In April, I was focusing on gardening, and negotiating with the apartment complex for unlame recycling facilities. Now May is half over, and they’re both going very well. My garden is growing, up and out. Dad gave me tomatoes and a pepper, and Mom gave me a flower and some oregano this weekend, so my deck is pretty cluttered. I’ll take a picture for you if it ever stops raining.
I’m growing spinach (and/or baby’s breath- I thought I planted both but everything looks the same, and this might be weird because I might have planted spinach with the morning glories), morning glories, peas the vegetable, sweet peas the flower, and I think that’s it. Compared to last year, it was painless- I dumped some seeds in and forgot about them, it rained for two weeks, and now everything is green. I’ve either gained garden perspective, or I’m more easily distracted.
Next steps: Ascertain what I did plant, repot and stake the tomatoes. Stick trays under the pots, since they’re peeing on the deck underneath me, and it’s just too soon to alienate my neighbors.
I was also bugging the office. I determined they are violating a law! I’m not sure I properly expressed how thrilling that day was for me. Felt like a citizen hero, became David to Goliath, etc. I did talk to the property manager about that last Friday, actually, and she said the city never enforces those laws so it’s cool for now. It was a fascinating interview- I learned a lot about her personal life- but the management position is, the law isn’t enforced, and we residents are uncooperative, so they aren’t going to push it. She wasn’t aware until I pointed it out that they were in violation, though, and she said she’d send out another notice. Which is required anyway twice a year. She did mention that, if more people recycle, they’ll save money on trash pick-up, since recycling pick-up is basically free, and the trash is changed by weight. So, I see a two-fold path on this: figuring out who enforces this for the city, and why they don’t, and cajoling the management to take some recycling baby steps. Proper container labeling, for one. No progress on the bike racks so far.
I’m going to follow up on the apartment agitation, so let’s count that as something for ‘half-May’.
For a legitimate new challenge, though, I’m going to work out my travel offset plans. I finished my classes this Tuesday, so I can let myself read my guidebooks and do the fun research for New Zealand with a clear conscience now. I’ve been vegetarian for a couple weeks now, as part of that project. I did eat some pepperoni, and I had shrimp on Mother’s Day, but otherwise awesome. Except for when I tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich, which is seriously gross and how did Elvis eat those? That was a rough morning, gastronomically. It sounded like such a delicious idea. I’m pretty sure I’m getting enough protein- eggs, tofu, chickpeas, those are protein right?- and I’ve done a little online searching for recipes, which worked well. Though they did lead me to the pb and banana combo. Mixed bag, I guess.
More of that for the rest of the month, then, plus some research on carbon offset programs, and commenter bullmooser made a great point that some sort of activism to reduce emissions in the long term would be another great way to offset my carbon guilt. Stay tuned.