Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Yesterday while Boy 3 was hanging upside-down by his knee pits (in gymnastics) and I had the mom-chauffeur down time that comes with it, I made a list of all of my responsibilities as well as everything I'd like to fit into my day. It was a hefty list. I categorized, sorted and shifted all of it into list after list, until I came up with a schedule that allows me to do it all. It isn't sustainable, and it means functioning on 6 hours of sleep, which I'm not sure I can do for an extended period of time. My hope is that if I stick to the routine for a week or two, I should be able to determine what can use less time, what can be cut. Hopefully I can slim down my day a bit.

I love lists. Two of those are front and back.

Bright side: it's a quarter after 8 and I've meditated, done a load of laundry, exercised, made the kids' lunches, fed the girls, had breakfast, and now I'm blogging. That's pretty serious productivity for me.

So. Progress.

Today, being Wednesday, is garbage day. We are down to two bags of trash in a week, plus a little extra. That's pretty good.

Composting...basically it's a big box the dog eats out of right now. So sick. I really need to get that wire to enclose it. But less trash is going to the landfill...more is being processed through the dog. Eww.

Recycling week this week. They pick up every two weeks, and we are consistently using more than the alloted can. We're going to ask for a second. That's good in that it means we're being more conscious and  recycling everything we can. It's bad in that there's still a lot of waste.

The big can. 

The extra can.

Finally, and the most exciting for me, school is back so we can take a realistic look at our gasoline consumption. At our old house out in suburbia we would have to fill up the van every 5-7 days. I don't think we ever made it more than a week on a tank of gas. 6 days is a reasonable average. And that's just my van. Horrible. I last filled the car on September 10th. That's 12 days ago, twice the span we used to be able to go before filling up...and we're still sitting at 3/4 of a tank. Seriously. I can't wait to see how long this tank lasts us. It's pretty amazing.

So all in all, we're trucking right along. But I sense I'm getting complacent. I'm not searching for the ways to cut like I did when I first started. I'm thinking a room by room analysis is next.

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