Remember that horrible Meatloaf ballad from the early 90s I Would Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That? And no one knew what it meant and everyone assumed "that" was some extremely kinky sex act, when in reality "that" was probably something really prosaic like taking out the garbage? Anyway, I was thinking about Meatloaf this morning in the shower because I came up with an I Won't Do That list of my own. I've been making good strides in the slow but important process of greening up or lifestyle, but I have my boundaries. I now present:
3 Things I Won't Do For the Green Movement:
1. Short Showers
I'm sorry, I WON'T do it. Long, hot showers are sacred to me, like a tiny, heated meditation room. Every time I'm in a long, hot shower, all seems right in the world. I'm more relaxed, my life is on track, nothing is stressful, I can breathe better, I'm finally warm, the list is absolutely endless. Marissa told me about some friends of hers once who treated showers with the same sense of reverence that I do. The deal was, you could shower for as long as you wanted and take your time and no one could bother you or ask you questions or try to make you get out, but as soon as you were done, you had to go back into being a parent and deal with the daily chaos. I don't know these people, but clearly they should belong to Mensa.
Now, to be fair, I don't shower everyday. In fact, when it's the winter and if I'm not working out, it's not even remotely rare for me to go several days without a shower. This really freaks out my husband as he's an obsessive showerer. Sometimes twice a day and always at least once a day. Also, he's a wild exaggerator, so I think in his mind the two days it's been since my last shower turns into six or seven. Anyway, that's my justification.
I will NOT turn our thermostat below 68 degrees and it is often higher. Much like the shower thing, this is one of those staple Green Movement steps that are really easy to do and yet I refuse. To my mind, your house is your temple. It's where you live, love, eat, relax, think, create, connect, and everything else. I believe in the architectural design of a house, I believe in the interior design of a house, I believe in the cleanliness of a house, and I believe that all of these things deeply affect our lives and our well being. I really respect and am impressed by those people who are willing to shiver all winter to save money and energy, but I absolutely won't do it. Life, work, and the world at large is hard and complicated enough and we all need a warm and relaxing place that we love to come home to to deal with that. Anytime our house is cold, I feel like I can't think and I feel lazy - like all I want to do is sit on the couch under a hundred blankets and warm the hell up before I do anything else.
3. Polar Seltzer
This one is actually pretty recent and unlike the other two, I feel kind of bad about it. B and I have had a long standing love affair with Perrier sparkling water, but it's pretty expensive and only comes in one flavor. We have also gone on several diatribes throughout the years about the propensity for there to be sugar (or sweeteners) in absolutely everything when it's often not even necessary. We've been lamenting for quite a while that they didn't make a sparkling water that just had a hint of flavor and NO sweetness of any kind. Enter Polar Seltzer flavored waters. We found them a few weeks ago at Wegmans and are nothing short of addicted.
There are a ton of flavors, they all taste amazing, and they make it so that we drink far more water than we normally would. At the current rate, we're going through one a day, which is where the anti-green part comes in. Obviously, it's not very responsible to be flying through bottles of water everyday, but I'm putting my own need to stay hydrated above the plastic problem.