Thursday, February 25, 2010

One of those days...

An update from the Greenhabilitator who is currently blushing...

Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up and say "Hold on....it's Thursday? I thought it was Wednesday." D'oh. Sorry I'm late this morning!

Things have been nutty in the Greenhab household this week. The engine blew in our big ol' "family car" (Explorer) and is going to cost an arm and a leg to repair. As in, I'd rather cut off one arm and one leg than pay the bill they're talking about. I'd love to use that as an excuse to get something a bit more eco-friendly, but a) I think it's more eco-friendly to repair than purchase something new and b) we really need a car that will fit our gaggle of kids and get us through 6 months of snow each year and c) buying a newer, more eco-friendly car would actually cost more than just repairing this one. I guess I look at it as a necessary evil, then try to concentrate on the areas of life that I can better control...like food!

My goal for 2010 was to finally buck up and concentrate on greening our food. This was made easier -- and harder -- when we decided to put our son on a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Our meals are not as weird or restrictive as we thought they'd be IF I make things from scratch and put a little more thought into them. I used to say "Oh it's an hour until dinner, I better think of something to make!" Now I plan at least the day ahead, if not a whole week in advance. I started doing that mostly for him, but have found that it really helps me to plan the most nutritious, least process, most recognizable meals.

We don't eat out all that much anyway, but EnviRambo's post earlier this week about the Week of Eating In inspired me to join the challenge. Cooking has always been my least favorite chore (right behind scrubbing toilets) but I'm *whispering* that I'm actually beginning to enjoy it just a little bit. I think it makes me feel good to see that I can cook a nutritious meal for my family that doesn't break the bank and doesn't come from a box. If this is the aspect of your life that you've put off greening, take it from someone who is NOT a foodie - jump in, the water's finer than you think!

And here's our latest project...


We started our seeds last weekend and they are sprouting up already. Mr. Greenhab let me sleep in late one morning and, upon waking, I found them doing a little gardening at the kitchen table. Notice anything wrong with the photo above?

Yeah, no labels. So I have only a vague idea of what any of these are. Makes it hard to decide where to plant them when the snow finally melts. Sigh. He tried, bless his little heart.

That's all the news that's fit to print from the Greenhabilitator. Forgive my tardiness today. Even Eco-Heroes forget what day it is sometimes.

2 comments:

Robbie said...

Hey, it happens! Hopefully your week will improve! And if not, the weekend is just around the corner...

Green Me Alison said...

I love it! I totally thought I'd remember which seeds I put where when I did my seedlings last year, but I didn't...maybe your Mr. is like me...make a mistake, so you learn how to do it right!

Bummer about your car, and I agree in general that fixing is better, but this might be a good time to start a new car savings fund!

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