winter

A Recycling Conspiracy

There is something fishy going on with our building’s recycling cart, and it is about time I figured out what it is.

Since I am often working from home, I am around to never see our cart out on the curb for pick up. Our building maintenance is in charge of these duties, not the residents. When I do see the rest of our street’s blue carts out, ours, mysteriously, is not.

Some days I will go bring stuff down to the blue cart on the side of our building and then the come back the next day to find the cart nearly empty, even though it was never out for pick up.

While putting Christmas stuff away in the basement, I also noticed another blue cart marked with our street address. Hmm…

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The building has been hoarding a blue cart for their own use!

I took a look inside and guess what it is filled with?

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rock salt…

Tis the Season For Frozen Compost

“Baby, it’s cold outside”

So cold that my compost bucket (which we keep outside on our fire escape) had frozen shut.

After a weekend of numerous home cooked meals, our compost bowl was starting to overflow, and its contents needed to retreat to the outdoors.

There was no way I was getting the lid off the bucket, so I figured I would bring it inside to warm on up.

 

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Nice and cozy compost bucket

When I got back from work, I soaked up the remaining water and was able to add my food scraps no problem.

The bucket is back outside now,  but I am sure that will not be the last time it gets to dodge the fire escape’s winter chill. Stay tuned!

 

DIY: Knit Bunting Volume 2

Back in the fall season, I made, what I thought, was a super cute knit bunting. I loved it so much that I wanted to make one for Christmas as well. I followed the same pattern I used for the previous one, but changed colors and motifs.

I wanted to stay pretty generic so I went with a star, tree, and stocking. The buttons were reused from my grandmother’s button box. Did your grandmother/mother have one of those too? Our tin is overflowing to the point that it has to be rubberbanded to keep the lid on!

It turned out so cute! It isn’t perfect, but I like that it has imperfections, and know that it was handmade with love.

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Oops, I Bought Some Pants…

So I bought a new article of clothing. Ugh.

Back in September, I vowed across social media not to buy any new clothes/shoes for the rest of the year (see that here) . It had been going pretty good so far (evidenced here and here).

That is until yesterday when I made an online purchase. Only after I received the confirmation email did I realize what I had done.

Emotions usually cause us to make impulse purchases (or any purchases really) and that is exactly what happened.

I was getting my gear together for the bike ride to November Project*** the next morning. While the idea of getting up to go work out at 6:30 AM is not what scares me, it is the temperature. I get cold very easily and I am so afraid of being cold that I wear lots of unnecessary layers and even bring extra clothes in my backpack.

I have vivid memories of past winter workouts in DC where my legs would be cold for hours afterward  and my fingers would be in pain inside my wool gloves. DC isn’t even that cold! It never dips below zero!

Chicago on the other hand, is a completely different story. This is what I am very afraid of. The city’s nickname is Chiberia after all!

So long story short, I ended up purchasing a  base layer fleece pant that will hopefully keep my legs from falling off this winter.

I could have gone the cheap route and gotten the first pair of fleece leggings I saw at Target, but I wanted this purchase to at least be worth it. So I chose Eddie Bauer for its lifetime guarantee.

***If you don’t know what November Project is, it is a wacky group of people who get together in cities all over the world to work out together no matter the weather. I wrote a previous post about it once here. #FreeFitness #JustShowUp #WeatherProof