It is now October and that means it is fall. It also means that I am nine months of the way through the year which is probably 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 has been in the garage for almost nine months. Through the end of September 2019 I have driven ~5,893 miles. By trading a Ford F150 for a Nissan Leaf I have saved ~6,733 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
- No more Amazon—While I failed in the first quarter and succeeded in the second quarter, the third quarter was a little better. I spent some money that I was “awarded” from work via a gift card. It was money spent at Amazon, but it was not my cash and I felt that the effort to transfer the funds was not worth the return. Trying to reduce my spending at both Amazon and Walmart has made me think about our consumer habits in general. More to come.
- No more Walmart—Spent about a $100 on school supplies for a work organized effort to help out area kids during the back to school time. Walmart was running sales where I was able to pick up whole classrooms’ worth of some supplies for a few dollars. It was craziness and well worth failing in my goal to make it happen.
- Read twenty five books—38 books read in the first nine months. Mission accomplished.
- Drink local—Doing pretty good so far.
- Declutter my house—This is probably the singular failure so far this year. Sure, some stuff has gone to Goodwill but I feel that on the whole nothing is less cluttered than it was nine months ago. Maybe I can sprint to the finish.
- Replace existing toilets with low volume flush models—I have picked out the model of toilet to replace my existing commodes. I have even purchased the wax rings to install the new toilers. 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—Two Norway spruce trees are in the ground. Three Colorado blue spruce trees in the ground. Mission accomplished.
- Reduce lawn coverage— No real progress, but I have plans. I promise!
- Ride 2,500 miles on gravel roads—I am sitting at ~2,718 miles for the season as the month of September came to a close. Surprisingly, September was a real dog of a month for riding as the weather really conspired to keep me inside. Mission accomplished.
So far, so good I think.