Feeling Green Friday

September 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I felt pretty crappy this morning because I sort of went on a little bender last night with eating. Why? Why? Why? Anyways, I forced myself to walk the boys to school and that made me feel better. Then I was in a rush to shower and get out the door because I had a super-specialist eye doctor appointment pretty early. I had to see a glaucoma specialist to have some high-tech baseline studies done of my optic nerve. My ocular pressure has always been on the high side, so my optometrist thought I should have this done so that a really accurate comparison could be made from year to year. I don’t have glaucoma, and may never have it, but just to be on the safe side…let’s have tons of really expensive tests that take hours and leave me dilated and half-blind all day! And I had to schedule two more appointments for more tests in the next few weeks. Urghhh. As soon as I got home from the eye doctor, I did my Week 2, Day 1 Couch to 5K training run. Posted more about that over there. Did you see my tweet in the sidebar that I have signed up to “run” a 5K on Oct. 9th with my friend Jeannie? Psyched! Scared! Anyways…onto the “green” stuff.

When I think of the many political issues that concern the grown-ups in this house, environmental issues probably don’t even make the top ten. We are so not “green” around here. I use about an entire roll of paper towels a day. We throw away plastic bottles and aluminum cans. I forget to take the reusable bags to Publix 3 out of 4 times. We totally waste water and electricity at every turn. But today, I am feeling kind of green.

First, I just signed us up for St. Petersburg’s first city-wide recycling program. I found out about it from “I Love the ‘Burg” on Facebook. (Chad had already read about it in the St. Petersburg Times, but I don’t read the paper…you know, those papers that just pile up and beg to be recycled?) Anyway, it’s really inexpensive and they are going to pick the crap up at the end of our driveway once a week, so I thought that would be easier than amassing towers of newspapers and mountains of cardboard and driving it all over to the recycling center once in a blue moon. Now that it will be easy, I totally plan to throw the plastic and cans and whatnot in there too. You know my goal in these types of things…do just slightly more than nothing.

Second, I just signed us up for membership in a CSA for the upcoming harvest season. “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You can find out more about it here.  I have been really wanting to cook more and different things for our family, and in a CSA you are presented with a variety of the freshest veggies straight off the farm. You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit (as Mrs. Moore at Riviera Day School always told my boys). I’m really excited about this. The CSA that we joined is an organic farm in Tampa called Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.  I’m going to tour the farm on Saturday, and I can’t wait. Part of membership in the CSA is a requirement to volunteer at least four hours during the harvest season (November-May here in Florida). I’m even excited about that, and plan to volunteer as many hours as I can. Stay tuned for farm pictures!

Just Another Sunday

September 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Yesterday, while I was scrapping, Chad took the boys to a gymnastics place for a school-sponsored “parents’ afternoon out” playtime. The place was reserved for just Shore Acres Elementary kids for two hours, and the boys really had a blast.

This morning I made chocolate chip pancakes at home rather than going out for breakfast (the boys’ choice) and then I dragged them to the gym with me. Now Mack is napping (yes, he still takes a nap most of the time on the weekends) and Cal just did his 30 minutes of reading and is working on a book project for school. This afternoon we have another contractor coming out to give us estimates for remodeling the bathrooms. It truly feels like this project will never happen. Guess I better clean the bathrooms up a little bit.

Elsewhere on the blog:
A few days I go I posted about my favorite pizza place in St. Pete. Matt, the owner, commented on my post and offered a discount…if you are one of my local peeps, check that out. It’s sooo good.

I updated my Couch to 5K page with this morning’s run. So far so good!