Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Summer Break is Over

My co-worker, Nick, won't stop asking me why I haven't blogged since May. Nearly every day his loud, annoying voice curls around the wall between our cubicles and grates at my ears.

What I hear is something like, "So, Jeanne."

It's not a question, but I know there's more to it. I know what's coming. I say, "yeeeaaaah?"

Then he asks, "So, when are you gonna write another blog post?"

"Uhh...I don't know!"

But that's not totally true. I do sort of know why.

I moved into a new apartment last month and was transported into an anti-blogging state of preoccupation, confusion, and plastification.

Excuse #1: Preoccupation
I spent a good portion of June packing up my old apartment and moving into my new place. Then I had to unpack (Secret: I'm still not 100% done. I have one box to left to unpack and I still haven't figured out how to organize my closets).

On top of that, it's the summer, and my usually-super-busy boyfriend has tons of free time, and I went to visit my friend's farm for a weekend, and I've been working on a new photo project. And, and, and.

Excuse #2: Confusion

It is not just the preoccupation. Now that I'm in a new apartment and location, I've had to figure out how to shop again. I had to assess the general plastic-free-ness of the products at my new grocery store and figure out the best way to get to a Whole Foods. I had to reform my routine—the exact routine that allows me to be (nearly) plastic-free in the first place.

Excuse #3: Plastic

I've used some plastic during this busy and confusing time, which left me un-motivated to write. Here's a list of the things I recall using:
  • A Starbucks ice coffee cup
  • Two coffee cup lids
  • A carry out container (from delicious thai food)
  • Blue corn chips bag
  • A few straws
  • Two plastic forks and two plastic knives (at continental breakfast while on a mini-break)
  • Plastic bag (from cherries at a farmers' market)
That's all I can remember for now. I know it's not so bad, but I felt terrible for each and every one of these things.

Summer Break Is Over
So that's it. Summer is over, and it's time to say "adios" to preocccupation, confusion, and plastic.

And it's time to say "hello" to my blog! HELLO BLOG!

Thanks to Nick for allowing me to make fun of him in this post. If you've got time, check out his marketing strategy blog, Never A Lack of Ideas.


Nick S. said...

It's about time, Jeanne. Welcome back! And thanks for the shout out... I think. :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back, was wondering what happened to you and almost gave up hope...

Look forward to hearing more about your adventures in plastic-lessness.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! Look forward to more interesting plastic-less posts!


Radical Garbage Man said...

I'm very glad you're back, but I must urge you to join the boycott of Whole Foods. The reprehensible opposition if the CEO to both workplace democracy and healthcare reform makes it unacceptable to spend money there. I'm sure Chicago has other options for sustainable food, and those alternatives would probably do a better job of local sourcing than WF's notoriously high carbon global sourcing policies.

Elizabeth Jansen van Vuuren said...

We missed you. Hope this is not too much of a burden, but you are my less-plastic role model. Thought you'd slipped away to a whole other level of plastic-free existence...

Anonymous said...

It is good to have you back!
I resisted many times to be a virtual version of Nick!
Cheers from Brazil

Fine Life Folk said...

I think you finally rationalized the issue of having no motivation to do one thing in lieu of being motivated to doing something else.

Anonymous said...

Don't feel terrible for using a little plastic. Feel good for inspiring others to use less!