The year is one quarter behind us, which means that we are three months closer to a world where the phrase “President Donald Trump” is not something we have to utter every again save for historical remembrance.
It also means that it is a good time to check in on where I am at with my resolutions or goals for 2019. Here goes:
- Decarbonize transportation—My 2015 Nissan Leaf is in the garage. So far I have driven the little EV ~1584 miles and saved ~1732 pounds of carbon dioxide. Based on the average price of fuel in my area and the average fuel economy of the vehicle mile I am displacing with the Nissan Leaf I also saved ~$162 in just fuel costs. This assumes that I am using grid electricity with an average carbon intensity and an average price. This will drop even further when I add solar panels to my existing array.
- No more Amazon—Kind of an epic fail. Four days into the new year I ordered something off of Amazon. In my defense—if such an explanation is allowed—I had a gift card, so not using it would just gift Amazon that money, and I needed a Level 2 charging cable for my Nissan Leaf. On the plus side that is the only thing I purchased. In the end, Amazon got about $150 of my money. On January 4th. Damn it.
- No more Walmart—Nothing illustrates the difficulty of avoiding Walmart than my spring break trip. Somehow, someone forgot our bag of toiletries at home and did not notice until we were unpacking in Avon, Colorado for a week of spring break skiing at Beaver Creek. What to do? Spend $100 at Walmart replacing toothbrushes, shampoo, and what not. Do not bring the kids with you into a grocery store after spending more than 13 hours in the car. They are like locusts looking for crops. Damn it.
- Read twenty five books—13 down, 12 to go.
- Drink local—Doing pretty good so far.
- Declutter my house—I started off with the best intentions in January, but after taking an entire car load of clothes the effort to get stuff out of the house has kind of fizzled. Again, I feel a little overwhelmed by all of the stuff that we have in the house.
- Replace existing toilets with low volume flush models—I have picked out the model of toilet to replace my existing commodes. Now I just need to get a free day on a weekend to spend a few hours doing some plumbing. Can you tell that this is my favorite way to spend a few hours on a Saturday?
- Plant at least five trees—This is a goal for the warmer months. We are not there yet.
- Reduce lawn coverage— This is a goal for the warmer months. We are not there yet.
- Ride 2,500 miles on gravel roads—It may not be warmer yet, but my gravel ride is all kitted up for the new season.
So far, so good I think.