Monday, January 26, 2009

Through green-colored glasses.

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

My husband returned late from work as usual, only this time he came home carrying a large cup from Burger King.

"Not on your usual route, I see." I nodded towards the cup.

No, I had Crusher's route today. I hate that route because it has a built in break. That's why I stopped at Burger King," he replied holding up the cup.

Looking at his extra large cup, with plastic lid and plastic straw, I didn't say a word.

"You know you've ruined me," he went on.

Thinking he was referring to the quality of "food" he had ingested, I looked up from the cup. "Oh, how's that?"

"I got one of those combo things," he said. "So I am sitting in my truck and I start unpacking my combo. There's the bag. Inside the bag is another container holding my fries. Then there's my burger in it's own container, with another wrapper around the burger inside the container. And then they give you like five napkins and ketchup packets and oh, don't forget the cup with a lid and straw."

"Uh huh," I nod in agreement.

"So I finish my meal and am left with a lap full of crap that I am just going to throw away," he says exasperated.

Looking to me for an answer; I shrug, "Welcome to the dark side, honey. We have cupcakes."


ruchi aka arduous said...

Oooh, really?! Where??

Heather @ SGF said...

That's awesome! :) And I'm with arduous. Where's the cupcakes? Or the T-shirt. The T-shirt is cool :)

Farmer's Daughter said...

The other day I heard my husband talking about how "we" can a lot from the garden. Um, excuse me, "we"?

Anonymous said...

LOL! I've noticed my husband is more receptive if I don't make an issue out of something. He wants to get some new clothes (he needs them for work) and at first he wanted new but after I went to the thrift store and came back with some nice work clothes all the sudden he wants thrift store clothes and he wants to clean out his closet first.

EcoBurban a.k.a. EcoWonder said...

My husband used to be the king of "Take a huge handful of napkins and extra ketchup packets". Last night he came home from the store hand carrying two boxes of Kleenex (Me and the littlest have terrible colds) and a new bathroom scale. No bags, no plastic. He smiled at me and proudly announced he hadn't taken a bag. It takes them awhile, but they get it, don't they? And when they do, they are sooo proud!

GreenieJoy said...

lol thats co cute! And thats great that your greenness has rubbed off on him (or if not, at least made him more environmanetlly conscious) :)

scifichick said...

This is funny! I like the t-shirt too :) It's amazing how when you start paying attention, you notice all the extra stuff you acquire by buying food out.

Green Resolutions said...

That is a cute story.

Last week, my husband brought home an ugly cup with the number 10 written on it. I asked what I was supposed to do with it. He said he was taking it back to work. He'd bought them for all the employees to use so they wouldn't keep using throw-away cups. Its a start :)

Chile said...

Next step, not buyin' it in the first place!

And I just saw that t-shirt message on a bumper sticker last week. Do you know who started it?

JessTrev said...

That is truly hilarious. Your husband is so right, though, it's such a perspective change. I feel the same way about plastic (I literally visualize Beth Terry when I see wasteful, gratuitous plastic packaging). Love this post! Now I need to go make cupcakes. ;)

greeen sheeep said...

ruchi - We always have cupcakes, come on over!

Heather - I first saw this T-shirt on, but also saw it recently on Amazon.

Chile - Amen Sister! It annoys the hell out of me that he goes there in the first place. For now I will take the tiny victory of him seeing things in a whole new light. Just need to figure out how to get him to stop eating fast food while thinking it was his idea all along.

I'm not sure where that saying got started, but I hear Star Wars music in my head every time I think of it.

Green Bean said...

Nice work, Darth! I love it when this sort of darkness rubs off.

Gruppie Girl said...

Isn't it fun to mess with our hubby's brains.

Mine now gathers up the recylables that were going in the trash from the people who work around him and brings them home. He doesn't want to see the items end up in the landfill. Hubby laughs at himself everytime he does this...then he blames me. ;)

Condo Blues said...

My husband's ruined too. One day he comes home from work and hands me a gift - an empty non fair trade plastic coffee can. He proudly says,"can you belive this? They were going to throw this in the trash! You're creative I know you can do something with it."

It lives under our sink as our compost pail.

Some girls get flowers. I get garbage. Progress? I wonder..... :)

mrsdirtyboots said...

They do catch on eventually don't they. Oddly I heard MrDB telling his mum how much chutney 'we' had made this year. Not sure where he stores his I can only find the stuff I made...


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