Update, stories, stuff and things

Hey, first things first: I’m extending the deadline for The Simple Year 6 applications. HERE is how to apply — and I encourage you to do so, especially if you’ve applied in the past. I applied for Year 3, and you can see how that turned out. ūüėČ You can tackle something that’s already been done, or you can come up with something completely new; it just needs to be about how you are simplifying. Well, that, and something you’re willing to explore for a year.

Bag Ban recap: In depressing news, our city council decided to rethink its plastic bag ban ordinance. The bigger stores still can’t use plastic bags at the checkout counter, but now the smaller shops in the downtown core are no longer required to make the switch by July 1 — apparently it’s a hardship for some of the businesses. Which, actually, I get — this winter sucked and most of them are barely hanging on, so having to restock bags isn’t feasible¬†for some of them.

I guess the good news is that people are settling down about the whole 5¬Ę a bag charge at those three stores who rolled out the change first, although wow, people were really mad at first. I decided that if I saw anyone berating a checker over a bag, I would buy them reusable ones, but I haven’t seen any such scenes. (I’ve heard about them, however.) I remain constantly vigilant.

Spreadin’ the word: Look what’s in our current Home and Garden issue!

Bringing it to the people.

I wrote this during a snowy day¬†in January when I had to work from home¬†(and apparently everyone else did, too, because no one was returning my calls). Anyway, you guys are the inspiration for that — I’ve got a little series going. I’m not sure I’d have had the guts to write about it without your support, so thank you.

Wow, I’m getting brave!

Some thoughts on medication: Here’s a topic I keep forgetting to broach: zero waste meds.

It actually didn’t occur to me that this would be an issue until I saw it brought up a few times on that zero waste Facebook group I follow. People seem to think that in order to be zero waste, you have to give up all medications.

I think that’s crazy talk. Science is amazing,¬†and why would I suffer — or make my family suffer — when we don’t need to? I’ve come to see zero waste as a journey without a destination; every day, you just do the best you can. And if the best you can do includes taking meds, then so be it.

I do take in my prescription container and ask for it to be refilled each time. But there’s some other stuff that I have to take periodically that isn’t even remotely zero waste (thanks, jerky stomach!). And Eric and the girls¬†get a few things via the mail.

I see this one as a non-issue. It’s okay if you want to argue with me about it, but for our family, meds get a bye.

Speaking of that zero waste group: I’m thinking it’s time to ditch out. It’s gotten extremely … well, competitive is probably a fair word. It’s like everyone is trying to one-up each other on who’s more zero waste. If you’re not milking your own goat¬†in your yurt off the grid while simultaneously cooking and growing everything from scratch, you’re failing. That seems like a very limited view to me. No wonder so many people get turned off at the thought of going zero waste!

My new makeup came! Friday was a lovely, lovely day here — blue sky, light wind, it actually felt like spring. I ditched work early, changed into a pair of capris, and sat out on the deck, reading in the sun.

Zero waste thwarted by an unexpected sample.

That really has nothing to do with my makeup coming, I just felt like bragging about the sun and the reading. Anyway, my Lush box came that afternoon, and I tried my new foundation and mascara the next day.

First things first: I love the foundation. It doesn’t feel like a liquid when it goes on — it feels like a powder. I closed my eyes and sent up a prayer and picked the light pink shade (eh, what could happen?) and it turns out that’s a perfect fit for my skin. Thumbs up!

The mascara, however, is going to take some getting used to. I’m okay with the black hue after all — it goes on pretty light, so I don’t feel like it’s that much darker than my usual brown — but the application wand is so short that I feel like I’m in danger of poking out my eyeballs with the cap, especially on my lower lashes. I do, however, like how easily it washes off.

So we’ll see.

The items came packaged in biodegradable peanuts — Johanna had a good time melting them in the sink until I rained on her parade (I mean … I’m not sure that that stuff will do to our septic system and I’d rather not find out) — but it also came with a sliver of (highly smelly lavender) soap in a plastic sleeve.

Huh. I was not expecting that. Not a fan of that particular soap, though, let me tell you what. Um, everyone I know in real life: Anyone want an open package of a stinky soap sample that Johanna has used once and deemed “too slippery”? (No? Shocking. I sold it so well!)

Next up: Embracing mediocrity.