stairs. And, a new one, the pelvic pain when I sit for too long on an unpadded chair which tells me I need to ignore the huffing and get to stretching because that postpartum ‘hit by a bus’ feeling is starting to come back to me and it ain’t pretty.
Last night Lucy woke up when I got home and waited for me to come in to bed so that she could say goodnight to the baby. She’s starting to spend more and more time rubbing the belly and talking to the baby, and I swear, every time she does I feel like my heart is going to burst. And now, Luce and I have a pie to make.
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