Because I have no money, I shop a lot. No buying though! It's masochism, folks, plain and simple! We all need a vice, and masochism works nicely for me. And you benefit as well = bonus!
Do you ever just wanna shop? Go to the store, find something cool, pull out the card, and bring it home? Yep. But if you're trying to not create waste, shopping is a no-no.
Have you ever noticed that life is full of dilemmas? Of course, if you're fortunate enough to be in the U.S., chances are your dilemmas are pretty tame. You're not a refugee. You're not displaced.
Let's recap. The election is over. No matter how you voted, one thing appears certain: the incoming administration is not interested in the environment. AT ALL. To be blunt: this blows. The best way to make big strides in trash reduction, reuse, recycling is to get corporate citizens involved. While there may be little regulatory incentive for that in the future, individuals can still make a difference. So let's get on it. Oregonians are on the forefront of environmental matters; let's NOT ease up the pace. First target: the holidays.
My friend Shannon is amazing. He has started sewing again, and he haunts thrift stores for cool clothing. He doesn't want the clothing to wear, necessarily. He wants to take it apart.
It happened so abruptly. Portland can usually expect some gorgeous weather into October, but not this year. The rains started on October 1, way too early. I'm pissed about it.
My friend Kristin is interested in making an outdoor bar
from salvage. That's so cool. Even cooler? She wanted to go shopping to spark some good ideas for her creation. That's pretty much my idea of heaven.
In the summer all I want to do is sit in a lounge chair and eat berries. I rarely turn on the stove, much less the TV. Clothes get dried on the patio railing, not in the dryer. Everything seems simpler in the summer, probably because my rule is that all indoor projects go by the wayside from June until October.
My friend Lori, she of the ongoing kitchen remodel, had some furniture to sell. Table, chairs, light fixture, china cabinet. While these were still good pieces, their days were numbered. The new kitchen was rendering them obsolete. They needed to go.
A friend is re-doing her kitchen, which has turned into a first floor remodel. You know how that goes, right? You're remodeling the kitchen, and you decide to include the laundry room while you're at it. Then it makes sense to update the flooring of the family room while everything's ripped up. And while the family room floor is ripped up, it's a good time to add the wet bar you've always wanted. And away you go!