I'm a little behind in my May blogger challenge duties. I actively signed up for one challenge: Green Bean Dream's "Be a Bookworm." The challenge is a simple one: read one ecologically challenging book during the month of May.
I confess, I haven't started yet, because I'm still working my way through the tome that is The Ancestor's Tale. But I hope to have that finished in the next few days (I started in during the trip T and I took in late December! Now that school's out, I don't have an excuse for not finishing it...except that the internet, and the sunny out-of-doors are so damn compelling!)
Once I've finally finished that I plan to FINALLY read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. It's been on my "to read" list ever since I first heard him discussing it on Fresh Air two (?) years ago. I finally picked it up (at a killer $5.00 price) when I was in D.C. in November. This challenge is the perfect opportunity to finally read it. If I finish it before the end of May, I think I'll try to read a second book from the list of other books being read in this challenge.
The other challenge I MEANT to sign up for, but instead got so caught up in the end of the semester and then graduation weekend that I completely forgot about it is Crunchy Chicken's Extreme Eco Throwdown. I suppose it's not too late to add my name to the list. But, I admit, I'm a little chicken, and not like Crunchy.
I'm not sure if I'm completely ready to make the extreme eco plunge. And that makes me feel like a poser. :-(
At first I thought the "no driving except one day a week" would be incredibly easy. I tend to ride my bike most places I go this time of year anyway....and most certainly for my daily commute. But, I also realize that this is ALASKA, and it is summer. That means I need to get out and enjoy the land around me. So much of that land is far away and requires driving to (like, say, before I can climb Flattop or Bird ridge.) I'm not sure I can really restrict myself to one day a week. I could cheat and and make T drive everywhere. But would that really count? Also, he doesn't have a bike (yet) so if I want him to come play with me, like to the Saturday Market such as we did last weekend, or for a game of Frisbee golf...it's not as easy to get him there sans car.
The other Extreme Eco Throwndown challenge I was considering participating in is the challenge to consume no plastics. This one would be much easier, except for one thing. T and I are crazy addicted to Simply Orange juice. I cringe every time I put one of those containers in the recycling bin (and that happens A LOT) but we're just so damn addicted to that juice! I've been considering buying a huge bag of oranges, the cheap kind...and making my own...but I have serious questions about the cost effectiveness of that. How many oranges does it take to make a gallon of orange juice? On sale, we get one gallon of Simply Orange for $3.50. The stuff is kind of pricey. But can I make a gallon of fresh squeezed for less than that?
Truthfully, I don't know. I suppose that's a good enough reason as any to try.