@Michelle Yes! It's like the whole concept of Real Simple magazine.
@sheistolerable Very true! But I will say this: my sister has friends who believe really strongly in reducing waste, to the point where they don't buy *anything* new. Everything they have is either secondhand or a gift from friends. They boke just about everywhere (this is VT, so I don't know about the winter). And both husband and wife have low-key jobs (maybe part-time, or maybe they switch off, I don't know the details) as a part of their de-emphasis on consumption. But they aren't blogging about it and they don't have a book deal; it's just their lifestyle. And of course their house is not nearly as magazine-ready as the one in this article. So maybe it appears to us to be a movement of bored, overeducated, wealthy women, simply because they are the ones who get articles written about them, because they are photogenically seeking attention for it.
This reminds me of the documentary No Impact Man, which I still think about. I do try to reduce the waste I create (I bring a tote bag everywhere, use the back of printed paper, etc.) but somehow we still end up with a full trash bag twice a week. It seems like this kind of lifestyle could easily turn into a full-time job.
And of course the comment section is full of the nastiest people on Earth.
@seaermine Yup, Rutgers has an honors program. A good friend of mine went there and is now quite successful, at least by my standards (making good money *and* helping people).
“We’re taking the momentum that we’ve built organizing workers in communities,” said Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum, “and beginning to organize a community in the workplace.” That's my aunt! She's pretty great.
I had a friend in college who kept to a strict uniform of black jeans and white t-shirts. That was literally all he brought to campus, wardrobe-wise: three pairs of black jeans, nine white t-shirts. It was impressive. He gave it up after freshman year, though.
I always end up buying ice cream on Free Cone Day, because I get all excited about free ice cream and then I get to the scoop shop and realize that: a) I want ice cream even more urgently now than I did an hour ago and b) I am more than willing to pay a few bucks to not wait on this godforsaken, interminable line. P.S. Mint Chocolate Cookie is also my favorite flavor! Except when Coffee Heath Bar Crunch takes that honor.
How much did I love meeting so many Billfolders last night? Wish I could have talked to everyone! In money news, I came home to an email from Jeopardy! inviting me to an NYC audition in May. We shall see...
Happy birthday! If this were at five, I'd definitely stop by, but six is just a leetle beet too late for my schedule. I'll be there in spirit!