Man, has anyone else been so busy you can’t remember what day it is?
All my days have been running together and I just noticed how long it’s been since I’ve posted something!
There are big things going on in my life right now and its really exciting! My girlfriend, her mother, my sister-in-law, and I are launching a cloth diapering service this month. We have been really busy getting everything together so that we can get started, which should be within the next few weeks!!
I am working on re-doing the website for the launch. I am trying to make it look more professional, but I have limited knowledge of….all this schmancy stuff! haha I don’t even know what knowledge I am lacking, which will probably make it hard to learn more about it.
Err…something like that.
Anyway, I am also beginning my Master’s research this month. I will be working on a project which examines the socio-economic conditions that affect consumer diaper choices. No biggie. 🙂 I am really exciting to compile academic research into a document which can be shared among other people in the cloth diaper community. Some of the stuff I’m finding is unnerving – how can all those chemicals be in a product that goes directly on a baby? I mean, sodium polyacrylate has been banned from tampons because it increases the likelihood of bacterial infestations (which cause toxic-shock syndrome)…but it’s okay to put in a product that goes near my kid’s junk?!
But, the average American consumer isn’t aware of things like this. Why? A very good question…I sincerely feel that if they were, they would never consider purchasing disposable diapers again.
Well, the champagne and the glitter-induced euphoria has dwindled.
Its January 3rd – the perfect time to realistically think about what goals I am setting for the upcoming year. I’ve never been much of a fan of resolutions, they never have much backbone. What I am a fan of is a deadline. So the first week of the new year, I think about goals that I’d like to achieve and I set the deadline as December.
January 2011: I set a goal to be more active and make healthier choices.
December 2011: Throughout the year, I began experimenting with fitness and running. I started eating more whole foods, focusing on organic and local choices. I consume less alcohol than ever.
I feel pretty good at 2011. I even finished up 2/3 of my Master’s degree.
So how do I feel about 2012? (sans the Mayan calandar hoopla, that is.) So far, so good!
This year, my goals are more concise. For one, I plan to live more sustainably. While this may seem confusing to some who aren’t really sure what “sustainability” actually means, no worries. Its one of my favorite things to talk about! ♥ I will be sharing my experiences, obstacles, and successes through a 12-post installment; which allows me to track my own lifestyle choices AND educate people.
A second goal of mine is to dine out less. While I am a foodie at heart, I have to give up my restaurant addiction. Instead, I am going to channel my foodie knowledge and experience into cooking more at home. (Breakfast is the worst, I love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and egg while flatbread!)
Last, I would like to run a half marathon. I have struggled with exercise for a long time, having been an inactive kid and adult. I have even struggled with staying committed to running. I would like to run a 5K in May, a 10K in July and a half marathon in September. This will probably be my biggest challenge of the year because I have this uncanny way of making excuses for everything (Changing this part of my personality is a long-term goal of mine)!
So bring it on 2012, I’m ready!
Thank you Giant Eagle, my favorite place to grocery shop, for providing me with my first glimpse at the electric car charging station. Just the other day she♥ and I had been discussing the benefits/drawbacks of electricity-powered cars. Some electric cars tend not to do well on long-distance trips, so we wondered if charging stations would begin to appear along highways.
With a little research I found that the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, can be driven cross-country and performs well. It has a 1.7L engine, so it only requires a 9.3 gallon gas tank. The savings are incomparable – it costs only 2¢ a mile to fuel using gasoline, because it relies mainly on battery power. To charge the Volt: only 80¢ a mile. I can almost overlook the $40,000 price tag because there is a $7500 tax rebate, a government-offered incentive hoped to stimulate investment in electric powered vehicles.
I found a helpful map online with zoom capabilities which lists the electric fueling stations in Pennsylvania.
Happy 2012 from my family to yours ♥