Sunday, September 6, 2009

I bought Pop-Tarts the other day.

The heading to this post has nothing to do with anything really, other than "coming clean". My sweet friend, D, over at this is my life just posted about the realities for some of us and this whole sustainable living thing we're learning about and working toward and trying to live up to and figure out. She put it quite well...and made me laugh in the process.
As far as sustainable living goes, there's an awful lot out there that we can be doing...canning, gardening, chicken keeping, detergent making, soap making, thrift store shopping, or not shopping at all. Buying local, eating local, eating in season...not eating at all? Solar power, water power, hybrid, electric...oy! It can get overwhelming! And if there's a way to do it...there's a blog to show you HOW.
Don't get me wrong...I love blogs. And blogging. Blogging is a lot of fun and I have met some amazing women because of it. (You ladies are all so awesome...for real) but blogging can also be dangerous. It's like information overload at times. And when I'm reading that so and so is doing this and that...and then I realize that I'm not...because I just bought a pack of frozen fish sticks...distributed in Iowa or something...because I had to work that day and we were hungry now and I didn't plan ahead with my trusty Crock-pot, which I love by the way, but sometimes we're not on speaking terms. So I buy the fish sticks and then I'm feeling guilty anyway so I may as well just buy detergent because I didn't make time to make my own and I'm at the store and it's a really good price and I have about seven loads of laundry...and then I notice the Pop-Tarts were marked down and really, what's a little HFCS in the big picture? Right? Partially hydrogenated oil anyone? Gracious...
Can I just be real here for a minute? Sometimes...you just need to eat a Pop-Tart. Or at least I do. Preferably frosted strawberry...but I'm not picky. Or maybe a Hostess cupcake. Or a...oh never mind.
On a completely different note....today was a good day. We finally CLEANED THE GARAGE!! Yes...that's me shouting from the mountain tops that our garage...our little tiny one-car garage...is clean and organized. And it feels soooo good. We were going to go to the beach but we really needed to take advantage of this time...these three days...and finish some things around the house. We've let it go for far too long...the garage sale and the cleaning of the shed and the garage was way overdue. It was time... And now it's done. Yes.
Then we grilled marinated London broil and zucchini and then I made homemade onion rings on the side. It was all very delicious.
Then...I cleaned the kitchen and mopped the floor...finally.
And now...I'm going to wash my self up and GO TO BED.

10 comments:

The Cottage Comtesse said...

Let me be the first to say, IT'S OKAY!! It took me 10 years to transition my family to the point where we are today and I suspect it will take another 10 to make some more changes that I would LIKE to make. In fact, at one point, I realized what really needs to happen here is for my 3 girls to learn alongside me so that it is a lifestyle they grow into from their early years. You know the old saying, "It's hard to teach an old dog a new trick". I figure, I've made some progress and that's better than nothing.

dmoms said...

okay, I spent 168 dollars at Trader Joe's last night and bought prepackaged meals for last night and today. imagine all that plastic. i am dying to go out shopping. i have a blog post about that coming soon. i actually hardly ever put my clothes out on the line because it took to long and was always in the way of the kids playing. i do have some yogurt in the crockpot right now yet I think there are 25 different lights on in my house and the computer. i think i should go to bed too!

dmoms said...

glad that we can be real together.

Tammy James said...

Good on you for coming clean, and know what you mean about information overload, hey I see it as we do what we can when we can and sometimes we just can't - its hard to change lifelong habits.

Jeanie said...

Lurve this post and your blog! I agree about the poptarts. Hooked up to your blog from Joanne's blog and can't wait to start the book study. Have a great Monday!
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Kelly said...

Well we do live in America after all, one million neatly packaged products on every corner. I think we all need to find our comfort zone and need to remember that all those canning products are manufactured and trucked across the country too. Difference is they don't leach toxic chemicals and can be re-used for many years unless they make it into a 'clumsy' household like mine. Then they too end up in the trash. Sigh.

(My confessions: I love HFCS loaded BBQ sauce. A certain brand is the only stuff I will buy and I feed it to my family frequently. And I sometimes sleep with the TV on. I usually forget my re-usable shopping bags when I head to the grocery store. Bad Mommy.)

Nancy said...

Let me say that IT'S OKAY and that I'm right there with ya.
I did the grocery shopping this weekend and can I come clean here too? (This is like my confessional, ya know?) I bought Tyson frozen popcorn chicken, french fries and poptarts. Now, that's not all I bought. The rest of the purchases were REAL food that will require me to prep and cook. Which I'm happy to do but gosh darn it, some nights I just have to have a reprieve with frozen food.

Glad we can all be honest here and know that it's ok if we fall a bit short on the whole sustainable/ green living thing.

Sheryl said...

this will be so random but...

i am catching up on your past couple posts. as i was reading the one about your boys, there was this feeling of "less than" creeping up inside me. then...i read this post and it brings me relief. i don't have to be like you, my kids don't have to be like yours.

blogging is not for comparing it is for encouraging. and as you already know, you are one of my best cheerleaders! thank you.

underthebigbluesky said...

i didn't get past the title before i almost peed my pants. we each do our own little bits in our own little ways and it's all better than if we did nothing right? i think the most important thing we are doing is teaching our children balance.

so i already confessed over at denise's that we bought Slurpees the other day, dye and sugar, but it was 11:00am and the girls had all day to run the sugar out.

you can fruits and veg and I don't. i just don't have the time. i'm sure there are things i do that you don't. i think we can all inspire and uninspire each other and we will all be all right in the end.

thanks for this! besides i leave blogs that are just too perfect feeling a weight in my stomach, thanks for not doing that!

underthebigbluesky said...

oh and i almost forgot. congrats on the garage! Sheesh. Can you come do my basement?