Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Men of quality

Happened to catch a particularly inane On Point on the way back from classes today and will leave you with one thought:

Men who are intimidated or threatened by women making more money have merely come to the realization that they no longer have blanket power. If a woman doesn't need you based on financial necessity you're going to have to actually not be a crap person in order to maintain a relationship. I can't find where this is a bad thing for relationships.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Modified Eggs Benedict Salad

CSA spring greens (yay!!)
VT bacon (birthday present from a vegetarian)
Cabot cheddar
Poached eggs (from friend's chickens)
Lemon juice

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Airing dirty laundry

I made laundry detergent of borax, washing soda and a bar of soap over the summer and haven't yet run out. The recipe estimated it costs around $.01 per 1/2 cup load.

I don't have a washing machine so typically I bring loads of dirty laundry to friends houses whenever I get a dinner invite. Recently, after an unfortunate incident during an experiment with fanny pack wine (hint: aim pour spout down) I got out my hand crank pressure washer and my roommate's white shirt was returned to its former glory.

Tonight I've decided to tackle a larger basket. Add clothing, hot water and homemade detergent to washer, crank from time to time, rinse and hang dry. Minimal electricity (depending on water heating source), biodegradable and not super poison detergent, enjoy with a gin and tonic!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thoughtful shopping

And if you can't shop local, there's a guide for what widely known/available things are from socially conscious businesses http://www.betterworldshopper.com/

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thoughtful challenge

A colleague challenged me to write about the ways I think about living, particularly the things I try to incorporate to live more responsibly. While there are many such blogs with far more success and bragging rights on this topic, she wants to hear about me and I'm not doing anything else with this here blog spaceso: challenge accepted.

Right now I'm thinking about dinner. I made a packages soup that came in my stocking this Christmas (thanks Dad and Liz!). It had 2 small plastic bags that I had to throw away and a small cardboard box that I recycled. I added squash from my summer CSA (community supported agriculture) that I had dehydrated, leftover beans (that I made from dried for less leaching chemicals, less sodium, less $ and lower shipping impact.), "humane" chicken (so said the label but not a local farm to check) and gifted Portuguese sausage (localish farm/smoke house).

Also making roasted acorn squash from my CSA that I'd frozen w/ imported (by my father) gray sea salt, evoo (bought in bulk from the health food store in an empty beer bottle that I liked with a spout from a cooking shop) and ranch dressing powder.

Also a gin and tonic because I got yummy gin for my B-day and gifted lime juice and tonic!