The Babe Sleeps…

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April 19, 2012 by Ellen V

…And I try to use a few minutes for me. At least, in theory. Yesterday, I had about 17 projects going at once, Jane awoke from a nap, and I had to drop it all to feed her. The house was a wreck when Eric got home, and I thought, “Yep, this is what we signed up for!”

Eric and I are trying to reduce our impact on the world a bit, and one way we know we can do that is by continuing to eat less meat. We’re certainly having some now that Lent is over, but we’re trying to make a point of keeping our meals vegetarian several times a week. Last night we tried this recipe for lentil tacos, and they turned out wonderfully. I also tried my hand at homemade pop tarts, and they were really, seriously delicious. Next time I’ll have to make a double batch! That’s part of the “buy less processed foods” thing we’re also trying to do. We certainly don’t buy a lot of Pop Tarts, but I tend to love my cereal so I’m trying to find new, homemade breakfast alternatives. That one’s a keeper.

Two things have really made an impression on Eric and I lately: 1) a documentary called No Impact Man. The movie was really good in showing how much we can do in reducing our waste and how much would be so hard for us to change because of how ingrained we are in the culture. Eric and I have been talking about how the family in the movie was able to cut out so many things that would have been crazy challenging for us, but they didn’t even consider a few things that we are already doing. 2) we’ve also been reading the book Following Christ in a Consumer Society by John F. Kavanaugh. Woah. Don’t read this if you’re not ready to be totally ashamed of the way you live as an American consumer.

I only mention the movie and the book because they have been the topic of the majority of our conversations in the V household in the past week or so. I’m sure they’ll both continue to influence the decisions we’re making and the next projects we undertake! Don’t worry about my going complete hippy on you, though. I’m still commuting 20 miles to work every day, we’re still using toilet paper, and I’m already planning the next Target trip…


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