Tuesday, January 13, 2009


So, you know how I said I didn't make any New Year's resolutions? I guess I lied. I also lied about starting cross-country ski lessons, too. I meant to, but when I realized how many of the classes I'd have to miss due to work/conference/visitors plus the lack of full-season ski rentals available in town, I bagged it. I'll snowshoe this year and maybe try snowboarding once or twice with Tawnya. She doesn't know what she's in for.

Anyway, where was I? Oh! I did make a couple of small resolutions, and I think I can keep them. First, I'm determined to stop paying for disposable coffee cups. I go through spurts of bringing mugs to work, but one-by-one, they pile up festering in my office until I run out and can't face taking them all home to wash them. Then I fall into the disposable cup habit again. These days, I force myself to rinse out the cup and remember to take it home at night. Today I even forced myself to go back to my office to retrieve said cup when I was halfway to the union already and realized I'd forgot it. Aren't I virtuous?

The other resolution is also a cost-saving, waste-reducing measure. I need to pack my lunch and snacks every day and not buy food at work more than a couple of times a month. Again, falling into the habit of eating out is too easy. I work late, come home tired, either grab something on the way home, go out with friends, or eat something quick (grilled cheese, soup) for dinner. Then I don't have any leftovers for lunch. My morning routine only recently bent to include breakfast, so I don't know that I can force myself to design lunches in the mornings, too.

Wow, wasn't that interesting? I've found that it takes me a long time to make changes in my habits. First, I cut down from a latte a day to mostly drip coffees. Then I cut down to just a couple of coffees a week. Maybe one of these days, I'll make bigger steps, but I'm not counting on it.


Jess said...

I gave up caffeine almost two years ago, but I still drink decaf occasionally. I too think I waste too much on disposable coffee cups, even though I only get a couple decaf lattes each week. I've seen some really cool sustainable coffee cups at Metropolitan Market that actually look like a disposable coffee cup, but they are made out of some sort of reusable material, almost feels like porceilan. So you get the look and size of a disposable cup, but without the waste. Genius.

BTW....how did you get your posts to stretch across the whole page? I've been trying to figure out how to do that for weeks now, I don't like the small column format. Teach me.

Kaijsa said...

I'm glad you like the new look. I just switched my template from Minima to Minima stretch. It took 30 seconds, and I'm happier now that my pictures don't get cut off.

Those cups sound great--I'll have to look out for them when I'm somewhere with shopping options. I mostly use the free travel mugs I get from vendors at conferences.

Jess said...

Ah! Thank you, so much better in minima stretch mode!