Archive for May, 2009

Low Impact Weddings

Is an environmentally friendly wedding an oxymoron? I’ve been thinking about such things for quite some time. From guests flying and driving, to all the energy required to make the event happen, what can we do to minimize our impact?

For the most part of our everyday lives, most people do what is convenient for them to help the environment. Weekly, we push out those blue bins filled with paper and cans and try to remember to bring our canvas tote bags to the grocery store.

Then there’s the slightly less convenient thing of remembering to bring our dead batteries and used printer cartidges to drop off in the bins at Best Buy. We might even carpool or take mass tansit to work.

But, when it comes to our “special day,” much of that often flies out the door. Why do our environmental values change when it comes to weddings? I suppose it has to do with things needing to be a cerain way or that the cost of serving an entirely organic meal for 100 people would break your budget.

Maybe its because there aren’t enough businesses out there that cater to greener weddings, and if they do, they aren’t “mainstream” enough. Hopefully as green living is becoming more common, weddings will eventually catch on a bit more. I’ve seen some friends make some good attempts at minimizing their impact, but as a whole, we are all way off.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Downsizing Homes

So now that we’ve been living in a just under 1000sf condo, we have certainly had to go a bit minimal. One of my friends commented that she was surprised that we have unpacked so much. That got me thinking… have we unpacked a lot?

When packing up things, I tried to keep things to a minimum. For example, we have 2 sets of sheets for our bed, but I only packed one. I meant to only pack 1 set of bath towels, but ended up with 3 sets. I suppose I should pack away 2 sets and store them back in the garage. Then that begs the question, who many sets of towels do we really need?

Let’s see, in the kitchen, we packed away some cups and plates, since I had limited cabinet space. We went down from 12 mugs to 6, and 13 glasses down to 6. I also cut out some bowls and other miscellaneous items.

In the living room and office, we brought in zero books (except for 3 cookbooks) and zero dvds. It’s kinda nice to not get bogged down by a cabinet full of dvds, but it is also nice to be able to watch our favorite movies whenever.

As for clothing, I have a big suitcase of clothes in the garage and I’m wondering if I could live without all the items in there. How much clothes do I really need?

I can definitely say that living minimally feels somewhat liberating. However, we’re not fully minimal because I know there’s all that stuff stored in the pandora’s box of clutter waiting to be openned it up in a new home.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Busily Settling In

Well, I’ve just about finished settling into our rental condo. Too bad we lost the weekend since we were away having fun in Vancouver. I think we’re just about done. We’ve got a bunch of empty boxes in our dining area to break down and shove into the garage.

I must say, going from 1350sf (3bd/3ba) to 996sf (2bd/2ba) wasn’t as bad as I originally thought. We just lost 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. That just means no guests for the time being. The toughest thing to figure out is where to put everything. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that half of the tandem garage is being as a storage place.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Half Time

Since moving, I now live closer to the train station. That means a shorter drive and hopefully less sucky traffic.

I left at the normal time today but had plenty of time to spare. Basically my drive went down by half (from 15min to 7min). Then again, my sample size is one. We’ll see how long it takes to get home as I’m going to try a different route.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Moved In!

So after 5 hours of laboring on the part of our movers, we’ve moved into our rental condo. Not sure how long we’ll be here, but I’d say that it’ll be 3-6 months. One thing I learned is that if you want to save a bit of money on movers (and there are stairs to climb), you might as well move some smaller boxes yourself. It’s somewhat of a waste to see these strong guys carrying 2 little boxes at a time.

Anyway, I’ll probably post some photos when I’m done sorting things out!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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