Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week in Review!

On Tuesday I ran with my OTHER run buddy Val(erie) while the Puff was at church. Val and I go to church together and she was on one of my Ragnar teams, but hasn't run in a long time. We had a great gab fest and a great run. I think she's back in the game! 

Reducing our landfill waste doesn't mean doing without. On Tuesday we stopped by Jamba Juice for the Puff's favorite Strawberries Wild and they didn't bat an eyelash when I asked for the smoothie to be put in my commuter mug instead of a plastic cup. We used our glass straw too. 
On Wednesday IT RAINED in LA! Of course I was wearing white pants and sandals and sent the Puff to school in SHORTS! MotherOfTheYear. UGH.
I stopped at a sandwich place after work to pick up a quick bite before my chemical peel appointment at my friend SZ's house. I asked the sandwich place to wrap up my panini in aluminum foil instead of a styrofoam box. No problem!
Then I had my face burned with chemicals at SZ's house. #thethingswedoforbeauty. Our aesthetician Monique said NO SUN for the next 10-14 days!
No Sun for 10 days meant Thursday's run was at the gym. 5 Yasso's this week plus foam rolling for good measure.

Saturday, I asked Val (run buddy #1) to meet super early so I wouldn't be caught out running in the blazing morning sun
Six miles (and TWO Presidential podcasts) meant that I earned my french toast! And with my head full of endorphins and clarity I remembered to bring my tiffin to the restaurant to pack my leftovers. #zerowaste

After breakfast the Puff and I had a date to fulfill our volunteer goal for the month. We headed down to the beach for the 30 Minute Beach Clean Up and picked up trash for about an hour. Easy peasy, February is done! The Clean Up organizers provide volunteers with disposable gloves and plastic bags but we brought our own reusables. (Don't you love my hat?)
All this plastic crap ends up in the stomachs of birds and fish. And then in our own bodies when we eat those fish. The Gyres are forreal, yo. 

After the beach we treated ourselves to an ice cream cone. And car wash.

Later Saturday, after a long nap and lots of TV, Sara invited us over for family dinner at her house. We picked up some pies at Marie Callendar's to contribute to the potluck. I brought my own sheet tray in to the restaurant to load the pies onto so that I could refuse the boxes and bags that they're typically packaged in. #zerowaste.  And dinner was DELICIOUS. 


After church on Sunday we stopped at the farmer's market for the week's haul. 

I picked out the basket of strawberries and the vendor empties them into my bag and reuses (hopefully) the baskets. 
 I also have a container for eggs that the farmer's market vendor is happy to fill up with eggs for me. I wish it wasn't a plastic container, but it's old and still gets the job done.

All in all, it's been a solid week! It's been quite a while since I've felt like I was in a good place with my running or my zero waste efforts.  I will stop short of saying it's getting easy, because I don't want to jinx myself. But, it is getting less difficult!

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK / WEEKEND?!?

7 comments:

  1. Nice work on the zero waste efforts! And hooray for running being good again!

    My weekend was too short (aren't they all?), but I got a good run in and we made more progress on the house. So. Many. Paint. Samples.

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    1. Ahhh yes, the paint samples that never look the same on the wall as they do in your hand! :)

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  2. I have started to ask myself what can I do to reduce my waste. We already carry our own grocery bags, and recycle, but reading your posts makes me think that we can do more! I will start to carry my Starbucks cold drink cup, new life rule! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Wow! you have had a very busy week! volunteering, running, smoothies, ice cream! now I want some ice cream! yums!

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    1. I have to say no to candy bars & stuff a lot and it makes me feel like she'll grow to resent the zero waste efforts. So when we do have opportunities for zero waste treats (like an ice cream cone) I'll always jump on them!

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  3. I love the fact that Jamba juice used your own cup! I think Starbucks should do that too! I should ask.
    Those pies look amazing!

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    1. Starbucks does! And they even give you a $0.10 discount for using your own cup too!

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  4. I love the fact that Jamba juice used your own cup! I think Starbucks should do that too! I should ask.
    Those pies look amazing!

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