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.