Composting in Seattle

It has been a long time since I’ve been on this blog. My attention to streamlined living has not wavered, but its been hard to keep a blog in graduate school, where you are already typing your fingers down to bloody stumps on papers and peering at a computer screen all day. A girl needs…

Ten Ways to Start the New Year Low Waste

I habitually avoid words like resolution, because I think that its a really easy thing to do to assign arbitrary value to a day, get all whipped up into a frenzy of feel-good-ness and champagne, and make a whole bunch of promises that are most likely outlandish and end up making you feel guilty for…

The Winds of Change

I feel most of the time like writing this blog is shouting into the void…not really sure if there is anybody at the other end reading this stuff, but it makes me feel better, so I keep doing it. That being said, to the other end of the void, an apology is in order. As…

Calculating Lye (not lies)

For anybody new out there (if there is anybody at all, and I’m not just shouting into the abyss), I’ve been making my own soap for almost a year, and I wax poetic about it in another post. Before homemade soap, I was plagued with folliculitis, or infected hair follicles that made summer bikini season…

Here comes the brid…al bouquet!

I have decided that weddings are only good for one thing, as far as I’m concerned. OK, two. One should be the most obvious, and that is that any occasion that brings cake in and around my mouth is usually okay with me. Weddings upset me when there is no cake. Similar to Jack Sparrow…

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. …