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Really, you could just skip this...

I'm back home (the place I live) now after going home (where I'm from) for a wedding. Which most of you know, because the only people that read this are the people I saw at home...so yeah, um, should I bother to talk about it? Guess I won't, except to say that it was verra nice and I cried like a girl at a wedding (go figure...) and I'm sad becasue I don't know when I'll be home again. Seeing as how I'm moving to Oz, it'll probably be a *long* time, which is sad-making. And I never did get any In n Out...bugger!

I've decided to embrace the evil that is MySpace so that I can keep in touch with my important peeps after I move. Most of them don't have LJ and/or even know my LJ exists, and I kinda like it that way. Sometimes a girl wants to rant without her family knowing, you know? You know i know you know! haha

Yeah, it's late and I'm sort of tired and sort of bored and feeling sick from the sickness that bitch-slapped me upside the head while I was on vacation *and* from the meds I'm taking to get rid of the sickness. I'm twice the fun cause I'm twice the sick! hooray!

I didn't go to work this week, aaaaaand I don't think anyone noticed. This is fantastic! I'm still gettin' paid, yipee, but don't have to go in and sit. See, I'm in the process of seperating from the USAF, and since I'm pretty close to being out, I don't have anyone that I'm in charge of anymore (but I did just remember the performance report I have to write..damn, forgot that...), and I'm having sinus problems so I'm not flying until they figure out what's wrong with my sinuses, so me showing up at work means I just sort of sit there until it's time to leave. Really, I have *nothing* (except the perf report) to do at work. Mostly I have a ton of appointments related to outprocessing and things to do at home and around town related to getting my shit together to move. So I do those things, for the most part. But this week since I've been sick, I've been sleeping a lot. Between the sick and the meds, I'm one tired girl. I'm trying to just sleep it off, but I don't know that it's working. I still sound like a chorus when I cough, instead of just one person coughing. That's kinda not good.

I have been reading a lot lately about living green and sustainably, and I think that I'll be trying to incorporate some of these things into my life. I'm a tad freaked out about the future of the planet, and I think it's time to quit being scared and to take steps to do what I can to live better-for-the-planet. I'm not a hippie and I'm not a nature girl by any means, belive me. I love my SUV and my air conditioner and my fridge and my electric lights. But all that stuff is worthless if it means i have to live in a world that is being destroyed. I mean, isn't life without a/c better than no life at all? Okay, sorry, not trying to preach. I just think it's time for me to do my part instead of just bitching about how nobody does anything. I'm going to try to do gradual changes while I'm here in the US, and then try for more radical changes once I move. Some of the steps I'd like to (eventually) take are:
* Unplugging my fridge
--I'll have to shop for today's food *today*, instead of weekly. But this could be a good thing, in the long run. See below...
* Buying food produced within 250 miles
--The 'cost' of food includes things like miles driven/flown to get to the market, the heating/cooling of the market, the packaging, etc. If I buy local, the packaging is usually less (when was the last time you saw a plastic-wrapped apple at a farmer's market?), the drive is minimized, there's no supermarket to heat, and it'll be FRESH. Yum!
* Eating meat once a week or less
--Meat production takes a lot of resources. I can't give up meat entirely, but I can't handle killing meat that I raised myself either. So I'll just use less, and even then, keep it local, and try for farms that raise healthy, happy food instead of 'factory food'.
* Tricycle
--I want to get a 3 wheel bike after I move, and use it to run most of my errands around town. Yeah, they look sort of dumb, but they're more stable than a regular bike and have a big ol basket between the back wheels to put dinner in. The town I'll be living in is small, so I should be able to do this okay. Plus I'll be getting regular exercise, which i could use. But when the weather sucks, I may just hop into my car. I'm not perfect.
* Straw-Bale House
--I'd like to eventually build a straw-bale house, with solar power, water cisterns, and a little garden, hopefully on some land that has a stream and a pond. Don't laugh...these houses are cheap, easy to put up, are extremely well insulated, and are very durable. There are houses standing that are over 150yrs old in Nebraska that were built out of waste hay. Not only are they sustainable and less environmentallly damaging than wood houses, but the hay they're built out of is waste that would have been burned and created more emissions. Plus, they're all natural, so you don't have to worry about "sick building syndrome" from all the plastics and stuff. And (man, so much goodness with these things..) they tend to survive tornados, earthquakes, etc, better than regular houses because they are more solid and yet more flexible. At worst, you have to replace a bale or two that got really wet, or maybe re-apply some plaster that blew off. Easy!
* No more plastic
--I'd like to stop using plastic in any form. This will be a bit hard. No bags, that's easy. No more plastic water bottles...um. I think I'll just keep what plastic I currently have (why throw it out if it's still functional?) but try to avoid adding new plastic stuff. This will be tough, since most items these days have plastic in them.
* Recycle
--This is hard to do in OKC, cause the support from the trash guys just isn't there. But once I move, I'll be recycling just about everything that *has* to be tossed out, and reusing stuff until it's un-usable. Along with recycling, I'd like to add..
* Reduce garbage
--If I reuse stuff, I shouldn't have a lot of containers going in the trash. If I recycle what *must* be thrown out, I shouldn't have a lot of non-food in the trash. And if I compost, I shouldn't have much food trash at all. It would be nice to have less than one 13gal garbage bag of trash for two people in one week.
* Compost
--See above. Plus, I can use it for my...
* Garden
--Why not grow some veggies? I like squash, tomatos, corn, etc. Plus, the more room in my backyard that is dedicated to food, the less grass that needs to be mown with an evil emissions-spewing lawn mower. I hate big lawns anyway, they take up time that my man should be spending with me. :-)
* Buy second-hand
--If I buy gently-used things, I prevent them going into the landfill, I save money, and I don't create a 'need' for a new item to be manufactured, and there's no packaging. Yipee! Not all things will be able to be bought second-hand (like underwear), but I can try, by golly.


That's about all I can think of now, but I'm sure there will be more. I'm just looking at trying to find a balance between thoughtless consumerism and ultra-radical woods dweller. Keep in mind, I said this would be gradual. I'm not going to start most of this until after I move, mostly because of two things - 1, I live with roommates who wouldn't support this and it's not my house so i can't make them; and 2, this city isn't set up in a way that I could do much of the list above. For example, I can't take mass transit to work (not that I go...) - it's not offered, at all, where I live OR where I work. The nearest grocery store is 8 miles away, and the nearest farmer's market is 20, so biking there is out of the question. But I can do some things now, and I will. Comments, links, suggestions, etc will all be welcome. If you have an idea that I haven't thought of, please let me know.

That will be all for now, type atcha later!
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