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09 September 2008 @ 08:19 am
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
-- Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week?
What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary -- whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

"Ask the experienced rather than the learned."
-- Arabic proverb

"Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
-- Franklin P. Jones
 
 
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
 
 
06 February 2008 @ 02:28 pm
How does one humidify an office?

[x-posted to whitecrow0]
 
 
Current Mood: sicksick
 
 
15 April 2007 @ 10:07 am
If you prefer owning your books to borrowing them, check out PaperBackSwap. There is no charge to join. You will trade books you're done with for credits, with which you can request other people's offerings. The only expense is Media Mail postage when you're sending another member a book.
 
 
09 September 2006 @ 07:31 pm
cheap ways to make foood
http://littlepixey.blogspot.com/
 
 
10 June 2006 @ 11:18 am
Does anyone else listen to the Anthropik podcast? Or know of their website? I'm fairly new to them - but there are some really interesting discussions. They're sort of "neo-tribalists."

What is "afterculture"?

x-posted to _nuffism, aforestwhisper, azprogressives, frugal_tips, living_lightly, microliving, not_quite_rural, off_grid, primitiveliving, wildfoods
 
 
 
09 April 2006 @ 12:56 pm
Here's a delightful little piece about gardening. :)

Weekend Edition Sunday, April 9, 2006 · For the latest edition in a continuing series about the story behind songs, Stephanie Davis of Reed Point, Mont., sings about the dangers of mid-winter browsing of seed catalogs.
 
 
06 February 2006 @ 06:00 pm
i'm getting ready to do a wedding registry, and i want to simplify it.
i don't want useless stuff as suggested in every "what to register for" piece i've read.

so, i'm asking what do you consider absolutely neccessary for your home?
-what do you use all the time?
-do you have anything that has many uses? or doubles as something?
-what are the most useful items to own?
-what "natural/simple" living items are good to have?


and what should i absolutely not register for?
-useless items

thanks! and sorry for x-posting.
 
 
06 February 2006 @ 02:37 pm
Hello! I just joined this fine community today. I recycle all the time, which not only helps the environment but satisfies the organizer/sorter in me. However, sometimes I contemplate if our recyclables really are being recycled. I've heard so much about them being thrown away the same as any other garbage (I guess a few years back a local Minneapolis TV news show did a segment about it, but I didn't see it). I guess I need to research this some more. Are our recyclables really getting such treatment, or are we buying into falsities?
 
 
09 January 2006 @ 09:40 pm
roomette suggested I cross-post something from my personal journal (reference included in case anyone wanted to browse those comments.)

I told Scott that I'd like to eat more "real" and healthy food, and that I would be perfectly willing to actually cook said "real" and healthy food a few times per week if it meant less cardboard.

There is a point of contention. I suggested that, perhaps, instead of bringing home a $10.00 Stouffer's lasagna, that he perhaps purchase some chicken breasts and broccoli or asparagus, and I'd make one of my dishes instead. He argued that chicken breasts were approximately $2.00 apiece - the lasagna could feed us all (minus Rhys, who doesn't like it) for several days, but the chicken would only be for a night or two, and therefore the chicken was much more expensive. He isn't even considering buying it at this point.

So, I ask my handy-dandy LiveJournal friends list:
Would you recommend some relatively healthy (or relatively unhealthy, but really delicious) frugal recipes, or some place where I could easily browse through them?
Please remember that I am allergic to corn, so anything with corn products in it (Frito chili pie, nachos, etc.) is unusable.

Thanks!
 
 
Current Mood: determineddetermined
 
 
06 January 2006 @ 09:23 pm
My partner and I have very different household habits in terms of how we use resources. I am a huge believer in the "small things make a difference" addage. After talking a lot about the high cost of electricity in Texas (and gasoline) I think we have some joint New Year's resolutions.

Things We're Doing Right;
-Using a minimal amount of detergent
-Eating mostly vegetarian
-Keeping the therostat set and changing our clothes before altering the entire atmosphere of the house
-Keep the car well serviced, and only buying (oooohhh this is so hard but we do it) super unleaded gasoline
-Decided to be a 1 car household
-Using cloth diapers (the environmental widsom of this one can be debated, I know)


Things I Want to Do:
-Recycle. This is not something he grew up doing so it entails a change in habits.
-Two nights a week prepare a "cold" dinner...ie sandwiches or salad or something that does not involve the use of the kitchen extensively. This is important in summer when it is really hot.
-Shut all doors and windows, keep closets shut so we're not heating/cooling them.
-Research trading in the car for a hybrid.
-Christmas shop all year long from local vendors and/or give "waste free" gifts such as gift cards for birthdays, etc rather than shipping/sending packages. Everyone lives long distance and this would be a wiser option.
-Focus on buying things that last versus temporary items, but being careful to pay only for VALUE not just flash, if that makes sense.
- When we buy a book, buying it for the library, not for ourselves. This one is SO HARD, but the logic of it is reasonable. In our house, we'd both read it and then perhaps reread it in a year. In a library it will be read many more times than we'd read it individually.

Any other ideas would be welcome!

I'm also interested in a discussion on how to prepare a variety of meals from a limited amount of groceries. I want to buy less prepackaged (we don't buy a lot but with a new baby we've started to do this and I want to stop).