Sunday, November 14, 2010
When we aren't living minimally, we tend to maximize the stress in our lives. There is always something to do -- whether it be related to work, school, family, the house, or one's hobbies. This seems to be true especially during the holiday season, which is upon us!
Monday, November 1, 2010
We plan to go on a walk this evening around dusk to check out the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood. Have a spooky day!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
One of the key tenets of minimalism is frugality. This doesn't mean that Garrett and I aspire to live in a cardboard box (though he sometimes fantasizes about living in a van). It's more about resourcefulness.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wish us luck as we continue our identification endeavors! We hope we can leaf our mark on Houston.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Turns out that in Spanish and in French, and in British English and Australian English, people say "to take a decision" instead of "to make a decision." I think this is fascinating. Why the distinction? Does it have a cultural significance? Is it the difference between a more laidback, or passive approach to decisions -- and a more trailblazing, defining, aggressive approach to decisions? "Taking a decision" conjures up an image of an array of choices that are already laid before me on silver platters -- and that it's just a matter of selecting which is the best fit for me. "Making a decision" conjures up an image of a sculptor carving out his destiny -- of seeing something one wants, and going out and seizing it. This seems to me to be a division of temperaments -- European vs. American. Are we as Americans obsessed with creation and progress and the idea of the self-made man? Is making more empowering than taking?
William Safire wrote a column about such "Britishisms" in the New York Times more than 20 years ago. Read it here! I like that he compares "taking a decision," "taking tea," or "taking your point" to accepting a serve in tennis.
What do you make of that? Or, what do you take away?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So imagine my surprise when I opened the envelope to find a single sheet of paper informing me that, in one week, I will receive a 2010 Census form in the mail. Huh? Is this how we're spending -- or wasting -- government funds? To preserve my sanity, I am not going to ask the statistician of the house to calculate how much paper this endeavor has wasted, or how much carbon dioxide was released during the delivery of this important news.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I spotted Bigfoot crossing this gully.
I was very amused by the fungi we saw on this trip. These mushrooms were growing on many fallen trees. "Oo!" I said. "They look just like oysters!" Garrett replied, "Yes, that's why they're called oyster mushrooms." That's my mycologist!
Here's a colony thriving on a partially submerged log!
This wet part of the park has been transformed into a swamp!
Some of the paths were actually quite steep.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in Midtown though;
He will not see me stopping here
To take too many photos.
My boyfriend must think it queer
To stop without a landmark near
Between the woods and flowing bayou
The sunniest afternoon of the year.
He gives his pocket watch a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only sound's the sweep
Of pony tail and muddy lake.
The woods are lovely, bright and deep.
But I have blog posts to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.