- going to the farmers' market
- baking bread (with organic flour and multi-using the oven)
- feeding the loyal pet worms/saving snacks for said pets
- container gardening (look for a post soon about basil)
- drinking delicious, guilt-free coffee all the way to the last drop
- volunteering (at church to teach the 4-year-olds, for me... how about you?)
- shredding old bank statements into pet bedding: the worms love PNC paper.
- selling/giving things away on Craigslist
- donating things for which I have no use (those ugly bowls, that sweater that was so cute a few years ago, that slightly battered but still good carry on... all to Out of the Closet)
- staying in to watch Netflix-ed movies, eating stove-popped popcorn drenched in homemade butter
- hanging out in the sun -- walking to work, picnicking in the park, doing the laundry
- taking photos (remember that old scouts camping slogan: take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints? excellent advice!)
- taking the bus: I get tons of stuff done on the bus and get to people-watch the most interesting section of the city.
- taking advantage of the library. what's better than free books, movies, and audio? TheBoy gets free audiobooks (some valued as high as $80 on amazon, I get my bread cookbooks, guilty pleasure foodie-reading, and hard-to-find weird movies)
- saving wine corks to eventually make some fun craft, like a trivet.
- incidental workouts. like that time I had sore arms for days because my bread dough was really dry and needed 15 minutes of hard kneading to turn into the delicious ciabatta it ultimately became.
- reusing things. I love saving money and showing off pretty purchases, so reusing glass spaghetti sauce jars is a no-brainer for storing popcorn, same with the salsa jar: lentil storage.
- snuggling instead of turning the heat on.
- watching important news on WashingtonPost.com or CNN.com instead of buying a TV. alternately, watching junk-food shows on hulu instead of buying a TV.
20 Sustainable Pasttimes for Martin Luther King Day
Winter is list season, so how about a list, in no particular order, of my favorite sustainable practices?