My brilliant friend Charlie Fern tagged me for a very popular meme: 7 things you didn’t know about me.
Frankly, I can’t believe there are really 7 things you don’t know about me if you’ve been reading for a while. I get pimples. I’ve never acquired the habit of brushing my teeth before I go to bed. I wear weird clothes while working at home, eat bizarre food and have an obsession with cupcakes, which I can’t eat because of my obsession with running. I’ve even shown you what I keep on my desk and in my fridge.
So, Charlie told me I needed to tell you 7 things that you didn’t know. I decided to modify the meme to tell you 7 green-ish things you didn’t know about me. (Please keep in mind that this doesn’t include my horrible non-green secrets. I’m sitting here with a disposable paper cup of coffee. I should be shot.)
- Green coffee
My sister and I both add our creamer first before the coffee so we don’t have to waste a spoon to stir. If someone else has poured the coffee for us, we blow on the top to mix the coffee with wind power. Also, when necessary, I hunt for the broken stirrers in coffeeshops to make sure they aren’t thrown away, and sometimes I touch a lot of clean stirrers to get to the broken ones. I’m sorry about that. I also recycle my sweetener packet* paper.
- Green laundry
Since I don’t get very dirty sitting at this computer all day, I wear the same clothes for several days in a row. I don’t do the same with workout clothes. That would be too much, even for me.
I ADORE composting. One of the reasons I was so enamored with my boyfriend D.J. right from the start is that he not only recycled… he composted! I save every scrap I can in a container in my fridge, and I take it to him. We broke up last year for about a month, and I was left with compost in the fridge. This made me so sad. When we got back together, I refused to start another compost container until I knew it was going to last. Now when I hand him the compost, he says, “Woohoo! I’m in!”
- Green roots
At the University of North Texas in the late ’80s, I’m proud to say I was on the first recycling committee. I even requested that our newspaper stop producing so many copies since so many were left each day. This decreased our advertising power. But they did it anyway.
I try to pick up litter if it’s in my path, but I have one really, really strict rule: If I actually TOUCH the litter, I am 100 percent obligated to find a trash can. If I touch it then drop it again, I am the horrible litterbug.
- Green judging
Ohh, I’m a horrible person. If I go to your house and you don’t recycle, I judge you. I can barely date a man who doesn’t make that a priority (but I have — one must make hay while the sun shines). I even have trouble keeping my mouth shut when I visit client offices. I ask politely, “Do you recycle?” If they say, “No, just toss it,” I can hardly stand it. Recycling is SO easy, people. A little effort, please?
- Reusing bags
Again, I’m dreadful. I’m too impulsive a shopper, and I ALWAYS forget my reusable bags when I go shopping. So I ask for paper and use the paper bags to collect the recycling around the house (I keep a bag in every room to make sure I don’t get lazy). If it’s just a few items, I carry them out. The other day I used my chin to hold a 1-foot stack of cat food while I held a box of hair color* in one hand and a half gallon of soy milk in the other. I don’t recommend it.
Now I’m supposed to tag 7 more people to write 7 things on their blogs, but you’ll feel guilty if you don’t do it. Instead, add your green things below. What little green (or non-green) quirks do you have? I’ll try not to judge, and maybe we’ll all get some great new ideas on how to do something little that adds up to something big.
* I know I’m not supposed to use hair dye or consume artificial sweeteners. Bad for the environment and bad for me. But I’d be a fat chick with gray hair if I didn’t, and I prefer to remain the sexiest woman on the planet. I’m sure you understand.