Day 18 of Daily Footprint Project. It’s been sitting by the fireplace. Daring me with its unopened carton. Must have been a week already.
Our new Feelgood composter. Prad ordered it. ‘Now you put it together.’ Of course, I have got a good excuse. I had gum surgery on Monday, and I have been feeling lousy. The few days before that, I was too busy, and the composter did not even make it once on my daily to do list. Plus, shouldn’t Prad take care of it anyway? I thought he would be the one in charge, in the composting department. He usually likes that kind of stuff. I know what he is thinking. ‘It’s about time you walk your talk. I have done enough as it is. Let’s see if you come through here.’ I am being tested on the authenticity of my declared green-ness.
The truth is, I love blogging about green psychology and green living. It comes easy to me. And I am seduced by the idea of composting, of returning what comes from the earth, back to the earth. It feels so right, poetic almost. Taking the box outside, unpacking the composter, assembling it, now, that’s another story. I can always find something better to do. Why is it so difficult for me to translate my intention into action?
I am happy with my life the way it is right now. The prospect of the satisfaction from composting does not outweigh the inconvenience of having to put it together. If someone else did it for me, I would use it, as long as it does not require too much extra effort. I think of all the greenies who are going to read this, and I anticipate their judgment. If it was not for the blog, I would definitely keep all this business to myself. I feel ashamed. No, I need to remember, the main thing is to be honest.
Let me take on my marketing hat for a second. What I am voicing is a very real pain. I want to be green, but I need some help. Will someone, please, make green easy on me? Set things up for me, hold my hand as I undertake the heroic task of greening my life.
Daily Footprint Project Daily Log Day #18 Water personal: flush toilet 3 wash face 2 brush teeth 2 wash hands 4 shower 1 mom: rinse dishes communal: run full load dishwasher Electricity/gas personal: electric toothbrush 2 microwave tea 2’ microwave oatmeal 4’ microwave milk 2’ laptop on all day mom: heat cream of wheat microwave half potato broil steak fry bokchoy communal: lights Food personal: oatmeal with organic milk organic oranges tea organic milk organic chocolate organic raspberries mom: cream of wheat with organic milk organic raspberries organic buffalo steak organic half potato organic baby bokchoy communal: dinner out Waste personal: toilet paper raspberries plastic box mom: most of cream of wheat (leftover from breakfast) paper wrapper for steak communal: 3 newspaper plastic wrappers rotten sweet potato old half potato Recycling personal: mom: communal: 2 papers plastic milk bottle Transportation personal: mom: communal: drive to electronics store 2 miles drive to restaurant 4 miles Non food shopping personal: mom: phone for Little Sister’s family communal: