a journal entry: 11 may 2009

my parents and grandparents are about to come for a visit! most people would be super excited, and i was! but i was also really nervous about how they might react to zambia and me.

livingstone. waiting. no movies (it’s closed on monday). no internet (in the entire town). the ice cream tasted like cream. now my phone keeps doing weird things. something about ‘out of memory.’ kind of how i feel!

well the parents are coming tomorrow! i’m kinda freaking out! kim thought i was crazy for dreading it but josh agreed. i’m dreading it because i’m afraid to find out how much i’ve changed. we have all changed together and i haven’t seen them in a while. i’ve already realized that i’m crazy when chris [josh’s brother] came. i can only imagine what they are going to think. i guess only time will tell.

i finally had to buy new sandals. my blue ones had holes worn through the balls of my feet, then the toe part broke so i tied it back together with a pony tail. i thought it was pretty ingenious. but i finally just got sick of them today and bought a new pair at pep for 4,900 kwacha.

i didn’t want to have to buy a new pair because i have 2 at my house and mom is bringing me more. but then i realized that mom is coming and i’ll never hear the end of it if she finds me with shoes like that when they get off the plane. so i broke down and just bought a new pair. i took the blue ones off and threw them away. right outside the shop.

it poured rain in choma on saturday. no one knows if this is the end of rainy season or the beginning of another. the rain flooded the yard and it was raining so hard that the roof was leaking. it was bizarre. even more so because it’s mid-may. last year it only rained once, in early march i think, we were still in training. so this is really weird, not just for me, for everyone. as long as it doesn’t rain anymore!!

i can’t believe the movie theatre is closed on mondays. of all the luck!

99%

did you know that 99% of americans have the same chemicals in their bodies that come from the chemical processes used to make teflon? you know, the stuff that stops food from sticking on your pots and pans? and keeps your coats waterproofed? and keeps your couch cushions free from wine stains?

yeah. it’s IN our bodies.

i watched ‘the devil we know‘ this past weekend and i can’t stop thinking about it. it’s a documentary (on netflix in the us) about dupont and how they created teflon, what it did to the environment and our bodies over the next 50 years. i highly recommend watching it.

it got me thinking about how i, as a tiny individual in south dakota, can even make a dent in the huge environmental issues that we as a world are facing. how am i supposed to compete with giant corporations who are making BILLIONS of dollars every year? and who are making that money off the exploitation of our environment AND our bodies?!

it is simply too depressing. BUT we have to do something. i can’t let the actions of massive corporations dictate how i live and treat our planet. i can use my purchasing power to fight giant corporations in my daily life!

this year, i am making a conscious effort to think about where i’m shopping and why i’m shopping there. do i really need a brand new tee from target? or can i find a slightly used tee from goodwill? of course you can always find good stuff at the second hand shop. and this year, that is what i’m going to work on and i encourage you to be mindful of what and why you are purchasing! in becoming more aware of how and where we spend our money, we can make changes that positively impact everyone!

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#plasticfreejuly, Shower Edition

I was in the shower a few weeks ago and had an epiphany:

Why on earth am I’m using a shower pouf made from PLASTIC!?!?!?

I have no idea! I’ve just always used one and never even thought about it being made from plastic. These plastic shower poufs are cheap and easy and one of those plastic things that I don’t actually need in my life.

So what do you use instead?

Handmade cotton scrubbies! That’s what!

I’ve been playing around with this crocheted scrubbie pattern and am really loving it. It works well for your face and your body! What’s even better? They are reusable. You can throw them in the wash with your towels and have fresh scrubbies! I can FINALLY take a shower without using plastic.

#plasticfreejuly is almost to an end, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t focus on how we use plastic in our everyday lives. We can reduce the amount of plastic we use, which will then force companies and manufacturers to rethink how they package and use plastics in the products that we buy. If we all take small steps in changing our behaviors, it will add up to a better and cleaner planet!

What small change are you going to make to reduce the plastic on our planet?

Want your very own set of cotton scrubbies? A set of 3 is U$8 plus shipping. I’ve got loads of different color variations! So if you are interested, just send me an email!