About Me

I'm a 30-something girl shaping my life to be what I've always wanted. I've been incredibly fortunate to have never dealt with any major mental health issues despite both parents having many. I can't believe the luck and take none of it for granted. I hope to reach out to others who may live the same life.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Weekend Update

As I sit here on my porch in the somewhat not so hot weather (but still very humid), I realize how little I actually get outside anymore. I miss working outside on a regular basis. I can't wait for vacation time to kick in so that I can do more "outdoor living" again like I used to at camp. I also miss the country life when I could feel safe going anywhere anytime, night or day. Not that this city is a booming metropolis, but still not so safe. Each time I hear about another stabbing near the river, I'm less and less inclined to move to an apartment that is cheaper and closer to my job.

In other news, I'm working on a new type of knitting with something called "plarn". In an attempt to be more environmental I'm using all my plastic bags, and have even recruited those I work with to give me their unwanted plastic bags as well. So, put plastic and knitting together, and your medium becomes "plarn", rather than yarn. It's free to obtain and can be used for things like making more durable and reusable plastic bags, rugs, etc. I first wondered why all the patterns were for small things only, and now that I'm knitting my first project, I think it's because once is stretches, it may not stretch back. Weight in a plarn bag might not be the best idea.

I'm not completely sure if this can totally be attributed to global warming, but this is
interesting. Apparently, sheep are shrinking, and it's our fault.

I post this not only because of the implications if it IS a global warming issue, but also to remind us all that we can't always instantly blame each and every problem we see on it. It can't always be the easy answer. Even as an environmentalist, I look at headlines like that and think, now what. The point is this: Crying wolf is never a good idea-even if only for a good cause.

1 comment:

Sara said...

thank you for writing this. I'm trying to come up with ways to make my impact on the world more sustainable, which is largely why I enjoy knitting so much. I try to spin all my yarn so it takes a lot of the carbon footprint out, and recycle old knitting projects into new ones.