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This Perfect Day

8:00 - got out of bed and saw sunshine. Real blue sky! Light breeze. Temperature already in the 60s.

8:45 - spent my bus commute finishing my audiobook version of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. Conclusion: best book on food I've ever read. Perhaps one of the best books, period. It has made me fall in love with food again in a way that I haven't experienced since I lived in France.

10:00 - Went to a meeting in which I knew more than I thought I did, helped a colleague, and looked competent.

11:00 - Staff meeting. Usually something to dread, but my boss, whom I like, has been away for a month hiking in the Andes, and she was back looking fit, relaxed, and tan, and it was really nice to see her.

Noon - Walked in the 72-degree sunshine through the cheerful and underdressed bustle of downtown to the Pearl, where I met my sister, avventura1234 at Portland Center Stage (her place of employment). We split my bento lunch at a sidewalk cafe table, had a great conversation, and agreed to see Doubt, the current PCS production, tomorrow night. Free tickets!

2:00 - Another worthwhile meeting in which a technical problem that had seemed complex was rendered simple and then resolved in less than an hour.

4:30 - Crept out early.

6:00 - Met my good pal roseambr for a little dinner (appetizer of gorgonzola cheesecake with polenta crust--it was very, very good), and a workshop, Sustainable Living on a Budget.

(The class was not the superficial intro to recycling and composting that I was expecing. It was a fairly radical presentation of major lifestyle changes, and it has filled me with big new ideas about how to reduce my footprint further and be greener and stuff.)

10:00 - Wandered over to avventura1234's house with my glass of Corbières and sat idly chatting while she made apple galette, one of her many specialties.

11:15 - Ate a slice of hot apple galette fresh from the oven, then walked home in the cool, starry night.

And so to bed.


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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so impressed you had energy for anything more when you got home last night. Once my car finally rolled into my garage last night I was spent. My brain was full of new ideas and things to consider, somewhat radical changes to suggest to my hubby and new concepts to absorb. I felt the need to do one thing, close my eyes and allow my brain to settle around all that we heard.

Conclusions: Not at all sure I can do nopoo. For sure going to find raw milk. Going to mix up some new cleaners and detergent this weekend. Will for sure talk to Hubby about the changes we need to make around here, like bottled water bottles. So much to consider and even more to change! I want so much to do my part and have an impact on this earth we live on. It's hard to imagine after last nights talk and the information I gleaned from The Mystery of 2012 that we can make it to a new world. But at the same time last night showed me that we are not alone in the quest for a cleaner, simpler way of life. My fingers are crossed and I am heading for that light at the end of that long tunnel!
Jun. 14th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
My excitement to share what I'd learned with my sis was pretty energizing. Also, the promise of apple galette.

I'm still mulling everything we learned. As I mentioned by email, I'm ready for "no-poo" (hee!), but I can see why it wouldn't be one of your first steps--if I were still coloring my hair, I wouldn't consider it. There are so many other improvements to make, it seems okay not to pick that one.

I woke up this morning thinking about all the nasty fire retardant on my bedding. Geez. My quest to replace my mattress just took a new turn, you can bet!

Lots to think about and do. The "sunny path" is wide open before us both.

(Oh, and my sis was really interested to know more. I'm going to see if she can get in on one of Monique's next intro classes.)
Jun. 14th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I think I want to clone your day and live it myself (over and over). Every trash day when I drive down the street I see everybody's piles of trash and it depressed the hell out of me when I multiply that amount by millions of people, and wonder where in the hell it goes. And then multiply it again by thousands for the weeks that have gone by and those coming up. Makes me fear for the Grand Canyon being acquired for a landfill.
Jun. 14th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
One of the many great tips the workshop teacher provided last night was, "Don't judge--yourself, or others--as you start up this path."

I find that my focus narrows down to the pinpoint of my own life the more I'm on this path. The more I immerse myself in sustainable practices, the farther I get from those rows of trashcans on the curb.

It's not that mass consumerism has ceased to exist, just that it's ceased to exist in my reality. Knowing that I'm doing all I can right now to be part of the solution, and so are more and more of the other people in my reality, is amazingly calming.
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Jun. 14th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
In my experience, days involving a J.O.B. don't get any better.
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