We made it through the first week of the year, and so far I think the challenge is going pretty well. I want to thank all of our friends for the tons of support, love, and advice they’ve given us already: we’re getting great food ideas and advice on products to check out, volunteer resources, and really positive feedback in general from most of the people we’ve talked to about the project. Thanks also for checking out the blog; we remain excited about our adventure and we look forward to continuing our documentation here. We’re keeping a list of topics we plan on covering in the future. Full steam ahead!
Today I submitted my first volunteer application, to 4-H. I hope to hear something back soon; I’ve decided to hold off on the Douglas County AIDS Project for now, at least until I get in contact with 4-H and figure out what sort of time commitment I’m looking at initially. If I can get in with 4-H and I find myself with extra time and energy, I’ll expand my volunteering commitment. Ryan already posted about our first recycling drop-off with our new IKEA recycling bags; I’ve got a post in the works about the challenges of recycling in Lawrence. Tonight Ryan had his first class for UMKC this semester, and for dinner we had Palak Paneer (of the Trader Joe’s boxed variety—it’s pretty tasty, for boxed Indian food) with basmati rice and naan. We’ve been eating pretty well and the hunger I thought I was experiencing last week seems to have abated. I’m not really missing meat at all, which is kind of surprising. I guess I figured that by now I’d at least crave something I couldn’t have. I went to brunch at IHOP with some of my girlfriends on Sunday and had a brief moment of panic when almost everyone else at the table ordered bacon with their meals, but when the plates arrived I didn’t even flinch (I love bacon, for the record). I know it’s a small victory, but it’s nice to know I can go out with friends and not be intimidated or weak if/when someone at the table orders meat.
I haven’t yet figured out what charitable organizations I plan on supporting this year. Ryan donates monthly like a bill; I will make my donations in several chunks (either twice a year or four times, depending largely on how I decide to spend my charity budget) because it works better for me and my overall budget to do it that way. I’m thinking of supporting one local organization and one international organization, but first I need to figure out how much money I’m going to make this year (my salary fluctuates if I decide to teach extra sections, which I am doing this spring, and I’m not sure yet how much the extra section will pay). Locally I’m a fan of Harvesters. Internationally, I like Médecins Sans Frontières. I’m torn between supporting one organization or several. I need to do some thinking and research before I decide, though, so I’ll say more about my decisions as I make them.
That’s all I’ve got for the first week recap. Let the challenge continue!