Conveniently Green–True Confessions

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So the other day I had a couple of moms and my Sainted Mother-in-law over (seriously, the woman is a saint. And I don’t mean that in a “why so snarky, Sparky?” kind of way) and my SMIL wanted to take some food home to my father-in-law and brother-in-law. Photo Addict happened to be standing nearby, and when I pulled open the kitchen drawer, she gasped as though she’d just seen a severed hand in there.

It's a severed hand! And by severed hand I mean Ziploc bags!

No, seriously. She gasped so loudly I actually looked to see if I’d accidentally left a severed hand next to the plastic wrap.

“ZIPLOC BAGS!!!!!” She cried.

It’s true confession time at Conveniently Green. I use Ziploc bags. Even worse–I almost never re-use them either. Yes folks, I’m going Conveniently Green right along with you. That whole “Just a Little Bit Less” applies to me too. I’m maybe one or two steps ahead of you–but then again, many of you are several steps ahead of me. Just want you all to know I’m not some kind of Paragon Of Green Virtue or anything. I do, however, test out all of my suggestions myself, so it’s not a case of “take my advice–I’m not using it!”

The funny thing is, people are becoming seriously aware of what they’re doing. I know this because they keep reporting it to me. For example, over at the SoCal FruGal’s house, Mommica returned from the kitchen and said, “Just so you know, I dried my hands on a paper towel but I saved the towel for the next time I need to dry my hands.” “Conveniently Green!” shouted the SoCal FruGal. “Conveniently Green!” Mommica echoed in response.

“What???” said Anonymous Mom #3. One of these women doesn’t read the blog. I don’t want to mention any names, so I called her Anonymous Mom #3. But girlfriend needs to get onboard or she’s going to singlehandedly melt the ice floes and drown us all. And nobody wants that.

There's another one! Where does the carnage end???

At another playdate, we were talking about going green and Signing Mom asked, “How green are you willing to go?” I responded, “Uhhhhhh, 75%?” as though there were some kind of Green Rating and I was shooting for a C+. Signing Mom then talked about her ideal future–a ranch somewhere with a lot of land, living almost completely off the grid. As she talked about raising and slaughtering her own pigs, I’ll admit that the thought of a lifetime supply of bacon was seriously appealing, but then again, knowing that bacon on a personal level prior to its hickory-smoked deliciousness doesn’t sound that fabulous after all. Honestly, I truly admire Signing Mom (for more reasons than just her commitment to creating her own solar and wind energy), but I really think I’m going to have to visit her after the pig has been turned into bacon.

Mmmmmmmmmm…bacon. God’s gift to carnivores.

Conveniently Green: Use just a little bit less right along with me!

And speaking of severed hands, every Gen X Mom should appreciate The Chopped-Off Hands of Star Wars.

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