Thursday, May 31, 2012
In an effort to assuage my conscience, I started to save water run off from my showers, washing rice, rinsing out my coffee mug and french press, from as many non-toxic water uses as possible and using that to water my garden instead. Admittedly, things have gotten a little grimy in my household, for which I will be eternally grateful to my roommate for tolerating. I guess the conservation is also an exercise in figuring out how to do things neatly as well. I have a tendency to allow my habitat to start looking like a zoo.
I store the salvaged kitchen water in these plastic orange juice bottles. I drilled holes in the caps, creating a makeshift watering can to avoid crushing delicate sproutlings. After about 8-10 months of use, the plastic eventually cracks, unfortunately, but at least their use got stretched a little bit. Eventually, I remembered how my family always had white five-gallon buckets around that once held various doughnut batters and fillings, and I asked politely for one from a beloved neighborhood donut shop. I use this bucket to capture water from my shower that otherwise just drains off into our municipal system-- perfectly good water that I waste by running the shower until it gets warm. Seeing how quickly the bucket filled up during this pretty typical routine has me considering taking bucket-baths as I did when I was growing up. (I distinctly remember the feeling of switching to showers and getting a thrill from the feeling of assimilation. Now, I want to turn back.)
Friday, May 18, 2012
It's been a very busy spring, hanging in there through these last weeks of Public Allies, going to meetings after work, and trying to make it to some Tuesday Night Cafes. I am always so happy to get to pass these tracks under the 105 while it's still daylight.
Friday, May 4, 2012
|Credit: Zocalo Public Square|
Earlier this week, however, I saw on the Metro website that a new Orange Line extension will stretch to the Chatsworth Metrolink station. This may mean the possibility of post-work bouldering sessions is a little bit more feasible, which may bring me ever closer to being able to getting comfortable with trying to go climbing without a car. It would be so great to be able to do this for a couple of hours after work. Hooray, LA.