A Cold Shower: ALS Ice Bucket Response

Disclaimer: yes, I did actually perform the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And yes, I did actually donate money to the charity. If you find that these actions are too hypocritical for you to bear, I understand.  But read on, brave souls who are left.  Let me start by saying that I had a cousin who…

The Coming of the Locusts

You guys know the drill. The signs of the impending apocalypse include war (check), famine (well, I am on a student budget…cheee-eeeck), horsemen (could we count the motorcycle riders who pop wheelies outside my window at 3 AM?), and the plague of locusts that terrorizes the earth for five months.  Well, I don’t have locusts. …

Update from the Trenches of Homemade

I’ve been off of school and on break for two weeks, and its been fabulous. I’ve decided that I need to really start working on my plan to become independently wealthy so that I can stay home all day and just CREATE things. And take care of the animals, of course.  This is an update…

The Postage Stamp Garden

Here in Seattle, I live in a wonderful neighborhood that has a walkability score of 98%. That means that almost anything your little heart could possibly desire is within an easy walking distance. I have: – (2) markets – (1) sustainable butcher – (1) independent movie theatre – (5) bars / pubs – (1) drug…

A Departure

So, fair warning, I’m about to open up a can of women’s rights all over this blog. I know its a departure from my usual anti-GMO, pro-homemade, homestead ramblings, but I’m okay with it. If you’re not okay with it, I will throw a wheel of cheese at you.   I tried to post here a…

An Excellent Reminder

I am literally teetering on the brink of an interstate move. The movers are coming tomorrow (cue the high-pitched squealing of “I’m not ready! No stop!”), and I am almost done packing, but what a process it has been.  I went into this move feeling VERY sustainable and (not gonna lie) a little holier-than-thou. My salvaged…

Bibliography, Annotated (to date)

An awesome (and super-talented) friend of mine approached me a couple of weeks ago and said that my blog had inspired her to reframe how she looked at waste and personal products. That’s kick ass! If even one person gets something out of my ramblings, I feel like I’ve won (although my secret goal is…

Ayurveda Applied

So, I’ve gotten interested in ayurveda recently. Not so much because I have a desire to become a yoga master (I’m way too impatient for yoga…you’re free to counsel me in the benefits, and I’m sure that I would become as flexible as a bendy straw if I could just. settle. down. and. do. it.…

The Evolution of Paperless

Here “she” sits, in all of her glory: My new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i! I’ve been lusting after the “paperless” achievement badge for quite some time. It has eluded me for several reasons: the horrendous cost of appropriate scanning devices the daunting task of required signatures on documents (that are then scanned and emailed back to…