Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Verisimilitude

We're finally home to stay after two road trips in the last 8 days. Fun, but exhausting, especially for a baby who apparently really likes her own bed. But then again, who doesn't. Anyway, I really have a hankerin' to write something, but not much is coming to mind except bloglettes.

1. Found new favorite food product: UK import Tyrrells salt & vinegar potato chips, found at CostPlus World Market. Damn..."eating more chips" is not one of my resolutions for 2008. Not that I believe in resolutions per se.

2. I've been thinking lately: if junk mail, excessive packaging, and those damn extra phone books they plunk on everyone's doorstep -- Seriously, it's a sin that so many of these are printed and go immediately into the recycling bin! Who needs a "Yellow Pages" and a "Yellow Book" and a "Lemon Pages" and a "Super Yellow" and a "Big Book"! -- did not exist, think of the environmental impact!

3. Resolution for 2008: use less exclamation points.

4. Plan for 2008: Find daycare for August for 1 day/week. Go in to school 1 day/week. Go to gym 3-4 times week. Take August to Aqua Tots on Fridays. Eat more vegetables. Read more journal articles. Do a 1-mile swim and/or swim/bike-a-thon and/or sprint triathlon. Paint the house. Finish painting the frickin' living room. Read a few classics. Draw more. Work on lowering my average times for 100-, 200- and 800-yd swims during workouts.

5. I always say, "I wish I liked sushi/seafood/getting up at 5 am." What things do you want to like, but just plain don't?

3 comments:

kenc said...

Who needs those books you say you never use?? Actually they were referenced nearly 15 billion times last year. And that’s just the print versions. 90% of all adults reference them at least once a year, 75% in a typical month, and 50+% on average month. How about on average 1.4X each week?

While the popular myth is that print Yellow Pages are responsible for the neutering of forests, the reality is the Yellow Pages industry doesn’t knock down any trees for its paper!!! Let me repeat that – they don’t need to cut any trees for their paper supply. Currently, on average, most publishers are using about 40% recycled material (from the newspapers and magazines you are recycling curbside), and the other 60% comes from wood chips and waste products of the lumber industry. If you take a round tree and make square or rectangular lumber from it, you get plenty of chips and other waste. Those by-products make up the other 60% of the raw material needed. Note that these waste products created in lumber milling would normally end up in landfills. Not only that, as wood chips decompose, they emit methane, a greenhouse gas closely associated with global warming. Paper manufacturing thus puts these chips to good use. Many paper providers will also use 5% or less of recycled directories in their paper creation.

WS said...

If you didn't happen to see it on West Seattle Blog, we talked here about how to opt-out of phone-book deliveries. We used to love them but the Internet is much easier to use, separate from the whole paper issue.

miss d said...

Mine is "I wish I managed my time better".

Maybe I want to do too much though. Hmm...